UK ‘Snooper’s Charter’ Nearly Law

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The Investigatory Powers Bill has passed its third reading in the House of Lords and will soon become law.

For the first time, security services will be able to hack into computers, networks, mobile devices, servers and more under the proposed plans. The practice is known as equipment interference and is set out in part 5, chapter 2, of the IP Bill.

Bulk data sets

As well as communications data being stored, intelligence agencies will also be able to obtain and use “bulk personal datasets”. These mass data sets mostly include a “majority of individuals” that aren’t suspected in any wrongdoing but have been swept-up in the data collection.

These (detailed under part 7 of the IP Bill and in a code of practice (download PDF), as well as warrants for their creation and retention must be obtained.

“Typically these datasets are very large, and of a size which means they cannot be processed manually,” the draft code of practice describes the data sets as. These types of databases can be created from a variety of sources.

Continue reading here.

Snooper’s Charter is nearly law: how the Investigatory Powers Bill will affect you (Wired)

IP Bill – Draft BPD code of practice.pdf. (

BBC Writer Advocates Murder Over Democratic Free Speech

Writer chosen to write Assange-inspired comedy advocates murder over democratic free speech in production due to be broadcast in the run-up to the general election. And that’s the way the BBC works, because every little bit helps.

BBC propaganda writer Thom Phipps lets it slip.

“if the met want to regain my trust they should drag Assange out the embassy + shoot him in the back of th head in the middle of traf square” – Writer Thom Phipps’ tweet

“Written by Thom Phipps and Peter Bowden, the comedy is part of a BBC season next year called Taking Liberties, celebrating 800 years of Magna Carta and exploring democracy in the run-up to the general election.” –

Propaganda works best when its subtlety woven into the media fabric.

Noticing he’d been rumbled, Thom Phipps removed the guilty tweet. But before he did, we took a full screenshot and present it for you here – please share. Download Thom Phipps’ Guilty Tweet

Bradley Manning Trial Transcripts

Transcripts from Bradley Manning’s Trial: Daily updates
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Transcripts from Bradley Manning’s Trial

The US military has refused to release transcripts of Bradley Manning’s trial. In addition, they’ve denied press passes to 270 out of the 350 media organizations that applied. Without public transcripts or a press pass, it’s virtually impossible for media organizations to accurately cover the trial and for the public to know what the government is doing in its name.

In response, Freedom of the Press Foundation has crowd-sourced funding to place a professional stenographer in the media room covering the trial. We will post full transcripts shortly after each day’s proceedings end. The morning session with be posted by 7 pm the same evening. The afternoon session will be posted by 9 am the next morning. The transcripts will be released under a ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Creative Commons license.

Depending on how long the trial lasts, transcriptions will cost between $60,000-120,000, so please help support this project by going here to donate.

Date Transcript
July 19, 2013 07-19-13-AM-session.pdf
July 19, 2013 07-19-13-PM-session.pdf
July 18, 2013 07-18-13-PM-session.pdf
July 18, 2013 07-18-13-AM-session.pdf
July 15, 2013 07-15-13-pm-session.pdf
July 10, 2013 REVISED-July-10-afternoon.pdf
July 10, 2013 07-10-13-AM-session.pdf
July 10, 2013 07-10-13-pm-session.pdf
July 9, 2013 07-09-13-AM-session.pdf
July 9, 2013 07-09-13-pm-session.pdf
July 8, 2013 07-08-13-am-session.pdf
July 8, 2013 07-08-13-pm-session.pdf
July 2, 2013 07-02-13-AM-session.pdf
July 2, 2013 07-02-13-PM-session.pdf
July 1, 2013 07-01-13-AM-session.pdf
July 1, 2013 07-01-13-PM-session.pdf
June 28, 2013 06-28-13-AM-session.pdf
June 28, 2013 06-28-13-PM-session.pdf
June 27, 2013 06-27-13-PM-session.pdf
June 26, 2013 06-26-13-AM-session.pdf
June 26, 2013 06-26-13-PM-session.pdf
June 25, 2013 06-25-13-AM-session.pdf
June 18, 2013 06-18-13-AM-session.pdf
June 17, 2013 06-17-13-AM-session.pdf
June 17, 2013 06-17-13-PM-session.pdf
June 12, 2013 06-12-13-AM-session.pdf
June 12, 2013 06-12-13-PM-session.pdf
June 11, 2013 06-11-13-AM-session.pdf
June 11, 2013 06-11-13-PM-session.pdf
June 10, 2013 06-10-13-AM-session.pdf
June 10, 2013 06-10-13-PM-session.pdf
June 5, 2013 06-05-13-AM-session.pdf
June 5, 2013 06-05-13-PM-session.pdf
June 4, 2013 06-04-13-AM-session.pdf
June 4, 2013 06-04-13-PM-session.pdf
June 3, 2013 06-03-13 AM session.pdf
June 3, 2013 06-03-13-PM-session.pdf

Source: Bradley Manning Trial Transcripts | Freedom of the Press Foundation.

2013/06/11 Update:
Manning Judge Rules Crowd-Funded Stenographers Should Be Given Permanent Court Access

Sign The Petition
Bradley Manning’s Nobel Peace Prize

Further Reading
Guillotine The MSM!
Julian Assange Statement on the First Day of Manning Trial
Bradley Manning’s personal statement to court martial: full text
AUDIO: Bradley Manning explains why he leaked secret documents

‘No Human Right To Water’, say Nestle

Yet another reason to maintain that Nestle boycott…

Recently, CEO of Nestle Peter Brabeck declared in an interview that he believes it is an ‘extreme view’ to regard access to water as a Human Right, and that we should instead hand our water supplies over to private companies. It’s quite hard for me, if I’m honest, to find a suitable expression for this level of sociopathic stupidity.

Only the most utterly ignorant, greedy shithusk of a being would think that something like this is a good idea. I exclude the word ‘human’ from that sentence, because presumably you aren’t one if you want to control a substance that is absolutely essential for our survival to make bigger numbers on a computer screen. Being human requires some degree of empathy, and apparently Pete has none.

However, anyone familiar with the ‘antics’ of Nestlé, if I can use so light a word to describe them, may not be entirely surprised. We are talking about a company who has no fear of causing death and suffering on huge scales for their sacred profit margins. You might remember the baby formula scandal from the late 1970s for example, which still runs on to this day to some degree, and their use of palm oil contractors who destroy rainforests, drive people off their lands, and kill off endangered species as a result.

Continue reading — Nestle don’t think water’s a human right, because it’s all theirs | The Daily Shame.

Further reading:
Nestle Chairman wants to sell the world’s water
Nestlé’s Actions – Independent experts analyse Nestle’s actions and words

Look What They're Doing in the UK 2013 - Download PDF

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Look What They’re Doing in the UK – 2013
A report from Baby Milk Action on baby milk marketing practices in the UK.

Produced as part of the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Look What They’re Doing series.
click here for other countries.


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