David Davis – Big Brother: British citizens more watched than under Stasi

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David Davis: "what a pleasure it is to be called lah-dih-dah by an Old Etonian"
David Davis: “what a pleasure it is to be called lah-dih-dah by an Old Etonian”
 

 

The British government now has more information on its citizens than the Stasi, former conservative shadow home secretary David Davis said last night.
“This is not an exaggeration. Our government and the American government have got more information available to them than the Stasi had,” Davis told a debate in central London.
He compared the destruction of the Guardian’s hard drives by the British security services to the “burning of the books” under the Nazis.
The runner-up for the Conservative party leadership also called for Edward Snowden to be given asylum in Germany or the UK.
“On this question of asylum for Snowden, it’s become apparent that the only protection for us is whistleblowing,” he said
“It’s the only thing that makes these organisations behave properly and if whistleblowers can look forward to a life in Germany rather than a life in Moscow that would improve things for everybody.”
Asked if he would like Snowden to be given asylum in the UK he replied: “Even better”.
Davis admitted his support for the Guardian would probably cause him to “go straight to hell” among other Conservatives.
He also launched an attack on David Cameron for dismissing the paper’s reporting of the Snowden revelations.
Last month the prime minister accused critics of the British and American security services of taking a “Lah-dih-dah and airy-fairy” approach to national security.
Cameron’s former rival for the Tory leadership was withering in response.
“You cannot imagine what a pleasure it is to be called lah-dih-dah by an Old Etonian,” he said.
The audience at the Royal Institute of British Architects also heard from the Guardian’s editor Alan Rusbridger.
Rusbridger admitted he regretted not taking a story about UK bugging of world leaders at the G20 to the authorities before publishing.
“We didn’t go to the DA-notice committee because we thought we would get injuncted and it turns out that was a perfectly rational fear because a month later we had the Cabinet secretary threatening to injunct us,” he said.
“So of all the stories we published that was the only one we didn’t put to the authorities first. That gives [our critics] the chance to say that the Guardian behaved irresponsibly, so arguably maybe we should have done.”
He said he was surprised at the relatively mild reaction in the UK to the Snowden revelations, but suggested that it was because the British people had never experienced totalitarianism.
“It may be because we’re complacent. We haven’t had the Stasi, we haven’t had Nixon, we haven’t had Hoover and McCarthy so we believe it couldn’t happen here.”
This view was supported by the editor of German paper Der Spiegel, who added: “What we have in Germany is the experience of totalitarian machines that tried to establish total surveillance.”
“They couldn’t but just imagine if they would have had the technologies that are now available to the NSA and GCHQ. Lucky they did not have.”
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5 Responses to “David Davis – Big Brother: British citizens more watched than under Stasi”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t it very strange that with all that highly sophisticated israeli made surveillance systems providing complete and better coverage than Andrex and not one of the bloody things was working ANYWHERE on 7/7 ????????? reiverdave

  2. Anonymous says:

    what worries me more than all these cameras is the shits who walk among us ratting for money
    that is our biggest fear.
    George Orwells 1984 is with us today

  3. Anonymous says:

    Regarding the Stasi, I highly recommend watching the German film ‘The Lives Of Others'(Das Leben der Anderen) for a surprising and satisfying look at what can happen to those who get a little too involved with spying on others.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Its not just the jews who go out boy-nobbing, look at some of our politicians, Tony Blair had to D Notice New Labour as Chris Sm, Peter Mandelson and Gordon Brown
    were all said by witnesses to be at it

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