MILLIONS of Britons face being snooped on by a new European intelligence agency which has been handed frightening powers to pry into our lives.
Europol can access personal information on anyone – including their political opinions and sexual preferences – if it suspects, rightly or wrongly, that they may be involved in any “preparatory act” which could lead to criminal activity.
The vagueness of the Hague-based force’s remit sparked furious protests yesterday with critics warning that the EU snoopers threaten our right to free speech. It is understood the agency will concentrate on anyone thought “xenophobic” or likely to commit a crime involving the environment, computers or motor vehicles.
This could include covert monitoring of people who deny the existence of climate change or speak out on controversial issue. Until January 1, Europol was a police office funded by various states to help tackle international organized crime. But it has been reborn as the official criminal intelligence-gathering arm of the EU and Brussels has vastly increased its powers.
It can now target more than simply organized crime and the burden of proof required to begin monitoring an individual has been downgraded. Europol has also been absorbed into the EU superstructure, so it will be centrally funded, sweeping away a key check on its independence.
Campaigners last night expressed concern over the vague list of “serious crimes” which the agency can help investigate, which include racism and xenophobia, environmental crime and corruption. Among personal details that can be gathered and stored are “behavioral data” including “lifestyle and routine; movements; places frequented”, tax position and profiles of DNA and voice.
Where relevant, Europol will also be able to keep data on a person’s “political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs or trade union membership and data concerning health or sex life”. “It doesn’t surprise me that Europol has been handed these rather frightening powers,” he said. “We now live in a pan-European state so it was to be expected that it would have a federal police force with powers over us.
“There is a real danger that opposition to EU policies could make an individual liable to arrest.
“For example, if Brussels adopts a hard-line stance on climate change, it’s conceivable that someone who broadcasts their skepticism of climate change may be accused of committing an environmental crime because they have undermined the EU’s efforts to save mankind.” The Home Office insisted the changes were in Britain’s interests.
A spokesman said: “Europol is now in a much stronger position to better support our fight against serious and organized crime and terrorism.” Living in Gordon Brown’s Big Brother state is bad enough but at least he will be kicked out in May. Europol cannot be sacked until we get out of the EU.”
Europol seems to have been given powers to hold very sensitive information on us and to investigate matters that are not even crimes in the UK. We must elect a National Front Government to protect British citizens; we must leave the EU and once again rule ourselves as well as police ourselves.
How can it be wrong to think? How can it be wrong to say NO? How can it be wrong to have a different political thought? How can these things be wrong and by wrong the EU means illegal?
Europol’s powers are in my opinion draconian and Orwellian and should be resisted by all British Free citizens. We must say enough is enough and mean it. If you do not believe what you have just read then read it again, this is all part of a ZOG controlled plan to destroy our institutions, our judicial system and centrally control us and this is only the beginning my friends.
Tom Linden (NF Press and Publicity)