British Ministers Call For Mass Government Snooping In Wake Of Woolwich Attack

Thursday, May 23, 2013
By Paul Martin

Politicians never let a good crisis go to waste

Steve Watson
May 23, 2013

Following the brutal murder of a young soldier in London, British politicians have called for the resurrection of a bill that was shelved last month that would see the creation of a dragnet surveillance database, allowing police and intelligence agencies to effectively monitor the communications of everyone in the country.

The so-called “snoopers’ charter”, a proposed database of everyone’s internet and phone usage, was blocked last month by The Deputy Prime Minister, and Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, who cited “significant reduction in personal privacy”.

However, Conservatives in government intentionally left the door open for a revival of the legislation.
Seizing on the horrific Woolwich attack, both Conservative and Labour Party politicians are calling for the plan to be brought back.

Lord West, the former First Sea Lord and security minister, told reporters that shelving the scheme on Clegg’s say so was a “terrible mistake”.

“That information is extremely important for our security services to be able to pin down people, find out who they were linked with, find out who radicalised them,” West told Sky News.

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