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The Birth of a Police State: UK Police to be Granted Sweeping New Powers | Scriptonite Daily →

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The UK Government is about to pass legislation which will make any behaviour perceived to potentially ‘cause nuisance or annoyance’ a criminal offence. The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill also grants local authorities, police and even private security firms sweeping powers to bar citizens from assembling lawfully in public spaces.  Those who refuse orders under the new rules will face arrest, fines and even prison time.

The Ever Increasing Powers

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Since the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which introduced Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) the government has invented and legislated for a litany of such orders covering everything from dog poo to drug addiction, including but not limited to: Control Orders; Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Orders; Intervention Orders; Crack House Closure Orders; Premise Closure Orders; Brothel Closure Orders; Gang Related Violence Injunctions; Designated Public Place Orders; Special Interim Management Orders; Gating Orders; Dog Control Orders; Letter Clearing Notices;  Noise Abatement Orders; Graffiti/Defacement Removal Notices; Directions to Leave and Dispersal Orders.

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, which passed the committee stage of its progress through the House of Commons on Monday 15th July, purports to simplify this legacy of New Labour’s legislative promiscuity.  In reality, it creates a series of wildly ambiguous, generic orders which grant officers of the state and private sector even greater powers to issue tougher sentences, with fewer checks and balances to protect citizens.

Being Annoying is now Illegal

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The Bill introduces Injunctions to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance (IPNAS) to replace ABSO’S. Almost no one will be sad to say goodbye to ASBO’s.  The orders, designed to allow police to tackle anti-social behaviour, simply became a means of criminalising youthful indiscretion – and eventually a means of criminalising anything people found annoying.  Some of the bizarre abuses of this power include:

The ASBO has allowed the line between criminal behaviour and annoying behaviour to become hopelessly blurred – and the IPNAs will only serve to increase the problem.  We have seen the abuses permitted under ASBO legislation, the test for which included wording to the effect that ASBOs could only be issued where an actual act of ‘harassment, alarm or distress’ had occurred.  IPNAs have a much weaker test, applicable where on the ‘balance of probabilities’ a person has or might engage in behaviour ‘capable of causing annoyance’ to another person. How many times a day could this legislation apply to any of us? Eating with our mouths open, talking too loudly into our phones in a public space, walking too slowly or quickly or belching without saying ‘pardon me’.  All of this may very well cause annoyance – but soon it might well also be illegal.

The orders can be issued to anyone aged 10 or over (and we all know how well 10 year olds are at being annoying), and there is no limit on how long an IPNA can be applied to a person for.  A person could receive an IPNA for 10 and retain it their entire life.

Whereas an ASBO could only desist the subject from certain actions, the IPNA includes ‘positive obligations’ (p10).  This means the subject of an IPNA can be found in breach not simply for doing things they have been banned from doing, but from not doing things that the IPNA states they must.  This makes an IPNA much closer to probation and other post-conviction arrangements than a civil order.

An IPNA can be applied for by Local Authorities, police, some transport bodies and some NHS authorities.

The consequences of breaching an IPNA are serious.  The breaching of an IPNA has been added to the conditions for securing possession of a home – meaning a 10 year old child breaching their IPNA could result in the entire family being evicted from their council house. Breaching the orders can also result in jail time for anyone over 14.

Even the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), giving evidence on the proposals, argued that this could lead to further criminalisation of children and called on the government to think again.

But the plans move along unaltered.

 Kiss Goodbye to Freedom of Assembly

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Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), and new Dispersal Orders will replace Designated Public Space Orders, Dog Control Orders, Gating Orders and a host of other orders intended to keep aggressive drunken people, or drug dealers or dog poo off of our streets.  But it is plain that the target for these laws is no longer the person peddling illegal drugs, but the people sharing politically challenging ideas.

These new powers present the most significant threat to lawful assembly and protest in modern history.

Public Space Protection Orders

PSPOs will be granted where ‘activities carried on or likely to be carried on in a public place will have or have had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality’ (p21).  They can be used to restrict an activity or require people to perform an activity in a certain way.  They require substantially less consultation than current alcohol free zones or dog control zones and rather than applying to everyone, they can be applied to specific groups of people (the homeless, the unemployed, racial/religious groups etc.) – opening the door for discrimination.  These rules could see homeless people or young people lawfully excluded from public spaces.

PSPOs are subject to ‘on the spot’ fines, rather than attendance at a Magistrates Court, reducing the scrutiny and checks on police power.

These orders are also by no means short term.  They can be applied for up to three years, and continued for another three years at the end of their term.

The orders have been heavily challenged by Liberty and The Manifesto Club on the basis that they will seriously infringe upon people’s freedom to assemble, associate and protest.  The Ramblers (the walking charity) have also given written evidence to the government raising their fears about the further appropriation of public highways, by ways and footpaths under the PSPO powers.

Dispersal Orders

Under the current Direction to Leave powers, anyone over 10 years of age can be asked to disperse from a ‘locality’ and stay dispersed for period not exceeding 48 hours.  Current Dispersal Orders mean a Police Superintendent (or an officer with specific written authority from the SI) can disperse groups or two or more people in areas where there has been ‘persistent anti-social behaviour’ or take home any young person under the age of 16 who is in a dispersal zone between 9pm and 6am.  Anyone failing to comply with a Dispersal Order faces a fine of up to £2,500 or up to three months in prison.

Downing Street clearly do not feel this is tough enough.

The new Dispersal Powers mean police constables and even Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) can issue dispersal orders if they think a group of two or more persons mightharass, alarm or distress others in the vicinity (p16).  The PCSO or constable can specify how long the person/group must remain out of the designated area, and by which route they must leave, and also confiscate any items of their property which they deem anti-social.  Failure to comply with any element of these orders results in a fine of up to £5,000 or three months in prison.  The new legislation also fails to define ‘locality’ – meaning a person could be excluded from a city, a county or even a whole country (p17).  In fact, York couldn’t even wait for the new legislation to pass and is already implementing the powers.

These new laws effectively end freedom of assembly in England and Wales, as any lawful assembly can be instantly redefined as illegal on the spot by some part time PCSO, people’s personal possessions can be confiscated, and anyone who dares to challenge the process will end up in jail.

What will it Take?

One could be forgiven for despairingly enquiring ‘what will it take for the slumbering British public to awake to the fact that the legal and physical infrastructure of a police state is being built around them?’  

Many believe they have rights to protest, assemble and associate that they lost a decade ago, simply because they have never actually attempted to claim them.   They remain imaginary rights, never cashed in.  As someone who has found themselves arrested, locked up and later cleared by a court twice in recent years for peaceful protest (see 1st and 2nd arrests) – I discovered for myself how much things had changed while I wasn’t looking.  So without getting everyone to attend a protest and get arrested, we rely on communicating the changes to those who might not experience them directly.

But while the BBC, our main broadcaster, has devoted its resources to stick a correspondent up the arse of anyone with the faintest connection to the Royal Baby – no such resources have been devoted to informing on the curtailing of our most basic freedoms. Defenders of the BBC may argue they are there to cover the news, not make it – this is an outright lie.

The Media create stories as well as cover them, many people glean what is important from how much it is being talked about on the news and in the papers.  Imagine if journalists were door-stepping David Cameron, human rights campaigners and police authorities all day every day asking what on earth was going to happen with our human rights? If 19 pages of today’s Sun (news)paper wasn’t talking about the Royal Baby but our eroded civil liberties?  Things would look very, very different.

In the meantime, it’s up to all of us with an interest to shout it from the roof tops.  We have a hell of a fight on our hands here, and most folks still don’t even know it.

SIGN THE PETITION TO OPPOSE THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

So at least the Brits are honest about what they are doing to their citizens but why are their citizens just allowing it to occur?  Do they have the same issues as we do with the public being completely duped by a corporate/government media propaganda system?  Well it’s good to know we are not alone but what will it take to get people out in the streets to end this tyrannical government coup?

FELLOW BRITS THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND RIDICULOUS

children could be served with a lifelong IPNA for something ‘annoying' that they haven’t even done, but which an authority thinks they ‘might’ do. they would then live their whole life under parole conditions, at threat of imprisonment. 

and the dispersal orders mean that private security guards and community support officers could order people to leave an area (any area, of unspecified size), under threat of a £5000 on the spot fine or imprisonment for disobeying, if the authorities think they might do something that mightalarm’ someone, somewhere, in the unspecified vicinity

these are carte blanche powers

and it’s all out fucking war on homeless people

PLEASE REBLOG, AND PLEASE DON’T STOP AT SIGNING THE PETITION

— 8 months ago with 10 notes
#britain  #uk  #police state  #freedom of assembly  #war on the poor  #war on the homeless 
As far as I can gather, the US govt’s position on NSA spying is that:
  • If the US govt takes private information without explicit consent, this is not ’espionage’, because all private data magically becomes ‘public’ as soon as the US govt collects it, by virtue of the very fact that they have collected it (note: this rule only applies to the US govt).
  • But, if someone releases this ‘public’ information to the public from which it was gathered, this is ‘espionage’ and even ‘theft’. This is because that ‘public’ private information (belonging to the public) is now the rightful private property of the US govt, because they stole it and said it was theirs (quietly; to themselves).
  • Alerting people who are not in the US govt to the US govt’s plans to secretly spy on everyone constitutes ‘treason’. Therefore everyone who is not the US govt = an enemy of the US govt.
  • Spies are not spies if they are US govt spies (see also: Terrorists are not terrorists if they are US govt terrorists).
  • Spy agency workers only become spies as and when they decide that they are morally against spying.
  • The information the NSA collects is 100% safe because it’s all kept in one big shiny building. Nothing can possibly go wrong because the building is so shiny. Do you have a building this shiny? Exactly.
  • The US govt needs to be afforded the utmost privacy and secrecy because it has important US govt business to attend to such as: killing brown people; killing brown people after torturing them first; putting black people in cages and then electrocuting some of them; shooting unarmed black people in the street and then completely lying about the whole thing; carrying out unethical medical experiments on various non-consenting PoC groups; spraying Vietnamese civilians with agent orange; using depleted uranium on Iraqi civilians; dropping atomic bombs on Japanese civilians, etc.
  • The US govt needs to be afforded the utmost privacy and secrecy because otherwise “lives may be put at risk”.
  • If you are a mainstream journalist who writes articles critical of US spy agencies, you are statistically more likely to find yourself dying in a single-car crash where the engine is catapulted ~60 ft down the street and which sounds to the untrained ears of bystanders like a bomb going off. Statistically, this is more likely to happen in the hours immediately after you tell people that you are being trailed by a US spy agency. 
  • ^^^ is not even remotely suspicious because “conspiracy theorists!!!”, that’s why.
  • This all makes perfect sense because flag bald eagle patriots national security government government troops danger terrorism flag flag flag.
— 10 months ago with 3 notes
#and the same goes for the UK and GCHQ  #albeit we're one big happy family anyway  #NSA surveillance  #spying  #surveillance state  #police state  #privacy  #national security bollocks  #edward snowden  #edward binney  #whistleblower  #leak  #government  #military-industrial complex  #hypocrisy 
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By the end of Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, the number of blacks and latinos stopped by the NYPD will exceed the population of black and latino people living in NYC.

The number of stops involving young black men in 2011 (168,124) exceed the city’s population of young black men (158,406). 90% of them were innocent (were not arrested or given a summons) yet accounted for 41.6% of the stops despite making up only 4.7 of NYC.

Since Bloomberg took office, stop and frisks increased 600%. This March the NYPD CONDUCTED THEIR 5 MILLIONTH STOP AND FRISK. The number is truly staggering when you consider that the population of NYC is 8.3 million. In comparison, the population of Los Angeles, America’s second largest city, is only 3.8 million.

Out of those 5,000,000 stop and frisk encounters, 4.4 million or 88% were innocent (were not arrested or given a summons) and 86% were Latino or Black.

In Brownsville, Brooklyn, where over 96% of the residents are black or latino, 93 out of 100 residents were stopped by the NYPD.

Probably the most enraging fact about the stop and frisk method is that it has revealed that WHITES ARE MORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY TO BE FOUND WITH A WEAPON THAN BLACKS/LATINO’S.

Only 1.9 percent of frisks in 2011 turned up weapons and interestingly, according to the NYCLU, “a weapon was found in only 1.8 percent of blacks and Latinos frisked, as compared to a weapon being found in 3.8 percent of whites frisked.”

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The most enraging facts about Bloomberg’s/NYPD’s Stop And Frisk method. 

Source 1/Source 2/Source 3

(via anarcho-queer)

(via sonofbaldwin)

— 1 year ago with 271 notes
#racial profiling  #police state  #racism  #nypd  #new york  #america 
knowledgeappliedispower:

This is in London.

also, remember that police have no legal obligation to protect citizens. so the primary justification given for the police (presumably by white people), i.e. that they exist to protect you, is by law, not even true. 
and institutionally, they fail to respond to domestic abuse calls, fail to pursue rape allegations, specifically target and brutalise young black and brown people, shut down peaceful protests with riot squads, attack crowds with lethal ‘non-lethal’ weapons or keep them in confined areas unable to obtain food and water (‘kettling’!). they succeed only in protecting the property/power/privacy of the rich white owners
here’s a thought, what with police privatisation - maybe this dude’s on commission? ya know, injuring people so he can then rush to give them medical assistance? (I’m being facetious of course…)

knowledgeappliedispower:

This is in London.

also, remember that police have no legal obligation to protect citizens. so the primary justification given for the police (presumably by white people), i.e. that they exist to protect you, is by law, not even true. 

and institutionally, they fail to respond to domestic abuse calls, fail to pursue rape allegations, specifically target and brutalise young black and brown people, shut down peaceful protests with riot squads, attack crowds with lethal ‘non-lethal’ weapons or keep them in confined areas unable to obtain food and water (‘kettling’!). they succeed only in protecting the property/power/privacy of the rich white owners

here’s a thought, what with police privatisation - maybe this dude’s on commission? ya know, injuring people so he can then rush to give them medical assistance? (I’m being facetious of course…)

(via blackcommunist)

— 1 year ago with 891 notes
#as if he would actually rush to give medical assistance  #police brutality  #police state  #racism  #patriarchy  #white supremacy  #uk  #tw: rape 
and in the UK

there’s a reason the police swear to serve the Queen

rather than the people

— 1 year ago
#police  #uk  #police state  #law  #terms and conditions  #small print 

colonelingus:

aiffe:

Petition to stop CISPA.

if you haven’t signed this petition, fucking DO IT. sign the petition.

what police state

also find it ridiculous that all these ‘cybersecurity’ hawks are coming out of the woodwork to hype some supposed threat from China, when it’s partly thanks to China buying up $1trillion+ of the US national debt that America has been able to keep its imperialist bullshit going as long as it has

(via talesofthestarshipregeneration)

— 1 year ago with 26212 notes
#surveillance  #police state  #censorship  #intellectual property law  #net neutrality  #corporatism  #fascism  #usa  #china  #politics  #petition 

there are actually people on that MLK assassination thread attempting to dismiss the whole thing by saying 'well that's only what the jury said'

are you fucking kidding me

ok then, let’s just abandon that whole ‘trial by a jury of your peers’ thing, rather than acknowledge that maybe the white supremacist secret police would kill a black revolutionary and then not tell everyone about it afterwards

I mean after all, what authority do ordinary members of the public have to make decisions anyway? that sounds like communism or some shit.

best just leave it to the secret police to decide if the secret police are guilty

after all they’re the experts

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#martin luther king  #mlk  #democracy?  #god bless the secret police  #assassination  #fbi  #law  #authority  #politics  #police state 
anarcho-queer:



‘Terrorist Hideout’ in New Jersey Actually An Illegal NYPD Safehouse
Photo Caption: This July 13, 2011, photo shows the apartment complex in New Brunswick, N.J., where an apartment was rented by an undercover NYPD officer. On June 2, 2009, a building superintendent at the complex just off the Rutgers University campus called 911 after stumbling one of the NYPD’s biggest secrets - a safe house, a place where undercover officers working well outside the department’s jurisdiction could lay low and coordinate surveillance. The Associated Press has obtained a copy of the 911 call that exposed the NYPD safe house. In 2011, the AP requested a copy of the 911 tape. The New Brunswick Police refused. After the AP sued, the city turned over the tape and emails this week that described the NYPD’s efforts to keep the recording a secret. (AP Photo/Matt Apuzzo)
He saw something. He said something. And he inadvertently uncovered a secret spying operation that the New York Police Department was running outside its jurisdiction. 
In June 2009, a building superintendent at an apartment complex near the Rutgers University campus opened the door to unit 1076 to conduct an inspection. Tenants had been notified of the inspection weeks ago and the notice was still stuck to the door.
He turned his key, walked in and immediately knew something was wrong. A colleague called 911.
The caller, Salil Sheth, and his colleagues had stumbled upon one of the NYPD’s biggest secrets: a safe house, a place where undercover officers working well outside the department’s jurisdiction could lie low and coordinate surveillance.
Since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the NYPD, with training and guidance from the CIA, has monitored the activities of Muslims in New York and far beyond. Detectives infiltrated mosques, eavesdropped in cafes and kept tabs on Muslim student groups, including at Rutgers.
The NYPD kept files on sermons, recorded the names of political organizers in police documents, and built databases of where Muslims lived and shopped, even where they were likely to gather to watch sports. Out-of-state operations, like the one in New Brunswick, were one aspect of this larger intelligence-gathering effort.
The Associated Press previously described the discovery of the NYPD inside the New Jersey apartment but, after a yearlong fight, New Brunswick police released the tape of the 911 call and other materials this week.
The call from the building superintendent sent New Brunswick police and the FBI rushing to the apartment complex. Officers and agents were surprised at what they found. None had been told that the NYPD was in town.
At the NYPD, the bungled operation was an embarrassment. It made the department look amateurish and forced it to ask the FBI to return the department’s materials.
In February, NYPD’s deputy commissioner for legal matters, Andrew Schaffer, told reporters that detectives can operate outside New York because they aren’t conducting official police duties.

anarcho-queer:

‘Terrorist Hideout’ in New Jersey Actually An Illegal NYPD Safehouse

Photo Caption: This July 13, 2011, photo shows the apartment complex in New Brunswick, N.J., where an apartment was rented by an undercover NYPD officer. On June 2, 2009, a building superintendent at the complex just off the Rutgers University campus called 911 after stumbling one of the NYPD’s biggest secrets - a safe house, a place where undercover officers working well outside the department’s jurisdiction could lay low and coordinate surveillance. The Associated Press has obtained a copy of the 911 call that exposed the NYPD safe house. In 2011, the AP requested a copy of the 911 tape. The New Brunswick Police refused. After the AP sued, the city turned over the tape and emails this week that described the NYPD’s efforts to keep the recording a secret. (AP Photo/Matt Apuzzo)

He saw something. He said something. And he inadvertently uncovered a secret spying operation that the New York Police Department was running outside its jurisdiction.

In June 2009, a building superintendent at an apartment complex near the Rutgers University campus opened the door to unit 1076 to conduct an inspection. Tenants had been notified of the inspection weeks ago and the notice was still stuck to the door.

He turned his key, walked in and immediately knew something was wrong. A colleague called 911.

The caller, Salil Sheth, and his colleagues had stumbled upon one of the NYPD’s biggest secrets: a safe house, a place where undercover officers working well outside the department’s jurisdiction could lie low and coordinate surveillance.

Since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the NYPD, with training and guidance from the CIA, has monitored the activities of Muslims in New York and far beyond. Detectives infiltrated mosques, eavesdropped in cafes and kept tabs on Muslim student groups, including at Rutgers.

The NYPD kept files on sermons, recorded the names of political organizers in police documents, and built databases of where Muslims lived and shopped, even where they were likely to gather to watch sports. Out-of-state operations, like the one in New Brunswick, were one aspect of this larger intelligence-gathering effort.

The Associated Press previously described the discovery of the NYPD inside the New Jersey apartment but, after a yearlong fight, New Brunswick police released the tape of the 911 call and other materials this week.

The call from the building superintendent sent New Brunswick police and the FBI rushing to the apartment complex. Officers and agents were surprised at what they found. None had been told that the NYPD was in town.

At the NYPD, the bungled operation was an embarrassment. It made the department look amateurish and forced it to ask the FBI to return the department’s materials.

In February, NYPD’s deputy commissioner for legal matters, Andrew Schaffer, told reporters that detectives can operate outside New York because they aren’t conducting official police duties.

— 1 year ago with 512 notes
#police state  #NYPD  #NYC  #Surveillance  #Government Surveillance  #Corruption  #Mayor Bloomberg  #Bloomberg  #New Jersey  #Muslim  #CIA 
So you go to prison because there's no evidence... wait, what? →

This is ridiculous.

So if you live in the UK, the police could seize your computer, claim that you’ve steganographically encrypted a hidden terrorist message into your tumblr profile pic or some shit, and then when you’re unable to produce the non-existent decryption key, you automatically go to prison for 5 years.

What if we took the same approach to murder? (and… freezers).

Police observe that murderers often hide the victim’s body in the freezer. Moreover, ANY sufficiently large freezer will suffice, regardless of make or model. How many corpses are out there right now, they wonder, partially obscured behind stacks of Goodfella’s pizzas?

Some bright spark gets an idea - SEARCH ALL THE FREEZERS. It’s the only way.

So they start going door to door. One day the police turn up at your house. Routine freezer inspection, they say. You might be a murderer, they say.

‘But who am I supposed to have murdered?’ you ask, incredulous.

‘That’s what we’re trying to find out’ says the first police officer, ‘and you’re not being very cooperative’.

The second police officer is getting impatient already for some reason. ‘JUST TELL US WHERE IT IS!’. You figure he’s the bad cop.

‘Where what is?’

‘THE FREEZER!’ they scream in unison.

You explain that you don’t own a freezer.

This only arouses their suspicion further. They share a knowing smile. Denying possession of a freezer is classic freezer-murderer behaviour they explain, everyone knows that! Training prepared them for people like you! Most certainly you do have a freezer somewhere and the reason you’re hiding it is because that’s where you’ve stashed the body of whoever it was you killed.

You think: maybe, if I can just get them to come back tomorrow, I can order a freezer online? It’ll be cool. I can get next day priority delivery… and then when they come back, I’ll be all like, HERE’S MY FREEZER SUCKERS, NO CORPSES TODAY!

You suggest rescheduling for tomorrow after 9.30am.

The bad cop gives you an icy glare. ‘What, and give you time to move the body to a larger, more secret freezer? So you can put it with all the others? I bet you line them up in little rows, don’t you?! Not on my watch I say! So here’s what’s going to happen. I’m going to shut my eyes and count to ten, and you’d better hope I see your blood-stained freezer when I open them again OR ELSE YOU ARE GOING STRAIGHT TO PRISON.’

— 1 year ago
#Absurd Kafka-esque dystopian nightmare  #wtf is this shit  #UK  #law  #cryptology  #technology  #police  #privacy  #injustice  #nonsense  #terrorism  #police state 
thepeoplesrecord:

The silent march against NYPD’s racist Stop-and-Frisk policy is stretched across several city blocks right now. Crowd estimates are at about 50,000*. 

thepeoplesrecord:

The silent march against NYPD’s racist Stop-and-Frisk policy is stretched across several city blocks right now. Crowd estimates are at about 50,000*
— 1 year ago with 44 notes
#Stop-and-Frisk  #NYPD  #Racism  #Police state  #Silent march  #NYC  #Protest  #Father's Day 
MoD: British armed forces will use deafening US sonic weapon at 2012 Olympics →

It can produce 150 decibel levels of noise.

To put that into context:

  • 110db - Power tools
  • 120db - Planes on airport runway
  • 125db - Pneumatic drill
  • 137db - (pain threshold in humans)
  • 150db - Jet engine (close up)
  • ~180db - (significant organ damage)

I guess that’s what happens when you set the baseline at ‘non-lethal’, as long as it doesn’t kill you - you’re fine! You can take it! Shut up and quit complaining! Be thankful we let you live - who said you were allowed on the motherfucking Thames anyway?!

By way of a counter-argument, here’s some ‘non-lethal’ weapons that have actually killed people. Until they died:

  • Tasers (525 documented deaths in US alone)
  • Water cannons
  • Rubber bullets
  • Pepper spray
  • Police fucking batons
  • I could go on 

Non-lethal my arse.

— 1 year ago
#london 2012  #olympics  #police state  #military  #you don't even need a weapon to be lethal  #news  #move along nothing to see here 
UK government plans to privatise police (Guardian) →

Who wants to bet G4S win the contract?

If you don’t know who G4S are, ask yourself why because they’re the largest employer in the world bar Walmart. But what do they do?

  • Airport security. Three G4S security guards at Heathrow were responsible for the death of Angolan refugee Jimmy Mubenga in Oct 2010 when they kept him heavily restrained, despite his repeated complaints of not being able to breathe.
  • Immigrant detention camps. In Australia, G4S were ‘faulted for lethal neglect and abuse of solitary confinement’ (NYTimes). Again in Australia, up to 50 asylum seekers went on hunger strike and sewed their own lips together in protest over conditions. G4S also ran these lovely detention boats in the Netherlands that were deemed 'inhumane' by the European Parliament.
  • Guarding the entire length of the southwest US/Mexico border and deporting undocumented immigrants. Anyone starting to feel like G4S don’t like immigrants for some reason?
  • Private UK police (already). G4S is already contracted to employ half of Lincolnshire police, and are building a police station there.
  • Private prisons in the UK and US. Because why stop with immigrants?
  • Juvenile detention centres. Because why stop with adults?
  • Profiteering off the UK ‘Welfare to Work’ scheme. Which is essentially an ingenious device for taking tax-payer money away from those who need it, and giving it to G4S (who have the nerve to fob much of their workload off onto charities and other non-profit organisations). At the same time the scheme allows companies like Tesco to profit from slave labour as people are made to work full-time for their unemployment benefits.
  • Military security in Afghanistan. Popular pastimes for the G4S employees guarding the US embassy in Kabul included: lighting fires, getting naked, pissing on each other and conducting humiliating hazings/initiations. NSFW photos here!
  • Much more. Too much to list but it includes security for banks, ATM/cashpoint ‘management’, stewarding Live8 and Download and reading your gas meter. Also landmine clearance, which strangely enough is the only one of these things I’d happily trust them with.
— 2 years ago with 9 notes
#corporate oligarchy  #dystopian future  #g4s  #news  #police state  #politics  #privatisation  #tory scum  #uk  #wtf is this shit  #occupy