United Kingdom

Report: UK police categorize political activists as ‘domestic extremists’

http://rawstory.com/2009/10/report-uk-police-categorize-political-activists-domestic-extremists/
Report: UK police categorize political activists as ‘domestic extremists’

By Stephen C. Webster
Sunday, October 25th, 2009 -- 8:55 pm
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British police inspectors have been building a massive, secret database containing personal information on thousands of otherwise innocent political activists, an investigative report revealed Sunday.

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

The UK paper added that the term "domestic extremist" has no legal basis, but is instead intended to tar those who may have participated in something so benign as civil disobedience.

Even merely attending a protest and standing on the outskirts of the crowd can be enough to land one on the National Public Order Intelligence Unit's list of "domestic extremists."

MI5 officer visited Morocco three times while Binyam Mohamed was tortured

(Updated with further developments from Democracy Now. Essentially, the Obama administration is threatening the security of British citizens to prevent disclosure of torture crimes; a less roundabout way to describe it would be that the White House is "threatening with increased risk of mass murder by ending intelligence sharing" -- SnowCrash)

British Lawmaker David Davis Challenges US Threats to Suppress Evidence of CIA Torture

Democracy Now, August 5, 2009

A British court heard evidence last week that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to prevent the disclosure of details regarding the CIA’s role in the alleged torture of former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Binyam Mohamed. We hear from conservative British parliamentarian David Davis about the Obama administration’s attempts to suppress evidence in this case.


MI5 officer visited Morocco three times while Binyam Mohamed was 'tortured'

'Pre-Crime': [UK] Police identify 200 children as potential terrorists

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-identify-200-children-as-potential-terrorists-1656027.html
Police identify 200 children as potential terrorists: Drastic new tactics to prevent school pupils as young as 13 falling into extremism

Exclusive by Mark Hughes Crime correspondent
Saturday, 28 March 2009

Two hundred schoolchildren in Britain, some as young as 13, have been identified as potential terrorists by a police scheme that aims to spot youngsters who are "vulnerable" to Islamic radicalisation.

The number was revealed to The Independent by Sir Norman Bettison, the chief constable of West Yorkshire Police and Britain's most senior officer in charge of terror prevention.

He said the "Channel project" had intervened in the cases of at least 200 children who were thought to be at risk of extremism, since it began 18 months ago. The number has leapt from 10 children identified by June 2008.

Almost half of Britons apparently believe in captive space aliens [and 38% think 9/11 was an inside job]

blah, blah, blah, then:

"And despite the horror of the 9/11 attacks, more than one in three (38 per cent) are sure the twin towers atrocity was part of a plot backed by the US government to create an excuse to invade Iraq and Afghanistan.

A third of respondents pointed to a "lack of debris" outside the Pentagon crash site as proof that all is not as it seems."

http://news.scotsman.com/latestnews/Almost-half-of-Britons-apparently.4342157.jp

I couldn't find the actual poll; please post as a blog entry if you do, or just put a link in the comments

We want to help (UK)

I am part of a growing network of people UK, who have been effected by the impact of "loose change", bringing groups together to watch and educate, debate and argue about the issues and how it effects us here in the UK also. We are angry and want to do more to spread the word in the UK.

The 'war on terror' has changed our country and brought fear/doubt/suspicion back into our communities. The media spin over here further divides people and brings us into conflict with each other, when we should be acting together. Most see terrorists in ever muslim community now, and muslims are hyper sensitive and volatile.

Unfortunately the response to theorys and ideas that 911 was suspicious before "loose change" became available were mostly that of total disbelief in the eyes of the massive media smoke-screen of 911. Our own terrorist threats and incidents now begin to fall under scrutiny and analysis as a natural reflex...sadly by the minority, but we want to do more to; at the very least, show people the evidence so they can choose for themselves.

i am new to blogging so i hope i did it right :)

Crossesbourne

"people should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people".