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UK’s bill for compulsory national service a step closer to approval

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The British parliament are set for the second round of debates on a bill that restores the Prime Minister’s version of the military service for young people, potentially changing their life plans.

If signed into law, the legislature would make it obligatory for 18-to-26-year-olds to live away from their natural home for a year and take part in one or more public services including “charitable work, social action, care for the elderly or disabled, overseas development activity, or work connected with the National Health Service, the emergency services or the Armed Forces.”

The new regulations would mean able young adults at the end of high school or college, looking toward university education or starting a new career, will be forced into public service for the national minimum wage, or, face criminal charges.

During the 2010 general election campaign, UK PM David Cameron pledged to require every 16-year-old to take part in a “non-military national service” scheme.

Cameron mentioned the scheme again in mid-August 2011 after thousands of people wrecked stores, attacked passers-by and set buildings alight in a wave of unrest in the capital London and several major cities across England.

Britain had a national service, also called the War Service or Military Service, for the first time during World War I from 1916 to 1919 and then twenty years later just after the start of World War II from 1939 to 1960.

The parliament’s official website, on Monday, posted the date for the national service bill’s second out of three readings, saying it has been deferred to February 28, 2014.

The bill was introduced to the House of Commons on June 24.

It has to pass the House of Commons and the House of Lords before being considered for Royal Assent, which is the British Queen’s thumbs up.


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Police Will Be Able To Read Everyone’s Internet Search History Under New Plan

UK Police are asking the government for new surveillance powers to be able to view the Internet search history of every single person in the country.

Richard Berry, the National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman told The Guardian that “We want to police by consent, and we want to ensure that privacy safeguards are in place. But we need to balance this with the needs of the vulnerable and the victims. We essentially need the ‘who, where, when and what’ of any communication – who initiated it, where were they and when did it happened. And a little bit of the ‘what’, were they on Facebook, or a banking site, or an illegal child-abuse image-sharing website?”

“Five years ago, [a suspect] could have physically walked into a bank and carried out a transaction. We could have put a surveillance team on that but now, most of it is done online. We just want to know about the visit,” he added.

It is likely that police are already looking at your online activity, but just want the power to do it legally. As we learned from whistleblower Edward Snowden, governments are very interested what their citizens are doing online, and they do have the technology to spy on every telephone call and Internet communication.

Police in the UK have been attempting to reach for these powers through legislation for years, but they have been blocked on multiple occasions. This new effort proves that they will not be giving up on getting legal permission for their spying programs.

MP David Davis told The Guardian “It’s extraordinary they’re asking for this again, they are overreaching and there is no proven need to retain such data for a year.”

Home Secretary Theresa May will announce the specifics of the plan during a meeting about the Government’s new surveillance bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

“I’ve said many times before that it is not possible to debate the balance between privacy and security, including the rights and wrongs of intrusive powers and the oversight arrangements that govern them without also considering the threats that we face as a country,” May said.

“They include not just terrorism from overseas and home-grown in the UK, but also industrial, military and state espionage.They include not just organized criminality, but also the proliferation of once physical crimes online, such as child sexual exploitation. And the technological challenges that that brings. In the face of such threats we have a duty to ensure that the agencies whose job it is to keep us safe have the powers they need to do the job,” she added.


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