The British State has evolved into a surveillance society and a police state with the combination of digital technology, database culture and the use of ‘the war on terror’ as a smokescreen for a full-on assault on civil liberties. From Tomlinson to Jean Charles de Menezes to the full extent of this co-ordinated national police force it adds up to a police state off the leash, unaccountable and dangerously out of control.
There is confirmation of years of political experience today as the Guardian announce:
“Police are gathering the personal details of thousands of activists who attend political meetings and protests, and storing their data on a network of nationwide intelligence databases.
The hidden apparatus has been constructed to monitor “domestic extremists”, the Guardian can reveal in the first of a three-day series into the policing of protests. Detailed information about the political activities of campaigners is being stored on a number of overlapping IT systems, even if they have not committed a crime.
Senior officers say domestic extremism, a term coined by police that has no legal basis, can include activists suspected of minor public order offences such as peaceful direct action and civil disobedience.”
Where are the slayers of big government when you need them?