Britain

Thick as thieves

Print edition : July 12, 2013

Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham. The GCHQ has refused to confirm or deny whether it has access to PRISM, but insisted that it has not done anything illegal. Photo: Reuters/Handout

Novelist and former spy John le Carre said if there was one thing that spies were very good at, it was at persuading people to swallow their smoke-and-mirrors stories. Indeed, that is what gave them power over decision-makers. Photo: The Hindu Archives

David Cameron, British Prime Minister. He rejected calls for an independent inquiry and said he was satisfied that no laws had been broken. Photo: MATT CARDY/AFP

William Hague, U.K.'s Foreign Secretary. He said the “close relationship” between British and American intelligence agencies were hugely beneficial. Photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP

Keith Vaz, Labour MP and chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, called the revelations “snooper’s charter through the backdoor”. Photo: B MATHUR/REUTERS

The David Cameron government, whose surveillance department has all along colluded with the CIA, provokes anger and ridicule by resorting to an all-too-familiar argument that law-abiding citizens have “nothing to fear” and a bit of intrusion into privacy is a small price to pay for security.
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