Illegal UK blacklists now being shared with the USA?

I’ve written here in the past about British blacklisting organisations that compile lists of ‘troublemakers’ (mainly union activists) and sell them to building firms and share them with police. This has led to people being unable to get jobs and all kinds of hassle. In theory, the notorious Economic League which started this activity back in the 1920s is now disbanded but their mantle was taken up by a number of other private bodies, including the Consulting Association, which was the subject of an unusual raid by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) back in 2009.

Now it seems that in the era of transnational information sharing for ‘security’, such lists have found their way to the US Homeland Security complex. According to a report in the London Evening Standard, his certainly seems to be the case for major British mainstream environmental campaigner, John Stewart, formerly of the anti-road building lobby, Alarm UK and now of the Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (HACAN).

If such private politically motivated lists are now circulating internationally and being treated as reasonable grounds for refusing entry to other countries, it makes a mockery of the fact that they have already been found to be in breach of British and European laws, and it is likely that such data will continue to circulate entirely decontextualized from the circumstances and motivation of their collection. So an illegal anti-democratic trawling operation to stop legitimate political activity becomes the basis for security decisions to err… safeguard democracy. It would be funny if it wasn’t already so common and will continue to be so as security relies increasingly on risk assessments derived from the indiscriminate mashing together of information into ‘big data’.

Author: David

I'm David Murakami Wood. I live on Wolfe Island, in Ontario, and am Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies and an Associate Professor at Queen's University, Kingston.

4 thoughts on “Illegal UK blacklists now being shared with the USA?”

  1. political blacklisting
    I recently contributed an article to a socialist party in Britain regarding blacklisting,it is one of the most controversial subjects in the modern world The British press and the internet don’t report blacklisting,ok you have the House of commons hansard debates from October 2013 however the real blacklisting is for unsolved crimes and suspects of unsolved crimes

  2. BLACKLISTING IN U.K (political hot beds)
    Mi5 is the British secret service one of there functions is to keep lists,the secret police have there own lists of people who gather for mi5.The Secret police in uk arent accountable to anybody but mi5 and organise intelligence gathering by ANY means including breaking the law , they actually work in the police some even wear
    uniforms.It is this particular police officer that has lists of people and organisations
    including (mafia/criminals) that work as dirty trix ajents for mi5,for example drug addicts in 90s got given free heroin in prisons for working with prison officers to change prison records,you cant smuggle heroin in large quantities into prisons,yet prisons such as (would you believe it!) HMP Highpoint were used to change political history,credit cards and cash back is also used by the secret police especially in places like Hertford hertfordshire where the mecury newspaper and bent cops are used by both the mafia and Mi5.Infact Hertford is the quintaseential MI5 village with secret tunnels and paths and happy go lucky constables whos twitter and facebook has been exposed through wiki leaks over the years

  3. I didnt say i supported 2nd class citizens i havent held a credit card a driving licence passport or anything else for more than ten years and there still blacklisting me,its just that i feal i could do a better job like me and george go back man,and besides george sent billions in aid to israel barracker bushman whatever gives it all to the arabs and none last year to israel

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