snooping social media won’t catch terrorists

This is a letter, which was sent to the Daily Express onĀ  15/1/15 and published the following day:

Original:

How quickly opinions change? It wasn’t so long ago that we were being bombarded by TV debates, Newspaper columnists and Editorials about celebrities, more particularly, politicians, deserving a right to a private life.
There were calls, by politicians, to prevent Journalists exposing the secret shenanigans of Important people.
There were calls to bring in legislation, such as that enjoyed by their counterparts, in France. Then, there were super injunctions flying out of court-rooms, tripping up members of the Media, who knew the identities of those engaged in various infidelities, and while speaking the names freely in their own inner circles, had to bite their tongues in the presence of the public.
Then we found out about how some journalists were able to achieve scoops by hacking telephone messages.
This was a “despicable and immoral act” and legislation was brought in to stop it.
Now, we are told, our own Prime Minister has gone begging for Obama’s help to carry out this “despicable and immoral act ” on everyone in the country.
How the minutiae of the lives of the masses can be of use to anyone but marketeers is not explained.
Those, involved in the Paris attacks had used 500 different mobile phones and had procured Kalashnikov’s.
They were well known to the Security forces and would, hopefully, have been under detailed scrutiny, yet were still able to prosecute their infamous acts.
I doubt the “Happy Birthday”, which I posted on Facebook would have helped prevent such an attack.

Published version:

Hypocritical social media spying won’t end terrorism

IT wasn’t so long ago that we were being bombarded with claims about celebrities and politicians deserving a right to a private life.

Then we found out about how some journalists were able to achieve scoops by hacking telephone messages.

This was a despicable act and action was taken to stop it.

Now our own Prime Minister has gone begging for Obama’s help to carry out a similar despicable act

by snooping on our social media posts (“FM’s web terror plea to Obama”, January 15).

Those behind the Paris attacks had used 500 different mobile phone calls and procured weapons.

They were well known to the -security forces and would, hopefully, have been under detailed

scrutiny, yet were still able to carry out their horrendous acts.

I doubt the “Happy Birthday”, I posted on Facebook to my gran would have made any difference.

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