Very Much a Police State

Tell me what the difference is (if any) between this and the Stasi. The British Home Office is pushing forward with its National Identity Register – a database of everyone. It’s pushing forward with its superdatabase, which would log and retain details of every phone call, email and web access of everyone. To add a whole new level of control however they’ve decided they want to log all of your foreign travel movements too:

The intelligence centre will store names, addresses, telephone numbers, seat reservations, travel itineraries and credit card details for all 250m passenger movements in and out of the UK each year.

The computerised pattern of every individual’s travel history will be stored for up to 10 years, the Home Office admits.

The government says the new database, to be housed in an industrial estate in Wythenshawe, near Manchester, is essential in the fight against crime, illegal immigration and terrorism.

It’s long-since proven that the government’s obsession with databases and retaining private information at all costs has had only marginal benefit in the fight against crime, illegal immigration and terrorism. The DNA database? No benefit whatsoever in keeping the details of everyone who’d been in contact with it, only marginal benefit through the database itself. The National Identity Register? How could it combat terrorism when ID cards existed in Madrid in 2004 when the trains were attacked? What gives these people the right to exert this level of surveillance and control?

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