If you would all like to snarl up the system if the government actually gets its way with this law, you should remember that they don’t actually read every email. That would be impossible. They would look up suspected enemies of the state (terrorists, people who put the wrong rubbish in their bins, murderers, people who don’t pay their parking fines on time) after the event.
However they would also look for keywords. And they would read the emails where the keywords turn up.
May I suggest that you put the following at the bottom of all your emails? Perhaps in your signature block?
The verb of Assassination is Assassinate – Gordon Brown is the British Prime Minister
That will ensure that every email will have to be read by GCHQ and I am sure they will soon get tired of that. I would suggest only doing this if they actually pass this accursed law.
In case you are worried about being accused of wasting time, remember the verb has two meanings…
as·sas·si·nate –verb (used with object), -nat·ed, -nat·ing.
to kill suddenly or secretively, esp. a politically prominent person; murder premeditatedly and treacherously.
to destroy or harm treacherously and viciously: to assassinate a person’s character.
Almost the entire press are guilty of the second meaning, practically every day.
Our American readers can substitute “George W Bush is the American President” of course.
There will be some who read this who will say that GCHQ will just program their computers to ignore the phrase “Assassinate Gordon Brown” if the entire sentence: “The verb of Assassination is Assassinate Gordon Brown is the British Prime Minister“ is included.
But they can’t do that, can they? Supposing they did, then real villains may use the phrase thinking that it will be so ignored. So GCHQ will have no option but to read every email with that phrase in.
Make the snoopers work for their blood money.