Headline May 17, 2016/ ''' WORLD & *SPYING*


STUDENT HUSSAIN ALI  -kind, loving and gracious as ever,  returning from a late evening final project work, sees me off on behalf of the Samurai and the  !World Students Society!  

The facilities and service   -at Islamabad international airport, microscopic, professional,  -even painstaking, and somewhat tense. I spot and pick the *observers* mingling as passengers. *I make it a point to needle them*.     

The flight uneventful, the meal pointless, and on a Rolex time, the Pakistani pilot makes a smooth landing, -but with a little power on, to control the sink for a smooth touch down. 
Emirates Airline, just about, at its very best.

*IN MY HEART, I offer a thank you, to this gentleman, good human, and an upright minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, and the Federal Investigation Agency F.I.A,   for freeing me up from many decades of war, from grave and inhuman injustice, punishment and exile.

Earnest Hemingway, had a point, :  ''Man can be destroyed but not defeated.'' I will never consider anything that will hurt my country, humanity, and my sense that  ''Great things must be attempted. great things must be done.''   

'''WELCOME-SIR,  -WELCOME!'''   the young immigration officer at Dubai International Airport, gives me a  sardonic smile.

I smile back. The blended camera to his right, set up at depressed angle of around 35 degrees to the normal, snaps up my iris colors for matching.

I change Pakistani rupees 1000 for about 29 odd U.A.E Dirhams. And to the annoyance of my  tail, buy a metro card, and begin the long slog to my temporary abode.

STRASBOURG, FRANCE.  When Edward Snowden disclosed details of America's huge surveillance program over two years, many in Europe thought that the response would be increased transparency and stronger oversight of security services.

European countries, however, are moving in the opposite direction. Instead of more public scrutiny, we are getting more snooping.

Pushed to respond to the atrocious attacks in Paris and Copenhagen and by the threats posed by the Islamic State to Europe's internal security, several countries are amending their counterterrorism legislation to grant more intrusive powers to security services, especially in terms of mass electronic surveillance.

France recently adopted a controversial law on surveillance that permits major intrusions, without prior judicial authorization, into the private lives of suspects and those who communicate with them, live or work in the same place or even just happen to be near them.

The German Parliament adopted a new data retention law on Oct, 16 last year, that requires telecommunications-operators and Internet service providers to retain connection data for up to 10 weeks.

And the British government intends to increase the authorities' powers to carry out mass surveillance and bulk collection of intercepted data..

Meanwhile, Austria is set to discuss a draft law that would allow a new security agency to operate with reduced external control and to collect and store communication data for up to six years.

The Netherlands is considering legislation allowing a dragnet surveillance of all telecommunications, indiscriminate gathering of metadata, decryption and intrusion into the computer's of non-suspects.

And in Finland, the government is even considering changing the constitution to weaken privacy protections in order to ease the adoption of a bill granting the military and intelligence services the power to conduct electronic mass surveillance with little oversight.

Governments now argue that to guarantee our security we have to sacrifice some rights. This is a specious argument. By shifting from targeted to mass surveillance, government risk undermining democracy while pretending to protect it.

They are also betraying a long political and judicial tradition affording broad protection to privacy in Europe, where democratic legal systems have evolved to protect individuals from arbitrary interference by the state in their private and family life.

The European Court of Human Rights has long upheld the principle that surveillance interferes with the right to privacy. 

Although the court accepts that the use of confidential information is essential in combating terrorist threats, it has held that the collection, use and storage of such information should be authorized only under exceptional and precise conditions, and must be accompanied by adequate legal safe guards and independent supervision.

The court has persistently applied principle for decades when it was called to judge the conduct of several European countries, which were combating domestic terrorist groups.

More recently, the new technologies have offered more avenues to increase surveillance and data collection, the court has reiterated its position in a number of leading cases against several countries, including-

France, Romania, Russia and Britain, condemned for having infringed the right to private and family life that in the interpretation of the court covers also  ''the physical and psychological integrity of a person.''  

Last year, the European court of Justice set limits on  telecommunication data retention. By invalidating a European Union directive for its unnecessary:

''Wide ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental right to respect for private life''  and personal data, this court reaffirmed the outstanding place privacy holds in Europe.

This judgment echoed a 2006  German Constitutional ruling that the German police had breached the individual right to self-determination and human dignity after they conducted a computerized search of suspected terrorists.

The Honour and Serving of   *Life and Living Operational Research* continues. Thank Ya all for reading and sharing forward.

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all on the World Students Society and the Ecosystem 2011:

Knocked Upwards '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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