UN makes the connection between surveillance and free speech

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7 Responses to “UN makes the connection between surveillance and free speech”

  1. thaum says:

    “Legislation must stipulate that State surveillance of communications must only occur under the most exceptional circumstances and exclusively under the supervision of an independent judicial authority.”

    Well! Terrorism is exceptional circumstances, and we can’t find all the terrorists and the terrorists friends and the terrorist friends of friends and the terrorists friends of friends of friends and the terrorist friends of friends of friends and so on without surveilling everyone! And the President has OK’d it, so we’re totally OK to proceed! Hooray!

  2. pseudoacacia says:

    Great. Now that the relevance of the UN is declining, they can finally speak the truth.

  3. Miramon says:

    Very nice.

    But remember the “UN” isn’t a thing. Just considering the bureacracy and staff, there are a large number of committees and sub-organizations, each with its own bias. Some are staffed by amazing humanitarians and brilliant scholars; others by bigots, time-servers, and criminals. And this isn’t even considering the actual national representatives and their frequently changing governments and positions.

    So there is no monolithic UN to actually hold any particular position. No doubt at the same time as this pronouncement, another committee someplace has the opposite opinion — no doubt one staffed by Russians, British, and Americans, all governments that love domestic surveillance….

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