In eastern Europe under Communist workers paradise rule the most effective weapon the authorities had was the willingness of citizens to spy and tattle on their neighbours (take the STASI for example).
Malevolence and distrust served the rulers to keep absolute control over their populations. Fear and paranoia where wielded when “upstanding” citizens reported “deviant” behaviour to the authorities and it cost millions and millions of people their lives and their loved ones.
With the undemocratic and intrusive spying on prominent citizens and Politicians such as Keith Locke and god knows how many average citizens for just speaking their minds and supporting other ideologies than the predominant Capitalist one you might have second thoughts about Lord Aschroft’s wish for a tittle tattle line to fight Crime.
Come to think of it, why would we accept help form a guy who doesn’t live here, has ties to the Banking world in the most unsavoury ways and who is at this very moment under investigation for illegal actions himself.
Personal data of innocent citizens must be made available to the Government to combat terrorism, according to an influential former security chief.
Sir David Omand, Whitehall’s former and security and intelligence coordinator, called for unprecedented Big Brother powers to allow access to private details – including phone records, emails and travel information – to be given to the intelligence services.
Setting out a hugely controversial blueprint for the future of national security he said ‘moral rules’ about individual privacy would have to be broken.
His 17-page report calls for the creation of a vast state database to gather information about terrorist groups which are increasingly recruiting and operating online.
But he argued that a citizen’s right to privacy would have to be sacrificed to allow ‘intrusive’ intelligence techniques.
‘Finding out other people’s secrets is going to involve breaking everyday moral rules’, he wrote.