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Posted by: whitehavenagainstracism | December 15, 2010

Survival Guide For Decent Folk

Students and other demonstrators may find the following useful

In these days of us increasingly having to deal with law abiding folk who have fallen foul of the “entitled poor” and those who have learned how to use us to score points and exact revenge, I thought it would be a good idea to give out a bit of general guidance for those law abiding types who find themselves under suspicion or under arrest. It works for the bad guys so make it work for you.

Complain First

Always get your complaint in first, even if it is you who started it and you who were in the wrong. If things have gone awry and you suspect the cops are going to be called, get your retaliation in first. Ring the cops right away and allege for all you are worth. If you can work a racist or homophobic slant into it so much the better.

Make a counter allegation

Regardless of the facts, never let the other side be blameless. If they beat you to the phone, ring anyway and make a counter allegation against them. Again racism or homophobia are your friends. If you are not from a visible minority ethnic culture, may I suggest that that the phrase “You gay bastard” or similar is always useful. In extremis allege sexual assault. It gives us something to bargain with when getting the other person to drop their complaint on a quid-pro-quo basis. This is particularly good where there are no independent witnesses. When it boils down to one word against another and nobody is ‘fessing up, CPS run a mile and you, my friend, are definitely on a walk out

Never explain to the Police

If the Police arrive to lock you up, say nothing. You are a decent person and you may think that reasoning with the Police will help. “If I can only explain, they will realise it is all a horrible mistake and go away”. Wrong. We do want to talk to you on tape in an interview room but that comes later. All you are doing by trying to explain is digging yourself further in. We call that stuff a significant statement and we love it. Decent folk can’t help themselves, they think that they can talk their way out. Wrong.

Admit Nothing

To do anything more than lock you up for a few hours we need to prove a case. The easiest route to that is your admission. Without it, our case may be a lot weaker, maybe not enough to charge you with. In any case, it is always worth finding out exactly how damning the evidence is before you fall on your sword. So don’t do the decent and honourable thing and admit what you have done. Don’t even deny it or try to give your side of the story. Just say nothing. No confession and CPS are on the back foot already. They forsee a trial. They fear a trial. They are looking for any excuse to send you home free.

Keep your mouth shut

Say as little as possible to us. At the custody office desk a Sergeant will ask you some questions. It is safe to answer these. For the rest of the time, say nothing.

Claim Suicidal Thoughts

A debatable one this. Claiming to be thinking about topping yourself has several benefits. If you can keep it up, it might just bump up any compensation payable later. On the other hand you may find yourself in a paper suit with someone watching your every move.

Always always always have a solicitor

Duh. No brainer this one. Unless you know 100% for sure that your mate the solicitor does criminal law and is good at it, ask for the Duty Solicitor. They certainly do criminal law and they are good at it. Then listen to what the solicitor says and do it. Their job is to get you off without the Cops or CPS laying a glove on you if at all possible. It is what they get paid for. They are free to you. There is no down side. Now decent folks think it makes them look like they have something to hide if they ask for a solicitor. Irrelevant. Going into an interview without a solicitor is like taking a walk in Tottenham with a big gold Rolex. Bad things are very likely to happen to you. I wouldn’t do it and I interview people for a living.

Actively complain about every officer and everything they do

Did they cuff you when they brought you in? Were they rude to you? Did they racially or homophobically abuse you? Didn’t get fed? Cell too cold? You are decent folk who don’t want to make a fuss but trust me, it pays to whinge and no matter how trivial and / or poorly founded your complaint there are people who will uncritically listen to you and try and prove the complaint on your behalf. Some of them are even police officers. Nothing like a complaint to muddy the waters and suggest that you are only in court because the vindictive Cops have a grudge against you. Far fetched? Wait until your solicitor spins it in court and you come over as Ghandi.

Show no respect to the legal system or anybody working in it

You think that if you are a difficult, unpleasant, sneering, unco-operative and rude things will go badly for you and you will be in more trouble. No sirree Bob. It seems that in fact the worse you are, the easier things will go for you if, horror of horrors, you do end up convicted. Remember to fake a drink problem if you haven’t developed one as a result of dealing with us already. Magistrates and Judges do seem to like the idea that you are basically good but the naughty alcohol made you do it. They treat you better. Crazy I know but true.

So there you go, basically anything you try and do because you are decent and staightforward hurts you badly. Act like an habitual, professional, lifestyle criminal and chances are you will walk away relatively unscathed. Copy the bad guys, its what they do for a living.

http://nightjack2.wordpress.com/2008/07/24/a-survival-guide-for-decent-folk/

The above link also includes comments on the original site.

Posted by: whitehavenagainstracism | November 20, 2010

The return of Fitwatch

http://www.fitwatch.org.uk/

On Monday night we received notification that our site had been suspended due to “attempting to pervert the course of justice” due to our posting offering advice to the Millbank students. Whilst the email requesting the site be closed on the basis it was being used for “criminal activity” came from DI Paul Hoare, from the Police Central e-crime Unit, the authorisation to close was given much closer to home, by acting Detective Inspector Will Hodgeson. Hodgeson, who was involved in the first Fitwatch case, and has sat through many of our trials and appeals, evidently finally had enough and decided to shut us down.

However, through totally underestimating the power of social media, this pathetic attempt has failed miserably. Within minutes of networking what had happened, people were re-publishing the post anywhere and everywhere. There are now over 100 sites carrying the original post – we haven’t managed to count them all. We have been overwhelmed by the support and solidarity and send massive thanks to everyone who’s offered to help and reposted the information. If we haven’t replied personally, it’s only because we’ve been inundated, and haven’t had time.

This was a real attempt to squash dissent and criticism of the police, as well as attempting to stifle common sense advice to protesters subject to a witch hunt by the right wing press. The solidarity given by so many people has ensured this hasn’t happened, and has shown we can fight back. Even if we were to be arrested and prosecuted now, we would still be grateful to CO11 for the amount of publicity they’ve generated for us.

We’re back, and we’re stronger than ever.

Posted by: whitehavenagainstracism | November 20, 2010

Join the Peaceful Protest and Celebration of Multicultural Preston

Say No to the Racist EDL.
Saturday 27th November

Assemble 12 noon, Preston Fish Market (covered market, Burley Street), Preston.
Called by Preston Unite Against Fascism & Preston Trades Union Council.

On Saturday 27 November the racist English Defence League intend to hold a protest in the centre of Preston.
Where the EDL march and assemble unopposed, they have launched attacks on minority and Muslim communities. In Luton and Stoke their presence led to vicious assaults on people because of the colour of their skin.
We cannot let this happen in Preston.
We are calling on all anti-racists and anti-fascists to join us in the centre of Preston to celebrate our multicultural city, to assert our commitment to anti-racism and to let the EDL know they are not welcome here. Bring your friends, family, fellow students and workmates.
Join the Protest
The Celebration will include Music.
For more details contact 078176 88835.
Please forward.
North West Unite Against Fascism

Posted by: whitehavenagainstracism | November 16, 2010

Police Fitwatch Blog Censorship Attempt Laughed Off By Internet

Posted on November 15, 2010 by johnny void| 4 Comments

Within just a couple of hours of the news that the police had closed down the fitwatch website the piece which so offended the sensitive flowers has been blooming across the internet.

Fitwatch are a loose organisation who for several years have narked off the filth by exposing, blocking and challenging the Forward Intelligence Teams (FIT), the branch of the police used to spy on and harass protesters. If you’ve ever been on a demo or even at a community festival or football match then you may have noticed them pointing a camera at you because they’re too scared and lazy to be proper coppers.

After last weeks events at Millbank during the student demonstrations fitwatch.org.uk published some advice for those worried they had appeared in the press and may face arrest. The piece called Beating police repression after the student occupation can be read on this blog and now, thanks to the bungling Met a growing number of sites across the internet.

The fitwatch site was shut down on request of Acting Detective Inspector Will Hodgeson from CO11. Early reports suggest that this happened due to a request from the police to the site’s host complaining the site may be involved in perverting the cause of justice. This is a worrying development. Whilst we will doubtless know more tomorrow, as yet it does not seem a Court Order has been issued, which means the filth are now bullying internet hosting companies into removing material which upsets them.

The good news is that the offending piece, now being much discussed on twitter can be found at:

http://dirt.thevacuumcleaner.co.uk/2010/11/beating-police-repression-after-student.html

and here: http://norfolknonaligned.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/beating-police-repression-after-the-student-occupation/

and also at

http://bryanspygar.blogspot.com/2010/11/beating-police-repression-after-student.html

http://projectsheffield.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/httpfitwatch-org-uk-has-been-suspended/

as well as UK indymedia, Bristol indymedia and Scotland indymedia as well as being linked to on facebook pages, republished in forums etc.

And of course google.

All in just two hours, please join in, republish and show the Met the internet will not be censored. Add links to anywhere else you’ve spotted it in the comments below.

UPDATE: 12.45pm Tuesday 16th November

The post is now also available at:

http://truth-reason-liberty.blogspot.com/2010/11/police-take-fitwatch-down-as-they-go-on.html

http://bristle.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/we-are-all-fitwatch-cops-take-down-police-watchdog-website-with-wild-claims-no-evidence-spurious-legality/

http://cambridgeanarchists.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/fitwatch-org-taken-down-by-the-filth/

http://edinburghanarchists.noflag.org.uk/2010/11/fitwatch-org-uk-taken-offline-by-police/

http://www.isle-of-avalon.co.uk/fitwatch.html

http://blog.voyou.org/fitwatch-post.html

http://libcom.org/library/beating-police-repression-after-student-occupation

http://nothingiseverlost.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/beating-police-repression-after-the-student-occupationbeating-police-censorship-of-the-internet/

http://barnsdale.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/fitwatch-suspended-time-for-solidarity-make-sure-the-students-are-well-advised/

http://policestate.co.uk/articles/94

Nothern indymedia

London indymedia

http://www.urban75.net/vbulletin/forums/28-Politics-protest-and-current-affairs

http://mostlywater.org/beating_police_repression_after_student_occupation

http://identi.ca/notice/58702225

http://liverpoolsolfed.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/beating-police-repression-after-the-student-occupation/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/16/student-anti-police-website-closed?showallcomments=true#end-of-comments

http://talkingliberties.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/solidarity-with-fitwatch/

http://www.permanentrevolution.net/entry/3192

http://headstrong.me.uk/?p=126

http://auntiefarr.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/advice-for-students-at-millbank/

http://22674586.blogspot.com/2010/11/bit-sharp.html

http://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/words-of-advice-for-young-people/

http://earwicga.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/fitwatch-pass-it-on/

http://doncasteranarchist.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/advice-for-students-pass-it-on/

http://board.muse.mu/showthread.php?p=8692433

http://barefootreporting.blogspot.com/2010/11/fitwatch-closed-but-heres-their-last.html

http://anarchistmedia.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/support-fitwatch-support-the-students/

http://fitwatch.tiltingatwindmills.org.uk/

Fitwatch have said they ain’t going fucking anywhere and will be back online soon, in the meantime you can catch them on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fitwatch/103821345868

Posted by: whitehavenagainstracism | November 16, 2010

Humiliated Met police is an enemy of free speech.

The remarkable and brilliant student action at Millbank has produced some
predictable frothing at the mouth from the establishment and right wing
press. Cameron has called for the ‘full weight of the law’ to fall on
those who had caused tens of thousands of pounds of damage to the
expensive decor at Tory party HQ. Responsibility is being placed on ‘a
violent faction’, after the march was ‘infiltrated’ by anarchists.

There are an encouraging number of intiatives to show solidarity with the
arrested students – something that is vital if they are to avoid the sort
of punitive ‘deterrent’ sentences handed out to the Gaza demonstrators. A
legal support group has been established and the National Campaign against
Cuts and Fees has started a support campaign. Goldsmiths lecturers union
has publicly commended the students for a ‘magnificent demonstration’ .

This is all much needed, as the establishment is clearly on the march with
this one. The Torygraph has published an irresponsible and frenzied
‘shop-a-student’ piece and the Met are clearly under pressure to produce
‘results’ after what they have admitted was a policing ‘embarrassment’.

51 people have been arrested so far, and the police have claimed they took
the details of a further 250 people in the kettle using powers under the
Police Reform Act. There may be more arrests to come.

Students who are worried should consider taking the following actions:

If you have been arrested, or had your details taken – contact the legal
support campaign. As a group you can support each other, and mount a
coherent campaign.

If you fear you may be arrested as a result of identification by CCTV, FIT
or press photography;

DONT panic. Press photos are not necessarily conclusive evidence, and just
because the police have a photo of you doesn’t mean they know who you are.

DONT hand yourself in. The police often use the psychological pressure of
knowing they have your picture to persuade you to ‘come forward’. Unless
you have a very pressing reason to do otherwise, let them come and find
you, if they know who you are.

DO get rid of your clothes. There is no chance of suggesting the bloke in
the video is not you if the clothes he is wearing have been found in your
wardrobe. Get rid of ALL clothes you were wearing at the demo, including
YOUR SHOES, your bag, and any distinctive jewellery you were wearing at
the time. Yes, this is difficult, especially if it is your only warm coat
or decent pair of boots. But it will be harder still if finding these
clothes in your flat gets you convicted of violent disorder.

DONT assume that because you can identify yourself in a video, a judge
will be able to as well. ‘That isn’t me’ has got many a person off before
now.

DO keep away from other demos for a while. The police will be on the
look-out at other demos, especially student ones, for people they have put
on their ‘wanted’ list. Keep a low profile.

DO think about changing your appearance. Perhaps now is a good time for a
make-over. Get a haircut and colour, grow a beard, wear glasses. It isn’t
a guarantee, but may help throw them off the scent.

DO keep your house clean. Get rid of spray cans, demo related stuff, and
dodgy texts / photos on your phone. Don’t make life easy for them by
having drugs, weapons or anything illegal in the house.

DO get the name and number of a good lawyer you can call if things go
badly. The support group has the names of recommended lawyers on their
site. Take a bit of time to read up on your rights in custody, especially
the benefits of not commenting in interview.

DO be careful who you speak about this to. Admit your involvement in
criminal damage / disorder ONLY to people you really trust.

DO try and control the nerves and panic. Waiting for a knock on the door
is stressful in the extreme, but you need to find a way to get on with
business as normal.

Otherwise you’ll be serving the sentence before you are even arrested.

FUCK THE POLICE PASS IT ON PLEASE:

Posted by: whitehavenagainstracism | November 16, 2010

Fitwatch closed, but here’s their last post

The Metropolitan Police have closed Fitwatch:

Here’s their last post:

=======

Resisting the Forward Intelligence Teams – the cops who harass protesters

Fitwatch website has been suspended for “attempting to pervert the course of justice” after host were contacted by the Met. Pass On PLEASE This is all we know at this time.. If you saved know any one who saved any content please please get in touch..

The Blog was suspended on request of Acting Detective Inspector Will Hodgeson from CO11 as part of Op Malone.

The cops always give fucking stupid names to their operations to find rioters so in the tradition of OPERATION CARNABY to find the poll tax rioters the hunt for the Millbank rioters is named OPERATION MALONE. Private Eye had it right in the 80s when they named the police operation that led to the Brixton riots OPERATION WOGSMASHER.

More information and new web address to follow soon.

Fitwatch – e-mail: info@fitwatch.org

http://webcache.googleusercontent.co…client=mozilla

After last weeks events at Millbank during the student demonstrations fitwatch.com published some advice for those worried they had appeared in the press and may face arrest. The piece called Beating police repression after the student occupation can be read on this blog http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com and now, thanks to the bungling Met a growing number of sites across the internet.

The piece has been removed and the fitwatch site closed down on request of Acting Detective Inspector Will Hodgeson from http://twitter.com/#!/CO11MetPolice. Early reports suggest that this was happened due to a request from the police to the site’s host complaining the site by be involved in perverting the cause of justice. This is a worrying development. Whilst we will doubtless know more tomorrow, as yet it does not seem a Court Order had been issued which means the filth are now bullying internet hosting companies into removing material which upsets them. The Police say they requested #fitwatch domain hosts – JustHost.com you mean intimidated them to take it down.

The good news is that the offending piece can be found at:

http://dirt.thevacuumcleaner.co.uk/2010/11/beating-police-repression-after-student.html

http://norfolknonaligned.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/beating-police-repression-after-the-student-occupation/

http://bryanspygar.blogspot.com/2010/11/beating-police-repression-after-student.html
http://truth-reason-liberty.blogspot.com/2010/11/police-take-fitwatch-down-as-they-go-on.html

http://barnsdale.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/fitwatch-suspended-time-for-solidarity-make-sure-the-students-are-well-advised

http://ianbone.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/sussex-university-occupied/

The remarkable and brilliant student action at Millbank has produced some predictable frothing at the mouth from the establishment and right wing press. Cameron has called for the ‘full weight of the law’ to fall on those who had caused tens of thousands of pounds of damage to the expensive decor at Tory party HQ. Responsibility is being placed on ‘a violent faction’, after the march was ‘infiltrated’ by anarchists.

There are an encouraging number of intiatives to show solidarity with the arrested students – something that is vital if they are to avoid the sort of punitive ‘deterrent’ sentences handed out to the Gaza demonstrators. A legal support group has been established and the National Campaign against Cuts and Fees has started a support campaign. Goldsmiths lecturers union has publicly commended the students for a ‘magnificent demonstration’ .

This is all much needed, as the establishment is clearly on the march with this one. The Torygraph has published an irresponsible and frenzied ‘shop-a-student’ piece and the Met are clearly under pressure to produce ‘results’ after what they have admitted was a policing ‘embarrassment’.

51 people have been arrested so far, and the police have claimed they took the details of a further 250 people in the kettle using powers under the Police Reform Act. There may be more arrests to come.

Students who are worried should consider taking the following actions:

If you have been arrested, or had your details taken – contact the legal support campaign. As a group you can support each other, and mount a coherent campaign.

If you fear you may be arrested as a result of identification by CCTV, FIT or press photography;

DONT panic. Press photos are not necessarily conclusive evidence, and just because the police have a photo of you doesn’t mean they know who you are.

DONT hand yourself in. The police often use the psychological pressure of knowing they have your picture to persuade you to ‘come forward’. Unless you have a very pressing reason to do otherwise, let them come and find you, if they know who you are.

DO get rid of your clothes. There is no chance of suggesting the bloke in the video is not you if the clothes he is wearing have been found in your wardrobe. Get rid of ALL clothes you were wearing at the demo, including YOUR SHOES, your bag, and any distinctive jewellery you were wearing at the time. Yes, this is difficult, especially if it is your only warm coat or decent pair of boots. But it will be harder still if finding these clothes in your flat gets you convicted of violent disorder.

DONT assume that because you can identify yourself in a video, a judge will be able to as well. ‘That isn’t me’ has got many a person off before now.

DO keep away from other demos for a while. The police will be on the look-out at other demos, especially student ones, for people they have put on their ‘wanted’ list. Keep a low profile.

DO think about changing your appearance. Perhaps now is a good time for a make-over. Get a haircut and colour, grow a beard, wear glasses. It isn’t a guarantee, but may help throw them off the scent.

DO keep your house clean. Get rid of spray cans, demo related stuff, and dodgy texts / photos on your phone. Don’t make life easy for them by having drugs, weapons or anything illegal in the house.

DO get the name and number of a good lawyer you can call if things go badly. The support group has the names of recommended lawyers on their site. Take a bit of time to read up on your rights in custody, especially the benefits of not commenting in interview.

DO be careful who you speak about this to. Admit your involvement in criminal damage / disorder ONLY to people you really trust.

DO try and control the nerves and panic. Waiting for a knock on the door is stressful in the extreme, but you need to find a way to get on with business as normal.

Otherwise you’ll be serving the sentence before you are even arrested.
The role of the police is not to “keep the peace,” or even to “uphold the law.” It is to ensure that the balance of power is maintained and that dissent remains containable and controllable. If our goal is to resist the attacks upon our class, rather than simply appear to do so, then we must also resist police repression and show solidarity with all who suffer it.

As well as UK indymedia, Bristol indymedia and Scotland indymedia as well as being linked to on facebook pages, republished in forums etc.

And of course google.

All in just two hours, please join in, republish and show the Met the internet will not be censored. Add links to anywhere else you’ve spotted it in the comments below.

Fitwatch have said they ain’t going fucking anywhere and will be back online soon, in the meantime you can catch them on facebook

this post can also be found here:

The article that apparently disturbed the cops so much can now be found on the following sites…

projectsheffield.wordpress.com

dirt.thevacuumcleaner.co.uk

norfolknonaligned.wordpress.com

bryanspygar.blogspot.com

truth-reason-liberty.blogspot.com

barnsdale.wordpress.com

johhnyvoid.wordpress.com

policestate.co.uk

libcom.org

permanentrevolution.net

urban75.net

bristle.wordpress.com

cambridgeanarchists.wordpress.com

edinburghanarchists.noflag.org.uk

isle-of-avalon.co.uk

blog.voyou.org

thanks to http://fitwatch.tiltingatwindmills.org.uk/2010/11/16/more-on-the-fitwatch-website-closure/

Posted by: whitehavenagainstracism | November 16, 2010

Met closes down anti-police blog

Scotland Yard has forced the closure of an anti-police blog which was being used to disseminate advice to protesters pictured at the student fees demonstration.

The website Fitwatch was suspended after the its hosting company received contact from C011, the Metropolitan’s public order branch, stating that the blog was “being used to undertake criminal activities”.

The move appears to have taken place after a blog posted on the website gave guidance to students who feared they might be arrested for their involvement in the occupation of the Millbank office complex, which houses the Tory party headquarters.

A largely peaceful march against the proposed increase in tuition fees turned violent on Wednesday when a minority of the 50,000 students targeted Millbank.

Around 200 entered the building and some accessed the roof. During a period of rioting, windows and furniture were smashed and, in the most serious act of violence, a fire extinguisher was thrown towards police from the roof.

The Fitwatch blogpost, which last night had reappeared on several other websites, recommended that students “get rid” of clothes they wore at the demonstration and change their appearance.

“Perhaps now is a good time for a makeover,” said the post. “Get a haircut and colour, grow a beard, wear glasses. It isn’t a guarantee, but may help throw them off the scent.”

Hours later, the Met’s “e-crime unit” informed Fitwatch’s website hosting service – JustHost.com – that the blog was being used to attempt to pervert the course of justice by providing guidance to “offenders”.

“We hereby request [you] de-host this website for a minimum period of 12 months,” it said in a letter seen by the Guardian. “The website is providing explicit advice to offenders following a major demonstration in central London.

“The demonstration was marred by violence and several subjects have already been arrested, with a major police operation under way to identify and arrest further offenders.”

The letter stated that authority to close “the website and IP address” had been given by Will Hodgeson, an acting detective inspector at C011.

The Telegraph and the rightwing blogger Guido Fawkes both launched campaigns last week to identify student protesters, posting photographs of activists they suggested had been involved in criminal activity.

Criticising the campaign as “an irresponsible and frenzied ‘shop-a-student'” initiative, Fitwatch yesterday issued its own advice to students who might be “worried” that they would become suspects because of their involvement in the demonstration.

The guidance ranged from suggesting that students contact a lawyer or stay away from demonstrations for a while, to advising them to get rid of clothes they were wearing at the protests, as well as spray cans and “dodgy texts/photos on your phone”.

The post added: “The police often use the psychological pressure of knowing they have your picture to persuade you to ‘come forward’. Unless you have a very pressing reason to do otherwise, let them come and find you, if they know who you are.”

Fitwatch was set up in 2007 by protesters seeking to oppose what they saw as objectionable surveillance tactics used by Forward Intelligence Teams (FITs), who use cameras to monitor political activists.

The site has proved controversial among public order police officers, who found their own names, badge numbers and photos uploaded on the internet as an act of retaliation.

The Fitwatch website was hosted by Emily Apple, 34, who said last night that closure amounted to “political intimidation”. “It seems convenient that they have taken it down now,” she said, referring to recent anti-police blogposts on the site.

“Nothing in that post [giving guidance to student protesters] has not been said before on our blog or on other sites.”

Val Swain, 44, another Fitwatch campaigner, said the post had been been a direct response to what she called the Telegraph’s “rogues’ gallery” and was never intended to divulge information that was not already “well known”.

She added: “It was tantamount in my view to a lawyer saying to their client: you can say ‘no comment’ in the police interview.

Posted by: whitehavenagainstracism | November 25, 2009

Please join us on December 4, 2009 for the Day of Blogging for Justice!

Please join us on December 4, 2009 for the Day of Blogging for Justice!

Americans Tortured To Death

In just five days since I last updated the list of Taser deaths in the United States there has been a further three US citizens tortured to death by Taser. Here are their names:

Nov 16, 2009, Matthew Bolick, 30, Caucasian, East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Nov 19, 2009, Jesus Gillard, 61, Black, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Nov 21, 2009, Ronald Petruney, 49, Race: Unknown, Washington, Pennsylvania

May they all rest in peace.

Calling all Americans

Close your eyes to this and you or one of your loved ones may be the next victim. Even if they do not die they will experience what can only be described as torture. The pain of 50,000 volts is excruciating. So open your eyes and your mind and take action. Petition Congress Now – go here.

Calling all Bloggers worldwide

As far as I can see the United States has the worst abuses of the Taser but Americans are not alone. Amongst others Canada and the United Kingdom are experiencing Taser abuse as well.

According to the Times Online: “More than 13,400 law enforcement, correctional and military agencies in 44 countries now use Taser guns, according to Taser International’s website. They are available to more than 375,000 police officers. In addition, more than 180,000 Tasers have been sold to private citizens.”

If you own a blog join us for a day of action in protest at Taser abuse. Here’s what you can do:

* Register your interest at the link below. (there’s a selfish reason to do this see below)
* Write at least one article for posting on December 4.
* Post the link below publicising the event. Do that now.
* Publicise your blog link via Twitter and other social media sites.
* Spread the word via forums and other blogs.

Please join us on December 4, 2009 for the Day of Blogging for Justice!

Some things to help you:

The code to cut and paste the above invitation and link into your blog or web site:
Please join us on December 4, 2009 for the Day of Blogging for Justice!

Researching Taser abuse: On the page where you register to support the event there is a list of blogs who are participating and links to other blogs where you can research Taser abuse.

The selfish reason: If the shocking toll of Taser torture and death isn’t enough to prompt you to join here’s a selfish reason. Back-links help your blog and web site to rank in search engines. Ranking better in search engines gets you traffic.

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Posted by: whitehavenagainstracism | October 22, 2009

BNP on Question Time – Report

posted by: Nick Lowles of Hope Not Hate on: Thursday, 22 October 2009, 22:12

This is what I have received from a HnH supporter in the audience:

Nick Griffin got a political roasting at Question Time this evening. He squirmed, fidgeted and avoided key questions.

The first question was whether it was fair that the BNP hijacked Churchill. Jack Straw answered first by saying that Britain would not have won WW1 and WW2 without the contribution and sacrifice of black and Asian people. He said that Britain defeated a party based on race like the BNP. The BNP defines itself by race – that distinguishes it from every other party. All other parties have a moral compass. Nazism didn’t and neither does the BNP.

Jack Straw talked about a town in France where in the commonwealth war graves are hundreds of Asians from Blackburn.

Nick Griffin then said Churchill would have been in the BNP. He said that his hostility to Islam described Churchill as Islamaphoibic by today’s standards.

Then came one of the best interventions, surprisingly enough from a member of the audience. Griffin was told that immigrants had made massive contribution to this country. “The BNP absolute disgrace. …You are trying to poison politics.. What you stand for is disgusting.”

There were huge applause.

Griffin claimed that many of the quotes attributed to him in the Dominic Carman interview, carried this morning in the Daily Mail, was false. He was pressed by David Dimbleby to explain which were false. Griffin could only say that there was too many to mention.

Griffin lied and lied again. He said that he was never a Nazi. He sidestepped questions about the Holocaust, though he was picked up by Dimbleby for smirking whilst answering the question. “Why are you smirking? It’s not a laughing matter.”

It was at this part that Jack Straw whipped out a copy of Holocaust News and waved it around saying that a leading member of Griffin’s party was behind this.

The audience was strongly against Griffin. One person asked him where he should be sent back to, given that he was born here. He then went on to say that many people in the audience would happily do a whip round to pay for Griffin and his party tickets to travel to the South Pole.

Baroness Warsi quoted the BNP’s Head of Publicity, Mark Collett, saying Churchill led us into pointless wars. Bonnie Greer said that Churchill’s ancestral past meant he could not have joined the BNP.

A member of the audience said that Enoch Powell’s views were identical to those of Griffin. This was echoed by Lib Dem Chris Huhne, who said that the BNP looked for scapegoats. “It’s what Enoch Powell did. We had this in the 1930s against the Jews, in the 1960s against the Blacks and now Griffin against immigrants.

Griffin repeatedly lied. He claimed that it was he who took the BNP away from its anti-semitic and nazi past. He then said “I am the most loathed man among Nazis in Britain.”

Several people made the point that Griffin said one thing in public but another in private. Jack Straw made reference to internal BNP documents about playing down their true views in public. Even Dimbleby mentioned an appearance in the US where Griffin said that “instead of talking about racial purity we talk about identity”

When pressed about the presence at the meeting of former KKK leader David Duke, Griffin replied that “I shared a platform with a non violent member of the KKK.” The audience rightly laughed at his stupidity. Griffin went on to say that Duke also regarded him as a sell out.

Griffin was now getting very nervous. In fact, he was even shaking. He was under full attack from all and the more nervous he got the more he smirked and the more stupid he looked.

Jack Straw summed it up. “We have seen that the moment anyone puts an uncomfortable quote to him he wriggles. I have seen his quotes on You Tube. He wants to wriggle out of it.

“The BNP have a manual to tell them how to speak. The language and concepts displiline manual. They are the only party who have to tell their party not to be racist.

“Griffin is the Dr Strangelove of British politics. (He tries to control his extremist politics but he can’t stop himself like the peter sellers character).”

Everyone was falling about laughing.

A member of the audience asked why Griffin hated Islam. He replied that it treats women as second class citizens. He admitted that it had “good points” but does not fit in with fundamental values of British society. “My policy on Islam is a truce with Islam. We should leave countries alone and ensure if Muslims stay here they do so understanding we are a British country. Britain must always remain a fundamentally Christian country.”

Baroness Warsi said that Griffin is a “confused man”, reminding the audience that he shared platform with Abu Hamza and had visited Colonel Gaddafi. “He is a thoroughly deceptive man. He is here to demonise Islam.”

On a question about immigration Griffin attacked the multicultural programme which he claimed had been imposed by the liberal elite. He spoke of the “indigenous Britons.”

Straw asked him if he meant “white?”

Griffin replied that the English, Scots, Irish and Welsh were “aborigines”. He said that the majority of the British people were ignored, saying that they felt shut out in our country.

The final question was whether it had been a good week for the BNP. Straw was the last to respond, saying that Nick Griffin was a “fantasising conspiracy theorist.”

And an idiot to boot. The audience almost universally laughed and mocked Griffin at the end.

Original source here

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