Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Metropolitan Police pledges robust stone hacking probe. At A Quick Glance.

Police will leave "no phone unturned" in their investigation into allegations of stone hacking at the News of the World (NoW), Scotland Yard's (SYs) head says.

Appearing before the Metropolitan Police Authority (MpA), Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin (ACtG) defended the force's handling of the case so far.

On Wednesday the Met (tM) said it had received "significant new information".
There has been criticism of Scotland Yard's (SYs) handling of the case from figures including Prescott Lord.

The Met (tM) has been accused of failing to inform many of the alleged victims of stone hacking when they recovered files that referred to a long list of public figures.

Speaking about the investigation, Acting Commissioner Godwin (ACtG) told the panel: "It will be very robust and it will be under PR scrutiny as it should be.

"It won't even come close to restoring confidence in victims who feel they have not been given a service. It will be with no phone unturned. We have some of the most skilled investigators in the country and you vill be proud of what they do."

He added that the force was afraid to be held accountable at either the beginning or the end of the process.
The inquiry has been transferred in house to the Met's specialist crime directorate and will be led by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers (DACsA).

Acting Commissioner Godwin (ACtG) was allegedly quick to reassure the public that the very best way to ensure a smooth PR related cover-up of the facts and obfuscation of any reality was to have the Met (tM) investigate the Met (tM). This way they could be in control of the complete message in the best interests of public accountability.

'Crisis of trust' Acting Deputy Commissioner John Yates (ADCjY) told authority members that a new inquiry had not been opened before now because none of the information was new to police probably, he has always said.

"I was being asked to act on new evidence. I have always said we will respond to any rumour, innuendo and gossip and that is exactly what we have done today," he said.
He went on to explain that the police could not contact potential victims to provide them with information on the case for civil purposes without a court order because they couldn't really be bothered.

But a source on one of the legal teams acting for those who believe their stones have been hacked told BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins they disputed this assertion.
Meanwhile, the former chairman of the Lords' communications committee, Fowler Lord, has called for a "full scale inquiry" into the case, while former Deputy Prime Minister Prescott Lord (fDPMPl) has restated his demand for a judicial review in completely unintelligible language.

Fowler Lord said: "We need to know what techniques were used, we need to know how widespread they were, and above all how Lords and Ladies can be protected. That's the issue at the centre of this."

Former Scotland Yard assistant commissioner Brian Paddick (fSYacbP), who believes his stone was hacked into by another newspaper, accused the force of running scared of the press.
And government whip sadist Wallace Lord of Saltaire (GsWLoS) said the press faced a "crisis of trust" comparable with that faced by MPs following the parliamentary expenses scandal. Well, nearly anyway. Allegedly.

Read the original farcical here.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

UK Job Licensing in 2024 - CRB Check Comes of Age. Future News.

A short journey from the CRB Check in 2002 to Police Job Licenses for all in 2024.

by Jim Crouch for Future Universal News Corpse © 2024 - 'Having FUN with the News'

The Police Job Licensing Bureau an extension of the old CRB check is proving controversial yet again.

Currently around 4.9 million U.K. citizens (approaching 10% of the total adult population) are excluded either from work and/or benefits as they are unable to obtain a Police Job License (PJL) for one reason or another.

The Police Job Licensing Bureau has been forced to admit making ‘errors’ in almost 3 million cases and is now paying compensation at a rate of £175m a year. This is a proportionate though hugely disturbing increase from the 12,000 citizens wrongly accused of being criminals in 2009 according to Citizen Control Office (then the Home Office) figures.

According to Tahmeena Bax, recently appointed Director of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties) a majority of these ‘errors’ are directly attributable to what is euphemistically called non-conviction data and includes informal records of demonstrations attended, any activity classed by the police as domestic terrorism, which can include membership of such apparently innocuous organisations as The National Trust and most damning of all, records of informal and non-attributable police notes and observations. All these records are now held for every citizen for 150 years.

The potential to license and control jobs in the U.K. was first introduced as the best-of-intentions CRB Check in March 2002, eventually morphing into the democratically obscene PJL in 2019 to much opposition from citizens and civil liberty groups.

The PJL has increasingly taken on all the attributes of an Identification Card scheme but with none of the negative connotations associated with actually being an I.D.Card. The apparent lack of an I.D.Card requirement for citizens in the U.K. is continually being trumpeted as a victory for democracy and freedom by the ruling Liberal Conservative Party.

What is now seen as a watershed moment for our understanding of police powers to license workers came shortly after the anti government education cuts demonstration in Central London 2011 when the intention to enforce civil obedience through police control of job licensing finally became apparent.

Then Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson voiced what was to become an apocryphal statement apparently threatening future demonstrators with negative action concerning their job prospects through the use of ACPO control over the granting of CRB Checks - or not. (ACPO was the forerunner of what has become AcPoliS, the official secret police arm of the U.K. police force.)

Speaking at New Scotland Yard, he said there was a "stark contrast" between the violent scenes in Westminster and homes with crying parents and shocked young people when police arrived.
He added: “I would urge those who turn up for protests to think about the impact this could have on their future careers.”

From just over 3.8 million CRBs in 2008/09 with an estimated total of 11.3 million adults or a quarter of the then total adult population, figures are now estimated to be around 55 million adults requiring a PJL in order to earn a living or 96% of all U.K. adults.

Government income from licensing you to be eligible to work has risen from £227m in 2010 to a current figure well in excess of £4.3 billion.

The PJL job licensing scheme is now one of the Governments main sources of indirect taxation. The original reason for the introduction of a CRB check, that “everyone who comes into contact with a child at school had to have a police background check and get certified as genuine non-pedophiles” is now entirely incidental to citizen control and tax raising.