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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

"British Police State - We Told You It Was Coming! - Will The Sheeple Finally Awaken?"

THE BIRTH OF A POLICE STATE

by  on Jul 27, 2013

The UK government is about to pass legislation which will make any behaviour perceived to potentially ’cause a 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

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

The Bill introduces Injunctions to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance (IPNAs) to replace ABSOs. Almost no one will be sad to say goodbye to ASBOs.  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:
  • Stuart Hunt of Loch Ness brought to court 100 times since 2007 for breaching an ASBO preventing him from laughing, staring or slow hand clapping
  • Homeless, alcoholic and mentally ill Michael Gilligan given a 99 year ASBO rather than the welfare support that might have made a difference
  • A profoundly deaf 17 year old girl given an ASBO and a jail sentence for spitting in the street
  • A 13 year old banned from using the word ‘grass’ in England or Wales
  • Manchester Council applied an ASBO to prevent a mobile soup kitchen from feeding the homeless
  • Councils placing ASBOs on homeless people resulting in prison sentences for begging ‘earnestly and humbly’
  • An 87 year old man was given an ASBO threatening a prison sentence if he was sarcastic to his neighbours
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.
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
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

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 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 personsmight harass, 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 it will 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 herself arrested, locked up and later cleared by a court twice in recent years for peaceful protest – 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.
These new powers present
the most significant threat
to lawful assembly and
protest in modern history
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 the 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




26 comments:

  1. My thanks to "The Beano Is Not The Rag" for the link :)

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  2. Disabled mans home raided by cops because he paid WITH CASH. Now do you see why the N.W.O. want to phase out cash and R.F.I.D. chip you under your skin?

    They are following the Book of Revelation to the letter!

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  3. This gets more terrifying by the day Ian, sadly most people think it is for our own protection. WAKE UP FOR GOODNESS SAKE!!!!
    P.S Think i'm going to start paying cash for everything in future as it obviously worries the PTB :-)

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    1. Don't be terrified "D" that's just what they want ;)

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  4. As an aside, how many of my readers have yet to look into AGENDA 21 ?

    Or I.C.L.E.I. It's all part of the same Agenda. Stop eating grass and chew on some good info sheeple!

    Martial law is coming soon to a 'Great' British Territory near you....

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  5. This is one of the most important postings I will ever make in my lifetime, yet what do I get in return? One small comment of support from a respected friend who is scared and afraid, yet still musters up the courage to be defiant....Where are the rest of you sheeple?

    I despair!!!

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  6. ian i,m here as all ways but how do we stop it it will not be with words of that i,m sure so how. I can,t do much if i,m in nick for not paying rates or parking fine.As you know i can only see one way my,be not right but it dose work

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  7. Petition signed Ian. I do care but what can people like me do from inside - very little.

    ahimsa

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  8. You cant just expect others to have your strength, you are a brave sole and the world needs people like you but not everyone is you and many other deal with life and its rigours as thier lives have been dictated to them and you know how hard it is to break this spell.


    the quickening is happening, people are waking up across the world and your considerable contribution is! has been! and will be one of the quiding lights across Jersey one day! along with Rico Voice,and
    Stuart Syvret and indeed many others.

    I post on the latest blogs as there is no place to post braeking news or stories of interest other than here.

    I dont believe any info that adds to the weight of evidence mounting by the day against those who would abuse.

    Stay safe my friend you are needed and will come into your own, you need to stay safe so that can happen.

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    1. I now everyone is not the same yada yada yada....trouble is anon, we really don't have time to piss about anymore on this one, people need to wake up and act NOW!!! not in five years time....

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  9. Condescension, does not help though. what your doing does. what your doing is a perminant thing.

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  10. Where everyone else has given up or not even started. There will be those who were born AWAKE!! like yourself. to take things forward.

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  11. Keep fighting my friend you are the strength for those who are weak, that is a great thing man.

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  12. and look at the blooming size of your blog, its vast... hard to hide if you have kept an off line copy or two...

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  13. If You dont think what your doing is having an effect upon those on the island who would shite on those less fortunate then you are plain WRONG. Eveything you have highlighted will one form part of the record...

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  14. its like a cut to the skin that you dont notice untill it is pointed out to you, then the pain starts! Once Jersey is an open wound your words bring pain but we have to endure that pain in order to cleans the island. People are afaid of the pain..

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  15. Blogs like yours and Avaaz.org are waking people up...people who will mobilize and get change,so that the Blairite champagne socialists will begin to get scared it is ABSOLUTELY all about People power,look at how few vote...how the F**K can we change the gangster Govt unless we vote in massive numbers.how..?> Simple talk to your friends,workmates,family and lets vote in people who actually want community..and not fill their pockets.

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    1. Anon, if voting changed anything they would make it illegal.

      Voting will accomplish nothing except more will have given their consent to be governed by registering to vote!

      I am afraid that there is only one way to reform governments and that is to simply not comply with anything and refuse to go to work.

      When the working stops, everything stops, the island is brought to it's knee's in just one single day of solidarity.

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  16. ian if that happens who feeds the children because one day will not stop them it might go on for weeks then what?one single day will change nothing.the one,s in power can last for weeks even longer then what.there is only one way to return the fear that they have given.

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    1. What children? I don't know what you mean? I think you've gone off on a tangent somewhere Martin.

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  17. ian no i have not if we all stop working just for one day it will do nothing. the one,s in power can live with that for weeks then who pays the wage,s to feed all. there is only one way you know i know.

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    1. One day is enough to bring the system down, it all stops dead.

      Your continued assertion that all out war is the solution makes you at least as bad as them, and twice as stupid. Harming or killing anyone only adds to the disease....

      You say that this is the only way, yet I haven't heard of you being arrested yet, how come?

      Grow up mate!!!

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  18. ian That,s your assertion all out war not mine i never said any such thing.and all so one day will not change anything tomorrow never comes it will just go back to the same the next day.and by the way i am all grown up thank you

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    1. You should re-check your comments over the last 2 years on this subject Martin!

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  19. Dynamics change, paradigms eb and flow
    those who one day thought?
    another day will know!
    people waking up everywhere you look
    all because one person read something in a book?

    Words are powerful tools and they should be use with care
    They can make you smile or even strip you bare.
    Peace, none compliance on mass, Networking, coordination, planning telling anyone you know.. What you know... History will do the rest. We don’t really get a say in how it goes down. However we need to unite as people to be effective..

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