If the FRA legislation- called Lex Orwell- is passed (which it might very well do), routinelly, automatic wiretapping of all Swedes and their counterparts where the signals passes the nations borders will be done. This would mean that if you comment on this blog or if we exchange mails or telephone calls you would be eavsdropped. I'm using IP telephony, and as I understand it- the servers could be just about anywhere in the world, which then would mean that wirtually any phonecall I make could be wiretapped and as I use email, ceartainly every correspondence I make digitally would be scrutinised. What more is that this is breaking one of the fundamental pillars of our Grundlag (Not excactly a constitution- but close) This is said to be done in the interrest of the security of the nation. But what dimwits of nations or terrorists would not use heavy cryptos and codes then- making Lex Orwell in all essences completely useless? The breach of integrity are made at the point that data is collected. It does not matter if it is scrapped later on!
Lex Orwell, a law proposal for total surveillance, is urgently being pushed to a vote on 17 June 2008 by national security hawks in the peaceful Kingdom of Sweden. It will mandate the “NSA franchise”, the FRA, to turn its forest of parabola ears and world’s 5th largest super computer to listen to you - or rather what you do, say and share on the Internet - would an information package pass the Swedish borders.
FRA is the Swedish shorthand for The National Defence Radio Establishment. An institution very active during the cold war but without a clear task or purpose today since material from satellite traffic from military activities the Baltics isn’t particularly a la mode any more. To stay in business, FRA has therefore for years pursued a long term strategy to “improve raw material supply through partnerships” and to provide “on demand” intelligence to “support government authorities and state owned companies regarding current IT threats”.
That does not make FRA into an “NSA franchise”, does it? Well, a retired FRA Intelligence Officer was recently quoted in a report to the Swedish Journalist Fund for Education saying “Maybe FRA is a Swedish organisation, which in limited ways cooperate with foreign intelligence services. Or FRA is a part of an international surveillance group which to a limited extent cooperate with the Swedish authorities. The problem is that it is only FRA who knows.”
Read the rest over at Blogactive
It's not only Sweden that are pondering over or allready have legislations like this. We have the Echelon system in the USA and in UK the powers that be want's to use their similar snoop system for... Well, not counter terrorism, if you catch my drift.
“Councils and health authorities are to be given the right to access e-mail and internet records under surveillance powers to be introduced next year, the Home Office said yesterday.
Although first proposed to tackle terrorism and serious crime, powers have been extended to cover other criminal activity, public health, threats to public safety and even prevention of self-harm.”
They have reacently installed new electric meters in my house. They are digitally remote checked wizzs. Fine you think? Well, one of the parties in the parliment (KD- Kristian Demokrates) want's to use it to tax users of electricity with CO2 offsets. The more you use- the more you pay!
We need a smaller state! Not a bigger one! A night watchman state! A state that only protects the people from outer threats- Police, Military, Firefighters and judical systems, period.