The move comes after evidence that members of the Metropolitan Police Forward Intelligence Team (FIT) have been recording the activities of journalists, especially photographers, covering demonstrations in London.

NUJ General Secretary Jeremy Dear wrote to the Home Secretary following complaints from photographers that they were under surveillance by members of the FIT team which was impeding their ability to work. In the letter Jeremy Dear says, “The routine and deliberate targeting of photographers and other journalists by the FIT undermines media freedom and can serve to intimidate photographers trying to carry out their lawful work. The rights of photographers to work free from threat, harassment and intimidation must be upheld.”

The letter also calls on the Home Secretary to:

* provide information on whether the FIT team are issued with instructions to photograph and catalogue journalists

* to provide guidelines issued to FIT Team members about their duties/role

* to explain for what purpose is information gained by the FIT team held on journalists by the police

* to give detail on who has access to information being held on police databases about journalists

Jeremy Dear added: “Whilst the police deny they are targeting legitimate photographers we have plenty of evidence to the contrary. This abuse must stop”.

“NUJ takes protest to Home Office”

“Street Journalists Under Surveillance”

“police surveillance of journalists – jeremy dear sends jacqui smith a letter.”

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Get it, if you can that is… Written by Czech Republic’s President, Vaclav Klaus, who actually has some scientific qualification! (Having spent most of his life at the Czech Academy of Sciences). He also worked at Prognostics at the Academy of Science. His professional expertise is in looking at scientific theories, understanding their implication/s, and then evaluating their long-term economic impact.

This means that President Klaus, more than any other world leader today, is eminently qualified to assess the IPCC report, both in what it says and in what the ‘remedial measures’ currently being implemented will have.

Guess what? His book is almost impossible to get hold of! Weird eh!? Give it a shot… send it to your local journos…

* ISBN: 1889865095
* ISBN-13: 9781889865096
* Format: Paperback, 100pp
* Pub. Date: May 2008




Download a book – get arrested. Be afraid, be very afraid. Andrew has crafted yet another fine piece which is sufficient without me rehashing everything – and anyway I should be working… so if you are interested look here ;

This type of legislation was introduced to try to deter people from downloading anarchist cookbook type material (still dumb but never mind, that’s another issue) but it is, as with most other seemingly innocuous legislation merely the step off to a steep and slippery slope.

This bunch of idiotic zealots are pushing for a PCA, or “Personal Carbon Allowance” for the little people. What this means, in a nutshell, is that you will be rationed on how much energy you as an individual can consume.

It has been rebuffed for now, but Tim Yeo expounds the virtues of such an oppressive system, lauding the potential for “engagement”, which will “increase awareness” of energy consumption – what the Tyndall Centre calls “carbon consciousness” – which in turn would “spearhead behavioural change”. According to the MPs, “awareness is crucial if behaviours are to change.”

Be interesting to see how this affects the wealthy, if at all, and how many loopholes and workarounds there will be for them.

Save the planet, fuck the people seems to be the message these days. I’m sure many of these loons considered Hitler to be on the right path with his Eugenics programme.  Nazi Germany did wonders for the human races global carbon footprint, I’m sure.

Malthus et al would have been proud.





May 28, 2008