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How reading this post can get you 10 years in a UK prison. 

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When Jean Charles de Menezes had his brains blown out at the Stockwell tube station by London cops in 2005 because he was mistaken as a terrorist target, it was Cressida Dick calling the shots, if you’ll forgive my choice of metaphor. The cops were operating under their shoot-to-kill policy known as Operation Kratos, which continues to this day, if not in name. Kratos is not an "operation" at all.  It is a police policy that authorizes cops to fire head shots without any warning when the target is suspected by some idiot police commander like Dick of being a suicide bomber. If they screw it up, like Dick did with de Menezes, well . . . tough. 

This Kratos BS was the brain-child of another London cop, Barbara Wilding. She got it from the Israelis. The year after de Menezes was murdered, Dick was promoted, which tells you everything you need to know about the direction the UK has gone.  So far as I know, no one was ever punished for this lethal constabulary incompetence. 

Dick is in the news this week, having been promoted yet again to Scotland Yard assistant commissioner. On Tuesday she was before Parliament leading the charge to prosecute Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger for publishing Snowden leaks. Dick has the gall to assert that she and the cops are the ones making the UK safer. OK, well you might ask de Menezes’ family about that. Ask anyone with an ounce of brains. Dick has proven herself to be far more dangerous to the UK public than any newspaper editor could be.  Any idiot cops who have the power to order extra-judicial killing of anyone they think is "suspicious" is a danger to the public.  

And then there are the fascist politicians, like MP Michael Ellis who are trying to shut down all public knowledge and criticism of the totalitarian state.  The UK is not yet as bad as Japan, which just passed a bill essentially making it a criminal act to criticize the government over the Fukushima debacle, but it's just a matter of time. Already the UK has on its books "Section 58 of the Terrorism Act," which makes it a crime, for instance, to publish or transmit any information regarding members of the armed forces or intelligence employees.  Just think for a moment where that could lead.  Here is a selection from Section 58:

58 Collection of information.

(1)A person commits an offence if—

(a) he collects or makes a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, or

(b) he possesses a document or record containing information of that kind.

(2) In this section “record” includes a photographic or electronic record.

(3) It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that he had a reasonable excuse for his action or possession.

(4) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—

(a) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, to a fine or to both, or

(b) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both.

So, get this: If you take a photograph of Buckingham Palace or Heathrow, that is information that could be useful to a person preparing an act of terrorism, and you could be charged under Section 58 and made to answer for your photograph.  Or if you were to take a screen-shot of, say, the Kineton ammo dump from Google Earth, like the one above, you could expose yourself to a 10 year prison sentence. Just by reading this post you could be exposing yourself to a 10-year stretch by being in possession of an image "of a kind likely to be useful to a person ... preparing an act of terrorism."   In other words, merely you being in possession of information that is freely available in the public domain and is the right of anyone to possess, these UK fascist politicians think they can destroy you.  And maybe they can.  That's how f**ked the world has become.

I, and many others, have said it before, and it's worth repeating:  bin Laden has won this war.  Since 9/11 the US and UK have descended deeper and deeper into the abyss of state-sponsored assassinations and unfettered surveillance, all the while incompetent and dangerous cops and politicians rise to positions of unfettered power on the wings of fear that they themselves generate.   




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