The latest evidence that the privacy of UK citizens coming under attack, comes not from Liberty or the opposition party, but the former head of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington.
In an interview with the Spanish news paper, La Vanguardia, which was also published in the Independent Dame Stella Rimington stated that British Government policies caused the public to “live in fear and under a police state”.
The former head of MI5 went on to say that: “Since I have retired I feel more at liberty to be against certain decisions of the Government, especially the attempt to pass laws which interfere with people’s privacy…..It would be better that the Government recognised that there are risks, rather than frightening people in order to be able to pass laws which restrict civil liberties, precisely one of the objects of terrorism: that we live in fear and under a police state.”
When the former head of the MI5, who job it was to authorise covert searches, bugs, survelliance, phone taps, tracking, etc, talks about erosion of privacy, surely that is the canary in the mine?
This follows on the back of numerous other commentators, not least of which is the House of Lords report into the issue of privacy and the consitituion, which also found that the basic freedoms and privacy of UK citizens were being taken away. The Chairman of the report concluded that ““The UK now has more CCTV cameras and a bigger National DNA Database than any other country. There can be no justification for this gradual but incessant creep towards every detail about us being recorded and pored over by the state”