…as a world beating Electronic Police State, down 1 place from last year after having been overtaken by the USA..
A new report shows 51 states and their rankings, with last year’s ranking is shown in parenthesis: 1. North Korea (2); 2. China (1) 3. Belarus (3); 4. Russia (4); 5. United States of America (6); 6. United Kingdom (5).
This appears to be the only area of international life where the UK is holding its ground, to the detriment of its people.
The report makes clear what an Electronic Police State consists of in its definitions:
Pre-emptive State use of electronic technologies to record, organise, search and distribute forensic evidence against its citizens.
The two crucial facts about the information gathered under an electronic police state are these:
1. it is criminal evidence, ready for use in a trial.
2. It is gathered universally (“preventively”) and only later organised for use in prosecutions.
In an Electronic Police State, every surveillance camera recording, every email sent, every Internet site surfed, every post made, every cheque written, every credit card swipe, every cell phone ping… are all criminal evidence, and all are held in searchable databases. The individual can be prosecuted whenever the government wishes.
The report also makes clear that none of the categories apply to evidence-gathering by traditional, honest police work (searches only with warrants issued by an independent judge, after sufficient examination of evidence).
You can view the entire report here.
Still think you live in an independent free democratic country? Is this the kind of policing you want? Is this the kind of country you want to bring your children up in?
LIB/LAB/CON – Building the new East Germany right here.