The English newspaper The Guardian, publisher of Glenn Greenwald and some of the material provided by American contractor Edward Snowden, has much to say about the British spy services. While you can find full details here, I take the liberty of sharing a few choice morsels of Simon Jenkins' commentary for the delectation of those too busy to read the whole thing.
The arrogance of this abuse is now widespread. The same police force that harassed Miranda for nine hours at Heathrow is the one recently revealed as using surveillance to blackmail Lawrence family supporters and draw up lists of trouble-makers to hand over to private contractors. We can see where this leads.
I hesitate to draw parallels with history, but I wonder how those now running the surveillance state – and their appeasers – would have behaved under the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century. We hear today so many phrases we have heard before. The innocent have nothing to fear. Our critics merely comfort the enemy. You cannot be too safe. Loyalty is all. As one official said in wielding his legal stick over the Guardian: "You have had your debate. There's no need to write any more."
Yes, there bloody well is.