British Intelligence watchdog flies to Washington to demand answers on snooping scandal … MPs from Britain's intelligence watchdog will to fly to Washington next week to seek guarantees that US spies are not snooping on Britons' emails. Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, told The Daily Telegraph: 'We will get a report and decide if any further action is needed' … The Government's Intelligence and Security Committee is going on a week-long tour, when it will meet senior figures from the America's intelligence agencies. The news came after leaked US documents appeared to show that Britain's listening post GCHQ has been secretly gathering intelligence from some of the world's biggest internet firms through America's National Security Agency. – Guardian
Dominant Social Theme: We are protecting British rights to freedom against US spying.
Free-Market Analysis: Please excuse our cynicism. When it comes to major Western media, nothing is what it seems.
Bottom line: Major media in the West is without doubt controlled by major corporate entities, often globalist in terms of their sympathies. The Guardian, a leftist newspaper designed to pro-offer the primacy of the state, is no exception.
If the Guardian comes out with a "scoop" and broadcasts it powerfully, you can be almost sure it is something the authorities want to reveal.
And so it is with these reports of US intel spying on citizens in the US and perhaps throughout the West and even the rest of the world. The timing of these revelations may also have to do with a peculiarly British government obsession to introduce a Data Communications Bill that has already been vetoed once.
The Guardian itself makes this point, as follows:
Mark Field MP, another member of the ISC, said the news "puts into some sharp focus our own debates about the Data Communications Bill.
… "One of the whole points of the Data Communications Bill that people to forget is to protect the interests of the individual.
"Everyone refers to as being a snoopers' charter but it is to codify the protections that UK citizens can expect from international companies operating here as well".
Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons' Home Affairs committee, said he was worried that the revelation suggested the Government was attempting to bring in "the Snoopers' Charter by the back door".
He said: "I am astonished by these revelations which could involve the data of thousands of Britons.
"The most chilling aspect is that ordinary American citizens and potentially British citizens too were apparently unaware that their phone and online interactions could be watched.
"This seems to be the Snoopers' Charter by the back door. I shall be writing to the Home Secretary asking for a full explanation."
Just to be clear, here, what the Guardian is revealing is that that the US snooping program referred to as PRISM is infinitely worse than anything the British are contemplating (presumably because British intel already has access to PRISM information). From the perspective of British intel agencies, there is therefore no damage done by releasing further information.
Releasing information about PRISM allows British intel and its allies to defend the controversial bill as a "safeguard." Nonsense. Britain's MI5, MI6 and related domestic and international groups are just as invasive as US ones; in fact, the Guardian reports that this meeting was planned long ago.
This sort of manipulation runs deep, if we are correct. The dominant social theme here is that only government regulation can protect personal privacy.
Presumably, the US fallout does not concern those who manufacture and support these privacy invasions, as they are surely behind US efforts as well. Such manipulations are endless … and amazing.