Spy chiefs are pressing ahead with secret plans to monitor all internet use and telephone calls in Britain despite an announcement by Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, of a ministerial climbdown over public surveillance. ... The £1 billion snooping project - called Mastering the Internet (MTI) - will rely on thousands of "black box" probes being covertly inserted across online infrastructure. ... Jacqui Smith announced that she was ditching controversial plans for a single "big brother" database ... However, she failed to mention that substantial additional sums - amounting to more than £1 billion over three years - had already been allocated to GCHQ for its MTI programme.Just this morning, I was saying to myself, "I wonder if a journalist asked Jacqui Smith, 'Is there anything that you believe the public has the right to keep private from the government?" whether her answer would be "No."
Seriously, I believe that Jacqui Smith believes that it is proper and good for the government to know literally everything about every person in Britain. And I bet she'd admit it, too, if pressed to name stuff that she things isn't the government's business.
Jacqui Smith's secret plan to carry on snooping (Thanks, Glyn!)
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