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UK spying bill

The controversial Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill has passed its third reading in the British parliament causing outrage among human rights defenders. The bill will cover 13 law enforcement and government agencies, including the police, the armed forces, the Prison Service and surprisingly the Food Standards Agency.

Critics have described the bill as a "license for government agencies to authorize torture and murder" as there is no specific limitations on the type of activity that may be authorized. Amnesty International described the bill as hugely worrying and dangerous, adding that giving such disturbing powers to governmental bodies, including MI5 and the police could have devastating consequences.

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