Posts Tagged ‘Police State’

Welcome to Police State UK

August 19, 2013
David Miranda and Glenn Greenwald

David Miranda and Glenn Greenwald

David Miranda, Brazilian associate of journalist Glenn Greenwald, detained and questioned by the police for nine hours, laptop, camera, mobile phone, memory stick seized, as he passed through Heathrow en route from Berlin to Brazil.

Detention was made using police powers, because they could.

Irrespective of the use of anti-terrorism legislation, it would appear to have been a crude attempt to intimidate Glenn Greenwald, and by implication, intimidation of Edward Snowden by association.

As Greenwald says, the detention had absolutely nothing to do with terrorism as no questions were asked on terrorism:

The stated purpose of this law, as the name suggests, is to question people about terrorism. The detention power, claims the UK government, is used “to determine whether that person is or has been involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.”

But they obviously had zero suspicion that David was associated with a terrorist organization or involved in any terrorist plot. Instead, they spent their time interrogating him about the NSA reporting which Laura Poitras, the Guardian and I are doing, as well the content of the electronic products he was carrying. They completely abused their own terrorism law for reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism: a potent reminder of how often governments lie when they claim that they need powers to stop “the terrorists”, and how dangerous it is to vest unchecked power with political officials in its name.

Worse, they kept David detained right up until the last minute: for the full 9 hours, something they very rarely do. Only at the last minute did they finally release him. We spent all day – as every hour passed – worried that he would be arrested and charged under a terrorism statute. This was obviously designed to send a message of intimidation to those of us working journalistically on reporting on the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ.

Before letting him go, they seized numerous possessions of his, including his laptop, his cellphone, various video game consoles, DVDs, USB sticks, and other materials. They did not say when they would return any of it, or if they would.

David Miranda was en route from a meeting with independent filmmaker Laura Poitras. Laura Poitras has been repeatedly harassed by the US. David Miranda says during his nine hour period of detention, he was questioned by six different agents and asked about his entire life.

Under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000, police do not have to have reasonable suspicion to detain up nine hours and seize equipment for one week, they can do so because they are seeking information on terrorism. Those detained are obliged to answer questions, failure to do so is a criminal offence. Those detained are not entitled to be represented by a lawyer.

According to David Anderson, independent reviewer of Terrorism legislation, speaking on BBC Radio 4 lunchtime news programme World at One, 60-70,000 people have been detained under Schedule 7 but only 40 detained longer than six hours.

Tom Watson MP is demanding answers, as is Keith Vaaz MP chair of House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee. Amnesty International has condemned the detention, as has Liberty, as the NUJ, as has the Society of Editors. Brazil has lodged a formal complaint with the UK.

Are all those who now question the state, now terrorists?

When Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden exposed the extent to which the state in the US and the UK was spying on its citizens, the knee-jerk reaction was at one end of the spectrum the two should be summarily executed for treason, to the other end of the spectrum the ordinary citizen has nothing to fear.

The detention of David Miranda for nine hours for no other reason than intimidation, shows the ordinary citizen has everything to fear.

Who ordered the detention? How did they know David Miranda was passing through? Were they aware of his visit to Laura Poitras? At the very least David Miranda must be on a watch list, his name flagged up.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4 evening news programme The World Tonight, John Schindler, former NSA and now Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College in Newport Rhode Island where he is a specialist on intelligence and terrorism, has said he does not regard Glenn Greenwald as a real journalist, and if he was he, he would be very careful where he traveled.

Writing in exile, is something dating from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Stalinist Russia, or maybe Iranians outside of Iran. But no, Glenn Greenwald is having to write from Brazil. Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger is now based outside the UK. The Guardian has had government agents pay them a visit and trash hard drives.

Does this sound like an open and democratic country?

Welcome to Police State UK!

UK Police State

April 3, 2012

To be forced through in the UK legislation to give the State powers to monitor e-mails, phone calls, sms text messages, tweets on twitter, social interactions on facebook, skype and voip communiications and web browing of every individual in the UK.

This is a Police State writ large, the sort of monitoring one would expect in China or Iran.

There is also to be monitoring of sharing of copyright material.

People will increasingly turn to the use of Dark Net: Use net cafes and guest accounts in public libraries, buy cheap unlocked phones for cash then use a variety of free sim cards from Lyca mobile, use PGP to encrypt e-mails, send e-mails through a chain of anonymous relays to hide the originator and destination, use anonymous web browsing …

It is not terrorists and social activists (the ones who will be targeted) not even rogue states like Israel, Iran and North Korea who are a threat to the UK. It is bankers and speculators, the ones who bribe their way into being wined and dined by senior politicians to influence government policy.

This introduction of a Police State must be opposed.

Please sign the petition.

Top Story in The Highclimbing Daily (Tuesday 3 April 2012).

- Email and web use ‘to be monitored’ under new laws
Police and MI5 get power to watch you on the web
Internet activity ‘to be monitored’ under new laws
New powers to record every phone call and email makes surveillance ’60m times worse’
Backlash over plans to monitor all internet use
– Internet law will be a ‘honeypot’ for snoopers (blocked by The Times pay wall)
Email surveillance plans face Lib Dem rebellion

Bank of Ideas and St Paul’s in-the-Camp linked to terrorist groups

December 4, 2011
letter from City of London Police terrorist alert

letter from City of London Police terrorist alert

A leaked letter, not known if true or a fake, a briefing on terrorist activities from the City of London Police to businesses in the City of London (though I daresay it does not go to the local coffee shops) links Bank of Ideas and Occupy London Stock Exchange with proscribed terrorist groups such as the Columbian FARC and Al-Qaeda.

If nothing else this shines a spotlight on the police mindset, anyone calling for democratic change and a fairer society is automatically seen as a terrorist. This one assumes is then used to justify paramilitray policing as though dealing with a real terrorist threat.

Businesses are warned, again one assumes not your local coffee shops, to be on the alert for filming of buildings and to in turn film those carrying out the filming.

Maybe we should all go out with our cameras and throw a bit of grit into the wheels of what is becoming increasingly a police state.

Are the clergy at St Paul’s who are working with the camp now all classed as terrorists? Or maybe they are designated Known Associates of Terrorists.

We all have a right to be concerned. In the non-existent Ricin plot, the case against the defendants was fabricated.

- Ricin the terror plot that never was

Assuming we still have a democratically functioning Parliament (which is debatable), questions must be asked.

- Portable Berlin Wall
London to host Bejing-style Olympics for 2012
Paramilitary policing and police brutality from Seattle to Occupy Wall Street
Even in Churches, Wall Street Protesters Can’t Escape Watch of Police

Attacks on democracy by the police state

January 22, 2011
will the real Mark Kennedy please stand up

will the real Mark Kennedy please stand up

Go on any protest or demonstration and you will be filmed by the police. Those wielding the cameras are FIT (Forward Intelligence Unit). FIT Watch do their best to highlight what FIT are doing.

But they probably already know who you are, what you are doing, where you live, how you think.

Go to any meeting meeting and you will always find at least one individual who does his or her best to disrupt, create negative vibes. People will leave as a result of their behaviour. Then there are others who are gung ho, suggest all sorts of ridiculous actions, which too many people get carried away with, but a moment’s calm reflection shows to be nonsense.

I used to to think these were simply nutters, dysfunctional people lacking in any common sense or social skills. Well now we know they are just as likely to be undercover police officers who are infiltrating, informing on and disrupting green and other activists.

According to Mark Kennedy aka Mark Stone, who spent seven years undercover infiltrating the climate change movement, there are at least 15 police infiltrators.

Mark Kennedy aka Mark Stone was exposed on Indymedia UK last autumn. He became known to the mainstream media who have since gone on a feeding frenzy when the Ratcliffe-on-Soar conspiracy trial collapsed through lack of evidence. We now know that Mark Kennedy had made secret recordings which showed those charged were innocent.

Since then three more have been exposed bringing the list of known police infiltrators to four – Lynn Watson, Mark Jacobs, Jim Boyling.

Lynn Watson posed as an environmental activist for five years, claiming to be a care worker living in Bournemouth.

Mark Jacobs, not thought to be his real name, infiltrated anarchist groups and had an affair with at least one woman. He did a huge amount of damage within Cardiff Anarchist Network where he was known as Marco. He claimed to be a landscape gardener and long-distance lorry driver.

Jim Boyling aka Jim Sutton married an activist and had two children while working undercover with environmental group Reclaim the Streets! He even persuaded his ex-wife to change her name by deed poll so as not to raise the suspicions of senior officers. It is reported he has been suspended.

Sex was used as a means of obtaining information. Mark Kennedy aka Mark Stone in his interview with the Mail On Sunday last weekend claimed female activists used sex to interest men in the movement. This is something I have never observed or encountered.

A former undercover officer has said infiltrators were required to have sex with activists as part of the job! It helped them to blend in.

Post a report or make a comment on Indymedia UK and your IP address is held in a temporary cache, then lost. This is to protect the ID of those who are posting, in the same way Wikileaks protects its sources. If you are leaking highly sensitive material, you would be advised to go somewhere anonymous where you are not known such as a library or net cafe and use a guest account .

Indymedia UK became suspicious of some posts and comments and so they installed a filter to examine where these were coming from. The postings were found to come from government servers on a secure network!

Police postings came to light following an internal investigation on persistent disinformation being published to Indymedia UK. Technically Indymedia is supposed to safeguard it’s posters by not logging IP addresses. In actual fact there are IP filters. Although IP addresses are only stored temporarily, those of persistent abusers are kept in order to prevent the site from being overwhelmed. Moderators of Indymedia UK identified the Gateway-303 server as being the source of numerous such posts. A filter was set up to capture the behaviour of the individual(s) who were hiding behind the server.

One IP address so identified was 62.25.109.196 , which correlates with the server gateway303.energis.gsi.gov.uk. There are similar servers, gateway-301 & gateway-302 with IP addresses 62.25.109.194 and 62.25.109.195 respectively. Other servers identified are gateway-101, gateway-202, gateway-201, etc

GSI stands for Government Secure Intranet. It is a network established by the UK Government to allow secure transfer of files across its computers. The Police National Network is separate from it, but can connect to it. Currently GSI is operated by Energis, a UK based internet company now owned by Cable & Wireless.

It is clear from the consistency of the usage of gateway-303 server that the IPs are probably assigned to particular premises or else specific units within the UK Government. One of the purposes of the GSI network is to provide a secure proxy network behind which users can maintain their anonymity. Hence the lack of solid information as to exactly who is behind the postings. However, SchNEWS is gonna take a stab in the dark (if only) as to who they are; in fact some actually signed NETCU. Of course it could be the old double bluff, but given the level of intelligence behind some of the postings even this level of sophistication seems unlikely.

The messages posted were smears and misinformation, incitement to break the law, incitement to break up peaceful protests.

“No – stuff that – SHUT the place: Let’s not all stand around like lemmings – lets shut the place!Bring ladders and wire cutters. If there are enough of us we can shut it!”

Postings even included personal phone numbers of targets for animal rights activists.

I personally have had direct experience of this when smears and falsehoods were posted on Indymedia UK to discredit certain individuals. What was posted was not true. How did I know? I was with the individuals at the time, thus I knew it was not true. I at the time said that what was being posted was not true, raising a big question mark against those were making these smears and more important what was their motive? They used to be regulars at the Anarchist Book fair in London running a stall.

What is all very odd these operations are run by Acpo, the Association of Chief Police Officers. Odder still is that it is a limited company.

Even PR companies are jumping on the bandwagon, but it is going to take a little more than a few splashes of greenwash to give their clients a clean image.

A couple of years ago CAAT was infiltrated by Martin Hogbin, a guy working for BAE-Systems. He was a nice guy, everyone not only liked him, they trusted him. He made himself indispensable and was soon running everything. I had direct experience of what he was up to. I let him know of something going down. Next thing I knew, there was BAE-Systems heavies everywhere.

Over a decade ago London Greenpeace had more infiltrators than real activists!

This all sounds like something out of Stalinist Russia, KGB infiltration of dissidents. But no, this is England and Wales over the last decade.

Practises that cannot and should not be tolerated in a free and democratic society. If nothing else it puts Wikileaks in context.

There is an urgent need for a full Judicial Inquiry. A facebook group has been formed.

I called for an independent Judicial Inquiry last week. Police State infiltration of activists has no place in a democratic society. The police should uphold the right to protest. It also undermines public confidence in the police. The police should be dealing with crime, not protesters who may at times carry out mild acts of civil disobedience, which has a long and honourable tradition of forcing peaceful democratic change. Infiltration should be of criminal gangs and drug dealers, terrorists, people traffickers, not activists.

Monday female activists are to protest outside Scotland Yard in what they see as violation of their bodies by the state. [see Abuse of women by police must stop now!]

Tuesday the acting Met commissioner Tim Godwin and Commander Bob Broadhurst who is responsible for public order in London will have to appear before the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee to explain why they lied about undercover policing at the G20 protests in London in 2009.

Article reposted by Police State UK with permission.

Also see

Political police infiltration of activists

Eco-terrorism: the non-existent threat we spend millions policing

Three undercover political Police unmasked as infiltrators into UK Anarchist, Anti-Fascist and Climate Justice movements

Undercover police: Officer A named as Lynn Watson

Third undercover police spy unmasked as scale of network emerges

Undercover police: Officer B identified as Mark Jacobs

Undercover policeman married activist he was sent to spy on

Ex-wife of police spy tells how she fell in love and had children with him

Police spy who married activist suspended from duty

Police spies lost in a moral maze

Undercover police cleared ‘to have sex with activists’

How could UKuncut deal with attempts at sabotage?

State infiltration of and attempted disruption of activist websites

Inter-NETCU

Undercover police scandal: why we urgently need a judge-led inquiry

Emily Apple: ‘I can’t forgive Mark Kennedy’s betrayal of activists’

How undercover officers squandered millions of pounds, with flash cars, luxury flats and up to 14 hours’ overtime a day

Anger as merger of ‘spy cop’ squads lumps protestors in with terrorists

Environmental activists are not sex maniacs

Mark Kennedy infiltrated German anti-fascists, Bundestag told


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