Theresa May was central to introducing the bill in her job as home secretary [Image: Carl Court/Getty Images].

Theresa May was central to introducing the bill in her job as home secretary [Image: Carl Court/Getty Images].

This is more proof that Theresa May is not the “moderate” or “safe pair of hands” the mass media keep telling you she is.

If you’re sceptical about that, remember that this is the same woman who approved secret courts, about which the Angry Yorkshireman at Another Angry Voice had the following to say:

The next time you hear someone lazily repeating the absurd mainstream media trope that Theresa May is a ‘moderate’ ‘safe pair of hands’, consider asking them if they believe that the legal system should be reformed so that people can be jailed in courtrooms they can’t enter, on charges they can’t know based on evidence they’re not allowed to see.

“Presumably they’ll object, so you can point out that the legal system has already been changed to allow this, and the Home Office minister responsible was the ‘moderate’ ‘safe pair of hands’ Theresa May.”

The House of Lords has passed the Investigatory Powers Bill, putting the huge spying powers on their way to becoming law within weeks.

The bill – which forces internet companies to keep records on their users for up to a year, and allows the Government to force companies to hack into or break things they’ve sold so they can be spied on – has been fought by privacy campaigners and technology companies including Apple and Twitter.

But the Government has worked to continue to pass the bill, despite objections from those companies that the legislation is not possible to enforce and would make customers unsafe. The House of Lords’ agreement to the text now means that it just awaits Royal Assent, at which point it will become law.

Source: Investigatory Powers Bill: ‘Snoopers Charter 2’ to pass into law, giving Government sweeping spying powers | The Independent

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