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NSA and GCHQ activities appear illegal, says EU parliamentary inquiry

Posted By admin On January 9, 2014 @ 12:27 pm In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Nick Hopkins and Ian Traynor
Theguardian.com [1]

Mass surveillance [2] programmes used by the US and Britain to spy on people in Europe [3] have been condemned in the “strongest possible terms” by the first parliamentary inquiry into the disclosures, which has demanded an end to the vast, systematic and indiscriminate collection of personal data by intelligence agencies.

The inquiry by the European parliament’s civil liberties committee says the activities of America’s National Security Agency (NSA [4]) and its British counterpart, GCHQ [5], appear to be illegal and that their operations have “profoundly shaken” the trust between countries that considered themselves allies.

The 51-page draft report, obtained by the Guardian, was discussed by the committee on Thursday. Claude Moraes, the rapporteur asked to assess the impact of revelations made by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, also condemns the “chilling” way journalists working on the stories have been intimidated by state authorities.

Though Snowden is still in Russia, MEPs are expected to take evidence from him via video-link in the coming weeks, as the European parliament continues to assess the damage from the disclosures.

Full story here. [1]


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[1] Theguardian.com: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/09/nsa-gchq-illegal-european-parliamentary-inquiry

[2] surveillance: http://www.theguardian.com/world/surveillance

[3] Europe: http://www.theguardian.com/world/europe-news

[4] NSA: http://www.theguardian.com/world/nsa

[5] GCHQ: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/gchq

[6] Singer on Climategate Parliamentary Inquiry: http://www.prisonplanet.com/singer-on-climategate-parliamentary-inquiry.html

[7] Belgacom Attack: Britain’s GCHQ Hacked Belgian Telecoms Firm: http://www.prisonplanet.com/belgacom-attack-britains-gchq-hacked-belgian-telecoms-firm.html

[8] Iraq war was illegal, top lawyer will tell Chilcot inquiry: http://www.prisonplanet.com/iraq-war-was-illegal-top-lawyer-will-tell-chilcot-inquiry.html

[9] Bletchley Park accused of airbrushing Edward Snowden from history: http://www.prisonplanet.com/bletchley-park-accused-of-airbrushing-edward-snowden-from-history.html

[10] Ministers WERE told invading Iraq was illegal, Foreign Office law chief tells Chilcot inquiry: http://www.prisonplanet.com/ministers-were-told-invading-iraq-was-illegal-foreign-office-law-chief-tells-chilcot-inquiry.html

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