27 October, 2020

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UK Reaction To NSA Leaks Eroding Freedom, Rights Groups Warn

Coalition of organisations says Cameron’s response has damaged UK’s reputation for freedom of expression

Seventy of the world’s leading human rights organisations have written to David Cameron to warn that the government’s reaction to the mass surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden is leading to an erosion of fundamental rights and freedoms in the UK.

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The coalition, which includes organisations from 40 countries, said it had become increasingly alarmed at the way the UK government had applied pressure on media groups covering the leaks and its use of national security concerns to close down important public interest debates.

“We have joined together as an international coalition because we believe that the United Kingdom government’s response to the revelations of mass surveillance of digital communications is eroding fundamental human rights in the country,” the letter states. “The government’s response has been to condemn, rather than celebrate investigative journalism, which plays a crucial role in a healthy democratic society.”

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    Well, UK govt has been celebrating so called investigative journalism targeting smaller countries like Sri Lanka.

    Who says David Cameron is at fault?

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      The British Govt. today is going backwards on the subject of Human Rights and the Rule of Law. This is also evident in the British Commonwealth of Nations which is a party to celebrate British Colonialism and influence peddling among CORRUPT THIRD WORLD MILITARY DICTATORS like Mahinda Rajapassa..
      Sri Lankan Civil society must start and lead the INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN to CLOSE DOWN THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH OF CLOWNS! Since the UNP which under Ranil sucked up to British Colonialism is dead in the water and there is no political opposition Sri Lanka Trade Unions and the Left nationalists MUST protest the British Colonialism CHOGM show to celebrate third world dictators in Colombo. CHOGM is a huge waste of funds to boost the CORRUPT and Criminal Rajapassa dictatorship.
      The Commonwealth of Clowns today has NO MORAL PURPOSE OR geopolitical, economic or social security ROLE or PRINCIPLES and has NO use and is a relic that celebrates war criminals and human rights violators and should be SHUT DOWN.
      All this time no one had heard of this Colonial outfit, as it was hosted by odd African dictators, but in Asia where there has been a strong critic of colonialism this party to celebrate British imperialism and its lackey Military Dictators in Africa and Asia needs to be SHUT DOWN.
      Rajapassa has turned CHOGM it into a massive military security operation, and ego boosting exercise while his brother Gota the Goon’s military has destroyed Colombo’s tree canopy in the name of security for the CHOGM clowns principle among whom is Prince Charles and Camron!
      The more irrelevant and UN-PRINCIPLED the British Commonwealth of Clowns the more extravagant the SHOW!

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      The British Govt. today is going backwards on the subject of Human Rights and the Rule of Law. This is also evident in the British Commonwealth of Nations which is a party to celebrate British Colonialism, RACISM and influence peddling among CORRUPT THIRD WORLD MILITARY DICTATORS like Mahinda Rajapassa..
      Sri Lankan Civil society must start and lead the INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN to CLOSE DOWN THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH OF CLOWNS! Since the UNP which under Ranil sucked up to British Colonialism is dead in the water and there is no political opposition Sri Lanka Trade Unions and the Left nationalists MUST protest the British Colonialism CHOGM show to celebrate third world dictators in Colombo. CHOGM is a huge waste of funds to boost the CORRUPT and Criminal Rajapassa dictatorship.
      The Commonwealth of Clowns today has NO MORAL PURPOSE OR geopolitical, economic or social security ROLE or PRINCIPLES and has NO use and is a relic that celebrates war criminals and human rights violators and should be SHUT DOWN.
      All this time no one had heard of this Colonial outfit, as it was hosted by odd African dictators, but in Asia where there has been a strong critic of colonialism this party to celebrate British imperialism and its lackey Military Dictators in Africa and Asia needs to be SHUT DOWN.
      Rajapassa has turned CHOGM it into a massive military security operation, and ego boosting exercise while his brother Gota the Goon’s military has destroyed Colombo’s tree canopy in the name of security for the CHOGM clowns principle among whom is Prince Charles and Camron!
      The more irrelevant and UN-PRINCIPLED the British Commonwealth of Clowns the more extravagant the SHOW!

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      Exactly WHEN did the UK gov’t. do this ? (in your imagination I suppose ?)

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      i THINK ALL THE ARGUMENTS ABOUT GOVERNMENTS SPYING ON THE PUBLIC LACKS BALANCE. SURE, THERE ARE GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT AND REASONS AND REASONS.BUT IN THE CONTEXT OF THE MAMMOTH THREATS FROM GLOBAL TERRORISM AND ANY GOVERNMENT’S MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT ITS PEOPLE AND ASSETS, MY TAKE ON THIS BURNING ISSUE IS THAT WHILE THE PRACTICE HAS INHERENT POTENTIAL FOR ABUSE, IT’S BECOME A NECESSARY EVIL IN THAT THE GLOBAL TERROR MOVEMENTS ARE SO CRAZED AND DRIVEN BY SUCH FEARSOME DEPTHS OF IRRATIONAL HATRED THAT ANY ONE OF THEM…OR AL OF THEM.. COULD EVEN THIS MOMENT BE POISED TO LAUNCH A FEARSOME CHEMICAL ATTACK ON HUGE CITIES TEEMING WITH MILLIONS OF INNOCENT CITIZENS.

      ID SAY GOVERNMENT’S NOT ONLY HAVE THE RIGHT TO BUD ALL OF US BECAUSE ITS IN OUR INTERESTS AT THE END OF THE DAY.

      TAKE BIN LADEN FOR EXAMPLE. WHAT HEINOUS CRIME WOULD HE HAVE COMMITTED BY NOE HAD THEN US NOT TAKEN HIM OUT. HOW MANY INNOCENT MILLIONS WOULD HE HAVE KILLED IN A SERIES OF ATTACKS WHICH NEVER HAPPENED.

      IT WAS WIDE SCALE EAVESDROPPING THAT GAVE US INVESTIGATORS THE CLUES WHICH LED TO BIN LADEN. I’VE NOT HEARD OF A SINGLE INCIDENT OF EAVESDROPPING THAT HAS VIOLATED ANYONE’S PRIVACY UNDULY. INFRINGED? YES.BUT WHO’S SAFE AT THE END OF IT ALL ?

      I SUSPECT THAT BACK OF THIS HUE AND CRY ARE CRIMINAL ORGANISATIONS THAT SPONSOR THESE VOCAL OUTBURSTS AGAINST ELECTRONIC EAVESDROPPING.
      HOW WE DEAL WITH AN ABUSE OF THIS PRACTICE IS SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT FOR OURSELVES.

      FOR BONA FIDE ACTIONS OF THIS NATURE BY CONCERNED GOVERNMENTS IT’S SURE A TOUGH CALL.

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    Cameron should realise that his predecessors in the Westminster were responsible for the discrimination of the minorities by the majority Sinhalese; which led to the 26 year war.
    In India, the lands and the provincial governance of the respective regions were returned to the indigenous people of India; like Gujarat, T.Nadu, Bengal, even the creation of Pakistan.
    This was not done in Ceylon. Britain was in a hurry and didn’t listen to the fears expressed by the minority.
    Britain, unified the whole island into one country and gave the governance of the whole island to the majority 74%, without any protection to the 26% minority who owned 1/3 rd of land of the island for thousands of years.
    In fact, Britain took over the Tamil States and served it on a plate to the Majority against the will of the minorities in 1948. This brought about the discrimination as the successive Governments built up constitutional Protection to the majority Sinhalese and Buddhism;instead of constitutional Protection to the minorities; contrary to the civilised norm in the Common Wealth.
    Soon after the independence, the majority re-wrote the History of Ceylon in Text Books; as been a unitary, Sinhalese, Buddhist state for 2500 years and the minorities are the remnants of Indian invaders and Muslim traders from India.
    Followed by the “Sinhalese Only” Law in 1956, legitimising the Sinhalese as the Only Citizens of the island and that the minorities may survive at the mercy of the Sinhalese Majority, mind set. These sentiments are often been openly expressed by the Government, civilian and military heads of Sri Lanka, even to date.
    Hence Britain is totally responsible for the plight of the minorities which culminated in the Killing Fields. Hence Britain should own up and rectify the situation.

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      Balls. What a load of rubbish.

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    I feel still UK must investigate what Sri Lanka has done to Minority like us, they Killed all the civilians and now still try to star another one with Muslims… i think Sinhala Fools making mistakes trying to kill themself by tiggering the Islam Jihad :) lets try out

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    Dear Kothapaya, please do the same in SL. Listen to all phone calls, peruse all emails particularly from TNA and NGO buggers.

    This is the future of warfare.

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      Dai Fathima your Kathaikoaltha Paiya is nice servicing your Muslim brothers through BBS. How is the service and why you are not worried about your Muslim people who are killed and chased everyday in Burma but so worried about the Tamils in Ceylon? Why don’t you protest to stop the killings of Muslims in Burma?

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      Spying is supposed to be the profession in front of Prostitution.

      So, understand how important it is.

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    These super men from 40 + countries are coming all the way to squeeze Rajas testicles. BBS can apply siddalepa.

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    Quote: “The coalition, which includes organisations from 40 countries, said it had become increasingly alarmed at the way the UK government had applied pressure on media groups covering the leaks and its use of national security concerns to close down important public interest debates.

    Mother India smells a RAT in Callum Macrae’s visa application and his intended visit to India.

    Colonial bufoons are yet to realise motives of Callum Macrae & CH 4 and as they are let off the hook.

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    Chris Simmons … do not compare the land mass & population of a provice in India to that of in Sri Lanka.

    A Sri Lanka Province is equal to a major town area of an Indian Province. Population wise there is no comparison as well.

    Not that Britain was in a hurry and didn’t listen to the fears expressed by the minority, they made a hasty getaway probably because they had suppressed the majority for too long and there was no problem between the british educated High Caste tamils living in Colombo (who supressed the the low caste tamils in the North) and British educated Sinhalese.

    The Minority did not own 1/3 Land but they own 1/3 in the Western Province in the South.

    Sinhala only Law in 1956 if at for effected only to about 3% of the community overall inclusibe of Sinhalese & tamils who were British educated.
    It did not bother the majority Tamils in the North as educators there had hired Buddhist Priest in their school to teach sinhala the majority language. North was ready for the transition.

    In fact low caste Tamils in the North must be ever gratefull to the GOSL as it was the GOSL who introduced free education to the North as well and the low caste tamils who were denied up to then by the high caste tamils got the exposure & the education.

    Unfortunately, the Low Caste Tamils instead of turning their guns on the High Caste Tamils for denial of life and supression of all forms including education turned their guns to the South.
    THIS IS WHY TAMILS IN THE NORTH AND AS A WHOLE ARE SEEN AS AN UNGRATEFUL BUNCH… npc ELECTION RESULTS WERE NO EXCEPTION.

    The only time the High & Low caste barriers in the North was eliminated was by Velupillai Prabakaran and too with the power of the gun barrel. Tamils are short on memory & thats what create problems today.

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      Thondamanaru you moron
      you write “it did not bother the majority Tamils in the North as educators there had hired Buddhist Priest in their school to teach sinhala the majority language. North was ready for the transition.”
      The schools in the North stopped teaching of sinhala language after the passage of sinhala only in 1956.
      Sinhala language was taught in the north before 1956 not by monks but by qualified teachers who were not just sinhalese but there were Tamil teachers who were qualified to teach sinhala language.
      If you do not know facts just shut up and bury your head where it usually is………… in Gota’s ARSE.

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        demon tamil silva…..your xxxxxxxxxx is a reflection of your up bringing & much to be desired.
        I do not have to comment any further.

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    It’s ALL A REALLY REALLY BIG JOKE GUYS.. PLEASE UNDERSTAND.. “THE WORLD IS FILLED WITH PIMPS AND HOES, AND THOSE ARE JUST ABOUT A FEW I KNOW” ( Too Short, Biggie, Life after death album)..

    He says this and she says this.. It’s all very very interesting to hear this “political” stuff.. People with the right mind know that it is all BBS (Bigger Bull Shit)..

    Sinhalese, Buddhist, Tamil, Hindu, Muslim, Burger, Christian, whatever you want to classify yourself as… Black, Chinese, Asian, Indian or the F*#king retard you are to even think of classification.. When will people learn that it doesn’t matter if it’s “Briton”, “US” or this f*$ked up country called “Sri Lanka”, people are people.. Every F*$king country has either “Good” or “Evil” souls.. Well.. That’s my feeling on things anyway, who knows if I am deranged… Which I think I am…

    Evil Souls = They are the bottom of the pile filth (Eg. MR, GR, BR, Obabma, Queen, etc.. etc..) these people have to and will find a way to control/blind the “average” person. The person who doesn’t really care about anything except themselves and therefore goes with what ever they think is suitable for their way of life.. As long as they are OK, nothing else really matters.. Sometimes they feel a tingle in the gut, something they don’t like.. “hmm what should I do.. why do I feel this”, think for a bit and find a solution.. Lets pray or go around the Bo tree with water three times.. That should do it.. Lets give some money to a charity, I heard that helps with these kind of things.. Lets cut that mans hand because it’s written in the Koran to do so..

    Phew…. Now I am free from my guilt of not really giving a f*&k for anyone else.. yeepee… These are the John Doe’s of this world..

    So back to my f*4king lesson.. Evil Souls = read start of post!! If you belong to this team, you will know exactly who you are.. Trust me..

    Good Souls = People who also don’t give a flying f*$k about this life but are also aware of the evil souls controlling the John Doe’s.. That’s it..

    Good souls will know exactly who they are and what they need to do to fulfill their life to it’s full potential.

    PS: Please excuse my french, I think freedom of speech is fantastic and I am very comfortable with using some slang terms to describe my feelings, hope CT are OK with this?

    PPS: Is there somewhere in between which i am not aware of? Meaning can you live a bit Good and a bit Bad in the true sense?

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    Don’t simply try to find fault with David Cameron.

    He has been mislead by Rajapakse to provide 365 day sunlight to the UK to avoid Oct to April dark, gloomy days in the UK. Can MR do this, why Cameron believe this cheat and come all the way from the London.

    Poor Cameron, this man has been taken for ride by the cunning spin master MR.

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