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Ian Batten igb at batten.eu.org
Wed Sep 26 14:22:02 BST 2012


> But Browne alarmed the Lib Dem faithful when he attempted to illustrate the balance between state power and individual liberty by giving the example of an "elderly widow living in fear of marauding teenage gangs". If you were that widow, you would "happily trade off having your phoned tapped in exchange for a strong police presence", he suggested.

Hands up anyone who can produce a use-case in which tapping elderly widows' phones is of benefit when it comes to protecting them from marauding teenage gangs.


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