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Liberal Party NEC Statement - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) Bill
The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) Bill

The Bill has been passed in Parliament to amend the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 to permit the carrying out of certain criminal acts by authorities in the United Kingdom.

Amongst its provisions special agents can now be given licence to commit criminal acts under the CHIS Bill, which could potentially allow the public to become victims to 'legalised crime'.

The Liberal Party stand vehemently against the Bill and call for it's immediate repeal.

Any act that infringes upon the rights of another individual should be illegal.

This attempt to legislate for criminal activity carried out by those acting for the state, fails to provide oversight that is capable of ensuring that unlawful decisions are identified before they can cause harm. It also fails to ensure those affected by unlawful decision can make a robust and open challenge in a court of law. It puts the state beyond the law!

Many of the Key Facts/Figures made for justifying the CHIS Bill are testament to a system that broadly works, with adequate safeguards in law.

Further efforts should focus on methods of investigation into crime culture without the risk of inequalities in the law and/or risk to the public.

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