back to article UK's planned Espionage Act will crack down on Snowden-style Brit whistleblowers, suspected backdoored gear (cough, Huawei)

UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced an Espionage Bill, charging ahead with new laws intended to criminalise any British copycats of Edward Snowden – and allowing a future crackdown on Huawei. The bill, said Javid, "will bring together new and modernised powers, giving our security services the legal authority they need …

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      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: 1984 !

        Dan 55,

        52% Leave, 48% Remain. What exactly is unclear in that?

        1. BebopWeBop Silver badge

          Re: 1984 !

          What is unclear about what anonymous? Could you just be clear on the matter?

        2. Dan 55 Silver badge

          Re: 1984 !

          Nothing at all if you're a child who thinks in black and white.

        3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

          Re: 1984 !

          "52% Leave, 48% Remain. What exactly is unclear in that?"

          Nothing. It clearly means that the country was deeply divided. That's a terrible start for a major change like that so what did May do? She assumed the country was united and has persisted in insulting half of them by keeping telling them that. Is it any wonder she's in a mess?

          1. John Smith 19 Gold badge
            FAIL

            "Is it any wonder she's in a mess?"

            Her behaviour makes perfect sense.

            If you've spent time around people on the autistic spectrum.

            The complete inability to read people.

            The inability to stop following a fixed pattern, even when all indications are that it's not working.

            No ability to infer consequences from written statements (there are tests normal 6YO's can pass that ASD sufferers can't in this area).

            The only reason she hasn't tried to get the agreement voted on for a 4th time is because she's finally leaving. That must have taken something not far short of "F**k off you retard" spray painted on the wall of the Cabinet meeting room for her to realize she might be having trouble.

    1. hammarbtyp

      Re: 1984 !

      The arguments over the last 2 years have been about what Brexit the 51% voted for. Since none of them appear to be able to agree which clusterfuck they want its seems quite reasonable to ask the question again

      Do keep up!

      1. Nick Kew

        Re: 1984 !

        British Airways recently provided us the metaphor for that.

        A tiny majority may have voted to "leave". But on leaving London, are you bound for Edinburgh or Dusseldorf? Noone knows, noone agrees, and 52 percent have a lot more than 52 destinations.

    2. Siberian Hamster

      Re: 1984 !

      Please, for the love of [DEITY], learn to use full stops.

  1. Chris Hills

    In bed with the Saudis and Chinese

    Democracy falls further down the slippery slope.

  2. Augie

    Wow.. just wow.. is there a way of getting off this ride?

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge

      You've still got FoM until the can hits the wall and then you'll be grandfathered into residency for that EU country.

  3. the future is back!

    Intel 4 amateurs

    George? smile at the camera please.

  4. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Quick Fix for Easy Pay to Captivating Prey

    The abiding titanic hole guaranteeing a deep and dark grave to colossal ships of paramilitarised state, is catastrophically damaging, secret security intelligence being known of by a few, but easily made generally available to the masses, from other private sources and renegade rogue pirate agents neither privy nor party to gagging by any signing of any Official Secrets Act.

    One imagines a prime quick emergency fix is to pay source a commanding top price for a stunning silence/pregnant pause, for the advantage of being first to be able to lead further into the future without such secret security intelligence information being used to create a whole series of almighty problems for systems solutions.

    It's only flash cash after all, and nothing really valuable, so best make it a realistically high price commensurate with the risk of containing a catastrophically damaging event situation with destructive virtual cascades.

  5. Cliff Thorburn

    And each day we head further and further from a country of both value and virtue, to a bendy and crooked banana republic, operating under the laws of the jungle, rather than lawful straight shooting democratic world leader we once were, I wonder whether I was looking through rose coloured glasses until recent times.

    1. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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      "to a bendy and crooked banana republic, "

      I saw what you did there.

      And I like it.*

      *The neat word play. Not the British economy going down the sh***er of history while some disaster capitalists clean up big.

  6. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    An International Rot and Intentional Virtual Blot/Bot on Landscapes? Yes, of course it is.

    Live evil supplies dangerous truths to deny exist and cause a resultant conflict and chaos, madness and mayhem. Only the moronic fool and idiotic tool would think them a wise and wide asset base to support with an untenable program of explosively gratuitous implosive prosecution?

    And there appears to be no shortage of moronic fools and idiotic tools cloaked in faux ermine and battling against Perl too [Practical Extraction and Reporting Language] if one can believe what is reported? ....... France Threatens Journalists With Jail Time For Exposing Government Lies About Yemen

  7. Cliff Thorburn

    “if one hasn't signed to acknowledge understanding and wilful compliance with terms of the Act, one cannot be prosecuted for breaking it?”

    I for one agree amFM, and indeed, what constitutes such information?

    There be a veritable minefield of such, could such be the truth as to where humanity is not alone?, that there be alien phorms living indeed amongst us?, that the DVLA is going to have one less job to do after Brexit?, or knowledge of interaction in live operational virtual environments with great game, spread betting ponzi aplenty to suggest but a few examples of fact seperated from plausable deniable fiction.

    ‘Knowingly’ is the key word here I do believe, and if one is not informed, paid and signed in agreed silence, then how could one not simply be sharing nothing more than experience and learning?

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Well talking of traitors may be Theresa and most of her cabinet should be prosecuted considering they have been doing exactly the opposite of what they promised on Brexit and ignored the Brexit referendum. Who are the traitors?

  9. Spanners Silver badge
    Mushroom

    People who betray Britain

    Would that include groups who conspired with financial traders and foreigners to destroy our economy for profit?

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