Category Archives: European Arrest Warrant

A Retrospective

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I’ve been looking at a couple of .pdf files on my hardrive and thought I’d upload them for anyone who’s interested in case I have to reformat the laptop given the problems I’ve had with it lately. Some of it is old and there’s nothing revelatory that we didn’t already know but they give an indication of how long everything has been in the planning and they may be of use to someone. Other .pdfs are more current.

The Rules of the Game, 2003 “Forget the climate change detractors. Those who deny climate change science are an irritant but unimportant.”
Saif al Islam’s thesis, 2007, which was written with a little help from his friends and won him plaudits from the LSE.
Extract from Hansard, European Arrest Warrant, 2001 immediately prior to signing The Laeken Declaration.
Statewatch 2010: An assault on human rights and national sovereignty The EAW: “Vague & general provisions… the combined abolition of dual criminality and territoriality requirements represents… a fundamental threat to the rule of law…”
The Anglo-French Pond, 2008/9 “A Franco-British cross-disciplinary research programme: Towards a shared vision of management of a crowded multiple-use space.”
Towards a more secure society & increased industrial competitiveness, 2009 Check out the Table of Contents – Acronyms ‘R Us. Covers ADABTS, AMASS, and surveillance & control in general. Special mention for BeSeCu – “Human behaviour in crisis situations: A cross-cultural investigation in order to tailor security-related communication”.
Summary of the European Commission’s PNR proposals. Passenger Name Record/Passenger Number Recognition. More surveillance.
Letter from Andrew Duff to Buzek, President of the EP (Click to enlarge, as usual)

(Website of Andrew Duff, LibDem MEP)
Living Together: Combining diversity & freedom in 21st Century Europe, 2011
EU Commission spending on private jets, luxury hotels and drinks receptions, 2011. They’re surely on a different planet.
Peter Oborne’s: Guilty Men, 2011
Last, but not least: A positive vision of Great Britain outside the EU.

I hope this works – I’ve used Google Docs. Tomorrow I’ll be checking out my Politics pdfs so take cover 🙂

Why the surprise?


It’s being reported that the European Union proposes a common criminal justice system to sit with the European Arrest Warrant. Hallelujah! At last the message is getting through.

The EU wants to set criminal offences and minimum sentences and, according to Vivian Reding, a 2005 ruling from the ECJ that the EU can impose its own criminal offences “where it is essential in order to facilitate the enforcement of EU law”, together with the Lisbon Treaty, support the implementation of the policy.  (Unless you’re a lawyer who specialises in European Law, you’ll be hard-pressed to find the specific case).

Our own criminal justice system has shifted perceptibly towards the European Napoleonic Code and away from our own Common Law (trial without jury, double indemnity are two examples). When we warned of it we were told that we were, well, you know what they called us so I won’t repeat it.

I don’t think anything can be any clearer. We have been subverted; it’s an inside job and we have been taken over with the approval of our own elected MPs and government Ministers. Our national sovereignty has gone and we are at the whim of selected politicos and bureaucrats in the EU who use taxation against us.

What is EU law?

The main goal of the EU is the progressive integration of Member States’ economic and political systems and the establishment of a single market based on the free movement of goods, people, money and services.

To this end, its Member States cede part of their sovereignty under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) which empowers the EU institutions to adopt laws.

These laws (regulations, directives and decisions) take precedence over national law and are binding on national authorities. The EU also issues non-binding instruments, such as recommendations and opinions, as well as rules governing how EU institutions and programmes work, etc.

There’s really not much more to be said – I’ve done with the jaw-jaw and incitement to war-war. From the moment I began blogging I thought that people would quickly pick up on what was happening and there’d be an outcry, but they didn’t and I’m still waiting. It comes to something when I’d rather talk to a plumber about fixing a leak than see what the EU is doing now or what directives our own traitorous government is nodding through. Two/three years ago I’d talk about manning the barricades, well, I’ve still got the ropey old mattress if someone else can give me a lift to Brussels, but I can be patient.

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Why The Surprise?


It’s being reported that the European Union proposes a common criminal justice system to sit with the European Arrest Warrant. Hallelujah! At last the message is getting through.

The EU wants to set criminal offences and minimum sentences and, according to Vivian Reding, a 2005 ruling from the ECJ that the EU can impose its own criminal offences “where it is essential in order to facilitate the enforcement of EU law”, together with the Lisbon Treaty, support the implementation of the policy.  (Unless you’re a lawyer who specialises in European Law, you’ll be hard-pressed to find the specific case).

Our own criminal justice system has shifted perceptibly towards the European Napoleonic Code and away from our own Common Law (trial without jury, double jeopardy are two examples). When we warned of it we were told that we were, well, you know what they called us so I won’t repeat it.

I don’t think anything can be any clearer. We have been subverted; it’s an inside job and we have been taken over with the approval of our own elected MPs and government Ministers. Our national sovereignty has gone and we are at the whim of selected politicos and bureaucrats in the EU who use taxation against us.

What is EU law?

“The main goal of the EU is the progressive integration of Member States’ economic and political systems and the establishment of a single market based on the free movement of goods, people, money and services.

To this end, its Member States cede part of their sovereignty under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) which empowers the EU institutions to adopt laws.

These laws (regulations, directives and decisions) take precedence over national law and are binding on national authorities. The EU also issues non-binding instruments, such as recommendations and opinions, as well as rules governing how EU institutions and programmes work, etc.”

There’s really not much more to be said – I’ve done with the jaw-jaw and incitement to war-war.  From the moment I began blogging I thought that people would quickly pick up on what was happening and there’d be an outcry, but they didn’t and I’m still waiting. It comes to something when I’d rather talk to a plumber about fixing a leak than see what the EU is doing now or what directives our own traitorous government is nodding through. Two/three years ago I’d talk about manning the barricades, well, I’ve still got the ropey old mattress if someone else can give me a lift to Brussels, but I can be patient.

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PNR secretly extended intra-EU

Her Majesty’s Government seems to have finally got its way on extending exchanges of air passenger data to all intra-EU flights. It’s being reported by Austrian radio (here’s the google translation) that the EU Council of Ministers approved the plans in a hushed-up meeting in April and that the implementation goes against their own legal advice!

You won’t be surprised to learn that there are plans to further extend the PNR system to rail and sea travel as well (an imposition supported by the Association of European Airlines  on fair competition grounds).  Hmmm – makes you wonder about road-charging and toll booths; how simple it would be for the European Citizen to produce his travel warrant at the same time as he is paying his £10 charge.

The data won’t be used only to identify terrorists – only a numbnuts would have faith in that government assertion – it will be used as an adjunct to the European Arrest Warrant.  The authorities just won’t be able to resist the function creep.

Time after time we see the UK government leading the way in Europe, and not in a way we would wish:

The UK government’s rationale, while claiming to “roll back” the authoritarian state at home, is that:

“Responsible governments must provide security for their citizens and protect their privacy. We do not agree with those who say that we have to choose between being safe and being free. This is a false choice – both are possible.”

As noted below the UK has the most comprehensive PNR system covering flights, sea and rail for international, intra-EU and domestic travel which it seeks to encourage across the EU. The “freedom of movement” is one of the four founding principles of the EU and this presumes the right to travel without being placed under surveillance except for very limited and exceptional purposes. The UK proposals go in quite the opposite direction including gathering personal data for “purposes other than those specified in Directive” or “from transportation providers other than those specified in the Directive”.

Statewatch
Statewatch June update

PNR Secretly Extended Intra-EU

Her Majesty’s Government seems to have finally got its way on extending exchanges of air passenger data to all intra-EU flights. It’s being reported by Austrian radio (here’s the google translation) that the EU Council of Ministers approved the plans in a hushed-up meeting in April and that the implementation goes against their own legal advice!

You won’t be surprised to learn that there are plans to further extend the PNR system to rail and sea travel as well (an imposition supported by the Association of European Airlines  on fair competition grounds).  Hmmm – makes you wonder about road-charging and toll booths; how simple it would be for the European Citizen to produce his travel warrant at the same time as he is paying his £10 charge.

The data won’t be used only to identify terrorists – only a numbnuts would have faith in that government assertion – it will be used as an adjunct to the European Arrest Warrant.  The authorities just won’t be able to resist the function creep.

Time after time we see the UK government leading the way in Europe, and not in a way we would wish:

The UK government’s rationale, while claiming to “roll back” the authoritarian state at home, is that:

“Responsible governments must provide security for their citizens and protect their privacy. We do not agree with those who say that we have to choose between being safe and being free. This is a false choice – both are possible.”

As noted below the UK has the most comprehensive PNR system covering flights, sea and rail for international, intra-EU and domestic travel which it seeks to encourage across the EU. The “freedom of movement” is one of the four founding principles of the EU and this presumes the right to travel without being placed under surveillance except for very limited and exceptional purposes. The UK proposals go in quite the opposite direction including gathering personal data for “purposes other than those specified in Directive” or “from transportation providers other than those specified in the Directive”.

Statewatch
Statewatch June update

>Lord Monckton: The Death of Magna Carta

>Yes, folks – she did die in vain.

This interview with Lord Monckton is one of the best I’ve heard for a long time. Monckton explains clearly how the EU works, details the shocking treatment of
Jason McGoldrick under the European Arrest Warrant and also talks about AGW. Set aside forty minutes or so to watch it – it’s well worth it. Oh, and pass it round to all your friends.


Assegais, farsens of ’em, to Hookie at The Final Redoubt

European Arrest Warrant

Cameron,
WE WANT OUR IN/OUT REFERENDUM

>What Has Europe blah blah

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I wish I could say that this edition of WHEDFU was going to be short and sweet but I’m afraid it will be neither.

First of all, take a look at these two polls:

EDF  “Do you think the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg should force Britian to allow votes for prisoners?”  51.5% Yes,  48.5% No  (*Note also the mis-spelling of ‘Britain’.)
PressEurop   “Should Europe abandon nuclear energy?”  53% Yes,  40%  No

It prompts two questions from me:

  1. What sort of people think that forcing a supposedly-independent sovereign nation state (well, we are aren’t we?  That’s what Cameron & Co keep telling us) into an action its people and Parliament clearly don’t want, is a good move?
  2. What sort of people think that taking us back to the Dark Ages is a good move?

Heated nuclear debate blows up in Europe.   MEPs discuss nuclear safety and the future of energy policy.
Stress tests for nuclear plants.  Let’s hope they’re more rigorous and reliable than their stress testing of the banks.
European Personnel Recovery Course a success.  It’s just as well given what’s happening in Libya, Bahrain, Oman, Syria, Yemen etc etc at the moment.
Carry on, Bahrain  EU refuses to censure Bahrain despite killings and influx of Saudi troops.  Ashton says she is “noting developments”.
EAW reform needed urgently says Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights.  (How many Commissioners for Human Rights are there in all these organisations?)
Protectionist EU imposes trade tariffs on China – ceramic tile-makers affected.  Who’s against cheap, imported Chinese tiles except European manufacturers?  Not the consumer.
Call for overhaul of European Food Standards Authority.  I seem to remember an outcry from some quarters when the UK’s Food Standards Agency was one of the quangos slated for abolition.  It was abolished because it’s completely irrelevant and superfluous – we already have EFSA in place.
Further calls for the establishment of a European Credit Rating Foundation because the EU isn’t happy with outside regulatory agencies so it wants one of its own.
30m euros in aid for the Ivory Coast  Governments are attached to the ideology of wealth redistribution via mandatory charitable giving.
EU pressed  to put warnings on all alcoholic drinks but not like “the nasty, horrible images” shown on cigarettes.  That’s a relief; it would completely spoil my glass of Chablis if I had to stare at a raddled and dessicated liver.
This is good – from the same article – “According to a recent Eurobarometer poll, 77% of Europeans support having health warning messages on alcoholic beverages.”  I find it hard to believe that roughly 385 million people were asked let alone gave their opinion.  The Eurobarometer poll must be in the same league for reliability as the ones mentioned above.
More on the European History Museum which I posted about last week.  This time it’s been branded “a waste of money”.  There’s a surprise.  The article begins:  “A parliamentary committee has approved…”  Don’t be misled – that’s a Brussels Parliamentary Committee, not one at  the Westminster Executive.
EN ISO 9994 International Standard for Lighters  Three years on and they’re still squabbling and indecisive about “killer” lighters.

So, there we have it for this week.  What an absobloodylutely pathetic and corrupt institution this is.

PS  You might like, but probably not, these two articles:

Herman van Vompuy – “cold and calculating”
The Committee’s purpose is to be even more in the future the means of developing participatory democracy and civil dialogue at Union level.