Saturday, August 18, 2007

Now Britain's worried about U.S. spies
American security agencies have unprecedented powers to spy on British citizens without a warrant.

The FISA Bill " the security services powers to intercept all telephone calls, internet traffic and emails made by British citizens across US-based networks." And they're not thrilled.
...the security services huge scope for monitoring and intercepting Britons' private communications, as well as those of other foreign citizens. The new act has led to fears it will see a huge increase in the number of British citizens being extradited to the US.
Will anyone stop Bush from emulating Augustus Caesar and becoming ruler of the world?
'Just because it happens to pass through the US they claim they can do whatever they want,' said Tony Bunyan, director of Statewatch, the civil rights group that campaigns against state surveillance.
Our problem is increasingly Europe's problem. Maybe they can stop him. Our own Congress sure couldn't.
Concern over US powers to monitor foreign citizens is growing. European privacy watchdogs have expressed fears that the US authorities are to be handed powers to check the personal details of travellers entering America and store them on databases alongside details such as their sexuality and religious beliefs for up to 15 years.
I must be slipping. Sexuality is a red flag I'd never thought of. Elton John better watch what he text messages Mary Cheney. The Eavesdroppers might whisk them both away to an undisclosed location and it could be years until we see them again. Right, Daddy Dearest Dick?

UPDATE: Speaking of torture...
The American Psychological Association will decide Sunday whether to condemn torture tactics and place a moratorium on members' involvement in interrogations at US military detention sites.


At 9:19 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

I wonder what Bush's world approval rating will be now? It can't get much lower.

At 10:58 PM, Anonymous binzbok said...

I think we're talking down in the Attila the Hun numbers. And speaking of Attila, did his whole family use 'the Hun'? I mean, was there a Kevin the Hun and a Jennifer the Hun? Just wondering...

At 1:02 AM, Blogger Jeremy said...

I've been kinda wondering about this. The unspoken portion of the debate has always been, "You can't spy on Americans - we have rights. Dirty foreigners, of course, are fair game."

I have yet to hear anyone in the US media mention how the dirty foreigners feel about that.

At 1:58 AM, Anonymous S in Tokyo said...

The dirty foreigners are not amused.

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