tories Archive

UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal says GHCQ illegally spied for 17 years

The independent tribunal ruled on a case brought by Privacy International, concluding that the UK spy agency GCHQ was acting illegally for 17 years while it amassed huge databases of “bulk collection” data of cellphone location and call-data — a practice revealed by the Edward Snowden docs. The surveillance violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which the UK …

Young Conservatives' "leadership seminar" featured food & water deprivation, sexist epithets, physical abuse

The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party has issued an apology to attendees at a 3-day, $300-400 Conservative Leadership Foundation seminar where attendees experienced sexist epithets, thrown shoes, and denial of food and drink. One attendee with diabetes experienced “serious discomfort” as a result of the latter, and 40 of the 100 attendees lodged complaints about the event. The event was supposed to …

Inside the "sweatshop" terminally ill Britons must call to get benefits

An anonymous phone-bank worker at Britain’s Department of Work and Pensions describes the cruel system under which call are handled, designed to purge the faintest hint of sympathy and to likewise deny callers access to basic, vital information without which their benefits will not be approved, or can be terminated. The DWP is who you call if you’ve been widowed and need help caring …