The tweet is simple: “EU’s signal to Greece is clear: Democratic will of people no longer means anything in Europe. Banks trump democracy. Today we are all Greeks”.
Its not just the Gankster Economy that undermines democracy, it’s the state spying on its citizens and the blooming of surveillance culture unheeded and unrestricted. It’s an emerging travesty that gets overlooked in the light of enduring cultural myth-building and self-satisfaction.
One of the central myths that the stage-hypnotists of the Union like to maintain is the impartiality of the British state. Indeed, during the referendum campaign a queue of politicians lined up to explain how we’d been left vulnerable if we no longer had the ‘protective arm’ of the SIS to help us. Theresa May led the way boasting: “The UK currently boasts “some of the finest intelligence and security services in the world”.
“The national security risks the UK faces are complex and changing,” she said on a visit to Edinburgh.
“Terrorists and organised criminals will seek new ways to exploit any weakness in our justice and policing capabilities, and the scale of emerging threats such as cyber-crime demands a comprehensively resourced response. Now is the time to work more closely together for the security of all citizens.”
The message was clear and simple, stay with Britain, for greater security.
This was clearly nonsensical ahistorical propaganda, but in the maelstrom of negativity it was a key note to strike, even if such awkward moments as extraordinary rendition or abuse of powers were quietly shuffled away from the gaze.
It’s interesting to note then, as time goes by, exactly how this benign state operates.
Extraordinary revelations have been released about how the biggest manufacturer of Sim cards in the world has reportedly been hacked into by the US NSA and UK GCHQ. Read the full story here.
The security agencies stole the encryption keys that are built into every one of the Sim cards made by the Dutch firm Gemalto.
The revelations of the hack come from the NSA files supplied by Edward Snowden and reported on by Glen Greenwald’s The Intercept. The files reveal that Gemalto was targeted by the Mobile Handset Exploitation Team (MHET), a unit formed by the NSA and GCHQ in April 2010 to target vulnerabilities in mobile phones.
Gemalto’s motto is “Security to be Free.”
Safer Together. Stronger Together.