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UK Fascism Update
July 31, 2010, 5:46 pm
Filed under: England, Europe, fascism, International news, news, politics, UK

Cops Charge Irish Government With Treason

When a national police association accuses its government of what amounts to treason it is time to sit up and pay attention.

Scotland allows collection of children’s DNA

UK govt proposes volunteer “police reserve”

National Citizenship Service for 16-year-olds launched today

Revealed: brutal guide to punishing jailed youths

Uncovered: Britain’s secret rendition programme

Hundreds of households hit with bin fines bigger than those given to shoplifters

Britain: Surveillance System Monitors Conversations

Death Of The Internet: Unprecedented Censorship Bill Passes in UK

Stop and search UK: A Briton is interrogated by police every 20 seconds. 90% aren’t even arrested

Home Office admits thousands have been illegally stopped and searched under counter-terror laws (and could get compensation)

Internet Police: London Signs Warn Against Accessing “Extremist” Material

Children, 4, ‘to be fingerprinted to borrow school books from library’

Britain Reveals Nuclear Arsenal: 225 Warheads

Hundreds more town hall staff to get police-style powers

Police to pose as burglars in the middle of the night in bid to cut break-ins

Britain: Police UAVs Might be Armed with Non Lethal Weapons

Previous posts on UK FASCISM



Our Common Enemy: Spread of Fascism Across the Globe

Brits, You Are Running Out of Time–the Army Is About To Become Your Police

Chilcot War Inquiry: Professor to launch ‘Nuremberg’ war crimes prosecution against Blair

CCTV in the sky: police plan to use military-style spy drones

Taxman using terror laws 15 times a day to spy on suspects (UK)

Britain: Police Plan to Use Military-Style Spy Drones

The 20,000 snooper army: Vast number of town hall bureaucrats get power to enter your home without a warrant

Telecom firms’ fury at plan for ‘Stasi’ checks on every phone call and email

Telecoms firms have accused the Government of acting like the East German Stasi over plans to force them to store the details of every phone call for at least a year.  Under the proposals, the details of every email sent and website visited will also be recorded to help the police and security services fight crime and terrorism.

Ministers WERE told invading Iraq was illegal, Foreign Office law chief tells Chilcot inquiry

Lord Goldsmith: I changed my mind about legality of Iraq war after talks with Bush’s lawyers in Washington

More than 106,000 officials punished in first 11 months of 2009 (China)

Anger over broadened police powers to search people (Australia)

UN agency calls for global cyberwarfare treaty, ‘driver’s license’ for Web users

Canadian House of Commons Shut down Until March.

Furious opposition MPs accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper of muzzling the House of Commons after he moved for the second time in a little more than a year to suspend Parliament.  Mired in controversy over an alleged cover-up on the torture of Afghan prisoners and eager to increase the Conservatives’ power in the Senate, the government is closing down Parliament until March 3, the Prime Minister’s Office said Wednesday.

A North American Security Perimeter on the Horizon

Plans for a North America security perimeter might have seemed like a pipe dream just a short time ago, but it could become a reality sooner than one thinks. Some believe that a perimeter approach to security would be a more effective way of providing safety while ensuring the free flow of trade and investment. For those pushing for deep continental integration, this move is seen as the next logical step. A recent article from the Toronto Star, Canada warms to idea of a tougher ‘perimeter’ suggests that Canadians might now be ready to debate the concept of perimeter security. David Biette who specializes in U.S.-Canada relations and is a member of the Woodrow Wilson Center stated that a, “Perimeter is no longer a dirty word.

Italy to Require Anyone Who Uploads Video to the Internet to Obtain Government Authorization

GERMANY 1940 ISRAEL 2009

Israel stole 2 billion dollars from Palestinian workers: 40-year deception exposed

Over the past four decades Israel has defrauded Palestinians working inside Israel of more than two billion US dollars by deducting from their salaries contributions for welfare benefits to which they were never entitled, Israeli economists have revealed.

Israeli Robots Remake Battlefield

In coming years, engineers say unmanned air, sea and ground vehicles will increasingly work together without any human involvement. Israel and the U.S. have already faced backlash over civilian deaths caused by drone-fired missiles in Gaza, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Those ethical dilemmas could increase as robots become more independent of their human masters.

Obama Approves $30 Billion Military Aid To Israel Over Next Decade

Russia: Mental Checks for Police

 “If we resume testing, we’ll find that at least a third of all active police officers have some kind of mental pathology”

ACTA: the leaked secret memos

Michael Geist: “Negotiations in the 7th round of the ACTA [ed: The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement — a brutal, secret Internet treaty] talks open this morning in Mexico with civil enforcement issues on the agenda. Yesterday I posted on the developments to-date, including a chronology of talks, issues, and leaks that have led to this week’s round of discussions. Part Two of the ACTA Guide provides links to the underlying documentation. Governments have been very tight lipped about the talks. Initially, only a brief summary following the conclusion of each round of the talks was provided. More recently, the agenda of each meeting is disclosed and a summary document (largely confirming Internet leaks) has been provided. Of far greater importance are the leaked documents. These have confirmed how the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is designed to extend far beyond counterfeiting and how it would reshape domestic law in many countries.”



UK & EU Fascism News Round-Up

Steps Toward The American Police State are Always Tried-Out in Britain First – There Are No Sunglasses 10/27/09

Now safety police want to check all our smoke alarms  – Daily Mail, UK 11/9/09

Family homes could be invaded by health and safety inspectors checking that parents are keeping their children safe.

Whitehall is recommending that inspectors make sure parents have fitted smoke alarms, stair gates, locks on medicine cupboards, windows and ovens, and temperature controls to stop bath water getting too hot.

The proposed scheme was condemned by critics yesterday as a nightmarish intrusion into family life

Police report pregnant woman to social services over half-decorated home  – Prison Planet 11/10/09

DNA of innocent still to be retained for six years  – Prison Planet 11/11/09

Britain: State to ‘Spy’ on Every Phone Call, Email and Web Search  – Telegraph, UK via Cryptogon 11/11/09

Citizen snoopers recruited to spy on Londoners  – Prison Planet 11/13/09

Sacked – for telling the truth about drugs  – Alethon News 11/2/09

The Government’s drugs tsar was forced to resign last night for stating his view that cannabis, ecstasy and LSD were less harmful than the legal drugs tobacco and alcohol.

The outrageous truth slips out: Labour cynically plotted to transform the entire make-up of Britain without telling us  – Daily Mail, UK 10/29/09

Report: UK police categorize political activists as ‘domestic extremists’  – Raw Story 10/25/09

Police in £9m scheme to log ‘domestic extremists’  – Guardian, UK 10/25/09

Police are gathering the personal details of thousands of activists who attend political meetings and protests, and storing their data on a network of nationwide intelligence databases.

Europe’s own surveillance state  – Prison Planet 11/2/09

Netherlands to Tax Drivers by the Kilometer; GPS Trackers in Every Vehicle  – AFP via Cryptogon 11/14/09

Colour-Coded Revolutions and the Origins of World War III   – Global Research 11/3/09



Top International News Round-Up

IMF chief hails ‘new era of collaborative global governance’ – Raw Story 10/4/09

Dead or Alive? Osama bin Laden: A Marketing Tool for US-NATO Military Operations – Global Research 9/11/09

Thinking the Unthinkable: NATO’s Global Military Roadmap – Global Research 10/3/09

An Imperial Strategy for a New World Order: The Origins of World War III – Global Research 10/15/09

Britain: Supranational Banking Organization May Be Needed – Reuters / Cryptogon 10/16/09

Dangerous Crossroads: U.S. Expands Asian NATO Against China, Russia – Global Research 10/17/09

Far from being an isolated case, the joint U.S-Indian operation is emblematic of unprecedented military cooperation between the two nuclear nations over the past few years, in fact a strategic military partnership whose major purposes are to supplant Russia as India’s decades-long main defense ally and arms supplier and to consolidate a U.S.-led military bloc in the Asia Pacific region aimed at containing China and furthering the encirclement of both that nation and Russia.

US to make Blackwater-style entry into Somalia – Global Research 10/17/09

Scientists Warn: South Africa to Run Out of Surface Water – Treehugger 9/30/09

AFRICOM: The Pentagon’s First Direct Military Intervention In Africa – Global Research 8/25/09

Money and Mandarin lessons fuel China’s African invasion – Independent, UK 10/15/09

US documents point to secret Japan nuclear pact – Agence France Presse / There Are No Sunglasses 10/14/09

China Detects Sarin Gas Along Border with North Korea – Cryptogon 10/10/09

Warning Ireland could become police state – There Are No Sunglasses 9/24/09

Former Director BBC Denounces Conspiracy Against Democracy – There Are No Sunglasses 9/23/09

Human guinea pigs! Israel Forces People to Drink Uranium?– Political Theatrics 9/25/09

Israel’s Nuclear Chronology – Nuclear Threat Initiative

VIDEO: Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Factory – Global Research 9/28/09

Goldstone Report Endorsed by UN Human Rights Council – Faster Times 10/16/09

The Faster Times has just learned that the United Nation’s Human Rights Council in Geneva has just voted to endorse the recommendations of the Goldstone Report in a special session held in Geneva. The Goldstone Report was the product of a UN investigation into Israel’s three week military operation codenamed “Cast Lead” that killed upwards of 1400 Palestinians in Gaza, between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009. The report calls for the UN Security Council to refer the matter to the International Criminal Court if the Israelis or Palestinians fail to investigate the alleged abuses themselves.

The vote in the Council was 25 states for, 6 against with 11 abstentions. The recommendations of the Goldstone report will now make its way to the General Assembly where it will be discussed and voted on. If it passes, the report will continue on to the UN Security Council, where it would again have to be voted on to go any further. Israel had lobbied hard to prevent the report’s passage, as the bulk of its findings implicate Israel for conducting alleged war crimes.

A copy of the Human Rights Council resolution can be read here

A copy of the Goldstone Report can be read here

The U.S. Invades and Occupies Pakistan – There Are No Sunglasses 8/30/09

Blackwater suspected of being in Pakistan – Wayne Madsen via Prison Planet 9/8/09

The Decapitation of Pakistan by Its Own Military! – Dissident Voice 10/5/09

Growing questions on death of Benazir Bhutto – There Are No Sunglasses 9/29/09

Head of U.N. Afghan Mission Acknowledges Election Fraud – NYTimes 10/11/09

The Deceit of Depleted Uranium use in Afghanistan – Uruknet 10/14/09

AfPak: War on Two Fronts – Global Research 10/14/09

I was ordered to cover up President Karzai election fraud, sacked UN envoy says – Times, UK 10/5/09

Is Bagram Obama’s New Secret Prison? – Prison Planet 9/17/09

Afghanistan: Where Empires Go to Die – Global Research 9/19/09

Afghanistan for Dummies – Information Clearinghouse 9/3/09

Obama Secretly Authorizes 13,000 More Troops to Afghanistan – Prison Planet 10/13/09

Obama announced in March that he would be sending 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. But in an unannounced move, the White House has also authorized — and the Pentagon is deploying — at least 13,000 troops beyond that number

Obama Rules Out ‘Biden Option’ on Afghanistan – Yahoo 10/8/09

In a meeting designed to reassure the most hawkish elements of Congress that the war in Afghanistan isn’t going to undergo any sort of radical change, President Obama has reportedly assured that the so-called “Biden Option” is officially off the table.  A long time advocate of war in Afghanistan, and indeed most everywhere else, Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly come to the conclusion that the disastrous war in Afghanistan is no longer worth the effort and has been advocating more scaled back goals and a refocusing of attacks along the Pakistani border

Colombian paramilitaries killed 25,000 people: report – Global Research 10/3/09

Imperial Globalization and Social Movements in Latin America – Global Research 10/17/09

Mercenaries and paramilitaries arrive in Honduras – There Are No Sunglasses 10/13/09

Chemicals, Sonic devices being used in Honduras – Narco News 9/29/09

In El Salvador, An Invasion of American Agriculture – There Are No Sunglasses 9/23/09

Hitman: $25 million bounty on Hugo Chavez – Political Theatrics 9/27/09

Pre and Post-Coup Honduras – Global Research 9/8/09

Worth Watching: Argentina’s Disappeared – The Progressive 9/22/09



INT’L NEWS ROUND-UP: UK, EUROPE & MIDDLE EAST

UK Government To Install Surveillance Cameras In Private Homes – Prison Planet 8/5/09

UK’s national ID card unveiled – BBC 7/30/09

UK national ID card cloned in 12 minutes – Computer Weekly 8/6/09

Revealed: Secret torture evidence UK tried to suppress – Raw Story 7/8/09

Big Brother state wants even more spy powers – Daily Mail, UK 7/22/09

Ministers were attacked by their own surveillance watchdog last night for wanting to make it easier for public bodies to spy on the public.

Sir Christopher Rose, Chief Surveillance Commissioner, also revealed Government organisations were using tracking devices and private investigators to snoop on residents.  And he warned that councils are still using covert tactics to check on suspected minor offenders, despite being banned by law from doing so.

2012 Olympics: Laws Allow Police to Enter Private Homes to Confiscate, “Advertising of a Non-Commercial Nature, and Announcements or Notices of Any Kind” – Cryptogon 7/24/09

Britain: Parents to Sign ‘Behaviour Contracts’ to Send Children to State Schools – Cryptogon 7/24/09

Pupils and their families will be required to agree to the deal – setting out minimum standards of behaviour and attendance – before the start of term. Contracts, known as Home School Agreements, will also establish parents’ responsibilities for the first time. They face court action and possible fines

BBC admit al qaeda never existed – Video – DoomDaily 8/6/09

Riots over expansion of US military base in Italy – Raw Story 7/5/09

Italy to Declare Independence from US Military – Global Research 7/1/09

From WW II To WW III: Global NATO And Remilitarized Germany – Global Research 7/15/09

The plans of the Mafia to undermine Italian democracy and destabilize State institutions – Global Research 7/27/09

List of Israeli Atrocities – SoundOfEgypt

Breaking the Silence: Israeli soldiers ‘used human shields’ in Gaza – Times, UK 7/15/09

A group of Israeli soldiers who fought in the recent war in Gaza have testified that the military allowed them to use reckless force.  The 26 soldiers published their anonymous accounts in a booklet compiled by Breaking the Silence, an Israeli soldiers’ organisation.  They describe the Israeli army’s use of human shields and deliberate targeting of civilian structures. 

Organ Trafficking: A Fast-Expanding Black Market – Traffiking Project

Romania: Israeli doctors questioned in human eggs trafficking case  – YNet, Israel 7/23/09

Israel Kills Palestinian Boys, Steals Organs For Transplants – Rense 7/23/09

The organ of last resort – UNESCO 7/23/09

Israel has recently become something of a pariah in the transplant world. Without a strong culture of organ donation and under the pressure of angry transplant candidates, the Ministry of Health has refused to crack down on the country’s multi-million dollar business in transplant tourism that arranges junkets from dialysis clinics in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to medical centres in Europe and the United States.
“Why should we Israelis be made to travel to third world clinics to get the kidneys we need to survive from the bodies of peasants, soldiers, or guest workers who may be in worse physical shape than ourselves?” a 71-year-old “kidney buyer” from Tel Aviv asked me rhetorically. “Organs should be seen as a human, not as a national resource.”

Z Street: The New Zionist Extremist Group  – Uruknet 7/22/09

High Tech Weaponry used in Gaza: Radiation contamination by Depleted Uranium – Global Research 8/14/09

FLASHBACK – Israeli doctors experimented on children – Guardian, UK

FLASHBACK – Moldova’s desperate organ donors – BBC, UK

FLASHBACK – Israeli organ traffickers shift operations to China – BioEdge

Judging the Iranian Elections – Consortium News 7/6/09

Powers won’t wait for Iran to build nuclear weapon: Obama – Raw Story 7/10/09

Iran police: Neda’s death ‘prearranged scenario’ – PressTV, Iran 7/1/09

Nineveh Kurds Threaten to Secede – Uruknet 7/20/09

Kurds Defy Baghdad, Laying Claim to Land and Oil – NYTimes 7/10/09

With little notice, Kurdistan’s leaders are moving forward on a new constitution, alarming some Iraqis and Americans.

Iraq invasion harmed historic Babylon – Raw Story 7/10/09

Steel stakes were driven into 2,500-year-old walls, ancient roads damaged

List of Iraqi Academics Assassinated in Iraq during the US-led occupation – No Killing.org

British Military Press Officer Quits, Got Tired of Lying About Iraq – Independent, UK via Cryptogon 8/6/09

Tests New Illegal Ammo By, Killing An Iraqi – Information Clearinghouse 12/1/03

U.S. Adviser’s Blunt Memo on Iraq: Time ‘to Go Home’ – NYTimes 7/30/09

Iraq: from breadbasket to dust bowl – Minneapolis Post 7/15/09

Private contractors replacing troops in Iraq, Afghanistan – Examiner 7/15/09



Open Fascism in the UK

United Kingdom: Wake up and smell the pepper spray. These 3,609 new laws are to control us, not protect us – Global Research 4/27/09

Britain’s secret spy-on-every-call-and-email plan already well underway – Boing Boing 5/3/09

Spying in the UK: GCHQ Awards Lockheed Martin £200m Contract, Promises to “Master the Internet” – AntiFascist Calling 5/7/09

UK rolling out scanning software that can track all cars – Raw Story 5/25/09

Brain scanning may be used in security checks – Guardian, UK 5/10/09

British police use unprovoked violence and restraint as punishment for observers who ask them to identify themselves at protests – Boing Boing 6/22/09

MI5 aims to recruit teachers as spies – PersonnelToday 6/15/09

Britain: Town halls hire citizen snoopers as young as SEVEN to spy on neighbours and report wrongs – Global Research 6/11/09

Police Encourage Citizens To Report People Who Drive Nice Cars – Prison Planet 5/13/09

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’.

Big Brother HAS gone too far … and that’s an ex-spy chief talking – Daily Mail, UK 6/4/09

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.

Right then, fall into line you ‘orrible little pupils! Government wants the military to run state schools – Daily Mail, UK 5/8/09

The Armed Forces will be drafted in to run state schools under plans to drive up discipline and respect in classrooms.

Ministers are in talks with defence chiefs about taking over a handful of schools and turning them into military academies.

Alongside daily lessons, pupils would be expected to take part in activities such as drills, uniformed parades, weapons handling and adventure training.



European News Round Up
February 21, 2009, 2:14 pm
Filed under: collapse, economy, England, Europe, European Union, fascism, International news, news, politics, protest, UK, war

European leaders ‘tremble’ at protests – Raw Story 1/31/09

Greece paralysed as farmers ratchet up protests – Global Research 1/28/09

A million on strike as France feels pinch – Guardian, UK 1/30/09

French left forms anti-capitalist party – Raw Story 2/7/09

Icelandic government becomes first to be brought down by the credit crunch – Daily Mail, UK 1/23/09

World Agenda: riots in Iceland, Latvia and Bulgaria are a sign of things to come – Times, UK 1/21/09

Economic Crisis and Social Turbulence in the Baltic States – Global Research 1/18/09

Ukraine prepares national program of integration into NATO – Global Research 1/28/09

UK Cabinet Minister: ‘The banks are fucked, we’re fucked, the country’s fucked.’  – Guardian, UK via Cryptogon 1/22/09

Second Danish bank bailout in four months – Global Research 1/23/09

Government urged to come clean on co-operation over CIA secret prisons – Guardian, UK 1/23/09

Sunny Hundal: Did you know … live music events could pose a terrorist threat? – Guardian, UK 1/23/09

Children throwing snowballs in public could be arrested or fined  – Telegraph, UK 2/3/09

UK to introduce “photograph a cop, 10 years in jail” law – BoingBoing 2/3/09

Taxpayers could be liable for £200bn in toxic bank loans – Independent, UK 1/18/09

It’s time to rattle and bang in protest at this outrage – Guardian, UK 1/31/09

On Monday the Guardian reports on its investigation which reveals corporate tax avoidance on a gargantuan scale. Respectable FTSE 100 companies, household brands that are cornerstones of Britishness, have for years deprived British citizens of potentially billions – all done legally by battalions of super-accountants and lawyers.  As company wealth ballooned during the boom, the money going into Treasury coffers should have grown proportionately. But between 2000 and 2007 the proportion of tax paid by top companies fell. Where did it go? The very clever people who devised fiendish debt devices that blew up the banks also applied their brains to byzantine new tax avoidance strategies.

Willem Buiter: US & UK as Banana Republics – via Naked Capitalism 2/6/09

 

The only element of a classical emerging market crisis that is missing from the US and UK experiences since August 2007 is the ’sudden stop’ – the cessation of capital inflows to both the private and public sectors. There has been a partial sudden stop of financial flows, both domestic and external, to the banking sector and the rest of the private sector, but the external capital accounts are still functioning for the sovereigns and for the remaining creditworthy borrowers. But that should not be taken for granted, even for the US with its extra protection layer from the status of the US dollar as the world’s leading reserve currency. A large fiscal stimulus from a government without fiscal credibility could be the trigger for a ’sudden stop’