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David Cameron makes concessions
to rush through snooping law

Guardian [UK], by Patrick Wintour & Rowena Mason *

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 7/10/2014 5:16:37 PM

David Cameron abandoned his year-long resistance to tightening the accountability of the security services as the price for winning Liberal Democrat and Labour support for emergency surveillance laws. Standing alongside Nick Clegg, the prime minister unveiled emergency laws, to be bundled through parliament in days, designed to shore up the powers of spies, police and government agencies. But Cameron agreed to a "sunset clause" time-limiting the bill to 2016, a full-scale review of intercept laws, a new oversight board and restrictions on the number of public bodies that can make use of surveillance data.

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* [w/ James Ball].

A really good read as Edward Snowden´s revelations strikes its first big blow for civil liberties against a friendly country and their spy agencies. Of course, 0bama wouldn´t consider letting this through his regime, especially a "sunset law in 2016," requiring the Brits to reevaluate these changes.

      


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