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Freedom is a word I rarely use...

...without thinking.

Interesting. From : - Justice Secretary Jack Straw has vetoed the publication of minutes of key cabinet meetings held in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003.

He said he would use a clause in the Freedom of Information Act to block the release of details of meetings in which the war's legality was discussed.

Releasing the papers would do "serious damage" to cabinet government, he said, and outweighed public interest needs.

The Information Tribunal ruled last month that they should be published.

Also of interest. From : - The US state department has criticised China in an annual report on human rights around the world.

China's human rights record worsened in some areas, including the repression of dissidents and of minorities in Tibet, the report said.

In its preface, Mrs Clinton vowed to heed criticism of Washington's own human rights record.

"Not only will we seek to live up to our ideals on American soil, we will pursue greater respect for human rights as we engage other nations and people around the world," she said.

The report also cited Chinese curbs on freedom of speech and the press, including the internet.

Of additional interest. From

The recently-proposed ?6bn Intercept Modernisation Programme (IMP) would go even further, permitting the security services to gather details of everyone?s ?phone calls, email sent and web pages visited on a central government database, in real-time, in case it might be of use to them in the future

Meanwhile, BT has conducted secret trials of the Webwise system (also known as ?Phorm?) to monitor its customers? web browsing habits, with the intention of using the data for targeted advertising.

Intelligent Lab fans (aren't we all), whichever part of the world we are from, will find the videos on the modernliberty site to be of interest. Let us speak truth, at least, for as long as we may be allowed to.


Feb 25, 2009, 20:30