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UK reaction to NSA leaks had ‘chilling effect’ on media freedoms – Council of Europe

22.08.2013 06:57

The Council of Europe lashed out at Britain for destroying hard drives containing leaked information on the NSA, saying if Russia did the same thing the media would be all over it, and the West should apply the same standards to itself.

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fran7 26.08.2013 07:56

The UK government talk about transparency but avoid letting people know important things by simply saying that " ITS NOT IN THE INTEREST OF THE BRITISH PUBLIC "

 

Kenneth T. Tellis 23.08.2013 17:25

If the British Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister refuse to answer to question asked by the Council of Europe's Secretary-General's question, they are guilty by avoidance and can be arrested under an Interpol warrant issued by him.

Perhaps then Cameron and Clegg will be forced to obey the laws of the European Union and if not be sent to prison. That would certainly be a come-down for the high and mighty British government of David. Cameraon.

 

Adam Roome 23.08.2013 12:12

Where is the link to the "open Letter" from Secretary General Thorbjoern Jagland to be found?

 

Alan Blanes 23.08.2013 06:41

The NSA and the Manning conviction are illustrative of the idea that people in the West are to be intimidated by the idea of questioning the surveillance state. The rash of police abuse cases lately where police have shot a Sunday School teacher in an Ohio church parking lot; murdered people for hesitating for less than a millisecond before obeying police orders in Ontario - these acts are clearly orchestrated to create fear and to cast an aura of impunity for police. This must be challenged by everyone banding together to affirm constitutional rights - and to demand that police have allegiance to these rights.

 

Zane Slocombe 23.08.2013 02:54

We saw how Europe treated Evo Morales, when thought Snowden might be stowed away on the Prime Minister's plane.

This symbolic humiliation by the UK Stasi designed to intimidate the UK press will go unsanctioned.

The USA is in control of the rest of Europe as much as they are of the UK, with most European countries tripping over themselves to help the USA defeat human rights and circumvent International Law with illegally detained Prime Ministers, journalists and their loved ones intimidated, not to mention secret flights & prisons for torture and rendition scattered throughout this Human Rights loving continent.

 

Peter Boyle 22.08.2013 15:36

GB maintains they are a 'special case'. Other nations cooperated with the NSA (Canada, Aus, NZ). The English speaking world has nothing but contempt for everyone else. America describes itself as "The Indespensible Nation", GB as a "Special Case" and everyone smiles and nods in agreement. Why does much of the rest of the world bow down to these two thugs? With the emergence of the BRICSA (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), the dominance of the US and GB is fading. Europe sould shun any agreements with either the US or GB because history shows that they do not play well with others.

 

jim 22.08.2013 13:03

V Pete 22.08.2013 12:43

At last someone with authority is addressing this issue...

  

You are right with your comment. My point though is, people should never cease to be aware that if they stop caring about these matters, a turning point for the better will never come. A critical mass of critically thinking human beings is necessary to steer the world in a certain direction. If everything is left for a small group to decide, then we are ultimately doomed. There are many groups out there, but we are still running towards fascism. What does that tell us?

 

mickey12gauge 22.08.2013 12:44

Carlos 22.08.2013 10:21

British hypocrisy at it's best!! Defame others whilst elevating yourselves as guardians of freedom. Well the world has seen your true colors. The world will laugh in your face when you speak of freedoms and human rights, because you know the meaning of neither.

  


I wholeheartedly agree!

 

V Pete 22.08.2013 12:43

At last someone with authority is addressing this issue. My congratulations to these people! Oppressing us all is going to do nothing more than to make our civilization to come to a point of self destruction. It will not make us safer. Shame on the men and women who promote these oppressive and useless strong-arm measures.

 

jim 22.08.2013 12:03

Oh, don't worry about fascism. Since a group I never heard of before, the Council of Europe, is taking care of these matters for us. We don't need to do anything, really. Whenever there's an expert or group of experts voicing my opinion, I get the feeling that it isn't all that bad. I can then get back to earning money, shopping and entertainment without worries. It is great to have somebody else do the thinking for me.

 

Tony 22.08.2013 10:35

Dead Head 'Opposition leader' Ed Milband has left it to the Council Of Europe to criticise Tory PM David Cameron's police state tactics.
What a limp useless panda he is.
Not fit to be on TV let alone lead the opposition
Milli ons of vulnerable poor and disabled rely on him
So he sits sipping wine and twiddling his thumbs

 

Carlos 22.08.2013 10:21

British hypocrisy at it's best!! Defame others whilst elevating yourselves as guardians of freedom. Well the world has seen your true colors. The world will laugh in your face when you speak of freedoms and human rights, because you know the meaning of neither.

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