Nov 13

Cover up? Review of Home Office handling of Westminster child sex allegations slammed (RT, Nov 11, 2014):

A supposedly independent review of the Home Office’s handling of allegations about decades of systemic child abuse that infiltrated Westminster has ruled that it’s impossible to discern if there was an establishment cover-up.

Conducted by the chief executive of the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), the inquiry examined whether the Home Office carried out an adequate and effective review last year into its handling of damning information relating to alleged historic child sex abuse. Continue reading »

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Nov 13

H/t reader squodgy:

“And there you have it.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/wanless-report-into-westminster-pedophile-ring-says-key-files-were-destroyed-this-century-9853662.html

The secret service, on behalf of the owners, created situations which enabled them to get compromising evidence against individuals to facilitate blackmail & thus enforce compliance in Parliament, the Judiciary & the Financial world.

Files compromising now worthless individuals will be disposed of as pointless.

What nobody is talking about is the present.”


Child sex abuse report: Files concerning Westminster paedophile ring were destroyed in last few years (Independent, Nov 11, 2014):

Theresa May has admitted there “might have been” a cover-up at Home Office in the 1980s concerning allegations that politicians were involved in child sex abuse but said an official review found the claim was “not proven”.

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Oct 24

UK hackers face life imprisonment, threat to whistleblowers – activists (RT, Oct 23, 2014):

Internet users who ‘threaten’ national security, by causing economic or environmental damage, could face a life sentence under new government plans to crack down on internet crime. Campaigners say the move will target whistleblowers.

The government proposal claims the laws are needed to deal with “catastrophic” cyber-attacks that “result in loss of life, serious illness and injury, or serious damage to national security, or a significant risk thereof.”

Proposals would update the existing Computer Misuse Act 1990, and would give judges the power to hand down harsher penalties on hackers. The laws would also incorporate internet users spying on the activities of UK businesses. Continue reading »

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Jun 26

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‘Snooper’s charter’: UK govt pushes for access to social media (RT, June 26, 2014):

Britain’s Home Secretary is pushing for new spying powers to access social media and email accounts. Theresa May argues that it’s a “matter of life and death,” and has dismissed claims the government wants to spy on citizens.

The British Home Office is pushing for changes to the law that would radically expand powers to monitor citizens. The communications data bill, which has been branded ‘the snooper’s charter’ by opponents, would allow authorities access to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

In addition, services like Facetime and Skype would also be accessible to the UK authorities. Continue reading »

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Aug 19

Glenn Greenwald’s Partner Detained For 9 Hours, Electronics Confiscated (Liberty Blitzkrieg,, Aug 18, 2013):

A month ago, I wrote a piece titled: If Flying into the UK, Your Phone Can Be Seized and Data Downloaded Without Suspicion. As you might suspect, the focus of the piece was something called schedule 7 of the UK’s Terrorism Act of 2000, which allows authorities to stop and search  people “without prior authorization or reasonable suspicion.” Not only that, they are not automatically permitted access to legal counsel during the interrogation and they must cooperate. Oh, and your electronic devices can be confiscated.

I chose to write that article at the time to highlight the myriad ways it could be grossly abused. Well now we a very high profile example of such abuse as Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda was stopped for nine hours (the maximum allowed), his electronics were confiscated, and we have no explanation from the Home Office as to why he was considered a terrorist threat.

Here’s an idea for investigative journalists and activists worldwide. Do not fly through the UK unless you absolutely have to.

More from The Guardian:

The partner of the Guardian journalist who has written a series of stories revealing mass surveillance programmes by the US National Security Agency was held for almost nine hours on Sunday by UK authorities as he passed through London’s Heathrow airport on his way home to Rio de Janeiro.

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Mar 04

British terror suspects quietly stripped of citizenship… then killed by drones (Independent, Feb 28, 2013):

Exclusive: Secret war on enemy within

The Government has secretly ramped up a controversial programme that strips people of their British citizenship on national security grounds – with two of the men subsequently killed by American drone attacks.

An investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism for The Independent has established that since 2010, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, has revoked the passports of 16 individuals, many of whom are alleged to have had links to militant or terrorist groups.

Critics of the programme warn that it allows ministers to “wash their hands” of British nationals suspected of terrorism who could be subject to torture and illegal detention abroad.

They add that it also allows those stripped of their citizenship to be killed or “rendered” without any onus on the British Government to intervene.

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Nov 26

Home Office security chief responsible for Buckingham Palace ‘viewed child porn’ (Daily Mail, Nov 25, 2012):

  • David Tracey, a Home Office security expert, arrested by Essex Police
  • 48-year-old charged with four counts of making indecent images of children
  • Tracey is believed to advise on security for Buckingham Palace
  • A Home Office civil servant who oversees security for Buckingham Palace security has been charged with viewing child pornography.

    David Tracey, 48,of Billericay, Essex, was arrested by officers from Essex Police and charged with four counts of making indecent images of children.

    He works at the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, a Whitehall unit that oversees strategy on thwarting terrorists.

    Sources told the Sun that Tracey had advised strategy on the protection of Royal palaces and other important public buildings, including Downing Street and nuclear sites.

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    Jul 16

    Problem, reaction, solution.

    (Solution = More security, more big brother, more military presence, more …)

    Flashback:

    (FOX NEWS) Inside Job: ‘The US Government Escorted The Underwear Bomber Through Security Without A Passport To Board The Plane’, Say Two Attorneys, Eyewitnesses Who Were On Site

    TSA Source: Undercover TSA Agent Successfully Smuggled A Gun Past Full-Body Scanners


    New security fears as Heathrow checks miss terror suspects (Guardian, July 14, 2012):

    • Inexperienced airport staff ‘missed five alerts in one day’
    • Fears come after fiasco over G4S Olympic stewarding

    Terror suspects on the Home Office watch list are entering the UK in the runup to the Olympics without the necessary security checks, according to frontline officials at Heathrow.

    One senior border officer told the Observer that inexperienced new recruits, deployed to shorten queues after complaints over lengthy waiting times, are repeatedly “missing” passengers of interest who should be referred to counterterrorism officers when they reach passport control.

    The official said he was personally aware that three terror suspects – all of whose names are registered on the Home Office suspect index system – had been waved through by staff on his shifts since the start of July. Border officials should immediately notify counterterrorism police or MI5 if they suspect that “SX travellers” are attempting to enter the UK. Another colleague alleged that five suspects were “missed” in one day earlier this month.

    “It’s all new faces,” said the senior official. “The rest of the staff, I have no idea where they have come from, how long they are here for, what their background is. These are people who have been forced by their own department to come here.”

    The crisis comes days after G4S, the world’s biggest security firm, announced it could not provide enough security guards for the London Olympics, forcing the government to call up 3,500 troops to meet the shortfall. Last month John Evans, head of MI5, said the Games offered an “attractive target for our enemies, and they will be at the centre of the world’s attention”.

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    May 26

    The Government is drawing up plans for emergency immigration controls to curb an influx of Greeks and other European Union residents if the euro collapses, the Home Secretary discloses today.


    Theresa May says “work is ongoing” to restrict European immigration in the event of a financial collapse

    Theresa May: we’ll stop migrants if euro collapses (Telegraph, May 25, 2012):

    In an interview in The Daily Telegraph, Theresa May says “work is ongoing” to restrict European immigration in the event of a financial collapse.

    People from throughout the EU, with the exception of new member countries such as Romania and Bulgaria, are able to work anywhere in the single market.

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    May 02

    Raw Reports, Nuclear Threat from Germany (updated) (Veterans Today, April 30, 2012):


    GERMANS GIVE THESE OUT LIKE PARTY FAVORS, NUKES INCLUDED IT SEEMS

    6 Decades of Deception

    I will keep this short as possible.  A single nuclear weapon has “gone missing” as of last week, one of four missing but this one “more missing” than the others.

    The Thames Valley Police, famous for their fictional representations in the Colin Dexter detective novels, detained a high ranking government security officer, department to remain unnamed, at the behest of what we are told is the Home Secretary.

    Time we put a call in to Inspector Lewis?  Morse, played by John Thaw, would never have allowed such a thing.  John Thaw was always a favorite and his pub of choice, The Trout outside Oxford is a nice stop off, you can misplace a nuke, torture a spy, this time one of your own,  and make it home with fish and chips.  I do so love Britain.


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    Now, to put this is American English.

    A nuclear weapon that wasn’t supposed to exist, a single 500 kiloton hydrogen bomb, one of four being tracked, was seen being loaded at the German port of Bemerhaven, Germany.

    The groups assisting in what we were informed was a counter-terrorism surveillance operation were the American NSA, British MI 6, the Office of Naval Intelligence and the British Royal Navy.  The “device” was loaded onto a Germany built “Dolphin” submarine and left the harbour doing 7.5 knots.

    The submarine disappeared while being tracked by every sophisticated device NATO seems to be able to own or borrow.

    At least one of those from among the listed agencies was arrested by the local police force in Oxford, their electronic surveillance gear siezed, were confined for 12 hours despite being above arrest and detention as a senior NATO intelligence officer.

    Attempts to track the sub in the busy harbour were in vain and it is unknown what the nationality of the crew were or the destination, whether the UK, the US or some place in the Middle East.

    What we do know is that Germany and other NATO nations, in a highly disputed exception to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, had held 182 such weapons until all had supposedly been given back to the United States in 2005.

    We now know this to be untrue.  There are several possible scenarios: Continue reading »

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    Apr 03

    Police and MI5 get power to watch you on the web (Independent, April 2, 2012):

    Police and intelligence officers are to be handed the power to monitor people’s messages online in what has been described as an “attack on the privacy” of vast numbers of Britons.

    The Home Secretary, Theresa May, intends to introduce legislation in next month’s Queen’s Speech which would allow law-enforcement agencies to check on citizens using Facebook, Twitter, online gaming forums and the video-chat service Skype.

    Regional police forces, MI5 and GCHQ, the Government’s eavesdropping centre, would be given the right to know who speaks to whom “on demand” and in “real time”.

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    Feb 20

    Phone and email records to be stored in new spy plan (Telegraph, Feb. 18, 2012):

    Details of every phone call and text message, email traffic and websites visited online are to be stored in a series of vast databases under new Government anti-terror plans.

    Landline and mobile phone companies and broadband providers will be ordered to store the data for a year and make it available to the security services under the scheme.

    The databases would not record the contents of calls, texts or emails but the numbers or email addresses of who they are sent and received by.

    For the first time, the security services will have widespread access to information about who has been communicating with each other on social networking sites such as Facebook.

    Direct messages between subscribers to websites such as Twitter would also be stored, as well as communications between players in online video games.

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    Feb 14

    Flashback:

    Iran Threatens to Boycott London Olympics Over ‘Racist’ Logo Resembling The Word ZION

    Dr. Alan Sabrosky, Former Director Of Studies At The US Army War College: ‘It Is 100% Certain That 9/11 Was A Mossad Operation’ (Video)


    UK launches international operation to gather information on Olympic participants and coaches

    Biometric scans for all overseas Games athletes (Independent, Feb. 12, 2012):

    More than 10,000 Olympic athletes and their coaches are having fingerprints and face-scans taken by UK officials around the world in the biggest operation of its type to prevent the London Games being targeted by illegal immigrants or terrorists.

    Ministers fear that besides the vast numbers of genuine “Games family members (GFMs)” – not only an estimated 10,500 athletes but their training teams, accredited media and officials – would-be terrorists or illegal immigrants could use the influx of people at Heathrow in the days before the Games start on 27 July to get into Britain.

    A temporary terminal at Heathrow is already being built to try to take the strain of the 20,000 accredited people as well as millions of ticketholders and visitors.

    The Government is to step up the national terror threat to “severe” during the 16-day Games, meaning an attempted attack is highly likely.

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    Jan 29

    UK riots: paratroopers are trained in riot control (Telegraph, Jan. 28, 2012):

    Hundreds of soldiers from 3rd battalion The Parachute Regiment spent last week learning how to contain and arrest “rioters” in a series of exercises mirroring last summers violence.

    Defence sources have confirmed that if violence were to return to British cities, especially during the Olympic Games, the Paras would be “ideally placed” to provide “short-term” support to police forces around the UK.

    Such a request would have to be made by the Home Office and would have to have Prime Ministerial approval, according to the source.

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    Dec 16

    And yes, those lasers will be really bad for your eyesight.



    James Bond-style: The SMU 100 temporarily impairs the vision of anyone looking towards its source with a four metre wall of light

    UK tests “non-blinding” police lasers (Boing Boing, ‎Dec 12, 2011‎):

    The makers of a “non-blinding” laser claims an unnamed UK police force is set to trial the weapon as a means of “controlling riots.” According to the manufacturer — who developed the weapon for use against pirates in Somalia — the laser can “temporarily” blind its victims at 500m. It is meant to provide “an intimidating visual deterrent” because “If you can’t look at something you can’t attack it.”

    My friend Sulka, who brought this to my attention, has some informed speculation about what “non-blinding” might mean. He notes that the UK is a signatory on the Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons (I didn’t know this existed, and I’m both glad and sad that it does), whose definition of blindness “is where your eyesight goes worse than 20/200, meaning you can’t see the *largest* letter in a Snellen chart when looking at it with *both* eyes.”

    So that means that this weapon wouldn’t run afoul of international law if it (merely) reduced your vision to the point where you were impaired but not legally blind, permanently.

    Meanwhile, Twitter wags are already predicting a resurgence of mirrorshades among protesters, which means that everything the cyberpunks predicted in the mid-80s is finally coming true. I always thought that Anon was basically an analog to the Panther Moderns.

    Lock, Stock and Laser? UK police go high-tech (RT, Dec. 12, 2011):

    The laser was originally designed to protect sensitive cargo from pirates on the high seas.  Likewise, NATO-led troops have already deployed similar weapons to counter insurgents in Afghanistan.

    Rioters beware: Police set to deploy £25,000 James Bond-style laser that temporarily blinds (Daily Mail, Dec 12, 2011)

    Police to test laser that ‘blinds rioters’ (Telegraph, ‎Dec 11, 2011‎):

    A shoulder-mounted laser that emits a blinding wall of light capable of repelling rioters is to be trialled by police under preparations to prevent a repeat of this summer’s looting and arson.

    The technology, developed by a former Royal Marine commando, temporarily impairs the vision of anyone who looks towards the source.

    It has impressed a division of the Home Office which is testing a new range of devices because of the growing number of violent situations facing the police.

    The developer, British-based Photonic Security Systems, hopes to offer the device to shipping companies to deter pirates. Similar devices have been used by ISAF troops in Afghanistan to protect convoys from insurgents.

    The laser, resembling a rifle and known as an SMU 100, can dazzle and incapacitate targets up to 500m away with a wall of light up to three metres squared. It costs £25,000 and has an infrared scope to spot looters in poor visibility.

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    Mar 03

    Thanks to the bankster bailouts the pound is finished and the UK is bankrupt …

    On Mervyn King’s Apology That Central Banks Are Destroying The Middle Class’ Standard Of Living

    Bank of England’s Mervyn King Warns Inflation Could Reach 5 Percent Within Months

    … and the people will be footed with the bill.

    Reminds me of …

    Met Police officers to be ‘microchipped’ by top brass in Big Brother style tracking scheme:

    There will not be any choice about wearing one.

    … and that in turn reminds me of …

    CASPIAN RELEASES MICROCHIP CANCER REPORT:

    A new paper titled “Microchip-Induced Tumors in Laboratory Rodents and Dogs: A Review of the Literature 1990–2006” has been released today by CASPIAN. The full, 48-page paper provides a definitive review of the academic literature showing a causal link between implanted radio-frequency (RFID) microchip transponders and cancer in laboratory rodents and dogs. In addition, a brief, four-page synopsis of the full report is being made available.


    Police officers must accept cuts to their pay packets to avoid losing thousands of frontline jobs, Home Secretary Theresa May said today.

    Mrs May said she did not want to make savings for the sake of it, but ”extraordinary circumstances” mean the Government must reform terms and conditions to keep officers on the streets.

    Her speech comes ahead of an independent review of police pay and conditions by former rail regulator Tom Winsor, which will be published on Tuesday.

    Mrs May called for all forces to follow the example of the Metropolitan Police in getting officers to patrol alone rather than in pairs.

    “By getting more officers to patrol alone – rather than in pairs – and by better matching resources to demand in neighbourhood policing, they are increasing officer availability to the public by 25 per cent,” she said.

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    Dec 14

    Water cannons, because the cavalry attack failed…

    UK: Mounted Police Charge Fees Protesters (Video), Police Investigate Truncheon Attack

    … and the people won’t give in:

    15 Year-Old Tells Establishment to Stick-it


    Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has opened the way for water cannon to be used on the British mainland for the first time if future demonstrations escalate into uncontrollable violence.


    Police used water cannons on the rioters Photo: AP

    Ministers will not stand in the way if senior officers wanted to use it, she said.

    And in the wake of last week’s shocking scenes in central London’s West End Mrs May warned that future demonstrations needed to be policed “robustly.”

    The sight of an out-of-control mob vandalising parts of Westminster has led to accusations that the Conservatives are weak on law-and-order.

    In the UK water cannon has only been deployed in Northern Ireland, at various points throughout the Troubles, and its use has been resisted until now by senior police officers elsewhere in Britain. However, it is widely used as a crowd control tactic abroad.

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    Nov 02

    “The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaeda. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US.”
    – Robin Cook, Former British Foreign Secretary

    Al Qaeda Doesn’t Exist or How The US Created Al Qaeda (Documentary)


    Counter-terrorism officials admit blind spot in international aviation security over devices smuggled onto cargo planes


    Theresa May during a speech at the Conservative conference Home secretary Theresa May has announced a review of air cargo security. Photograph: Nils Jorgensen / Rex Features

    Senior counter-terrorism officials warned that al-Qaida has exposed a blind spot in international aviation security by successfully smuggling bombs onto commercial cargo planes bound for the US.

    One official told the Guardian that the bomb inside a computer printer discovered at East Midlands airport on Friday, en route from Yemen to Chicago, was “one of the most sophisticated we’ve seen … The naked eye won’t pick it up, experienced bomb officers did not see it, x-ray screening is highly unlikely to catch it.”

    Saudi Arabian intelligence was tipped off by an informant leading to the discovery of the devices at East Midlands airport and Dubai airport. A special team of officers from MI5, MI6, and GCHQ, which works closely with the Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism branch, was activated as soon as the Saudi Arabian authorities tipped off US and UK intelligence agencies.

    The home secretary, Theresa May, said the devices could have exploded over the UK or the US as it emerged that the bomb found in the UK was first missed by investigators and was only picked up during a second check.

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    Oct 29

    Out of more than 100,000 people stopped and searched by police using controversial anti-terror powers not one single arrest was made for terrorism-related offences, new figures show.


    Of all the stops and searches, four out of five of these were made in the Metropolitan Police area, with almost a fifth being made by British Transport Police Photo: GETTY IMAGES

    A total of 101,248 stops and searches were made under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in 2009/10, but only one in every 200 led to an arrest and none of these were terror-related, the figures released by the Home Office showed.

    Theresa May, the Home Secretary, ordered a review of the controversial stop and search powers earlier this year, saying she wanted to correct ”mistakes” made by the Labour government which, she said, was allowed to ”ride roughshod” over civil liberties.

    The powers allow officers to stop anyone in a specified area without the need for reasonable suspicion.

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    Oct 21

    Every email, phone call and website visit is to be recorded and stored after the Coalition Government revived controversial Big Brother snooping plans.


    The plans are expected to involve service providers storing all users details for a set period of time Photo: GETTY IMAGES

    It will allow security services and the police to spy on the activities of every Briton who uses a phone or the internet.

    Moves to make every communications provider store details for at least a year will be unveiled later this year sparking fresh fears over a return of the surveillance state.

    The plans were shelved by the Labour Government last December but the Home Office is now ready to revive them.

    It comes despite the Coalition Agreement promised to “end the storage of internet and email records without good reason”.

    Any suggestion of a central “super database” has been ruled out but the plans are expected to involve service providers storing all users details for a set period of time.

    That will allow the security and police authorities to track every phone call, email, text message and website visit made by the public if they argue it is needed to tackle crime or terrorism.

    The information will include who is contacting whom, when and where and which websites are visited, but not the content of the conversations or messages.

    The move was buried in the Government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review, which revealed: “We will introduce a programme to preserve the ability of the security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies to obtain communication data and to intercept communications within the appropriate legal framework.

    “This programme is required to keep up with changing technology and to maintain capabilities that are vital to the work these agencies do to protect the public.

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    Apr 20

    A new type of speed cameras which can use satellites to measure average speed over long distances are being tested in Britain.

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    Satellites could track motorists from space if trials prove successful Photo: AFP

    The cameras, which combine number plate reading technology with a global positioning satellite receiver, are similar to those used in roadworks.

    The AA said it believed the new system could cover a network of streets as opposed to a straight line, and was “probably geared up to zones in residential areas.”

    The Home Office is testing the cameras at two sites, one in Southwark, London, and the other A374 between Antony and Torpoint in Cornwall.

    The ‘SpeedSpike’ system, which calculates average speed between any two points in the network, has been developed by PIPS Technology Ltd, an American-owned company with a base in Hampshire. Continue reading »

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    Mar 30

    … and and all other EU citizens.


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    Europol: Millions of Britons face being snooped on by a new European agency

    MILLIONS of Britons face being snooped on by 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.

    Paul Nuttall, chairman of the UK Independence Party, said: “I am horrified. We thought Gordon Brown’s Big Brother state was bad enough but at least we are going to kick him out in May. These guys we cannot sack until we leave the EU.”

    James Welch, legal director of campaign group Liberty, said: “We have huge concerns that Europol appears to have been given powers to hold very sensitive information and to investigate matters that aren’t even crimes in this country. Any extension of police powers at any level needs to be properly debated and scrutinised.”

    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. Continue reading »

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    Feb 11

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    Police forces all over the UK will soon be able to draw on unmanned aircraft from a national fleet, according to Home Office plans. Last month it was revealed that modified military aircraft drones will carry out surveillance on everyone from protesters and antisocial motorists to fly-tippers, and will be in place in time for the 2012 Olympics.

    Surveillance is only the start, however. Military drones quickly moved from reconnaissance to strike, and if the British police follow suit, their drones could be armed — but with non-lethal weapons rather than Hellfire missiles.

    The flying robot fleet will range from miniature tactical craft such as the miniature AirRobot being tested by Essex police, to BAE System’s new HERTI drone as flown in Afghanistan. The drones are cheaper than police helicopters — some of which will be retired — and are as wide as 12m in the case of HERTI.

    Watching events on the ground without being able to act is frustrating. Targets often got away before an unarmed drone could summon assistance. In fact, in 2000 it was reported that an airborne drone spotted Osama bin Laden but could do nothing but watch him escape. So the RAF has been carrying out missions in Afghanistan with missile-armed Reapers since 2007. From the ground these just look like regular aircraft.

    The police have already had a similar experience with CCTV. As well as observing, some of these are now equipped with speakers. Pioneered in Middleborough, the talking CCTV allows an operator to tell off anyone engaging in vandalism, graffiti or littering.

    Unmanned aircraft can also be fitted with speakers, such as the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), which could not only warn fly tippers that they were breaking the law but also be loud enough to drive them away.

    The LRAD is a highly directional speaker made of a flat array of piezoelectric transducers, producing intense beam of sound in a 30-degree cone. It can be used as a loudhailer, or deafen the target with a jarring, discordant noise. Some ships now carry LRAD as an anti-pirate measure: It was used to drive off an attack on the Seabourn Spirit off Somalia in 2005.

    LRAD makers American Technology prefer to call its product a device rather than a weapon, and use terms such as “deterrent tones” and “influencing behaviour.” Police in the US have already adopted a vehicle-mounted LRAD for crowd control, breaking up protests at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh last year, although there have been warnings about the risk of hearing damage.

    The LRAD has been tested on the Austrian S-100 unmanned helicopter, and the technology is ready if there is a police requirement.

    But rather than just driving them away, a police drone should be able to stop fleeing criminals in their tracks. Helicopters already mount powerful searchlights, and strobe lighting capabilities can turn such systems into effective nonlethal weapons. High-intensity strobes can cause dizziness, disorientation and loss of balance making it virtually impossible to run away.

    This effect was first harnessed in the “Photic Driver” made by British company Allen International in 1973. However, it has taken improvement in lighting technology (such as fast-switching Xenon lights) and an understanding of the physiology involved to make such weapons practical.

    A “light based personnel immobilisation device” developed by Peak Beam Systems Inc has been successfully tested by the US military, and work to mount it on an unmanned helicopter in the States is under way.

    This sort of light would be too dangerous for a manned aircraft because of the crew being affected. But an unmanned “strober” could be a literal crime stopper, and something we could see deployed within the next couple of years.

    Even the smallest drones could be used for tactical police operations. As far back as 1972 the Home Office looked at model aircraft as an alternative to rubber bullets, literally flying them into rioters to knock them off their feet.

    French company Tecknisolar Seni has demonstrated a portable drone armed with a double-barrelled 44mm Flash-Ball gun. Used by French special police units, the one-kilo Flash-Ball resembles a large calibre handgun and fires non-lethal rounds, including tear gas and rubber impact rounds to bring down a suspect without permanent damage — “the same effect as the punch of a champion boxer,” claim makers Verney-Carron.

    However, last year there were questions over the use of Flash-Ball rounds by French police. Like other impact rounds, the Flash-Ball is meant to be aimed at the body — firing from a remote, flying platform is likely to increase the risk of head injury.

    Another option is the taser. Taser stun guns are now so light (about 150 grams) that they could be mounted on the smaller drones. Antoine di Zazzo, head of SMP Technologies, which distributes tasers in France, says the company is fitting one to a small quad-rotor iDrone (another quad-rotor toy helicopter), which some have called a “flying saucer”. Continue reading »

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    Jan 24

    Not just in the UK: Police State: DRONES used to spy on AMERICANS!


    Arms manufacturer BAE Systems developing national strategy with consortium of government agencies

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    Drones could be used for civilian surveillance in the UK as early as 2012. Source: BAE

    Police in the UK are planning to use unmanned spy drones, controversially deployed in Afghanistan, for the ­”routine” monitoring of antisocial motorists, ­protesters, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers, in a significant expansion of covert state surveillance.

    The arms manufacturer BAE Systems, which produces a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for war zones, is adapting the military-style planes for a consortium of government agencies led by Kent police.

    Documents from the South Coast Partnership, a Home Office-backed project in which Kent police and others are developing a national drone plan with BAE, have been obtained by the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading »

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    Dec 11

    Don’t you love how the government spends taxpayers’ money?!!!

    In case the police has found a indoctrinated child, will they send the parents and the children to advanced interrogations?

    That sounds like the perfect place to get the job done:

    Former UK ambassador: CIA sent people to Uzbekistan for extreme torture, to be ‘raped with broken bottles,’ ‘boiled alive’ and ‘having their children tortured in front of them’

    The inmates have taken over the asylum.


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    Farisa Jihad, then a year old, outside the Danish Embassy in 2006, where her parents attended a protest

    Nursery-age children should be monitored for signs of brainwashing by Islamist extremists, according to a leaked police memo obtained by The Times.

    In an e-mail to community groups, an officer in the West Midlands counter-terrorism unit wrote: “I do hope that you will tell me about persons, of whatever age, you think may have been radicalised or be vulnerable to radicalisation … Evidence suggests that radicalisation can take place from the age of 4.”

    The police unit confirmed that counter-terrorist officers specially trained in identifying children and young people vulnerable to radicalisation had visited nursery schools.

    The policy was condemned last night. Chris Grayling, the Shadow Home Secretary, said that it ran the risk of “alienating even more people”. Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said that it was an “absurd waste of police time”.

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    Nov 11

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    Time to wake up!


    Every phone call, text message, email and website visit made by private citizens is to be stored for a year and will be available for monitoring by government bodies.

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    All telecoms companies and internet service providers will be required by law to keep a record of every customer’s personal communications, showing who they have contacted, when and where, as well as the websites they have visited.

    Despite widespread opposition to the increasing amount of surveillance in Britain, 653 public bodies will be given access to the information, including police, local councils, the Financial Services Authority, the ambulance service, fire authorities and even prison governors.

    They will not require the permission of a judge or a magistrate to obtain the information, but simply the authorisation of a senior police officer or the equivalent of a deputy head of department at a local authority.

    Ministers had originally wanted to store the information on a single government-run database, but chose not to because of privacy concerns.

    However the Government announced yesterday it was pressing ahead with privately held “Big Brother” databases that opposition leaders said amounted to “state-spying” and a form of “covert surveillance” on the public.

    It is doing so despite its own consultation showing that it has little public support.

    The Home Office admitted that only one third of respondents to its six-month consultation on the issue supported its proposals, with 50 per cent fearing that the scheme lacked sufficient safeguards to protect the highly personal data from abuse.

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    Oct 26

    Lawful protest is now ‘domestic extremism’. (Activism is ‘extremism’.)

    How police rebranded lawful protest as ‘domestic extremism’ (Guardian)


    Thousands of activists monitored on network of overlapping databases

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    Detailed information about the political activities of campaigners is being stored on IT systems. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA

    Police are gathering the personal details of thousands of activists who attend political meetings and protests, and storing their data on a network of nationwide intelligence databases.

    The hidden apparatus has been constructed to monitor “domestic extremists”, the Guardian can reveal in the first of a three-day series into the policing of protests. Detailed information about the political activities of campaigners is being stored on a number of overlapping IT systems, even if they have not committed a crime.

    Senior officers say domestic extremism, a term coined by police that has no legal basis, can include activists suspected of minor public order offences such as peaceful direct action and civil disobedience.

    Three national police units responsible for combating domestic extremism are run by the “terrorism and allied matters” committee of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo). In total, it receives £9m in public funding, from police forces and the Home Office, and employs a staff of 100.

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    Sep 02
    • Policy questions after figures say 470 minors detained
    • Post-traumatic stress common in those released

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    Yarl’s Wood: strongly criticised by the children’s commissioner for England. Photograph: Dan Chung

    Ministers were facing accusations today that hundreds of children are being held unnecessarily in immigration detention centres as official figures revealed, for the first time, that 470 minors were being detained with their families.

    The figures, made public following pressure from children’s rights groups and MPs, showed most were under five.

    Many were from troubled countries such as Zimbabwe, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Democratic Republic of Congo.

    The UK has one of the worst records in Europe for detaining children, but accurate figures on how many are held, or for how long, have remained elusive.

    While the Home Office has not divulged the length of detention, it provided a “snapshot” picture of those held on a single day: 30 June 2009.

    This shows that almost a third of children were held for longer than 28 days, which means that in each case an immigration minister had to sign an authorisation for their continued detention.

    The figures also show that out of 225 children released from detention in the second quarter this year, only 100 were removed from the UK.

    Yesterday, MPs and children’s rights groups called for an end to the “national scandal” that has allowed children to be locked up unnecessarily.

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    Aug 10

    Britain has “sleepwalked into a surveillance society”, it was claimed last night after figures disclosed that public bodies had obtained access to private telephone and e-mail records about 1,400 times a day.

    Council, police and other organisations made more than half a million requests for confidential communications data last year.

    The statistics constitute a 44 per cent rise in requests over the past two years.

    The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, which was created to help the authorities to fight the threat of terrorism, gives organisations such as local councils, the police and intelligence agencies the power to request access to confidential communications data, including lists of telephone numbers dialled and e-mail addresses to which messages have been sent.

    The Act does not allow authorities to have access to the content of the messages or calls.

    Councils have been accused of using the powers for matters, such as spying on people littering and dog fouling.

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    Aug 09

    Chief constables across England and Wales have been told to ignore a landmark ruling by the European court of human rights and carry on adding the DNA profiles of tens of thousands of innocent people to a national DNA database.

    Senior police officers have also been “strongly advised” that it is “vitally important” that they resist individual requests based on the Strasbourg ruling to remove DNA profiles from the national database in cases such as wrongful arrest, mistaken identity, or where no crime has been committed.

    European human rights judges ruled last December in the S and Marper case that the blanket and indiscriminate retention of the DNA profiles and fingerprints of 850,000 people arrested but never convicted of any offence amounts to an unlawful breach of their rights.

    Britain already has the largest police national DNA database in the world, with 5.8m profiles, including one in three of all young black males. Thousands more are being added each week.

    So far the Home Office has responded to the judgment by proposing a controversial package to keep DNA profiles of the innocent, depending on the seriousness of the offence. The official consultation period ended today. for six to 12 years

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