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23 07 2010
In an outrageous and all too predictable decision, the DPP refuses to charge Police with death of Ian TomlinsonPosted by: Jonathan Adams in Activism Events, Announcements, Banking and the Money Scam, Big Brother, European Union & the New World Order, Illuminati Criminals, Inhumanity, Immorality & Crime, Political Absurdity, Political Manipulation, Survival, War And Terror
In an appalling yet sadly not unexpected decision, Keir Starmer the Director for Public Prosecutions, announced yesterday that no one would face charges over the death of Ian Tomlinson.
Tomlinson, a newspaper vendor, was on his way home on 1st April last year, when he fell foul of what can only be called a gang of police, ostensibly there to ’serve and protect’ the public during the G20 protests, and all too eager to mete out agression to any who crossed their path.
Anonymous for a very long time, PC Simon Harwood was caught on video striking Tomlinson and causing him to fall to the ground. Mr Tomlinson died later.
Harwood, in keeping it seems, with many police that day, had elected not to wear identifying insignia. This in itself made revealing him a very difficult task, and one cant help but wonder whether this wasn’t a large part of the motive for so doing.
He and his cohorts apparently steadfastly said nothing despite whatever limp attempts were going on within the police service to discover the culprit, and even after the video footage had come to light Harwood waited a further three days before coming forward to superiors.
The issue here is not merely one of the unnecessary death of a simple working man, although god knows that’s bad enough. It cuts to the core of our drift into a fascist police state, where despite video evidence and multiple witnesses, this officer it seems will not now even face a trial.
What message does this send to the rest of us? That we can forget about any kind of justice wherever misdeeds by the police are concerned. And perhaps more worryingly, what kind of message does it send to the police? Who will now surely look this as even greater Carte Blanche to dispense their own justice as the whim takes them, without a care that they will ever have to answer for their actions.
Clarity of the issue of the insignia and indeed the standing orders of the officer/s commanding that day are paramount. Who ordered that officers should attend without shoulder flash ID? Who ordered the Kettling? Who was in command?
The only chance we have of getting any of these vitally poignant questions answered is in court, under oath and cross-examination.
Accordingly then we MUST press hard for a volte face from the egregious Mr Starmer and DEMAND that PC Harwood stands trial for Mr Tomlinson’s death. Because otherwise, along with Tomlinson’s demise may well be the death of justice in this country and the birth of the Police State proper.
Justice for Ian Tomlinson: Petition
To: The Director of Public Prosecutions
On the 1st April 2009 London played host to the G20 summit of the world’s most powerful nations. Regardless of whether or not you support the notion of Globalism, the right to peaceful protest should be entrenched in a lawful, peaceful and fair society, and until recently we had thought this was so in our British Isles.
The demonstrations against the G20 brought together people from all walks of life who simply wanted to show their opposition to the trend towards profit at any costs, riches for the few at the expense of the many. During most of the day those protests were good natured and friendly.
Ian Tomlinson was not part of the demonstration in any way, and was simply making his way home through the area. He was assaulted by a police officer who, in the following days refused to come forward and admit his part, until video evidence emerged giving the lie to his silent denial of involvement. Despite this it was a further three days before the officer finally made himself known to superiors.
Following his death there have been no less than three separate post mortems. The First, carried out by Home Office Pathologist Dr Freddie Patel, can be said to be unreliable even if only because of concerns that Mr Patel had blemished his own reputation: Following Mr Tomlinson’s death Mr Patel was removed from the Home Office register of accredited forensic pathologists pending an inquiry, amid concern into whether he has breached regulations.
The second post mortem, carried out soon after the first at the behest of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, concluded that Mr Tomlinson died of internal bleeding, a verdict in keeping with the claim that his death was as a direct consequence of the assault on him.
Today, 22nd July 2010, Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions has announced that no police officer will face any charges in connection with the Death of Ian Tomlinson, as he feels there is, �…no realistic prospect of a conviction.�
Well Mr Starmer that is unacceptable.
Please sign the petition here Justice For Ian Tomlinson Petition and help spread the word far and wide.
01 06 2010
Today another 19 people lie dead, murdered by an outrageous military massacre on neutral vessels of an humanitarian flotilla in international waters; yet more unarmed innocent victims of yet more Israeli aggression.
These brave people had joined others from no less than 50 countries to try to bring aid to the beleaguered people of Palestine in Gaza, under siege by Israel since 2006.
The subservient whore media continue to do their best to appease their zionist masters by trying to justify the crimes, and like as not, our governments will do little but bleat about Israel’s right to defend itself, themselves doubtless held hostage to unseen zionist pressure.
And so it falls to us to take a moral stand where they will not.
But just as important is the cultural boycott.
This is too big an issue now to worry about offending the sensibilities of those who either don’t know or don’t care what the situation is. You may very well be pleasantly surprised by the response you get.
It is reported this week that Israel has sent submarines to the waters off Iran.
Write to your MP/MEP/Congressman/elected representative.
Write to the UN demanding action
And don’t let the media off the hook either. Even if there is little chance of them miraculously making a return to proper journalism, you may reach one or two humans who may yet be saved, especially regionally.
ITN have no “Duty Officer”, no-one will take a call & will not give out an email address for complaints. Even so, record your feelings about their biased reporting of the Israeli thugs killing unarmed civilians here 020 7833 3000.
Spontaneous protests have sprung up outside BBC offices all over the UK: http://pulsemedia.org/
You can add to the complaints by phoning the BBC and demanding more impartial reporting: 0370-010-0222 (then choose ‘Option 1′ and then ‘Option 3′)
And tell the Israelis exactly what you think of them:
Speak your truth. Walk your talk.
02 02 2010
‘A secret plan to foster an internal coup against Saddam Hussein was drawn up by the Government two years before the invasion of Iraq, The Independent can reveal.
Whitehall officials drafted the “contract with the Iraqi people” as a way of signalling to dissenters in Iraq that an overthrow of Saddam would be supported by Britain. It promised aid, oil contracts, debt cancellations and trade deals once the dictator had been removed. Tony Blair’s team saw it as a way of creating regime change in Iraq even before the 9/11 attack on New York.
During his evidence to the inquiry last week, Mr Blair said it was only after 9/11 that serious attention was given to removing Saddam as the attack changed the “calculus of risk”. However, another classified document released by the Iraq inquiry on Friday night showed that No 10 explicitly saw the Contract with the Iraqi People as an early tool to remove the former Iraqi dictator. A memo issued in March 2001 by Sir John Sawers, then Mr Blair’s foreign policy adviser, cited the document under the heading “regime change”.’
28 01 2010
28 12 2009
14 12 2009
Key parts of Tony Blair’s evidence to the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War will be held in secret, sources close to the hearings revealed last night.
His conversations with President George Bush when he was prime minister, and crucial details of the decision-making process that led Britain into war, will fall under the scope of national security and the protection of Britain’s relations with the US.
But there are also suggestions by well-placed sources that anything “interesting” will also be shrouded in secrecy, leaving his public appearance containing little more than is already known.
14 12 2009
Considering Israel’s crimes against humanity in general and Palestinians in particular, one would expect Britain to send an impartial ambassador to the Jewish state. Judaeo-centric by admission and Zionist by education, Gould is certainly not the man for the job. As Gould himself admits, “the fact that I’m Jewish means I will come with a particular insight and sympathy and understanding, because the story of my family is in certain respects the story of the people of the State of Israel”.
14 12 2009
I tried to contact Mark Higson the other day only to learn he had died nine years ago. He was just 40, an honourable man. We met soon after he had resigned from the Foreign Office in 1991 and I asked him if the government knew that Hawk fighter-bombers sold to Indonesia were being used against civilians in East Timor.
“Everyone knows,” he said, “except parliament and the public.”
“And the media?”
“The media – the big names – have been invited to King Charles Street (the Foreign Office) and flattered and briefed with lies. They are no trouble.”
As Iraq desk officer at the Foreign Office, he had drafted letters for ministers reassuring MPs and the public that the British Government was not arming Saddam Hussein. “This was a downright lie”, he said. “I couldn’t bear it”.
Giving evidence before the arms-to-Iraq enquiry, Higson was the only British official commended by Lord Justice Scott for telling the truth. The price he paid was the loss of his health and marriage and constant surveillance by spooks. He ended up living on benefits in a Birmingham bedsitter where he suffered a seizure, struck his head and died alone. Whistleblowers are often heroes; he was one.
He came to mind when I saw a picture in the paper of another Foreign Office official, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, who was Tony Blair’s ambassador to the United Nations in the build-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. More than anyone, it was Sir Jeremy who tried every trick to find a UN cover for the bloodbath to come. Indeed, this was his boast to the Chilcot enquiry on 27 November, where he described the invasion as “legal but of questionable legitimacy”. How clever. In the picture he wore a smirk.
Under international law, “questionable legitimacy” does not exist. An attack on a sovereign state is a crime. This was made clear by Britain’s chief law officer, Attorney General Peter Goldsmith, before his arm was twisted, and by the Foreign Office’s own legal advisers and subsequently by the secretary-general of the United Nations. The invasion is the crime of the 21st century. During 17 years of assault on a defenceless civilian population, veiled with weasel monikers like “sanctions” and “no fly zones” and “building democracy”, more people have died in Iraq than during the peak years of the slave trade. Set that against Sir Jeremy’s skin-saving revisionism about American “noises” that were “decidedly unhelpful to what I was trying to do [at the UN] in New York”. Moreover, “I myself warned the Foreign Office… that I might have to consider my own position…”.
It wasn’t me, guv.
The purpose of the Chilcot inquiry is to normalise an epic crime by providing enough of a theatre of guilt to satisfy the media so that the only issue that matters, that of prosecution, is never raised. When he appears in January, Blair will play this part to odious perfection, dutifully absorbing the hisses and boos. All “inquiries” into state crimes are neutered in this way. In 1996, Lord Justice Scott’s arms-to-Iraq report obfuscated the crimes his investigations and voluminous evidence had revealed.
At that time, I interviewed Tim Laxton, who had attended every day of the inquiry as auditor of companies taken over by MI6 and other secret agencies as vehicles for the illegal arms trade with Saddam Hussein. Had there been a full and open criminal investigation, Laxton told me, “hundreds” would have faced prosecution. “They would include,” he said, “top political figures, very senior civil servants from right throughout Whitehall … the top echelon of government.”
That is why Chilcot is advised by the likes of Sir Martin Gilbert, who compared Blair with Churchill and Roosevelt. That is why the inquiry will not demand the release of documents that would illuminate the role of the entire Blair gang, notably Blair’s 2003 cabinet, long silent. Who remembers the threat of the thuggish Geoff Hoon, Blair’s “defence secretary”, to use nuclear weapons against Iraq?
In February, Jack Straw, one of Blair’s principal accomplices, the man who let the mass murderer General Pinochet escape justice and the current “justice secretary”, overruled the Information Commissioner who had ordered the government to publish Cabinet minutes during the period Lord Goldsmith was pressured into changing his judgement that the invasion was illegal. How they fear exposure, and worse.
The media has granted itself immunity. On 27 November, Scott Ritter, the former UN chief weapons inspector, wrote that the invasion “was made far easier given the role of useful idiot played by much of the mainstream media in the US and Britain.” More than four years before the invasion, Ritter, in interviews with myself and others, left not a shred of doubt that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction had been disabled, yet he was made a non-person. In 2002, when the Bush/Blair lies were in full echo across the media, the Guardian and Observer mentioned Iraq in more than 3,000 articles, of which 49 referred to Ritter and his truth that could have saved thousands of lives.
What has changed? On 30 November, the Independent published a pristine piece of propaganda from its embedded man in Afghanistan. “Troops fear defeat at home,” said the headline. Britain, said the report, “is at serious risk of losing its way in Afghanistan because rising defeatism at home is demoralising the troops on the front line, military commanders have warned.” In fact, public disgust with the disaster in Afghanistan is mirrored among many serving troops and their families; and this frightens the warmongers. So “defeatism” and “demoralising the troops” are added to the weasel lexicon.
Good try. Unfortunately, like Iraq, Afghanistan is a crime. Period.
29 11 2009
“My colleagues and I come to this inquiry with an open mind.”
That is demonstrably untrue. Three of the five members - Rod Lyne, Martin Gilbert and Lawrence Freedman - are prominent proponents of the Iraq war. By contrast, nobody on the committee was in public against the invasion of Iraq. How can it be fine to pack the committee with supporters of the invasion, when anyone against the invasion was excluded?’
18 11 2009
Italy is to push for the creation of a European Army after the “new Europe” takes shape at this week’s crucial EU summit following the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty.
Franco Frattini, the Italian Foreign Minister, said that the Lisbon Treaty had established “that if some countries want to enter into reinforced co-operation between themselves they can do so”. This was already the case with the euro and the Schengen accords on frontier-free travel, and could now be applied to “common European defence”.
In an interview with The Times at his office in the monumental marble-halled Foreign Ministry on the banks of the Tiber, Mr Frattini said: “We have finally concluded a never-ending story”. The Lisbon Treaty, which comes into force in December, will be sealed on Thursday with an EU summit to choose an EU President and Foreign Minister.
He warned that “if we do not find a common foreign policy, there is the risk that Europe will become irrelevant. We will be bypassed by the G2 of America and China, which is to say the Pacific axis, and the Atlantic axis will be forgotten. We need political will and commitment, otherwise the people of Europe will be disillusioned and disappointed. People expect a great deal of us. After Lisbon we have no more alibis”.
18 11 2009
The world is becoming unsafer by the day. Before the end of November, half a billion new terrorists will be added to the list kept by the US government.
On November 30, one day before the Lisbon Treaty is scheduled to take effect, the ministers of justice of the EU’s 27 member states will sign yet another security agreement with the US. It is supposed to be an essential weapon in the global “War on Terror” the US claims to be fighting.
Under the new agreement, the US government will get access to all the banking data of all Europeans. This means that from December 2009, every single financial transaction done by every single European banking customer will come under the scrutiny of the US authorities. Henceforth, whenever the US government suspects a European “citizen” of supporting terrorism, it can request all his or her banking data, including all bank statements as well as any and all personal data connected with the account.
No doubt, many people will fail to see much harm in this, because “they have nothing to hide.” But such an attitude is based on the assumption the US is governed by benign, rational individuals, controlled by an elaborate system of checks and balances.
In fact, this is obviously not the case. If any conclusion can be drawn from recent history, it is that the US government does not act benignly, neither towards it own citizens nor to those of other nations. Especially not toward those of other nations, one should say. US policies are vindictive, vicious, ruthless, deceitful, destructive and murderous. Since the end of World War II, the number of people killed worldwide by the US government, directly or indirectly, runs in the millions. It is safe to say the US government finds itself in the same league as the Nazis and the Stalinists. And don’t let anybody retort that the millions of victims of US violence have died to make the word safe for democracy, or that their deaths were somehow necessary or inevitable or some such nonsense.
Today, under the very eyes of an indifferent world, hundreds of innocent Afghans, Pakistanis and Iraqis are being slaughtered every day by US bullets, bombs and missiles, just like during the 1960s and 70s every day hundreds were being killed directly or indirectly by US violence in Indochina and Latin America.
Within a few weeks, US authorities will gain full access to some of the most private data of all inhabitants of the European Union and this should be cause for alarm. After all, from a moral point of view the EU leadership (and of the 27 member states) is just as evil and corrupt as the US government.
With the list of organizations that the US whimsically qualifies as terrorist constantly growing, the likelihood of a European “citizen” making a donation to such a group likewise increases. By the same token, the list of individuals the US has been putting on terrorist lists already runs in the millions. In fact, by employing the usual mix of lies, cajoling, blackmail and bullying in order to impose its paranoid rules on air traffic worldwide, the US government has already turned every airline passenger into a terrorist suspect.
Anybody who believes this is normal or acceptable should do some serious soul searching.
Heaven knows how the US has managed to persuade the Europeans to go along and sign the newest agreement. It is a mystery why the Europeans should have lent a willing ear at all to the US fairy tales about terrorism, because it means they will be sacrificing their sovereignty, or rather, what remains of it.
The only explanations one could possibly offer is that European politicians have no idea who they are dealing with, and are weak kneed. Or they are being blackmailed. There is no other logical explanation why European nations, some of them proud states with a long history of fiercely defending their sovereignty, would sign away their sovereign rights and hand them to a rogue state like the US.
Given that under previous agreements, European governments have already approved extraditing their own citizens to the US and given that all European governments collaborate with the secret CIA rendition flights taking kidnapped individuals to US-controlled or operated torture centers all over the world, all Europeans will soon be fair game.
The true purpose of the entire “War on Terror” can only be to terrorize peaceful, law-abiding citizens and to browbeat them in order to impose harmful legislation. For thousands of years governments have had to face underground opposition, some of it well-organized and with a propensity to violence. The best way to counter such a threat is to go about it in utter secrecy. Mind you, secret services are supposed to do their work in secret, so that no one will notice. Indeed that is what they have been doing throughout history in most of the world, especially in democratic countries. However, the US and its acolytes have been bombarding the world on a daily basis with alarmist fairy tales for almost a decade now. According to all official US reports, the increase of terrorism outpaces any efforts to combat it. However, despite having the biggest military and security budgets in history, with unlimited technological resources at its disposal and a staggering panoply of legal controls on every single activity by every single citizen, the US still claims to be losing the struggle.
This is clearly a lie. Because, whenever nations are losing a war, they will publicly deny this in the most emphatic manner. Conversely, when nations are claiming for years on end that they are losing, it has got to be be a lie. Therefore it can be safely said the “War on Terror” is a hoax.
The danger of the new agreement between the US and the EU is that nobody will know if what he or she is doing may land him in a US jail or in some distant torture center. Suppose you sympathize with a European group giving aid to the civilian victims of NATO bombing campaigns in Afghanistan. You buy a T-shirt for 20 Euros and you forget about it. Then the US government puts the group (whose T-shirt you are wearing) on the list of terror organizations and requests its banking details. As soon as the US government gets these, it has the names of everyone who has ever made donations to the group. Then your name appears and together with all the other names coming up, it is put on the terror suspect list. In the eyes of the US government, you have become a supporter of terrorism and an enemy of the (US) state. Now, nothing stands in the way of your being extradited to the US by your own (European) government. If you are lucky, that is. If not, you may end up in the worldwide US Gulag. You may get kidnapped and put on a rendition flight to a dungeon in Uzbekistan or some other hell hole, where you will be tortured in the most horrible way. Neither your government nor the European Commission will lift a finger to prevent this.
You can be sure this sort of thing is going to happen. Not systematically, but it will inevitably. Soon, rumors will start circulating, and fear will come to dominate the everyday lives of all EU citizens.
However there may be a lighter side to it all. Since your government no longer protects your life and liberty, but on the contrary has betrayed you and given the US (with its abysmal human rights record) the right to prosecute you on trumped up and false charges, you are no longer bound by any obligations to your government. It could mean, for instance, you now have sound legal grounds to stop paying taxes.
You have in fact been turned into a terrorist and an outlaw and you may thank the EU Commission and your national government for that. However, it may be a consolation to realize you are not alone. All the other 500 million inhabitants of the EU have become terrorists just like you.
18 11 2009
16 11 2009
H1N1 or so called Swine Flu is not that serious, having significantly less impact than ordinary seasonal flu.
The vaccine however is an entirely different matter.
Those responsible for its’ manufacture have connections to governments across the industrial world who have granted them immunity from prosecution for all adverse reactions, including death.
The criteria defining a Level 6 Pandemic was revised in 2003 significantly lowering the benchmark.
Under the new definiton EVERY year since 1918 would have been a Level 6 Pandemic.
If you are someone coming to this for the first time DO NOT get your swine flu jab until you have done extensive research OUTSIDE the main stream media.
If you are or know someone who is a member of the police or security services, find out the facts fast
And if you are one of those criminals responsible for this assault, be warned.
“All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
It seems likely this is an engineered pandemic deisigned to reap huge profits for the drug companies
The film shows that there are a great many awake and aware people who are not going to take this lying down.
Even if you are someone who beleives in vaccines generally, this one is very different. It has been
Reported numbers are that over half of all doctors and more than a third of nurses in the UK have said they will not be having it. Given that these figures are reported in the same main stream media which has thus far failed to report the criminal charges brought against vaccine maker, Baxter Inernational for distributing LIVE bird flu within Swine Flu “vaccine”, or the unfolding Pneumonic Plague’ disaster in Ukraine, its safe to assume these numbers are artificially low.
The level 6 pandemic declared by the World Health Organisation in June 2009 triggered clauses within UN treaties signed by ALL nations, to cede control to the WHO/UN in such an event.
21 10 2009
21 10 2009
‘The British army has been relocating Taliban insurgents from southern Afghanistan to the north by providing transportation means, diplomats say. The diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said insurgents are being airlifted from the southern province of Helmand to the north amid increasing violence in the northern parts of the country. The aircraft used for the transfer have been identified as British Chinook helicopters.’
12 09 2009
21 06 2009
03 05 2009
Little by little, the Illuminati bankers are dropping their mask and revealing the evil agenda behind current events. What is called “progressive” and “liberal” is in fact satanic. What is called “revolution” is aimed at overthrowing God –the natural and spiritual (moral) order– and replacing Him with dictates of devil worshipers, the Rothschilds and their lackeys.
When we read about “Hate Laws” that protect pedophiles, sex education for five-year-olds, the promotion of homosexuality to heterosexuals, we must see them in spiritual context, as the Luciferian overthrow of all that is natural, healthy, true and good, turning the world upside down, i.e. “revolution.”
When we hear about pig flu, let’s keep our focus on the big picture. We are infected by a more serious and widespread cancer, satanism, under the guises of communism, liberalism, socialism, zionism, fascism, feminism and globalism. Luciferianism permeates society in the form of materialism, naturalism, occultism, obscenity, sadism, violence, pornography and promiscuity.
No coincidence that Obama asks that Christian symbolism be covered when he speaks. Can you imagine him making the same request at a Jewish or homosexual venue? Obama’s own symbolism is Illuminati, reminiscent of the Lucis (Lucifer)Trust. All our leaders covertly signal their true loyalty to Lucifer.
29 04 2009
22 04 2009
The strangest monument in America looms over a barren knoll in northeastern Georgia. Five massive slabs of polished granite rise out of the earth in a star pattern. The rocks are each 16 feet tall, with four of them weighing more than 20 tons apiece. Together they support a 25,000-pound capstone. Approaching the edifice, it’s hard not to think immediately of England’s Stonehenge or possibly the ominous monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Built in 1980, these pale gray rocks are quietly awaiting the end of the world as we know it.
Called the Georgia Guidestones, the monument is a mystery—nobody knows exactly who commissioned it or why. The only clues to its origin are on a nearby plaque on the ground—which gives the dimensions and explains a series of intricate notches and holes that correspond to the movements of the sun and stars—and the “guides” themselves, directives carved into the rocks. These instructions appear in eight languages ranging from English to Swahili and reflect a peculiar New Age ideology. Some are vaguely eugenic (guide reproduction wisely—improving fitness and diversity); others prescribe standard-issue hippie mysticism (prize truth—beauty—love—seeking harmony with the infinite).
What’s most widely agreed upon—based on the evidence available—is that the Guidestones are meant to instruct the dazed survivors of some impending apocalypse as they attempt to reconstitute civilization. Not everyone is comfortable with this notion. A few days before I visited, the stones had been splattered with polyurethane and spray-painted with graffiti, including slogans like “Death to the new world order.” This defacement was the first serious act of vandalism in the Guidestones’ history, but it was hardly the first objection to their existence. In fact, for more than three decades this uncanny structure in the heart of the Bible Belt has been generating responses that range from enchantment to horror. Supporters (notable among them Yoko Ono) have praised the messages as a stirring call to rational thinking, akin to Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason. Opponents have attacked them as the Ten Commandments of the Antichrist.
22 04 2009
Former presidential candidate Alan Keyes has given perhaps his most dire warning yet, saying that the Obama administration is preparing to stage terror attacks, declare martial law and cancel the 2012 elections, which is why they are demonizing their political enemies as criminals and terrorists.
Keyes is best known for his performance during the 2000 Republican presidential debates, when he was accredited by many media outlets as being the clear winner during a series of debates with George W. Bush and John McCain.
“It’s obvious that they will stop at nothing,” Keyes told attendees of a reception in Fort Wayne, adding, “We may wake up one day and there’s a series of terrorist attacks, the economy is paralysed….martial law will be declared everywhere in the United States and it won’t end until the crisis ends.”
22 04 2009
Nine men detained in a security operation intended to thwart what the Prime Minister said was “a very big terrorist plot” were released without charge last night.
The men, Pakistani citizens who were in Britain on student visas, were handed by police into the custody of immigration authorities and now face deportation on national security grounds. Aged between 22 and 38, they had been detained for 13 out of a possible 28 days but were released because there was no evidence connecting them to terrorist activity.
Two of the 12 men arrested during Operation Pathway on April 8 are still being questioned under anti-terrorism legislation. An 18-year-old student was transferred to the custody of the UK Border Agency after three days in detention.
22 04 2009
British arms were used by Israel during recent operations in Gaza, the foreign secretary has admitted.
The revelation is acutely embarrassing for David Miliband, who assured the Commons this was not the case during the fighting at the turn of the year.
During a Commons debate on January 12th this year, Mr Miliband told his Liberal Democrat counterpart: “…we have no evidence of any of the exports that he has pointed to being used in this operation.
“As for some of the allegations that are around - for example, in the Guardian on Friday, which the hon. gentleman did not repeat, but it might help the House if I make this point clear - there is no truth in the suggestion that those exports are used by the IDF [Israeli Defence Force] or are being used by the IDF in this operation.
“I assure him that the criteria that we use remain very strict, and they were recently examined in judicial review to confirm the way that they operate.”
Today, Mr Davey mocked the foreign secretary for his mistake.
29 03 2009
SCOTLAND YARD is to deploy officers armed with 50,000-volt Taser stun guns to deal with violent demonstrators planning to disrupt this week’s G20 summit in London.
The centrepiece of the security plan will be hundreds of officers from the Metropolitan police territorial support group, who are routinely armed with speedcuffs, extended batons and CS gas spray.
The Met confirmed yesterday that they will be supported by officers equipped with Tasers on stand-by should trouble break out.
“There will be an armed response vehicle element to this operation and [those officers] will be carrying Tasers,” said a spokeswoman.
The Met’s admission that Tasers could be used for the first time in the UK during riots came as protest groups claimed police had contacted them to warn that a day of protest in the City on Wednesday would be “very violent”.
All police leave has been cancelled and 10,500 officers, including reinforcements from other forces, will be deployed in the biggest policing operation undertaken in London.
‘Britain has offered its full backing for a renewed military offensive inside Pakistan, as UK ministers confirmed the country was now “part of a single campaign” alongside Afghanistan.
Defence secretary John Hutton said the UK supported targeting Pakistan-based Taliban and al-Qaida positions and urged Europe to begin offering assistance to eradicate insurgents in the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.
Confirming that Britain was being drawn into a widening regional conflict, Hutton said the time had come to target Taliban and al-Qaida havens inside Pakistan. In his most explicit statement of intent against Afghanistan’s troubled neighbour, Hutton said that the military objectives in the region must now have “an equal focus on both countries”.’
29 03 2009
Passengers on ferries to the Isle of Wight and Scottish islands such as Mull and Skye will soon have to carry identity papers to comply with new police anti-terror powers.
And travellers flying between British cities or to Northern Ireland face having their personal data logged when booking tickets and checking in.
Until now ferry passengers on most routes in Britain have not been required to produce ID and internal flight passengers only face random police checks.
But under new Government security rules that will come into force next year, personal data, including name, date of birth and home address, will be typed into a computer record for the police by the booking clerk or travel agent.
Passengers will also face further ID checks when boarding their flight or ferry.
Under the new powers, police will be able to track the movements of around 60million domestic passengers a year.
The controversial measures were due to be introduced two years ago, but were dropped after protests from Ulster politicians, who said the plan would construct ‘internal borders’ in the UK.
But last week the Government used the release of its anti-terrorism strategy to quietly reintroduce them. Buried on Page 113 of the 174-page ‘CONTEST’ document was the announcement of ‘new police powers to collect advanced passenger data on some domestic air and sea journeys’.
Last night a Home Office spokesman confirmed the measures would ‘require passengers to show photo ID, such as a driving licence or the (proposed) Government ID cards, when booking tickets for domestic air and sea journeys’.
24 03 2009
Israeli police have arrested leader of the Palestinian Islamic Movement Sheikh Raed Salah, blaming him for attending an ‘illegal’ meeting.
The Salah-led offshoot of the movement later said that the capture “was made as part of the process of strengthening (Jewish control) over Jerusalem.”
24 03 2009
As thousands in London prepare to take to the streets for next months G20 summit, the House of Parliament’s select committee on human rights has criticized the police for being too heavy-handed in their preparation for protests.
According to the committee, British police have manipulated legislation such as the counter terrorism laws in dealing with protestors, have resorted to intimidation and have abused its stop-and-search powers.
“The right to protest is a fundamental democratic right and one that the state and police have a duty to protect and facilitate,” said the committee’s chairman Andrew Dismore.