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TEMPLATE FOR WRITING TO YOUR MP ON CHANGING SURVEILLANCE LAWS

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  1. It’s a small tragedy that the letter template completely concedes the game in stating – “I lived through the last wave of IRA bombings in London, and through 7/7, and consider the inevitable ‘abuses’ of freedom from surveillance, and the default of trust by the state, still to be worth enduring.” As someone who campaigned against the ‘Prevention of Terrorism Act (Temporary Provisions)’ and all it’s permanent successors this almost sums up the stasis in uncovering exposing and dismantling the state of unfreedom and control of politics in the UK. This is a bigger point politically than all the necessary encryption and defence of privacy that is also necessary.

    • Tim: This letter was based on a letter I sent to my MP, Mark Field and – while it could be better drafted – I am not sure about your criticism. I was not accepting the unfreedom represented by the PTA and related legislation. Rather I was putting the case for society being prepared to take risks and needing to be robust in the face of terrorism. I also note that surveillance and policing are not the appropriate level at which to address such phenomena. And I agree that the focus on privacy and protection from surveillance is a narrow and somewhat particularlist focus which also needs to be challenged.