Further to my remarks earlier today regarding government snooping on our electronic communications, we are given a prime example of just why this law enforcer’s wet dream is such a bad idea.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon, the national spokesman for serious organised crime, said officers should use the powers, aimed at serious crime and terrorism, to access the phone records of drivers who pose a risk.
“Who pose a risk” – not, “have committed crimes”, but “who pose a risk”. According to whom, one wonders? So there you have it, if the great and the good – as decided by, er, well, the great and the good, one presumes – you are deemed to pose a risk, well, you are to be spied upon and your life laid bare for their
Let us remind ourselves what the home secretary et al are saying, shall we?
The government said that updated legislation to take account of new technology was vital in the fight against criminals and terrorists.
Yet this is being contradicted by a man who represents a private company (ACPO). Either that or drivers who pose a risk are indeed terrorists and criminals…
Mr Hogan-Howe warned in a national newspaper that police being able to access phone, email and internet records was a “matter of life and death”.
Well, yes, and if it saves only one life…
If you have been following the decline of liberty in our country as it is gradually eroded by the control freaks and their useful idiots, you may notice, like those who have been observing the tobacco control puritans, a theme that is all too familiar. We see the same tired clichés being trotted out to justify each turn of the screw – and if you complain? Well, nothing to hide, nothing to fear of course.
Asked whether that would be proportionate, he said: “If I am driving on the motorway and I see someone on a phone and texting at 80mph that, for me, would pass the test immediately.”
That would be a “no”, then.