PEOPLE will die from terrorism in the UK unless legislation dubbed the ‘snoopers’ charter’ is resurrected, a former head of the Royal Navy has warned.
Admiral Lord West of Spithead, who also served as a security minister until the 2010 general election, said people were dying because terrorist groups changed their methods following leaks of security service activity by American ‘traitor’ Edward Snowden.
The Labour peer called for a revival of the Communications Data Bill, which would require companies to keep data about calls and internet conversations but was vetoed by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.
Home secretary Theresa May announced this week she will introduce legislation to the House of Commons that will bring in some of the proposals.
But speaking in the wake of a statement in parliament on the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, Lord West said: ‘Since the revelations of the traitor Snowden, terrorist groups – in particular Isil – have changed their methods of communications and shifted to other ways of talking to each other.
‘Consequently there are people dying who actually would now be alive.
‘It is now critical we move forward the Communications Data Bill that was paused so unreasonably because there is a very real danger that unless we do this, I think it is not exaggerating to say that people will die in this country who would have been safe if that had been in place.’