18/03/2015   UK claims power to bug and crack

The British Government has admitted GCHQ has the broad power to bug phones, computers and networks anywhere in the world, even if the target is not a threat to national security nor suspected of any crime.

06/03/2015   Paul Mobbs arrested in Downing Street

MobbseyMobbseyEnvironmental expert and GreenNet trustee Paul Mobbs has been arrested in a attempt to conduct a citizen’s arrest on members of the cabinet for Misconduct in Public Office, resulting from their financial interests in the promotion of fracking.

24/02/2015   Secret source of tax haven data found

A bank you’ve probably never heard of, the Bank for International Settlements, has data on the secret billions held in tax havens which would be invaluable in the fight against corruption and global poverty. But there’s just one problem. They won’t make it public.

07/02/2015   GCHQ-NSA intelligence sharing unlawful, says UK surveillance tribunal

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has ruled that regulations covering GCHQ’s access to comms data intercepted by the NSA were illegal because safeguards were not made public. The case brought by Privacy International, Bytes for All, Liberty, and Amnesty International has forced these details to be revealed.

30/01/2015   EFF Wins Battle Over Secret Legal Opinions on Government Spying

Eight international expert bodies have pronounced mass surveillance by the NSA and GCHQ a gross violation of human rights. Now The U.S. Department of Justice has been forced to release legal opinion on access to census data under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, relied on by the NSA to collect the call records of millions of Americans.

13/01/2015   Why are they even talkin' about it...

In the words of Frank Zappa, almost, “The Snoopers’ Charter won’t work…” The Charlie Hebdo shooters — just like the murderers of Lee Rigby and the Boston bombing suspects — were known to the authorities, and had been for years. To devote more limited resources to mass surveillance, that is ineffective and has damaging effects on liberty, rather than on targeted intelligence, is “a piece of sh…”

23/12/2014   FURY erupts on streets of Brussels over greedy USA's data-slurping appetite

Leaked doc suggests EU’s right to privacy could be ridiculed.

01/12/2014   Still toxic after all these years

Jocelyn BaunJocelyn BaunAfter 30 years the Bhopal Medical Appeal, which runs free health clinics for survivors, estimates that 120,000 to 150,000 survivors still struggle with serious medical conditions including nerve damage, growth problems, gynecological disorders, respiratory issues, birth defects, and elevated rates of cancer and tuberculosis.

27/10/2014   Government's stealth attack on civil liberties

The coalition’s criminal justice and courts bill is seeking to dismantle judicial review, one of the most powerful tools citizens have over their government. In almost every case of injustice by the Home Office it is judicial review which allowed the most vulnerable people in the country to challenge the most powerful.