Category Archives: Surveillance State

Those Washed-Up, Cried-Out, Spied-On Stasi Blues

Yep, I’ve been to the doctor and he said that’s definitely what I’m suffering from. He wrote me a prescription and said to go back in a few weeks if my symptoms hadn’t eased. What he prescribed was “a weekly dose of riots and a change of governance.”

Interestingly, he didn’t advise a change of government; he thought that swapping one bloc of raging authoritarian job-for-life politicos for another wouldn’t solve the problem. In short, ELECTIONS DON’T WORK ANY MORE. They used to, once upon a time. The country rubbed by after the war, we put up with austerity and rationing, mainly because of the sop of the NHS and child benefit payments, but the country has changed beyond recognition now. Now, everyone has the right to be offended but not to freedom of expression; everyone is equal in the eyes of the legislature, unless you’re ‘one of them’ and can pay or circumvent the system; everyone is lectured, molly-coddled, chivvied and harassed into being a citizen worthy of The Big Society; we’re all in it together.

My @rse.

If I thought one of my neighbours was spying on me I’d report them to the police for harassment.

THIS upset me so much this morning when I read it. How could they? How could they turn State informer? And they’re not even being paid. I hope they’re first ‘onto the shuvvell’ so they can join their heroes who first adopted this technique.

From The Morning Star, of all places.
Work from home:  Easy Income

But it’s alright; we’re in safe hands and can go back to sleep:

A Home Office spokesman said: “The first duty of the state is the protection of its citizens, but this should never be an excuse for the government to intrude into people’s private lives.

“This is why we are changing the law to restore common sense and prevent local authorities using surveillance for trivial offences.”

If you believe that, phone me, I’ve got a bridge for sale.

Here’s one of the ‘essential links’ in the sidebar: Big Brother Watch.

Roughly one in fifty adults collaborated with the Stasi in East Germany:

Frau Merkel was born in West Germany but grew up and was educated in East Germany. I’ve no idea why her parents moved; perhaps it’s a story worth telling on par with the Milibands, whose Polish grandfather packed up and left for Russia where he fought in the Red Army before admitting defeat and defecting to Belgium (and thence onwards to Britain albeit leaving his wife and children behind – it was for the good of the cause, comrades).

Just to tip everything nicely over the edge, here’s an archive of East German propaganda. Spot the similarities.

Image courtesy of Max Farquar, WBUH.

The final straw?

I’m not holding my breath because almost every day I read/hear something that could qualify as the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back but surely THIS must bring us closer to a tipping point.

Despite the LibDems and Conservatives opposing this Labour (Jacqui Smith) scheme when they were in Opposition, it seems they’ve now had a change of heart and have increased the numbers by more than a third.

Then:

The Conservative party condemned the increase in the number of civilians given police powers

Dominic Grieve, 2008: “The public want to see real police on the streets discharging these responsibilities, not private firms who may use them inappropriately, including unnecessarily snooping on ordinary citizens. This is a consequence of the government’s obsession with policing on the cheap as well as their staggering complacency towards the extension of surveillance.”

Jacqui Smith’s Stasi State

Now:

More than 2,200 civilians including street wardens, housing officers, countryside rangers, traffic marshals and stewards can now issue fines for dropping litter, dog fouling, truancy and so on. These ‘accredited’ people can also take your photograph and demand your name and address if you “fail to follow appropriate directions”. That’s tightly-worded isn’t it, so there’ll be no misunderstandings there then. I also wonder how many of these accredited persons will be sent on Common Purpose courses to improve their “leading beyond authority” skills.

Pic from the DM

UPDATE: This is from April 2010 just before the GE – ACPO at it again and there’s a quote from Chris Grayling, then Shadow Home Affairs spokesman, now Employment Minister.

Tory home affairs spokesman Chris Grayling called for an immediate end to the scheme: ‘People expect policing powers to be held by police, and not by other groups like nightclub bouncers,’ he said.

JUST SAY NO

The Final Straw?

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I’m not holding my breath because almost every day I read/hear something that could qualify as the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back but surely THIS must bring us closer to a tipping point.

Despite the LibDems and Conservatives opposing this Labour (Jacqui Smith) scheme when they were in Opposition, it seems they’ve now had a change of heart and have increased the numbers by more than a third.

Then:

The Conservative party condemned the increase in the number of civilians given police powers

Dominic Grieve, 2008: “The public want to see real police on the streets discharging these responsibilities, not private firms who may use them inappropriately, including unnecessarily snooping on ordinary citizens. This is a consequence of the government’s obsession with policing on the cheap as well as their staggering complacency towards the extension of surveillance.”

Jacqui Smith’s Stasi State

Now:

More than 2,200 civilians including street wardens, housing officers, countryside rangers, traffic marshals and stewards can now issue fines for dropping litter, dog fouling, truancy and so on. These ‘accredited’ people can also take your photograph and demand your name and address if you “fail to follow appropriate directions”. That’s tightly-worded isn’t it, so there’ll be no misunderstandings there then. I also wonder how many of these accredited persons will be sent on Common Purpose courses to improve their “leading beyond authority” skills.

Pic from the DM
JUST SAY NO

UPDATE: This is from April 2010 just before the GE – ACPO at it again and there’s a quote from Chris Grayling, then Shadow Home Affairs spokesman, now Employment Minister.

Tory home affairs spokesman Chris Grayling called for an immediate end to the scheme: ‘People expect policing powers to be held by police, and not by other groups like nightclub bouncers,’ he said.

Say ‘hello’ to TASS

(… and Labour Party policy and Liberal Democrat Party policy).

Yes, it’s another acronym and therefore it must be EU-related.

Heathrow Airport is going to be the testing ground for the “Total Airport Security System” during Olympics 2012 but I’ve got news for Euro Correspondent: we’re not in the slightest bit surprised that we’re paying for it.

Why and how has this TASS consortium qualified for an EU research grant? As the article points out, the beneficiaries will be private mega-companies:

“The TASS consortium includes airport operator BAA, which is obviously in need of an EU hand out, having made a £200 million loss last year. But the lead roles are being taken by firms from Israel, not an EU country at last checking. VERINT Systems (Israel) will coordinate, while monitoring know-how will be provided by Elbit Security Systems. Elbit’s supply of surveillance cameras to the West Bank wall have led to it being dropped by some pension funds, and the Commission itself considers the separation barrier illegal where it is built on Palestinian land.

Considering that the project will result in a high-tech system that can profitably marketed to airports around the world, it is unclear why the Commission needs to fund it at all. Defence giant BAE Systems is also taking part, being clearly unable to fund research and development from its £1 billion 2010 profit. BAE is separately involved in 12 similar EU research projects, funded with another £71 million in taxpayers’ cash.”

Figures emerged last week to show that the basic tax rate, including Nat.Insurance, is 40+% and, according to the ASI, Tax Freedom Day is now the 30th May in Great Britain – that means we work a full five months before we earn any cash for ourselves.   I’d like to know exactly how much is siphoned off through the back door of Downing Street to the EU so that they can play Lord & Lady Bountiful to mega-rich multi-nats while our own people are told ‘we’re all in it together.’  My eye and Betty Martin we are.

I ask again, why are these private corporations being funded by taxpayers’ money which has been siphoned off to the EU by our pathetic shower of wastrels in the Westminster Executive?  The answer is, “Because they can; because we let them.”

My thanks to Max Farquar for this pic.

Say ‘Hello’ To TASS

(… and Labour Party policy and Liberal Democrat Party policy).

Yes, it’s another acronym and therefore it must be EU-related.

Heathrow Airport is going to be the testing ground for the “Total Airport Security System” during Olympics 2012 but I’ve got news for Euro Correspondent: we’re not in the slightest bit surprised that we’re paying for it.

Why and how has this TASS consortium qualified for an EU research grant? As the article points out, the beneficiaries will be private mega-companies:

“The TASS consortium includes airport operator BAA, which is obviously in need of an EU hand out, having made a £200 million loss last year. But the lead roles are being taken by firms from Israel, not an EU country at last checking. VERINT Systems (Israel) will coordinate, while monitoring know-how will be provided by Elbit Security Systems. Elbit’s supply of surveillance cameras to the West Bank wall have led to it being dropped by some pension funds, and the Commission itself considers the separation barrier illegal where it is built on Palestinian land.

Considering that the project will result in a high-tech system that can profitably marketed to airports around the world, it is unclear why the Commission needs to fund it at all. Defence giant BAE Systems is also taking part, being clearly unable to fund research and development from its £1 billion 2010 profit. BAE is separately involved in 12 similar EU research projects, funded with another £71 million in taxpayers’ cash.”

Figures emerged last week to show that the basic tax rate, including Nat.Insurance, is 40+% and, according to the ASI, Tax Freedom Day is now the 30th May in Great Britain – that means we work a full five months before we earn any cash for ourselves.   I’d like to know exactly how much is siphoned off through the back door of Downing Street to the EU so that they can play Lord & Lady Bountiful to mega-rich multi-nats while our own people are told ‘we’re all in it together.’  My eye and Betty Martin we are.

I ask again, why are these private corporations being funded by taxpayers’ money which has been siphoned off to the EU by our pathetic shower of wastrels in the Westminster Executive?  The answer is, “Because they can; because we let them.”

My thanks to Max Farquar for this pic.

Beyond a joke

Evening all.

This is getting ridiculous now. Report an anarchist? For heaven’s sake.

I wonder if there’s any particular reason they chose the name Project Griffin

Following its unqualified success in London, Project Griffin is increasingly being adopted by other police forces, cities and communities across the United Kingdom. It has also generated interest and acclaim overseas, particularly in the United States, Hong Kong and Australia.

Ian Mansfield
Counter Terrorism Security Adviser
Police Headquarters
37 Wood Street
London, EC2P 2NQ
Email: Ian.Mansfield@city-of-london.police.uk
Telephone: 020 7601 2863

Trooper Thompson and Angry Exile also have something to say.

Mind how you go.

H/t: Sue at Muffled Vociferation

UPDATE: ‘Ello, ‘ello, ‘ello, who’s issued a ‘clarification’ then?  We didn’t mean it, honest, it was just badly worded

“The Metropolitan police service does not seek to stigmatise those people with legitimate political views.”

So that’s alright then, as long as it’s “legitimate” political views we’re talking about.  We might need to have another little chat about the meaning of the word ‘legitimate’ some time.

Beyond A Joke

Evening all.

This is getting ridiculous now. Report an anarchist? For heaven’s sake.

I wonder if there’s any particular reason they chose the name Project Griffin

Following its unqualified success in London, Project Griffin is increasingly being adopted by other police forces, cities and communities across the United Kingdom. It has also generated interest and acclaim overseas, particularly in the United States, Hong Kong and Australia.

Ian Mansfield
Counter Terrorism Security Adviser
Police Headquarters
37 Wood Street
London, EC2P 2NQ
Email: Ian.Mansfield@city-of-london.police.uk
Telephone: 020 7601 2863

Trooper Thompson and Angry Exile also have something to say.

Mind how you go.

H/t: Sue at Muffled Vociferation

UPDATE: ‘Ello, ‘ello, ‘ello, who’s issued a ‘clarification’ then?  We didn’t mean it, honest, it was just badly worded

“The Metropolitan police service does not seek to stigmatise those people with legitimate political views.”

So that’s alright then, as long as it’s “legitimate” political views we’re talking about.  We might need to have another little chat about the meaning of the word ‘legitimate’ some time.