New bill will give British police control over internet in emergencies

A bill is to be introduced in Britain that will give police control of the internet in the event of a terrorist strike.

Wide-ranging powers to enable the police to run the internet and the rest of Britain?s information superhighway in the event of a terrorist attack will be unveiled this week.

The Civil Contingencies Bill will seek to modernise Britain?s response to national emergencies by protecting the country from attacks on the infrastructure including the ?electronic network? and the water, electricity and telephone systems. [...]

The bill, to be unveiled by Douglas Alexander, a senior Cabinet Office minister, this Thursday will give ministers powers to issue orders to internet service providers and those utilities that rely on the web.

Unsurprisingly, the bill is vague enough in its wording to be prone to serious abuse.

A draft version of the bill proposes that ministers will be able to invoke regional or local states of emergency with any situation that ?causes or may cause serious harm to the welfare of the public?.

These range from an accident involving motor traffic, flooding or an environmental disaster to a biological, chemical or nuclear dirty bomb attack.

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I think police take advantage of their powers over British citizens.They think they are better than everyone else, my friends feel the same as me and frankly we are all fed up. It has been on the news recently, that police have been caught on CCTV footage beating up a man who had been allegedly 'resisting arrest'. What does this tell you about the police?