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This week we're joined by Alex Thompson who appears regularly on the UK Column live stream run from Plymouth by former Royal Navy officer Brian Gerrish.
Ales gives us some background about himself then goes on to explain some of his concerns about the 'banking culture' which is invading all levels of the civil service, particularly from his own area of work which is in signals intelligence at Cheltenham's GCHQ. He talks about the use of G4S security, who wer found to be lying and incompetent in the run-up to London's 2012 olympics and the Public-Private Partnership which was used to construct the 'Doughnut' in Cheltenham, also how it was not really a suitable design for the job. We discuss the question of whether secure communications are actually possible in the age of supercomputers to crack encryption, and even whether people should be able to expect to be able to communicate in private. Alex was at an NSA briefing where the concept of 'Total Information Awareness' was introduced but due to the bad press it had received it didn't go down very well amongst the US and UK signals intelligence staff.

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