I love how the lefties keep going on about the evil mastermind/stupid tories and their monstrous evil deeds... while forgetting that their beloved French socialists just passed an even worse law.Way to be easily manipulated and sidetracked, lads. Do you have any idea how ridiculous the whole "five-eyes pig-loving NEW WORLD ORDER" thing sounds to anyone outside the cult?
You know what? People that grew up higher then middle class and work there currently, and people that work high up in government won't write that way. So, who are you defending?
Where I get a chuckle is when I see top level pundits defending atrocious surveillance schemes. Fact is, they are far more of a target for secret surveillance by effectively ruling members of their own government more then anyone else. Next down the rung, upper level corporate executives and the super rich. All up and down the strata of government and corporate. Why? Because that is where the money is. That is where the power is.
I liked Bruce's speech. These folks are "datamined". When something comes up, spin the rolodex and see what you have on them. "Reverse surveillance".
As Bruce said, secret surveillance aids in manipulation. If manipulation is the bullet, secret surveillance is the gun.
You want something from someone? Check their file. There will be something there. So whatever you need, whenever you need it, from whomever you need it.
Software vulnerabilities can be found from examining the code carefully. Kind of like undressing the application. Human vulnerabilities... their code is what they say and what they do. Getting their physical vulnerabilities of their private parts engaged with other people's private parts usually isn't enough. You want to know what they love, what they hate, what they like, what they dislike. You know what they believe? Then you know how to control them.
And one thing is always for sure about people in power. They like power. That means they like getting it over on other's. So they always have skeletons in their closet.
As for these moves by the Brits, it is clearly in the spirit of Hitler, or Stalin. Old School totalitarianism. North Korea would understand. Why fight wars against Nazis or the Soviets if you were going to yell back at them, "Hey boys, okay, you win! We love you. See!"
You want to model your state after Saudi Arabia? That is the direction to go.
But just don't come back to the free democracy club and pretend like you belong anymore, because you don't.
Buddy up to China and make Putin your best friend. Learn to love Kim Jong-Un. And delete all your contacts to make way for the Saudi ruling family. Because everyone else will mock and jeer you. But these guys will go, "Glad you finally see things our way. See, what is wrong with the rest of the world?"