"phantoms of lost liberty"?
Readers of this blog may wish to respond to the call in PJC Journal for a list of lost freedoms.
It seems like a good idea to me.
Click through for the e-mail address. If you wish, you can also post suggestions as comments here.
Meanwhile, a starting point might be found in the lead story in today's Daily Telegraph. Travellers from Britain to the United States will find themselves under scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If you use a credit card to book an airline ticket, the American authorities will have the right to inspect other transactions you have made on that card. If you provide an e-mail address, they will be entitled to read other messages sent or received on that account.
Some information may require a court order - but a court order in the U.S. If you wish to contest that court order, you have to do so in the U.S. courts, without legal aid. Files may remain open for as long as eight years.
Where was the parliamentary debate on this loss of liberty?
Where was the public discussion?