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LONDON, England, November 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Britain’s espionage agency GCHQ is tracking the British public’s movements amid the coronavirus-related lockdowns, passing up-to-date information directly to the prime minister.

The Daily Telegraph reported earlier this week that GCHQ, or Government Communications Headquarters, has “embedded” staff at Downing Street to give Prime Minister Boris Johnson the information he wants to help him decide on his coronavirus and lockdown policies.

“The Government’s intelligence-gathering and surveillance agency has deployed experts to work inside the Cabinet Office to sift through huge amounts of big data in an effort to give Mr Johnson the most up-to-date information on the spread of the virus,” the Telegraph reported.

“GCHQ analysts have been given access to mobile phone data to track the public’s movements during the national lockdown.”

Since November 5, residents of England have been confined to their homes, save for work, charitable activities, essential shopping, medical care, and outdoor exercise. Requirements and restrictions in other parts of the United Kingdom vary, although in these countries, too, there is a focus on restricting travel and assembly.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Johnson is relying on “up-to-the-minute reports” from GCHQ on the public’s “compliance” with lockdown rules to determine whether or not to lift the regulations on December 2.

The intelligence agency is also examining Google and other search engines for information about employment.

“The data — providing billions of pieces of information on job searches across the country — provides instant reporting on the potential, catastrophic threat to employment caused by Covid more quickly than official figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics,” the Telegraph stated.

Online information about vacation travel is also being sifted to assist the government in enforcing quarantines on travelers returning from places deemed COVID hot spots.

“Google holiday search data has also been subjected to extensive sifting, building up a picture of changing attitudes to travel that helps guide policies such as forcing returning holidaymakers to self-isolate.”

Currently, people traveling to Britain from most countries in the world, including the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain, must self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival. The quarantine is monitored by the National Health Service by phone, with NHS agents calling the quarantined travelers to establish that they know the rules.

LifeSiteNews can confirm that if a quarantined traveler in Scotland is not immediately accessible by “NHS Test and Protect Service,” he or she is threatened with the involvement of police.

The National Health Service has a “test and trace” app for cell phones, which the GCHQ worked on to ensure that “sensitive data” remains “secure and anonymized, preventing foreign hostile states from trying to hack into the app,” the Telegraph reported.

According to the U.K. government, the “test and trace” feature ensures that any user who comes down with symptoms of COVID-19 can be “quickly tested” for the virus and that users who have come in contact with COVID-19 positive people can also be tested or asked to self-isolate. Personal data the app reveals to the government is the user’s mobile phone number, the estimated date of infection (if the user declares himself positive), and his IP address.

The test and trace app is also used to “check into places like bars and restaurants without having to fill out any forms” when these venues are allowed to open. Users are supposed to be over 16 years of age.

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PETITION UPDATE (8/27/2020)

Thank you for continuing to SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks policymakers at all levels of government to reverse mandatory mask orders within their borders.

Facebook has restored the share link for this petition, saying that the decision to block it was a 'mistake...'

Please share with your Facebook friends, but we should all take heed of this warning: when an organization or individuals have to beg, plead and cajole just to express objective truths, it may be time to start looking for other social networking platforms.

Facebook needs to treat its users with respect, no matter their political persuasion. Moreover, Facebook needs to treat objective reality and facts with more respect.

One-size-fits-all oppressive government mask mandates must stop!

Healthy adults and children should not be forced - by the state - to wear masks when the risk of infection is low and the benefit of wearing a mask is highly questionable.

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PETITION UPDATE (8/25/2020)

Facebook is actively censoring this petition, saying that some people find it 'abusive.'

How anyone could find alternate facts about oppressive mask mandates 'abusive' is incredible...that is, impossible to believe.

This is exactly the kind of censorship which Big Tech is getting a bad reputation for.

The fact that Facebook calls differing opinion and objective reality "abusive" says a lot about Facebook and their agenda to silence reason and logic, not just conservatives and Christians.

But, people are more intelligent than Facebook give them credit for.

And, the more this continues, the more reasonable people will look alternate platforms to share their thoughts and connect with their friends and family. The more that happens, the less revenue Facebook will generate.

All of us have a decision to make, and the time is coming where we might have to tell our Facebook friends that we are moving to another platform.

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One-size-fits-all oppressive government mask mandates must stop!

Healthy adults and children should not be forced - by the state - to wear masks when the risk of infection is low and the benefit of wearing a mask is highly questionable.

Please SIGN this petition which asks policymakers at all levels of government to reverse mandatory mask mandates within their borders

Public health policies should be based on science and logic, not on the type of political posturing and virtue-signaling which led Joe Biden to recently call for a national mask mandate.

And, public health policies certainly shouldn't lead to a situation where more people could become sick.

But, that is exactly what these mandatory mask mandates are doing.

Here are four inconvenient facts about masks:

1) Masks** are largely ineffective at stopping the transmission of viruses.

The vast majority of masks worn by the public are made from material which cannot filter-out viruses because virus particles are too small to catch or obstruct.  Wearing cloth masks to stop a virus is like putting a bee in a bird cage to keep it from flying away.

Wearing a mask for long periods of time ensures that the wearer has a warm and moist receptacle around his or her mouth, on which viruses and bacteria can land and accumulate.

Thus, masks are actually likely to have little effect in stopping the spread of COVID-19 acting as a barrier, but could actually make things worse acting as a receptacle.

2) Mandates which call for masks to be worn outdoors are both absurd and oppressive.

3) There are clearly documented hazards of wearing masks for long periods of time.

4) And, since school is on everyone's mind...

Notwithstanding the above information on the ineffectiveness of most masks against viruses, we don't know if asymptomatic children can even transmit the virus.

But, it was a reported in an article in the July 21, 2020 Uk Times that: "There has been no recorded case of a teacher catching the coronavirus from a pupil anywhere in the world, according to one of the UK government's leading scientific advisers."

And, we also know that children are extremely unlikely to get seriously ill or die from COVID infections. In any case, children cannot possibly be expected to wear a mask properly in a way that would cut transmission.

There are still a lot of unknowns about COVID-19, but we have grown in our understanding of this disease since the beginning of the crisis.

The knowledge we have gained should allow government and health authorities to make more nuanced policies than the current one-size-fits-all mask mandates.

Where are the legislative hearings in county commissions, and state, provincial or federal legislatures before these drastic actions are mandated? Where are the open and transparent debates among experts that provide our representatives with the necessary information to make good policy decisions?

The real pandemic is the panic and the resulting tyranny that is being caused by dictatorial governors, corporate media and the monopolistic Big Tech.

The truth is that COVID-19 is like a bad cold for most people; this is not ebola or the plague.

Of course, the very elderly and those with serious health conditions should take precautions or be quarantined, but the rest of society should begin the long process of returning to normality.

The frenzy to force everyone to wear a mask, at all times, has gone beyond all comprehension, and goes against science and logic.

Please SIGN this petition which asks policymakers at all levels of government to reverse any mandatory mask order within the borders of their county, state, province, or country.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Explosion in mandatory masking isn’t driven by science, but fear', PART I - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/explosion-in-mandatory-masking-isnt-driven-by-science-but-fear

'Explosion in mandatory masking isn’t driven by science, but fear', PART II - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/explosion-in-mandatory-masking-isnt-driven-by-science-but-fear-part-ii

OSHA Document on Surgical Masks and Respirators stating that surgical masks do NOT prevent airborne particles (e.g. viruses) from being inhaled - https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3219.pdf

'PETER HITCHENS: Face masks turn us into voiceless submissives - and it’s not science forcing us to wear them, it’s politics' - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-8537489/PETER-HITCHENS-Face-masks-turn-voiceless-submissives.html

**Here, we are referring to the masks worn by the vast majority of the public, not to specialist masks or respirator-type masks.

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The presence of GCHQ agents in the Cabinet Office itself is deemed “critical in providing non-partisan, independent data” to the Prime Minister, the Telegraph reported. The newspaper remarked that the Conservative government has been in danger of being torn apart from competing opinions from the Department of Health and Social Care, on the one hand, and the Treasury on the other.

The GCHQ describes itself as “a world-leading intelligence, cyber and security agency with a mission to keep the UK safe.” Normally its remit is to protect the country from terrorism, hostile states, and serious or organized crime. There are now almost 10,000 people working in the GCHQ, a direct descendent of the British Signals Intelligence division of the First World War. Founded soon after war broke out, Signals Intelligence monitored German radio signals.

“Within a year of the end of the war, the separate naval and military intelligence organisations had merged to become the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), GCHQ’s original name,” the agency’s website states.

“Its overt function was to protect British Government communications, with a secret mission to decrypt messages sent by foreign countries. Under the leadership of Alastair Denniston, GC&CS’s first head, the organisation was given space in Watergate House and officially came into being on 1 November 1919.”

During the Second World War, GCHQ worked from the now-famous Bletchley Park.

The agency has not made it a secret that they are now fighting microscopic enemies.

“We are part of the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic; protecting the NHS, supporting the Government’s development of data science and improving our nation’s economic resilience,” it wrote. “We are also tackling a shifting serious crime threat that is looking to exploit the crisis.”

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