Britannia still rules the air waves!
Honestly, I really had hoped that this jingoistic, gung-ho, impericolonial nationalism had long since been consigned to the dustcart of 19th century gun-boat history. In fact, I had to read it several times to make sure it wasn’t a clever send-up of a bygone age. But no, I fear this idiot actually believes in what he says:
In another sense, however, the Snowden case has revealed something of which GCHQ feels very proud. Since September 11 2001, Cheltenham has conquered the internet. The great soup in which terrorists splash around has not proved beyond reach. An organisation with an annual budget of approximately £750 million has cracked an entity on which $3 trillion a year is spent. It is our biggest achievement in the field since Bletchley Park — indeed, in volume terms, infinitely bigger. This makes GCHQ of truly global importance — we are talking, after all, about the World Wide Web.
Time for GCHQ to come out of the shadows
I just find it unbelievable that anybody can think that this attitude is acceptable.