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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 June 2013
Crackdown on democratic rights
For the first time ever, Britain's home secretary Theresa May revealed on 2 June that since 2010, nearly 5,700 separate articles and websites have been taken off the internet by the UK government.
The excuse for this is the war on terror. So any website thought to be encouraging terrorism (or supporting animal rights, apparently!) can be taken down by the government.
At the same time the government has utilised the revulsion following the Woolwich killing to seek to read all your emails and mine.
Privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch says police already have the ability under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to demand communications data - "who sent what to whom from where and when" - from internet and phone companies on terror and serious crime suspects.
494,078 such requests were made by police and security services in 2011 alone.
Experts have pointed out that increased draconian powers will actually make it harder to combat terrorism because the police will have to wade through oceans of information to find what they actually need to know. This suggests that the 'war on terror' is a smokescreen.
The government wants to use the horror and fear of terror attacks to gather more authoritarian powers.
These could be used to clamp down on opposition to the cuts. As ever the trade union movement and the left will be among the targets of any clampdown. The government know who their real enemies are.
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In The Socialist 5 June 2013:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Food bank Britain: Con-Dems turn the clock back
NSSN conference : Unite to fight all the cuts
Legal aid cuts: Justice in the balance
Continued deterioration of the Labour Party
Them & Us
Mass joblessness wrecks lives! Youth must fight for a future
A day in the life of a Primark employee
NHS crisis: Turn anger into action
International socialist news and analysis
Turkey: Mass movement challenges Erdogan's authoritarian government
Socialist Party workplace news
PCS rolling strike programme
97% vote for strike action at Carling brewery
Thera Trust: the campaign moves up a gear
Unison and Labour: Welsh government cuts are still cuts
Lecturers' union UCU members vote to fight austerity
Workplace news in brief
1983: A political voice for the working class
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Campaigning against the bedroom tax
Stopping the BNP in London
EDL blocked by counter demo
Standing for TUSC in Woolston, Southampton
Save the Independent Living Fund
Needed: new social housing NOT unaffordable rents
Support the Fighting Fund collectathon!
Socialist Party national organisers' school
Stop drone attacks!
Crackdown on democratic rights
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