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Subject: BS: UK: Police State
From: Stu
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 02:17 PM

This article from The Grauniad caught my eye: domestic extremists database.

Apparently peaceful protesters or attendees at some political meetings are now being tracked on a database as they have been designated 'domestic extremists'.

So the police state is now with us. What have we gained and what have we lost?


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 02:22 PM

Holy Crap..


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 02:49 PM

Bit unnerving that car number plate recognition thing.

So what's to stop them going into Facebook and MySpace groups like Folk Against Fascism, to collect individual details for their database? Very worrying.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: TheSilentOne
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 02:50 PM

Well the police and security services have been taking pics of us since back in the late 60s/early 70s to my knowledge, maybe before? (I defer to any original CND marchers or other protesters.) So they were clearly keeping surveillance data back then. It's true it's a much bigger danger now because the technology is scarily efficient and the number of us "dangerous subjects" is now presumably much larger.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 03:54 PM

If the Stasi had only had the technology that their successors here have, the Berlin Wall would still be standing. Or maybe they wouldn't even have needed to build a physical Wall in the first place, the Virtual Wall would have done the trick.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Peace
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 04:16 PM

It's been the norm in North America since--that I am SURE of--the mid-1960s. Funny, because a few years back I bitched on a thread about those 'green' cameras all over everywhere because I find that intrusive. The general answer back was "If you have nothing to hide, why worry?" This kinda shit becomes the result.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Peace
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 04:17 PM

PS,

Orwell. "1984". And here we all are.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Leadfingers
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 05:25 PM

There are more CCTV cameras per person in Britain than ANYWHERE ! But when a crime is filmed , the quality is so bad that they are useless from the point of view of identification IF the court even accepts the Vid as evidence !
One has to wonder exactly what the point is !


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: bubblyrat
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 05:27 PM

Well, the "Police State" certainly hasn't reached Henley-on- Thames as yet !! This is largely because there are are no actual police in the town.....or only 2 or 3,and they go home at tea-time,so you can 'phone up all day long ,reporting crimes and incidents,as I personally often do,and you can guarantee that nothing will ever be done about it ! I even dialled 999 on Regatta Saturday night back in July, and was told that Thames Valley Police were "busy" ,and that my call was "in a queue " !!! So anyone frightened of "1984" and "Police States" would be well advised to move here for their peace of mind......and yes, you can park on double yellow lines all day long if you wish,and also on pedestrian crossing "zig-zag" lines,secure in the knowledge that A) Henley has NO traffic wardens and B) the "PCSOs" have no actual powers at all !! ( and there are no Coppers either !! ).   Police State ?? You must be fucking joking !!


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: gnu
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 05:45 PM

Ya can never be too careful.... can ya?


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 06:47 PM

I'm sure Keith will be delighted.

I am reminded of the time that my stepson (who had a first in philosophy) applied to the Home Office for a job, and didn't get even an interview. He rang his father who just said "Sorry Wom" and talked to his mother who just laughed. His father was a 60s member of the Anarchist Association and his mother learned guitar to play "We shall Overcome" marching with the Reverend Bruce Kent on the Aldermaston marches.

AFAIK he still can't get a US visa, although his sister can - but she ran a large chunk of Intel's European operation.

Plus ca change...


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,eric the viking
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 07:25 PM

But bubblyrat..............you know they are just down the road with speed cameras or racing around getting chips for tea etc.

What will "they" do with the information? It seems to me that the police no longer answer to anybody we can talk to. So who is calling the shots? Who is allowing the police to become the force they have? Whitehall? Big names in the civil (dis)service? The "Rich and powerful club"?

Strikes me there is litle difference between any political ideal that I can think of or name, since not one of them repeall any act that gives the police extra powers. They may bleat about it in opposition but they carry it on just the same, adding to the police state we have become. This started with the "Criminal justice act 1988" (A tory bill if I remember rightly) carried on and made worse by this bunch. I got photgraphed on demo's in the late 60's and early 70's. But the way the police worked then was different. Strikes me (no pun intended)that policing changed when they were let loose on the miners by Thatcher (spit) and co.

Of course you might say if you have done nothing wrong then you have nothing to fear but one day in the future they might come for your son or daughter. They might check your grandchild's DNA against their databases.Who knows what excuse they'll need? (Who is going to decide right or wrong?)Racial purity, loyalty to the "party", some disability, some disease? Social group, folkie, long haired hippie?

Of course things like that wouldn't happen here, would they? (Try Germany, Russia,Cambodia to name just a few)

One of the worst parts is that there are many decent police officers in the force for the right reasons but they will never have the courage to disobey and the "I was only following orders" statment has been used as the excuse throughout history.

Whether you vote right, left or down the middle. Whether you are light, dark, white, black or whatever if "They" decide......


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 02:48 AM

Instead of smearing my name here, why not return to the immigration thread and explain why you called me "liar" in your last two posts, when I was the one telling the truth?


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 03:01 AM

That last directed at Richard.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,Teribus
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 03:05 AM

Any of the objectors up above have any suggestions as to how the police and security services should gather intelligence of the activities of extremists who plan to do the rest of the population harm?

If you haven't any, then vote for those who in this day and age will cancell the funding, then you can sit back and wait for blows to land then react to them from a position of complete and utter ignorance, but whatever you do, don't blame either the police or the security forces for having done nothing to protect you.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 05:09 AM

"Any of the objectors up above have any suggestions as to how the police and security services should gather intelligence of the activities of extremists who plan to do the rest of the population harm?"
Right on cue Terribus (right being the operative word)!
The police and security authorities are there to uphold the law - not to decide in advance who the criminals are (or might be) - we have courts for that.
The police in particular have proved themselves in the past, to be more than happy to deny the rest of us our lawful rights - the miners strike more than proved that. There, they put themselves totally at the disposal of one of the most repressive national leaders in modern history - Margaret Thatcher, a prime minister who supported, openly admired and counted as a friend one of history's monsters, Augusto Pinochet, mass murderer and torturer.
Putting the powers of surveillence of the rest of us into the hands of such a force is not only detrimental to our own well-being, but also is a pretty positive step along the road of he extremism and repression - in other words, it becomes as extreme and repressive as the terrorists we are supposed to be fighting.
Since when have legally held political demonstrations and protests been subversive and subject to surveillence, or are you suggesting that our law-makers have it wrong and the police should decide what is or is not permissable?
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GREEN WELLIES
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 05:19 AM

There always been stuff going on 'behind' our backs. Back in the 70's we were member of CND and attended all the marches etc. Everytime we picked up our phone just before we started dialing there were three fast 'clicks'. A mate who was a telephone engineer said this was the connection to another system, basically someone was listening in.

Recently my niece who is a forensic's officer was seconded to London from her home town for eight weeks. She could not take her mobile, laptop or any other such device, she was housed in a flat in london and had no contact with her family, not even her husband who is a forensic pathologist, for the duration of the 'job'. Her immediate family were subject to 'checks' and so were we, we only found out weeks after the job was finished and her mom let it slip at a family party !!!

I must be OK as I'm still here working away !!! and not locked up.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: theleveller
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 05:47 AM

"The police and security authorities are there to uphold the law - not to decide in advance who the criminals are (or might be) - we have courts for that."


Exactly! However, there are some laws which have been passed and which are being proposed that severely limit our personal freedom. Anyone interested in how our basic freedoms are being taken away by this and previous governments, should read A C Grayling's latest book, Liberty in the Age of Terror: A Defence of Civil Society and Enlightenment Values. He cites in detail the argument against such insidious infringements of personal liberty as identity cards and outlines the potential abuses of this and other measures that are supposed to 'protect' us but, in fact, do nothing of the sort. He also lists that various acts that have now become law and how these also infringe on our liberty. It's a very scary scenario indeed for anyone who does not want to live in what is rapidly becoming akin to a totalitarian state.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Folkiedave
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 06:08 AM

None seems to have yet asked the question - How many people have been caught using this information?

These would be the same police who complain about too much paperwork, not enough coppers on the beat, not enough money etc.

Plenty of time for this and form 696 it seems.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: theleveller
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 06:31 AM

Dave, there's a difference in attitude in the police force between those who set the agendas and those who have to implement them. The complaints about paperwork, lack of resources, etc. generally come from the 'bobby on the beat' who is at the sharp end of the red tape imposed upon them. Recent changes in structure, pension arrangements and so forth have made the police force a much less attractive career proposition these days.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 09:40 AM

Does red tape have a sharp end?


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,Teribus
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 10:13 AM

Thanks folks - I note the question I asked went unanswered - but then I never expected that it would.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: theleveller
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 11:16 AM

"Thanks folks - I note the question I asked went unanswered - but then I never expected that it would. "

I'm not sure whether you did or didn't expect a reply, but the reason no-one has could be that it is simply a stupid question. To start with, you make the assumption that there is a justification for having a database of largely innocent people going about their lawful business. Explain how you justify that assumption. Nor do I accept your premise that there is a threat that merits the means used and proposed in future legislation. "Terror" and "extremists" are words that are being peddled as excuses for introducing the most draconian measures ever to curb the basic freedom of the individual. These are more stringent than any seen before in the UK, even during the Irish troubles and World War 2. Are you saying that we are in more danger now than we were then? Or have you just lapped up, without question, the drivel that the government has been pushing out? I suggest you read the book I recommended above, then come back and put forward a cohesive argument. But, of course, I don't expect that you will.

The thing that is doing the population of this country the most harm is the exponential erosion of our basic freedoms - something that terrorists cannot achieve alone, but which the government's reaction to the perceived threat has. If I were a terrorist, I'd say that I was achieving my aims.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 11:26 AM

any suggestions as to how the police and security services should gather intelligence of the activities of extremists who plan to do the rest of the population harm

Stop wasting their time on people who don't.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Stu
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 11:43 AM

"Thanks folks - I note the question I asked went unanswered - but then I never expected that it would."

So it wasn't a rhetorical question then?

As you know Tezza this is designed to suppress free and fair protest, NOT keeps tabs on potential terrorists (although we all know how that goes - one officer needs a piss, innocent man dies). This is keeping records on innocent protesters who pose no threat to anyone.

The problem is that the police are becoming more remote from the people they are supposed to serve. They beat up and abuse people legitimate protests, kill people without recourse or punishment even when filmed doing so and now they are spying on us if we utter a peep not in line with whatever Orwellian criteria the faceless poultroons in charge decide constitutes some imaginary 'threat'.

Bollocks to the lot of them.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: The Villan
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 11:48 AM

Well I can't ever remember being treated badly by the police. They have always been respectful to me and I have been respectful to them.

Maybe those who are worried have something to hide.

They have a job to do, and a lot of the time they are having to deal with voilent, drunken mobs and are risking their lives to get this scum under control.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 11:59 AM

You beat me to it, Villan.
In 62 years I've never encountered anything but politeness and respect from police officers. But then, I'm always polite and respectful in my dealings with them.
Do As You Would Be Done By - it's a good policy.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: theleveller
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 12:02 PM

"In 62 years I've never encountered anything but politeness and respect from police officers"

Excellent news - that's how I brought one of them up.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 12:13 PM

Average bobbies on the beat will of course be 'nice' to Mr. & Mrs. 'Average' Homebase. But if your hair is 'too long', you happen to be out 'too late', or you look a bit 'funny' in any way, be prepared to be harassed by enthusiastic young coppers seeking a conviction for something mildly illegal that they think 'funny looking' people will no doubt be doing.

Even if you are innocently bird-watching, star-gazing, or even so much as meditating in a beauty spot after hours. Yes, these tireless campaigners for the "common good", are always looking for such anti-social deviant bahaviour to chalk up on their ickle chalk-board at work.

Not all of them, for sure, some coppers *are* thoroughly alright chaps with their feet in the real world. And thank Christ we ain't no-where as bad as the US yet, but the young 'uns can be a diabolical pain in the arse to quite harmless 'alt-community' folks taking a perfectly innocent stroll. And they do really need to get a life and go chasing *real* criminals instead.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Stu
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 12:14 PM

"Well I can't ever remember being treated badly by the police. They have always been respectful to me and I have been respectful to them."

When I needed help they were frequently condescending, often quite aloof and sometimes simply not interested. Some individual officers were brilliant; they really cared and did what they could but as an organisation it was like speaking to a brick wall.

If people are discouraged from legitimate protests because they have come under surveillance by a force hostile to their rights as citizens then this country is yet another step closer to being truly f*cked.

"a lot of the time they are having to deal with voilent, drunken mobs and are risking their lives to get this scum under control."

This is very true.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: folk1e
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 12:24 PM

Well timed Villan

This week a a man was jailed for driving at over 100mph through built up areas in his car. His excuse was that he needed to give a birthday card to a relative, and had two family members in his car at the time!
So what? I hear you ask?
Well there are two unusual aspects to this

1 He was involved in a fatality
2 He was a serving officer in the police force and driving his patroll car at the time!

I predict an interesting year in jail for him!
Cynic that I am, I wonder if he would have been caught if he had not mowed down a pedestrian!


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 12:48 PM

I think the problem itself is *systemic* rather than down to individuals, who of course as individuals, are just like us lot.

Somehow the system has become "divisive" and antagonistic between State created bodies, and the People who those bodies are supposed to *support not control*.

Sugarfoot has covered this in more specific terms, but it is a deeply concerning situation with all the technology involved now, when the machine man created as an aid to supporting life, begins to dominate and oppress man's life.

Of course the 'fringes' always feel the pinch or snip or indeed euthenasia first, but that only means Mr. & Mrs. Homebase are waiting next in line....


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Stu
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 01:03 PM

Spot on CS.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: theleveller
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 01:12 PM

"But if your hair is 'too long', you happen to be out 'too late', or you look a bit 'funny' in any way, be prepared to be harassed by enthusiastic young coppers "

Bloody hell, if that was the case, my lad would arrest me every time he came over to see me or met me in the street! LOL!!!!

(I could tell you some stories about how coppers behave off duty!)


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Folkiedave
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 01:18 PM

I have been treated badly by the police. I wasn't protesting or doing anything at the time and they were rude and vindictive.

And it has happened more than once.

Of course I try and uphold what I believe to be my rights. And so far I have been correct and they have been wrong.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 01:19 PM

There is also sometimes a quite large change in the mentality of the single officer going about normal daily duties and the one in a group moderating a crowd of civilians in a demonstration or at a social event.

They quite rightly have to worry about mob mentality but don't see the same potential in themselves. Or if they do, it is only retrospectively. Police men and women are after all human beings. They are just as likely to behave instinctively in any "us against them" situation.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: The Villan
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 01:22 PM

>>I predict an interesting year in jail for him!
<<

Quite right too. I am not defending anybody who does that sort of thing. There is always one bad apple in a barrel. That person does not typify the police though.

Stop slagging the police and start condeming the minority that are causing this in the first place. If you condone those sort of scumbags, then I have no time for you.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Folkiedave
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 01:25 PM

"Dave, there's a difference in attitude in the police force between those who set the agendas and those who have to implement them. The complaints about paperwork, lack of resources, etc. generally come from the 'bobby on the beat' who is at the sharp end of the red tape imposed upon them."

Not the way I hear it it isn't. They say the paperwork is caused by the government and chief officers say it as often as "the bobby on the beat"
or the "bobby in a car" as they are nowadays.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: The Villan
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 01:27 PM

Well I tell you what, I wouldn't want their job, when you see what they have to deal with in city centres and villages when all the drunken yobbos spill out on the pavement when the pubs shut.
Foul abusive language, fights, smashing and damaging properties.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 01:39 PM

Leveller, I know too many genuinely innocent chaps in their 20's/30's who have been harassed quite provocatively by ignorant and ambitious young coppers, for it not to be something that does not regularly happen - around here anyway. Late hours combined with an 'alternative' appearance seems to be an inevitable trigger. They *always* assume that star-gazers or bird-watchers are thieves and drug-fiends. And they are not pleasantly mannered about it either. Dread to think what it must be like for Blacks in the city.

I understand your son is a part of the force, and it is an essential and intrinsic part of a democratic society. But I'm sure you raised him to maintain a tolerant attitude to broader society and treat 'people' as 'people' not stereotypical figures of suspicion. But when some guys get into the system, I think that any such ideals can become err less important, and any pre-existing native prejudices to 'difference' can become dangerously inflated and compounded. I think Tam's point too, is a good one.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: The Barden of England
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 04:49 PM

Sadly, gone are the days when the Police were there to serve the public, or act on behalf of the Public in Britain. When it's revealed that the then Prime Minister (efectively Head of State) was being monitored by MI5 without his knowledge, then all pretence of democracy is blown out of the water. Our land always was, and will be, at the behest of the great and powerful, and that does not include the 99.9999% of the voters in this country I'm afraid.
John Barden


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: romanyman
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 04:59 PM

If you want to see police reactions, borrow a trnsit van or pick up truck, hook a caravan on the back and drive, or for real action, pull up in a layby or at the side of the road and see what happens, oh the joy of life on the road, what with stopping laws, cameras tracking your every move, oh and make sure you have a big box or something in the back, the go to henly on thames , that will bring the police in bubbly rat.
Oh and dont complain cos they will lock you up, oh yes they definately will and they will take your truck and trailer, hee hee i love being degraded daily.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 05:17 PM

On the other hand, RM, I frequently see convoys of transits towing large caravans with not a number plate in sight, and absolutely zero reaction from our brave defenders.

But in principle you are right, you are targeted mostly not for what you have done but for what you are assumed to have done.

When I was doing sound regularly for the Gilt Trip I was very often stopped - long haired git in a Skoda estate with sound equipment in - and always checked for drink or drugs. For some reason they never put the Skoda on a weighbridge, which would probably have scared the pants off them!


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: romanyman
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 05:31 PM

hee hee gotta laugh tho aint ya, i love it, nah i dont, im f*****g sick of it.
only today, yes a real daily report, there i was just pullin into the stables with a van full of horse grub, and the "protectors" decided to search the van, oh such fun, till after the last few bales of hay came out, there was a not too amused badger, and bess, who decided to see these interlopers out of their van, brown smelly stuff hitting fan comes to mind, they was going to do me under the dangerous dogs act, ha, badger? bess? so i asked politely ifn they was goin to put the hay and horse grub back in the van, guess what.................................
they told me to go forth and muliply. dont ya love em


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,eric the viking
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 08:07 PM

It is true that the majority of police officers see the very worst of human behaviour in the worst of situations.And the frustration of catching some toe rag in a stolen car again and again and again only to see them get away with it again and again and again is mind boggling. But this is a different kind of policing

I've known many officers in a professional basis and some on a personal basis, though it has to be said that most officers end up prefering those on the "job". Amongst those I have known there have been racists, bullies and even one that dealt the best grass in the area. (No I wasn't a customer) There have also been kind, helpful, family orientated people and hard working dedicated, brave men and women.

"(I could tell you some stories about how coppers behave off duty!)" So could I, and sometimes they are lucky they are on the job or else they'd be in big trouble. Of course they party hard.

But in the end, there will be very few of them that disobey. I've known how easy it is to get roads cleared of area cars so certain officers can go home when blindingly over the limit. The police are as susceptible to corruption as any one else. Certain forces have been found to be "institutionaly racist". But in the end by "criminalising" large portions of the population "they" are working towards massive control of the biggest imaginable scale. The number of over 40's receiving first conviction is up by 40%. Why? Have they suddenly all become criminally inclined? No, it's target setting and the police obey their orders. Not one has yet come out and said, "I'm not deliberately picking on middle aged or older members of the public just to hit some target".You can say they must all be law breakers, such as those whose wheelie bin is overflowing etc. There are so many rules invented to hold us captive, so many paragraphs, so many sub-sections. Of course, the human dna database gets larger and larger. Writing this is probably risky, reading this is probably the same, sitting at home and discussing it with a group of friends is definately risky, not now perhaps but sometime in the future since loads of this stuff if monitored.

A police officer can stop and search you just on a whim.........just because...... and what can you do about it?

All of these systems work on information gathering and informants and you will be guilty by association.

Of course nobody wants to even think that the child they have nurtured, cared for and helped develop into a kind, caring respectable and responsible adult would in any way turn into the type of officer that does anything morally reprehensible in the same way as we wouldn't like our children to turn into criminals, but these things can happen.The police have ultimate power, and ultimate power corrupts.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,Teribus
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 11:28 AM

"I'm not sure whether you did or didn't expect a reply, but the reason no-one has could be that it is simply a stupid question."

Not simply a stupid question at all leveler – How do you gather information and obtain intelligence about those who would do you harm. From what both you and MGOH say, you could only ever be reactive and start after they have struck.

"you make the assumption that there is a justification for having a database of largely innocent people going about their lawful business."

Ever heard of the DVLA Leveler?? What is that if it isn't an enormous database of largely innocent people going about their lawful business, but I can find no great argument against it so it's existence can be easily justified.

There again I walked around with an ID Card for years and didn't find that any hardship either. The degree of objection I suppose all depends upon exactly what it is you have to hide.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Stu
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 11:42 AM

"Ever heard of the DVLA Leveler?? What is that if it isn't an enormous database of largely innocent people going about their lawful business, but I can find no great argument against it so it's existence can be easily justified."

The DVLA database is primarily for tracking licensed vehicles - you're not seriously suggesting we all need to be licensed to walk around our own country?


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,Teribus
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 12:30 PM

Not in the least Sugarfoot but I gave the DVLA as an example of a database that is and has been in existence for donkey's year without it impacting on anyone's "civil liberties" or "personal freedom". But dig out an application form and take a look at the extent of required personal information on it.

A simple cross-check between driving licences and vehicle registrations and the results could potentially earn the Government millions in fines and back tax.

As for needing to be licensed to walk around ones own country - what else is a National Insurance Card. In most European countries you have to have some form of ID Card, I know for certain that in the Scandinavian countries you have a personnummer or birth number without which it is extremely difficult to get a job, any form of identification, medical treatment, bank account, etc, etc.

Nothing wrong with any of that and none of which infringes any basic human right or freedom - True??


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: theleveller
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 01:02 PM

"Ever heard of the DVLA Leveler??"

No comparison between that and ID cards, which would be the greatest infrigement of personal freedom ever introduced into the UK - and that is why every organisation concerned with personal liberty is opposed to it. Like I said, read the book I suggested - I have neither the time nor the inclination to enlighten you, especially as you don't even have the courtesy to spell my name correctly.

Crow Sister, I don't disagree with you – I just find it amusing that an anti-establishment person like me can have a police officer for a son.

I do think, however, that the attitude of the police tends to reflect the views of society as a whole and, of course, you get good and bad coppers. What you should also bear in mind is that a 'grumpy' police man or woman may have worked a 16 hour double shift and during that time might have had to face a loony with a shotgun, tell a mother her teenage son has been killed in a car crash and been smacked in the face by a drunk – plus the usual everyday pressures that all of us have to put up with. No excuse for rudeness or worse, I agree, but hey, they're only human (most of them).


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,Teribus
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 01:51 PM

I take it that - A C Grayling's latest book, Liberty in the Age of Terror: A Defence of Civil Society and Enlightenment Values - must be a pretty short book if you expect me to have gone out bought it and read it all within a 24 hour period.

DVLA - application requires cross reference to UK Passport Office - can't get a better ID Card than a Passport, Leveller - That particular ID Card lets you travel all over the world - Does anybody who holds a Passport believe that it infringes their civil liberties - if they do then they should, purely out of personal conviction return them - any takers, or do you still want your holidays abroad??

My apologies for mis-spelling your name an automatic spell-checker converted it from "Leveller" to "Leveler", didn't realise you were so sensitive about it - I must adopt the same tack with the likes of Jim Carroll, who likewise does not "even have the courtesy to spell my name correctly".


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: The Villan
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 01:59 PM

>>What you should also bear in mind is that a 'grumpy' police man or woman may have worked a 16 hour double shift and during that time might have had to face a loony with a shotgun, tell a mother her teenage son has been killed in a car crash and been smacked in the face by a drunk – plus the usual everyday pressures that all of us have to put up with. No excuse for rudeness or worse, I agree, but hey, they're only human (most of them). <<

Well said theleveller

I support the police. Leave em alone. They have to do a shit job without very often the support of the general public.

>> a 'grumpy' police man or woman<<

Not to mention Grumpy Old Folkies. They are even worse. :-)

Come in Mr Conolly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0joRysAQ84


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: The Villan
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 02:01 PM

Didn't get the link right.
John Conolly
Grumpy Old Men of Old England


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 04:38 PM

"Thanks folks - I note the question I asked went unanswered"
As did mine to you - on the other hand, I didn;t expect a reply from someone who appears to agree with the not-quite-late-lamented Maggie that everyone who doesn't agree with her is "The Enemy Within".
"who likewise does not "even have the courtesy to spell my name correctly"
Would that be Fred Teribus (I seem to having a slanging match before over your deliberately using a mispelling of my (real - not pseud) name as a feebly attempted insult - or is my memory playing tricks?
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Little Hawk
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 05:19 PM

I both support the police (who always have a tough job) AND the general public's right to live in peace and freedom without being spied upon and intimidated by Orwellian government agencies.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,Teribus
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 06:53 PM

"Thanks folks - I note the question I asked went unanswered"
As did mine to you"

I went back to your post and found this:

"Since when have legally held political demonstrations and protests been subversive and subject to surveillence, or are you suggesting that our law-makers have it wrong and the police should decide what is or is not permissable?"

Which I suppose is the question you refer to, I must admit that in reading your original post I gave up on it when you went off thread ranting on about Maggie and the miners. I know that you would have far preferred it if a bunch of NUM Officials ran the country or dictated what could and what could not be done to the elected Government of the day but what the heck your version of democracy might differ a tad from mine.

Answers to your questions:

"Since when have legally held political demonstrations and protests been subversive and subject to surveillence"

Well it is quite within the bounds of possibility that legally held political demonstrations and protests can be subversive. It is also definitely within the bounds of commonsense and safety that all legally held political demonstrations, protests, football matches, mass rallies, pop concerts, in fact any event where large crowds gather will be subject to police surveillence - you see it happens to be their job, at the same events tucked away somewhere you will find representatives of all the other emergency services - it happens to fall under their job description as well to be present.

"are you suggesting that our law-makers have it wrong and the police should decide what is or is not permissable?"

Our law-makers are as fallible as the rest of humanity, but on any given day the law of the land is exactly that and that is what must be upheld. The only thing that the police decide upon is whether or not any law has been broken, or whether or not there is any risk to life or property - now you can only do that if you are present and watching (surveillence). If at any stage they believe that point has been reached then they are compelled to act in order to enforce the law, save life, or prevent loss of life or injury and protect property.

At these legally held political demonstrations and protests there is also a responsibility on those organising them to ensure that those attending stay within the law - true??

Now when are you going to answer my question, without recourse to Maggie and the miners, my political beliefs of which you actually know nothing - or do we want to revisit the practice that you find so estimable of dipping hat-pins in shit then sticking them into Police Horses as practiced on the picket-lines by your good friend and singing companion B Pugh.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 08:03 PM

I hope, teribus, that you have direct and reliable evidence that Bryn Pugh did dip hatpins in shit and stick them in police horses, for unless you have it is pretty close to undoubtedly actionably defamatory of a lawyer, and may have consequences. I can be 100% certain that my late wife would not have hurt a horse (she was a bit dotty about them) but that did not stop the police trying to get their horses to trample her both in Grosvenor Square and in Red Lion Square.

Time and time again it has been proved that the authorities cannot be trusted with data - and the police tactics against the miners during the Thatcher war with Scargill were often disgusting. The evidence that they arrested innocent people and fabricated evidence is overwhelming.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 08:11 PM

My referenced to Thatcher as an extremist prime minister with open fascist connections who regarded everybody who disagreed with her as 'The Enemy Within, and didn't believe there was such thing as 'society', is perfectly relevant to the present question.
The decision to remove our basic rights to freedom of expression/free speech, freedom of assembly, the right to privacy (which you apparently hold quite dear by making an issue of the misspelling of your pseudonym).... and all the other rights and freedoms that come with democracy, is ultimately a political one.
Am I prepared to put these rights and freedoms in the hands of Pinochet's friend, or Gordon Brown, or John Major, or Tony Blair (he of the illegal invasion of Iraq)..... or any other bent or incompetent politician......? No, I am not - are you?
Bent politicians aside..... am I prepared to put my basic rights in the hands of a police force which is answerable only to these politicians and who reserves the right to police its own behaviour and to act as judge, jury and executioner on any complaints brought against any of its members....... No, I am not, are you?
Am I prepared to put these rights into the hands of faceless and nameless members of various security services who have time and again proved themselves incompetent, corrupt and undemocratic.... No, I am not, are you?
Am I prepared to throw my hands in the air and abandon my and everybody else's democratic rights because of the threat of terrorism by a bunch of religious fanatics...... No I am not, are you?
AS far as I'm concerned democracy, whatever it's weaknesses, is a precious commodity and is constantly under threat, from corrupt and incompetent politicians who would love to be left alone to get on with their corruption and incompetence, from shadowy organisations who appear to regard themselves as being above the laws they claim to uphold, and from right-wingers like yourself who appear to look with contempt on anybody who doesn't have their heads jammed up the backsides of the establishment and its agents and representitives.
If, as you say, our law-makers are fallible, who gets to finally decide which of our democratic rights are valid..... the Government, MI5, MI6, The CIA, the police, the military, you, Nick the Nazi, Big Brother?
Jim Carroll
By the way - perhaps you would like to point out where I ever advocated or defended the maiming of police horses - you seem to rely heavily on smear tactics as a form of argument, as I remember.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Peace
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 09:24 PM

From the newspaper where I live.

"Cameras delayed by privacy assessment

By Marilyn Gray

Plans to bring security cameras to the Valley Shopping District have been held up by the Alberta Privacy Commission, which told the Town it should complete a privacy impact assessment before putting the cameras in place.

The cameras were expected to be in place by August of this year, but the processes that are expected to be completed by the Alberta Information and Privacy Commission were not factored into the original estimate of how long it would take to complete the project.

While the assessment is not a mandatory action before putting up the cameras, the Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner's officer recommends it as due diligence to ensure that proper regulations will be followed when the surveillance is in place.

"The questions they're asking are really, is this the best thing for the Town?" said Mike Schwirtz, infrastructure services director for the Town of Hinton. "If we don't do this privacy impact assessment process we might get into trouble."

"There are so many intracacies to this, it's good to do [the assessment]," said Schwirtz.

Questions being asked by the commission in the assessment will include who gets to view the tapes from the cameras and how long they will be held before being destroyed.

"It's a very good idea that they do so," said Wayne Wood, director of communications for Commissioner Frank Work, adding that it will ensure that municipal officials understand the regulations surrounding the cameras and help determine whether this is the right course of action for the Town.

"However, the commissioner is not a fan of video surveillance," said Wood.

"His view is that all it does is disperse crime."

Wood pointed to experiments with video surveillance in the City of Edmonton on Jasper Ave. as an example, saying that when cameras were put up bar fights and drug deals only moved to the alleys instead of the sidewalk. He also pointed out that when crime was caught on camera, the resolution was so grainy at night that arrests were rarely made as a result of the surveillance."


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,Teribus
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 02:38 AM

"The decision to remove our basic rights to freedom of expression/free speech, freedom of assembly, the right to privacy (which you apparently hold quite dear by making an issue of the misspelling of your pseudonym).... and all the other rights and freedoms that come with democracy, is ultimately a political one."

Well let's see shall we:

1. "Am I prepared to put these rights and freedoms in the hands of Pinochet's friend, or Gordon Brown, or John Major, or Tony Blair (he of the illegal invasion of Iraq)..... or any other bent or incompetent politician......? No, I am not - are you?"

From what you say above they are already in the hands of "bent and incompetent politicians" - you have no say about it whatsoever apart from how you vote at each election.

2. If as you say decisions realting to your rights and freedoms are ultimately political all your references to the police and security forces are all red herrings, all irrelevant.

You still have not answered my question.

Richard Bridge asked me:

"I hope, teribus, that you have direct and reliable evidence that Bryn Pugh did dip hatpins in shit and stick them in police horses, for unless you have it is pretty close to undoubtedly actionably defamatory of a lawyer, and may have consequences."

Well Richard would the man's own admission be good enough?? Trawl through his posts and you will find it. You will also find posts of mine where I took him to task for it and then in the same thread you will find Jim Carroll's posts leaping to his friends defence.

Back to the thread - do I feel that the UK is a Police State? No and those who say it is should go and experience life in a Police State they would then be able to tell the difference.

Any takers for handing in their Passports because they are a form of identification that infringes your persoanl rights? - NAW, I thought not.

Odd that with al this chatter about Police States and personal rights and freedoms that no-one has mentioned the Lisbon Treaty/European Constitution - you know the one that ZANULabour promised to give us a referendum on - if you want to see your rights and freedoms stripped away just back your present Government and keep quiet about it, meekly accept rule from a bunch of non-elected commissars from Brussels - with Tony Blair as their President - Absolutely Priceless.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 04:38 AM

So keeping police records of those who have committed no offence and in relation to whom there are no reasonable grounds for suspecting that they have committed an offence is not a step towards a police state? A democratic society permits organised and democratic opposition to it. Your preferred society, teribus, seemingly does not.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 05:04 AM

Just in case we lose sight of what is being done to us and on our behalf - here are some of the salient points from the article:
"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."
"Senior officers say domestic extremism, a term coined by police that has no legal basis, can include activists suspected of minor public order offences such as peaceful direct action and civil disobedience."
".....routinely deploy surveillance teams at protests, rallies and public meetings. The NPOIU contains detailed files on individual protesters who are searchable by name."
"One man, who has no criminal record, was stopped more than 25 times in less than three years after a "protest" marker was placed against his car after he attended a small protest against duck and pheasant shooting. "
"Police surveillance....... record footage and take photographs of campaigners as they enter and leave openly advertised public meetings."
"Denis O'Connor, the chief inspector of constabulary, will next month release the findings of his national review of policing of protests. He has already signalled he anticipates wide scale change. His inspectors, who were asked to review tactics in the wake of the Metropolitan police's controversial handling of the G20 protests, are considering a complete overhaul of the three Acpo units, which they have been told lack statutory accountability."
Acpo's national infrastructure for dealing with domestic extremism was set up with the backing of the Home Office in an attempt to combat animal rights activists who were committing serious crimes. Senior officers concede the criminal activity associated with these groups has receded, but the units dealing with domestic extremism have expanded their remit to incorporate campaign groups across the political spectrum, including anti-war and environmental groups that have only ever engaged in peaceful direct action."
Is all this really the equivilent to the information carried on my passport? No, of course it isn't, but it does have the makings of an excellent police state.

"you will find Jim Carroll's posts leaping to his friends defence."
Quote please
To make the picture quite clear, - I knew Bryn briefly 40 years ago through a singing workshop we were both involved in and have had no contact with him since apart from a few public exchanges on Mudcat. I find the maiming of animals (and human beings) deeply offensive and doubt very much if somebody who has genuinely indulged in such practices would admit publicly to having done so - look at the efforts Mrs Thatcher's friend made to avoid coming to trial for such behaviour.
As I said - smear.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Folkiedave
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 05:30 AM

Slight thread drift. I had an argument with authorities at Manchester Airport Station and I know I was telling the truth and that they were lying.

Remarkably when I asked for the CCTV films which would have completely exonerated me and shown them to be liars, their lawyer first of all said they didn't control he CCTV tapes and they were contolled by MAnchester AIrport. Fortunately I had a letter from Manchester Airport stating exactly the opposite. Then they said they were only used at times of heightened security and when this was shown to be untrue said they were simply not switched on at the time.

Remember the police lie. Only when they can demonstrably shown to be telling a lie do they admit the facts. And if they get chance they will stick to their version of events even when all the evidence shows them to be wrong. Too many people died (or spent long times in prison) when the police already had evidence that they didn't do it.

They tried all sorts of lies to exonerate themselves over the death of Ian Tomlinson including saying that some demonstrators may have been dressed as police officers.

I live near Hillsborough. Remember the tapes there which showed what had happened in direct contradiction to the police version? They disappeared.

Jean Charles Menendez - an innocent man - was shot in front of lots of people by a police officer. So even when they have the intelligence they still get it wrong.

Remember the TV pictures of the miners strike at Orgreave which showed the miners stoning the police and then police charging the picket lines? And in court was found to be a reversal of the truth. And all those arrested were acquitted?

The difference between us Teribus comes down to the fact that you seem to invariably believe the police and I don't.

And that's why I believe they should have as little power as is necessary to maintain a democratic society.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 11:42 AM

Anybody who has had any dealing with Travellers will be well aware of the true nature of our boys in blue.
One of the singers we were recording settled for some time in a yard in East London, paying the owner a regular rent. We knew him for around thirty years and counted him and his family among our closest friends. I have no doubt whatever that those who were lucky enough to see him perform at the numerous folk clubs he attended would happily vouch for his being a quiet, well behaved and extemely friendly man. He was also regularly asked to tell some of his stories at local schools and library events.
Shortly after he moved onto the yard he received a visit from a couple of local bobbies who asked for donations (they didn't say what for) and, for a time, he obliged (for a quiet life, he said).
After a while, the amount he was asked to donate increased to such an extent that he finally decided that enough was enough and refused to pay any more.
There followed a period of harrasment, being picked up and taken to the local nick and questioned, always being released without charge. Dawn police raids and searches became a regular event, again without being charged.
The final straw came when his 14 year old son went missing.
It turned out that the boy had been picked up by a squad car, questioned about a burglary in Glasgow and driven there (none of this was in the presence of an adult, which, I understand, the law requires.
The boy was released without even having been questioned and left, without money, to make his own way back to London. Luckily he had the nouse to seek the help of local Travellers who helped him get back home.
The family moved off the site the following day.
And these are the people who we should allow to gather and hold our personal details - yeah, sure we should.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: The Villan
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 12:21 PM

Do you have the evidence Jim, or is this hear say?


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 01:18 PM

Should the police be in attendance at demonstrations? Absolutely yes. Should they collect photographs, names, addresses, numberplates? No absolutely not.

Let's not forget how easy it is for data to get corrupted. About 12 years after I had married, US Social Security Administration and the IRS, linked databases suddenly dropped my married name from my record and reverted back to my maiden name.   Every year after that happened, I had to resend my birth and marriage certificates to get my married name reinstated. Why? Something to do with how the program kicked over from IRS back to the SSA, would strip out, my married name. They could never figure out why. They weren't fussed, I just had to get it changed every year before April 15 when taxes were due. What a pain in the ass.

So what is to prevent a table of peaceful protesters and a table of terrorsists, getting all jumbled up in the "Extremist database?" One wrong entry and John Q Public who refused to cross a picket line one day, whose name and picture is now in the database finds he is marked for life because an errant keystroke checked the "dangerous" field on his record. How the hell do you fix that?


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,Teribus
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 02:31 PM

"A democratic society permits organised and democratic opposition to it."

As ours does - It also requires that those engaged in such demonstrations and protests stay within the law.

"Should the police be in attendance at demonstrations? Absolutely yes. Should they collect photographs, names, addresses, numberplates? No absolutely not."

So when things start to go wrong, how do the police establish what happened, where and when.

I'm glad Folkiedave brought up Orgreave because that is what went wrong with the prosecution of those arrested there was no coverage of the events - but one thing is undeniable stones and bricks were thrown which is not part of a peaceful protest or within the law and the first man to be injured that day at 08:00hrs was a policeman, PC Akers.

As to the story of the Traveller and his 14 year old son being driven to Glasgow from East London?? I really would have to see some independent proof and substantiation that it actually happened, sounds like a bit of a tall-tale to me - Oh but of course there won't be (the Police would have destroyed it), so we are left to take the story on trust. Some will believe it, others will be sceptical. Unfortunately the Travellers will not be available for comment which is kind of convenient. A story that cannot be substantiated, but guaranteed to push the right buttons of the feeble minded. Do I buy it - No I don't.

Fact still remains - you can demonstrate for or against anything you like in this country without let or hindrance - will the police be present - yes they will they are required by law to be there - will they record details - yes they will they have to in this day and age to cover their arses in case something goes wrong.

I believe that the police do a very tough job and by and large they do it well and cope magnificently and for that they should be given credit for it. Some people have a problem with authority which they simply cannot control, luckily I am not one of them.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 05:03 PM

Do I have evidence of the traveller boy incident - only the fact that we were regular visitors to the family at the time and, as I said, they were close friends.
The taking into custody and then releasing of Travellers some distance from their stopping place was also a regular occurence, though this was the only incident I am aware of concerning a child.
The police demanding bribes from Travellers in order to leave them in peace was common practice throughout the time we worked with them in London. Harassment of Travellers, especially dawn raids on sites, even official ones, were also known facts.
The East London Travellers formed their own organisation, The London Roadside Traveller Group, and met regularly in a pub room in Club Row. Several solicitors (Norman Bell is the only name I remember), gave their services gratis, and Ken Livingstone and the then GLC held regular meetings with Traveller representitives.
The harassment of different and unconnected groups of Travellers was something we were told of regularly and there are a number of descriptions in interviews we recorded as part of our collecting work.
Of course, nothing quite goes so far as Birmingham Councillor Harry Watton's statement to Charles Parker during the making of 'the Radio Ballad, 'The Travelling People' when he suggested helping those who would be helped and "exterminating the impossibles", but it is pretty common here in Ireland at the present time to hear what is happening to Travellers being described as 'ethnic cleansing'.
Don't take my word for all this - there are plenty of people around who have worked with Travellers and are as aware as we are of what goes on.
Ask Sheila Stewart about it soemtime.
I really am not surprised that Teribus deoesn't wish to believe that such things go on - it would prick the lilac- cloured bubble he seems to be living in - but the rest of you..... come onnnnn; were none of you ever on an anti-nuclear, or a miners demonstration and witnessed how the police behave at such gatherings - or even the Notting Hill Carnival for that matter?
Jim Carroll
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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,Teribus
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 07:33 PM

Get Richard Bridge to tell what is meant by "Hearsay evidence".

Fits in with:

"You know what I heard from a friend of mine who heard it from a friend of his down the pub last night? Well .............. (Now then Jim add in what ever sort of horror story you want to dream up in order to push the right buttons)"

It would be just as believable.

Close friends you say?? What did you do when the child went missing?? Who made the missing persons report to the police?? Who organised the local search??

So the police lifted this fourteen year old and questioned him about a robbery in Glasgow. Where did they question him?? Where is the record of him being brought in?? Records must exist. They put him in a car and took him up to Glasgow you said - now there has to be records of that. For a child of that age there would have to be three officers not to mention the requisition for the car, the fuel, the over-night accommodation and per diem allowances, or expense claims for the officers involved. Everything would have to signed for, cross-checked and accounted for.

So they arrive up in Glasgow and just dump him you say - now can you imagine anybody doing that - what you are describing is an abduction at best kidnapping at worst - and you claim that serving police officers did this because they were trying to extort money from a traveller? What they could get from this close friend of yours was worth more than their careers, salaries and pensions? Come on get real, and they leave behind a trail of evidence a mile wide plus the victim who can identify them - highly bloody unlikely.

Its damn funny the things that you seem to question and the things that you accept as being the gospel truth and take at face value. And I most certainly do not believe that I am the person needing a reality check here.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 09:34 PM

We didn't have to believe anything - while we didn't actually witness the child being taken away, we had visited the site two days before the incident and received a phone call the day after the family moved to tell us where they had moved to, and why. We also spoke to the child and to the Scots Travellers who brought him back home - conspiracy theory or what?
You want horror stories - try the Brownhills eviction, well documented in Jeremy Sandford's book 'Gypsies' and his 'Songs From The Roadside' cassette and booklet (again, we spoke to and recorded some of the Travellers concerned). There, the local authorities carried out an illegal eviction on a site, towing off caravans from a site without ascertaining that there were no occupants. The result - three children (sisters) were burnt to death when a solid fuel heater overturned.
I won't even bother to go into the fire-bombings and arson attacks carried out against unofficial Traveller sites (the end result of some of these we did witness, and on one occasion - on Mitcham Common, were able to help prevent).
I suggest you people step outside your 'Dixon of Dock Green' world and take a look at what is happening in your name.
Your 'trail of evidence' assumes that Travellers are either able or willing to take advantage of the rights that the law supposedly gives them - they are not - or certainly, they were not at the time, though they are becoming more aware of them - slowly.
We do have the slight advantage of having been around at the time of the East London incident - personally I don't give a shit one way or the other whether you accept what we heard and saw or not - as far as Travellers are concerned, we are well used to people 'passing by on the other side'.
You will believe what it suits your preconceptions to believe, whereas we only have our personal experiences to go on.
Fuel and accomodation expenses, paperwork - I'm afraid you've been watching The Bill for far too long - real life just ain't like that.
It is enough to say that it is highly unlikely that there will be any Travellers on the road in ten - maybe fifteen years (being optomistic) time thanks to the treatment meted out to them by the settled community and because of the third-world conditions they experience in this 'green and pleasant' land of ours. The official mortality rate and life expectancy statistics speak for themselves.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,Teribus
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 02:43 AM

Ahh:

"We didn't have to believe anything - while we didn't actually witness the child being taken away, we had visited the site two days before the incident and received a phone call the day after the family moved to tell us where they had moved to, and why. We also spoke to the child and to the Scots Travellers who brought him back home - conspiracy theory or what?"

Ask Richard bridge about "hearsay evidence".

My guess is that your "example" of how rotten our Police Service is, is a complete and utter fabrication - or maybe you have never been a parent, I know what my reaction would be if one of my children had gone missing.

Back to the thread topic:

Is it true that we are still entitled to gather and peacefully demonstrate any matter in protest? - Yes we are.

Is it true that we have access to all levels of Government and are free to complain about things we object to? - Yes we are

Do we have a free Press? - Yes we do

Do we enjoy freedom of speech? - Yes we do

Are we free to travel where we wish? - Yes we are

In a Police State none of the above would be allowed - Therefore we do not live in a Police State, in fact we are nowhere close to living in a Police State.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: The Villan
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 03:32 AM

Sorry Jim
You have only produced hearsay information.
Are there any newspaper reports to refer to, concerning this incident?


Anyway Teribus makes good sense.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 04:14 AM

[i]So they arrive up in Glasgow and just dump him you say - now can you imagine anybody doing that - what you are describing is an abduction at best kidnapping at worst - and you claim that serving police officers did this because they were trying to extort money from a traveller? What they could get from this close friend of yours was worth more than their careers, salaries and pensions? Come on get real, and they leave behind a trail of evidence a mile wide plus the victim who can identify them - highly bloody unlikely.
[/i]

You seem to doubt any police force in a civilised country would do such a thing. I remember one similar, well documented case of Dutch police in Rotterdam, where I was living at the time, who picked up a drunk/junkie and dropped him well outside the city. Please note here Dutch police is generally less involved controversy compared to the UK force.

The only reason this ever became well documented was that they chose to do this on a very cold winter's night on which the man froze to death.

So yes, I certainly believe policemen are well capable of serving rough justice (as they see it) and more or less routinely do so.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 05:00 AM

Travellers, up to fairly recently, have always walked away from trouble, realising only too well that there is no justice for them.
We know the people concerned, as did many on the folk scene in London. They, like most of the other Travellers we met over the thirty odd years, simply wanted a quiet life.
One incident we did get to witness up close was the one I mentioned at Mitcham Common, in South London.
A group of Travellers moved (illegally) onto the common because there was nowhere else for them to go. I had been told by somebody I was working that his brother-in-law and a few other 'respectable householders' in the area planned to firebomb the site in order to drive them off. I went, along with one of the Travellers, to the local police station and gave the information I had, and was made to feel like a criminal myself by the police, for associating with such people. Whether it was our making it known that we intended to report the incident to the police or the fact that the Travellers themselves mounted a guard on the site, the raid didn't happen - certainly no help was forthcoming from our 'guardians of the law', who got round to interviewing us over a week later. That one didn't make our 'free press' either, despite the local paper having been given the relevant information by the Travellers.
You may remember the Tony Martin incident in the British press fairly recently, when a farmer was acquitted for killing a young Traveller.
We had a fairly similar, and certainly far more open-and-shut case here in Ireland.
A farmer came home to find two Traveller men in his yard. He went inside, brought out a gun and shot one of them in the back, (they were both leaving the premises at the time). He proceeded to beat the wounded traveller with a heavy stick, then went into the house, reloaded his gun and administered the coup-de-grace to the Travller, John Ward, who was lying on the ground, killing him. No dispute of the facts of the well-reported case during the trial of the farmer, who had quite resigned himself to prison. Jury's verdict - NOT GUILTY.
Two years ago an argument broke out in our local market town between two groups of youngsters, Travellers and settled. One of the settled lads produced a knife and stabbed one of the Travellers, killing him instantly.
When arrested, the killer said "He was only a knacker (the Traveller equivilant of 'nigger').
During the trial, the charge, for some strange reason, was 'manslaughter', and the perpetrator, A POLICEMAN'S SON, was found guilty.
The judge said he would pass seentence at a later date - to my knowledge, sentence still hasn't been passed and the killer A POLICEMAN'S SON, still remains free.
Now tell me again about the 'good sense' that Teribus makes Villan!
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 06:50 AM

"You may remember the Tony Martin incident in the British press fairly recently, when a farmer was acquitted for killing a young Traveller"

well Jim, if that's a sample of the veracity of all the other stuff you post, it proves Teribus to be absolutely correct.

Tony Martin was convicted and spent a term in prison for his offences.

And why didn't you mention that both scrotes - the one who died and the one who survived - were attacked by Martin when he caught them burgling his house at dead of night?

Engage brain Jim.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 07:16 AM

(Aptly named) Backwoodsman.
My apologied for getting the Martin verdict wrong - am no longer in the UK.
However, I recall the sentence Martin got bore no relation to the killing of a human being - or does burglary carry the death penalty in Britain since I left?
None of this makes any difference to ANY of the cases I have cited - you want more - how long have you got?
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 07:51 AM

Answer the question, Jim.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 08:01 AM

Which question - why didn't I mention that the two lads were burglars - I responded by saying I hadn't realised that burglary was a capital crime - wasn't that enough?
As I said - all this has nothing to do with the incidents I have cited.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 08:49 AM

Jim, don't insult my intelligence. You chose not to mention that the two gobshites in question were burglars because it speaks contrary to the distorted, rose-tinted image of innocence you wanted to get across.

Just so there's no doubt about the type of people you so stoutly defend as paragons of virtue, here's some info about the elder of the pair, the leader of the venture I would guess:-

"Brendon Fearon of Newark, Nottinghamshire, is a career criminal. He was convicted for conspiring to burgle the home of farmer Tony Martin in a notorious raid on 20 August 1999. His accomplice, 16-year-old Fred Barras, was fatally shot by Martin near his remote farmhouse in Emneth Hungate, Norfolk. Fearon, aged 29 at the time, was hospitalised with gunshot wounds to his legs.

Fearon, a small time career criminal who had been convicted of a string of about thirty offences, starting with handling stolen goods in September 1986, for which he was fined £25, through theft, burglary, drugs, fraud and wounding, for which he received a 1 year sentence, his third and longest custodial sentence, in May 1997.

During 2003, Fearon applied for, and received, an estimated £5,000 of legal aid to sue Martin for loss of earnings due to the injury he sustained.[2] However, the case was thrown into doubt when photographs were published in The Sun suggesting that Fearon's injuries were not as serious as had been claimed.[3] Fearon later dropped the case when Martin agreed to drop a counter-claim.[4]

Fearon was again jailed for 18 months on 6 February 2003 for dealing in heroin.[7] Controversy was again provoked, in July 2003 when Fearon left Ranby prison after serving less than a third of his 18-month sentence - just days before Martin's release. The Home Secretary, David Blunkett requested an explanation from the head of the prison service.[8]

On 2 September 2003 Fearon was arrested for taking a Toyota Land Cruiser on 24 August without the owner's consent.[9] On 9 November 2003, he was found guilty of driving the vehicle without insurance and recalled to prison to serve the remainder of the preceding sentence.[10]

In August 2005 Fearon was arrested with Dean Thompson, accused of drawing out £11,000 from a bank machine using stolen cash cards. Fearon was bailed to appear before magistrates in October.[11]
In February 2006, Fearon was banned from two public houses in Newark. The Crown Court Judge called Fearon "a menace" and issued him with an 18 month community order for his part in causing a large disorder occurring at the said locations[12]"


From Wikipedia. Nice chap, eh Jim?

It's a mistake to defend the indefensible, Jim. Some honesty would make your arguments more valid.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 09:14 AM

It was not my intention to mislead anybody. I know, as I am sure you do, that the case is well enough known for it to be a waste of time my trying to do so.
I'm pretty sure Tony Martin was in full in posession of all the facts you mentioned before he pulled the trigger - I don't think!!!
I'm equally sure that, had a Traveller taken a shotgun to one of those decent law-abiding settled people taking part in one of the many raids, firebomb and arson attacks which have taken place during the time we have been involved with Travellers, the individual in question would be viewing the world through the bars of a prison for a long time to come.
However, far be it from me to take away the straw my mistake has given you to grasp in order to excuse the murderous behaviour of rednecks, backwoodsmen and fascist thugs.
As said earlier, I have become as used to the racist bigotry of such thugs and their apologists as, I am sure, the German people were to their pre-war counterparts,
Jim carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 09:30 AM

Jim, I'm neither a racist or a fascist thug, nor am I an apologist for those kinds of people. I simply pointed out a very important fact which you chose to omit from your extremely one-sided diatribe, offered some background information which may go some way towards explaining why Tony Martin was a very frightened man indeed, so frightened in fact, and so badly failed by the police when he made repeated requests for assistance on earlier occasions (so much for your assertion of a "Police State"!), that he took the law into his own hands. And I suggested that it might be a good idea to introduce some balance into your arguments to give them more credibility. That's all.

I certainly didn't insult you in the way that you've tried to insult me. But guess what - you failed, I couldn't care less.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 10:37 AM

Backwoodsman,
I neither called you a racist not a fascist thug - just an apologist for same, which you appear to be.
As for my one-sided diatribe, I merely pointed out incidents which I have either witnessed or am convinced by the evidence at hand, took place.
Nobody so far has attempted to address those incidents in any satisfactory way, other than to deny that some of them happened (based on what?) and ignore the rest.
It is not my intention to insult you or anybody, just to point out the doubtful wisdom of allowing our personal information to be put at the disposal of people who act in the manner I have described.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 10:54 AM

Not an apologist Jim, but a realist - one who tries to see the whole story, however many sides there are, not just the one that gives me (read 'you' there) the best orgasm. I'm sure that much of what you have to say would stand closer scrutiny, but you write in a very extreme and one-sided way, and that does nothing for your case - especially when you loudly proclaim a wrong inflicted on those whose cause you support, yet make no mention of the wrongs they inflicted on their victim. You may not mean it that way, but it appears to be a deliberately-contrived deception and an indication of a very heavy bias. And for every story you can recount of injustice and thuggery against Travellers, there will be another that others can recount of those same offences by Travellers, and they will claim equal veracity. You can't successfully champion a cause if you don't face the realities, Jim.

You also make the mistake of labelling and abusing those who don't share your opinions 110% - you won't win support from doubters and waverers by calling them names, Jim. All that does is absolutely 110% confirm in their doubting, wavering minds that you're a prat (even if you're not).


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 12:25 PM

The Police State has been with us for years. I've been trying to tell folks that, telling them that their children are put on a register from the day they're born to the age of 18 (and who knows if beyond)...and there their 'records' (???) can be accessed by police, teachers, medical staff, social workers etc....but not the parents or the children. Any child considered 'at risk' has a flag beside their name. My son does....because...he is home educated. (double ???)

We have been living in Orwell's 1984 for many years now. However, it's taken until now for many people to start waking up to that fact.

This is NOT the country my Dad went to war to protect, to fight to his last breath for. It has become a Country of Control, where we are watched on every street corner, monitored all the time, even getting a library card, here in Torbay, now requires two forms of identification, as does signing on with a new doctor.

So very often now, you ring up to find something out, and you are asked your name, birth date, national insurance number, address..etc..etc....Some places won't even deal with you unless you give them your National Insurance Number first...(triple ????)

Still, never mind....it's Friday night again...and it's time for the Proles to Party, while the police watch and the politicians rub their alcohol un-free hands together, spreading more germs of discontent, as their 'people' drink themselves into yet another stupor, dumbed down and sozzled out for yet one more evening...just as they used to be in Russia...still are.

The Let's Party Party has done it's job well.....

Bring back Dixon of Dock Green, eh?


Too late, my luvvies.....too late....

And Winston thought oh so silently to himself...

"Thoughtcrime is death. Thoughtcrime does not entail death. Thoughtcrime IS death. I have committed even before setting pen to paper the essential crime that contains all others unto itself." (taken from '1984' by George Orwell)


And if The Police are out there....I am soooooooo ready to start La Revolucion that I could even talk you tough guys into joining me..


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 12:42 PM

Backwoodsman - Address the incidents I have cited - everything else is evasion - or are you claiming I made them up, or that somehow they are justified?
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 01:06 PM

"Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither"

Benjamin Franklin


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Folkiedave
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 08:28 PM

I'm glad Folkiedave brought up Orgreave because that is what went wrong with the prosecution of those arrested there was no coverage of the events - but one thing is undeniable stones and bricks were thrown which is not part of a peaceful protest or within the law and the first man to be injured that day at 08:00hrs was a policeman, PC Akers.

Remember the iconic Orgreave picture? It was of Lesley Boulton with a policeman on horseback about to try and smash her head in with a truncheon. And she wasn't a stone thrower. The other one was of a policeman beating seven bells of shit out of a miner who bare chested and laid out on the bonnet of his car.

The 93 miners arrested charged with riot were acquitted - because the police lied and it was obvious in court that they had done so. Orperhaps you think the judges in Sheffield Crown Court were sympathetic to the miners.

And your explanation of the death of Ian Tomlinson?

Remember - if you are innocent then you have nothing to worry about? Well he was innocent and he's dead.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 04:10 AM

Dave,
Don't forget that it was/is regular practice by the police on duty during demonstrations (contrary to their own regulations) to remove all identification from their uniforms so they could do what they did/do anonymously.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 04:42 AM

"Backwoodsman - Address the incidents I have cited - everything else is evasion - or are you claiming I made them up, or that somehow they are justified?
Jim Carroll"

I'm claiming nothing, Jim, other than that you gave us an example of a crime committed against members of a specific section of the community (whose cause you support, loudly and almost to the point of hysteria) by their terrified victim, whilst ignoring the crime they themselves (being demonstrably 'Career-Criminals) were in the process of committing (and, reportedly, repeating) against that terrified person.

Jim, you make a very great many claims which are totally unsupported, other than by your own words - along the lines of "When I was with them..." or "I saw it myself". Anecdotal evidence, Jim, unsupported and unverifiable. And unbalanced.

And the issue I mention above, put into the context of all of your other unsupported, unverifiable, anecdotal evidence, unfortunately gives an impression of someone prepared to use any distortion to "prove" his points and pursue his own political agenda, whilst loudly and aggressively denying that there's 'another side' (as there always is, of course). So no, I'm not saying you're a liar Jim, but you appear very much to be in your own little world of Denial Of True Fact - of admission that there is 'another side' to the problems that exist between Travellers, the Non-Travelling community, and the agents of The Authorities.

Jim, I'm aware, from the many years I spent as a Youth-Worker, working with (amongst others) teenage children of Travellers who came to live on the Travellers' Site in our town, that they themselves are often the victims of hate, and of hate-driven crime, and I've had to deal with those issues on more than one occasion. I'm also very aware indeed (and carry the mental bruises, if not still the physical injuries) that they have their own culture and their own Codes, and sometimes this culture and these Codes don't sit easily with the Non-Traveller vast majority. And, perhaps understandably, these differences of culture and Behaviour Codes are the cause of fear amongst those who don't understand them, and the people they represent.

But Jim, one thing's as sure as Hell - you won't convince anyone of the scale of injustices committed against Travellers, by screaming and ranting, and making one-sided, biased, unbalanced claims against the Non-Traveller community and the agents and representatives of Authority, whilst carefully ignoring 'the other side'.

Balance and Reason, Jim. Far more persuasive than one-sided screaming and ranting, however loudly thou dost protest.

That's it. I'm sure you won't agree and, as I've got a real life to pursue, it's my last one.
Best wishes.
BWM


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 06:52 AM

"screaming and ranting,"
On a thread concerning how much power we should allow the state to hold over over our daily lives in terms of personal information I have listed a series of incidents I know to have taken place concerning Travellers - here in Ireland and in Britain, because I believe it to be relevant to the subject.
Can you please give me examples of my having screamed, ranted or become hysterical, (loudly or otherwise) - I won't hold my breath for your answer!
I am not in the habit of advocating on behalf of the Travellers - I believe that this should come from the Travelling community; I am concerned what is done in my name as a British citizen, now living in Ireland, no more than that. #
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 07:33 AM

Read your stuff (here and on other threads) again, with honesty and an open mind, Jim.
I'm gone.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 02:17 PM

Backwoodsman
Personally I get pissed off to the back teeth with people who subsitute smear and innuendo for real argument (as both you and Teribus have done on this thread) and then bottle out and ride off into the sunset when challenged.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 06:04 PM

An interesting choice of words there, Jim - 'smear'. Harks back to another thread?

But I digress........

Jim, you appear to have a very short memory, and a serious problem with understanding both what's been said to you and also by you. I've been challenging you all the way through this exchange, and you have failed to respond to anything I've put before you, choosing instead to steadfastly continue your policy of denial, distortion and deflection.

You came into this thread making unverifiable one-sided accusations against the police - not a shred of verifiable evidence, just your own anecdotes which you expected everyone to swallow, together with thinly veiled hints that all of the records had been destroyed by the police - another unverifiable anecdote.

Now to the real nub of all of this - you conveniently omitted a salient, highly relevant fact about a very serious crime, and its outcome, in order to make it fit your anti-authority agenda.

I pointed that out and, quite reasonably, suggested that such an omission might cause readers to doubt the veracity of the rest of your attack on the police.

You then changed your story and tried to pretend you'd 'forgotten' these major details of the issue which I had corrected you over.

I explained that your comments right through this thread were unbalanced and asked you to give them some balance, and to try to see that there is another side.

Your response was to accuse me of calling you a liar, which I carefully explained was not my intention, and indeed I indicated that I have a fair degree of sympathy for your cause - the mis-treatment of Travellers - but that IMHO some balance in your postings, and a less selective memory, might make what you say carry more weight.

You have steadfastly refused to answer any of my points, instead choosing to try to turn everything back on me, and to demand that I 'disprove' the very accusations which you are completely unable to 'prove'.

That's the behaviour of a charlatan, Jim - an attempt at the kind of chicanery that the least-desirable parties in our political system are given to indulge in. Denial, distortion and deflection - where have we seen that recently? You should be ashamed of yourself, Jim.

The only person who has 'bottled out' here is you, Jim - bottled out of admitting you distorted the true facts of the Martin/Fearon/Barrass case, bottled out of any attempt at real discussion, bottled out of facing the truth about your own bias and bigotry against authority, bottled out of having the grace to try to understand and genuinely, constructively respond to what's being said to you, bottled out of giving real answers by trying to make yourself the victim and trying to make me 'disprove' anecdotal 'evidence' which you can't prove.

You were caught out right back at the start, and you hadn't the balls to admit what you were up to. And ever since, your only response to reason and attempts by me to have a reasonable, adult discussion has been to wriggle like a worm, and you're still wriggling.

It's schoolboy playground tactics Jim, and it's beneath contempt.

At least I can see the sunset, and I've got the balls to ride into it knowing that I'm a fair, honest and truthful man, Jim. I'll sleep with a clear conscience tonight, Jim. Will you?


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 06:10 PM

Apologies for my HTML-skill deficiency - the underlining should have ended with "you are completely unable to 'prove'."
- 6th para from the end.

Unless my post is mysteriously deleted, maybe Joe or an elf will remove the offending underlining?


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 01 Nov 09 - 03:55 PM

Right; the 'hysteria' bit seems to have disappeared down the sewer from whence it came (along with Teribus's horse-maiming slur), as you have still failed to produce one single example to back up your accusation.

"…..you have failed to respond to anything I've put before you…"
Nope, I've responded to everything you've said – you haven't actually made any points, you have expressed your faith in the reliability of the good-old British bobby, nothing more.

"You came into this thread making unverifiable one-sided accusations against the police…. "
One-sidedness does not enter the equation. Our police (both sides of the Irish Pond), have considerable powers that are not given to the rest of us; the right to arrest and detain, to stop and search, the power to enter and search our homes….. et al. If we, as ordinary citizens, complain of how they wield those powers, it is almost certain that those complaints will be investigated and dealt with by the police themselves. In the case of our legal system, a policeman's word will invaiably be believed in preference to that of any 'ordinary citizen'.
This thread is entirely about whether those powers should be extended.
   
"…. not a shred of verifiable evidence, just your own anecdotes"
I have described the incidents that I was personally involved exactly as they happened – it only remains for you to call me a liar (and, of course, provide the evidence for such an accusation).
As for the rest; the Brownhills deaths are a matter of record; I've cited two sources for this, and there are several more, if you would like to follow them up.
The killing of a Traveller lad in Ennis by a knife-carrying policeman's son, the subsequent conviction for manslaughter and the fact that no sentence has yet been passed, after - I think – at least twelve months – (it took at least as long as that to bring the case to trial), are a matter of public record and were widely reported in the local and national press; as are the events surrounding the execution of Traveller John Ward by a farmer (Nolan, I think, but I could be wrong).

"….. together with thinly veiled hints that all of the records had been destroyed by the police ……"
Sorry, must have missed that one – where did I say, or even suggest this? I have no idea whether these incidents were recorded by the police, let alone destroyed.

"Now to the real nub of all of this - you conveniently omitted a salient, highly relevant fact about a very serious crime, and its outcome, in order to make it fit your anti-authority agenda."
You appear to be clinging to my mistake (that's what it was) as a drunk clings to a lamp-post for support. I have acknowledged it was a mistake on my part and apologised for the same. As I have already said, I would have been extremely foolish to try and deliberately pass off such a piece of misinformation concerning such a well-known incident. Once again, it it appears you are calling me a liar – seems to be the way you handle unpalatable facts.
I have said that I did not realise that burglary carried the death penalty – you apparently think it does, or if it doesn't, it should.   

"…..that such an omission might cause readers to doubt the veracity of the rest of your attack on the police."
Or on the other hand – it might create a smokescreen in order to hide the real issues of this thread, the power held by our lawmakers and enforcers, how they use them and whether they should be extended.

"You then changed your story and tried to pretend you'd 'forgotten' these major details of the issue which I had corrected you over."
The only detail I got wrong was that I stated that Tony Martin was acquitted – do you have anything to back up your claim that I pretended to forget 'these major details', other than the fact that you appear to be accusing me of being a habitual liar?
"Your response was to accuse me of calling you a liar….."
Where did I call you a liar? So far, you are then one suggesting that anybody is telling lies (won't hold my breath waiting for an answer to this one either).

The rest of your posting is somewhat empty invective and really not worth bothering with.

Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,Falco
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 04:03 AM

I see the one time darling of the U.K. police force,shamed police commander Ali Dizaei has been assaulted while in prison.

The senior Metropolitan Police officer is serving a four-year jail sentence for assaulting and falsely arresting a young businessman before trying to frame him.

Another inmate at HMP Edmunds Hill, Suffolk, poured a slop bucket over Dizaei's head.

He was convicted earlier this month and branded a "criminal in uniform" by chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission Nick Hardwick. Nice guy by all accounts.


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: Folkiedave
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 04:56 AM

And someone photographing street scenes was held under the Terrorism Act and then released.

Seen this?


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,Falco
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 05:47 AM

This guy has been playing the race card for years. That's how he got to the high rank. Now let him pay the price!


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Subject: RE: BS: UK: Police State
From: GUEST,999
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 02:05 AM

"I see the one time darling of the U.K. police force,shamed police commander Ali Dizaei has been assaulted while in prison."

Assaulted ???


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