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:-
Snowden is right about the danger of NSA surveillance
Americans Might Not Support Edward Snowden, But They Support Disclosing Programs
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!