14 July 2014 - 8:18am | posted by | 3 comments

Snowden speaks out against emergency surveillance bill

Snowden speaks out against emergency surveillance billSnowden speaks out against emergency surveillance bill

Renegade NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden has spoken out against an emergency surveillance bill currently being pushed through the British parliament, after voicing reservations about the speed at which the measure is being pushed through parliament and the corresponding lack of public debate.

Speaking to the Guardian from his Moscow bolthole Snowden compared the bill to the controversial Protect America Act, pushed through in the US in 2007 – then justified on the grounds of the increased terror threat.

David Cameron has claimed that the bill is not the thin end of a surveillance wedge but Snowden warned against accepting "new authorities immediately without any debate, just taking their word for it, despite the fact that these exact same authorities were just declared unlawful by the European court of justice".

Snowden continued: "Is it really going to be so costly for us to take a few days to debate where the line should be drawn about the authority and what really serves the public interest?

"If these surveillance authorities are so interested, so invasive, the courts are actually saying they violate fundamental rights, do we really want to authorise them on a new, increased and more intrusive scale without any public debate?"

The intervention is unlikely to have much impact on MPs however, many of whom are wary of supporting a fugitive.


14 Jul 2014 - 09:11
matfi14039's picture

Well he's entirely right isn't he? Cameron has been waiting for the smallest sniff of terrorist activity to ram something like this through. We have to ask ourselves at some point: why do these people want to attack us? Cameron is planning to spend £1.1bn on defense in the near future. What if this were spent on repairing relations instead?

15 Jul 2014 - 09:05
mark_astle's picture

'Cameron' blah blah blah. It's a lazy fallback. It's the government in general, doesn't matter who's actually in power. Blair was as bad if not worse. And as to why they want to attack us? An illegal war against Iraq might have something to do with it...

15 Jul 2014 - 10:55
mark_astle's picture

Good point Bravo. So what's your take on the emergency surveillance bill?


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