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megimoo
10-24-2009, 07:02 PM
POOLE, England — It has become commonplace to call Britain a “surveillance society,” a place where security cameras lurk at every corner, giant databases keep track of intimate personal details and the government has extraordinary powers to intrude into citizens’ lives.
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Suspecting Ms. Paton of falsifying her address to get her daughter into the neighborhood school, local officials here began a covert surveillance operation. They obtained her telephone billing records. And for more than three weeks in 2008, an officer from the Poole education department secretly followed her, noting on a log the movements of the “female and three children” and the “target vehicle” (that would be Ms. Paton, her daughters and their car)..
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The Poole Borough Council, which governs the area of Dorset where Ms. Paton lives with her partner and their children, says it has done nothing wrong.

In a way, that is true: under a law enacted in 2000 to regulate surveillance powers, it is legal for localities to follow residents secretly. Local governments regularly use these surveillance powers — which they “self-authorize,” without oversight from judges or law enforcement officers — to investigate malfeasance like illegally dumping industrial waste, loan-sharking and falsely claiming welfare benefits.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/world/europe/25surveillance.html?_r=1

hampshirebrit
10-24-2009, 07:14 PM
Jesus, does he ever stop, this fucking guy.

Bubba Dawg
10-24-2009, 07:20 PM
Hey Hamps, just check into the Jukebox and relax a bit.

In a hundred years, nobody will know the difference.

Besides, the place wouldn't be the same without youse guys. :D

Rockntractor
10-24-2009, 07:23 PM
Jesus, does he ever stop, this fucking guy.

Time to make some more popcorn. Fascinating:D!

Bubba Dawg
10-24-2009, 07:29 PM
Time to make some more popcorn. Fascinating:D!

Well. There is that.

hampshirebrit
10-24-2009, 07:29 PM
Hey Hamps, just check into the Jukebox and relax a bit.

In a hundred years, nobody will know the difference.

Besides, the place wouldn't be the same without youse guys. :D

No problem. I am relaxed, amused even.

BTW, last night's BubbaBox was awesome. You do good work here, dude.

Rockntractor
10-24-2009, 07:32 PM
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/hampster-the-other-white-meat-de-1.jpg?t=1256423480

Bubba Dawg
10-24-2009, 07:33 PM
No problem. I am relaxed, amused even.

BTW, last night's BubbaBox was awesome. You do good work here, dude.

Thanks. Glad you enjoy.

JB
10-24-2009, 07:43 PM
Who cares? The place will be all muzzie in about 15 years.

megimoo
10-24-2009, 08:53 PM
Who cares? The place will be all muzzie in about 15 years.It already is !

hampshirebrit
10-24-2009, 09:09 PM
It already is !

And he should know. He was here two days ago.