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Facebook and Twitter have ‘social responsibility’ to help fight terrorism

OWoN: So now, the Joint Relationship is to find evermore ways to Spy on everybody. Cyber attacks are of course a problem, but the side issues of Agency games are a horror story. Of course we need better Net Security, but letting the Dogs of War Police the Net opens bad, bad doors.

Facebook and Twitter have ‘social responsibility’ to help fight terrorism, says David Cameron

UK prime minister, in Washington for talks with Barack Obama, says government access to communications data is vital in preventing attacks

The Guardian
By Nicholas Watt
and Patrick Wintour
16 January 2015

David Cameron has issued a plea to the US internet giants to accept they have a social responsibility to help fight terrorism by allowing Britain’s intelligence agencies access to the data and content of online communications between terror suspects.

Speaking in Washington as he began two days of talks with Barack Obama, the UK prime minister reinforced his message by saying that access to communications data or actual intercepts have been vital in preventing attacks, specifically mentioning that a plot to murder police officers had been thwarted.

In an interview with ITV News, the PM said he would ask the American president to step up pressure on web companies such as Facebook and Twitter to do more to co-operate with the intelligence agencies as they seek to track terror suspects.

Cameron spoke earlier this week of a need to ensure there was no “safe space” for terrorists when he outlined plans to create a new legal framework to allow intelligence agencies to break into encrypted communications between terror suspects.

The prime minister said of internet companies:

“They need to work with us. They need also to demonstrate, which they do, that they have a social responsibility to fight the battle against terrorism. We shouldn’t allow safe spaces for traits to communicate. That’s a huge challenge but that’s certainly the right principle.

“Of course people want privacy in their communications. Nobody wants to listen to the phone calls or read the emails of people as they go about their daily lives.”

The prime minister added that the agencies had been successful in thwarting terror attacks but they needed new powers to keep pace with changing technology.

He said: “Lots of attacks have been prevented. We’ve had, since I’ve been prime minister, a major attack stopped every year. In the last few months … the potential murders of police officers have been spotted. And on many occasions either communications data – who was calling who from where and when – has been vital or an intercept itself has been vital.”

The bilateral talks have also been prompted by recent cyber-attacks by hostile states and hackers and came as the two leaders announced a rolling programme of transatlantic cyber “war games” to be conducted by British and US intelligence agencies to test their resilience in the face of mounting global cyber-attacks.

Cameron told the BBC’s Today programme:

“This cyber-security and cyber-attacks is one of the biggest modern threats that we face. Eight out of 10 large companies in Britain have had some sort of cyber-attack against them. Britain and America working together – we have got hugely [capable] security defences and the expertise – and that is why we should combine and set up cyber cells on both sides of the Atlantic to share information, not only to work out how we best protect ourselves but create a system where hostile states and hostile organisations know they should not try to attack us.”

He said it was time to step up the efforts. “It is not just about protecting companies, it is about protecting people’s data, people’s finances. These cyber-attacks can have real consequences for people’s finances.”

Cameron added: “Britain and America face the same challenge. We need in extremis to be able to interrupt the contact between terrorists, whether they are using fixed phones, mobile phones or the internet, and we need to work with the internet companies – we have good relations with them – to make sure we get people safe so it is a conversation to have with the president but a conversation we both need to have with the companies concerned”.

Cameron and Obama, who began two days of talks over dinner at the White House on Thursday night, will announce on Friday that as a first step a simulated attack will be targeted later in the year at banks in the City of London and Wall Street.

The “war game” against the financial sector, which will be carried out in cooperation with the Bank of England and other financial institutions, will be coordinated by a new joint “cyber-cell” that will be established by the two leaders to share information.

Agents from GCHQ and MI5 on the UK side and the US’s National Security Agency and FBI are already working in the US division of the cell. This will be matched by a cyber-cell in the UK.

The joint announcement will be made by the president and the prime minister, who is the first European leader to meet Obama since the gun attacks in Paris last week, as they finalise their talks at the White House on Friday. The White House and Downing Street have placed the threat of Islamist extremists in Syria, Iraq and in Europe and the dangers posed by cyber-warfare – both from criminals and states – at the top of the agenda for their talks.

Cameron, who is delighted that Obama has offered him priceless pre-election pictures at the White House, has agreed that their first announcement will cover one of the main themes of Obama’s penultimate state of the union address next week.

The president this week spoke of the “urgent and growing danger” posed by cyber-attacks, which was starkly illustrated by the attack on Sony Pictures.



  1. Wait a minute! Why would the government put the responsibility on the back of the American public when they have all of the means and methods to get this done in one fail swoop...this is a scam and a method to monitor reaction to their demands. These internet social sites are created by private entities; unless they are really owned by the government??????

    We need to get back to sending letters...

  2. Sister Ciara says Obama Elites In Horror As American People Prepare To Restore Republic

    Special Report from Sister Ciara

    At 14 minutes past midnight on 30 July 1945, the greatest single loss of life at sea in the history of the United States Navy occurred when the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58, sinking in 12 minutes.

    Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remaining 900 faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks while floating with few lifeboats and almost no food or water. The US Navy learned of the sinking when survivors were spotted four days later by the crew of a PV-1 Ventura on routine patrol. Only 317 survived.

    Among those who perished was Lt. Thomas Michael Conway, a Catholic priest from Buffalo, New York, who for three nights swam to the aid of his shipmates, reassuring the increasingly dehydrated and delirious men with prayers until he himself expired, the last Catholic chaplain to die in World War II.

    This past week, however, the last measure of earthly devotion Lt. Conway had towards those who needed him most in their greatest hour of need was deemed by the Obama administration as unworthy when the US Navy refused to award this true hero the Navy Cross.

    Even worse, the reason for the Obama administration refusing to award the Navy Cross to Lt. Conway wasn’t because his acts of bravery and devotion weren’t well documented, but rather because the hundreds of enlisted men who survived, and testified of his heroism, were precluded from making award recommendations…in other words, the US Navy said they would only accept recommendations of his heroic acts if made by those of superior rank, all of whom had died.

    In this tragic story about Lt. Conway, though, lies the essence of the American character of the last century…and as it still exists today… “We Have Been Captured… We Are Parented, Not Represented”.

    From a unique nation ruled by its own citizens when it threw off the yoke of tyranny imposed upon it by the British in the late 1700’s, to what it has become today, proves true the words of Benjamin Franklin when asked about the kind of country the United States had become…“What have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

    With the “Imperial Presidency” now ruling America for the sole benefit of the elite classes, and with so many laws the United States government itself is unable to tell how many there are [ US Justice Department official Ronald Gainer “You will have died and been resurrected three times and still not have an answer to this question.”], it would be easy for anyone to say that the Republic is now dead, and will never be again.

    They would be wrong, however, to say so because of the simple fact that the Republic is NOT the rulers of America, the people are! And unless you kill all of the people, the Republic is as alive now as it ever has been.

    Even better, by every metric one can use to measure by, the Republic is not only still alive, but it is actually growing at a greater pace and level than at anytime since the United States was first founded!

    And therein lays the hope, and the danger. Because as the Republic grows in strength, those elite rulers opposed to it (by whatever name you call them) institute new police state laws and crackdowns to stop it…and ALWAYS fail.

    Remember…whenever you see a nation where the police begin to resemble the military, where the laws have become so ridiculous and onerous that every citizen is now a criminal, where ordinary life is lived in a constant state of fear, where everyone is spying on everyone else…all of these, and more, show one thing and one thing only…the rulers are in dire fear of the ruled, not the other way around.


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