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Commenting on the publication of the IP Bill Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Home Affairs said: “The Bill still has no section on privacy, no meaningful independent judicial oversight, and no clarity on whether British businesses, just like Apple in the US, would be forced to break the encryption they use to protect their customers. […]

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Never again…

by jamesbaker on 31 January, 2016

I studied Holocaust studies at University as part of my Humanities degree. People tell me ‘oh people aren’t interested in civil liberties’ as a political issue. Well i’m interested in it, the reason being that it’s by safeguarding our liberties that we prevent repeating the horrors of persecution humans experienced, both in the holocaust, and […]

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  I’ve been invited to speak briefly on behalf of NO2ID at the alternative Magna Carta festival that is taking place in London this Saturday. It should be an interesting event for anyone who is like myself interested in civil liberties issues! The blurb for the event is copied below: Paul Mason, Zoe Williams, Keir Starmer […]

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The plethora of unknown chemicals contained within ‘legal’ highs is a direct result of years of prohibition. As prohibition created the incentive for producers of drugs to experiment with new chemicals to create legal versions of illegal drugs. Whilst there are many benefits to selling chemicals in ‘head shops’ that pay taxes rather than via […]

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Many US states have now moved towards legalizing cannabis, and Portugal has decriminalized drug use. We have been losing the war on drugs for years, and the mood of the times is to try a different approach. An approach where people who use drugs are given support and help to quit their habits rather than […]

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In a recent TV interview the Green Party leader Natalie Bennett made the startling announcement that her party would allow people to join terrorist organisations like ISIS, the IRA or Al-Qaeda. Apparently under a Green government people would be allowed to help organize, recruit and support these terrorist organisations so long as they didn’t commit […]

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Time to legalise cannabis

by jamesbaker on 21 August, 2014

I frequently read in the Courier how the Police have raided houses and caught various people growing cannabis plants. The preferred phrase for such operations is now ‘cannabis factories’ which conjures up images of Blake’s dark satanic mills. On the one hand the Police are to be congratulated on efficiently enforcing the law of the […]

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Last week I spoke to Julian Huppert MP about my concerns with the DRIP Act that was then passing through parliament. He informed me that one safeguard the Liberal Democrats had won was a restriction to the number of organisations that could access communications data retained under the new act through use of RIPA powers. […]

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A joint Liberty, Privacy International, Open Rights Group, Article 19, Big Brother Watch, English PEN briefing on the emergency surveillance powers announced by the coalition government claims powers granted by the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (DRIP) would breach Human Rights legislation. In an email sent to parliamentarians Liberty make the following statement: “Clause […]

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Data retention – Devil is in the detail

by jamesbaker on 10 July, 2014

Emergency legislation has been announced today on new data retention legislation. I think those of a Liberal mind should rightly be very sceptical of legislation which apparently had the backing of all three party leaders before it was announced to the public.  To give a bit of background there is a need for new legislation […]

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