The Stupid Drug War Lumbers On

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One of the defining characteristics of the drug war is politician’s ignoring expert findings and providing demagogic enforcement measures to placate idiot & ignorant voters. And never, ever, EVER considering de-criminalising and harm reduction allied to social reform. And Gordon’s no different-

Downing Street today signalled that the prime minister remained intent on toughening the law on cannabis despite reports that the government’s official drugs advisory body opposes its reclassification. Gordon Brown’s spokesman played down reports that the advisory committee on the misuse of drugs (ACMD) had concluded there was no need to raise the classification of cannabis from class C to class B.

The mental health charity Rethink said Mr Brown should heed the committee’s advice. The charity spokesman Paul Corry said: “Gordon Brown should put aside his personal views on cannabis and accept the fact that it does not make sense to reclassify.

“Use of the drug has gone down since it was downgraded in 2004 and research by Rethink shows that only 3% of users would consider stopping on the grounds of illegality.”

Cannabis was downgraded from class B to class C in January 2004. People still face up to two years in prison if caught in possession of the drug, while those supplying the drug to others can be given a five-year sentence.

Paddington Gitmo

They want 42 days detention without charge, what that means is six weeks of interrogation, here is what they did in just 12 days to one woman, it might seem familiar-

When Farrah arrived at Paddington Green, her clothes were taken from her. Suffering from diarrhoea, she was in constant pain. She described the basic washing and hygiene facilities in detention. “There was no toilet roll and only paper towels for body drying. I wasn’t even allowed to comb my hair.”

Exercise consisted of walking around in a circle in a small yard behind the station for five minutes while officers held guard dogs in each corner. Farrah said: “I was frightened of the dogs so rather than getting any exercise, I just found these exercise periods really frightening.”

She became unwell, suffering from diabetes, and a doctor was called on numerous occasions. He confirmed that an existing condition had been exacerbated by the stress of her arrest and detention.

She was not allowed to speak with her family for four days. Eight days had passed before the police disclosed the reason she was being held.

Farrah claimed the guards were constantly rude and aggressive when dealing with her. She was effectively held in solitary confinement and not allowed to communicate with or pass another prisoner when being taken to and from her cell between questioning. After four days, she was permitted to make a telephone call to her parents. They speak English but she was told to make sure she spoke in English and not in “your language”.

After 12 days of 24-hour detention in a cell and repeated questioning in a room with no natural light, Farrah was released without charge. No explanation was given and no apology made. She had no way of travelling home and was not offered assistance; her solicitor organised a taxi. She said she felt “tired, shocked and exhausted”, and had thought she was never going to get out. Her clothes were never returned.

After release, Farrah said she became increasingly paranoid, not wanting to leave the house alone. Her employers were understanding but the pressure of colleagues knowing what had happened to her, the increasing paranoia and her poor health forced her to quit her job. Friends and family stopped visiting, terrified they would become suspects by association.

As Taser Use Increases The RCMP Redact Details

I think maybe authoritarians think of Tasers as like remote controls… for humans. And as their use rolls out across the world by uniformed goons everywhere such lack of transparency is a big red FLAG! Our own trials here at the four month stage lack many specifics, something that should be remedied (*begins researching FOI procedure*). There is much more to the below article and it is worth reading in full (full version below the fold or click link), this is not how a police service should act in a democracy-

A joint investigation by The Canadian Press and CBC found the Mounties are now refusing to divulge key information that must be recorded each time they draw their electronic weapons. As a result, Canadians will know much less about who is being hit with the 50,000-volt guns, whether they were armed, why they were fired on and whether they were injured. Taser report forms obtained under the Access to Information Act show the Mounties have used the powerful weapons more than 4,000 times since introducing them seven years ago.

Information stripped from the forms includes details of several Taser cases the Mounties previously made public under the access law. In effect, the RCMP is reclassifying details of Taser use – including some telling facts that raised pointed questions about how often the stun guns are fired and why.

A Canadian Press analysis last November of 563 incidents between 2002 and 2005 found three in four suspects Tasered by the RCMP were unarmed. Several of those reports suggested a pattern of stun-gun use as a handy tool to keep drunk or rowdy suspects in line, rather than to defuse major threats. But the Mounties are now censoring Taser report forms to conceal related injuries, duration of shocks, whether the individual was armed, what police tried before resorting to the stun gun, and precise dates of firings.

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Gang Planet

Via Chicken Yoghurt

An Israeli general wanted for alleged war crimes escaped arrest in the UK because British police feared an armed confrontation at Heathrow airport.

Erm, er, well…um…um…er…well…erm…Hey I know, yeah, we had to execute an unarmed Brazilian on a tube train because…erm…um…well…er…look it’s called power, when you are a member of a powerful gang you don’t get fucked with by the Met gang. If you’re just little people, y’know the public, watch out suckers.

Trouble is some of us expect the rule of law and equal treatment, not this power schmoozed simulation of democracy, where the security forces only victimise the weak and protect the strong regardless of the crimes they commit. It puts civilised people at a real disadvantage, just unarmed marks open to predation by gangs, be they police, military, state or drug. I mean, I know there are people who when they see a uniform think some legitimacy resides in that gang, which it should, forces should be open, accountable and democratically controlled, but with behaviour like this… well shit man, Omar has it right.

Tasers: Children Stunned By Encroaching Police State

Via RawStory

Police have been given the go-ahead to use Taser stun guns against children. The relaxing of restrictions on the use of the weapons comes despite warnings that they could trigger a heart attack in youngsters…they can now be used against all potentially violent offenders even if they are unarmed.

It is the decision not to ban their use against minors that is likely to raise serious concerns. Home Office Police Minister Tony McNulty said medical assessments had confirmed the risk of death or serious injury from Tasers was “low”.

But he failed to mention Government advisers had also warned of a potential risk to children. The Defence Scientific Advisory Council medical committee told the Home Office that not enough was known about the health risks of using the weapons against children. The committee, which is made up of independent scientists and doctors, said that limited research suggested there was a risk children could suffer “a serious cardiac event”.

It recommended that officers should be “particularly vigilant” for any Taser-induced adverse response and said guidance should be amended to “identify children and adults of small stature” as being at potentially greater risk from the cardiac effects of Tasers. The Government scientists were also asked to test whether the weapons could cause a miscarriage if used on a pregnant woman.

While not saying whether police would be allowed to Taser an expectant mother, the Home Office said the DSAC committee had “specifically asked” for computer simulations to be carried out to analyse the effect on “a pregnant female”.

Now call me a troublemaker, but tell the anti-abortion mob about the expectant mother issue, hell any ally in pushing back this assault by authoritarians. Oh and to call the Defence Scientific Advisory Council ‘independent’ is some new hitherto unknown definition of ‘independent’ that someone should call the OED about (cross reference with the IPCC).

The Secret State: Police Crimes Could Free Serious Offenders

this is a tip of a very dirty iceberg” I told you so. What the hell did they think they were doing? How widespread is this? And from how high did the orders come? Given the obvious illegality of the practice it suggests a high level instruction, this goes to the Ministry Of Justice (or MiniJust in newspeak eh?) I would (hello resignations) reckon.

A legal precedent has established that deliberate bugging of conversations with lawyers constitutes such an affront to the rule of law that trials should be halted and any convictions obtained overturned.

The ruling, in the court of appeal in 2005, may mean that dozens of terrorist trials could be aborted and the Soham murderer, Ian Huntley, go free if allegations by a whistleblower that lawyers’ visits with clients were routinely bugged at Woodhill prison are substantiated.

The source, who spoke to the Daily Telegraph, may have communicated with Mark Kearney, the former detective sergeant who exposed the bugging of the Labour MP Sadiq Khan on a prison visit to a constituent. Kearney is due to appear at Kingston crown court today on unrelated charges of leaking information to the media. At least 10 solicitors were bugged at Woodhill, where Huntley was held in the run-up to his trial in 2003, the source has alleged.

The whistleblower has claimed that solicitors including Gareth Peirce and Mudassar Arani, who act for a number of terrorist suspects, had their conversations with their clients recorded by police. 

The Liberal Democrats are urging the justice secretary to give a statement after the House of Commons recess. They want a full inquiry into claims bugging was extensive, systematic and routine and into how much ministers knew of what was going on.

Geoffrey Robertson said: “The end result, if that is the case, is that these cases will have to be brought back to court and, in my view, the courts will react with such fury as a matter of principle, those whose conversations were bugged will have to be let out.” 

The Tories also want a probe into new claims hundreds of lawyers are bugged. 

What. The. FUCK? This is how it goes, you get away with Iraq, nothing, nothing is then out of bounds. If I were Kearney, I wouldn’t be taking any long walks in the woods on my own, capice?

Thus, every good tree bears good fruit, but the rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree produce good fruit. 

Bhutto Assasination Whitewashed Again

The only thing worth knowing about the Scotland Yard report is this-

Scotland Yard said that despite the lack of a detailed search of the crime scene or autopsy of Bhutto’s body, “the evidence that is available is sufficient for reliable conclusions to be drawn”. Investigators relied considerably on x-rays and detailed examination of video footage of the attack, the report said.

The Scotland Yard findings, released by the British high commission in Islamabad, support the theory put forward by the Pakistani government at the time.

D’you think? Old school colonial dirty deeds to back up an imperial puppet regime, oh it’s just like the good ol’ days.

In the report, Scotland Yard investigators said it was able to reach a conclusion without autopsy results or other potentially important evidence that was washed away by cleanup crews in the immediate aftermath of the blast, which also killed more than 20 other people.

“Considerable reliance has been placed upon the X-rays taken at Rawalpindi General Hospital following Ms. Bhutto’s death,” the report said, adding that interviews with medical staff and family members who washed the body resulted in “valuable insight.”

From the available evidence, British experts were able to unanimously agree that a major wound to the right side of her head was not the result of a gunshot. But there was less certainty on ruling out any other wounds.

Without medical records of her neck or upper torso, the only parts of Ms. Bhutto’s body not protected by her armored vehicle, the team’s pathologist was unable to rule out gunshots to her neck or upper torso. However, he reaffirmed the overall conclusion that the head wound killed her in any case.

Hey it’s like fixing the ‘facts’ around the policy, a tiny few indications that back the official version (who also control the evidence) are played up and everything else is relegated (including family and colleagues testimony reduced to a polite “valuable insight” yet clearly not valuable enough to unseat the government’s preferred version) by a pliable security service. Then bingo! Headlines which never deal in subtleties reinforce the official version and on a Friday so any dissent is buried in weekend news mulch. And of course at no point were they tasked to investigate whodunnit or given the manpower to properly investigate the death independently. In fact the manner of death is not as important as why and who, but by making a fuss of a limited investigation into the act of murder it eclipses these more pressing and revealing matters. These people are supposedly professional criminal investigators, they should be ashamed of this work. They let themselves down by being party to this ludicrous public relations manoeuvre and perhaps become complicit in a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Her party are already disputing the report’s findings. I’m no great fan of Bhutto, she was a corrupt globalist, but she did show courage and any murder victim deserves a competent and honest investigation, as do the others killed that day.

Assassination, kidnapping and torture are carried out in broad daylight by our elites and their allies as well as a genocidal invasion based on lies. Not too many people are kicking back against that yet because they are not feeling too much suffering because of it and the gaudy distractions of capitalist culture are so seductive and encourage this self absorption. But without getting too Niemöller on your ass, ignore this pattern of behaviour, this creeping brutalism, this spreading corruption at your peril. They think they can do anything and get away with it with only the most perfunctory & laughable lies to cover their crimes. And at the moment, they are correct in that assumption.