Archive for the ‘Police State’ Category

Cops Taser Old Man For Sitting In Wrong Seat At Baseball Game

August 7, 2009

Yet another video has emerged of cops tasering someone for sitting in the wrong seat at a sports event. The victim this time was an old man attending an Oakland Athletics baseball game in Oakland California.

The man tased by cops was 62-year-old Thomas Bruso, who apparently was sitting in the wrong seat and was drinking alcohol. Police claimed that the man was not “complying” with attempts to arrest him so the crowd was cleared and he was tasered from behind.

Another man is seen being pushed down the stairs as the situation escalates.

Taser roll-out snubbed by police

June 24, 2009

A major extension of Tasers is being snubbed by some police forces in a blow to the Home Office plans to roll out the controversial non-lethal weapon, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

At least two forces, including the country’s largest, have ruled out extending the stun guns to more officers while another two have still not made any decision.

Big Brother HAS gone too far … and that’s an ex-spy chief talking

June 3, 2009

The former head of MI6 has hit out at ’striking and disturbing’ invasions of privacy by the Big Brother state.

Sir Richard Dearlove, who led the Secret Intelligence Service from 1999 to 2004, claimed some were an ‘abuse’ of the law.

He attacked the ‘loss of liberties’ caused by expanding surveillance powers and described some police operations as ‘mind-boggling.’

The former spy chief joins a growing number of high-profile critics warning that individual freedom and privacy are being seriously eroded by the Government’s disproportionate efforts to guard against terrorism.

Obama Out-Bushes Bush on Preventive Detention

May 31, 2009

If George Bush had had the gall to propose changing the laws of the United States to allow people to be detained for long periods without even the intention of putting them on trial, progressives across the nation would be howling that the fascist hordes were at the gates. And they would be right. Even the do-nothing, scared-of-nearly-everything Congressional Black Caucus would be up in arms. George Bush and Dick Cheney empowered to imprison people without trial? Progressives everywhere would be justified in crying out against the threat to civilization as we know it. But when Barack Obama last week proposed the very same thing, preventive detention without trial, there was relative silence…

The Man Who Beat Big Brother Britain

May 27, 2009

Police could be forced to destroy huge archives of surveillance photographs taken at protests, riots and football matches following a landmark judgment. Appeal Court judges ruled yesterday that a law-abiding arms trade activist had his human rights breached when police took photos of him at a protest and kept them on file. In a judgment that could change the way all UK police forces monitor protesters, the Metropolitan Police was told to destroy all pictures of Andrew Wood.

State recruits an army of snoopers with police-style powers

May 26, 2009

A growing army of private security guards and town hall snoopers with sweeping police-style powers is being quietly established, the Daily Mail can reveal.

Under a Home Office-run scheme, people such as park wardens, dog wardens, car park attendants and shopping centre guards receive the powers if they undergo training, and pay a small fee to their local police force.

Their powers include issuing £60 fines for truancy and dropping litter, and being able to demand a person’s name and address on the street.

Tagged for dropping sweets

May 21, 2009

A motorcyclist has told how he was electronically tagged for four months and given a 36-hour community order – for dropping mint imperials while riding.

Thomas Payne, 19, must be at home from 8pm till 6am under the terms of his ankle tag after police spotted the trail of sweets left by his Yamaha DT175.

A police charge notice said he had ‘intentionally and without authority or reasonable cause, caused sweets to be on a road, namely Lancaster Circus, in such circumstances that it would have been obvious to a reasonable person that to do so would be dangerous’ contrary to the Road Traffic Act.

Payne insists: “They were just falling out of my pocket. Because of the time they followed me for they said I should have known.”

Known Unknowns: Unconventional ‘Strategic Shocks’ in Defence Strategy Development

May 20, 2009

The United States Army War College as issued a document disussing how to prepare and react if there are riots within the US as a result of an economic collapse. Here are some quotes fromt the document itself. The full document can be viewed by clicking HERE.

The military must be prepared for a “violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States”, in the light of “unforeseen economic collapse”

It talks of “purposeful domestic resistance”, “pervasive public health emergencies” or “loss of functioning political and legal order”

“Widespread civil violence … would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security. An American government and defense establishment lulled into complacency by a long-secure domestic order would be forced to rapidly divest some or most external security commitments in order to address rapidly expanding human insecurity at home.”

“Under the most extreme circumstances, this might include use of military force against hostile groups inside the United States.

The document says that the Department of Defense would be the “enabling hub” for the continuity of political authority in a multi-state or nationwide civil conflict or disturbance“.

In plain non-Orwellian English, the military will control the country.

I’m not a traffic warden … call me a civil enforcement officer

May 20, 2009

It is the end of the road for parking attendants as we know them.

They are now called “civil enforcement officers” and come complete with new powers – and uniforms – thanks to the Traffic Management Act, introduced today.

Town halls hire citizen snoopers as young as SEVEN to spy on neighbours and report wrongs

May 18, 2009

Children as young as seven are being recruited by councils to act as ‘citizen snoopers’, the Daily Mail can reveal.

The ‘environment volunteers’ will report on litter louts, noisy neighbours – and even families putting their rubbish out on the wrong day.

There are currently almost 9,000 people signed up to the schemes. More are likely to be recruited in the coming months.

Charlie Veitch vs. Armed Police at USA Embassy London

May 15, 2009

Now demoralised police are sent on LITTER patrols in bid to hit performance targets

May 15, 2009

Police have been ordered to go on litter patrol in a bid to boost the number of people nicked for minor offences.

Officers will be forced to ditch their uniforms and go out undercover in plain clothes in an attempt to hit performance targets.

However cops are furious over the move – because they don’t even have the powers to issue on-the-spot-fines.

Instead, they will have to radio a PCSO – a lower ranking officer –  to attend the scene to slap the offender with a £50 to £80 penalty.

Undercover Spies Given Anti-Terror Powers To Stalk Dog Foulers & Litterbugs

May 15, 2009

UNDERCOVER poop snoops are set to stalk dog foulers and litter louts who blight streets and parks across Denbighshire.

New plain-clothed wardens have been given powers to respond to complaints and target persistent offenders.

Those who flick cigarette butts, drop rubbish or don’t clean up after their pets will be coming under the watchful eye of the county’s CCTV system – before being hit in the pocket.

Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More

May 15, 2009

The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters.

Police Encourage Citizens To Report People Who Drive Nice Cars

May 13, 2009

Police in the UK are encouraging citizens to report people who drive nice cars or buy expensive items to the authorities in a new campaign entitled, ‘Too Much Bling? Give Us a Ring’.

“The Gloucestershire force is encouraging members of the public to report people wearing too much ‘bling’ during the recession. They are also urging people to shop anyone who drives flash cars or buys expensive items without the apparent means to afford them during the credit crunch,” reports the Daily Mail.

G20 police ‘used undercover men to incite crowds’

May 11, 2009

An MP who was involved in last month’s G20 protests in London is to call for an investigation into whether the police used agents provocateurs to incite the crowds.

Police accused of abusing powers as anti-terrorism stop and searches treble

May 1, 2009

Thought police muscle up in Britain

April 30, 2009

BRITAIN appears to be evolving into the first modern soft totalitarian state. As a sometime teacher of political science and international law, I do not use the term totalitarian loosely.

There are no concentration camps or gulags but there are thought police with unprecedented powers to dictate ways of thinking and sniff out heresy, and there can be harsh punishments for dissent.

Nikolai Bukharin claimed one of the Bolshevik Revolution’s principal tasks was “to alter people’s actual psychology”. Britain is not Bolshevik, but a campaign to alter people’s psychology and create a new Homo britannicus is under way without even a fig leaf of disguise.

Police caught on tape trying to recruit Plane Stupid protester as spy

April 30, 2009

Undercover police are running a network of hundreds of informants inside protest organisations who secretly feed them intelligence in return for cash, according to evidence handed to the Guardian.

They claim to have infiltrated a number of environmental groups and said they are receiving information about leaders, tactics and plans of future demonstrations.

The dramatic disclosures are revealed in almost three hours of secretly recorded discussions between covert officers claiming to be from Strathclyde police, and an activist from the protest group Plane Stupid, whom the officers attempted to recruit as a paid spy after she had been released on bail following a demonstration at Aberdeen airport last month.