More about Beecholme

Beecholme is also the first postwar "mixed development" housing scheme in Hackney, with a mixture of houses and flats with the taller block having five storeys and containing one-bedroom and bedsit accommodation. It is featured in Volume 15 of Hackney History and was the site of Beecholme House, the family home of Maj. John André (d. 1780), who was executed as a British spy in the American War of Independence.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Govt wants to spy on all phone, text & email

The government has just announced a plan to spy on us all, to be pushed through “as soon as Parliamentary time allows

They want to see details of who we call, text and email, and which websites we visit - without any kind of warrant or reason.

They want to force phone and internet companies to install special devices to provide all this data on each and every one of us.

Experts are lining up to condemn this idea
• intrusive
• expensive
• ineffective

The proposed law is being discussed behind closed doors, with no public confirmation of safeguards or other details by the government. What little is known is that the spying law would make accessible a list of everything we do on the net, including friends we interact with, all pages we visit and other internet habits, creating a treasure trove of information about us.

According to a recent poll, more than 94% of citizens are worried about the government’s web surveillance plans, and former police chief Sir Chris Fox has spoken out against the law. But the government is trying to sell it to the public by claiming it’s a mere “updating” of legislation -- rather than a new onslaught on our civil liberties.

This snooping legislation allows authorities to spy on us without justification and creates a dangerous precedent for future actions that could include restricting access, tracking file-sharing and monitoring specific websites worldwide.

When the Labour government announced similar plans a few years ago, a huge outcry was needed to make them to back down, so let's build a massive petition right away, to show David Cameron that British citizens simply won’t put up with the government spying on their every move.

Please add your name to the petition now:


Sign the avaaz petition to beat back big brother: 

David Cameron claims this will make us safer, but this is about spying on all of us, not serious criminals. It's already perfectly possible for the government to monitor people suspected of serious crimes, with proper permission and oversight.

Serious criminals will inevitably find ways to hide their online identities in any case.

See what one ISP firm has to say about how easy the proposed surveillance measures would be to get around on an ITV interview. ...and see:

Most importantly, this isn’t the kind of Britain we want to live in.

• We shouldn’t respond to criminals by abandoning our principles and scrapping basic civil liberties.
• We shouldn’t treat every citizen like a potential criminal who needs to be monitored.

Please add your name to the petition now:


sign the avaaz petition to beat back big brother: 

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