Posts Tagged ‘Police’

Our lovely police protecting and serving

January 3, 2014

Our lovely police protecting and serving

By Dark Politricks

To go alongside my festive Metropolitan Policeman’s Christmas Card from last year I thought I would print this lovely picture that I just saw on Google+.

Policeman - Ready to serve and protect
Stop Moving Bitch I’m Here To Serve And Protect

Obviously photo’s like this do nothing to help the already stained image of our police force.  An unarmed woman is chased by a Robocop suited angry cop waving his baton in a striking motion.

I am sure the woman has just asked this friendly cop where the nearest public toilets were or if he could help her find her lost puppy.

It just had to be something horrible like that to cause such a violent response in the policeman.

I just cannot think of anything that would have enraged this cop so much that he would try and attack her in such a way that could permanently damage her depending on if and where the baton struck her. Those extendable metal truncheons hurt you a lot if you get hit by them. If you get hit round the head you could possibly die from the blow as many people have.

Ian Tomlinson an innocent bystander in the 2009 G20 protests in London was hit around the legs by a cop with such a truncheon and he shortly died afterwards from a heart attack.

The inquest into his death found that he had been unlawfully killed. The policeman who had hit him Simon Harwood was charged with manslaughter and was dismissed by the Metropolitan Police for gross misconduct. The Metropolitan Police settled a civil action by Tomlinson’s family by issuing a formal apology for its “use of excessive and unlawful force” against Tomlinson, and agreed to pay an undisclosed sum in compensation.

I have to ask what possible act could this lady have done to enrage a policeman so much that he thought it was necessary to chase and attack her with an extendable metal truncheon?

It’s probably standard operating procedures for our now police state enforcers. Dare to defy the overlords and face the consequences serfs!

This is the photo the police were sending round to each other as “a joke” which obviously got released to the public so that we could see the funny sense of humour our policemen have.

Serve and Protect or Beat and Bet Corrupt?

Metropolitan Policeman - Here To Help
Last years UK Metropolitan Police’s Christmas Card

View the original Our Police Serving and Protecting article at www.darkpolitricks.com.

Please write to your MP about the unfair Clare’s Law which splits our justice system into two!

December 3, 2013

Please write to your MP about the unfair Clare’s Law which splits our justice system into two!

By Dark Politricks

If you read my latest article you will know I was a bit annoyed about the new Clare’s Law which was being brought into the UK nationwide.

This law would let women ask the local Police for any criminal history about their new partner. The new law would not apply to men who make up 40% of all domestic abuse victims.

The disturbing thing about this law is that it divides our judicial system into a sexist one where one law exists for men and another for women.

Also the police are able to give out “suspicions” and “allegations” to the inquisitive woman which might not be truthful or correct.

How many vindictive women are out there which would claim that their ex partner beat or abused them because they are upset or jealous that they split up?

I don’t know, but I do know that we have had recent court cases where a women has been prosecuted and jailed for making false claims of rape against men. The most recent one being the case of Natasha Foster who was jailed for 3 years for making up a claim of rape against an ex boyfriend.

Therefore if you think this new law couldn’t in any way affect you then think again.

Not only could your current partner lie and make a false claim of abuse but just by alleging an offence took place, even if it didn’t result in a court case, it could still be treated as an “allegation” serious enough to be given out to future partners.

Also old crimes that should be “spent” after a period of time under the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act will still be eligible for the Police to give out to future partners even if the crime happened many years ago. This goes against the whole point of the 1974 law as the crime is not even supposed to be on your record any more.

This turns the whole concept of our criminal justice act on its head. Supposedly, under this law, once you have spent your crime you are “rehabilitated” and therefore allowed to not mention it on job application forms of other legal documents that ask about criminal convictions. This new Clare’s Law, like the Criminal Records Bureau checks before it, have totally negated the nature of the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and could throw any chance of rehabilitation away for ex-offenders.

For example if you had a fight with a man 20 years ago this should supposedly be “spent” and no longer on your record. You should be able to apply to jobs and not even mention the event.

However under Clare’s Law the police could give this information out if they felt it was “relevant”. This in itself is leaving a very important matter up to a low-level Police officer rather than a Judge or Magistrate.

Here is what is “supposed” to happen when you have committed a crime and then “spend” it by passing a specified length of time which is dependant on the seriousness and nature of the offence.

I quote directly from the Home Offices own page on the law:

Subject to subsection (2) below, where an individual has been convicted, whether before or after the commencement of this Act, of any offence or offences, and the following conditions are satisfied, that is to say—

(a)he did not have imposed on him in respect of that conviction a sentence which is excluded from rehabilitation under this Act; and

(b)he has not had imposed on him in respect of a subsequent conviction during the rehabilitation period applicable to the first-mentioned conviction in accordance with section 6 below a sentence which is excluded from rehabilitation under this Act;

then, after the end of the rehabilitation period so applicable (including, where appropriate, any extension under section 6(4) below of the period originally applicable to the first-mentioned conviction) or, where that rehabilitation period ended before the commencement of this Act, after the commencement of this Act, that individual shall for the purposes of this Act be treated as a rehabilitated person in respect of the first-mentioned conviction and that conviction shall for those purposes be treated as spent.

Read the full law here: The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Therefore after my earlier rant I wrote to my local MP about this matter and I got a response back telling me that he will raise the matter with the Home Secretary.

Here is the letter I received:

Dear Mr ….

Thank you for your email in which you pose some interesting questions which I shall submit to the Home secretary.  I shall let you know when I have a reply.

Best wishes

Sir Gerald Howarth MP
Member of Parliament for Aldershot
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA

Therefore I suggest anyone else, male or female, who is concerned about our whole criminal justice system being split into two – one for men and another for women, complain to their MP, or directly to the Home Secretary ASAP.

You can find your local MP and contact them directly online here > http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/

Here is the letter I sent to my own MP. If you cannot think of your own version feel free to copy it and change wording as you see fit.

Dear [YOUR MP’s NAME],

Can I enquire about the introduction of the new “Clare’s law” which is apparently going to be rolled out across the country.

From the news reports it seems that this law is only going to apply to women even though a reported 40% of victims of domestic violence are now men.

I quote directly from a report made from Home Office statistics which was reported in the Observer > http://www.theguardian.com/society/2010/sep/05/men-victims-domestic-violence

“About two in five of all victims of domestic violence are men, contradicting the widespread impression that it is almost always women who are left battered and bruised, a new report claims.

Men assaulted by their partners are often ignored by police, see their attacker go free and have far fewer refuges to flee to than women, says a study by the men’s rights campaign group Parity.

The charity’s analysis of statistics on domestic violence shows the number of men attacked by wives or girlfriends is much higher than thought. Its report, Domestic Violence: The Male Perspective, states:

“Domestic violence is often seen as a female victim/male perpetrator problem, but the evidence demonstrates that this is a false picture.”

Data from Home Office statistical bulletins and the British Crime Survey show that men made up about 40% of domestic violence victims each year between 2004-05 and 2008-09, the last year for which figures are available. In 2006-07 men made up 43.4% of all those who had suffered partner abuse in the previous year, which rose to 45.5% in
2007-08 but fell to 37.7% in 2008-09.”

Therefore can I ask you the following questions:

-Will men be able to find out if potential new female partners are violent and in this age of supposed equality surely any law should be equally applicable to men and women?

-What actual information will be given out to women enquiring about their partner?

-How does this new law effect the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 in which convictions are supposedly “spent” after a number of years. For example if I was arrested and convicted for a street fight against another man when I was 18 will that information be given out?

-What about if a women had made a false claim of rape against me which led to no charge or conviction? From the reporting it seems that even “accusations” true or not can be given out. How would that effect men who have been falsely accused of rape or other violent crimes.

-How are you going to handle “deliberate” misleading reports of domestic abuse by former partners who are upset that their relationships have broken up. I can see no better way for an annoyed ex to get back at me than claim to the Police that I hit or abused her and therefore ensure any future partner I might have could be told about it. It could potentially ruin relationships and allow manipulative women to purposefully ruin lives.

Also I would like to state that in a country where we are all supposedly innocent until found guilty the only way guilt is proven is by a conviction in a court of law.

Therefore giving out “accusations” and “rumours” goes against a supposed long standing maxim of our country that all are equal under the law until proven guilty.

Can you please ask the Home Secretary how she can claim we live under the rule of law when it is not applied equally to all?

Surely in this day and age of female equality when websites exist that let women brag about beating men up >
http://www.likelike.com/pollcommentary/2408 we should all be equal under the law, rather than having two sets of laws dependant on the sex you are born as.

Yours sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

Hopefully if enough of us can get questions raised in Parliament or MP’s actually thinking about the consequences of their new laws they may think again.

I have no problem with sensible measures to protect women from horrible domestic abuse.

However any law in a democratically country should be equally applied and it should not negate previous laws in doing so.

Please help our politicians understand this.

 

View the original article on Clare’s Law an unfair law to be rolled out across the country here on the main site www.darkpolitricks.com

Read the The response from my MP to Clare’s Law on my main site: http://www.darkpolitricks.com

England and Wales Stop and Search Consultation – Let the Government know what you think!

September 16, 2013

England and Wales Stop and Search Consultation – Let the Government know what you think!

By Dark Politricks

The UK government is holding an open consultation with the public over their thoughts on the controversial stop and search powers that are used (and abused) by the Police.

As anyone who knows stop and search can be a humiliating experience. You are prevented from going along your way, frisked and even strip searched (as I have in a pub toilet) and basically treated like a criminal even if you haven’t done anything wrong.

Anyone who knows the statistics of stop and search realises that the most likely people to be stopped are black young males, or people of colour and youths.

“But they commit the crime” you might say, and you might be right in that some statistical studies show that in poorer neighbourhoods the majority of criminals fit those profiles.

However it is more likely that wealth and social factors are to play when it comes down to whether or not someone is a criminal and as the recent banking crisis shows, if you are a super rich, high flying, banker who robs billions from the country then you are not even likely to be convicted let alone stopped or searched!

Therefore if you are an uneducated poor working class male, coloured or not, you are more likely to live in areas of high crime, be drawn into gang culture or just stopped by the police due to your postcode.

A recent article in the Guardian has this to say when the current Home Secretary spoke at the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales.

Theresa May has warned the police that improper use of their stop-and-search powers can cause immense resentment and undermine public co-operation.

The home secretary said: “I do not have to tell you how important it is that public confidence in the police is maintained. And it simply cannot be maintained if people think that senior police officers are lacking in integrity or behaving in a self-serving way – or if, on the street, your constables are being rude and disrespectful to the public.”

Her speech, to the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales conference, marks May’s strongest language yet in her campaign to scale back the “waste of time” involved in the 1.2m searches carried out by the police on the street every year. She has said that the resulting arrest rate, which can be as little as 3% in some areas, is “far too low for comfort”.

But, significantly, the home secretary also praised the police for their capacity to deliver despite having suffered a 20% cut in their Whitehall funding. She even called them “the model public service”, in sharp contrast to her previous description of them as “the last unreformed public service”.

“You have cut crime with fewer officers and lower budgets,” May said. “You are doing more with less. That makes you the model public service in the era of budget cuts.”

The home secretary told the superintendents that stop and search could be an invaluable tool for reducing crime, particularly knife crime; if used properly and fairly, the tactic worked very effectively.

She added, however: “But the caveat is vital: it works if it is used properly and fairly. Stop and search has the potential to cause immense resentment and honesty to the police, with all the implications that has for generating distrust and ending co-operation from the public, if it is not used fairly.”

You can let the Government know what you think about the stop and search powers the police currently have and how they could be changed in a public consultation they are having at www.gov.uk. Currently the Police must have reasonable suspicion that you have or are about to commit a crime before stopping you or that you are carrying weapons or drugs. As the government consultation page says.

This consultation seeks views on the police powers of stop and search, specifically under the following legislation:

  • section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE)
  • section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
  • section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

It concerns those powers used in relation to street crime, burglary, antisocial behaviour, and public order offences such as riots and violent protests.

The aim of the consultation is to understand how the public and those involved in policing view the use of these powers. Stop and search powers under counter-terrorism legislation have been the subject of recent changes and are not within the scope of this consultation.

You can read the full documentation by downloading the following relevant link.

Consultation on police powers of stop and search

Consultation on police powers of stop and search: Welsh version
The consultation period has been extended and now runs until 24 September 2013. So we have more time to let the police and the UK government know that we want the Labour police state rolled back as much as possible and that anti-terrorism laws shouldn’t be abused by stopping tourists taking photos or other spurious reasons for detaining people.
How to respond
You can send your comments using the governments online form.Or you can email your response to: Stopandsearch@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Or if you’re still stuck in the paper and stamp era, write to:

Stop and search consultation
Home Office
Police Transparency Unit
6th Floor Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 4DF

View the UK Governments consultation page at www.gov.uk.

 

View the original article on my main site www.darkpolitricks.com

UK Cops posing as dead kids proves the UK justice system is still as corrupt as ever

February 4, 2013

UK Cops posing as dead kids proves the UK justice system is still as corrupt as ever

By Dark Politricks

It comes as no surprise to me that recent revelations by the Guardian newspaper reveal that police in the UK have been stealing the identities of dead children for over 40 years and then using them to infiltrate protest groups undercover. It is just one more crime in a long list of UK police breaking the law for their own ends.

I have no doubt that there are probably “dead children” sitting in Occupy meetings all over the UK at this very moment. If I was a member of the group I would be straight onto the nearest birth certificate and death registry to see who was actually real and who was an undercover cop posing as a dead kid.

Not only is “Identity Theft” a crime that the UK police is supposedly “cracking down on” whilst at the same time engaging it in themselves but it comes on the back of a long list of other crimes which shows once again that it’s one rule for us and another for those that govern and keep us in control.

We have just had the “Plebgate” row in which Downing Street police not only lied about what Andrew Mitchell a government minister said to them whilst trying to ride his bike out of the street but colluded by making false statements, pretending to be civilians who had seen the incident, to get him sacked.

A Dispatches report on Channel 4 tonight will go over the whole story again now that we know the Police were the ones in the wrong not the Chief Whip.

As Andrew Mitchell will say in the programme:

“I was caught between the pincers of the police on the one hand and the media on the other in a way that would lead you to believe that the Leveson Inquiry had never even taken place.”

“I think that was completely wrong and it led to my demise.”

Four arrests have since been made under the investigation into the incident which led to Mr Mitchell resigning.

Then as Andrew Mitchell just said himself we have just had the Leveson Inquiry in which we were told of a long history of collusion between the mainstream media and bent cops who would pass on information for a price. Policeman selling details of celebrities activities or even current murder investigations – well I suppose they have to make their “bonus” money somehow.

It’s not as if the Tories aren’t being the party of “law and order” they have always historically acted as.

Just recently the Justice Minister Chris Grayling spoke out on UK prison reform. He wants to restore UK prisons to the times of the 80’sbefore PlayStations and TV‘s in prison cells, where the only thing that kept the prisoners from rioting was the block awash with heroin and other drugs and slopping out was still the norm.

He wants to “reform” prisons back to a time where prison riots were a regular nightly news story.

How would you like to shit in a bucket and keep it in your cell all night until you get given the “chance” to empty it?

They seem to have forgotten that it was only the high availability of drugs on the wings that kept prisoners content and so doped up they couldn’t light a toilet roll if they wanted to. Even the heads of prisons realised this and turned a blind eye to it.

The most common way for drugs to get into prisons is not by dead pigeons over fence walls or visiting time but by bent prison guards smuggling them in for the prisoners. This has been known for ages.

Now that drugs are much harder to get in due to sniffer dogs, scanning chairs and tighter searches on visitors prisoners are instead doped up on methadone, anti-depressants and anti-psychotics. However this is no way to subdue a locked up population and if the Tories think they can take away the tools that keep prisoners in line without a few riots they must be kidding themselves.

Don’t they realise we don’t have the money to keep rebuilding the prisons after they all get trashed again?

Or do they just expect the prisoners to sit in their cells 23 hours a day with nothing to do but build up rage until they get the chance to vent it on the wing at guards and other prisoners?

Strangeways Prison Riot

It’s almost as if the Tories have forgotten about Strangeways in which a prisoner was killed, 147 prison officers and 47 prisoners were injured and £55 million pounds worth of damage was done to the prison during the 25 day riot in 1990.  It was the longest prison riot in UK history and one which led to the last massive reform of our prison system.

However it seems Chris Grayling has forgotten all about the conditions that caused that riot and feels that Strangeways conditions weren’t all that bad – maybe he should try living in lock up for 23 hours a day for a week to see how he feels before speaking out.

Back outside though the police have a long history of bending the rules and going in mob handed when they think they can get away with it.

Who can forget the assassination of Jean Charles de Menezes on the London Tube after the bombings of 2005. An innocent man gunned down my multiple police officers all due to a cop taking a piss and missing him exiting his house, causing a massive and horrendous case of mis-identification.

Then we have all the recent crimes committed by police during protests such as the London G20 protests. In which PC Simon Harwood killed Ian Tomlinson after he died a short while after being struck, hands in pockets, by Simon’s truncheon.

The policeman has just recently been sacked after being found guilty of gross misconduct by a disciplinary panel even thought he was cleared in court over the killing.

Even though our cops hide their identifying badge numbers – supposedly not allowed, and hit, batter and spray protesters with CS gas we now must wonder which of the protesters on the other side are also cops masquerading as real activists.

We have always known that cops went undercover and infiltrated left, and anti-establishment leaning protest groups and even on occasion acted as agent provocateurs.

Sometimes, even the under cover cops get too carried away with their assignment and switch sides like the recent case of PC Mark Kennedy who destroyed a trial by offering to give evidence on the campaign group he had infiltrated’s behalf. Here was a true agent provocateur who had infiltrated a green protest movement and helped out on numerous protests. How many “crimes” was he allowed to get away with all in the name of “policing” protest groups?

And that is only just a few years in a long history of UK police behaving more like criminals than the officers of the law they are supposed to be.

I could give you numerous personal stories of police brutality, policemen taking drugs openly, stealing property and other illegal activities but then so could many others.

Just remember – our police are not all bent as nine bob notes but a large majority seem to be “allowed” to do as they please for reasons unknown to the common man who would be banged up for similar activities.

So if you are waking up this morning as a member of a protest group I would be looking around and wondering to myself “how many of my supposed friends are really policemen using dead children’s identities?”

And if you do get nicked by one of your “dead cop friends” then just remember – “no comment all the way!“.

View the original article on “Cops posing as dead children just shows how the UK justice system is as corrupt as it always has been” at www.darkpolitricks.com

The hypocrisy of only caring about “our” own victims

December 25, 2012

The hypocrisy of only caring about “our” own victims

By Dark Politricks

First off I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog as much as I have enjoyed writing for it.

However not everyone today will be celebrating a happy Christmas. Not after the recent massacre in America, the terrible wars around the Middle East and the people dying at the hands of our military industrial complex.

After the Sandy Hook School Massacre America the rest of the western world, and probably much of the world we are not busy bombing and killing children in, cried for the victims if they heard about it in the news.

20 innocent children dead and 6 adults. What is not to be sad about there.

Now I am not looking at the causes of the massacre, the psychotic drugs, the availability of guns, the debate about  gun control or anything to do with the ease that someone can walk into a school and kill so many people – so quickly.

What I want to do is compare is the way we mourn and send out condolences and our best wishes to the victims of families in our own country to how we treat the child victims of our never ending war of terror i.e the US drone strikes that happen across the world on an almost daily basis.

From Pakistan to Yemen, from Somalia to Afghanistan the USA is killing 49 innocent people for every 1 “bad guy” with the use of their drones.

Because of the lack of mainstream media coverage, and the constant propaganda that these drone strikes are “surgical” and any civilian deaths are justified “collateral damage”, we don’t get to see the same close up personal tragedy and family stories of the victims as we do when it’s our own children being shot dead.

We don’t see the dead bodies involved in the drone strikes, the families grieving, the tears and all the outrage that must be felt by the victims families who had done nothing wrong except be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I spoke about the indoctrination we are all being fed the other day. In my eyes there is no worse form of indoctrination than that which conditions the new generation of soldiers – the Predator drone fliers. Brought up on a diet of PlayStation games that make them see shooting dozens of people dead as “fun” and “playful”.

These game playing kids then go and work for the US military and sit behind screens in Las Vegas before killing people halfway across the world using similar controllers to the PlayStation’s that they are so used to.

Maybe there was some psychology doctor that helped design the controllers thinking that the sub-conscious link the flier had between the job and the games they were so used to would make it “easier” to kill real life pixels as opposed to fake ones. Maybe it helped them relate their job to the “fun” they had playing “shoot the bad guy” at home.

“We modeled the controller after the PlayStation because that’s what these eighteen-, nineteen-year-old Marines have been playing with pretty much all of their lives.” – Unnamed military robotics researcher (source: Wired for War)

When FOX News and all the rest of the war machine propaganda tells you that we “don’t kill kids” or that our drone strikes are very surgical and that we avoid the deaths of innocent people whenever possible they ARE LYING TO YOU!

This is an excerpt from a report about drone strikes that was reported by the German paper Der Spiegel and is mentioned in the video. It tells the story of how drone fliers in Las Vegas killed a child and when they started to question their actions they were told the victim was not a child but a dog – a two legged one at that. A conscience must be a hard thing to have working with drones.

A drone flier described a drone strike in the following words:

“Bryant and his coworkers sat in front of  14 computer monitors and four keyboards. When Byrant pressed a button in New Mexico, someone died on the other side of the world. He remembers once incident very clearly when a Predator drone was circling in a figure-eight pattern in the sky above Afghanistan …. with seven seconds left to  go, there was no-one to be seen on the ground. Bryant could still have diverted the missile at that point. Then it was down to three seconds. Bryant felt as if he had to count each individual pixel on the monitor. Suddenly a child walked around the corner, he says.

Second zero was the the moment in which Bryant’s digital world collided with the real one in a village between Baghlan and Mazar-e-Sharif. Byrant saw a flash on the screen: the explosion. Parts of the building collapsed. The child had disappeared. Bryant had a sick feeling in his stomach.

“Did we just kill a kid?” he asked the man sitting next to him.

“Yeah I guess that was a kid”, the pilot replied

“Was that a kid” they wrote in the chat window on the monitor,

Then someone they didn’t know answered, someone sitting in a military command center somewhere in the world who had observed the attack. “No that was a dog” the person wrote.

They reviewed the scene on a video. A dog on two legs?” – Der Spiegel

Watch this report by The Young Turks on the war we are fighting with drones.

However it doesn’t really matter in the US Defense Department’s eyes whether it was a kid or not as long as he was over 8 years old as they have classified any male over the age of 8 as an enemy combatant until proven otherwise.

That means they can kill 8 year old boys and say they were terrorists unless their family make it all the way to a US embassy or military headquarters to prove otherwise – not very likely is it. No wonder they say their strike rates are so accurate when kids are legitimate targets.

What also riles me about the drone strikes is the lack of real reporting on the ground. If there were actual real reporters doing their job rather than sucking off heads of departments then maybe the people at home might know what is being done in their name.

Instead all we hear is how great the drones are. We never get to see the bodies and the grieving families like we do after a US school massacre. However the kids ages are the same, the names may be different but they are still someone’s child.

One Yemeni reporter who tried reporting on the actual real nature of the casualties after a drone strike was sent to prison afterwards for trying to tell the truth.

When the new President came in there was hope he was going to be released as the public were outraged that he was imprisoned for telling the true story of how drone strikes ruin peoples lives.

What stopped him from being released?

A phone call from President Obama.

He told the Yemeni President, or more likely blackmailed him with increased aid budget dollars fresh of the printing presses, to keep him in prison as he was a “terrorist”.

He didn’t want real reports of the deaths and mayhem caused by the US’s war of terror being told to people. No he preferred the propaganda and spin that everything was rosy and bright and the drone strikes shot sunbeams and flowers on the innocent whilst only killing those evil CIA linked al-Qaeda terrorists.

Yes that is your President America – someone who would rather a reporter who tries to tell the truth about your drone strike war rots in prison than have any real reporting of the casualties get out and be read by the American public.

And if you are sitting there thinking I don’t really care OR they are all Muslims and terrorists – it doesn’t matter if children and women get killed in the process. Then I ask you this:

Do you call yourself a Christian?

Are you celebrating Christmas today?

And if the answer is yes then ask yourself – would Jesus discriminate between the deaths of children in Pakistan or Yemen and those in America?

Are not all innocent deaths equally sad and tragic?

Would Jesus only be crying over the deaths in a US school or would he see all child murders the same?

Is God as hypocritical and biased as some in the US Government are?

And if you are not a Christian then just be aware that these amazing drones are coming home to you. In fact they are already patrolling your skies.

How long will it be until police forces that are already planning to fly drones in the skies above your houses like those in Seattle or the Montgomery County Police Department who has just purchased a $300,000 Vanguard Shadowhawk drone with a grant provided by the Department of Homeland Security start to use deadly weapons on them instead of just cameras?

This Vanguard Shadowhawk drone has the capability to shoot tear gas and rubber bullets, as well as “taser projectiles.”  How long before it is fitted with automatic machine guns and other deadly weapons.

As the ACLU Website says:

U.S. law enforcement is greatly expanding its use of domestic drones for surveillance. Routine aerial surveillance would profoundly change the character of public life in America. Rules must be put in place to ensure that we can enjoy the benefits of this new technology without bringing us closer to a “surveillance society” in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded, and scrutinized by the government. Drone manufacturers are also considering offering police the option of arming these remote-controlled aircraft with (nonlethal for now) weapons like rubber bullets, Tasers, and tear gas.

And a recent article entitled the coming drone attack on America explains how the US Government has recently allowed for the expansion of drones after a massive lobbying effort by the military industrial complex to use this drone technology at home.  I wonder how many Congressmen they really do have in their pockets?

“In February of this year, Congress passed the FAA Reauthorization Act, with its provision to deploy fleets of drones domestically. Jennifer Lynch, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, notes that this followed a major lobbying effort, “a huge push by […] the defense sector” to promote the use of drones in American skies: 30,000 of them are expected to be in use by 2020, some as small as hummingbirds – meaning that you won’t necessarily see them, tracking your meeting with your fellow-activists, with your accountant or your congressman, or filming your cruising the bars or your assignation with your lover, as its video-gathering whirs.” – The coming drone attack on America

Therefore if you are dismissive of foreign drone attacks killing innocent people then what will you think when the LAPD or NYPD start killing, tasering or firing rubber bullets into crowds of protesters or kill the wrong person due to bad decision making.

With all the corporations and banks considering buying their own drones, who will know for sure that a drone that fired a lethal shot at an Occupy protester was owned by a police force or a bank just trying to rid it’s path protesters?

And if you don’t worry about the government spying on you as you are in the “nothing to hide, nothing to fear brigade” then just think how easy it is for a terrorist living down your street to build a drone out of a remote control helicopter or plane and add a basic payload system to it.

Don’t believe me – watch this video and be afraid, be very afraid!

Then ask yourself why you don’t care as much about all the innocent deaths across the world caused by the US military killing 8 year old “enemy combatants” as you do with school children killed by your brilliant health system and your 2nd amendment gun rights.

Is it because you are hypocritical or is it because you just don’t care about the drones coming back home to spy and attack US citizens?

 

View the original article “Happy Christmas – And the hypocrisy of only caring about “our” own victims” at my main site www.darkpolitricks.com.

Why do the British love rioting so much?

August 8, 2011

By Dark Politricks

Updated – 12:30AM 9th Aug 2011

If you haven’t heard by now over the weekend Tottenham in London suffered some major riots after a suspected drug dealer was shot dead by the Police.

Claims that the man had put his gun down first and that the shot he supposedly fired first at police was in fact a police issued bullet has inflamed the situation even more and led to suspicions that the MET were once again trigger happy when it came to shooting a black man.

A peaceful protest on Saturday demanding justice for Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four, quickly turned into a full scale riot in which Police were stabbed and attacked with petrol bombs, stones and whatever else the youth could find to throw at the “thin blue line”.

However what started as just an excuse to bash some cops soon turned into a full on pillage of the local shops and the local high street literally had it’s guts ripped out of it as shops were broken into, expensive goods stolen and then buildings set on fire. The place now looks like a war zone and the local residents are those who have suffered the most.

The violence seems to be spreading across London like a plague and reports of carnage have come wide and far from Tottenham to Lewisham, Brixton to Peckham, Clapham to Croydon and now we  even have reports of violence in Birmingham and Bromley which aren’t exactly within the M25.

It seems the ringleaders of the gangs are contacting each other using blackberries and special encrypted applications that are a lot harder to trace (although not impossible) than the usual MSN or Twitter messages. BlackBerry’s BBM system is known to be the preferred means of communication among many younger people including organisers of fights between rival football fans and it seems modern technology has become a useful tool amongst those out to cause havoc to let each other know the positions of police lines, unprotected shops and Google Streetmap is always going to help the young rioter on a mountain bike looking for the perfect escape route.

Recent updates say at least 26 police officers have been injured and 215 people have been arrested so far and I expect this number to rise in the coming days as London is the most heavily CCTV covered city in the world and it’s possible for the MET to trace any potential rioters movements from the moment they walked out their front door to each window they smashed in and back again just from CCTV cameras, phone signal triangulation, Facebook geo-tagging and all the other surveillance methods available nowadays.

However leaving the spreading carnage aside what I want to concentrate on is why it is when compared to other nations we Brits seem to go so overboard when we lose control of our senses and engage in massive social unrest.

From the Gin Riots during the 18th century to the weekly pre match, post match and even during the match rumbles that our football fans engaged in every Saturday during the 70’s and 80’s that made some hooligans so famous they even wrote successful autobiographies and had films created after their antics our working class have never been shy when it comes to fighting.

They may not have a good reason or even a cause more noble than cheap alcohol or a sports team but when the urge to stick two fingers up to the old bill gets too much to control and critical mass is reached they have always been a force to be reckoned with.

It’s just a shame that our society is so screwed up that it’s prepared to leave large swatches of the countries working class on sink estates with little education, no jobs and no hope and then expect them to be quiet little consumers eeking their £100 a fortnight jobseekers allowance out on food, electricity, bills and all the rest with nothing to pass the time but brain rotting daytime TV and cheap beer or drugs.

When your life is as boring and as hopeless as most people’s worst nightmares an excuse to go on the rampage under misguided pretences of “standing up to the man” is often too good an opportunity to pass up. The shame is that the people they hurt during their rampages are often their neighbours, friends and family.

No Rothschild or Rockefeller laundrettes and Mini Marts are being burnt to the ground or ransacked and when the excitement all calms down and they go to buy their next can of Special Brew or pack of red King-skins they are going to have to travel twice as far as usual to find a shop still open, functional and willing to serve them.

It seems the British have a propensity for going over the top when it comes to perceived slights or accusations of police brutality. Yes I have seen marches in the States after black men have  been shot 30+ times and who can forget the Rodney King riots that turned LA into a war zone for the best part of a week. Well if you can imagine that kind of ferocity but without the quantity of guns (on both sides) then this is what you get quite regularly over here in the UK and the rest of Europe.

This year we have already had massive riots in Greece over their Euro bailout and the Spanish, Irish and Portuguese have already taken to the streets over similar threats of the IMF pillaging their state assets in return for high interest debts that will do nothing to solve their underlying economic problems but will prolong their agony and lead to huge unemployment, low growth and the cheap sell off of any national assets.

Earlier this year we had the Student University fee riots in London and across the UK and not long back we had the London G20 protests in which the police were criticised for their heavy handed tactics.

Joyriding in Blackbird Leys In the early 90’s during our last major recession we had the famous “Poll Tax Riot” as well as all the “joyriding” riots on council estates across the UK.

A combination of a very hot summer, a media moral panic revolving around 10 year old’s below the age of criminal responsibility with criminal records longer than most 60’s London Gangsters who were given affection names by the Daily Mail such as  “Rat Boy” all helped to cause the perfect conditions for a summer of rage.

Estate after estate went up in flames as TWOKERS as they were labelled by the press would steal Sierra Cosworths and hand brake turn around estates from Oxford to Tyneside whilst the Police chased feebly in their Panda cars or stood by and absorbed the numerous bricks and bottles full of petrol that were thrown at them.

Even my local town had a mini riot caused when the Police shut down a local estate that was a famous centre of drug dealing in my country in which people literally drove hundreds of miles from the south coast to score the best gear around. At one point during the recession of the early 90’s  it seemed that every council estate in the UK was rampaging it’s way through the pages of the Daily Mail and if your estate hadn’t erupted yet then it wasn’t far off from breaking point.

Going back a bit further to the early 80’s we had the race riots of Toxteth and Brixton which revolved around the much hated “Sus Laws” which were being used by the Police to indiscriminately stop and search black youths for no reason at all.

At the time the UK Police were (and probably still are) institutionally racist (see the Macpherson Report) and the Sus Laws basically allowed two police officers on patrol to corroborate each others evidence in court that the person was “acting suspiciously” and that was all they needed for a stop and search and possibly an arrest if the person didn’t show the “right” attitude towards the officers.

 Brixton riots, London, July 1981. Photograph: Peter Murphy

It seems to me no co-incidence that major riots in our country co-inside with times of economic strife and I can only see the situation getting worse as the poorest people in our country are squeezed the most to pay off the debts caused by those rich banksters that were literally handed billions of pounds worth of our cash and told to carry on robbing.

Apparently borrowing money from mine and your pension fund to place future bets on the price of food or oil in a year or two’s time isn’t actually theft it’s an ingenious form of economics that was supposed to ensure little or no risk and was deemed by multiple Chancellors of the Exchequer as economic wizardry that had solved Boom and Bust once and for all.

I forget how that “no risk” betting worked out for them but if the current stock market free-fall, bond downgrading and endless printing of fiat currency is anything to go by then it doesn’t look too good for the Western world in generak. Yet instead of asking these banksters to pay their fair share we are instead cutting housing benefit for the poor, raising taxes for the middle class and doing nothing to stop the never ending rise in inflation that is supposedly the Bank of England’s primary role yet it’s ignoring it to keep interest rates at their lowest rate ever in the hope of stimulating the housing market and re-inflating the last bubble that got us into this mess.

No – instead of making the rich pay their fair share they are asking the bottom end of society to share more of a burden than the rest. The people currently rioting are those that live in the skyscraper like tower blocks with broken lifts, needles on the stairwells and crack dens on every floor. They are the people who lose out to the Eastern Europeans when it comes to obtaining unskilled jobs that are often off the books, have no health and safety rules and pay slightly less than the minimum wage if your lucky.

If the BNP wasn’t a racist “White is right” party then these people would be flocking to vote for them. These are not first or second generation immigrants who speak another language and worship other God’s they are Black English working class who are no different from most White working class, sharing the same urban ghetto London culture, speaking the same London ting slang and suffer similar issues surrounding poor education, health, housing, benefits and employment as you and I.

Whilst rioting and pillaging like Vikings has no excuse it does have a causal link to social deprivation and is just another reason why the “I’m all right Jack” attitude of some who want to abolish the state and let everyone fend for themselves is not going to work unless all the rich build huge walled castles to keep all the “undesirable poor” away from their BMW’s and 50″ flat screen TV’s.

Our inner cities are tinder boxes at the best of times but add in high unemployment, perceived Police brutality and a lack of social mobility and you have a potent mixture that leads to the loss of hope and the rise of gang culture. As we have just seen this weekend it only takes one action by the Police to set it all off and as history shows we Brits seem to love a good riot.

Let’s not give people itching for an excuse to cause havoc another one. As history shows a large number of people will jump at the chance to smash their own home up if it gives them a break from the monotony of life on the dole, a sense of power and a quick rush of excitement. Whether they regret their actions in the cool light of morning is another matter altogether.

Toxteth Riots: The remains of a barricade on Upper Parliament Street

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iPhones track your every movement and the Police are already downloading the data without your knowledge

April 21, 2011

By Dark Politricks

Update: By the way this story most likely applies to all modern smart phones as the Michigan State Police story didn’t mention iPhones specifically. It would be interesting to find out whether other devices have similar functionality and if so how easy is it to find, access and if necessary block or encrypt.

Yesterday a story was reported on my site about Michigan State Police using handheld devices to steal data from motorists cellphones without their knowledge that revealed where they had been > Cops use mobile scanner to steal cellphone data from innocent Americans.

Today we have more proof of the all prevailing surveillance state we are now living in without most of the people even knowing about it.

Although not a completely new story the news that iPhones are tracking your every movement and storing the GPS location of your phone in unencrypted files that are easily retrievable by anyone with technical skills is becoming big news on the web.

The worst thing about this story is that most people are unaware that they are participating in this massive collection of personal data and unwittingly helping to build the surveillance state by consent.

Hopefully as more and more people become aware of it someone with enough money and backing to kick up a fuss will actually try and do something about it. The ACLU in the USA tried to do this over the Michigan state police’s illegal downloading of this data and were given a $500,000 bill for doing so.

Some sites believe that this data cannot be downloaded without the users consent but the Michigan Police story shows this to be untrue and also suggests that the problems is not only limited to iPhones but probably all smart phones. The new phones that everyone carries round with them have moved on from the basic hand-held phones they used to be and are now basically hand-held computers which probably have back-doors built into them for easy access by those with the right permission e.g the Police, CIA, MI5, your local councillor or unhelpful ticket warden…

For those people interested in viewing their own hidden data and re-visiting all those past journeys you and your iPhone have taken over recent months an open source application has just been released that will let you do so. This open source application has been created by an ex iPhone employee and it can be obtained at this link >> http://petewarden.github.com/iPhoneTracker/.

Even with GPS functionality turned off your phone can still be tracked by using cell-tower triangulation and with the very hard to remove iPhone battery it seems that there is no way at present to prevent your location data from being logged and stored and then either stolen by anyone with the right tools.

Forget all the talk about RFID chip implants. There is no need for any of that when our smart phones have become a third arm, and just the thought of losing your handset or being out of contact for even a few minutes can induce fear based panic attacks in numerous people.

For people concerned about being tracked for whatever reason here are some ideas:

  • Don’t throw away all those old Nokia 3310’s you have lying about or sell them on to Mazuma or the other sites trying to lure your old handsets away. Keep them and use them with throwaway  SIM cards (bought in many shops nowadays)
  • Never register your SIM card or phone. The lure of £10 free credit maybe too much for some but is designed to get you to register you SIM and phone number with your personal details.
  • If you are going somewhere you don’t want to be tracked then don’t just turn the phone off as there is always a small charge still present which is enough to register your phones presence with nearby mobile phone towers. Take the battery out or even better leave the phone on and at home or in your girlfriends car whilst she goes shopping or visits her mother.
  • iPhones are good handsets and have lots of cool apps but their batteries are not easy to remove and it seems they might have been designed that way for a good reason. If you have an iPhone then get another handset that won’t be logging you without your knowledge whenever you want to stay anonymous. Use an anonymous throwaway phone for all your dodgy dealing and keep your iPhone as the perfect alibi device.

“What do you mean Mr Police officer I wasn’t visiting Mr Big at Dodgy Towers on the 12th of April at 10PM, look at my iPhone if you haven’t already. See I was at the White Swan having a drink with my mates.”

  • Jail break the iPhone and edit the configuration settings that determine the location of the database that stores all your data to a black hole (e.g a non existent location) This should prevent your phone from being able to log the geo data it wants to but it might also affect some other functionality that relies on geographical data.
  • If you are really worried they might be watching your every move then you can always wrap your phone up in rolls of tinfoil or use one of those Faraday bags that are being sold specifically for this purpose. Obviously your phone becomes totally unusable but then if you wanted a mobile purely for making phone calls you wouldn’t have bought a smart phone in the first place would you!

Stay tuned for more updates to this story and please pass it on to anyone who might own an iPhone or cares about the high tech surveillance state we are now living in.

Disabled victim of Police attack takes BBC News presenter to task

December 13, 2010

By Dark Politricks

During last weeks student protests against the rise in university fees a disabled man by the name of Jody Mcintyre, who suffers from cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair, was caught on video being attacked by the police.

Not only did the police hit him across the shoulder with a baton they twice removed him from his wheelchair and dragged him across the road and then dumped him on the floor. The second attack was caught on camera and has caused uproar amongst those who see the “riots” that the media has concentrated so much on as a direct consequence of the polices provocative actions.

Not a protest in London goes by lately without some kind of police brutality being caught on camera. Who can forget the death of Ian Tomlinson at last years G20 or the police slapping and batoning a woman at a memorial protest in honour of his death the next day which was also filmed by a bystander. Don’t the police realise that in this day and age of cheap recording equipment the protesters biggest weapon is their mobile phone?

At the latest protest we have the sad case of Alfie Meadows who almost died and had to undergo intensive brain surgery after he was hit on the head by another baton wielding thug in a uniform after he tried to leave a kettling area that had been set-up by the police.

And now we have the disgraceful case of cops attacking the disabled. Have they no shame? How do they expect people to react when they are kettled, battered and then witnesses to assaults on women and the disabled. Do they expect them just to stand there like good little boys waiting in line for their own punishment or do they think that some of them might get a little bit angry by being treated so badly.

Is it any wonder that a large number of people believe that the police intentionality carry out these types of attacks on protesters in an attempt to provoke a response which they can then use to justify even more force.

I had the immense joy of watching the victim of the most recent attack, Jody Mcintyre, being interviewed on the BBC news channel earlier tonight. The interviewer was trying his best to justify the polices actions but was taken to task by Jody in the most brilliant way and it made the BBC look shameful for their attempt to legitimise his assault.

Interviewer: There was a suggestion that you were rolling towards the police in your wheelchair

Jody: I think to justify a police officer pulling a disabled person out of a wheel chair and dragging them across a concrete road is quite ridiculous and I’m surprised that you tried to do so.

Yes it is ridiculous and the BBC should be ashamed of their attempts to justify this appalling but totally expected police behaviour. No longer can we call these incidents isolated or the result of a few bad apples as Jody says himself in the interview: this is the polices role at demonstrations to provoke and incite violence. It seems that they are doing their job very well.

Should we be sad about Raoul Moat’s death?

July 21, 2010

By Dark Politricks

Today at Prime Ministers question time David Cameron weighed in on the controversy surrouding the death of Raoul Moat by attacking the recent outpouring of grief that has emerged since his death last week.

“‘It is absolutely clear that Raoul Moat was a callous murderer, full stop, end of story.”

”I cannot understand any wave, however small, of public sympathy for this man.”

”There should be sympathy for his victims and the havoc he wreaked in that community.”

”There should be no sympathy for him.”

This response came after a question from a fellow Conservative MP about the recent RIP Raoul Moat You Legend group which has been setup on Facebook and which has been drawing quite an amount of support from people all over the country concerned over the events surrounding his death after a tense armed stand off televised last week.

Now it’s very hard to find much sympathy with someone who went on a murderous rampage across the country especially someone who has turned out to be a high level police informer. I have no love for grasses and they rest near the bottom of my own personal ladder of shameful occupations just above Policemen. Both grasses and cops are groups of people who escape justice for their own misdeeds whilst at the same time hypocritically ruin other peoples lives by sending them down for crimes that they happily commit themselves.

However much I may dislike Raoul Moat for being a grass his death certainly raises many questions about the conduct of the police who helped end his life in painful agony. Whilst it is still unclear over the precise details of his demise we know enough from witnesses and the live news reports from the night to know that some serious questions require answering.

Raoul Moat had a shotgun rested under his chin in the pouring rain throughout the evening and was threatening to kill himself. Unlike a drunk girlfriend after an angry argument desperate for attention someone who really wanted to kill themselves would just get on and do it. Moat could have pulled the trigger at any time during the stand off but didn’t and therefore this seems to be a clear sign of someone crying out for help rather than a madman desperately wanting to die through a suicide by Police shooting.

The Police admit to tricking Moat into believing they were all in front of him through the clever use of lighting and sound whilst a small team of officers tried to creep up behind him. It was supposedly during this pincer movement that the gunshot went off after Moat realised that the Police had been sneaking up behind him.

The Police admit to firing two Tasers at Moat supposedly in an attempt to prevent him from firing his gun. However Moat’s brother, Uncle and many others believe that it was actually the Taser attack that caused Moat to fire his gun involuntarily and this seems to be backed up by the injuries caused from the gunshot.

If you are going to commit suicide by blowing your own head off with a shotgun you ensure that one shot is all you require to kill yourself in the quickest way possible preferably by blowing your brains out. Raoul Moat did not kill himself with the gunshot that was fired instead he only blew the front part of his face off which is not in any way a kill shot. I cannot imagine the pain and suffering he went through in those hours after this shot was fired as the agony of such a massive and severe injury would be immeasurable and unfortunately for him he took a couple of hours to die.

The XREP taser gun the police used to attack Moat was not licenced by the Home Office. The shotgun projectile travels at the same speed as a bullet and is designed to penetrate clothes and flesh, anyone hit by one would assume they had been shot with a shotgun round at first before experiencing the joy of a few thousand volts jumping through their body for 20 seconds.

Anyone who died from such a Taser shock would have trouble getting a Mortician to find cause of death unless they knew about the Tasering as it leaves little sign of it’s use on the body and many deaths which have resulted after a taser attack from Police have been put down to a case of the spurious medical term Excited delirium.

Excited Delirium is a condition which has been created by Taser International as a cover for the many deaths that have resulted after deployment of this supposedly non lethal weapon. People suffering from this condition display signs of mental illness, super human strength, aggressive behaviour and all the other signs commonly found on any UK high street on a Friday night around 11PM.

Therefore if we are waiting for our kind Police Mortician to return an autopsy report combining Taser and Shotgun as the cause of death we will be waiting a long time. The audio recordings from the nights events seem to reveal that someone, probably Moat, was screaming a hell of a loud agonising cry. Police claim Moat screamed out at them before he fired his shot when he realised they had tricked him and it was at this point the tasers were deployed to try to prevent him from firing his gun. Whether or not this is true I don’t know and I don’t even know if it’s possible to let out a scream if you have just blown the front of your face off but maybe it is.

The fact that Raoul Moat fired his gun after the Tasers were deployed means one of two events occurred:

1. The Police deployed two Tasers on Moat and either the high voltage had no effect on him OR he managed to wait out the 20 seconds without the Police team behind him managing to pounce before he fired his gun shot. The fact that the gunshot was so appallingly bad that it only blew part of his face off and didn’t kill him was purely bad luck for Moat.

2. The Police deployed their Tasers on Moat and the high voltage caused him to spasm or jolt involuntarily and it was during this body spasm that he mistakenly fired his shot gun blowing part of his face off.

I personally think the second option is more likely and the simple fact that the shot didn’t kill him is the key point here. We have had many suicides involving shotguns over the years and you would have to be very very unlucky to attempt suicide with a shotgun to miss yet we are supposedly expected to believe that this is what happened with Raoul Moat.

We know that the Police cannot be trusted to tell the truth on their own accord and usually during situations that involve Police brutality, death or assault it’s only third party evidence that helps resolve the actual series of events.

Tasers are nasty, dangerous and over used weapons that have been put in the hands of a section of society who many people including myself would claim are some of the least mentally equipped people to use such a weapon. Whilst I like the idea that our Police force does not routinely carry guns I also dislike how instead they have been armed to the teeth with supposedly non lethal weapons such as Pepper spray, CS Gas, Tasers and those horrible extendable batons.

Instead of being “last resort” weapons the Taser and all the others are becoming weapons of first resort. I have seen Policemen foaming at the mouth as they attacked an 18 year old girl on the way home from a nightclub for daring to have taken her bottle of drink out the club. A simple refusal to hand over the bottle meant the Policemen who were more than capable of detaining and restraining her without force if they required to (and they did not) instead revealed their batons and took out her legs.

When you give supposedly non lethal weapons to a group of people who all have massive chips on their shoulder and a desire to gain revenge on society for bullied childhoods then you are going to end up with lots of cases of abuse of authority and there is no clearer example than the cops from America. No matter how bad the Police are in the UK, and a large percentage are really bad, you can times that by ten for the USA. We have had Police Tasering bed ridden 86 year old Grannies and Cops shooting family pets for daring to bark when they visit. Add to that the recent cases of brutality at G20 protests and it’s no wonder many people have little respect for our Police.

The many videos I have seen and put up on my site of Police brutality, abuse of power, murder of innocents and attacks on protesters is enough to make anyone who thinks the Police are the cream of society think again. Whilst it’s true that not all Police are the same and there are probably some good cops out there it’s also fair to say that a group of people or company of men is branded in the image of their worst behaved members.

When people say to me “Policemen are only human and make mistakes too” OR “they are only doing their job” I say yes that is true but unlike other occupations the role of Police officer is that of someone who can make life changing decisions on behalf of others every single day.

Everyone chooses the job they do therefore the “just doing a job” argument is a poor excuse as the people who choose to take on this role in society also take on the responsibility to maintain a high personal standard that leaves no room for hypocrisy. I personally know of too many policemen who spend their days ruining people’s lives by arresting them for offences such as drug use, drunk & disorderly, copyright infringements, illegal downloads and so on only to carry out the same acts themselves.

I personally could not live with myself if I had to arrest someone for crimes I know that I commit myself. Crimes I may personally not believe should be illegal yet unfortunately are currently deemed so by the state.  Yet many police do just that every single day of the week. Maybe the only way to solve this dilemma is to create a police force of high tech RoboCops who cannot be tempted by moral decisions posed when a personal choice clashes with the law.

Ideally we would have a reformed legal system that would do away with such stupid laws that are based around “moral” behaviour as morals are relative and in a country led by the concept of liberty for all the only laws that affect personal behaviour should be those that conflict with another persons quality of live e.g laws against violence and theft etc but until that unlikely day arrives we require a police force capable of up-keeping the law of the land in a way that doesn’t drive accusations of hypocrisy and corruption.

Seeing the photos of the Policemen at the scene of Raoul Moat’s death, all snaring and angrily looking at the cameramen gun and taser in hand just shows us how much adrenaline is pumping around the bodies of these cops during events such as the armed stand off.

Armed police train their weapons on fugitive gunman Raoul Moat in Rothbury including one with a stun gun

There was literally no need at all to try to taser Moat into submission or try to sneak up behind him and the only weapon the Police required was time. Moat wasn’t going anywhere, he was tired, wet and hungry and he was also very angry and sad. What the police should have done was just sit it out and talked to Moat. He obviously wasn’t that keen on killing himself as he would have pulled the trigger much earlier therefore there was definitley an opportunity to talk him into giving up peacefully.

Whether it was the unnecessary double Tasering with unlicensed weapons or the attempt to sneak up on Moat from behind that caused his death it seems quite clear the Police paid a large part in Raoul Moat’s death. Whilst  I have no sympathy with a police informing murderer I do demand answers over the Police’s action on that night.

Whether those questions will be answered satisfactorily is another question altogether.

Police Want Backdoor to Web Users’ Private Data

February 3, 2010

C Net News

Declan McCullagh

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Anyone with an e-mail account likely knows that police can peek inside it if they have a paper search warrant.

But cybercrime investigators are frustrated by the speed of traditional methods of faxing, mailing, or e-mailing companies these documents. They’re pushing for the creation of a national Web interface linking police computers with those of Internet and e-mail providers so requests can be sent and received electronically.

CNET has reviewed a survey scheduled to be released at a federal task force meeting on Thursday, which says that law enforcement agencies are virtually unanimous in calling for such an interface to be created. Eighty-nine percent of police surveyed, it says, want to be able to “exchange legal process requests and responses to legal process” through an encrypted, police-only “nationwide computer network.” (See one excerpt and another.)

The survey, according to two people with knowledge of the situation, is part of a broader push from law enforcement agencies to alter the ground rules of online investigations. Other components include renewed calls for laws requiring Internet companies to store data about their users for up to five years and increased pressure on companies to respond to police inquiries in hours instead of days.

But the most controversial element is probably the private Web interface, which raises novel security and privacy concerns, especially in the wake of a recent inspector general’s report (PDF) from the Justice Department. The 289-page report detailed how the FBI obtained Americans’ telephone records by citing nonexistent emergencies and simply asking for the data or writing phone numbers on a sticky note rather than following procedures required by law.

Full story here.