Britain is engaged in a debate over how much government surveillance is necessary to keep the United Kingdom safe from British jihadists.
British Jihadists and the UK Surveillance State
Soeren Kern | Gatestone Institute | June 27, 2014
A recent spike in the number of British jihadists fighting with Sunni militant groups in Syria and Iraq is fuelling a heated debate over how much government surveillance is necessary to keep the United Kingdom safe from domestic terrorism.
The British government is asking for additional surveillance powers to monitor British jihadists who might be planning attacks in the UK after their return from the fighting in the Middle East.
But privacy groups counter that the British state has already amassed massive surveillance powers, and that what the government really wants is a free rein to monitor all of the communications of every man, woman and child in Britain.