European Organizations File Lawsuit Against Uk Over Vast Digital Surveillance

Wigan claim UK Super League title

Warrington had opened up a commanding lead thanks to a three-try blitz midway through the first-half. Wigan stirred into life just before the break and proved unstoppable in the second 40 minutes as they claimed the title and extended Warrington’s long wait for another league crown into a 59th year. “It’s an absolute fairytale,” winger Richards, who was playing his final game for Wigan before returning to Australia, told Sky Sports. “It wasn’t the best of starts but credit to our boys, we stuck in there.” Warrington had looked on course to end their title drought when Joel Monaghan, Simon Grix and Ben Westwood stunned Wigan in the first half. But Goulding’s try, two minutes before the break, cut the deficit to 10 and gave Wigan, seeking a second Super League title in four years, some much needed belief. When McLllorum burrowed over next to the posts from dummy half the gap was down to just four points and Wigan’s stirring comeback reached fever pitch when Super League’s top try scorer Charnley gathered a clever chip through from Goulding to record his 43rd try of the season. Charnley could have inflicted further misery on Warrington moments later but he failed to collect a Tomkins pass with the try line at his mercy. It mattered little however as Blake Green stretched the lead to eight and Richards completed the comeback by converting his own try with the clock ticking down. Warrington were willing to the end but Wigan’s class came through as they sent Richards and the New Zealand Warriors-bound Sam Tomkins to Australia’s NRL competition as winners “It’s unbelievable. Greatest game of my life,” Tomkins said. “Desire and belief was the key. We’re a really tight group, we knew if we stuck to our game plan, we could do it.” For Warrington, the defeat was their second successive in the Super League grand final after last year’s loss to Leeds. “Pretty devastating,” Warrington captain Adrian Morley said told Sky Sports.

Scottish independence: Split from UK energy market call

The lawsuit was filed Thursday at the ECHR in Strasbourg, France by Big Brother Watch, Open Rights Group, English PEN, and Constanze Kurz , who has been a longtime spokesperson for the Chaos Computer Club, a well-known German hacker group. Beyond effective legal scrutiny In the 67-page filing, the appellants argue that the communications interception is in direct violation of Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights , Europes rough analog to the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Unlike the Fourth Amendment, however,Article 8 specifically carves out a national security exception. It states: Article 8 Right to respect for private and family life 1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence. 2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. In their filing , the appellants argue that because the newly revealed data collection is indiscriminate, it cannot possibly be subject to any sufficiently precise or ascertainable legal framework and is beyond effective legal scrutiny. More precisely: In effect, the power to obtain and use external communications data by means of intercept is unfettered in published law, as long as it is thought broadly to be in the interests of [national] security or other of the specified generic purpose. There are no adequate criteria by which a court of tribunal could assess the legality of use of any particular intercept material even if the courts had jurisdiction to do so, which they do not. Holding the powerful accountable Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch, said in a statement that British laws have been interpreted far more broadly than how they originally were intended. The laws governing how Internet data is accessed were written when barely anyone had broadband access and were intended to cover old-fashioned copper telephone lines, he said. Parliament did not envisage or intend those laws to permit scooping up details of every communication we send, including content, so its absolutely right that GCHQ is held accountable in the courts for its actions. The court, which is composed of 47 judges from each of the member states of the Council of Europe, may take months (or years) to render a decision. However, this case likely will be heard by a smaller committee composed of three or seven judges. The ECHRs own flow chart shows a long process (PDF) that likely awaits this application, along with the 50,000 other new applications that it receives each year. The timetable is for the court, but I would hope for the case to be formally communicated to the UK within a couple of months, Daniel Carey, the chief solicitor in the case, told Ars.

Alex Neil vows no NHS pay freeze in Scotland

A major rift opened up between London and Edinburgh when the SNP minister condemned Westminster proposals to halt pay rises as a betrayal of the NHS. Reacting to a move by his UK counterpart Jeremy Hunt to cancel a 1 per cent rise for NHS employees, Neil promised to do all he can to protect the pay of the 140,000 people who work in the health service in Scotland. In a submission to an independent pay review body, the UK Department of Health has argued that withholding the pay rise would enable the NHS to employ more people to achieve safe staffing levels. Potentially, the move could have implications for Scottish NHS staff, because wages have traditionally been established by a UK-wide agreement to follow Agenda for Change a programme of guidelines for pay and conditions. Last night Neil revealed that the Scottish Government has made its own proposals to UK-wide pay review bodies, arguing that the pay rises should be maintained in Scotland. He also promised that he would use devolved powers over health to prevent the ludicrous freeze taking place north of the Border. This is nothing short of bad faith from Jeremy Hunt and a betrayal of the NHS, Neil said. To steal the pay rise back from workers hands will destabilise the NHS across the UK and damage morale. The Scottish Government has no intention of following Jeremy Hunt and we will use our independence over the health service to block this move. But with UK-wide agreement to Agenda for Change, this damaging right-wing approach could hit Scottish services, and under the current funding settlement could drive down Scotlands budget in the future. Jeremy Hunts aim is clear: to undermine the publicly owned NHS and break it up for further privatisation and American-style health insurance. My message to Hunt is unequivocal: Scotland rejects your politics, your attack on staff and your desire to destroy the real NHS. A Labour spokesman said: This is a terrible bungle by the UK government to deny hard-working health workers the well-earned pay rise they deserve. They are right to be angry. Sadly, in Scotland we have a government which only gets angry about low pay when somebody else is responsible for it. MORE STORIES

It would then pour billions of pounds into boosting Scotlands green energy potential, and also reduce the flow of oil coming from the North Sea, in a bid to cut CO2 emissions. Backed by the Scottish Greens who are hosting their conference in Inverness this weekend the authors argue that in private hands the UK energy market is on the point of collapse, lacks investment and is pushing up bills for hard-pressed consumers. But critics last night dismissed the proposals as fanciful, saying any plan which ended the UK-wide energy market would mean the vast cost of subsidising expensive green energy would fall on households in Scotland. The paper, written by contributors from Glasgow, Heriot-Watt and Glasgow Caledonian universities, says that a Scottish Energy Authority (SEA) and a Scottish Electricity Generation Corporation should be created after powers are transferred to Holyrood to oversee the entire energy sector. It would then run down nuclear, coal and gas-fired stations and plough massive investment into renewable energy by issuing billions of pounds worth of government bonds. In return, it argues, wind farms and new renewable projects will all be owned by the government or community groups. The paper claims bills could be lower because government could borrow at a lower rate and would not have to make a profit. It concludes that because of inherent market failures in the UKs energy market, only by breaking out of this policy regime and developing an alternative agenda around new forms of strategic planning and public ownership can Scotland fulfil its true potential and wider obligations as an energy-rich nation. It also calls for a completely different approach to the North Sea. Rather than an over-focus on producing as much oil as possible current UK and Scottish Government objectives coincide in trying to increase the rate of production the SEA would seek to reduce production from the North Sea, developing a more integrated and responsible approach to carbon emissions. The call comes after reports on independence have shown that North Sea oil revenues will be required to pay for current spending in Scotland. It also notes that most of Scotlands privatised energy assets at present are foreign-owned. It adds: It could plausibly be argued that French, Norwegian and Russian governments through their state-owned corporations have collectively far more control over UK (and Scottish) strategic energy interests than any British political actor. Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyroods economy and energy committee, said: By taking responsibility, Scotland could prioritise common ownership, create high-quality jobs and move away from the fossil fuels we simply cannot afford to burn. The move would be best achieved through independence, the authors declare, although they say it could also be achieved by transferring responsibility for energy to a devolved Scottish Government.