From Trevor Timm, writing for the Guardian:
Not even a day after the tragedy at Charlie Hebdo’s office, MI5 wasted no time demanding even more surveillance powers. It’s hard to understand how much more surveillance could even be done beyond the agency’s current abilities, given that it can force tech companies to hand over virtually anything it wants without a warrant and that GCHQ, the British spy agency, is even free to target lawyers and journalists. But demand it has.
Across the Atlantic in the US, literally within moments of when the Charlie Hebdo attack first became public, conservative members of Congress jumped at the chance for political exploitation. As the District Sentinel reported, multiple Senators called for meager NSA reforms in the wake of the Snowden revelations to be completely disregarded, and for an increase in the intelligence budget, and that the Obama administration should stop trying to…
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