Outrageous! Sowing the seeds of mistrust, division, alienation is just what the Prevent strategy is designed to do. These nurseries are being used to instill fear in toddlers and potentially program them into becoming informants under the guise of protecting them. Don’t buy it folks.
“It is unworkable. I have to say I cannot understand what they [nursery staff] are expected to do,” David Davis, the Conservative MP and former shadow home secretary, told the Telegraph.
“Are they supposed to report some toddler who comes in praising a preacher deemed to be extreme? I don’t think so. It is heavy-handed,” he added.
“Turning our teachers and childminders into an army of involuntary spies will not stop the terrorist threat,” Isabella Sankey, the policy director at human rights body Liberty, told the Telegraph. “It will sow seeds of mistrust, division and alienation from an early age.”
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NSA PRISM: Neither Privacy Nor Security
Last week the Guardian newspaper reported that American broadband and telecommunications company Verizon has been handing over records of all incoming and outgoing calls made by its customers – all 150 million of them – to the US National Security Agency since late April.
This was followed up by ‘NSA whistleblower’ Edward Snowden, a contractor working for the world’s largest intelligence agency, going public with an internal powerpoint presentation that outlined the extent to which the NSA uses Google, Facebook, Apple and friends to spy on the whole world through a program called ‘PRISM’. These companies, by the way, deny all charges and say that if it is being done, then it is being done without their knowledge or consent.
While President Obama reminds us that we cannot have “100% security and 100% privacy”, some are calling for Snowden to be assassinated for treason and others praise him as “the greatest whistleblower ever”. But what exactly is he blowing the whistle on? And where is this scandal leading us?