Would you allow sensitive information regarding your date and country of birth, previous address history, current whereabouts, ethnic identity, sex, sexual orientation, employer, travel route to work and religious affiliations to the same agents who have held ‘terrorists’ in Guantanamo bay, delivered the Trident nuclear missile system and are one of worlds largest landmine producers? Didn’t think so.
But this is exactly what we are doing in the recent contract the government has given to Lockheed martin the US arms dealers who are handling the 2011 National Census forms.
Our governments have shown their collective incompetence in the way they have handled affairs such as banking, tax data, Iraq and Afghanistan. This latest is hardly surprising but most certainly a new low for the British taxpayer to be saddled with. Not enough that we were dragged into an illegal war on terror by Blair and Bush, we now are being pulled further into connection with the Arms Dealers who have profited directly from these exploitative measures. Am I the only one who thinks the US Arms Industry are the last people on the planet who should have their hands on this sensitive data?
It appears I’m not. A lobby of political activists, Anti-War groups and Digital Activists made a stand and tried to raise public awareness of this fact in the Guardian on 19th February 2011 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/feb/19/census-boycott-lockheed-martin) The CND wrote a letter to the guardian which can be viewed here:http://www.cnduk.org/index.php/campaigns/anti-war/lockheed-martin-the-census.html
If you are wondering how come Lookheed got its hands on the contract, the proof of the pudding:
“The company, which makes Trident nuclear missiles, cluster bombs and F-16 fighter jets, won the £150m contract to run the census on behalf of the Office for National Statistics (ONS).” Guardian 19th February
So, for a mere £150 million, the information the census is asking for has been passed on to the same company which “does 80% of its work for the US defence department – assists more than two dozen American government agencies and is involved in surveillance and data processing for the CIA and FBI.” Presumably the British government looked at this and thought “the census is in safe hands!”
Lockheed Missiles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_Missiles_and_Fire_Control
The legal implications of this are considerable. This conflict of interest is most definitely provable in court and through the legal obligation of the census (punishable by £1,000 fine) shows corruption by the government. In the meantime, we need to spread this message to British inhabitants and raise awareness. With large enough numbers and solidarity we can make the government accountable for such a poisoned pill to be forced to take.
Lobby the Office of National Statistics using CND’s template Here: http://www.cnd.iparl.com/lobby/50
Arrange parties for overnight visitors at your home on 27th March 2011 for more than 3 people! Then all persons present will have to fill in the form (by law.) This could prove problematic for information extraction – and at the very least will give Lockheed grief as they send out large numbers of continuation forms…