UK security laws to be passed in haste

In the UK there has been a bit of a panic this week in political circles and emergency legislation is being passed by the government to allow ISPs to continue being required to store data for 12 months which can be used in criminal investigations with a warrant. 

This article from the FT seems to set the right tone:

The somewhat theatrical tone of this so-called parliamentary “emergency” is also troubling. Tony Blair’s government made a grave error after the 2005 London bombings by creating a climate of moral panic with wild calls for the 90-day pre-charge detention of terror suspects. Mr Cameron does not always seem to have learnt from Mr Blair’s mistakes. Last month he told MPs that the jihadis taking over large swaths of Iraq and Syria “are also planning to attack us here at home”. No evidence of such a threat has emerged.

Ever since 2001, terrorism prevention has been the order of the day. Security laws are never relaxed, as a politician never wishes to be blamed when the next terror attack happens. This is insane and needs to stop.

I hoped that the revelations from Edward Snowden represented a turning point. It seems that isn't the case and the terrorism hysteria continues.

Update: An even more damning critique of the bill from David Allen Green. Unfortunately, you may need to register to read the FT articles, but it's worth it. Reading this has also made me remember the "emergency" law changes passed in New Zealand to help the security services there. It's always about the emergencies!