Big Brother Is Listening In Swedish!

The Swedish legislature is prepared to pass a new law which will place all Swedish communication under the surveillance of government bodies. the National Defense Radio Establishment(FRA) will be able to monitor all incoming and outgoing messages, phone calls, text messages and all forms of communication. The FRA promises to destroy any personal information uncovered in these searches. Waheed Mjjdeh, a former Taliban official regards the entire project as a waste of time. “Why do bin Laden and al-Zwahari take the trouble ot send tapes to the media rather than call them? They know there are technologies that can trace people’s location and therefore they avoid it.” During his time in the Taliban he could not recall a plan of attack that was discussed on the telephone.

Par Strom of the New Welfare Foundation regards the entire enterprise of being something out of George Orwell’s 1984. “FRA is going to read all Swedes’ emails and text messages, listen t their telephone conversations and see which web sties we are browsing. This is absurd.” A point well taken. This supposed preventive measure will not prevent any attack nor will it prevent the government from listening into the ideas of ordinary citizens.