Everyone who buys a mobile telephone will be forced to present their passport and register their identity on a national database under government plans to extend the powers of state surveillance. Whitehall officials have raised the idea of a register containing the names and addresses associated with the UK’s 72m mobile phones in talks with phone companies. Pay-as-you-go phones are popular with terrorists because they can be bought without supplying a name or address. (Sunday Times)
What a joke. You think terrorists and others concerned about the state monitoring their every move might not think of buying their phones in another country. You can buy SIM cards abroad too and use roaming. This has nothing to do with terrorism and everything to do with eliminating liberty.