The UK surveillance agency, GCHQ was absolved of any blame after it was proven that it had no hand in the hanky-panky surrounding the PRISM court case. GCHQ was found not guilty and pardoned as a result.
While the United States remains the focal point for PRISM and the controversy it has generated, the UK has been embroiled in the imbroglio as well. However, its Government Communications Headquarter (GCHQ) has been able to extricate itself from the whole matter by proving its innocence beyond all doubt. The ISC has ruled that the agency had a legitimate right to gather information on ordinary people. The activities of the agency had been linked with PRISM. The whole matter was given a lawful image and hushed up by the judicial and political bodies. Besides, the 1994 Intelligence Services Act lent legal-rational authority to the GCHQ to carry out these top secret practices according to BBC News.
The main crux of the argument lay in the proper definition of PRISM. It was defined as a program whereby the US government obtained vital info from ISPs. GCHQ was responsible for foiling terrorist plots, monitoring suspects and finally issuing warrants for those who were guilty of anti-state violence. Many lauded the agency for its lofty standards and patriotic principles. After Edward Snowden spilled the beans on the NSA, the whole scenario had become one of mutual finger pointing. The government tried to excuse its culpability in the crime of spying while trying to capture Snowden. The public and especially many activists were furious over the let down. The GCHQ has not seen the last of the angry citizens’ rights committees which are crying for revenge at what they see as grave injustice.
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