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VAST SPY SYSTEM LOOTS COMPUTERS IN 103 COUNTRIES

Controlled by the Chinese Government? Or by freelance hackers? Or a set-up by Western Intelligence Agencies? Report from the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. There doesnt seem to be a link to it in the New york Times article.

THIS COUNTER-TERROISM PLAN IS IN RUIN. TRY ONE THAT WORKS

Phew. What a relief. Sometimes I begin to think that it’s my eyes that are beginning to swivel. Seumas Milne’s article in the Guardian [yeah I know. All you swivel-eyed UKIP supporters out there think the Guardian is evil] restore a sense of proportion. hazel Blear’s decision to cut links with the Muslim Council of Britain, the soggiest, Uncle Tommiest organisation going, just cuts the ground away from any attempt to engage with British Muslims.
Milne’s words: “the dispute goes to the heart of the fatal flaw in government policy towards the terror threat. Instead of simply aiming to stop indiscriminate attacks, something that unites almost all Muslims as well as non-Muslims, the idea underlying the new strategy is to confront “nonviolent extremism” as well.” This is dangerous ground and ends up with locking up all BNP supporters, UKIPpers, Marxists, Trots anarchists…and probably half the Catholic and Protestant churches. The only good news is that gingers will turn out to be on the list too, and that will include la Blears.

Comments on the piece also worth reading. Anyone doing an essay on Britain’s counter-terrorism policy has all the arguments in this discussion. Its a gift!

COUNCILS LAUNCH 20,000 SPYING MISSIONS ON FAIRY LIGHT THIEVES AND ILLEGAL CRAB SELLERS

This is one of the great headlines. As Jacqui Smith creates her army of 60,000 to fight terrorism, presumably they will all have these powers too. OK, swivel-eyers, I do quote the Torygraph in this blog as well as the Antichrist Gazette [Guardian]. These powers must go! But will the Tories promise to abolish them? [The Liberals, as always, don’t count] I saw a poster yesterday, with a telephone number for anonymous denunciation of people who you think might be terrorists…Ah, the spirit of Stalin lives on! Here comes the Great British Purge. Labour camps for re-education purposes will be where exactly?

OFFICCIALS LAY OUT DETAILS OF HOW PAKISTAN’S SPY AGENCY SUPPORT MILITANT GROUPS

From the New York Times, and the article is widely quoted in the US Press today. Alleges proof from electronic surveillance and trusted informants. The only dispute is as to whether the connections reach right to the top of the ISI or stop in the middle levels.

A direct quote from the article:

“Little is publicly known about the ISI’s S Wing, which officials say directs intelligence operations outside of Pakistan. American officials said that the S Wing provided direct support to three major groups carrying out attacks in Afghanistan: the Taliban based in Quetta, Pakistan, commanded by Mullah Muhammad Omar; the militant network run by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar; and a different group run by the guerrilla leader Jalaluddin Haqqani.”

DNA “BUNGLE” HAUNTS GERMAN POLICE

German police may have been hunting a non-existent woman for 15 years. Hmmm…and DNA is “infallible”? Identical female DNA found at 40 crime scenes. If they had had a DNA database of everybody, some poor cotton bud manufacturer might have gone down for a very long time. Of course not! the innocent have nothing to fear…except science abused in the name of law enforcement…

CLINTON ADMITS US BLAME FOR DRUGS

This is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepting US responsibility for Mexico’s problems. The beauty of this particular piece is the map at the bottom showing the influence ares of individual drug cartels.

MINISTRY TRIES TO MAKE GENTLEMEN OF COPS

Oh God. They’ve got personnel departments in Russia. Even the Ministry of the Interior…Why? Flower arranging classes next and group hugs with their clients. You will love their new code of behaviour. Only a personnel department could have vreated it…ah well, here comes the Human Resource Management Department, careering down the road in a VW microbus…

THIS IS NO WAY TO COUNTER ISLAMIC TERROR

Lord Guthrie, former Chief of Defence Staff comments on the Government’s counter-terrorist strategy. I find his argument and his conclusions somewhat at odds with each other. I thought he was going to argue one set of lessons from Northern Ireland, but he argues exactly the opposite. For that very reason, it deserves to be in the blog. I thought at first he was arguing with Bob Lambert, but he argues against him from the same premises. Better get this into the PhD, Bob!

STAND UP FOR CONVICTS, IF YOU WANT TO BE FAIR

David Aaronovitch, another man who seems terribly confused. He is right, however, to question the objectivity of a Report drawn up by people who all think the same way. He is incorrect on the reasons the European Court of Human Rights declared the DNA database illegal. The problem was that once your DNA has been taken, there is no way of having it removed from the database. There are, in other words, no procedures governing placement, removal and appeal. The ECHR has been pretty clear on this principle for quite some time as it applies to all issue, as has the European Court of Justice. nevertheless, his argument, though casuistry, needs to be addressed, because it clearly is one he has acquired from late night brandies with senior legal figures, who are also confused. O tempora, o mores!

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