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POLICE PROTEST TRAINING IN CHAOS, REPORT FINDS

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary wrote it, so it’s a serious critique. Ive chosen the Times rather than the Guardian, because the Guardian is usually critical of the police. Note that at the end of the article the Times continues the Tory attack on ACPO. Guardian defends the right to demonstrate. Times and Telegraph attack ACPO. Those are the not so hidden agendas, that should be borne in mind. Both, may of course, be correct.

POLICE PROTEST TRAINING IN CHAOS, REPORT FINDS

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary wrote it, so it’s a serious critique. Ive chosen the Times rather than the Guardian, because the Guardian is usually critical of the police. Note that at the end of the article the Times continues the Tory attack on ACPO. Guardian defends the right to demonstrate. Times and Telegraph attack ACPO. Those are the not so hidden agendas, that should be borne in mind. Both, may of course, be correct.

LA FRANCE VA REMETTRE LES FICHIERS VOLES A HSBC A LA JUSTICE SUISSE

A rare example of the Swiss demanding to know something in order to prosecute someone.My French is inadequate, but if the French dont tell them, they [the Swiss} wil discontinue their [a]greed cooperation against tax fraud. This is aimed at Herve Falciani who is a whistleblower who left France with the details of many tax evaders stored on his laptop. The Swiss want the data back…but the clients are clients of HSBC…Now let me see…If you dont give us back the information on tax fraud, we wont cooperate with you on tax fraud…Ah! It all makes sense immediately! The Swiss are just being consistent!

US ARRESTS THREE AFRICANS IN “AL QAEDA COCAINE STING”

Intriguing story. Americans pretending to be FARC [so that proves theyre drug smugglers] approach three guys from Mali, who are suuposed to be associates [whatever that means] of al Qaeda’s Northern African branch [whatever that is] [and which will be used to prove that al Qaeda smuggles drugs]. Its a good one. None of it needs to be true but it will be used by academic/journalists as “evidence” of all sorts of stuff, like organised crime terrorism and financing are all interlinked. We shall see what happens in the trial.

RUSSIA: SHIFT TO THE SHADOWS

Nice piece in the FT on the role of the silovki under Putin and Medvedev. Turns out to be based on an article in post-Soviet Affairs: “Putin’s Militocracy”, by Olga Kryshtanovskaya and Stephen White. Post-Soviet Affairs 2003, 19, 4

UNEASE AS SECURITY GROUPS TAKE POLICE ROLES

Interesting that this is in the Financial Times, so it must be a business matter. Private security running cells at demonstrations and also getting into investigation work. ACPO untroubled…well, theyre looking for retirement jobs themselves arent they? Lots of retired officers getting into the sector…Could it be that theyre retiring too early???

MINISTERS CREATING AN ARMY OF PRIVATE POLICE

The Independent’s spin on yesterdays post includes the fact that lots of council emplyees have been given powers to confiscate property along with private security sneaking unannounced into traditional polcie roles….We’re all coppers now! Dont you go taking any photographs without my permission!

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