Someone needs to protect us from our Home Secretary and the Police

Last December I wrote about crimes against the environment and mentioned the rather warped sense of priorities that sanctions an outrageous raid instigated by the Home Office on Mr Damien Green MP’s home and offices. Mr Green was, we were told at the time, suspected of aiding and abetting misconduct in public office. In fact, he had merely received and published information, much of which was in the public domain, which the Government found embarrassing, in the long tradition of British democratic politics; so the forces of the anti terrorist police were marshalled by the Home Office against Mr Green with the bullying collusion of the police, who apparently told Mr Green that he might well go to prison for life for his alleged “offences”.   

When you give Mr Plod the Policeman and the Home Secretary draconian powers, they use their powers in ways unimaginable. In this case their used their powers to attempt to impose their force on the democratic process.

Mrs Smith, our lamentable Home Secretary, claims in her defence that her job is to protect the British people against “terrorism” and other crime. She claims “My job is to protect the British people. It is also to protect the sensitive information about how we protect them as well and that is what we have done.” I would like to know how the whole Damien Green episode has protected us or sensitive information. If the Government were so concerned about protectings sensitive information you would have expected them to take better care of the millions of person confidential records that have gone astray in the past few years.

She has a flawed understanding of her job. If she wants to protect the British people her starting point is to protect to protect our freedoms; our most important freedom is our right to speak freely, criticise and hold to account the Government. Many have held that freedom more important than life itself; many have sacrificed in terms that Mrs Smith will never understand, their lives to protect this freedom.

We do not simply have the right to do this every four or five years by a one off vote at the ballot box, but the right to do to speak freely every day of our lives. Our words may publish facts that are not harmful to the national interest but highlight errors, corruption, foolishness and incompetence. Our words may enhance or degrade the Government; that is our right. Our words may enable the Government to be held in high or low esteem; that is our right. Our words may show the Government to be competent or incompetent, wise or foolish; that is our right.

Those were the rights that Mr Green asserted and it was also his duty; he was doing what every opposition spokes should be doing. For his pains he was arrested, questioned, bullied and treated like a criminal or terrorist.

Mrs Smith apparently will not justify her position or that of the Home Office to Parliament as a whole. Some have tried to palm off the whole affair as one of simple misjudgement. Mrs Smith certainly misjudged the matter, but more importantly she failed to understand that she has a duty to protect all our rights, not just the rights that she personally and the government of which is a member find personally most convenient to protect.

While Mrs Smith is busy from protecting us all from crime and terrorism, we have to ask, who will protect us from Mrs Smith?   

 

10 Responses

  1. Robert, WARNING DO NOT TAKE A CAMERA OUTSIDE YOUR OFFICE IN LONDON, IT IS NOW FORBIDDEN, BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, YES YOU !

    Well thats the way it seems now:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/16/police-delete-tourist-photos

    Please take a look at this webpage Robert, it is absolute paranoia the suspicious items illustrated, are most probably I am sure gonna legitamatly be carried for example by Christopher your engineer;

    * Van – Terrorists need transport. If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental made you suspicious?

    * Passport – Terrorists use multiple identities. Do you know someone with documents in different names for no obvious reason?

    * Mobile phone – Terrorists need communication. Anonymous, pay-as-you-go and stolen mobiles are typical. Have you seen someone with large quantities of mobile phones? Has it made you suspicious?

    * Camera – Terrorists need information. Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you seen anyone taking pictures of security arrangements?

    * Chemicals – Do you know someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals for no obvious reason?

    * Mask and goggles – Terrorists use protective equipment. Handling chemicals is dangerous. Maybe you’ve seen goggles or masks dumped somewhere.

    * Credit card – Terrorists need funding. Cheque and credit card fraud are ways terrorists generate cash. Have you seen any suspicious transactions?

    * Computer – Terrorists use computers. Do you know someone who visits terrorist-related websites?

    * Suitcase – Terrorists need to travel. Meetings training and planning can take place anywhere. Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they are going?

    * Padlock – Terrorists need storage. Lock-ups, garages and sheds can all be used by terrorists to store equipment. Are you suspicious of anyone renting a commercial property?

    http://www.met.police.uk/so/at_hotline.htm

    White Vans are suspicious ! ?
    Bank Cards are suspicious ! ?
    Eye protection Goggles are suspicious ! ?
    Passportsare suspicious ! ?
    Corrosive [drain cleaner ] is suspicious ! ?
    A Camera is suspicious ! ?
    A Suitcase is suspicious ! ?
    A padlock is suspicious ! ?

    What ? !

    This is unbelievable everybody is a suspect this is wrong, we have an un-elected ‘Prime Minister’ so we are in effect living in a Police state dictatorship we as a nation have sleep walked into this its time for everybody to wake up.

    i myself have a few years ago been victimised by an over zealous HMRC and local Police Force arrested twice within 24 hours without comiting any offence and consequently never charged with any offence.

    Peter

  2. Gordon Brown / Stalin ? !!!!

    • The comparision is unfair, for the moment anyway, but there is a very unhealthy trend to totalitarianism in government. Mr Obama has begun to reverse that trend in the USA. The UK has yet to.

  3. Robert, WARNING DO NOT TAKE A CAMERA OUTSIDE YOUR OFFICE IN LONDON, IT IS NOW FORBIDDEN, BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, YES YOU !

    Well thats the way it seems now:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/16/police-delete-tourist-photos

    Please take a look at this webpage Robert, it is absolute paranoia the suspicious items illustrated, are most probably I am sure gonna legitamatly be carried for example by Christopher your engineer;

    * Van – Terrorists need transport. If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental made you suspicious?

    * Passport – Terrorists use multiple identities. Do you know someone with documents in different names for no obvious reason?

    * Mobile phone – Terrorists need communication. Anonymous, pay-as-you-go and stolen mobiles are typical. Have you seen someone with large quantities of mobile phones? Has it made you suspicious?

    * Camera – Terrorists need information. Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you seen anyone taking pictures of security arrangements?

    * Chemicals – Do you know someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals for no obvious reason?

    * Mask and goggles – Terrorists use protective equipment. Handling chemicals is dangerous. Maybe you’ve seen goggles or masks dumped somewhere.

    * Credit card – Terrorists need funding. Cheque and credit card fraud are ways terrorists generate cash. Have you seen any suspicious transactions?

    * Computer – Terrorists use computers. Do you know someone who visits terrorist-related websites?

    * Suitcase – Terrorists need to travel. Meetings training and planning can take place anywhere. Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they are going?

    * Padlock – Terrorists need storage. Lock-ups, garages and sheds can all be used by terrorists to store equipment. Are you suspicious of anyone renting a commercial property?

    http://www.met.police.uk/so/at_hotline.htm

    White Vans are suspicious ! ?
    Bank Cards are suspicious ! ?
    Eye protection Goggles are suspicious ! ?
    Passportsare suspicious ! ?
    Corrosive [drain cleaner ] is suspicious ! ?
    A Camera is suspicious ! ?
    A Suitcase is suspicious ! ?
    A padlock is suspicious ! ?

    “…Terrorists need information. Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks…” so we really have to keep an eye on anybody reading newspapers and report them to Big Brother because that is a thought crime !

    What ? !

    This is unbelievable everybody is a suspect this is wrong, we have an un-elected ‘Prime Minister’ so we are in effect living in a Police state dictatorship we as a nation have sleep walked into this its time for everybody to wake up.

    I myself have a few years ago been victimised by an over zealous HMRC and local Police Force arrested twice within 24 hours without comiting any offence and consequently never charged with any offence.

    Peter

  4. Robert, WARNING DO NOT TAKE A CAMERA OUTSIDE YOUR OFFICE IN LONDON, IT IS NOW FORBIDDEN, BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, YES YOU ! 🙂
    Well thats the way it seems now ;
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/16/police-delete-tourist-photos
    Please take a look at this webpage Robert,(( http://www.met.police.uk/so/at_hotline.htm ))) it is absolute paranoia the suspicious items illustrated, are most probably I am sure gonna legitamatly be carried for example by Christopher your engineer;

    * Van – Terrorists need transport. If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental made you suspicious?
    * Passport – Terrorists use multiple identities. Do you know someone with documents in different names for no obvious reason?
    * Mobile phone – Terrorists need communication. Anonymous, pay-as-you-go and stolen mobiles are typical. Have you seen someone with large quantities of mobile phones? Has it made you suspicious?
    * Camera – Terrorists need information. Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you seen anyone taking pictures of security arrangements?
    * Chemicals – Do you know someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals for no obvious reason?
    * Mask and goggles – Terrorists use protective equipment. Handling chemicals is dangerous. Maybe you’ve seen goggles or masks dumped somewhere.
    * Credit card – Terrorists need funding. Cheque and credit card fraud are ways terrorists generate cash. Have you seen any suspicious transactions?
    * Computer – Terrorists use computers. Do you know someone who visits terrorist-related websites?
    * Suitcase – Terrorists need to travel. Meetings training and planning can take place anywhere. Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they are going?
    * Padlock – Terrorists need storage. Lock-ups, garages and sheds can all be used by terrorists to store equipment. Are you suspicious of anyone renting a commercial property?

    White Vans are suspicious ! ?
    Bank Cards are suspicious ! ?
    Eye protection Goggles are suspicious ! ?
    Passportsare suspicious ! ?
    Corrosive [drain cleaner ] is suspicious ! ?
    A Camera is suspicious ! ?
    A Suitcase is suspicious ! ?
    A padlock is suspicious ! ?

    “…Terrorists need information. Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks…” so we really have to keep an eye on anybody reading newspapers and report them to Big Brother because that is a thought crime !

    What ? !

    This is unbelievable everybody is a suspect this is wrong, we have an un-elected ‘Prime Minister’ so we are in effect living in a Police state dictatorship we as a nation have sleep walked into this its time for everybody to wake up.
    I myself have a few years ago been victimised by an over zealous HMRC and local Police Force arrested twice within 24 hours without comiting any offence and consequently never charged with any offence.

    Peter

  5. Robert, WARNING DO NOT TAKE A CAMERA OUTSIDE YOUR OFFICE IN LONDON, IT IS NOW FORBIDDEN, BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, YES YOU ! 🙂
    Well thats the way it seems now ;
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/16/police-delete-tourist-photos
    Please take a look at this webpage Robert,(( http://www.met.police.uk/so/at_hotline.htm ))) it is absolute paranoia the suspicious items illustrated, are most probably I am sure gonna legitamatly be carried for example by Christopher your engineer;

    * Van – Terrorists need transport. If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental made you suspicious?
    * Passport – Terrorists use multiple identities. Do you know someone with documents in different names for no obvious reason?
    * Mobile phone – Terrorists need communication. Anonymous, pay-as-you-go and stolen mobiles are typical. Have you seen someone with large quantities of mobile phones? Has it made you suspicious?
    * Camera – Terrorists need information. Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you seen anyone taking pictures of security arrangements?
    * Chemicals – Do you know someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals for no obvious reason?
    * Mask and goggles – Terrorists use protective equipment. Handling chemicals is dangerous. Maybe you’ve seen goggles or masks dumped somewhere.
    * Credit card – Terrorists need funding. Cheque and credit card fraud are ways terrorists generate cash. Have you seen any suspicious transactions?
    * Computer – Terrorists use computers. Do you know someone who visits terrorist-related websites?
    * Suitcase – Terrorists need to travel. Meetings training and planning can take place anywhere. Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they are going?
    * Padlock – Terrorists need storage. Lock-ups, garages and sheds can all be used by terrorists to store equipment. Are you suspicious of anyone renting a commercial property?

    White Vans are suspicious ! ?
    Bank Cards are suspicious ! ?
    Eye protection Goggles are suspicious ! ?
    Passportsare suspicious ! ?
    Corrosive [drain cleaner ] is suspicious ! ?
    A Camera is suspicious ! ?
    A Suitcase is suspicious ! ?
    A padlock is suspicious ! ?

    “…Terrorists need information. Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks…” so we really have to keep an eye on anybody reading newspapers and report them to Big Brother because that is a thought crime !

    What ? !

    This is unbelievable everybody is a suspect this is wrong, we have an un-elected ‘Prime Minister’ so we are in effect living in a Police state dictatorship we as a nation have sleep walked into this its time for everybody to wake up.
    I myself have a few years ago been victimised by an over zealous HMRC and local Police Force arrested twice within 24 hours without comiting any offence and consequently never charged with any offence.

  6. Robert, “…Please inform the Police if you see anyone carring items such as these: …” ! http://www.met.police.uk/so/at_hotline.htm ! with regards to http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/16/police-delete-tourist-photos is this paranoia on the part of the police or planned and something more sinister and politically motivated !

  7. Would your engineer Christopher be carrying all if not most of the listed items quite legitimately in the course of his job, and now every white van driver in London is a a terrorism suspect !
    This list on the web site shows that the police want to create hysteria and panic and make everyone a ‘suspect’ guilty until proved innocent ? : http://www.met.police.uk/so/at_hotline.htm

    I think this is politically motivated propaganda to justify the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Are we at war with germany (I think the war was over in 1945 !) , and if not why are we treating german tourists as espionage terrorism suspects just because they are taking a few photos in London,because isn’t that just normal for tourists to take photos of the places that they visit ?

    • Perhaps my cricket bat and golf clubs that I carry are also offensive weapons? What about the car’s took kit – you can do real damage with a tyre wrench

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