Civil Liberties

#NoLove4USGov - An extradition too far

Tuesday, 15 November, 2016 - 13:15

Amber Rudd has signed Lauri Love's extradition order despite huge public uproar, opposition both inside and outside her own party, inside and outside of government and a previous home secretary, now Prime Minister blocking an extradition with almost exactly the same conditions. Lauri is unlikely to meet justice in America, in his case the most likely outcome is jail without a trial.

Naomi Colvin of Courage Foundation has previously said:

Public Service Europe: David Miranda Detention

Does Heathrow Detention Suggest UK Is Becoming A Police State?


The decision to hold the partner of a journalist at a UK airport for nine hours raises profound questions about British commitments to freedom of speech, freedom of movement and the UK's relationship to the rest of the world – warns UK Pirate Party


The detention of The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner David Miranda at Heathrow airport for nearly nine hours under anti-terrorism laws has sent shockwaves through the British media and political life. Miranda had equipment such as his phone and laptop confiscated, was not given an interpreter and was grilled about Edward Snowden - and even protests in Brazil.

Tuesday, 20 August, 2013 - 23:00

Uncivil Liberties: The Coalition's Surveillance Chaos

Loz Kaye's picture

It has been a  week of chaos for Britain's government on civil liberties. Theresa May signaling the intention to bring in legislation to allow law enforcement agencies to check email, web, social media and gaming forum traffic unleashed a wave of protest. It also unleashed contradiction in the government parties. The Conservatives were quick to exploit the "being tough on crime" angle in the Sun. LibDem president Tim Farron was fielded to promise to shoot down the proposals Nick Clegg was set up to defend just a few short days before.

We have had leaks, briefings, interviews, spin and letters. Lots of letters. The whole debacle has been capped with Home Office and the Prime Minister's websites being DDoSed by Anonymous. 

Government snooping plans: outrageous, ineffective and expensive

Monday, 2 April, 2012 - 10:45

This story looked for all the world like an April Fool's joke: Labour's plan for a massive surveillance programme that would dwarf anything dreamed up by the KGB, brought back to life by its opponents?

Looking forward to 2012

Loz Kaye's picture

Happy New Year.

This time is always a period to look back over the year that has gone, and see what it means for the year to come. At times, it seemed like there was almost too much news in 2011. So many certainties seemed to fall away, perhaps the scariest part of the last 12 months, yet also it shows the future can be different. It is that determination and optimism that characterises the Pirate movement for me.

These days, one of the chief problems that any new movement faces is surviving the first flash of excitement. People's attention spans, particularly online, can be short. During 2011 Pirate Party UK has come the other side of that period stronger in my opinion.

Home Secretary hands extremists victory with protest ban

Friday, 26 August, 2011 - 11:45

Today the Home Secretary has issued a blanket ban on protest marches in response to a planned English Defence League demonstration on September 3rd, Theresa May stated that the restrictions would cover all marches, not just those by the EDL:

Pirate Party UK condemns kneejerk blocking of social media

Thursday, 11 August, 2011 - 14:45

The country is recovering from the scenes of arson, looting and violence that have shocked us all over the last few days. Thankfully, we have had a night of relative calm. This has been without the use of bullets, the army, water cannon or any of the extreme measures that many have called for recently. We have also seen the best side of the Internet, with communities rapidly organising clean ups through social media.

It is therefore all the more regretable that the Government is considering restrictions on Twitter and Facebook.

The Prime Minister stated:

London Riots: Our Fractured Society

Monday, 8 August, 2011 - 19:30

After two nights of violence on the streets of London the scale of damage to ordinary people's lives and livelihoods is staggering. Our society is in danger of becoming fractured like never before and we need to step back from the brink. It's time for calm.

Politicians of all stripes have been too quick to appropriate the riots for their own political agendas but it's too early to speculate on the causes. Also the knee-jerk blaming of the social media by the Metropolitan Police is unhelpful, lazy and wrong.

DNA Databases - A Challenge to the Law

Will Tovey's picture

Today the Supreme Court gave a long-awaited ruling on the subject of DNA databases and the ability of the police to store DNA samples of innocent people indefinitely. In a majority judgment (with two of the seven judges disagreeing) the Court ruled that the police practices were unlawful. Due to changes in the law being discussed by Parliament the judges did not go as far as ordering the police to change their practices within a certain time-frame or awarding compensation. It was, however, suggested that if changes were not made soon, further cases could be brought which were likely to succeed.

While this ruling does not mark the end of excessive police profiling, or of the police DNA databases, it is clearly a step towards a more balanced and proportionate system, and should be welcomed by all those who seek a fair and just policing system

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