David Cameron vows never to use intelligence again.
“Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster. “- Sun Tzu
David Cameron has suggested that police need to have the power to shut down vital lines of communication such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The power should be used only in the event of a major incident. Naturally he is being vague as to what constitutes a major incident.
These plans are very disturbing, the amount of information which can be gathered through these channels is extensive. For a prime minister to suggest cutting off communications and vital intelligence gathering channels is worrying.
The path he sees before us is a worrying one. It starts with limitation of communication and free speech and ends in 1984.
Social Networking Is actively used for Crime Prevention
What the prime minister needs to realize is that whilst it may be used for organizing criminal activity, it is also a channel that should be used by the intelligence services to protect the civilian population. Arbitrarily terminating freedom of speech is not a course we want to go down. In doing so we would be like North Korea, the Peoples Republic of China, Iran and many other such “fine” countries.
He wants police to have the power to shut down Blackberry Messenger as well, I mean lets face it that cant possibly have any financial impact on the UK Economy. No businesses would ever use Blackberry would they? Why not go so far as to shut down British Telecom too after all phones might be used to communicate bad intentions too!
Police Arrest thug after disgusting mugging published on YouTube.
This is the kind of headline David Cameron wants to stop. The robbing of a youth who had been injured has been caught on video and published on YouTube. This has actually lead to the arrest of those responsible. This is the kind of way that police should be making use of Social Networking not blocking it.