UK police in Hot Water

UK police under fire for seducing activists, stealing dead infants’ names

March 01, 2013

British MPs have condemned practices used by undercover police, including sleeping with those they were investigating and using dead infants’ names for their covert identity. The MPs have called for legislation to regulate undercover work.

The UK House of Commons held a Home Affairs Select Committee probe into a series of scandals involving undercover police officers. In an interim report published on Friday, the committee addressed three separate issues.

First: Undercover officers became intimate with those they were investigating. Second: The practice of using the names of dead infants to create cover identities for the officers. And last, but not least: MPs criticized the overall system of undercover police work.

Unauthorized, but ‘almost inevitable’ sex

The MPs highlighted several cases in which undercover officers infiltrated various activist groups and initiated long-term intimate relationships with members of those groups. The affairs were then broken off when the agents finished their work. Some incidents reviewed by the commission dated as far back as the 1980s.

Several of the women are now claiming damages over the incidents. While MPs refrained from commenting on the legality of the officers’ actions, “the terrible impact on the lives of those women who had relationships with undercover officers is beyond doubt,” they said, adding that the officers “were not unaffected” either.

“There is an alarming degree of inconsistency in the views of Ministers and senior police officers about the limits of what may and may not be lawfully authorized,” the report said. Officials offered MPs different views on whether such relationships were justified, could be prevented or should be banned outright. One official said such closeness “could almost be inevitable” is some cases.

One practical consideration, former Minister for Policing Nick Herbert explained, is that an explicit ban on such intimacy “would provide a ready-made test for the targeted criminal group to find out whether an undercover officer was deployed among them.” However, there must be strict rules for officers becoming intimate with their targets, the MPs said.

“We do not believe that officers should enter into intimate, physical sexual relationships while using their false identities undercover without clear, prior authorization, which should only be given in the most exceptional circumstances,” the report said.

The report outlined that it is clearly unacceptable to conceive a child as result of such relationships, which reportedly happened to one of the officers. “This must never be allowed to happen again,” the MPs said.AFP Photo / Carl de Souza)

‘Ghoulish and disrespectful’

Another dubious practice condemned by the MPs was the use of the names of dead infants to create aliases for undercover agents. The practice was “ghoulish and disrespectful,” and potentially dangerous to the bereaved families, they said.

One witness told the commission how she found the home address of the people she believed to be the parents of her missing partner, who was an undercover officer using a fake name. Her intention was not malevolent, but “it is easy to see how officers infiltrating serious, organized criminal and terrorist gangs using the identities of real people could pose a significant risk to the living relatives of those people,” the report stressed.

“The families who have been affected by this deserve an explanation and a full and unambiguous apology from the forces concerned,” the commission continued. “We would also welcome a clear statement from the Home Secretary that this practice will never be followed in future.” 

The Metropolitan Police is currently conducting an investigation into the use of dead infants’ names. To the shock of the commission, the practice was “apparently a surprise to senior officers and it is vital that the investigation establish quickly how high up the chain of command this practice was sanctioned,” the report said.

The commission pledged to request updates on the progress of the probe every three months, including the remaining amount of work, costs, disciplinary proceedings, arrests made, and the families involved being identified and informed. The probe should be concluded by the end of 2013, and the results will be published on the commission’s website every three months.

“It cannot be sufficiently emphasized that using the identities of dead children was not only abhorrent, but reflects badly on the police. It must never occur again,” the MPs said. (Reuters)

Reform pending

During the investigation, the MPs found that “standards in undercover operations are jeopardized by lack of clear lines of responsibility between… the different forces and units involved.” They cite discrepancies in training, tactics and review, and called for the establishment of a coherent set of operational instructions.

Of particular concern for the commission was the weak oversight for undercover agents who were gathering intelligence, and how there was no expectation that the evidence gathered must stand up in court.

The MPs argued that undercover police activity should be limited to genuine threats to public safety or national security. They also expressed doubts over the practice of infiltrating activist groups engaged in peaceful protest in the hopes of reaching more radical groups.

The report said that a compelling case exists for a fundamental review of the legislative framework governing undercover policing, including 2000’s Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.

“We recommend that the Government commit to the publication of a Green Paper on the regulation of investigatory powers before the end of this Parliament, with a view to publishing draft legislation in the Session after the next general election,” the report said.

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Undercover police officers, that were really under the covers.

Read the  Report. It is a long read but what the witnesses have to say is heart breaking.  Imagine living with a fake Pearson for 5 or 6 years. They lived as a married couple would in some cases. So how would it feel to find out your husband was not real? Then he just vanished off the face of the earth. So you go to visit his parents etc. One did try that. Now if she had spoken to them they would have been shocked to find out that their son who died had his identity stolen.

There are so many things that could have happened by doing these types of thing it staggers the imagination.

What if and this was not the case as the people being investigated were not terrorists but if they had been or drug dealers etc. The parents may even have been killed. I could see a drug dealer going there to find the guy and his parents who were not even his parents getting caught up in the cross fire. In the US drive by shooting happen all the time and innocent people die.

They certainly did not think when they used the name of real children, with real parents and relatives.

In the 5 or 6 years  those police officers lived with these women they took that time from them. If not for the lies those women may have found a real partner. They may have found real love. That time can never be given back to those women. One wanted to have a child. Now she may or may not have that happen. She will have to find a new partner and by the time that happens it may be too late. How dare they steal years of a woman’s life in such a manner. Imagine finding out all those years you were just being used and it was all a lie. No wonder the sexual abuse in the UK is so bad, the police are part of it. Do read the Report.It is eye opening.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmhaff/837/837.pdf

Special Demonstration Squad, which was initially funded by the Home Office and set up in 1968, ran for 40 years.

A lot could have happened over those 40 years.

All I can say is if you don’t know who your Father is, he may be a police officer was working uncover in more ways then one. . That is something to ponder. Also 40 years ago birth control was not as efficient as it is today. Even with all the new types of birth control, they are not all 100% guaranteed to work. If it turns out the woman was left with a child to raise on her own that is unacceptable, in every sense of the word.

Sexual exploitation of any type is unacceptable, but when it is the police doing it, that is beyond words to explain the nightmare it leaves in the minds of those who were exploited and the loss of trust in the police who are suppose to protect individuals from such crimes. They have become the criminals, they are suppose to protect us from. Then they have the audacity, to question why the public does not trust them.

As a parent, if this was done to your daughter, how would you feel?

If anyone thinks this is acceptable behavior I would say you have a sick, criminal mind. This is sexual exploitation at it’s worst.

The women did not consent to to sleep with an undercover police officer they consented to sleep with a non existing person who had died years before. You cannot consent to have sexual relations with a person, who is a not real in any seance of the word.

True consent can only be given if the partner is real and who he or she says she is, other wise it is not consent.

If you steal someones identity and ran up credit card charges or other crimes using “identity theft”, they crimes are they not?

The police have done the same thing except they stole the lives of women for weeks, months and in some cases years using “identity theft”.

You cannot legally give consent to have a sexual relationship. with a person who does not exist, identity theft or other wise.

The more I think about this, the angrier I get.

Breach of Trust, Betrayal, Lies, Corruption, Theft, Coercion,  Sexual Exploitation, Fatherless children, Abuse of power, Disregard for another person or persons emotional or physical well being, Seduction, Endangerment of innocent people, Prostitution of oneself to get information (Yes and they got paid to do so, with tax dollars) and those are just off the top of my head.

Police spy Mark Kennedy may have misled parliament over relationships

Inquiry hears claims of 10 or more women having sexual relations with undercover officer who infiltrated eco-activists

Mark Kennedy, undercover police officer

Mark Kennedy-Fake Name :Mark Stone
Mark Kennedy’s evidence saying he had sexual relationships with two people is disputed by women taking legal action against the police. Photograph: Philipp Ebeling

Mark Kennedy, the police spy who infiltrated the environmental movement, appears to have misled parliament over the number of sexual relationships he had with women while he was working undercover.

Kennedy told a parliamentary inquiry that he had only two relationships during the seven years he spied on environmental groups.

However, at least four women had come forward to say that he slept with them when he was a police spy.

Friends who knew Kennedy when he was living as an eco-activist in Nottingham have identified more than 10 women with whom he slept.

Kennedy was the only undercover police officer to give evidence to the inquiry conducted by the home affairs select committee.

He testified in private, but transcripts of his evidence released on Thursday reveal that he claimed he had sexual relationships with “two individuals”.

But three women who say they are Kennedy’s former lovers are part of an 11-strong group taking legal action against police chiefs for damages.

The Guardian has been investigating this story for some time.

For more go HERE

Mark Jenner, the police spy who went by the name of Mark Cassidy for six years

Mark Jenner, the undercover officer in the Metropolitan police’s special demonstration squad, who went by the name of Mark Cassidy for six years – then disappeared.

He was called Mark Cassidy. His girlfriend – a secondary school teacher he shared a flat with for four years – believed they were almost “man and wife”. Then, in 2000, as the couple were discussing plans for the future, Cassidy suddenly vanished, never to be seen again. Source

Those are just who who victimized civilians. There are more.

Then we have this type of intrusive behavior. Child abuse under the Authority of the State.

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We fabricated drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas, former NYPD detective testifies

By John Marzulli
October 13 2011

A former NYPD narcotics detective snared in a corruption scandal testified it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas.

The bombshell testimony from Stephen Anderson is the first public account of the twisted culture behind the false arrests in the Brooklyn South and Queens narc squads, which led to the arrests of eight cops and a massive shakeup.

Anderson, testifying under a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, was busted for planting cocaine, a practice known as “flaking,” on four men in a Queens bar in 2008 to help out fellow cop Henry Tavarez, whose buy-and-bust activity had been low.

“Tavarez was … was worried about getting sent back [to patrol] and, you know, the supervisors getting on his case,” he recounted at the corruption trial of Brooklyn South narcotics Detective Jason Arbeeny.

“I had decided to give him [Tavarez] the drugs to help him out so that he could say he had a buy,” Anderson testified last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

He made clear he wasn’t about to pass off the two legit arrests he had made in the bar to Tavarez.

“As a detective, you still have a number to reach while you are in the narcotics division,” he said.

NYPD officials did not respond to a request for comment.

Anderson worked in the Queens and Brooklyn South narcotics squads and was called to the stand at Arbeeny’s bench trial to show the illegal conduct wasn’t limited to a single squad.

“Did you observe with some frequency this … practice which is taking someone who was seemingly not guilty of a crime and laying the drugs on them?” Justice Gustin Reichbach asked Anderson.

“Yes, multiple times,” he replied.

The judge pressed Anderson on whether he ever gave a thought to the damage he was inflicting on the innocent.

“It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators,” he said.

“It’s almost like you have no emotion with it, that they attach the bodies to it, they’re going to be out of jail tomorrow anyway; nothing is going to happen to them anyway.”

The city paid $300,000 to settle a false arrest suit by Jose Colon and his brother Maximo, who were falsely arrested by Anderson and Tavarez. A surveillance tape inside the bar showed they had been framed.

A federal judge presiding over the suit said the NYPD’s plagued by “widespread falsification” by arresting officers. Source

How quint nothing like being charged with a crime you did not commit. This is not the first and certainly will not be the last. This type of false arrest is probably rather common in the US. I am sure others have been charged with bogus crimes as well.

There is an old saying if there is one there are many more.

Unfortunately not all can prove their innocence like these two brothers.

City paying out $300G to Queens brothers falsely accused by cops of selling drugs

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Total number of suspected Mossad agents involved in Dubai assassination reaches 32

Dubai names five new suspects in Hamas murder
May 7 2010

Total number of suspected Mossad agents involved in Dubai assassination reaches 32.
DUBAI – Dubai police have named five new suspects in the assassination of a senior Hamas official at a hotel in the Gulf emirate, bringing the total number to 32, Al-Arabiya news channel reported on Friday.

The murder is widely believed to be carried out by the Mossad, Israel’s notorious secret service.

Police said two of the new suspects in Mahmud al-Mabhuh’s assassination in January held French passports, another two travelled on British passports, and the other, a woman, had an Australian passport, the Dubai-based channel said.

It gave the names in Arabic, while Dubai police were not reachable for comment.

International police agency Interpol has already issued arrest notices for 27 suspects wanted by Dubai in connection with the murder of Mabhuh, who was found dead in his Dubai hotel room on January 20.

The assassination has caused diplomatic tension over the alleged falsification of Western passports by Israel’s Mossad spy agency.

London in March kicked out an Israeli diplomat citing “compelling reasons” to believe that Israel was responsible for the misuse of British passports.

The Dubai police had said 12 people linked to the murder used cloned British passports, four had French travel documents, six carried Irish passports and one used a German identity.

Four Australian passports were also used in the operation.

Meanwhile, two Palestinians were arrested in Jordan and extradited to Dubai over connections to the killing, according to police.

Australia said on Friday that it was investigating reports that a fifth Australian passport had been linked to the assassination.

Dubai police chief General Dahi Khalfan has said Mabhuh was drugged and then suffocated in his hotel room.

The emirate’s security service showed surveillance video footage from Mabhuh’s hotel detailing the movements of the alleged assassination squad.  Source

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Update March 13 2010

Interpol issued red notices for 16 suspects, bringing the total number in the case to 27. The notices enable arrest warrants to be circulated to other countries to help with arrests and extradition.

Also this is rather interesting.

Israeli named Yuval Tal owns Payoneer—which offers prepaid cards, mostly as a way for employers to compensate foreign workers without checks and wire transfers—had been linked to this year’s cinematically brash Hamas assassination in Dubai.

For the rest Go HERE

Alternative reading of the al-Mabhouh murder

Update March 12 2010

When medical examiners inspected Mabhouh’s corpse, they found an injection mark on his thigh. Toxicology tests showed that he had been dosed with succinylcholine, a paralyzing agent. The cops concluded that after sedating Mabhouh, the killers smothered him with a pillow. But by the time the results had come in, police say the suspects had fled to Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong–and possibly Iran. For the rest Go HERE

March 2 2010

DUBAI

Dubai’s police chief plans to seek the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of Israel’s spy agency over the killing of a Hamas leader in the emirate, Al Jazeera television reported.

Dahi Khalfan Tamim “said he would ask the Dubai prosecutor to issue arrest warrants for … Netanyahu and the head of Mossad,” the television said. It did not give details.

Tamim has said he is “almost certain” Israeli agents were involved in the killing of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh at a Dubai hotel in January, calling for Mossad’s boss, Meir Dagan, to be arrested if it is proved responsible. Tamim said on Monday Mossad had “insulted” Dubai and Western countries whose fraudulent passports were used by suspects in the assassination.

Dubai has asked the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into prepaid cards issued by the Meta Financial Group’s MetaBank which the suspects used, a United Arab Emirates newspaper said.

Citing an FBI source, The National newspaper said the investigation would look into any Israeli involvement in the killing.

“Thirteen of the 26 suspects used prepaid MasterCards issued by MetaBank, a regional American bank, to purchase plane tickets and book hotel rooms,” the newspaper said, quoting Dubai police.

MetaBank said it followed proper procedures when it issued the cards.

Authorities told the bank that the suspects appeared to have used stolen passports to get employment with U.S. companies, MetaBank said in a statement on Tuesday. The companies paid the employees with prepaid cards issued by MetaBank and other banks.

MetaBank said it had launched its own review of the matter, and had so far found that it followed all bank and regulatory requirements.

The suspects authorities had identified were not on any list that would indicate their identities were fraudulent, it said.

The UAE, a U.S.-allied Arab state that backs the Palestinian drive for an independent state and an end to Israeli occupation, has no diplomatic relations with Israel.

But it has established low-level political and trade links in recent years, with some Israeli officials attending events in the Gulf Arab state. Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer competed in the Dubai Championships last month.

Members of the hit squad used fraudulent passports from Britain, Ireland, Germany, France and Australia. Residents of Israel with the same names as the suspects, holding dual nationalities, have said their identities appear to have been stolen.

The passport abuse has drawn criticism from the European Union, and some of the governments involved have summoned the Israeli ambassadors to their countries to protest.

(Reporting by Tamara Walid and Firouz Sedarat; additional reporting by Dan Wilchins in New York; editing by Andrew Roche)

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That is now 28 suspects wanted by Dubai police.

They should be also checking those U.S. companies the frauds/assassins had a job with.

I wonder who owns the places they were employed. Are those places even real or  were they as fake as the passports?

I sure would like to know.

To get a job they would also need a work visa from the US  as well.

A bit more information I came across today March 5 2010

The CIA

Also, why was not a single agent out of the 27 identified to be holders of foreign passports a US passport holder?

Israel has a large number of dual-national Jewish-Americans living in the country, many of whom serve in the Israeli military and various government related jobs. Was this deliberate so as not to draw the wrath of the United States? Or was it simply that this operation was coordinated with the CIA?

The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and numerous foreign press outlets have reported that two men linked to the assassination of al-Mabhouh entered the U.S. on specific dates after the killing. According to the reports, someone using an Irish passport with the name Evan Dennings entered the U.S. on Jan. 21, and someone using a British passport with the name Roy Allan Cannon entered the U.S. on Feb. 14.

A sayan in the US?

According to Dubai’s Chief of Police, the MasterCards used by some of the assassins were branded by US-based Meta Bank, but issued by another small company called Payoneer. The company specializes in prepaid debit cards that can be used as credit card alternatives for online shoppers. Payoneer, which is registered in the US, has most of its employees based in Petah Tikva, Israel and is headed by Yuval Tal, who in a 2006 Fox News interview was identified as a former member of the Israeli Special Forces. Is there a relationship between Mr. Tal and the Mossad?

Many of these questions can be easily answered by the US government, but then again the term sayan has a much broader meaning when it comes to Israel and the United States. Source

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The Rebirth of Konbit in Haiti

Soros Cyclone over Haiti
The rebirth of Konbit in Haiti

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Thousands of Haitians demonstrated throughout Haiti on December 16, 2008. The date commemorated Haiti’s first free and democratic elections in 1990 that signaled the birth of the Lavalas political movement.

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ON Dec. 16, 2008- Demonstrators demanded the return of Aristide who now lives in exile in the Republic of South Africa. They also demanded an end to the UN occupation, the release of all Lavalas political prisoners who still remain behind bars, and an end to the rampant profiteering by Haiti’s predatory wealthy elite that has resulted in growing misery and hunger.

By Kevin Pina

The US, France and Canada worked to oust the democratically elected government of Haiti in 2004 in a coup that was purposely cloaked in a so-called domestic rebellion. To this day an uncritical international press, that was itself culpable in hiding the truth behind Aristide’s ouster, continues to parrot ridiculous assertions about the reality behind his overthrow and the intense campaign of political repression against his Lavalas movement.

During 2004-2006, thousands of Haitians were murdered by the police, jailed or forced into exile. What emerged was a wholesale campaign of violence waged against Lavalas that was largely maintained through the silence of human rights organizations and the international press.

The unfortunate truth is that the police and their operatives in the Haitian state were often aided and abetted; at first, by U.S, Marines, Canadian Special Forces, French Foreign Legion; and later by U.N. forces in Haiti. The ultimate purpose and intent of this violent campaign has been all too clear, to mutilate Lavalas and alter, through violence, Haiti’s political landscape.

Yesterday, December 16, was the 18th anniversary of Haiti’s first free and democratic elections that gave rise to the Lavalas movement which catapulted Aristide into the presidency in 1990.

Thousands of Haitians took to the streets throughout the country to commemorate that day and to demand the return of Aristide who now lives in exile in the Republic of South Africa. They also demanded an end to the UN occupation, the release of all Lavalas political prisoners who still remain behind bars, and an end to the rampant profiteering by Haiti’s predatory wealthy elite that has resulted in growing misery and hunger.

The event stood as a stark reminder to those policy makers who were behind the coup, and those who continue to maintain order based upon its outcome, that the Lavalas movement in Haiti is far from dead.

This reality raises several important questions. The first question is to those who supported the coup and the violent campaign against the Lavalas movement: can you honestly say that Haitians are better off today than they were before February 29, 2004?

Did you really expect the intervention to improve Haiti when, in fact, all indicators are that Haitians are suffering today from levels of malnutrition and infant mortality that are considered high even by Haitian standards?

For everyone concerned about Haiti today: as the presidential elections approach in 2011 and Lavalas reorganizes as a serious contender, once again representing the poor majority, will democratic elections be realized?

Or will Haiti have to endure this endless cycle of foreign intervention all over again?

Can real democracy prevail even as powerful interests, from foreign governments and Haiti’s wealthy elite to a plethora of non-governmental organizations, risk losing their investments in altering the political landscape and turning the page on the Lavalas movement?

If history is any indicator, the current supporters and apologists for the cynical nation-building and social engineering project Haiti has become in the international community, have dug their tentacles deep into the flesh of Haiti’s body politic.

As an indicator of just how deep, the president of the Haitian Senate, Kely Bastien, said earlier this week that the majority of Haiti’s national budget (provided by the international community) is managed by non-governmental organizations. Still, they should know, the concepts of self-determination, freedom and liberty in Haitian culture runs more deeply to the bone.

Konbit and the concept of Haitians working for the benefit of Haitians, is not dead in Haiti. It quietly resides in the consciousness of the Haitian people and waits for the right moment to awaken.

Yesterday’s commemoration of December 16 is but one of several reminders that Haitians have not forgotten what it is like to run their own country and tend to their own affairs.

Contrary to popular belief, Haitians were not always forced to live off charity and rely upon the largess of foreign patrons.

For most Haitians, their dream is that this nightmare will soon come to an end, and for better or worse, that they will once again be free to rise and fall based upon their own strengths and efforts. That simple freedom, which many of Haiti’s patrons claim for themselves and take for granted, is the wellspring of dignity and self-sufficiency for any people. It is the real message of December 16 in Haiti.

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They need help they have been through many tragedies the 4 storms have made things much worse. One never sees anything on the News about Haiti like it is a secret. Where they have been and what they have been through should not be hidden , the rest of the world should know what is happening to them. Ignoring their plight is not acceptable.

To many are dieing. To many are starving.

They are getting some help  but it certainly isn’t enough.

Why is the world media ignoring them? One really has to wonder.

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Motorcycle thieves stalk victims online, warn police

By Steve Farrell
12 December 2008

Motorcycle thieves are using social networking websites and classified ad sites to find their next victims, police have warned.

They say riders too often give away enough clues to lead thieves to their bikes, and have issued tips to avoid the trap.

Crime prevention officer Colin Brough said riders selling bikes online sometimes include their home address with directions. He said some ads even include photos giving away where bikes are kept and how they are secured, so thieves know what tools to bring.

Brough said: ‘‘We have clear indications that motorbike thieves are looking at classified ad sites to target bikes to steal. Unfortunately, some people put too much information on their posting, including photos of the bike that also show the shed or garage door behind and whether there is much in the way of security.

‘‘Some of the postings quite literally put out the welcome mat by including a mapping system that provides directions virtually straight to the door of the seller.

‘‘The thieves can then look up the exact location of the bike and we believe they are turning up, with tools if necessary, to break in to the garage or shed and steal the bike.’’

Riders who use social networking sites are also at risk if the post too may details, according to the police warning.

Brough, of Tayside Police, said: “‘Many bikers have blogs on these sites that include a lot of information about them, often with photographs showing them on their motorcycles. A lot of these photos give strong clues as to the location of where these bikes are being stored and where they can potentially be stolen from.

‘‘I must stress that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the sites themselves, or with anyone using them – all include good information on how to keep safe when using them. But it is the amount of personal information that individuals are giving out that can be used by thieves and which is giving us real cause for concern.’’

The force said in a statement: ‘Tayside Police recommends that people look again at their postings and take all possible steps to ensure that there is nothing there to alert the eagle-eyed thief to the location of their vehicles.

‘Those who are selling a motorbike via a classified ads site are advised not to give out a home phone number, or use a mapping system showing the way to their door.
‘At the same time check out the tips that such websites give out themselves in respect of safety, security and any scams.’

Brough added: “We are targeting those responsible in an effort to bring them to justice but we need assistance from motorcycle owners. By reducing the amount of information that they make widely and readily available, they can reduce the chances of being a victim of crime.’’

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UK: Mandelson accuses Tories of ‘colluding’ with Damian Green over Home Office leaks

By James Chapman, Nicholas Cecil and Niall Firth
December 3 2008

Lord Mandelson

Lord Mandelson arrives for the State Opening of Parliament today

Peter Mandelson today waded into the row over the arrest of MP Damian Green by accusing the Tories of ‘colluding’ in the leaking of information by a Home Office mole.

Lord Mandelson claimed that Tories were using their protests over the raid on Mr Green’s Commons offices as a ‘smokescreen’ to cover their party’s alleged collusion in a breach of the law.

Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, the Business Secretary said much of the furore was a ‘self-serving’ attempt by some Tory MPs to distract attention from their own involvement in the affair.

In comments certain to further inflame the row, Lord Mandelson said: ‘So whilst I recognise that the anger being expressed by some MPs is no doubt sincerely felt by some of them, I also think it is pretty self-serving by Conservative MPs who want to put up a smokescreen to hide their own party’s role in allegedly colluding with a Home Office official in breaking the law.’

His comments came as the acting head of the Met police, Sir Paul Stephenson, denied that it was his officers had been politically influenced in their decision to raid Green’s offices, as has been claimed.

Stephenson told the London assembly that he wanted to correct some of the claims made about the inquiry in the press.

Sir Paul said permission to search the MP’s parliamentary office was obtained from the Serjeant-at-Arms of the Palace of Westminster.

He said: “‘Officers have an obligation to look and secure evidence to avoid any circumstances where potential evidence could be lost.

‘With this in mind, the decision was taken to arrest and search the relevant addresses in accordance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.’

As the war of words over the affair intensified ahead of a possible demonstration after the Queen’s speech today, Jacqui Smith accused David Cameron of being ‘entirely unfit for high office’.

The Home Secretary last night wrote to her Tory shadow Dominic Grieve and said: ‘To assert that the systematic leaking of government material is not serious if it does not relate to national security, as you and David Cameron have done, is not just a cavalier attitude. It is a wholly irresponsible one.’

Mr Grieve has demanded that Miss Smith explain how much was known by the Government about the raid on Mr Green’s Parliamentary office.

The Home Secretary is due to give a statement to Parliament tomorrow over the affair.

On a day of pomp, pageantry and tradition, the Queen told MPs and Peers the Government was committed to ensuring’ the stability of the British economy during the global economic downturn’.

But after her speech, attention quickly turned to a possible protest when Speaker Michael Martin addresses the House about the Damian Green affair.

A group of Tory and Lib Dem MPs are planning a joint assault on the authority of Speaker Michael Martin over his role in the police raid.

Tory grandees – including former ministers David Davis, Douglas Hogg and Stephen Dorrell – are expected to mount today’s protest at Mr Green’s detention after the Queen has left the Houses of Parliament.

Senior Liberal Democrats, including former leader Sir Menzies Campbell, Alan Beith and David Heath, are also due to protest if the Speaker fails to explain how such an affront to democracy could have been permitted.

They will raise repeated points of order on the floor of the Commons, delaying the start of the traditional debate on the Government’s new legislative programme, as Prime Minister Gordon Brown is forced to look on.

Meanwhile, Commons Speaker Michael Martin has been warned ‘say sorry or you’re
toast’ over his failure to stop police raiding Green’s office.

Damian Green

Damian Green attends the State Opening of Parliament today

Tory and Lib-Dem grandees were today set to challenge the Speaker if he refuses to allow a proper debate on the decision to let detectives search shadow immigration minister Damian Green’s Commons room.

But backbench MP Richard Bacon, who is rallying support to challenge the Speaker’s authority, issued a blunt warning to him.

Mr Bacon, who sits on the all-party Commons public accounts committee, had sought a meeting with Mr Martin.

He managed to speak only to his secretary Angus Sinclair but left him in no doubt about the anger among MPs over the affair.

‘He needs to say sorry, it should not have happened, I take responsibility and it won’t happen again,’ the Conservative MP said he told Mr Sinclair.

‘If he says anything less than that I think he’s almost certainly toast and he may be toast anyway.’

Former Tory ministers including Ken Clarke and Michael Howard are expected to spearhead the backlash over Mr Green’s detention.

There is growing pressure on the Speaker to head off a row that some MPs believe could force him to quit.

The temperature increased as it emerged police launched their disastrous investigation only after being told by the Cabinet Office that leaks to the Opposition posed a ‘threat to national security’.

In fact, documents alleged to have been passed to the Tory immigration spokesman by a Whitehall whistleblower merely embarrassed the Government by exposing cover-ups and incompetence.

Sources also refused to deny that Cabinet Secretary Gus O’Donnell, Britain’s most
senior civil servant, and other top officials knew in advance that a Tory MP was to be
arrested.

There is widespread outrage in Westminster that centuries of tradition were trampled when counter-terrorism officers were allowed into the Commons to raid Mr Green’s office last week.

He was held for nine hours while his London and Kent homes and constituency office
were also raided, and made to give a DNA sample.

The embattled Speaker also faced renewed pressure today after a former chief prosecutor tore holes in the police inquiry into Mr Green.

The scathing criticism from Sir Ken Macdonald, who stood down as director of public prosecutions just weeks ago, raised further questions over Mr Martin’s
conduct.

The Speaker has bowed to demands for a debate on the row, according to his ally Lord Foulkes, although he said this had been a government decision which will inevitably reinforce the belief that ministers have too much influence over Mr Martin.

Speaking on BBC2’s Newsnight, Sir Ken raised serious doubts over whether any convictions would result from the leak investigation.

He also suggested the Metropolitan Police had blundered by failing to properly consult with the Crown Prosecution Service.

“If the police proceed in a case which is this sensitive without consulting prosecutors, then things will go wrong,” he told the programme.

Yesterday the Met effectively ran up the white flag over the arrest of Mr Green by announcing an urgent external review of whether it had been justified.

It is now expected to be a matter of weeks before police abandon their probe.

Gordon Brown, meanwhile, insisted that ‘no MP is above the law’.

Last night the Tories upped their attack over Mr Green’s treatment by releasing footage of police arriving to carry out the raid.

Mr Grieve said the images documented a “dark day for democracy”.

“MPs are not above the law,” he said. “But they must be allowed to bring the Government to account and to put into the public domain information which may be uncomfortable for ministers.”

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Scotland Yard forced into humiliating retreat over Damian Green affair


Caught on film: Video of the moment anti-terror police raided Tory MP Damian Green’s Commons office


MAX HASTINGS: Parliament has been corrupted by this assault on its historic freedoms. How CAN Michael Martin survive?

Protest in “Iceland” ends in Violence

November 22 2008

By Alex Elliot

The now regular Saturday protests in front of the Icelandic parliament in Reykjavik went ahead today as planned, but a follow-up demonstration outside the police headquarters ended in violence.

During the busy parliament protests, the famous statue of Jonas Sigurdsson was dressed in women’s clothing to remind people of the role of the female half of the population and how they should take a leading role in rebuilding the Icelandic economy.

After the rally, some 200 to 300 people took part in a different protest at the main police station to demand the release of Haukur Himarsson, who had been arrested last night when police found out he was the person to fly the Bonus supermarket flag from the top of parliament two weeks ago.

After officers in full riot gear used pepper spray to try to disperse the crowds, police eventually released Hilmarsson and the crowd dissipated. It is still not known whether or not the police charged Hilmarsson before his release, however.

Hilmarsson was arrested last night after an educational research trip to the Althingi parliament house. He has a suspended 14 days remaining of an 18-day prison sentence he received in 2005 for protests with the Saving Iceland environmental pressure group.

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Iceland’s Economic Meltdown is a big Flashing Warning Sign

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De Menezes ‘was killed without warning’

Jean Charles de Menezes was killed by shots from two police officers on a London Underground Tube train at Stockwell station

Mr Mansfield has said the officers who killed Mr de Menezes did not “honestly and genuinely” believe the Brazilian electrician was an immediate threat at the time they pulled the trigger

By Mark Hughes

October 31 2008

Scotland Yard marksmen who shot dead Jean Charles de Menezes did not identify themselves as police officers before opening fire, according to three witnesses who saw the Brazilian electrician being killed.

The evidence, given by passengers who were in the same Tube train carriage as Mr de Menezes when he was shot on 22 July 2005, contradicts statements made by the Metropolitan Police. Both of the armed officers who shot Mr de Menezes have told the inquest they shouted “armed police” before firing. This claim has also been corroborated by other officers who were on the train on the day Mr de Menezes was killed.

But yesterday three witnesses said they heard no such shout. Their testimonies appear to lend weight to the accusation levelled by Michael Mansfield QC, representing Mr de Menezes’ family, earlier in the week that the Metropolitan Police officers have “embellished”, “exaggerated” and “lied” during their evidence.

Ralph Livock and his girlfriend Rachel Wilson were sitting opposite Mr de Menezes, 27, in the Tube carriage at Stockwell station in south London on 22 July, the inquest heard. Mr Livock recalled that the train was held up at the station, when four men, casually dressed and carrying guns, got on board and shot Mr de Menezes seven times in the head at point blank range. Asked by Nicholas Hilliard QC, counsel to the inquest, whether the men had said anything about being police officers before opening fire, Mr Livock said: “No, certainly not.

“And I remember that specifically because one of the conversations that Rachel and I had afterwards was that we had no idea whether these were police, whether they were terrorists, whether they were somebody else. We just had no idea.”

When Mr Hilliard asked Ms Wilson, “Did you ever hear anybody shout ‘armed police’?”, she answered, “If I had heard that, I would have thought they were police, so no”. Asked the same question later, she again insisted that no one had shouted “armed police” adding: “That’s one of the things I recall the most – the silence.”

The couple said they initially thought the officers were pranksters playing a game. Mr Livock said: “One of my initial thoughts was it was all a game and they were a group of lads who were just having a laugh – a very bad taste laugh, but just having a game on the Tube, because they were just dressed in jeans and T-shirts but with firearms. The thing that made me realise it wasn’t a group of lads playing around or something else happening was when the first shot was fired.” Ms Wilson added: “I thought they were messing around. Then I thought they were terrorists and it was only when I left the carriage and somebody moved me gently out of the way that I figured they must be good guys. Apart from that, I just didn’t know who they were.”

Mr Livock described the moments just before Mr de Menezes was killed. “He looked as if he was expecting somebody to say something but he didn’t look frightened,” he said. “He looked as if he was waiting for somebody to tell him what was going on.”

Another commuter, Wesley Merrill, told the court he saw a man come on to the train and point at Mr de Menezes, saying “that’s the guy”. He said he could not recall any of the officers saying anything to Mr de Menezes.

Mr Mansfield has said the officers who killed Mr de Menezes did not “honestly and genuinely” believe the Brazilian electrician was an immediate threat at the time they pulled the trigger. He says they are embellishing their version of events in statements and evidence in order to convince people that they believed Mr de Menezes was a suicide bomber.

The officers have denied this, with one, codenamed C5, saying: “I don’t think anyone was callous enough to think they would write themselves out of trouble.”

The inquest, at the Oval, in south London, continues.

Speaking with one voice: What the officers said

Delta9 (firearms officer): “I could hear people shouting ‘armed police'”

Ken (surveillance officer): “I heard ‘armed police’ shouted loudly”

Ivor (surveillance officer): “I could hear shouting”

Geoff (surveillance officer): “I then heard shouting from the direction of the open doors which included the word ‘police'”

C5 (firearms officer): “I heard shouts of ‘armed police'”

C12 (one of the two firearms officers who shot Mr de Menezes): “I did challenge ‘armed police'”

C2 (the other firearms officer who shot Mr de Menezes): “I shouted ‘armed police’ and I held my handgun to the head of the subject and I fired”

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Seems someone is lieing.

Yet another victim of the war on terroisim.  There certainly are a lot of them.

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