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Having all his correspondence monitored 
doesn't worry Richard Barr - he's returning 
to the lost art of letter writing

4 July 2013

"How GCHQ watches your every move," roared The Guardian headline. "Roared" is a slight misnomer as The Guardian was silent, apart from the rustle it made between what should have been my indignant hands.

The story is now well known: big brother is now watching us in a far more intrusive way than was ever dreamed of by George Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-Four. Every telephone call, all our emails, all our late night web searches and all the silly comments we put on Facebook are being faithfully monitored and, if we fit the 
profile, examined by men and women crouched over screens in darkened rooms in deep bunkers in places like Bude and the 
Menwith Hills. According to the same report, up to 450 people in the USA and this country are analysing our every word. However, I know already that they are not (yet) tapping my phone.

Forty years ago, give or take, the Old Bailey was briefly titillated by the OZ obscenity trial, a prosecution brought by the...

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