Azara Blog: Blair now wants to be able to bug MPs legally

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Date published: 2006/01/15

The BBC says:

The Cabinet is considering allowing the tapping of MPs' telephones, Defence Secretary John Reid has acknowledged.

The covert surveillance has been banned for 40 years under a convention known as the Wilson Doctrine.

Mr Reid told ITV1's Dimbleby that the proposal to lift the ban was suggested by the Interception of Communications Commissioner Sir Swinton Thomas.
According to the Independent on Sunday, Tony Blair is preparing to announce the scrapping of the ban as part of an expansion of MI5 powers after the July 2005 London bombings.

New powers to monitor e-mail and other communications were brought in in 2000 as part of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.

Well you would have to be a pretty naive MP not to expect your phone calls already to be tapped (whether it is legal or not). Not to mention emails being read. But this idea of making it legal is all just part of the Blair dictatorship agenda. The executive is already far, far too powerful in the UK.

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