Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon has defended plans for the Government’s proposed Communications Data Bill – by saying that by not monitoring this traffic, it would be “giving a licence to terrorists to kill people“. Whilst I appreciate he might not have been briefed to speak on this, it’s quite possibly the most trite and facile justification for a panopticon that has ever been put forward; not even worthy of the arguments used to justify the ID Cards Act when that polemic was in full swing 3 years ago.
He didn’t stop there: “If they are going to use the internet to communicate with each other and we don’t have the power to deal with that, then you are giving a licence to terrorists to kill people.” Yes, and by allowing people to drive cars, we are giving them a license to drive to their local terrorist cell get-together. By allowing them to buy pens and paper, we are giving them the ability to write down their plans.
This has to stop. It’s daft, its’s disproportionate, it’s unjust. But we need a campaign and we need a name to rally round (NO2CommsDataBill doesn’t really trip off the tongue). Any suggestions?