‘Anti terrorist’ abuses by British government

This 2009 video from Britain is called GCHQ is listening. Short video footage of Menwith Hill US spy listening post in Britain.

Another video from Britain used to say about itself:

[Comedian] Mark [Thomas] sets up a balloon service to fly over the Menwith Hill US Spy listening post in Britain. Menwith Hill was formerly used during the Cold War by the US to spy on the Russians. It’s now used to spy on me and you, over 100,000 phone calls are monitored Europe wide at any one time.

From British daily The Guardian:

Civil servants attacked for using anti-terror laws to spy on public

• Watchdog threatened to tell PM about abuses
• Officers posed as anglers to investigate fish plot

Controversial surveillance powers employed to fight terrorism and combat crime have been misused by civil servants in undercover “spying” operations that breach official guidelines, the Guardian has learned.

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information show some government departments and agencies have used these powers incorrectly or without proper controls. They also show the official government watchdog set up to monitor the use of such clandestine techniques criticised the departments for their behaviour.

The watchdog twice threatened to inform Gordon Brown about the serious abuses of powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).

Meet the new Britain: just like the old one where green protesters are spied on: here.

See also here.

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