The Freedom Bill: an expression of the Coalition’s schizophrenic approach to civil liberties?

The recently-released Freedom Bill, hyperbolically described as the most important advance in civil liberties in this country since the 1689 Bill of Rights, is certainly a step forward for the state of civil liberties. A lot of it, certainly, is concerned with repealing desperately illiberal...

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Violation nation: a look at fingerprinting in schools

While it’s bad enough that the adults among us are subjected to frequent abuses of our civil liberties, it’s  even more disturbing to realise that many of our children are growing up in a world where they are required to have their fingerprints swiped in order to borrow library...

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Internet repression: the new face of civil liberties violations?

Our friends in the US, usually a good barometer of forthcoming threats to civil liberties, are highlighting a bill that could give the US president “essentially unchecked power to determine what services can be connected to the internet”. The bill, introduced by Republican senator...

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Full body scanners; this is getting silly!

We’re impressed. The lunacy that is the installation and operation of full body scanners at airports around the world has hit a pitch even we doubted was possible. American news channels report that a TSA undercover agent successfully concealed a gun in her underwear and passed through...

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Standards of liberty, or equal violation under the law?

Perhaps because America is such a world leader in the paranoid pursuit of ‘security’ at all costs, it also seems to be a breeding ground for a number of dissenting voices. This thoughtful and cogent piece from Joel Cohen (no, not that Joel Cohen) illustrates a key way in which we...

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The Freedom Bill: does it live up to the promises?

As you’ll no doubt have noticed by now, our Coalition government has recently released details of a long-anticipated bill supposed to restore freedom and prevent abuses of civil liberties. Reports are easy to find: here’s one from The Telegraph, employing dubious grammar to make an...

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What’s ‘left’ of our leaders’ commitment to protecting civil liberties?

As we mentioned yesterday, we’ve been poring over Statewatch’s recent report on the depth of the Coalition’s commitment to civil liberties. If you want to read the entire report, you can check it out here (about halfway down the page). A related concern, highlighted by David...

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Powers related to ID cards on their way back?

Do you remember all the fanfare, after last May’s general election, over the Coalition’s supposed commitment to restore the civil liberties trampled upon by Labour? You do? Then you may well ask how well that commitment has withstood the pressures of government. Statewatch’s...

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