Disillusioned Discordian


Sorry mate, no ID, no services.
January 26, 2009, 1:08 pm
Filed under: ID Cards / Surveillance

In a society where Identity documents are required to obtain services, what do we become without those documents? This is the question parents who fail to pay their Child Support Maintenance could soon be asking themselves. As reported by the Times, The Welfare Reform Bill, which is currently going through the house would enable the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission to commandeer the driver’s licences and passports of parents who fall behind on their payments.

Of course as with most neo-labour punitive measures this would be carried out without a court order. The dangerous precedent this Bill sets becomes more apparent as we move towards a society where a single National Identity Card is required to interact with state and private commercial services. In such a society the removal of the card by the state would deny the person access to services transforming them overnight into a persona non gratis. At times such a notion has seemed far fetched, even for someone such as myself who takes a great interest in these matters. Now sadly it seems with this measure we are only a small step away from living in a society where confiscation of your ID card can be used as a punitive measure without judicial overview.

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Coroners and Justice Bill – Act Now to Defend Privacy!
January 23, 2009, 11:16 am
Filed under: ID Cards / Surveillance

Acting on the information in this email could be one of the most important things you ever do to protect your privacy.

This is one of the most serious threats to our liberty and privacy we’ve yet seen. Please read this carefully, and act now.

The government is trying to remove all limits on the use of our private information by officials. This means taking your information from anywhere and passing it anywhere they like – including medical records, financial records, communications data, ID information….anything at at all.

The Database State is now a direct threat, not a theory.

Clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill, due for its first debate in the Commons on Monday 26th January, would convert the Data Protection Act into its exact opposite. It would allow ministers to make ‘Information Sharing Orders’, that can alter any Act of Parliament and cancel all rules of confidentiality in order to allow information obtained for one purpose to be used for another.

This single clause is as grave a threat to privacy as the entire ID Scheme.

Combine it with the index to your life formed by the planned National Identity Register and everything recorded about you anywhere could be accessible to any official body.

Quite apart from the powers in the Identity Cards Act, if Information Sharing Orders come to pass, they could (for example) immediately be used to suck up material such as tax records or electoral registers to build an early version of the National Identity Register.

But the powers would apply to any information, not just official information. They would permit data trafficking between government agencies and private companies – and even with foreign governments. They would permit government departments to obtain information from private companies and individuals, too.

THIS IS WHY WE MUST ACT NOW!

You to do three things:

1) Please write straight away IN YOUR OWN WORDS to your MP via http://www.WriteToThem.com – do it this weekend, if not before. The Bill is being rushed through Parliament, even as we write.

Ask your MP to read Part 8 (clauses 151 – 154) of the Coroners and Justice Bill, and to oppose the massive enabling powers in the “Information sharing” clause. The Bill contains a number of controversial provisions, but to the casual reader it appears mainly to be about reforming inquests and sentencing. It is due its Second Reading in the Commons on 26th January 2009.

Request your MP demand that the clause be given proper Parliamentary scrutiny. This is something that will affect every single one of their constituents, unlike the rest of the Bill. There is a grave danger that the government will set a timetable that will cut off debate before these proposals – which are at the end of the Bill – are *even* discussed.

2) Write letters to your local papers. Point out that this will affect every single person in the country. Highlight the fact that the information sharing powers in this Bill are overwhelmingly unpopular *- when people know about them – and that they are being sneaked in without publicity*.

A YouGov poll in the Sunday Times on 18th January (details here: http://forum.no2id.net/viewtopic.php?p=100808 ) shows that the public opposes these new powers by a factor of 3 to 1 *against* – 65% of people asked said they would give government “too much power”, only 19% thought not.

3) Tell as many people as you can. And find out more yourself. We have created a new page on the website dedicated to ‘data sharing’ which contains links to the key documents and a brief explanation of each.

Please read it, and pass on this link: http://www.no2id.net/datasharing.php

Let your friends, family, colleagues and anyone who might share our concerns know that the battle for their privacy is happening NOW. The more people we reach, the more we hope will act.

We really can’t afford not to win. Good luck!



Struggle against Database State Continues
January 22, 2009, 5:53 pm
Filed under: ID Cards / Surveillance

The struggle against the Database state is starting to hot up with another salvo against out civil liberties being fired by New Labour. Perhaps fearing that Jacqui is not safe pair of hands, Straw is overseeing the latest development from his lair within the ominously named Ministry of Justice. The Coroners and Justice Bill contains clauses that will allow for ‘Information Sharing Orders’, these orders can override the Data protection act to allow government to share information amongst departments. As NO2ID have pointed out this means data collected in things like the 2011 census could be passed on to any other department or added onto any other existing database. Joined up surveillance, or as the Government would call it ‘Transformational Governance’.

Cameron has moved Grayling, his commons attack dog to oppose Jacqui as the Shadow Home Secretary, and long standing opponent of the ID card scheme will move to Shadow Straw in Justice. A multi-signatory letter yesterday in the Guardian yesterday accused the Government of double-standard over its plans to exempt MP’s expenses from the Freedom of Information Act, whilst simultaneously seeking to gain control over our information. In a fantastic victory on the same Day Brown backed down from these measures.

I’ll be watching eagerly on 26th January when the Coroners and Justice Bill gets it’s second reading.



In defense of Liberty – Comes the Dailymail?
January 13, 2009, 11:14 am
Filed under: ID Cards / Surveillance

The great defender of British liberty against the ever encroaching Database state has once again drawn attention to some shady business going on in British schools. Yes the long term critic of Big Brother aka the Dailymail has been challenging Grauniad readers loyalties and assumptions with its rabble rousing defense of individual liberty. Across the country many opponents of ID cards et al are starting to feel the pinch of arch neo-labourist Toynbee’s harping on about how all this surveillance is justified if it leads to some kind of liberal-paternalistic third-way wankfest.

One can’t help but feel a little dirty and soiled when you discover yourself agreeing with Richard Littlejohn. I liken it to the feeling of having sex with someone you don’t really fancy, it’s ok at the time if you are pissed enough, but straight after it all feels a little well just ‘wrong’. This is how I felt as I downloaded the this story on the train the other day, on the one hand ecstatic ‘yes this is what I have felt all along, finally I’m not alone in my moral outrage’ yet also dirty, “ew I’m on the daily mail webpage and enjoying it.”

Whilst the so-called liberal press and politicians largely dilly dally about, the libertarian right is making huge political gains with it’s opposition to ID cards. For this, as with most things I blame double-speak neo-labour for their corruption of the left, having taking the worst freedom crushing aspects of a centralized paternalistic economy and merged them with the worst aspects of unrestrained capitalism. They have created the monstrous super-bee political hybrid.  

Back to this latest pilot study, Facial recognition being used to detect “late-comers” WTF!!! I struggle to even grasp how even the most brainwashed minister could seek to balance the use of such technology for the need of detecting “late-comers”. Perhaps next we will see the rental of American spy-satellites to track school children skiving off on the cross-country run. The Zealously with which this technology is brought into local education must be a particular quirk of guilibity as to the cost effectiveness of tackling mundane problems with cutting edge technology, combined with a total and complete disregard for basic principles of Human decency and privacy. That’s at best, at worst it’s nothing more than a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate an entire generation into a fascistic system of Orwellian totalitarian control.



Our Democracy is not FIT
December 19, 2008, 2:26 pm
Filed under: ID Cards / Surveillance, Police State UK PLC, Political

As regular readers will know Moon has little love of FIT (Forward Intelligence Teams). These people get paid to basically hang around collecting information on people at protests, or when there are no protest harassing chavs on council estates. A sort of bastard latter day Stasi born from Neo-labours war on ‘terror’. The result of this action whether intentional or not is to cause fear amongst activist. This in turn puts people off participating in legitimate political protest, helpfully quashing dissent against our Dear Leader Brown. FIT are also closely linked to the NETCU (National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit) and other similar teams. NETCU is a concern to me as they blur the lines between legitimate political protest, direct action and terrorism. For example legitimate political protest is listed as the first of three stages leading towards criminal actions and ‘home visits’ on their site. The suspicion is that anyone undertaking political protest is on the first stage of becoming an ‘extremist’. Remember folks political protest is the first stage of a domestic extermism campaign.. They also warn how the ‘target’ could be posted on extermist websites like http://blog.geeklawyer.org/

These teams are also involved in the propaganda of painting political activists as extremists, for example the Observer article that portrays Earth First as terrorists. Since writing that blog articule the Observer has embarrassingly pulled the story after a flood of readers complained at their printing of Police State propaganda.

Most alarmingly during a recent court case, where three political activists were accused (and later found guilty) of obstructing a FIT officer from taking photographs, an admission in court was made by PC Dan Collins:

“Is there a mechanism to check which demonstrations [the defendant] has attended?” asked the defence.

“Not just [the defendant]. Thousands of people” he replied.

“And the system could check on just one individual?”

“Not me personally. But the police could, yes.”

This is the first time that the police have publicly admitted to keeping a database on people who have attended political protests, although in truth such a system has probably existed for some time. As police surpression is nothing new. It raises serious concerns as to whether such a system is in Breach of Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights (at least untill Straw is able to ‘balance’ the act). The knowledge of such a system will also again scare a number of legitimate political activists from engaging in protests for fear of becoming a suspect or being marked as an extremist by the state.



New NO2ID Video – Take Jane
December 8, 2008, 11:28 am
Filed under: ID Cards / Surveillance

NO2ID has released a new video warning of the dangers the Database state could pose to vunerable women. Check it out.



Jacqui Smith’s ID card scheme removes liberty in more ways than one
December 6, 2008, 11:02 pm
Filed under: ID Cards / Surveillance, Political

It seems it’s not just MPs who face the prospect of having their offices searched without a warrant. Recently documents obtained by the campaign group NO2ID exposes plans to allow the Home Secretary to authorize searches of anybody working on the ID card scheme. The non-disclosure document signed by all five companies still in the running to build the intrusive and unwanted ID card scheme removes the need to seek judicial overview for these searched to take place and removes the fundamental civil liberties of anybody working on the scheme. This document alone shows why in a democracy there is a need for the people to know what their government is up to. What kind of sinister scheme requires secretive clauses, putting citizens working on the scheme under a Stalinist system operated by the Home Secretary free from any judicial review or oversight? Some serious questions need to be asked and this sick government that has turned against it’s people needs kicking out before anymore damage can be done. Untill this happens there is no longer any justice in England.