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Monday, February 20, 2012

Blanket snooping is abuse of power

Sulaiman Kamal | 11:35 PM | | | | Best Blogger Tips

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Growing threat ... of privacy invasion
Growing threat ... of privacy invasion

BRITAIN'S police and MI5 and MI6 spy agencies are understandably living in dread of a world-shaking terror attack on the summer Olympics.

Yet as innocent citizens are caught in this net, convicted extremists are openly recruiting jihadists under our noses.
Hate-preaching criminals behind bars are using the prison mail system to enlist converts to their murderous cause.
They have formed gangs whose rabble-rousing leaders turn non-militants into potential terrorists within days of starting their sentence.
Notorious Belmarsh Prison, where one in five inmates is Muslim, is a hotbed of radicalism.
It carried letters from inmates revelling in cushy prison conditions described by some as "a holiday camp".
Would-be killer Roshonara Choudhry says her welcome by fellow fanatics has made her life sentence for knifing Labour MP Stephen Timms the "best" time of her life.
Prisons are not the only hotbeds of extremism allowed to flourish in Britain. MPs of all parties recently denounced timid and greedy university authorities for failing to weed out zealots.
Tory MP David Davis, who resigned as Shadow Home Secretary over civil rights, yesterday warned the measures were over the top.
"There are already adequate laws for surveillance," he said. "If it is needed, it should be subject to a warrant, not carried out indiscriminately."
Extreme circumstances require extreme measures.



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