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A week of extremes

Government policy this week has taken a turn for the extreme.

On Monday, the Prime Minister launched his counter-extremism campaign with a comment piece in The Times announcing a £20 million investment in English language teaching aimed at Muslim women.

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‘Big Brother is watching you’ - George Orwell, 1984

A cliché becomes a cliché for a reason.  The use of ‘Orwellian’ to describe surveillance techniques has been around ever since we became aware of the State watching us.  ID cards, massive databases, CCTV, ANPR, undercover cops, intercepting communications or accessing data – there have always been some of us who have questioned techniques and the safeguards around them.

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Shaw review: Immigration detention in urgent need of reform

In a 364-page report released today, former Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Stephen Shaw CBE delivers a serious blow to an immigration detention system creaking under the strain of widespread condemnation.

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The fight that is never done

During my 14 years working at Liberty - 12 as Director - I have done my utmost to uphold these values, hand-in-hand with smart and capable colleagues and fellow members. There is so much that I am proud to have been a part of.

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The Armed Forces Bill and Discrimination - important steps towards an equal footing

The Armed Forces Bill is back in the House of Commons today with a brand new clause 1 based on a not so new sentiment.

In the year 2000 the British Government lifted its ban on openly homosexual individuals serving in the armed forces following two decisions of the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The prohibition was a clear violation of the right to respect for the private and family life of our service men and women, as protected by article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Watch: NSA whistleblower Bill Binney reveals the truth about mass surveillance


NSA technical director, turned whistleblower, William Binney, gave evidence to the Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill yesterday.

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2016 – we’re ready for the challenge

“The fight that is never done”. That’s how our first President E.M. Forster described our work in 1942. He wasn’t wrong… 2016 is shaping up to be one of the most challenging in our history. This momentous year will see once-in-a-generation surveillance laws passed and an attempt to scrap the Human Rights Act. No big deal.

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