Sunday, December 14, 2008
This did happen:
Battered wife's secret address handed over by tax office worker.
So did this:
Forced marriage victims being betrayed by doctors.
So did this:
Corrupt cop abused police database to blackmail child abusers.
So did this:
Brothers guilty of killing pensioner obtained address from Police database.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
As dark and more funny, probably.
Probably just as true, probably.
The artists in me smiles at the serendipitous confluence of links. Nothing else about either piece is even slightly amusing.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The original can be seen in context at the NUJ Web site.
Turn it off. Do something. Ask why.
My regular readers will know that for several years, since this blog was first created after the events of 77 in July 2005, I have been warning of the erosion of liberties and the creation of police states on both sides of the Atlantic.
The fact that this is happening as a transatlantic phenomenon is no accident. Bush’s fascists first performed a coup on the US electorate by stealing the presidential election in 2000. We know now that by rights the Democratic candidate, Al Gore, was the rightful winner. But there was no challenge. Bush and his band of rogues were allowed to take over the White House. And it happened again in 2004 with ‘faulty’ electronic voting machines! Again, the criminals were allowed to get away with it. What now in 2008?
It was clear to many of us that the events of 911 were indeed a conspiracy involving some very powerful forces in north America and elsewhere. The purpose was to so traumatize the public that there would be no struggle when a premeditated, systematic erosion of constitutional and civil liberties followed –not only in the USA but in the UK as well as in other English-speaking countries. The wholly spurious ‘War on Terror’ was the ideological weapon used with which to bludgeon the opposition into submission.
On the international level we were told to prepare ourselves for ‘Endless War’ the description used by the Bush/Blair/Brown neocons for ongoing imperialist aggression by the US/UK/Israel in what might otherwise be called Resource Wars –wars staged in order that the West might secure strategic resources such as Oil, Gas, Water and other Mineral Resources needed to keep its system turning over.
The police states created through the fake ‘War on Terror’ are but one side of the coin. On the other is the prospect of Endless War. Taken together, we see the nightmare prospect of an Orwellian apocalypse. It started in earnest with the mass-murders of 911 and 77. It continues with the inexorable march of the police state. Many eyes are opening to what is going on. Many more need still to be opened. Please help that process by passing this link and text to as many people as possible. There isn’t a moment to lose.
Surveillance mania is spreading. Governments and businesses register, monitor and control our behaviour ever more thoroughly. No matter what we do, who we phone and talk to, where we go, whom we are friends with, what our interests are, which groups we participate in - "big brother" government and "little brothers" in business know it more and more thoroughly. The resulting lack of privacy and confidentiality is putting at risk the freedom of confession, the freedom of speech as well as the work of doctors, helplines, lawyers and journalists.
The manifold agenda of security sector reform encompasses the convergence of police, intelligence agencies and the military, threatening to melt down the division and balance of powers. Using methods of mass surveillance, the borderless cooperation of the military, intelligence services and police authorities is leading towards the construction of "Fortresses" in Europe and on other continents, directed against refugees and different-looking people but also affecting, for example, political activists, the poor and under-priviledged, and sports fans.
People who constantly feel watched and under surveillance cannot freely and courageously stand up for their rights and for a just society. Mass surveillance is thereby threatening the fabric of a democratic and open society. Mass surveillance is also endangering the work and commitment of civil society organizations.
Surveillance, distrust and fear are gradually transforming our society into one of uncritical consumers who have "nothing to hide" and - in a vain attempt to achieve total security - are prepared to give up their freedoms. We do not want to live in such a society!
We believe the respect for our privacy to be an important part of our human dignity. A free and open society cannot exist without unconditionally private spaces and communications.
The increasing electronic registration and surveillance of the entire population does not make us any safer from crime, costs millions of Euros and puts the privacy of innocent citizens at risk. Under the reign of fear and blind actionism, targeted and sustained security measures fall by the wayside, as well as tackling peoples' actual daily problems such as unemployment and poverty.
In order to protest against security mania and excessive surveillance we will take to the streets in capital cities in many countries on 11 October 2008. We call on everybody to join our peaceful protest. Politicians are to see that we are willing to take to the streets for the protection of our liberties!
You can find the latest information on the protest marches and the list of participating cities at our website:
via UK Liberty
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
By so many measures we, the UK, are keeping very bad company according to Privacy International.
Who would have thought that the Mother of all Parliaments would not only be keeping such despicable company with the USA, China, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand but also find herself a World Leader in surveillance upon her own subjects.
Be afraid, be very afraid.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Worlds Wildest Police Videos
Police, Camera, Action
Beat: Life on the Street
Shops, Robbers and Videotape
Ultimate Police Chases
And you have no idea which of these programmes your tax pounds are paying for because the State has kept it's sponsorship of at least one of these programmes a secret and in doing so probably broken Ofcom's rules on editorial independence and sponsorship transparency.
Of all the things that so desperately need doing in the UK, our very own State Propaganda Machine is paying for things which can only have been designed to influence the way we think.
Turn it off. Do something. Ask why.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I really admire the calm way (despite us almost being able to hear his heart racing) in which Terrence Eden handles this legalised harassment, invasion of privacy and state assault whilst retaining the presence of mind to question what is happening and make a brave attempt to retain dignity by enquiring about the identity and intentions of his twin assaulters.
The attitude and words of 4825 exhibit all the contempt for Mr Eden that the state increasingly exhibits for us all. "Gimme your bag" along with "Doing my job sir, OK" and the utterly derisive, "Bye bye sir", are sentiments that we will all surely come to fear in the future from the massive level of state command and control which is about to come down on us over the coming months and years.
The 'fake phoning' 4825 undertakes so as to prolong Mr Edens harassment is utterly contemptuous and will no doubt be the source of much laughter in the pub later that night.
This contemptuous attitude exhibited by 4825 comes directly from his political masters, from the example being set by Gordon Blair and the like. They are his role model. If this is what they want us to do then bring it on. Give me some power over other people.
The truly frightening thing is that this power is real.
Should Mr Eden have been an electronics buff with, say a half made Arduino in his bag then he would have been disappeared... for hours; possibly days; possibly 28 days; possibly 42 days.
Looking at this video I, we, imagine it must be a one off. But remember every twentieth person gets this harassment. Or do they?
I'm fairly sure a suit, tie, haircut and briefcase would get you past both these theatre of security bit part players unchecked in future.
Monday, August 18, 2008
View Larger Map
This map is an attempt to take a UK wide, geographical view, of both the public and the personal effect of State sponsored fear and distrust as seen through the twisted technological lens of petty officials and would be bureaucrats nationwide.
I have included a line at Westminster Bridge in London to signify the point at which our liberties are being swept out to sea and to act as a marker for those liberties already lost and those well on their way.
Upstream of the bridge I may have begun to include markers for notes and incidents about events that threaten our freedom, which will bear closer scrutiny.
The impetus for starting this Map has been my increasing difficulty in explaining just why 'you' should be concerned about State Control and the all pervasive creeping Data State when talking to friends and acquaintances, whose first question has been along the lines of "How will all this affect me? Why should I and my family be concerned about all that?"
The presumption is that only terrorists need be afraid and that none of the radical changes to our laws and freedoms now coming to fruition will affect me - will they?
Yes they will. They already are.
If you feel I may have missed an event or incident that should be included on the map please leave a link in the comments.
I am trying to be fairly strict about what gets in and what doesn't and leave out law changes which have potential for State abuse, and which anger me, but have not yet turned into specific incidents that can be reported.