Can somebody PLEASE tell an old codger WTF is going on?
In the last couple of months we’ve had (and this is just what my old grey cells can remember)
“Police are to be stripped of the power to secretly spy on journalists’ phones, striking a major blow for press freedom.”……..”The furore over police hacking journalists’ phones led to widespread calls for urgent reforms to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), which allows officers to request call data from phone companies without needing a judge’s approval.”
“Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has unveiled a series of measures which will scale back the way police can stop and search suspects.
Tougher thresholds will mean officers in England and Wales are able to use the most controversial form of stop and search powers much less frequently.”
Once again Stop and Search is a perfectly useful tool but it needs to be used properly and in line with the laws. Officers are always accountable for their Stop and Searches, they have had to provide a copy of the Stop/Search record on request for years now, nothing new there. Get the supervising officers to SUPERVISE and I don’t see the problem, every officer accounts for his/her Stop/Searches (and if they can’t they shouldn’t have done it) and what’s the problem? Why take away or reduce a valid tool in the battle against Crime?
And now we have had;
“Police are to get powers to force internet firms to hand over details linked to IP addresses in order to help them help identify criminal suspects online.
The Anti-Terrorism And Security Bill will oblige internet service providers (ISPs) to retain information linking IP (Internet Protocol) addresses to individual users.
The home secretary, Theresa May, said the measure would boost national security – but again complained that Liberal Democrats were blocking further steps.”
So she doesn’t like RIPA because it upsets her friends in the media but this is OK? Seems far more sensitive and intrusive to me. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but I don’t see anything wrong with RIPA either.
Smacks of a Home Secretary who is lost. Up the proverbial and doesn’t know which way to turn. Vote-seeking. Or maybe simply a Home Secretary who doesn’t know what her view is until she’s told, or simply weak in reality and is blown by the wind. Whoever blows strongest gets her support maybe.
Whichever it is, I simply don’t get it.
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