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Salami tactics – the end of Democracy

Last year, on a newspaper comment thread, someone called me a ‘nitwit’ because I said that civil liberties in the UK and USA are starting to resemble those found in places like China and North Korea. I’m not going to … Continue reading

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Habeas Corpus, what’s that?

Last year, US District Judge Katherine Forrest made a final ruling that Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – which allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens without trial – was unconstitutional and therefore unlawful. Government … Continue reading

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Rule, Britannia

Yesterday, David Miranda, a Brazilian citizen, was detained for nine hours at Heathrow Airport while transiting from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro. Miranda is the partner of Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who’s breaking the Edward Snowden stories. It seems certain … Continue reading

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Sheep, Blind Mice and Ostriches

The Guardian ran a piece today about the Lavabit secure e-mail service, which has just been shut down by its owner, Ladar Levison, who said that he wouldn’t be “complicit in crimes against the American people” (here); ie, he wouldn’t … Continue reading

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The free world is going to need its own internet

Ok, so you probably think I’ve been banging on about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) too much. After all, you may say, America has always been a bit of a crazy place and us lot in the rest of … Continue reading

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