Sladjan Nonwo / JonesReport.com | June 24, 2008
Sweden joins the "War on Terror" by approving a law that gives the government a carte blanche for surveillance of all citizens. The law was passed by a 143 to 138 votes in the Swedish Parliament.
The law was earlier referred for consideration by several institutions that in unison bashed it harshly, fearing for the privacy of the citizens, news sources and corporations.
Despite the criticism by the considering instances, the law was hastily forced through overshadowed by the European Championship of Football, conveniently keeping the people glued to their TV’s.
It was reported that the Prime Minister of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt, was rather attending the Swedish Football match than attending the voting in the parliament.
If this was due to indifference or certainty of the result was not stated.
The snooping on the public will be done by the civil authority "Försvarets RadioAnstalt" FRA, roughly translated "Radio Institution for Defense", who earlier this year bought one of the worlds fastest supercomputers from Hewlett-Packard.
Only hours after the law was passed, a Swedish hacker group published the name and social security numbers of some 20 employees of the FRA.
It has also been reported that two of Sweden’s most prominent ministers earlier this month where attending the Bilderberg Meeting, where once a year, the crème de la crème are making decisions for the rest of the world, without insight or media attention.
Even the current Prime Minister has reportedly attended the 2006 Bilderberg Meeting, just months before taking office in September of 2006.
The embryo for this law was formulated by the earlier administration and at the time strongly criticized by the current.
At today’s vote, the opposition that originally requested the infringement, where all voting Nay, gracefully keeping the illusion of choice and democracy alive.
Something is rotten in the state of Sweden!
'Yes' to Swedish Surveillance Law
The vote, one of the most divisive in Sweden in recent years, had initially been scheduled for early Wednesday but was postponed after more than one-third of MPs voted to send the bill back to parliament's defence committee "for further preparation."
After the committee required that the centre-right government safeguard individual rights further in an annex to the law to be voted on in the autumn, the bill narrowly passed with 143 votes in favour, 138 opposed and one parliamentarian abstaining.
Critics have slammed the proposal as an attack on civil liberties that would create a "big brother" state, while supporters say it is necessary to protect the country from foreign threats.
The new law, set to take effect on January 1st, 2009, will enable the National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA) -- a civilian agency despite its name -- to tap all cross-border Internet and telephone communication.
But although the government said only cross-border communications would be monitored, all communications risk getting caught in the net since some internet servers are located abroad and FRA would need to check all emails to determine whether they have crossed the border.
Under the current law, FRA is only allowed to monitor military radio communications.
The Defence Ministry, which hammered out the proposal, insists the new legislation is necessary in today's changed world, where communications are increasingly transmitted through fibre-optic cables.
The government holds a slim seven-seat majority in parliament, and with the left-wing opposition vehemently opposed to the proposal, just four "no" votes within the coalition could have sunk it.
A number of the coalition members had voiced deep concern about the bill before Wednesday's revision was made, while opponents in parliament, along with hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the building, faced a nervy wait for the result.
"This law is rotten to the core. (It) is about violating integrity. Regardless of what words they use, it will do exactly that," one of the demonstrators, 32-year-old Magdalena Berg from Gothenburg, told Swedish public radio.
Critics of the new law, including human rights activists, journalists, lawyers and even the former head of the Swedish intelligence agency Säpo, had before Wednesday's revision argued that it did not go far enough in safeguarding individual rights.
Unlike police, FRA will, for instance, not be required to seek a court order to begin surveillance.
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