I'm alarmed by the fact that so many people accept that the government "needs" to be able to detain anyone they fancy, invade their privacy, raid their laptops and phones, on the basis that they might be involved in terrorism. They had no such suspicion with David Miranda - at no stage did they think he was a terrorist or involved in terrorism. But they held him under those law big fat anyway.
|My MP, John Randall|
The changes that have come since 9/11 have mostly been an intrusion and inconvenience for perfectly law-abiding citizens. It seems to me to be common sense that it would pay the authorities to be chasing the actual terrorists, instead of trying to corral huge amounts of information about all of us.
It seems to me that we are sliding inexorably into a state where we aren't surprised that advertisers, government and nearly everyone else has access to the contents of our email, telephone messages and internet history. It's a dangerous and slippery slope that ends with the state having more power than is good for it, and our freedoms evaporating one by one. Protest now, before protest becomes categorized as a terrorist act.