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Sometimes the UK Makes the US Look Good

I can't friggin' believe it. Every time I turn around, the UK government is working harder and harder to strip its citizens and residents of every last bastion of privacy. They've admitted CCTV doesn't work and yet keep pushing for more (see many of my previous posts on this topic). They have a draconian national DNA database and the DNA spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers recently discussed identifying "problem children" who should have their DNA recorded. Now they're talking about a database with "details of every phone call and e-mail sent in the UK".
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recent governments seem much more interesting in monitoring our every move than they do in actually trying to deal with crime in any meaningful way. I guess heading toward the panopticon society is easier than trying to effect the social change needed to reduce crime, and they can always say 'we need more surveillance, that's why it's not working' if anyone questions the logic behind this kind of crap.

*cough*echelon*cough*
As a people, we have learned nothing.

Politicians, however, have learned much the from past generations of sociopaths that have preceded them.
I've just seen the story myself and started fuming. Then I thought back to this one from last week and remembered that no one in government is actually capable of commissioning anything to do with IT. If they try, it will cost billions and be several decades late. So I'm still saving my ire for the fundamentalists lobbying parliament right now - I think this particular project won't come to fruition until after I'm dead.
I'm so so so so so sorry.

More knee-jerk politics to make Daily Mail readers feel like Something is Being Done.

More reasons to move to Ireland, as long as you arn't gay, and don't accidentally get pregnant of course...
That's absolutely outrageous. I'd expect any such bill to be soundly defeated, but definitely something to keep an eye on and organise protests about if it looks like making progress.
"effectively overturn the Fourth Amendment."?

Last time I checked, I lost my Fourth Amendment in my other pants in the 2000 presidential election. What do you mean 'effectively'? Bush & co. have been very effective in eliminating civil rights (and duties).

Edited at 2008-05-22 03:14 pm (UTC)
They're just making up for lost time. They're 24 years behind Orwell's schedule ;)
Every time I turn around, the UK government is working harder and harder to strip its citizens and residents of every last bastion of privacy.

It is ironic that they're trying to be like the US, since we broke away from them, yes?