Cover

"A million bills," headlines Gazeta Wyborcza, refering to the number of phone bills checked by the Polish secret service in 2009. Why such a huge figure? “Because secret services have no restrictions and can do whatever they want,” replies the liberal daily, presenting a series of alarming statistics. In 2009 mobile operators received no less than 1.06 million information requests from the secret service, an average of 27.5 per one thousand adults. Next in line is the Czech Republic at 10 per thousand. “This makes Poland the European leader in surveillance and monitoring of its citizens "bills”, Gazeta laments.