Friday, 21 August 2009

1 in 78 spied on in the UK


It appears that councils and the Police issued over half a million requests to spy on us last year, equivilent to one in every 78 adults being "monitored" by the "authorities." Think about that for a moment. Someone in your street is being bugged by the State.

Are you one? Bet I am.


Fausty said...

I'd imagine that all bloggers who tag themselves "libertarian" or "conservative" are, or will be before June 2010, bugged.

Perhaps we should all include the following tags in all our emails, just to make the job of the Home Office impossible:



The Filthy Engineer said...


Houses of parliament
Old Holborn
Home Office
Foreign Office

James said...

Kill Gordon Brown.

Me too now !

The Economic Voice said...

Forget ASBOs, this is the new badge of honour!

If you're a blogger and you're not on the list, then you're a nobody!

Get your request in under the Freedom of Information Act. Make sure you are on the list.

A.B. Gordon said...

Tories are not subversive. Libertarians? Action talks, bullshit walks. Harmony of pen and sword.

Old Holborn said...

Mr Gordon

Old Holborn is but one year old.

I haven't even fucking started yet.


I intend to make things very, very interesting for the 646 cunts who think they rule me.

Govt Dept of the Ruin said...

neighbour keeps getting up early and getting in his car mon-fri

I think he may have a job !! he must be brought to justice

lilith said...

"neighbour keeps getting up early and getting in his car mon-fri"

Dob him in NOW....before long he will be paying off his mortgage and where would that leave the economy?

A.B. Gordon said...

Then I am with you even unto the end of time (St Matthew).

Don't Call Me Dave said...

I asked my council (London Borough of Barnet) how many times they had exercised their powers under RIPA. Between 2003 and 2008, it was 44 times.

When I then asked how many cases had led to a prosecution or had a prosecution pending, they refused to answer because, they claimed it would not be in the public interest.

This is, of course, complete bollocks. If a case goes to court, it becomes a matter of public record. I had not asked for specific details of the investigations or the names of the individuals under surveillance. I merely wanted to know how many of the 44 cases had resulted in a prosecution. I can only assume that the council’s refusal to answer is because the number of prosecutions is so low, it will prove to be embarrassing.

I have appealed to the Information Commissioner to determine this matter.

Sir Henry Morgan said...

Don't call me Dave:

I did this for my home town - Wigan. We had 401 investigations between 2002-2009. Read the reply I got:

FTAC Watch said...

"I haven't even fucking started yet.


I've only just started too.

I can already prove that the New Labour regime uses the NHS to detain political prisoners through the FTAC, and it looks like the Conservatives are going to do the same.

The story I have to tell will shock everyone.

LSP said...

FTAC - your story is genuinely disturbing to me.

Bust the whole thing open.

Anonymous said...

FTAC watch:

You were probably sectioned for being a nutter, not a 'political opponent'.

I wouldn't be surprised if half the people that frequent the comments sections of blogs like this, post copies of 1984 and tin-foil hats to MP's etc are on various lists.

If you were an MP you would want some sort of protection from the nutters too!

Leg-iron said...

I had a bloke round the other day pretending to be from the BBC. Apparently BBC staff 'don't routinely carry ID'. Well, that's rubbish for sure. If they want to approach members of the public, they'll need to prove who they are.

He was looking for random people to talk to about the blogging phenomenon, he said.

So I played innocent and asked him what a blog was, then played shocked that people would put their personal thoughts on the Internet in this age of identity theft and all that. Really? Isn't that terribly risky? What if a criminal should read it?

He got back in his car and made a vicious swipe across one of those weird laptops where you can write on the screen.

If you're reading this, Walter, yes, one of those you met that day was me.

I didn't have my hat on.

Perhaps I should start taking this politics stuff seriously.

Henry North London said...

Having met the FTAC when they came over about a patient It scares the living shit out of me

I was handed an article from 1916 to back up their claims of querulous paranoia

Its not in the ICD 10

They are trying to screw political dissidents.

Rogerborg said...

Yes, the NWO are trembling in their jackboots at the rise of the Dissident Blogger. All those nebulous threats that Someone might Do Something, and I mean Real Soon Now, have them cowering in fear.

lilith said...

Well done, Leg Iron... the behaviour of your "BBC" representative has all the hallmarks of our fabulously competent and impartial Police.

A.B. Gordon said...

Paranoia? I was chatting to a rep of the local Islamic society & got my photo taken.Said happy snapper claimed to be from the local paper. Was he? ID? Not shown. Should I have pressed the point? Wouldn''t spooks carry fake press ID anyway?

Don't Call Me Dave said...

Sir Henry Morgan

I was genuinely shocked at your blogpost regarding Wigan MBC’s use of RIPA. This seems to me to be an astonishing abuse of power by the local authority. RIPA was intended as an anti-terrorism measure yet your council carried out over 400 investigations, none of which were terrorist related.

Councils seem to make up the rules as they go along. Wigan refused to tell you how many prosecutions had taken place on the grounds of cost. Barnet refused me on grounds of public interest.

RIPA was introduced by Labour, and Wigan is a Labour council. Barnet is a Conservative council and it too has abused the Act. But what is really shocking is that it appears from your blog that you are a BNP supporter. To put it bluntly, I detest the BNP and everything that it stands for. But your blog has highlighted how demonstrably out of touch the mainstream parties have become by allowing the BNP to adopt the moral high ground by exposing a major abuse of power by a democratically elected authority.

I worry for democracy that local authorities can get away behaving as they do in Wigan and Barnet (and no doubt elsewhere across the country) and that it is left to an extremist party to highlight this.

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geewiz said...

A siren call from, probably, one of the finest British bands of today.

Muse: Uprising

"The paranoia is in bloom,
The PR, the transmissions, will resume,
They'll try to push drugs to keep us all dumbed down,
And hope that we will never see the truth around,

Another promise, another scene,Another package not to keep us trapped in greed,
With all the green belts wrapped around our minds,
And endless red tape to keep the truth confined,

They will not force us,
They will stop degrading us,
They will not control us,
And we will be victorious!


Interchanging mind-control,
Come, let the revolution take its toll,
If you could flick a switch and open your third eye,
You'd see that we should never be afraid to die,

Rise up and take the power back,
It's time that the fat cats had a heart attack,
You know that their time's coming to an end,
We have to unify and watch our flag ascend!

They will not force us,
They will stop degrading us,
They will not control us,
And we will be victorious!


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