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NO2ID newletter - 73
« on: June 08, 2007, 06:15:43 am »

NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 73 - 7th June 2007
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TAKING LIBERTIES - at a cinema near YOU
On June 8th, a new film charting the erosion of basic rights and freedoms since 1997 will hit cinemas across the country.

NO2ID were involved in this thought-provoking feature-length examination of this government's attack on civil liberties from early in its production, and our briefings on the ID scheme have been used as the basis for some stunning animation sequences and a hard-hitting section on ID cards*. Viewers are encouraged to join the NO2ID campaign at the end of the film.

At present, 'Taking Liberties' has only limited distribution - details at We encourage you to see the film and take friends along too, and if it isn't showing in a cinema near you to write to the manager and ask him/her to screen it. We've lobbied MPs and peers, but in this case every successful letter will help bring this powerful and timely message to a wider audience.

The 'Taking Liberties' production team tell us that at least two cinemas have agreed to screen the film in the last week or so, purely as a result of being written to. You *can* make a difference.

*'Taking Liberties' is not all about ID cards, but the film and a more extensive chapter in the book makes a powerful presentation of our fight.

What's next?
Local groups news

We groups all over the country and in 36 of the 69 locations of ID interrogation centres (see If you can help to set up a local group in one of the remaining towns then please contact us at ( A full list of local groups can be found at

Lords Constitution Committee to investigate surveillance society - call for evidence - deadline 8th June

The House of Lords Constitution Committee is calling for evidence into the constitutional implications of the surveillance society. The committee are requesting submissions of up to 1500 words by 8th June. More details can be found at

Manchester NO2ID calls for "Students against ID" volunteers
Manchester NO2ID are looking for people who are going to be interested in helping out with a Students Against ID society in the next academic year, both at Manchester University and at other universities across the North-West. It won't involve a lot of work - just organising a presence at Fresher's Fair (last year the stall was manned entirely by NO2ID volunteers), maintaining a list of contacts (the Student's Union should provide a facility for this) and organising a termly meeting. The National Identity Register is likely to hit students early on - either because they're more likely to need a first-time adult passport, or because they'll need an ID card to get a student loan. There are other things we'd *like* a student society to do, but just to get the basics right would be a start and not much work. If you're at all interested, whether you'd be prepared to shoulder the responsibility yourself or just help someone else out, please drop an e-mail to

Saturdays 1pm - 3pm - NO2ID Edinburgh Campaign stall
NO2ID Edinburgh's regular Princes Street campaigning stall on Saturdays is at the east end of Princes Street, opposite the Balmoral Hotel, from 1pm - 3pm. We use our stall to raise public awareness of  the Identity Cards scheme, collect donations and entries for the NO2ID petition, and also to increase membership of our group.  Please do pop by for a chat if you happen to be around. We are planning to run the stall every Saturday throughout the year, weather permitting, and so new volunteers are always very welcome. You can see photos of our stall and group contact details at:

Most Saturdays 2pm - NO2ID Glasgow Street Stall
Most Saturdays there are stalls in Glasgow city centre (usually Buchanan Street) from about 2pm. Volunteers are always welcome, please contact Geraint if you would like to help:

Saturdays 10am - 12pm - NO2ID Waltham Forest leafleting
The Waltham Forest NO2ID group will be going out every Saturday to the Walthamstow Town Square to leaflet from 10:00am – 12:00 pm. Contact for more details

8th June - "Taking Liberties" documentary film featuring NO2ID opens at cinemas
Friday, 8th June. A new documentary featuring NO2ID opens at cinemas across the UK. The film is described as "a shocking but hilarious polemic documentary that charts the destruction of all your Basic Liberties under 10 Years of New Labour". More info at

8th June - Cambridge NO2ID Public Meeting: "Whose identity is it anyway?"
Friday, 8th June, 7.30pm at Parkside Community College, Cambridge CB1 1EH. Platform speakers: David Howarth (MP for Cambridge, Lib Dem Energy Spokesperson), Ian Gibson (MP for Norwich North, Labour), James Paice (MP for SE Cambs, Conservative Agriculture spokesman), Phil Booth (NO2ID National Coordinator). All welcome. Free (but donations appreciated). Contact Map & Directions:

9th June - NO2ID Penryn & Truro Inaugural meeting
Saturday, 9th June Inaugural meeting of anyone interested in getting the campaign in Cornwall off the ground, to be held on Sat 9th June at Seven Stars pub in Penryn. We are also planning to hold our first information stall on 23rd June in Truro city centre - volunteer help needed. For more information contact

10th June - Shoreditch, Music and Impro (in association with Feedback and NO2ID)
Sunday, 10th June 6.30pm-11.30pm on at The Vibe Bar, Old Truman Brewery, 91-95 Brick Lane E1 6QL. FREE Music and impro to publicise the coming danger of the National Identity Register. Bands include: Plaistow, Fragmenthead, The Footlong Heroes, The Side Effects. See the listings section at for more details

12th June - Hackney & Shoreditch NO2ID meeting (**Meeting date changed)
Tuesday, 12th June 7.30pm at the Pembury Tavern, 90 Amhurst Rd, London E8 1JH ( Main business: Election of a new group coordinator and promotion of Clarence Wilcock day event.

12th June & 26th June - Glasgow NO2ID Meeting
Tuesday, 12th June and 26th June, usual place, usual time: 8pm at Mono (Map: our fortnightly meeting, all welcome!

13th June & 18th July - Manchester NO2ID Meeting
Wednesday, 13th June & 18th July, 7pm - 9pm in the upstairs function room of the Town Hall Tavern, Tib Lane, Manchester. Sadly, this venue is not wheelchair-accessible, please contact us if you have accessibility needs. We will be discussing film nights, websites and other things of interest. Feel free to join us!

13th June - NO2ID Staines informal meeting
Wednesday, 13th June 8pm in the George Pub just off Staines High Street. An informal meeting for supporters of NO2ID in the Staines area. Anyone from places adjacent to Staines is also welcome. The aim of the meeting will be to discuss the ID Cards Proposal and actions we as individuals and as a group can most effectively take. We need to both counter the government's arguments and spread greater awareness amongst the public of the true threat to civil liberties. For more info contact

16th June - Highbury NO2ID Street Stall
Saturday 16th June - 11am - 2pm, Highbury NO2ID will be holding a street stall. If you have some free time to spare to help out please contact Caroline - ( Meeting at Angel Tube station at 11am.

17th June - Tunbridge Wells NO2ID street stall
Sunday, 17th June, 11am to 1pm, Tonbridge / Tunbridge Wells group plans to hold a first Tonbridge stall on the High Street, by the (river) bridge near the Castle. The current plan is to alternate stall-locations between Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge. Hands needed on the day - please email Ian at if you can join us. If you don't want to do that, call by and introduce yourself anyway!

26th June - Hackney NO2ID - 'Clarence Wilcock Day', a celebration at the Hackney Empire
Tuesday, 26th June at the Hackney Empire. The Hackney Group are declaring June 26th 'Clarence Wilcock Day' and to celebrate the defeat of WWII ID Cards. It can be done again! There will be a hip-hop & poetry evening it the Marie Lloyd Bar at the Hackney Empire with some great acts and a special guest mc. Watch this space and the main website events listing for more details.

26th June - Lancaster NO2ID - 'The Real Big Brother Britain' film screenings

Tuesday, 26th June, doors @ 7.30pm at Friends Meeting House, Lancaster. An evening of film screenings, including Suspect Nation, The Big Brother State and talks. This is a crossover event between NO2ID, RINF and Defy-ID. With several groups working in the area all  campaigning against ID cards and the database state, the evening will be both informative and empowering with a mix of views and solutions to the Orwellian nightmare that Great Britain has become.

30th June - Protest at Glasgow interrogation centre!
Saturday, 30 June at Blythswood House, 200 West Regent Street, Glasgow. >From 11 am (time subject to change). For more info contact or see

14th July - Manchester NO2ID Flyering
Saturday, 14th July, 1pm - 4pm at St. Anne's Square. We'll be running a Saturday afternoon stall in St. Anne's Square. The main objectives of the afternoon will be to raise awareness among the public, engage people in discussion about the NIR, and collect petitions for the NO2ID petition to keep people in touch with the campaign. We'll meet in the square itself at 1pm to set up shop; feel free to join us to lend a hand or just chat. You don't need any experience or equipment, just a bit of time to spare and a friendly smile!

15th July - RISE Festival - NO2ID volunteers needed
Sunday, 15th July 12pm-8.30pm at Finsbury Park. Volunteers needed for the RISE festival an all day anti-racism music event...and its free.  If you are available that day and you fancy handing leaflets out to some fab music then please contact Caroline -  The food is great too!


What just happened?
Labour party Deputy Leadership campaign
Has been silent about the National Identity Scheme so far. The candidates *ought* to discuss such an important topic, even if they are mostly going to endorse party policy. Any supporter of the campaign who is a Labour Party or trades union member should try to ask a question about the database state at the hustings taking place up and down the country.

Government outlines data sharing plans in new terrorism bill
The government today announced a series of proposals that they would like to be in a forthcoming terrorism bill, including more data sharing. John Reid the soon to be ex-Home Secretary announced their wish list in a discussion document published today. The document says: "We would like to legislate to provide statutory data sharing powers for the intelligence and security agencies that are similar to those already provided for the Serious and Organised Crime Agency." The Serious Organised Crime Agency released its first annual report last month in which it detailed how it has used its powers, the report says: "The information provisions of the Act were used to receive bulk data from another government department which was then matched against SOCA suspicions." Such wholesale trawling of government databases is likely to become the norm if the government get their way. Reid also pointed out that plans for "stop and question" are at a very early stage of internal consultation and so will not be in the forthcoming bill. In response to the announcement the shadow Home Secretary David Davis told the house of commons: "We do not defend our way of life by sacrificing our way of life, we cannot protect our liberties by sacrificing our liberties."
Read the discussion paper at
Read SOCA's annual report at

Home Affairs Committee Inquiry: 'A Surveillance Society?' evidence session
Earlier today the Home Affairs Committee held its second evidence session as part of its inquiry 'A Surveillance Society?'. They heard from witnesses from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Experian, Finance and Leasing Association, Loyalty Management Group and Tesco. The Tesco witness revealed that they do share information from their loyalty card database with Police when requests are made, apparently they can do this because of exemptions in the data protection act. The session can be watched at

Edinburgh NO2ID premieres ID-Day film
Edinburgh NO2ID's short film of their recent ID-Day demo was the main attraction at the group's May meeting. The ten-minute film shows members dressed eye-catchingly as barcoded robots in white hooded overalls with featureless white masks. This week members of the group attending a preview screening of 'Taking Liberties' and were pleased to see pictures of the demo in the closing credits. DVDs of the group's film will be available from their weekly stall on Princes Street and it also has been posted on youtube. They are planning further demos when the interrogation centre opens for business and are now focussing on how best to exploit the change in control in the Scottish Parliament and on Edinburgh District Council.
See Edinburgh's short at:

NO2ID Covent Garden concert
On Tuesday a classical music recital was held at the actor's church in Covent Garden. Performing for a very mixed audience in the centre of Covent Garden, The Volterra Trio - Jessica Boyd (violin), her brother Nathaniel (cello), and Amy de Sybel (piano) - raised much needed funds for the campaign, and  have indicated they had fun too, and would like to do it again, so watch this space.

Fingerprinting / ID in pubs update
It seems that not everyone is against the indiscriminate demands for ID required to enter pubs and clubs that is creeping into modern day life. This week our attention was drawn to the July edition of 'Red' magazine. In it ex-Sugarbabe Mutya Buena explains that she loves LA: "You see 40-year old men being asked for ID! I'd love to move there one day." If Buena had only read last week's newsletter she'd realise that she doesn't need to go as far afield as the United States to get a fix of 40-year old men being ID-ed, she could just nip down to the Walkabout Inn in Cardiff! Though maybe she loves the whole being fingerprinted at US customs thing too.


"ID" in the news
Australia : Access card legislation could be delayed - kalgoorlie 5/6/07
Legislation to introduce a national access card could be delayed until after the upcoming federal election amid fears the photographic smartcard may become a de facto identity card. The bill was put on hold after a Senate committee warned the card was likely to become a de facto identity card, and critics have rung alarm bells about the privacy implications.

Secrecy and abuse of trust - Computer Weekly 5/6/07
In a briefing on the Freedom of Information Act, the OGC [Office of Government Commerce] told its teams of Gateway reviewers - who assess the progress of IT projects at key stages in their lifecycle - that they "must securely dispose of the [Gateway] report and all supporting documents immediately after the delivery of the final report". The OGC seems to think that Gateway reviews reveal the keycodes to Britain's nuclear secrets.

Cost reports of ID cards 'destroyed' - Contactor UK 5/6/07
Treasury officials must destroy the Gateway reviews spelling out the cost of the government’s ID cards scheme, under orders handed down by the Office of Government Commerce. A leaked memo obtained yesterday by The Times reportedly reveals the Office wants progress reports for the controversial scheme and other IT projects to be binned.

Italy : Two Flying Saucers Will Spy On Milan - Corriere della Sera 4/6/07
Milan – It’s silent, almost invisible and operates by day and night.It can even see and film in the dark. People are calling it a "spy in the sky" but it actually looks more like a flying saucer. In the next few weeks, the flying camera will be buzzing overhead as Milan residents go about their business. It’s the latest and most futuristic step in the march of metropolitan security. But it is also emblematic of the nightmare of a city under non-stop surveillance.

Call for controls on school fingerprinting - Education Guardian 4/6/07
The government was criticised today for not setting clear guidelines for fingerprinting pupils after figures showed that nearly 300 schools in England were using some form of biometric system. A survey of local education authorities, conducted by the Liberal Democrats, found at least 285 schools were now fingerprinting their pupils for registration, using the library or buying school meals.,,2095058,00.html

Portugal: DNA database go-ahead - 1/6/07
Portugal’s Council of Ministers has approved a law establishing databases of DNA profiles. One will contain the profiles of convicted serious criminals. This will be compulsory, but will apply only to those who actually serve a prison sentence of three years or more. When an offender’s criminal record is deleted, the DNA profile will be deleted on the same date. The other will house samples contributed voluntarily by citizens.

Belgium: New, super-secure generation of eIDs - 1/6/07
The Bulgarian government has just announced that a new generation of personal IDs will be issued from 31 October. The modernised eDocuments will look similar to the current Bulgarian identity card, but inside will carry biometric information in the shape of either a thumbprint or retina scan.

Majority of UK's CCTV cameras 'are illegal' - The Daily Telegraph 31/5/07
Up to 90 per cent of surveillance cameras may be breaching the Information Commissioner's code of practice laid down to stop cameras being used inappropriately.

Brown to personalise the case for ID cards - Contactor UK 30/5/07
Biometric ID cards are simply the latest technology to secure the lives of the UK’s individuals and businesses, rather than a means to protect them from terrorists. Such a change in tact of selling national ID cards as primarily a perk to consumers and companies alike is to be pioneered by a Gordon Brown-led government.

Appeal over ruling on ID cards review - The Financial Tine 30/5/07
The Office of Government Commerce is to appeal to the High Court over a ruling that requires it to disclose a review of the controversial ID cards project. The so-called "gateway reviews" are conducted at critical stages of all big government IT projects to determine whether they are on track. But while the OGC maintains that it examines any Freedom of Information Act request for the reviews case-by-case, it has never released them. It argues that to do so would hamper the frank discussion on which they depend.

Revolt against new U.S. ID card grows - Reuters 24/5/07
Boston - New Hampshire on Thursday joined a growing list of states to reject a controversial U.S. identification card that opponents say will cost billions of dollars to administer and present a risk to privacy.  New Hampshire becomes the 13th state to oppose the identification card. Another 22 states are considering similar legislation or resolutions to reject it, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

(Please send me any items of interest you encounter - Editor( )

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