Published: Thursday 2008-06-19.
So, then, “Lex Orwell”, the new surveillance law was voted through in parliament, which gives the Swedish National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA) the right to watch all telecommunications and Internet traffic that passes the Swedish borders, no matter if there is any criminal suspicions or not, and no matter if it is covered by the constitutional right to freedom of speech, freedom of the press or freedom to talk to media. The Swedish right-wing has taken a step closer to a surveillance society in line with George Orwell’ Nineteen Eighty-Four. The Stoppa FRA-lagen (Stop the FRA law) web site has a bit more detailed information on what it is, exactly, that the members of parliament has decided upon.
The first thought that comes to mind is that I am happy to not live in Sweden at the moment. The next thought is that I feel sorry for everyone who still does. Then the thoughts about whether this will catch on comes, if our so called “open societies” are in jeopardy? Has the fear of terrorism made us suspect everyone, like in Jan Guillou’s The Enemy Within? Is it time to move my e-mail and web server out of Sweden so that I can avoid being watched over every time I write an e-mail or post in the blog?
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