Annie Machon A former MI5 officer, Machon resigned from the security service, along with her then partner David Shayler, in 1996, and blew the whistle on alleged failures and crimes, including illegal MI5 phone taps. I think Edward Snowden is in for a rough ride. But the way he has run the whole exposure and disclosure of the crimes of the NSA and what they are doing against the American people and people around the world has been very sophisticated. Obviously, he will have taken on board the sort of security and extradition issues that he needs to think about. From what I can see, he has taken very careful steps to protect those closest to him. The message he is putting out now is why he is doing it, why it is important, why people need to listen to what he is saying. I think it has been very, very well done. What the NSA is doing is turning the US – and, by extension, the rest of the world – into a Big Brother surveillance state. As soon as you get into this situation … [Read more...] about Edward Snowden and whistleblowers: ‘The truth sets you free’
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The bosses of England’s privatised water companies have been criticised for banking £58m in pay and benefits over the last five years while customers have been faced with above-inflation rises in their water bills. The GMB union said the chief executives of England’s nine water and sewage companies were “fat cats” earning “staggering sums” from the management of a natural resource. Tim Roache, GMB’s general secretary, said the pay awarded to water bosses was a national scandal and launched a campaign to return the industry to public ownership. Household water bills have risen by 40% above inflation since the industry was privatised in 1989, according to a National Audit Office report. The average bill this year will be £405, a 2% increase on last year, according to Water UK, the trade body that represents water and sewerage companies. “It’s a national scandal that over the last five years England’s hard-pressed … [Read more...] about Water bosses’ £58m pay over last five years a ‘national scandal’
CNET editors pick the products & services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Privacy, corporate malfeasance and tech bros -- oh my! Ian Sherr November 18, 2019 5:00 AM PST This story is part of The 2010s: A Decade in Review, a series on the memes, people, products, movies and so much more that have influenced the 2010s. The past decade has seen both the best and worst for the tech industry. It's when Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft rose to become some of the largest companies in the world. It's when Twitter became a power center of politics, media and finance. And it's when the tech industry screwed it all up and got everyone mad.Yup, this is a list of the biggest tech scandals of the 2010s. Not all of them, mind you, because I have to get home to my children at some point. But it's definitely the ones you remember, probably some of the ones you don't, a few that'll make you groan and at least one that'll … [Read more...] about Apple Maps, Netflix price hike and Edward Snowden: Tech scandals 2010-13
For many, many months, the attorney general has been sitting on a decision on whether to launch a corruption prosecution over a large arms deal. Figuratively, the file relating to the decision appears to be gathering dust. One supposes that from time to time Geoffrey Cox has opened the file and looked at it. He may have even discussed its contents with his aides. The decision that has yet to be announced by Cox (and is now even less likely ahead of the general election) involves a politically contentious mix of alleged corruption, a large company in Britain and a prickly Middle Eastern ally. The UK’s anti-corruption agency, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), submitted a formal request to the attorney general to launch a prosecution in what is known as the GPT case. The attorney general’s department will not say exactly when. However, sources with knowledge of the case say the request was submitted at least 18 months ago and could have been dated as long ago as November three … [Read more...] about Is Geoffrey Cox turning a deaf ear to arms deal corruption?
JEREMY Corbyn was confronted by a business boss over Labour’s anti-semitism scandal who accused the party of being “for the many, not the Jew”. Mr Corbyn suffered the scathing put down as he told the CBI “I’ve spent my life opposing racism in any form whatsoever.” 'FOR THE MANY, NOT THE JEW' The Labour leader was asked by an audience member: "What are you going to do to disprove claims that Labour is 'for the many, not the Jew', and to show that you care about antisemitism and racism?" He replied that racism in form was a "poison and a scourge". Mr Corbyn's leadership has been dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism in the party – with MPs quitting in protest and a criminal investigation into hate-crime launched. His speech today game after Chancellor Sajid Javid said Labour “loathe” business.But he told the CBI in Greenwich, that claims he was “anti-business” were “nonsense” and said a Labour government would … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn confronted by business boss over anti-semitism saying Labour is ‘for the many not the Jew’