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NEW UK COUNTER-TERRORISM STRATEGY

I suppose I had better read this, rather than the newspaper reports. I offer you the link. There’s a massive .pdf file two clicks further on for those of you who can face it. BBC comments at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7961299.stm
Again the two sides on Bob Lambert’s thesis are in full play in the PREVENT part of the document. Better get some references in there, Bob. Jim and Abdul haqq!

SYMBIONESE LIBERATION PAROLEE

Goodness me. This takes me back. The Symbionese Liberation Army, Patty Hearst and all the weirdness of American domestic terrorism. The Weathermen [later Weather Underground], the Black Panthers [J.Edgar Hoover really bent the law around them]…all the stuff that supposedly never happened, because the USA has never had any domestic terrorists….hah! Its amazing how the modern academic hates to read! This editorial very remeniscent of the problem of what to do with Astrid Proll and other members of the Baader-Meinhoff/June 2nd groups when they were discovered long after going to ground.

Some intresting comparisons to make with white collar crime…white collar terrorism? Sounds like a book title to me. Conference money anybody?

GORDON BROWN TELLS US HOW IS PROTECTING OUR RIGHTS

Sorry Gordon, we dont believe you. We are just so disappointed in you. You have proved that “anybody but Blair” is not enough. When we arent allowed to photograph police officers in the name of counter-terrorism or even take photos in shopping malls because of the petty security officers you have given power over us, we dont see how your strategy benefits us. Read the comments, many of which are from the swivel-eyed brigade. No apologies, no admitting to overreaction. Just the continuing hope that authoritarianism keeps the red-tops happy and will bring votes. You continue to do the terrorists jobs for them and you dont even know what you are doing.

UK PLANS COMPREHENSIVE TERROR LAW

“The Home Office says the proposal would give the UK the most comprehensive counter-terror strategy in the world.” Apparently we have trained tens of thousands of people including retailers…but we are still marching to the tune of the security services, not the service policing model. Ho hum…what was it …History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second as farce….The 18th Brumaire of Gordon Brown. I really must write it someday.

SCOTTISH JAILS “AWASH” WITH DRUGS

Keep em calm, eh?? We can’t afford rehabilitation, so lets keep em stoned. The massive public sector cuts next year really arent going to help, either. And the health service really isnt going to prioritise drug rehabilitation therapy, is it? All that money being wasted on training retail workers in counter-terrorism when shoplifting is much more likely to affect them. Ah me! All this and the Tories are coming back. Private prisons and more Americanisation. Yippee, eh?

ENVOY DAMNS US AFGHAN DRUG EFFORT

“Richard Holbrooke said the $800m (£550m) a year the US was spending on counter-narcotics would be better used in supporting Afghan farmers.” Now that applies to the previous posts too, in its own way. Stop the paramilitary top-down approach and get back to bottom-up community empowerment. Holbrooke is Obama’s special envoy. Now if Obama could just get some policies together to match the rhetoric, particularly with regard to the world financial system, we could all sleep easier. Here and in Northern Pakistan is where the big problems of both drugs and terrorism originate. Gotta get this one right, boys and girls! Then lets sort out Colombia, bottom-up too…I’m such a dreamer!

PAKISTANI VILLAGERS PAY A PRICE FOR DEFYING REBELS

These are the guys that matter. Local communities fighting back. Like the anti-Mafia marchers. I await the British Muslims marching in support of Gordon Brown…or even against the jihadists. Empower the people on the street. You cant win these conflicts with databases and bureaucracies with boxes to tick…which is what these “training programmes” of the Home Office amount to.

IN IRAQ, CHAOS FEARED AS US CLOSES PRISON

Camp Bucca closing and out go the inmates, most of whom should never have been arrested in the first place. Yup, they’re going to be cross and some hardcore guys will cause trouble. The US started wrong and they’re finishing wrong. Lessons for Afghanistan? Send in the clowns. Talking of which, tourists are back in Iraq.

Seriously, what is the lesson here? There are many others wrongly detained by the Iraqis themselves. This is now an Iraqi problem…time to go! The spooks are packing for Kabul, Kandahar and Jallalabad, where they will make another nice mess, Stanley! The lesson is, spooks gather intelligence, but don’t put them in charge of a policing job. Refocus the US Army away from fighting war to police support…hmmm, no, I cant see it either. Police primacy? The UK had problems with that too. So many lessons to be learnt from Northern Ireland and so many mistakes being forgotten.

PAKISTANI VILLAGERS PAY A PRICE FOR DEFYING REBELS

These are the guys that matter. Local communities fighting back. Like the anti-Mafia marchers. I await the British Muslims marching in support of Gordon Brown…or even against the jihadists. Empower the people on the street. You cant win these conflicts with databases and bureaucracies with boxes to tick…which is what these “training programmes” of the Home Office amount to.

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