There is a new European intelligence agency which has been handed frightening powers to pry into our lives.
Europol can access personal information on anyone - including their political opinions and sexual preferences - if it suspects, rightly or wrongly, that they may be involved in any 'preparatory act' which could lead to criminal activity.
The vagueness of the Hague-based force's remit sparked furious protests yesterday with critics warning that the EU snoopers threaten our right to free speech.
It is understood the agency will concentrate on anyone thought 'xenophobic' or likely to commit a crime involving the environment, computers or motor vehicles. This could include covert monitoring of people who deny the existence of climate change or speak out on controversial issues.
Until January 1, Europol was a police office funded by various states to help tackle international organised crime, but it has been reborn as the official criminal intelligence-gathering arm of the EU and Brussels has vastly increased its powers.
It can now target more than simply organised crime and the burden of proof required to begin monitoring an individual has been downgraded. Europol has also been absorbed into the EU superstructure, so it will be centrally funded, sweeping away a key check on its independence.
The Home Office insisted the changes were in Britain's interests.
Do you really want to be part of the EU, which wields so much power with little transparency and even less accountability? I certainly do not.