The long history of blacklisting outspoken workers in the UK

The EL’s profile became even more visible in the 1980s as investigative journalists delved deep into its clandestine activities to reveal more names of companies that were vetting the politics of potential employees. This information also showed that the EL worked with MI5 to blacklist more than 22,000 “subversive workers”, who ranged from trade unionists to individuals speaking up for work mates to anti-nuclear activists.

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US Telecom and Government planned to spy on US population before 9/11

A lawsuit was filed in federal court in New Jersey challenging the [National Security Agency's] wiretapping operations. It claims that in February 2001, just days before agency officials met with Qwest officials, the N.S.A. met with AT&T officials to discuss replicating a network center in Bedminster, N.J., to give the agency access to all the global phone and e-mail traffic that ran through it.

?What he saw,? said Bruce Afran, a New Jersey lawyer representing the plaintiffs along with Carl Mayer, ?was decisive evidence that within two weeks of taking office, the Bush administration was planning a comprehensive effort of spying on Americans? phone usage.?

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