Oppose the Communications Data Bill? Then you're helping terrorists

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?

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That is what I call the "sheep" mentality which, unfortunately most of the population seems to have. I agree that we need to campaign against it. Privacy for the People!
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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?
I cannot say that this trips off the tongue, but you are welcome at: http://communicationsdatabill.info We need everyone we can get and ideas about how we can get the message in view of people as much as possible, so thanks for this post. Keep it up!
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Oh, by the way, I actually emailed a lot of people who I thought would be interested in this attempted sabotage and crippling of the internet, along with the hobbling of civil liberties and personal freedom. People who might be considered leaders of the open source software movement and the process of facilitating feedom of speech and the empowerment of people to create their own media movements. Perhaps the replies have been lost in the electronic post, but they have certainly not appeared in my inbox. A post on a major open source CMS forum was deleted within moments, presumably for being "political". Things are not going to improve if we are being led by pied-pipers, who are sleepwalkers leading us into a world database state. What pressure can Computer Weekly bring to bear on them to stir them into standing up and being counted. If the open source community actually saw what is going to happen and marshalled the massive following it has, simply by asking people to think about what the Communications Data Bill actually means, it would create such a global roar for freedom that New Labour's poisonous little bill would never again attempt to strangle the freedom of the internet. So, what are we going to do?
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It is frightening that people just cannot see or understand what is proposed. As we now are aware the Bill has been shelved till January 09, but you can bet that it won't be forgotten. A law like this would change the face of the Internet forever, and for the worse. Most of us have nowt to hide when surfing the Internet, but why should we have our every move, email and webpage tracked merely to satisfy a paranoid Home Office that we are not terrorists? I currently run several websites and do voluntary online work for a charity; why should the government track and record my private business? I can see lots of Internet businesses collapsing as surfers drop off in large numbers. Internet forums will close and "free speech" will be dead. Anyone seen visiting the Conservatives homepage will probably also be flagged as a State enemy! Sadly, people do not learn except by their mistakes; I've seen it happen time and again. You see danger and put out warnings, but you get laughed at and ignored. Then, when the problems start raining down, people suddenly bleat "oh but why weren't we told?" Too late. As a middle-aged person, I fear very much for the future of this island; never in my life have I seen such contempt for people's views shown by a government. I have already written directly to the Opposition, stressing my feelings on this issue and asking them to fight against allowing this Bill to become Law. I do not have the internet contacts to be of much help on many other fronts, but I'd say just tackle anyone and make sure the facts are known to as many people as possible.
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