Concerned about your Digital Rights?

You should be – they are under attack from all sides!

After I signed the petition at
http://action.openrightsgroup.org/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=1422&ea.campaign.id=8227

I received an email from the Open Rights Group, as follows:-

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Thank you for taking the time to sign the petition to stop the Government’s Communications Capability Development Programme. If the CCDP is allowed to go ahead, the government would be able to snoop on all our emails and online interactions. As well as being a pointless waste of money, the CCDP also contravenes human rights law.

CCDP is a badly thought out and ill-informed campaign that has large opposition across parliament. A handful of MPs backing the proposal are hoping to sneak it through parliament unnoticed, but the more people know about this, the less likely this is to happen. The attention generated by the article in the Sunday times helping this http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/9090617/Phone-and-email-records-to-be-stored-in-new-spy-plan.html but there are many things you can do to help derail their plans:

* Tell your friends about the petition – at http://bit.ly/stopthesnooping
* Like our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stopgovtsnooping
* Write to your local MP http://bit.ly/writemp

Now is the time to take action and stop this.

If you want to know more about how CCDP would affect you, you can visit ORG’s wiki Page
http://wiki.openrightsgroup.org/wiki/Communications_Capabilities_Development_Programme

or attend ORGCon where Privacy International will be giving a talk on the issue:
http://www.openrightsgroup.org/orgcon-2012

Thank you,

Jim Killock
Executive Director
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The way the law operates at the moment is that to access such data – which is perfectly possible with the systems they already have, and which they do on a regular basis – permission from a magistrate is needed. This should be as much as is allowed, and no more.

To put this in perspective, try to imagine what our situation would be if the Internet did not exist, but there was still the fear of terrorist activity as there is today. Would they insist on recording the addressee of each letter and postcard, and would they insist on opening a letter to discover the name of the sender, if it wasn’t clearly marked on the envelope?

I think not. The Royal Mail has always been sacrosanct.

Then why doesn’t the same concept apply to digital communication? It most certainly should!

OK. I’ve done my bit, now its up to you.

There is an alternative to all this, by the way, but it was never considered to be 100% reliable.
Use a Carrier Pigeon!
(You might think I am joking, but if anybody could use a very lucrative sideline – this could be it!)

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America’s Oubliette!

Actually, this is only one of them. Apparently there are many more around the world, but operated secretly. We are in fact referring to Guantanamo Bay – a part of Cuba that the Americans refuse to return to its rightful owners.

I was recently sent an email, asking for help. I repeat it here below, and ask you, in turn to see what you can do. The wider this message is spread, and the more people that take action on it, the better the chances of bringing this man home!

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10 years in Guantanamo: Free Shaker Aamer

Shaker Aamer has been held in Guantánamo Bay since 2002. He is a legal permanent resident of the UK, married to a British national, with four British children living in London.

Shaker has long been cleared for release by the United States. He has never been charged by the United States with a crime and has never received a trial. However, he has been repeatedly abused and subjected to extended isolation in Guantánamo Bay.

He has been cleared of any wrongdoing, but the US authorities will not allow him to return to his family in London. Pressure from the British government is vital in securing Shaker’s release..

Please sign the e-petition to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office(UK citizens and residents only)

“Shaker Aamer is a British resident with a British wife and children who has been imprisoned without trial by the US in Bagram Airforce Base and Guantanamo Bay for over ten years. The Foreign Secretary and the Foreign Office must undertake urgent new initiatives to achieve the immediate transfer of Shaker Aamer to the UK from continuing indefinite detention in Guantanamo Bay.”

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/29410

Please forward this email to all your friends and family and ask them to sign.

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However, the way the petition system is operated, it won’t trigger any action until it gets to 100,000 signatures, and at present it is only at 6,256. Shaker Aamer could be old and grey before the petition gets anywhere near Parliamentary debate.

I think much more than that is needed. Therefore I ask you to write to your MP personally, or you can send one letter with a group of people signing it. Not sure how to do this? There is a range of options below – pick one!

Contact your Councillors, MP, MEPs, MSPs, or Northern Ireland, Welsh and London AMs for free
http://www.writetothem.com/

Find your MP (Contact details given on personal website)
http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/

Lists of MPs (Contact details given on personal website)
http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

They Work for You (Uses “writetothem.com” given above)
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/

Please do what you can, and pass on the word. Lets bring this man home before Christmas!