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GANG MEMBERS IN VIOLENCE SUMMIT

This has happened in Glasgow. I heard a US expert say on 5Live this morning: you cant arrest your way out of this problem. They just come back out onto the streets a year later and take up where they left off. The model is the Boston Ceasefire Project.

GANG RAPISTS OF GIRL, 14, NAMED

This blog has noted how gang culture is expanding throughout the UK. This is intimidation worthy of the Congo or Darfur. But we have also seen how gang culture can expand in jails, particular examples coming from the U.S., but parallels beginning to appear under the aegis of jihadist groups in UK jails.
So send them to jail by all means, but is there a unit to prevent them maintaining gang structure while incarcerated? Or even a policy? Or only Ian Duncan-Smith? Where do I sign on for a gated community?

BAE ACCUSED OF £100M SECRET PAYMENTS TO SECURE SOUTH AFRICAN ARMS DEAL

A word of warning on this, in that it is a story that only the Guardian is pursuing seriously over here. Your blogger was not allowed to use BAE- pinochet deals as a case study in a report to a client. So it is all “alleged” m’lud. If you go to the December 5th story linked from this report : http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/05/bae-armstrade, you will note that the man who wouldnt let the SFO prosecute in another case, allegedly acted as lobbyist in this one….conflict of interest? Well, he was PM, so he wouldnt have been paid. So that’s all right then. All done “in the national interest”.

THE FBI HERO WHO JOINED THE MAFIA

Trial of an undercover agent who allegedly changed sides. Or did he? Murky story of the use of Irish-American gangsters against Italian-American gangsters. How complicit was the FBI leadership> Already made a good film. The books will be out as soon as the trial is over. An IRA dimension to the allegations as well

DNA DATABASE BREACH OF RIGHTS

Not really sure which source to use for this story. The decision was unanimous. Judges from 17 countries including the UK agreed that keeping data indefinitely on people not even convicted was against human rights. Another “no-brainer”. Thew Home Office could have followed Scottish practice and there would never have been a case. Lazy politicians and an over-mighty Home Office combine yet again! Who is giving them legal advice….or is the question why don’t they take it? And why is it a matter for the Home Office anyway when the UK now has a Ministry of Justice? Another finals exam paper emerging here….

REPORT ON DAMIAN GREEN ARREST SENT TO CPS

This Guardian article includes a statement from the acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Ive not bothered to blog this affair, although it may yet turn out to involve crimes of the powerful. I suspect, however, that the real struggle is about the succession to Sir Ian Blair, but just who i up to what exactly I cant yet see for the smoke and mirrors.
The reorganisation of Special Branch into Counter Terrorism Command seemed a mistake at the time and if what Stephenson says here is true, then we may need a new unit to deal with allegations against top politicians and official leaks, which were/are an SB responsibility and now therefore come under CTC with all its spooky paranoia and excess of powers.

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