The Americans Are Ready to Reform Surveillance Laws, So Why Aren't We?

Emma Carr | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Emma Carr

The Snowden revelations have indicated that the security services have engaged in legally dubious gathering and monitoring of our communications data. We know that they, along with some ministers, want the legal power to do this on an even larger scale. David Davis MP recently requested his mobile phone provider to give him all the data they held on him for a single year. What they gave him could fill a shelf and highlighted serious implications for our privacy that access to metadata can have.

Is This Paranoia or Is Google Really Planning to Take Over the World?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

There actually is a site called! But conspiracy theories aside, just think of it - Google already owns Gmail, YouTube, Orkut, Android, GoogleDrive, Chrome and is the most used search engine. Everything personal in nature that you have shared in any of these is stored somewhere.

All Change: Homeland Finale Ends in Tragedy and Comedy

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dan Ehrlich

Long live Nicholas Brody...You knew Damian Lewis' character in Homeland couldn't survive because his presence back in the USA could never be explained to the public. He was a convert to terrorism in America's eye. So, the heroic Brody met his maker, not from an Iranian noose but from Shakespearian tragic resolution.

Not Quite the Right Story

Ragnar Weilandt | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ragnar Weilandt

There is no justification for what the Taliban did to Malala. Her standing up to them is admirable, her fame well deserved and her activism for education and women's rights worth all the support it can get. But Malala's story represents only a part of the region's long tale of woe.

Drones: Life-Savers or Life-Takers?

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

To brand the entire technology as 'immoral' is unfair. The drone debate must be approached with reason, not hijacked by the same type of short-sighted, hysterical activists whose blind, misguided ideology focuses more banning every type of human development which, with refinements, could actually aid some of their own overarching aims. Most people partner drones with the 'War on Terror' in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, but the technology actually dates back to 1917 when the Hewitt-Sperry Automatic Airplane made its maiden flight in the United States.

The UK Government Is Trying to Get Off the Hook for Libyan Torture

Cori Crider | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Cori Crider

Some of you may remember how David Cameron's victory lap in a still-jubilant Tripoli was marred by the release of an embarrassing cache of faxes. The faxes revealed the true price of Blair's infamous 'deal in the desert' with Gaddafi in 2004: a joint US-UK-Libyan operation to kidnap my client and his pregnant wife.

'Mass Surveillance Doesn't Make Us Safer'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has insisted that surveillance programmes are not making countries safer, but is hurting economies and societies, in new ...

Bully Boy Tactics Make Guardian a Player in Its Own Nightmare Scenario

The Conversation UK | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Miranda's arrest and Rusbridger's revelations should alarm those members of public who still believe that the British government acts in the best interests of democracy and freedom. It is evident that, in the words of Kirsty Hughes of Index on Censorship, "it seems that the UK government is using, and quite likely misusing, laws to intimidate journalists and silence its critics".

CIA Researching How To Control The Weather?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Tech

The US Central Intelligence Agency is reportedly funding a study into how to control the weather. That's right, being able to learn to control the ...

A London Landmark: The Workplace of Al-Qaeda's Favourite Psychiatrist

F.R. Tallis | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK
F.R. Tallis

When people visit the IMAX or the South bank centre they may be dimly aware of being overlooked by a lovely red brick Victorian building. The lettering on the front identifies its original purpose: The Royal Waterloo Hospital for Children and Women. Few will realize that they are passing one of London's most sinister landmarks.

CIA Whistleblower A 'Hero' Says Assange

PA | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has described the ex-CIA employee who leaked secret US surveillance details as a "hero" and said the UK Government sh...

Ned Simons

Edward Snowden's Choice Of Hong Kong 'Surprising', Says Former British Governor | Ned Simons | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Politics

The last British governor of Hong Kong has said he was "quite surprised" that Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, chose to flee to the the Chinese ...

Electronic 'Snooping': 42% Back Police and Security Agencies Breaking the Law

Peter Kellner | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

These are early days in an argument that may well rumble on for months, even years. Indeed, the trade-off between security-driven rules and individual liberty will, and should, be something that we never stop debating. What this poll suggests is that neither side has a clear lead.

Ned Simons

Did The US Spy On British Companies And Minsters? | Ned Simons | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics

Ministers should examine whether the United States has used its Prism system to spy on British companies as well as the UK government, a Lib Dem membe...

David Cameron Says GCHQ Operates 'Within The Law'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has said British intelligence agencies operate "within a legal framework", as MPs prepare to grill William Hague on GCHQ's involvement w...

The Pentagon? The White House? The CIA? No Pressure!

Caroline Frost | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Caroline Frost

If creating the script for a film that has been discussed at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the CIA, the White House is a stressful enterprise, it is one writer Mark Boal carries with surprisingly light hands. Is he being disingenuous? You decide.

Woolwich Murder - The "Why?" Should Be Obvious

Annie Machon | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

Unless our governments acknowledge the problems inherent in continued and violent western interventionism, unless they can accept that the war on terror results in radicalisation, 'blowback' and yet more innocent deaths, and until they admit that negotiation is the only viable long-term solution, we are all condemned to remain trapped in this ghastly cycle of violence.

OHM and Other Three-Letter-Agencies

Arjen Kamphuis | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Tech
Arjen Kamphuis

Four years ago a somewhat unknown Australian hacker with some new ideas about the future of journalism gave the opening keynote at HAR2009. His site was called Wikileaks and some of us had a hunch that this concept might be going places. We had no idea just how far that would be...

Whistleblower: Al-Qaeda Chief Was US Asset - Did State Department Block Sunday Times Exposé of Pentagon Terrorist Ties?

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Politics
Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

Abridged version based on full investigative report at Ceasefire Magazine A whistleblower has revealed extraordinary information on links between the...

Journalists Need to Tool Up

Annie Machon | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK
Annie Machon

Last week it emerged that the US Department of Justice monitored the telephones of, gasp, journalists working at Associated Press. Apparently this was done to try to investigate who might have been the source for a story about a foiled terrorist plot in Yemen.

Is This Man An American 'Spy' In Russia?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK

It has all the hallmarks of a Cold War thriller, an all-American spy, complete with blonde wig, wads of cash, chiselled cheekbones and files of inform...

Obama Juggles Domestic Politics and International Diplomacy as He Welcomes Cameron

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

After hosting HRH Prince Harry for a surprise visit with First Lady Michelle Obama, the White House will welcomes prime minister David Cameron on Monday to discuss the latest crisis in Syria, the up-coming G8 Summit in Northern Ireland as well as Iran and the Middle East peace process.

MI6 'Ghost Money' Helping Afghan Drug Trade?

Annie Machon | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

And how has this money been spent? Certainly not on social projects or rebuilding initiatives. Rather, the reporting indicates, the money has been funnelled to Karzai's cronies as bribes in a corrupt attempt to buy influence in the country.

The Enemy Within

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

America needs to find a way to grapple with the tensions of immigration reform and its desire to remain an open and welcoming society or risk becoming a society that eliminates all its freedoms in the name of protecting against terror.

Ned Simons

Lethal Drone Strikes Have Backing Of British Public | Ned Simons | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Politics

A majority of the British public support the United Kingdom government aiding the United States target and kill known terrorists with drone strikes, a...