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Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
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Bill O'Reilly returned to the Late Show Friday night for round two with David Letterman over Iraq. In the show taped on Monday but not aired until Friday, Letterman expressed disgust with the war: "So we've made a mistake in war, so we stay there and kill as many Americans as we possibly can? That's the way you get out of a mistake?" At another point, Letterman fretted: "It's all about oil. That's why we're there. Big deal." When O'Reilly asserted that "it isn't 'We're a bad country, Bush is an evil liar.' That's not true," Letterman retorted that "I didn't say we were a bad country. I didn't say he was an evil liar" and charged: "You're putting words in my mouth just the way you put artificial facts in your head."
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 1,537
G20 'attack' officer suspended
A police sergeant filmed hitting out at a woman during the G20 protests has been suspended.­

Scotland Yard was facing fresh allegations of brutality during the week of the summit in London after video footage on YouTube showed an officer swiping at the female with his hand before apparently hitting her across the legs with a baton.

The evidence was passed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), a Yard spokesman said.

"The officer has been identified and suspended pending further investigation. The officer works as a sergeant in the territorial support group," the spokesman said.

The Met said the matter raised "immediate concerns" as it announced the IPCC, which is already probing the death of Ian Tomlinson, would launch an inquiry.

Labour MP David Winnick condemned what he said was "outright police brutality" while Shami Chakrabarti, of Liberty added: "It is very difficult to understand what justifies a gargantuan police officer assaulting a smaller woman for having the audacity to complain.

"It is no doubt a pressure cooker environment, however highly-trained professionals are supposed to be better at defusing the situation."

David Howarth, Liberal Democrat justice spokesman, called for a "full-scale inquiry".

He said: "The fact that this video shows another example of an officer with his number obscured assaulting a member of the public indicates that there is a systematic problem here, not just a series of individual acts of misconduct.

"The question is on my mind whether the police are using a some kind of 'designated hitter' system."

Police in new row over G20 protests
Officer suspended over new G20 footage
Probe Into Second G20 Police 'Assault' Video
Related photos / videos Met Officer caught on camera hitting out at woman during G20 protest suspended.
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 1,538
Devo; Freedom of Choice

A great video from before all this bad business of the Neo cons started in America 30 years ago, Starting with Ronald Regan and Crescendoing with the Bush Administration going down in flames last November. I just came across it.

America wasn't always like it is now, and I was just reminded of how it was back home, back then by this interview, even within my own living memory and how many grown adults now have no memory of how the US was before this whole Neo conservative project began in 1980.

The right wing were the minority, in the extreme and their strange world view was far from the norm. With the Neo-cons down and out, what sort of "post neo-con" world do we want? Are we dictating the terms or just passively observing?

A great bonus in this clip is the "6 short films" referred to by the interviewer right in the very beginning is actually the videos for their songs. Devo had invented the medium, and the term had not yet been coined.

This Dadaist classic was number one for over 18 months all across the USA believe it or not!
Whip it!!

Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 2,541
No charge for police officer over G20 protest death
No Justice for Ian Tomlinson's Death­­

A riot squad officer, filmed violently shoving a man to the ground during G20 protests in London last year, will not face criminal charges over his death, Britain's chief prosecutor said on Thursday.

Ian Tomlinson, 47, died after being caught up in a demonstration outside the Bank of England where confrontations between anti-capitalist groups/ environmental campaigners and riot police had broken out. He had been walking home to his shelter/hostle accomodation from his job as an Evening Standard newspaper salesperson.

The newspaper-seller was walking slowly with his hands in his pockets away from a line of riot squad officers when one moved forward, hit him on the leg with a baton and then pushed him forcefully in the back.

Tomlinson collapsed shortly afterwards and died.

"After a thorough and careful review of the evidence, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided there is no realistic prospect of a conviction against the police officer in question for any offences ... and no charges should be brought against him," said the Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer.

He said conflicting medical evidence meant that a prosecution case could not be proved beyond doubt. The lawyer for Tomlinson's family said it was a disgraceful decision.

Tomlinson had been on his way home and had not been taking part in the protests which were held as leaders of the G20 nations gathered in the capital to discuss the global financial crisis.


Starmer said Tomlinson had posed no threat to the police officer or his colleagues and that there was sufficient evidence to show that his actions had constituted an assault.

But he said a "sharp disagreement" between medical experts meant a successful prosecution for manslaughter was unlikely.

An initial post-mortem recorded that Tomlinson had died from a heart attack, but two further checks showed the cause of death to be internal bleeding.

"The CPS would simply not be able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that there was a causal link between Mr Tomlinson's death and the alleged assault upon him," Starmer said.

He said other offences were considered but ruled out, including a charge of common assault which Starmer admitted could not be brought as there was a six-month time limit.

"The CPS are clearly admitting that the police officer assaulted our dad -- why is there no charge?" Paul King, Tomlinson's son told reporters.

"We feel very let down, very disappointed. Another copper has been let off. You ain't heard the last of us yet."

The family lawyer Jules Carey said they would consider appealing against the "disgraceful" decision.

"There needs to be an inquiry into exactly why nothing's happened today and what the failure is," he said.

The Metropolitan Police said it was waiting for the Independent Police Complaints Commission's (IPCC) report before deciding whether the officer should face misconduct proceedings.

In March, another riot squad officer Sergeant Delroy Smellie, who was captured on video footage hitting a woman with his metal baton during protests the day after Tomlinson's death, was cleared of assault after the judge accepted he had been acting in self-defence.

Hundreds of complaints were made about excessive violence by some officers during the G20 demonstrations on April 1 and 2, and the police's tactics have been widely condemned in reports by politicians, the IPCC and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.­
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 2,608
Special PC 'Excessively' Assaulted Soldier
5:36pm UK, Monday August 02, 2010­
Alison Chung, Sky News Online

A special constable has been found guilty of assaulting a drunken off-duty soldier in a "violent, excessive and unjustified" attack.

Peter Lightfoot, 40, was convicted after jurors were shown CCTV footage of him pushing Lance Corporal Mark Aspinall's head to the ground and striking him with a police helmet.

The attack on the soldier, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, took place in July 2008 outside the Walkabout bar in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

Police were called to the town centre bar after L/Cpl Aspinall was thrown off the premises.

The soldier had caused a disturbance by allegedly shouting racial abuse at door staff, Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

Lightfoot and two other officers then attempted to arrest L/Cpl Aspinall in the middle of the road.

The court heard that the soldier allegedly obstructed paramedics who attempted to treat a woman who had collapsed.

L/Cpl Aspinall was himself initially charged and convicted on two counts of attacking the police officers by Wigan magistrates who did not view the CCTV.

But he later won an appeal to have the verdict quashed, as the judge cited concerns about the actions of the officers.

Lightfoot was convicted of assault and one count of perjury, which concerned evidence he gave about the incident with L/Cpl Aspinall.

Two other police officers involved in the incident, Sergeant Stephen Russell, 34, and PC Richard Kelsall, 29, were both cleared of assault and perverting the course of justice.

The charges were brought following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Following the verdicts, the watchdog's commissioner Naseem Malik said: "It is clear from the evidence that Mr Aspinall was drunk, aggressive and causing a nuisance.

"He was exhibiting the kind of behaviour that police officers have the unfortunate duty to deal with on a regular basis. That is why officers are trained to deal with such individuals in a professional manner.

"However, in this incident Special Constable Lightfoot's training would appear to have been replaced by a red mist. His actions were violent, excessive and unjustified."

Lightfoot will be sentenced on September 1
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,405

UK Police
Ian Tomlinson unlawfully killed by Pc at G20 protests
Ian Tomlinson was unlawfully killed by a Metropolitan Police officer at the G20 protests, an inquest jury has said. 3 May 2011­­­

The 47-year-old collapsed and died after he was hit by a baton and pushed to the ground by Pc Simon Harwood at the demonstrations on 1 April 2009.

The jury decided that Pc Harwood used "excessive and unreasonable" force in striking him.

Tomlinson drifted into life's margins

Mr Tomlinson, who was not taking part in the protests in London, posed no threat, the jury added.

Criminal proceedings could reopen against Pc Harwood after jurors ruled he acted illegally, recklessly and dangerously.

The case is set to be reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Met Police after the evidence of Pc Harwood and pathologist Dr Freddy Patel was discredited by the verdict.

'Huge relief'

Last year, prosecutors said a decision not to pursue charges against Pc Harwood could be reviewed depending on the inquest findings.

Jurors took four-and-a-half hours to reach their verdict. The other possible verdicts available to them were misadventure, natural causes and open.

Jules Carey, of the Tomlinson family's solicitors, said: "Today's decision is a huge relief to Mr Tomlinson's family.

"To many, today's verdict will seem like a statement of the blindingly obvious, however this fails to take account of the significant and many obstacles faced by the family over the last two years to get to this decision.

"The CPS will now review whether a prosecution will be brought following today's verdict and the way in which the evidence has been clarified during the inquest process."

'New evidence'

The CPS said a "thorough" review would take place.

A spokesman said: "It will take into account all of the evidence now available, including any new evidence that emerged at the inquest, the issues left by the coroner to the jury and the conclusions they reached.

"The review will be conducted as quickly as is compatible with the care and rigour required in a thorough exercise."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it acknowledged the verdict and would be publishing various reports on the incident.

Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,406

UK Police
86 Year Old Protester to sue police over secret surveillance
John Catt, aged 86, has had his presence at peaceful protests systematically logged by secretive police unit over four years
TODAY Tuesday 3 May 2011­­­­

Massive illegal database kept on 86 year old retiree. How many more cases like this are there?

An 86-year-old man has been granted permission to launch a lawsuit against police chiefs who have classified him as a "domestic extremist" and kept a detailed record of his political activities on a clandestine database.

John Catt, who has no criminal record, is bringing the high court action against a secretive police unit which systematically logged his presence at more than 55 peace and human rights protests over a four-year period.

Some of the entries record his habit of taking out his sketch pad and drawing the scene at demonstrations. Other entries contain notes on his appearance – such as "clean shaven" – and the slogans on his clothes.

His lawsuit will challenge the power of police to compile secret files on law-abiding protesters.

A 'marker' on John Catt's car led to him being stopped by anti terror police

John Catt found himself on the wrong side of the ANPR system. He regularly attends anti-war demonstrations outside a factory in Brighton, his home town.

It was at one of these protests that Sussex police put a "marker" on his car. That meant he was added to a "hotlist".

John Catt has not been convicted of anything and on a trip to London, the pensioner found himself pulled over by an anti-terror unit.

"I was threatened under the Terrorist Act. I had to answer every question they put to me, and if there were any questions I would refuse to answer, I would be arrested. I thought to myself, what kind of world are we living in?"

A victory for Catt, a pensioner who lives in Brighton, would be a further blow to the police unit, which has been criticised for using undercover officers to infiltrate protest groups.

The exposure of spies such as Mark Kennedy, who spent seven years working undercover in the environmental movement, has highlighted the way in which the National Public Order Intelligence Unit has been carrying out surveillance of protesters.

The unit has been compiling a huge, nationwide database of thousands of protesters for more than a decade, drawing on intelligence from undercover officers, uniformed surveillance teams, informants in protest groups and covert intercepts.

Police claim the unit only monitors so-called "domestic extremists", whom they define as hardcore activists who commit crime to further their political aims.

Catt, a campaigner for many years, is one of the few activists confirmed to be on the database.

He says he is "committed to protesting through entirely peaceful means" and told the Guardian he was "shocked and terrified" after he saw the extent of the files held on him. He obtained them using the Data Protection Act.

In legal papers, he describes how the files record the political aims of the demonstrations he attended between 2005 and 2009, "highly personalised" information about his appearance and "hearsay evidence and police officers' opinions".

Peace activists John and Linda Catt tell their own story of being monitored by police and placed on a secret database of 'domestic extremists' Link to this video At a protest against Guantánamo Bay organised by Sussex Action for Peace on 25 September 2005, police noted: "John CATT was seen wearing a Free Omar T-shirt, he was clean shaven … John CATT was very quiet and was holding a board with orange people on it."

At another protest on 10 March 2006, police recorded: "John CATT arrived in his white Citroën Berlingo van. He removed several banners for the protesters to use and at the completion of the demo returned the same to the van. He was using his drawing pad to sketch a picture of the protest and the police presence."

On another occasion he was logged as having "sat on a folding chair and appeared to be sketching" at a demonstration.

Police tracked his van after noticing it at demonstrations. He and his daughter Linda were stopped and searched one Sunday morning in London by police who were alerted by a roadside camera recognising the van's number plate. The pair had been on their way to help a family member move house.

Catt, who is represented by the London law firm Fisher Meredith, has been given permission by a high court judge to take legal action against police chiefs, as he claims they have violated his human rights by keeping "excessive and irrelevant" secret files on him.

He wants all the entries concerning him to be permanently deleted.

Police chiefs say they are legally entitled to maintain files on Catt, who has been taking part in a campaign to close down a Brighton arms factory owned by an American firm, EDO MBM Technology. According to police, the Smash EDO group has organised a "campaign of illegality designed to pressurise EDO to cease its lawful business", leading to "169 convictions including criminal damage and aggravated trespass, assault and harassment of staff".

The "minor" surveillance of Catt is justified, they say, because his "voluntary association at the Smash EDO protests forms part of a far wider picture of information which it is necessary for the police to continue to monitor in order to plan to maintain the peace, minimise the risks of criminal offending and adequately to detect and prosecute offenders".­
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,407
UK Police
Police spies and corporate infiltrators – an interactive guide to what we know so far
Are there others? Help us find out­

How you have the right to ask if you are on police databases­

We have revealed how police have been secretly maintaining huge databases on thousands of political activists and campaign groups across the country.

How to make a request
Your request needs to be directed to the Metropolitan Police, which took control of the main secret database of political activists run by the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU).

The Metropolitan police has an online form for data protection requests. We have also formulated a sample letter as well. It is probably wise to fill out the form, attach your letter and send them off together (otherwise the Met may delay responding to your request for silly bureaucratic reasons).

The four-step process should not take more than 10 minutes, but you need to make sure you have supplied all the information that is required.

Step 1 Fill in the online form or use our sample letter to request your data. Be sure to request information from all three databases: the National Police Order Intelligence Unit; the CO11 Public Order Intelligence Unit; and CRIMINT.

Step 2 Proof of identity

The Met is entitled to ensure that you are who you claim to be, so you will need to provide evidence of your identity and address by supplying two different official documents which "provide sufficient information to prove your name, date of birth, current address and signature."

For example, this would be a combination of driving licence, medical card, birth/adoption certificate, passport, utility bill or bank statement. These need to be recent.

Step 3 Pay £10

The Met can only charge a maximum of £10 for complying with your request. The force accepts cheques, British postal orders and international bankers drafts made payable to The Metropolitan Police Authority. You need to write your name, date of birth and address on the back of the payment in block capitals.

Step 4 Save a copy and Send

If you decide to use the sample letter, you need to send it to the Met's data protection officers at: MPS Public Access Office, PO Box 57192, London, SW6 1SF.

Keep a photocopy of your request - they have been known to "go missing" or are "not received" by organisations. If you do not receive confirmation that the data protection officer has received your request within two weeks, ring the Met on 020 7161 3500 and ask to speak to the data protection unit, or email them – You are entitled under the act to get an answer within 40 days.

Know Your Rights

Don't forget that you do not need to explain why you want the information or what you are planning to do with it. Remember that you can also get copies of videos and photographs of yourself under the act – for instance, those taken by CCTV cameras or forward intelligence teams. It is essential to specify the time and place when you think you were photographed.

Public organisations are allowed to withhold documents, or parts of documents, under various exemptions (for instance if the information would infringe the privacy of another individual, would help criminals or damage national security).


The Met must explain clearly why information is being withheld, so you can challenge any denial of information by lodging an appeal, and asking the department to reconsider the decision.

If you do this, don't forget the Met has previously released information on all the listed databases when requests have been received activists using this legislation. So precedent is on your side.

If you are unhappy with the Met's response, you can also ask the information commissioner to investigate whether the organisation has acted correctly.

Send any complaint to the Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF; Tel - 01625 545 700.

The commissioner has the power to issue an enforcement notice compelling disclosure of the records, although the commissioner is most likely to try resolving the matter informally. You can also start legal action through the courts.

Help the Guardian?

Can you help us? We want to build on what we already know about these protest databases. The data that you obtain belongs to you, and there is no obligation to pass it onto any third party.

But if you are willing to help us find out more, then we would be grateful if you could get in touch. You can contact us discreetly; we will not reveal any of your details without your permission. We will guarantee your privacy and handle any information you pass to us with care. 0203 353 2000
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,408

UK Police
Sixth police spy this year in protest movement unmasked
Mark Kennedy, the first infiltrator to be exposed, says he may sue Scotland Yard for causing post-traumatic stress disorder

Mark Kennedy: Confessions of an undercover cop
After seven years spent living as an environmental activist, Mark Stone was revealed to be policeman Mark Kennedy. He talks to Simon Hattenstone about life on the outside, with no job, no friends and no idea who he really is

"Is he confident that he knows who he is now?

"No, not at all. Deep down, I know I have these core values, but it's going to be a long process to find out who I am."

The infiltration of police spies became controversial after the identification of Kennedy and four others who had posed as members of a variety of political groups including environmental, anti-racist and anti-globalisation campaigns.

The infiltration is the subject of four official investigations after police chiefs and ministers admitted the undercover operations had gone "badly wrong".

The latest officer was reported to have been embedded in an anti-capitalist group for four years under the fake name of Simon Wellings. Newsnight on BBC2 reported that his true identity was discovered through a police blunder.

Wellings inadvertently phoned a campaigner with the Globalise Resistance anti-capitalist group on his mobile phone while discussing photographs of demonstrators with another officer at a police station.

The call was recorded on the campaigner's answerphone and Wellings is heard being pressed to identify protesters at demonstrations, according to Newsnight. He is recorded saying: "She's Hanna's girlfriend – very overt lesbian – last time I saw her, hair about that long, it was blonde, week before it was black."

Kennedy believes that other undercover officers have been similarly ostracised. "The way the police handled the whole extraction .. is absolutely thoughtless from a psychological point of view and from a safety point of view."

He argues that the damage caused by such undercover work is too great,

Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 4,048
Undercover police had children with activists
Disclosure likely to intensify controversy over long-running police operation to infiltrate and sabotage protest groups­­

Undercover police officers' lies wrecked lives, say women they duped. Legal action lays bare the heartbreaking stories of women who had relationships with men who were not all they seemed

Bob Lambert (far left), with his child. The undercover police officer had a relationship with a woman who is now taking action against the police

Two undercover police officers secretly fathered children with political campaigners they had been sent to spy on and later disappeared completely from the lives of their offspring, the Guardian can reveal.

In both cases, the children have grown up not knowing that their biological fathers – whom they have not seen in decades – were police officers who had adopted fake identities to infiltrate activist groups. Both men have concealed their true identities from the children's mothers for many years.

One of the spies was Bob Lambert, who has already admitted that he tricked a second woman into having a long-term relationship with him, as part of an intricate attempt to bolster his credibility as a committed campaigner.

The second police spy followed the progress of his child and the child's mother by reading confidential police reports which tracked the mother's political activities and life.

The disclosures are likely to intensify the controversy over the long-running police operation to infiltrate and sabotage protest groups.

Activists outside Scotland Yard in London protest over surveillance methods on women and what they call 'state-endorsed sexual manipulation'..Women hold posters showing undercover police officers Mark Kennedy and Jim Boyling who infiltrated Reclaim the Streets, married an activist and had children..London January 24, 2011.

Police chiefs claim that undercover officers are strictly forbidden from having sexual relationships with the activists they are spying on, describing the situations as "grossly unprofessional" and "morally wrong".

But that claim has been undermined as many of the officers who have been unmasked have admitted to, or have been accused of, having sex with the targets of their surveillance.

Last month eight women who say they were duped into forming long-term intimate relationships of up to nine years with five undercover policemen started unprecedented legal action. They say they have suffered immense emotional trauma and pain over the relationships, which spanned the period from 1987 to 2010.

Until now it was not known that police had secretly fathered children while living undercover. One of them is Lambert, who adopted a fake persona to infiltrate animal rights and environmental groups in the 1980s.

After he was unmasked in October, he admitted that as "Bob Robinson" he had conned an innocent woman into having an 18-month relationship with him, apparently so that he could convince activists he was a real person. She is one of the women taking the legal action against police chiefs.

Now the Guardian can reveal that in the mid-1980s, just a year into his deployment, Lambert fathered a boy with another woman, who was one of the activists he had been sent to spy on.

The son lived with his mother during the early years of his life as his parents' relationship did not last long. During that time, Lambert was in regular contact with the infant, fitting visits to him around his clandestine duties.

After two years, the mother married another man and both of them took responsibility for raising the child. Lambert says the woman was keen that he give up his legal right to maintaining contact with his son and cut him out of her new life. He says the agreement was reached amicably and he has not seen or heard of the mother or their son since then.

Lambert did not tell her or the child that he was a police spy as he needed to conceal his real identity from the political activists he was spying on. The Guardian is not naming the woman or the child to protect their privacy.

Lambert was married during his secret mission, which continued until 1988.

The highly secretive operation to monitor and disrupt political activists, which has been running for four decades, has come under mounting scrutiny since last year following revelations over the activities of Mark Kennedy, the undercover police officer who went rogue after burying himself deep in the environmental movement for seven years.

Police chiefs and prosecutors have set up 12 inquiries over the past year to examine allegations of misconduct involving police spies, but all of them have been held behind closed doors. There have been continuing calls, including from the former director of public prosecutions Ken Macdonald, for a proper public inquiry.

The second case involves an undercover policeman who was sent to spy on activists some years ago. He had a short-lived relationship with a political activist which produced a child.

He concealed his real identity from the activist and child as he was under strict orders to keep secret his undercover work from her and the other activists in the group he infiltrated. He then disappeared, apparently after his superiors ended his deployment. Afterwards, she remained under surveillance as she continued to be politically active, while he carried on with his police career.

The Guardian understands that as he had access to the official monitoring reports, he regularly read details of her life with a close interest. He watched as she grew older and brought up their child as a single parent, according to an individual who is aware of the details of the case.

The policeman has been "haunted" by the experience of having no contact with the child, whom he thought about regularly, according to the individual.

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