Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The Sunday Times is the new Pravda

Once a great campaigning paper under the editorship of Harold Evans, the latest debacle reflects how far the paper has fallen under Murdoch’s malevolent control. Far from telling truth to power, the S.T. now licks power’s boots.

The lead ‘story’ masquerading as journalism telling us that Snowden had done massive harm to our intelligence services turned out to have been based on a ‘government source in the Home Office’ and verified by yet another unnamed ‘government source’. No evidence. No challenging questions and full of lies and errors. Glen Greenwald has been all over the media excoriating the journalists for their gullibility and for acting as government stooges.

Tom Harper was one of the co-authors of the ‘story.’ He appeared on CNN to defend it. Badly. 
edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2015 shows the full horror.  

CNN “Were the files hacked or did Snowden hand them over?” 
Harper “We don’t know.”
“Were MI6 agents directly under threat?”   
“We don’t know”
“How did the government know what was in the files”
 “That’s not something we’re clear on”
“Can you substantiate the claims?” 

It is no coincidence that this garbage appeared immediately after a reasoned report into internet surveillance was published to general approval. David Anderson QC condemned the status quo under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) as “undemocratic, unnecessary and – in the long run – intolerable”, and advises it be replaced with a comprehensive new law that can be properly understood by people and parliamentarians.
“The recommendation is in glaring contrast to the Government’s repeated claims since 2013 that the current legislative framework provides effective safeguards to properly protect British people’s privacy.” Liberty

Telling truth to power or acting as power’s pawns?

The whole shabby tale reflects very badly on the government. Just as it wants us to accept extra snooping powers - the snooper's charter - it sinks to these desperate measures.

Trust us they say. No way.

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