Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Freedom Bill: an expression of the Coalition’s schizophrenic approach to civil liberties?

The recently-released Freedom Bill, hyperbolically described as the most important advance in civil liberties in this country since the 1689 Bill of Rights, is certainly a step forward for the state of civil liberties. A lot of it, certainly, is … Continue reading

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Violation nation: a look at fingerprinting in schools

While it’s bad enough that the adults among us are subjected to frequent abuses of our civil liberties, it’s  even more disturbing to realise that many of our children are growing up in a world where they are required to … Continue reading

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Internet repression: the new face of civil liberties violations?

Our friends in the US, usually a good barometer of forthcoming threats to civil liberties, are highlighting a bill that could give the US president “essentially unchecked power to determine what services can be connected to the internet”. The bill, … Continue reading

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Full body scanners; this is getting silly!

We’re impressed. The lunacy that is the installation and operation of full body scanners at airports around the world has hit a pitch even we doubted was possible. American news channels report that a TSA undercover agent successfully concealed a … Continue reading

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Standards of liberty, or equal violation under the law?

Perhaps because America is such a world leader in the paranoid pursuit of ‘security’ at all costs, it also seems to be a breeding ground for a number of dissenting voices. This thoughtful and cogent piece from Joel Cohen (no, … Continue reading

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Will the Freedom Bill tackle CCTV in schools?

News emerged last week that Stoke Park School & Community Technology College, in Coventry, has installed a mind-boggling 112 CCTV cameras to monitor 1090 students. While the acting head teacher defended this fact by claiming that there were no cameras … Continue reading

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The Freedom Bill: does it live up to the promises?

As you’ll no doubt have noticed by now, our Coalition government has recently released details of a long-anticipated bill supposed to restore freedom and prevent abuses of civil liberties. Reports are easy to find: here’s one from The Telegraph, employing … Continue reading

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