Scent

Over the weekend, Mrs. L had exercised the dog thoroughly over the previous two days and planned to give her a rest on the Sunday; she had other ideas, one crack in the door, and she’s off like Flynn, using her superb sense of smell to track Mrs. L. down despite a half mile start. …

Bombing Syria

Bombing Syria

So Parliament is to debate if it should authorise the government to use the RAF to bomb ISIS in Syria. What we must keep in our mind is that we i.e. the British state must only act under the rule of law. While the UN resolution (SC 2249) last week makes military action more likely to be legal, the legality still depends upon the actions to be taken. Many argue that the UN security council resolution changes nothing, because it does not authorise the use of military force under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.

Any actions need to remain an effective act of self-defence.  …

Police powers

A nice note on a TOR attack conducted by a University on behalf of the FBI and questioning the ethics due to the collateral damage, by Matthew Green. In the UK, the new DRIP law legalises otherwise illegal activity by the intelligence services. The author of this article assumes that mass surveillance is bad, and that despite the fact that they have broken TOR and found evidence to make two serious prosecutions, no one knows how many privacy violations have been made. …