It’s disturbing to think our country is run by a man who has such an incredible lack of self awareness that he literally cannot tell his ass from his elbow. Cameron contradicts himself daily and manages to end up looking like a stupid fucktard every time he opens his mouth.

As I said in my last post, the biggest threat we face to our liberty and safety is the utter incompetence and breathtaking lack of understanding displayed constantly by our own government.

In an interview on Heart Radio today, he said, when asked whether UK outlets were putting themselves at risk by selling the new Charlie Hebdo issue, and I quote;

“I think we are at risk because there are a group of people who believe in this fanatical death cult of Islamist extremism. You can’t appease them; they hate our democracy, our freedom, our freedom of expression, our way of life. It would be wrong to think there are a set of behaviours we could adopt to make us safer.”

It would be wrong to think there are a set of behaviours we could adopt to make us safer. He said that. The man who announced yesterday that he is looking to essentially outlaw all secure online communication so that he can snoop on everything we say without exception and relaunch and fast track through his previously rejected snoopers charter – in defiance of the european ruling that determined that it infringes on every citizens right to privacy.

All of this on the back of the recent terror attacks that have now become the catalyst and symbol for a movement determined to stand together in defence of our democracy, our freedom, our freedom of expression, our way of life.

I don’t know about you, but I find it utterly offensive for him to use and abuse the killings in France as an excuse to erode our freedoms in this way.

Banning encryption WILL make our sensitive data even less secure and therefore easier to access by the very people they’re supposedly trying to make us safe from. It will make companies and individuals more susceptible to hacks and attacks.

Effectively outlawing secure communications could potentially affect – or, depending on the strength of the legislation, put an end to – pretty much everything you do online or even on your computer. It won’t just be the WhatsApp and snapChat apps that he’s cited.

It’ll have to include secure web browsing. Secure online banking. Buying online. Online gaming. Facebook. iMessage. FaceTime. Cloud services. And, well, anything online you have an account for. Or any software that stores personal data. They all employ the same sort of encryption techniques designed to secure your data that Whatsapp and SnapChat do.

Even if there was any way to somehow separate the particular platforms he wants to target, their complete lack of understanding will likely produce legislation vague enough to have massive unintended consequence… and will almost certainly be utterly impotent for the purpose it was designed anyway. As, apparently, are our entire intelligence services despite their enormous budgets and resources.

It could very well throw us into a technological dark age as developers and technology companies simply move their operations away from the UK or pull their software and services out of the UK. Who could blame them. We’re likely not a big enough market for them to even considering completely changing all their offerings to pander to ridiculous and ultimately pointless legislation. In which case, consider the knock on effects on our employment and economy and international trade and our place in the modern world.

Really think it couldn’t happen? Still hanging on to the quaint notion that we’re living in a free and democratic society? Yeah. That’s the problem, isn’t it? We’re basically sleep walking into becoming a fascist state where our Dear Leaders are prepared to violate our rights daily. One where the terrorists ARE winning because we enable them.

Encryption and anonymization are not suspicious activities. They are essential to our way of life. They are the tools that enable our democracy, our freedom, our freedom of expression.

All we can really hope is that Cameron and his cronies are a distant memory before they can ever enact these laws.

There is one ray of hope on the horizon… apparently Al Murray’s Pub Landlord character has announced he’s going to stand in our General Election. Given the pathetic alternatives and public apathy, if it were at all possible, I  predict he’ll end up as Prime Minister by a landslide. He couldn’t do a worse job.

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