This is frustrating, to say the least!
There has been a spate of comment spam recently on this site. You won’t have seen it, for I delete it before it gets anywhere, but my attempts to pinpoint the source and close it down have so far come to naught.
1. The originating email address is fictitious, and any mail sent to it fails to be delivered.
2. Normally it would be possible to reach the administration at the sites referenced by the spammer, but both the addresses I have tried – info@sitename, and webmaster@sitename – result in a failed delivery.
It is possible to view the sites referenced, however, so they are definitely there.
Looking at their webpages in text mode is no help either. Neither of the two sites I have looked at give an originating url, which is certainly not standard practice.
So be aware, spammers are gaming the system!
I don’t know if WordPress could help us out here at all? I will go to the Commons, reference this post, and ask if anything can be done.
Failing that, we need a good HACKER!
I hear that Edward Snowden’s credentials are excellent,
I wonder if he is available?
So now it is official – Snowden was right! It was a long time coming.
There have been other articles on this subject before, of course, such as:-
but now we have the clincher at:-
MPs: Snowden files are ’embarrassing indictment’ of British spying oversight
“A highly critical report by the Commons home affairs select committee published on Friday calls for a radical reform of the current system of oversight of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, arguing that the current system is so ineffective it is undermining the credibility of the intelligence agencies and parliament itself.”
“The cross-party report is the first British parliamentary acknowledgement that Snowden’s disclosures of the mass harvesting of personal phone and internet data need to lead to serious improvements in the oversight and accountability of the security services.”
Sir Malcolm Rifkind, currently chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, (ISC), attempted to ward off interference from outside by stating that the ISC would conduct its own inquiry into personal privacy and state surveillance.
We all know that self-policing never works!
“The Home Office said: “Our security agencies and law enforcement agencies operate within a strict legal and policy framework and under the tightest of controls and oversight mechanisms. This represents one of the strongest systems of checks and balances and democratic accountability for secret intelligence anywhere in the world.”
Sorry, its not enough. Fix it!
It seems that the select committee has done a commendable job. Our task is to ensure that acceptable reforms are carried through, and these must include stripping away secrecy wherever possible.
And if you wish to send a person note of thanks to Edward Snowden, you can do so here!