The Swedish Parliament passed the controversial bill to permit the National Defence Radio Establishment to monitor all SMS, e-mail, and other data traffic crossing Swedish borders Wednesday evening with 143 in favor and 138 opposed, and 1 abstention.
Faced with powerful criticism from the opposition, international experts, and from within its own ranks that virtually all domestic communications would be available to the government snoops, the government sent the bill back to a parliamentary commmittee for new language to protect personal integrity Wednesday morning.
However, at a demonstration outside parliament early Wednesday, protestors said that the suggested changes were ”cosmetic” and the bill was still an infringement on civil liberties. Our reporter Dave Russell was at the demonstration outside the Riksdag this morning, and joined Gaby Katz in the studio:
As Kris Boswell reports, the idea for the legislation arose after the September 11th attacks.