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Security services should have the power to access everyone’s emails and messaging apps, according to a Devon MP. Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer was speaking after the Home Secretary called on companies such as WhatsApp to allow security services access to their encrypted messages. Mr Mercer told BBC Daily Politics: “We all understand the points around civil liberties and how important they are, but freedom isn’t free . We have to protect our way of life, and if those we are going to ask to do that require extra powers in a digital age which is becoming more complex, I think we should give them to them. “I know from intelligence and security services that I’ve worked with in the past, we need the tools at our disposal in order to be able to do the job . One of those is electronic surveillance of individuals to try to identify these attacks, which are really difficult to identify.”
Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Lord Brian Paddick said “not every single innocent member of the public” should be subjected to increased surveillance. He also accused the Government of cutting police budgets, but Mr Mercer said spending on tackling “digital threats” is going up. “The spend around counter-terrorism, the visible part of policing that is so important in our communities, is as important as it has ever been,” he said. “But this digital threat, around technology and so on, that is exponentially growing all the time and that requires the resources . If you actually look at what this Government is doing from 2015 to 2020 increasing that by 30 per cent and protecting counter-terrorism budgets this is a team effort across Government to try to counter these threats.
“We defeat this as a team, as politicians, as police, as community providers . I don’t really think it’s the time for cheap political points above what is an existential threat that is really difficult to get a hold of . We have a very challenging set of threats which are getting greater all the time, I think the police are doing a good job and we should get behind them.”
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- Retired head of U.S . Southern Command is to be Trump’s pick to lead Department of Homeland Security
- Kelly, 66, will be second general in cabinet and is third to be named to Trump team
- He joins Defense Secretary pick, retired Marine General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis and national security adviser-designate, Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn
- Kelly served for 45 years and differed from President Obama on Mexican border security
President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate retired Marine General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security, CBS News reported on Wednesday. Kelly, the former head of the U.S .
Southern Command, has accepted the offer, CBS said, citing unidentified sources. Reuters has not independently confirmed the choice. Kelly, 66, would be the third general Trump has tapped for a high-level position in his administration.
SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO Security supremo: John Kelly, the retired Marine Corps general who is being nominated for Homeland Security . He met with the president-elect on November 30 and is being named by sources as Trump’s pick
General in charge: Retired Marine General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis flew with Donald Trump to North Carolina on Tuesday to be officially unveiled as his choice for the Pentagon
General at his side: Michael Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, is Trump’s choice for national security adviser
The Republican president-elect, who has no military experience, planned to nominate retired General James Mattis to lead the Department of Defense and picked retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn to be his national security adviser. Kelly differed with Democratic President Barack Obama on key issues and has warned of vulnerabilities along the United States’ southern border with Mexico. As head of the U.S .
Southern Command, his final leadership post in a 45-year military career, Kelly was responsible for U.S . military activities and relationships in Latin America and the Caribbean. Although Kelly’s military experience may give him insight into overseas threats, like drug trafficking or Islamic extremism, it will do little to prepare him for the legal and political complexities of grappling with a sprawling agency that oversees everything from airport security to protecting against cyber threats and responding to domestic crises.
Trump’s most senior appointment is that of ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis to the Pentagon.
At a rally in North Carolina on Tuesday evening, Trump introduced him to the crowd and said he would be ‘incredible’. He also warned Congress that if it doesn’t give a special waiver to Mattis, people will be ‘angry.’ Democrats are balking at the procedure Republicans are trying to use to fast-track the waiver. Trump brought Mattis before a cheering crowd in Fayetteville, a military town that is home to Fort Bragg and other installations.
‘He’ll get that waiver, right?’ Trump told the crowd. ‘Oh, if he don’t get that waiver there’d be a lot of angry people,’ Trump warned. ‘Such a popular choice,’ he observed.
Approval: Trump met Kelly at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on 20 November and again at Trump Tower 10 days later for talks
‘What a great guy he’s gonna be incredible,’ Trump said. ‘Mad Dog plays no games, right?’ Trump observed, using Mattis’ nickname. Democrats are complaining about a GOP leadership move to expedite a waiver for Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Pentagon, retired Gen . James Mattis
Congress must provide a waiver to Mattis to overcome a 1947 statute on civilian control of the military that states that the Defense head must have been out of uniform for at least seven years. Mattis has ‘committed his life to his love for our country,’ Trump said. ‘General Mattis is the living embodiment of the Marine Corps motto: semper fidelis always faithful,’ Trump said. He said Mattis ‘will now be the civilian leader atop the Department of Defense.’
Mattis, wearing a dark suit, made brief remarks that acknowledged the sensitivity of the situation.
‘I look forward to being the civilian leader so long as the Congress gives me the waiver and the Senate votes to consent,’ Mattis told the crowd.
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