The proposal is said to feature in a report due before the end of the year from the cross-party Intelligence and Security Committee, parliamentary watchdog of the intelligence and security agencies.
According to The Independent newspaper, unnamed sources at Whitehall say that the ISC will urge ministers to set up a commission to look into the proposal.
Still, National Security? Pretty big stuff, huh? I mean, who could possibly object.
And the cross-party Intelligence and Security Committee must be pretty impartial, eh? It's not as though they would stop the media reporting on embarrassing stories for the government, is it?
The ISC is appointed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown and reports directly to him.
Of course, perhaps if the mainstream media were gagged, the news could leak onto the internet: anonymous bloggers could become the very vanguard of our right to know what our government's up to! I mean, there's no way that the government could trace who was running the sites, or who was visiting them, is there? Oh, shit.
Under Government plans to monitor internet traffic, raw data would be collected and stored by the black boxes before being transferred to a giant central database.
The vision was outlined at a meeting between officials from the Home Office and Internet Service Providers earlier this week.
But, your humble Devil absolutely trusts people like Tom Harris who says that this country is definitely not turning into Airstrip One: there is no total government surveillance and...
"... we live in a free country, where we are free to express our views, free to demonstrate against the government, free to read others’ opinions in a free press, protected by a robust framework of rights."
Yep, move along: nothing to see here...
Oh, wait! What's this? Yes, via Obnoxio, it seems that David Davis has finally shaken off the world's longest bout of laryngitis in order to stand up for our freedoms!
The outcome of this proposal therefore, is likely to be one of actually undermining the accountability of security agencies and reducing the effectiveness of our counter-terrorist policy. All this, it seems to me, for a more comfortable life of some of the Whitehall mandarins and their political masters.
A lot of people think that many laws have unintended consequences: the above is, of course, the intended consequence of this gagging proposal and everything else is just a bonus.
It is a disastrous idea, one which would degrade both our freedom of speech and our security at the same time, and one which should, and will, be resisted by everyone who understands the traditions of freedom in this country.
Quite right, David. Well done. Now: you go away and rest your poor, wee throat: you must be exhausted. We'll see you again in another six months, shall we?
Is anyone actually scared yet? Because I'm definitely getting there...