Metropolitan Police Says They're 'Not Prepared' To Reveal How Often They Abuse Anti-Terror Law To Spy On Journalists
from the must-take-a-lot-of-time-to-count-'em-all-up dept
So we recently wrote about how the Metropolitan Police in the UK abused an anti-terror law, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), to dig into a journalist’s phone records without any judicial oversight as the police sought to minimize a scandal relating to an incident (Plebgate) involving the police. That led many to wonder just how often the police abuse that law to get records from journalists with no oversight. The answer appears to be “screw you, we’re not saying.” Or the equivalent of that with a friendly British accent:
Asked how many times they have used Ripa to seize telephone or email records belonging to journalists, Scotland Yard said: ?We are not prepared to discuss.?
The line between “not prepared” and “oh fuck, we don’t have to reveal that, do we?” appears to be fairly blurry.