Damian Green - Conservative MP frontbench spokesman arrested for political whistleblowing to the media

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Some people refer to the unpopular Labour Government as "New Labour" or "NuLabour", or, to draw parallels with the evil dictatorship of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe as "ZANU Labour".

Most people with an interest in politics in the UK take this joke / mild insult in their stride, but surely even members of the Labour party must feel scared by the news that the Conservative MP Damian Green, their frontbench Home Affairs spokesman on Immigration, has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police, and has had his homes and offices searched, including his office at the Palace of Westminster, by "Counter Terrorism Police".

Counter-terrorism police arrest Conservative frontbencher

The police action followed the arrest 10 days ago of a government employee who had allegedly leaked four documents to Green, who in turn passed them to the press. They were:

• A home office memo, which appeared in the Daily Mail on 13 November 2007, which showed that the home secretary Jacqui Smith had been warned four months earlier that thousands of illegal immigrants had been cleared to work in sensitive Whitehall security jobs. The memo emerged days after the Sunday Mirror disclosed that at least 5,000 illegal immigrants had been cleared by the Security Industry Authority to work sensitive Whitehall locations.

• An email to the then home office minister Liam Byrne in February this year which showed that he was informed about an illegal Brazilian immigrant who faked an identity pass to working parliament. The memo, which was published in the Sunday Telegraph on 10 February this year, said Byrne was informed on 31 January. Byrne was accused of a cover up.

• A list of Labour MPs who were likely to rebel against the government's plans to detain terror suspects for up to 42 days without charge. This appeared in the Sunday Times on 20 April 2008.

• A letter from Jacqui Smith to Gordon Brown warning that a recession would lead to a rise in crime. This appeared in will papers, including the Guardian, on 1 September this year.

None of these stories involved any breach of security, only political embarrassment for the incompetent Labour party politicians.

The BBC in that intensely annoying way of theirs, have almost completely re-written their report of this story, but kept the URL the same Senior Tory arrested over leaks - new window">Senior Tory arrested over leaks

They quote a statement from the Metropolitan Police Service (which does not, of course, appear on the Met's website):

"The investigation into the alleged leak of confidential government material followed the receipt by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) of a complaint from the Cabinet Office.

"The decision to make today's arrest was taken solely by the MPS without any ministerial knowledge or approval."

There was no need to waste scarce "Counter Terrorism Police" resources on this blatantly political investigation. Are ordinary Policemen no longer capable of searching an office ?

It is irrelevant whether or not Gordon Brown or any other senior Labour politicians were aware of Thursday's arrest beforehand, or not, they are to blame politically.

This affair also reflects badly on Sir Paul Stephenson, the deputy to Sir Ian Blair, who is taking over as Acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service. If he is seen to be continuing Sir Ian Blair's NuLabour political policing style, then he must not be allowed to be promoted into that job full time.

We strongly suggest that any other Home Office or Treasury etc. whistleblowers, and any investigative journalists, bloggers or opposition politicians should read our Hints and Tips for Whistleblowers and Political Activists - Technical Hints and Tips for protecting the anonymity of sources for Whistleblowers, Investigative Journalists, Campaign Activists and Political Bloggers

Some Obvious Questions:

  1. What is the name of the Metropolitan Police officer in charge of this political investigation ?

  2. Who exactly complained of an alleged criminal offence by Damian Green ? The Cabinet Office instigated the original "Leak inquiry", but who decided to arrest Damian Green rather than just have a informal chat with him, or even like former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, during the far more serious "cash for honours" inquiry, a private interview under caution ?

  3. Did Damian Green give permission for his Palace of Westminster office and Constituency office to be searched , or this a breach of Parliamentary Privilege ?

  4. Is this search of an opposition MP's office, a party political abuse of power by the (Labour) Speaker of the House of Commons ?

  5. Have the Metropolitan Police taken copies of privileged documents or emails etc. to or from Damian Green's Constituents, which have nothing to do with these alleged whistleblower leaks ?

  6. Have the Metropolitan Police snooped on the Communications Traffic Data of Damian Green's personal and Constituency and Conservative Party political emails, mobile phone and landline phone calls and messages, in order to try to identify his contacts with journalists and / or the alleged Home Office whistleblower(s) ?

  7. Have the Metropolitan Police intercepted the contents of Damian Green's personal and Constituency and and Conservative Party political, mobile phone and landline phone calls and messages ?

  8. Where does this leave the Wilson Doctrine ? Has it been secretly changed, again, to permit political snooping and harassment, under the transparently feeble excuse of "prosecution of crime" ?

  9. Has Damian Green been fingerprinted, photographed and DNA tissue sampled ?


Common Purpose Fabians of the Yard doing the politicians’ bidding:

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The parallels with what Labour are doing today and what the Nazi's did in 1933 Germany are becoming more and more clear. Using terror legislation (Reichstag Fire) to clamp down on opponents and the use of protective custody. Arresting political opponents, Green is the first.
Using the terror narrative to bring everything back to the UK, Mumbai is an 'attack on all of us' according to Miliband. In the 30's it was the communists attacking the Nazi state. Things are very worrying

Where is the law? The powerful now own the law.

Read Craig Murray's good piece on this The Jackboots Are On the Move


Re Question 5. It would appears to be yes.

From http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2008/nov/28/damian-green

• His mobile phone was seized by police who have still not returned it. This gives police access to his personal directory and texts dating back months. Overnight texts from fellow MPs and friends will be examined by the police.

• His parliamentary computer was also seized. Police now have full access to Green's emails dating back years. This means that any constituents who have written about sensitive matters will have these trawled through by police. Similarly, anyone who has emailed Green in relation to his work as shadow immigration minister will have their emails read by police.

(From theory to personal experience in a week: http://gizmonaut.net/blog/uk/damian_green_data_owned_by_the_police.html)

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The Damian Green incident is similar to one that began the civil war. Are we now so supine as to allow this one to pass unchallenged.? I urge you to petitition our parliament to impeach the Prime Minister

Revisionista keeps track of changes to online news articles. Here's the BBC one:

Telegraph article may enlighten us some more:

I agree with T. H Taylor. The Prime Minister With his well known control freakery has allowed a very importent line to be crossed. This abuse of power must be opposed at all costs-our basic freedoms are at stake.MPs must be able to hold governments to account and i hope the Conservative Party will use every possible avenue to protect the sovereigntyof Parliament.

What can we do to protest?

This is a serious question, by the way.

I've written to my MP, but it doesn't seem very much.

A protest rally in Trafalgar Square? If violent crusties could be persuaded to stay away, I'd be there.

A couple of comments at this article of Iain Dale's suggest that in the past a case like this involving politicians would have been investigated by Special Branch, but they've been subsumed under Counter Terrorism Command, and CTC now hold that responsibility. They are misnamed in that they're not solely concerned with counter terrorism.

I think Dale's list of questions on this is excellent.

Q1 What is the name of the Metropolitan Police officer in charge of this political investigation ?


The Daily Telegraph has learnt that Britain's most senior anti-terrorism police officer, Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, oversaw the controversial operation and made the decision to arrest Mr Green. Mr Quick has declined to comment on the investigation

Q 4 Is this search of an opposition MP's office, a party political abuse of power by the (Labour) Speaker of the House of Commons ?


The Speaker of the House of Commons, the Labour MP Michael Martin, is understood to have given police the unprecedented approval to search an MP's private office.

What use is Michael Martin as a guardian of Parliamentary democracy, if he failed to prevent this search of an MP's office, within the Parliamentary Estate, as a matter of principle ?

He was quick enough to invoke Parliamentary Privilege and intervene in the High Court to help the Labour Government to try to suppress our Freedom of Information Act request:

High Court upholds OGC appeal against Information Tribunal and suppresses publication of the Home Office ID Cards Gateway Reviews, on grounds of "Parliamentary Privilege"

Not sure where to place Smith's statement that it all happened without ministerial involvement or authorisation.
It's hard to tell from the TV whether she was upset or angry.
Is the Home Sec not ultimately responsible for the Police? Is she claiming a defence of having lost control?

If Green's stuff has been confiscated, does this not pretty much put him out of action until it's all over? Not just as shadow cabinet member but also MP? At the very least he can't now get any case histories etc?

I had not seen the official press release on this until just now.
According to the bible of politics, "never believe anything until it has been officially denied" - can't remember if it was Humphrey or Bernard who said it though...

I think we're lacking a central, online meeting-place for organising resistance and promoting a free society.

The difficulties with this are:
1. Who should be in charge and how should they be funded?
2. What should their remit be? My belief is that they should stay independent of groups like NO2ID, as fine an organisation as that is. Rather they should provide a forum to offer assistance to new and existing campaigns without letting it be dominated by Indymedia types. But how far does it go? Does it cover campaigns like eg legalisation of cannabis?

As far as what one person can do, getting letters in newspapers is the main thing. Here's a list of email addresses for newspapers:

They Thought They Were Free
The Germans 1933-1945

An excerpt from
They Thought They Were Free
The Germans, 1933-45
Milton Mayer

But Then It Was Too Late
"What no one seemed to notice," said a colleague of mine, a philologist, "was the ever widening gap, after 1933, between the government and the people. Just think how very wide this gap was to begin with, here in Germany. And it became always wider. You know, it doesn’t make people close to their government to be told that this is a people’s government, a true democracy, or to be enrolled in civilian defense, or even to vote. All this has little, really nothing, to do with knowing one is governing.

"What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.

"This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.

Silencing opposition - the "politics" or fascism of New Labour?

Updated my blog.

This is obviously the Policing we can now expect - the sort that does what the Government tells it.

So expect that knock on your door if you dare oppose these pseudo nazis backed up by their own Stasi.
Chris Close


Announced Today by the BBC

Alan Milburn to set up "Civilian Security Force" using military trainers, civil servants, police officers, judges and other logistical staff.

Beware, The State is now arming itself against it's own citizens


@ James May-not : You're going to need all the "violent crusties" you can muster.

In the last seven years you've had two examples of regime change by violence. And one of the failure of democracy in Britain.

If it hadn't been for crustie violence in central London you'd be paying the Poll Tax today. Tommy Sheridan was jailed for his part in the resistance campaign in Scotland. Are you prepared to go to jail??

If you are serious about your question, you'll stop sitting at your monitor and get out and start talking to your neighbours.

Following a potentially interesting line of thought, I looked at some of the questions Damian Green has been asking in Parliament recently.
There's a bunch of relatively 'expected' questions, and amongst those as yet unanswered, on stands out as being very 'directed' as it were. I'm torn as to whether this relates to blank passports or not. I may also be overthinking this. Or underthinking.

Q 239339
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what checks her Department and its agencies make on the immigration status of couriers working within her Department and its agencies; whether her Department requires courier companies to notify the Department if they discover among their employees an illegal worker who has worked handling documents on behalf of the Home Office and its agencies; and how many illegal workers have been discovered working for such couriers in each of the last three years.

Heh. If you want to see 'unanswered', there's stacks from Dominic Grieve to the Home Sec asking 'when she will answer Question number nnnnn'...

The arrest of Damian Green is a good thing. An MP is being treated just like the rest of us. It highlights a cultural shift. Every aspect of life is being increasingly monitored and catalogued. There’s an expectation that, when someone transgresses, no matter how slightly, they can expect to be brought to book. I’m thinking of things like road traffic offences here, failure to submit a SORN correctly, etc. But, it’s all the way up the scale. The government expects you to present your defence to a court for having material that could be useful to a terrorist, forgetting encryption keys, asking about a police officer or possessing an image that might be ‘extreme porn’. Because of the instruction the police are receiving from this government, they naturally have an increased tendency to arrest first, ask questions later. If Damian Green did ask a junior Home Office official to provide him with inside information, he can present his public interest defence in court.

Rather than try to change the oppressive legal culture this government has fostered, I fear they will do what they so often do in situations like this. They will inoculate themselves from the problem they have created. I can imagine a new bit of statute, a Protecting Parliament Act, that stops MPs from being arrested for less serious matters. If it doesn’t carry the possibility of, say, five years imprisonment, you can’t arrest an MP for it.

@ William Brennan the arrest of Damian Green is not "a good thing", regardless of the fact that it might wake up some MPs. across the political spectrum, who have allowed the Executive branch of Government and the Bureaucracy to become too powerful and effectively unaccountable the public.

By the time you are unlucky enough to actually appear in Court, it is too late for your privacy and security - your DNA, fingerprints photographs and all your private paper and electronic records will have been seized and rifled through, regardless of whether you are found not guilty or not.

That is already a massive punishment, especially if you are then forever tainted as having been "suspected of terrorism", according to secret UK and foreign Government computer systems.

@ Old Holborn - Alan Milburn is "only" a NuLabour backbench MP, what influence do you think he has within Gordon Brown's Downing Street bunker ?

Some answers to some other questions you haven't asked (yet):

Statement from Mr Christopher Galley’s solicitor (Mr Galley is the civil servant who "was arrested by antiterrorist officers in a dawn raid at his home on
19th November. He was held under arrest at a police station for 17 hours and only released after exhaustive questioning by police.")

Damian Green's daughter's details should now be on the MERLIN database and she likely had to go through a Pre-Assessment Checklist.

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@ David - That statement implies that Christopher Galley has not yet been charged with anything.


As a consequence, Mr Christopher Galley was arrested by antiterrorist officers in a dawn raid at his home on
19th November. He was held under arrest at a police station for 17 hours and only released after exhaustive questioning by police.


Mr Galley is on bail to return to the police station in January for further interview, or for a decision on his case


Re question 9: Some news sources say he did have DNA taken others say not. I rang the Met's press office (0207 230 2171) and they said "we don't comment on that" (why I wonder!).

I have submitted a FOI request and will blog it when a response is received.

Some other answers (more or less to Q4 and Q6):

Mr Speaker (Hansards - temporary URL):

[...] On Wednesday last, the Metropolitan police informed the Serjeant at Arms that an arrest was contemplated, but did not disclose the identity of the Member. I was told in the strictest confidence by her that a Member might be arrested and charged, but no further details were given to me. I was told that they might be forthcoming the next morning.

At 7 am on Thursday, police called upon the Serjeant at Arms and explained the background to the case, and disclosed to the Serjeant the identity of the Member. The Serjeant at Arms called me, told me the Member’s name and said that a search might take place of his offices in the House. I was not told that the police did not have a warrant. [HON. MEMBERS: “Ah!”] Order. I have been told that the police did not explain, as they are required to do, that the Serjeant was not obliged to consent, or that a warrant could have been insisted upon. [Interruption.] Order. Let me make the statement. I regret that a consent form was then signed by the Serjeant at Arms, without consulting the Clerk of the House.

I must make it clear to the House—[Interruption.] Order. I must make it clear to the House that I was not asked the question of whether consent should be given, or whether a warrant should have been insisted on. I did not personally authorise the search. It was later that evening that I was told that the search had gone ahead only on the basis of a consent form. I further regret that I was formally told by the police only yesterday, by letter from Assistant Commissioner Robert Quick, that the hon. Member was arrested on 27 November on suspicion of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office and on suspicion of aiding and abetting misconduct in public office. [...]

Acting Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson statement:

[...] Speculation that MPS officers used electronic listening devices is also untrue. [...]

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@ Geeklawyer - it will be interesting to see which of the many Exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, they use to deny you and the public the information you seek.

At a guess, they will try to use:

and / or

Section 31: Law Enforcement

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The Streeb-Greebling Diaries - Bob Mottram

Your Right To Know - Heather Brooke - Freedom off Information campaigning journalist

Ministry of Truth _ Unity's V for Vendetta styled blog.

Bloggerheads - Tim Ireland

W. David Stephenson blogs on homeland security et al.
EUrophobia - Nosemonkey

Blogzilla - Ian Brown

BlairWatch - Chronicling the demise of the New Labour Project

dreamfish - Robert Longstaff

Informaticopia - Rod Ward


The Musings of Harry

Chicken Yoghurt - Justin McKeating

The Red Tape Chronicles - Bob Sullivan MSNBC

Campaign Against the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

Stop the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

Rob Wilton's esoterica

panGloss - Innovation, Technology and the Law

Arch Rights - Action on Rights for Children blog

Database Masterclass - frequently asked questions and answers about the several centralised national databases of children in the UK.


Moving On

Steve Moxon blog - former Home Office whistleblower and author.

Al-Muhajabah's Sundries - anglophile blog

Architectures of Control in Design - Dan Lockton

rabenhorst - Kai Billen (mostly in German)

Nearly Perfect Privacy - Tiffany and Morpheus

Iain Dale's Diary - a popular Conservative political blog

Brit Watch - Public Surveillance in the UK - Web - Email - Databases - CCTV - Telephony - RFID - Banking - DNA


MySecured.com - smart mobile phone forensics, information security, computer security and digital forensics by a couple of Australian researchers

Ralph Bendrath

Financial Cryptography - Ian Grigg et al.

UK Liberty - A blog on issues relating to liberty in the UK

Big Brother State - "a small act of resistance" to the "sustained and systematic attack on our personal freedom, privacy and legal system"

HosReport - "Crisis. Conspiraciones. Enigmas. Conflictos. Espionaje." - Carlos Eduardo Hos (in Spanish)

"Give 'em hell Pike!" - Frank Fisher

Corruption-free Anguilla - Good Governance and Corruption in Public Office Issues in the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla in the West Indies - Don Mitchell CBE QC

geeklawyer - intellectual property, civil liberties and the legal system

PJC Journal - I am not a number, I am a free Man - The Prisoner

Charlie's Diary - Charlie Stross

The Caucus House - blog of the Chicago International Model United Nations

Famous for 15 Megapixels

Postman Patel

The 4th Bomb: Tavistock Sq Daniel's 7:7 Revelations - Daniel Obachike

OurKingdom - part of OpenDemocracy - " will discuss Britain’s nations, institutions, constitution, administration, liberties, justice, peoples and media and their principles, identity and character"

Beau Bo D'Or blog by an increasingly famous digital political cartoonist.

Between Both Worlds - "Thoughts & Ideas that Reflect the Concerns of Our Conscious Evolution" - Kingsley Dennis

Bloggerheads: The Alisher Usmanov Affair - the rich Uzbek businessman and his shyster lawyers Schillings really made a huge counterproductive error in trying to censor the blogs of Tim Ireland, of all people.

Matt Wardman political blog analysis

Henry Porter on Liberty - a leading mainstream media commentator and opinion former who is doing more than most to help preserve our freedom and liberty.

HMRC is shite - "dedicated to the taxpayers of Britain, and the employees of the HMRC, who have to endure the monumental shambles that is Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC)."

Head of Legal - Carl Gardner a former legal advisor to the Government

The Landed Underclass - Voice of the Banana Republic of Great Britain

Henrik Alexandersson - Swedish blogger threatened with censorship by the Försvarets Radioanstalt (FRA), the Swedish National Defence Radio Establishement, their equivalent of the UK GCHQ or the US NSA.

World's First Fascist Democracy - blog with link to a Google map - "This map is an attempt to take a UK wide, geographical view, of both the public and the personal effect of State sponsored fear and distrust as seen through the twisted technological lens of petty officials and would be bureaucrats nationwide."

Blogoir - Charles Crawford - former UK Ambassodor to Poland etc.

No CCTV - The Campaign against CCTV

Barcode Nation - keeping two eyes on the database state.

Lords of the Blog - group blog by half a dozen or so Peers sitting in the House of Lords.

notes from the ubiquitous surveillance society - blog by Dr. David Murakami Wood, editor of the online academic journal Surveillance and Society

Justin Wylie's political blog

Panopticon blog - by Timothy Pitt-Payne and Anya Proops. Timothy Pitt-Payne is probably the leading legal expert on the UK's Freedom of Information Act law, often appearing on behlaf of the Information Commissioner's Office at the Information Tribunal.

Armed and Dangerous - Sex, software, politics, and firearms. Life’s simple pleasures… - by Open Source Software advocate Eric S. Raymond.

Georgetown Security Law Brief - group blog by the Georgetown Law Center on National Security and the Law , at Georgtown University, Washington D.C, USA.

Big Brother Watch - well connected with the mainstream media, this is a campaign blog by the TaxPayersAlliance, which thankfully does not seem to have spawned Yet Another Campaign Organisation as many Civil Liberties groups had feared.

Spy on Moseley - "Sparkbrook, Springfield, Washwood Heath and Bordesley Green. An MI5 Intelligence-gathering operation to spy on Muslim communities in Birmingham is taking liberties in every sense" - about 150 ANPR CCTV cameras funded by Home Office via the secretive Terrorism and Allied Matters (TAM) section of ACPO.

FitWatch blog - keeps an eye on the activities of some of the controversial Police Forward Intelligence Teams, who supposedly only target "known troublemakers" for photo and video surveillance, at otherwise legal, peaceful protests and demonstrations.

Other Links

Spam Huntress - The Norwegian Spam Huntress - Ann Elisabeth

Fuel Crisis Blog - Petrol over £1 per litre ! Protest !
Mayor of London Blog
London Olympics 2012 - NO !!!!

Cool Britannia


Free Gary McKinnon - UK citizen facing extradition to the USA for "hacking" over 90 US Military computer systems.

Parliament Protest - information and discussion on peaceful resistance to the arbitrary curtailment of freedom of assembly and freedom of speech, in the excessive Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 Designated Area around Parliament Square in London.

Brian Burnell's British / US nuclear weapons history at http://nuclear-weapons.info

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UK Legislation

The United Kingdom suffers from tens of thousands of pages of complicated criminal laws, and thousands of new, often unenforceable criminal offences, which have been created as a "Pretend to be Seen to Be Doing Something" response to tabloid media hype and hysteria, and political social engineering dogmas. These overbroad, catch-all laws, which remove the scope for any judicial appeals process, have been rubber stamped, often without being read, let alone properly understood, by Members of Parliament.

The text of many of these Acts of Parliament are now online, but it is still too difficult for most people, including the police and criminal justice system, to work out the cumulative effect of all the amendments, even for the most serious offences involving national security or terrorism or serious crime.

Many MPs do not seem to bother to even to actually read the details of the legislation which they vote to inflict on us.

UK Legislation Links

UK Statute Law Database - is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online, but it is not yet up to date.

UK Commissioners

UK Commissioners some of whom are meant to protect your privacy and investigate abuses by the bureaucrats.

UK Intelligence Agencies

Intelligence and Security Committee - the supposedly independent Parliamentary watchdog which issues an annual, heavily censored Report every year or so. Currently chaired by the Conservative Sir Malcolm Rifkind. Why should either the intelligence agencies or the public trust this committee, when the untrustworthy ex-Labour Minister Hazel Blears is a member ?

Anti-terrorism hotline - links removed in protest at the Climate of Fear propaganda posters

MI5 Security Service
MI5 Security Service - links to encrypted reporting form removed in protest at the Climate of Fear propaganda posters

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Secure Your Fertiliser - advice on ammonium nitrate and urea fertiliser security

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Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure - "CPNI provides expert advice to the critical national infrastructure on physical, personnel and information security, to protect against terrorism and other threats."

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Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) recruitment.

Government Communications Headquarters GCHQ

National Crime Agency - the replacement for the Serious Organised Crime Agency

Defence Advisory (DA) Notice system - voluntary self censorship by the established UK press and broadcast media regarding defence and intelligence topics via the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee.

Foreign Spies / Intelliegence Agencies in the UK

It is not just the UK government which tries to snoop on British companies, organisations and individuals, the rest of the world is constantly trying to do the same, regardless of the mixed efforts of our own UK Intelligence Agencies who are paid to supposedly protect us from them.

For no good reason, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office only keeps the current version of the London Diplomatic List of accredited Diplomats (including some Foreign Intelligence Agency operatives) online.

Presumably every mainstream media organisation, intelligence agency, serious organised crime or terrorist gang keeps historical copies, so here are some older versions of the London Diplomatic List, for the benefit of web search engine queries, for those people who do not want their visits to appear in the FCO web server logfiles or those whose censored internet feeds block access to UK Government websites.

Campaign Button Links

Watching Them, Watching Us - UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign
UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign

NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card
NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card and National Identity Register centralised database.

Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.
Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.

FreeFarid.com - Kafkaesque extradition of Farid Hilali under the European Arrest Warrant to Spain

Peaceful resistance to the curtailment of our rights to Free Assembly and Free Speech in the SOCPA Designated Area around Parliament Square and beyond
Parliament Protest blog - resistance to the Designated Area restricting peaceful demonstrations or lobbying in the vicinity of Parliament.

Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans
Data Retention is No Solution - Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans.

Save Parliament: Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (and other issues)
Save Parliament - Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (and other issues)

Open Rights Group

The Big Opt Out Campaign - opt out of having your NHS Care Record medical records and personal details stored insecurely on a massive national centralised database.

Tor - the onion routing network
Tor - the onion routing network - "Tor aims to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Communications are bounced around a distributed network of servers called onion routers, protecting you from websites that build profiles of your interests, local eavesdroppers that read your data or learn what sites you visit, and even the onion routers themselves."

Tor - the onion routing network
Anonymous Blogging with Wordpress and Tor - useful Guide published by Global Voices Advocacy with step by step software configuration screenshots (updated March 10th 2009).

Amnesty International's irrepressible.info campaign

BlogSafer - wiki with multilingual guides to anonymous blogging

NGO in a box - Security Edition privacy and security software tools

Home Office Watch blog, "a single repository of all the shambolic errors and mistakes made by the British Home Office compiled from Parliamentary Questions, news reports, and tip-offs by the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs team."

Reporters Without Borders - Reporters Sans Frontières - campaign for journalists 'and bloggers' freedom in repressive countries and war zones.

Committee to Protect Bloggers - "devoted to the protection of bloggers worldwide with a focus on highlighting the plight of bloggers threatened and imprisoned by their government."

Icelanders are NOT terrorists ! - despite Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling's use of anti-terrorism legislation to seize the assets of Icelandic banks.

No CCTV - The Campaign Against CCTV


I'm a Photographer Not a Terrorist !


Power 2010 cross party, political reform campaign


Cracking the Black Box - "aims to expose technology that is being used in inappropriate ways. We hope to bring together the insights of experts and whistleblowers to shine a light into the dark recesses of systems that are responsible for causing many of the privacy problems faced by millions of people."


Open Rights Group - Petition against the renewal of the Interception Modernisation Programme


WhistleblowersUK.org - Fighting for justice for whistleblowers