British police spying cover-up

This video from Canada says about itself:

Quebec launches commission of inquiry into police spying on journalists

4 November 2016

Probe will have powers of a commission, including ability to call witnesses and hold public hearings. To read more: here.

By Conrad Landin in Britain:

Cops deleted files to cover up hacks

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Whistleblower reveals spying on journalists and campaigners

UNDERCOVER cops deleted files from a police database to cover up the hacking of campaigners’ emails, a police whistleblower has alleged.

Officers reportedly deleted the files in May 2014 to conceal the fact that a police instructed operative had spied on journalists and environmental and social justice campaigners.

Scotland Yard’s national domestic extremism and disorder intelligence unit, which was behind the spying, is one of a number of covert squads under the scope of the upcoming Pitchford undercover policing inquiry.

Green peer Jenny Jones, who has raised the alarm about officers shredding files relating to her own surveillance, was provided with the information by the whistleblower in a letter, her spokesman confirmed to the Star yesterday.

Ms Jones’s lawyers confirmed with six of the 10 targeted activists that their email usernames and passwords were the same as those the whistleblower had stated.

Ms Jones then referred the whistleblower’s letter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and the public inquiry team.

“The personal information within the letter is accurate and it could only have been obtained illegally,” she said.

“There is more than enough to justify a full-scale criminal investigation into the activities of these police officers and referral to a public inquiry.

“I have urged the IPCC to act quickly to secure further evidence and to find out how many people were victims of this nasty practice.”

An IPCC spokesman said the agency was “still assessing the scope of the investigation” and could not make further comment.

The whistleblower, who formerly worked for the covert unit, said passwords had been passed on by a “covert human intelligence source,” a term agencies use for their spies.

According to the Guardian newspaper, the unit worked with police in India who used hackers to illegally obtain passwords.

The upcoming inquiry will consider abusive practices including the deception of women activists into relationships with officers, and spying on trade unionists.

Inquiry chairman Sir Christopher Pitchford said: “I welcome Baroness Jones’s decision to bring these allegations to the attention of the inquiry.

“In my view, the IPCC is undoubtedly the right body to investigate … At present the inquiry is unaware of any connection between the allegations in this letter and the inquiry’s terms of reference.

“We would welcome the opportunity to speak with the author of the letter and I would urge that person to contact the inquiry on terms of confidentiality.”

British wildlife in 2016

This video from Britain says about itself:

What did 2016 mean for wildlife?

3 January 2017

Another year of unsettled weather has seen extraordinary grass growth – good for livestock and hay making, but bad for many plants and insects which like short turf grassland.

Find out how the National Trust is working to protect special places and the wildlife that lives there: here.

Stand Up to Trump coalition founded in Britain

This video from England says about itself:

4 February 2017

In response to the xenophobic and racist executive order signed by Donald Trump, the new president of United States of America, which immediately barred entry to the US to any national of countries (namely Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen) which have been most damaged by past and present US adventurism and violence sponsored by the US government or its allies or carried out directly by the US military and/or those of its allies, regardless of whether these nationals were US residents/citizens, protests erupted around the world.

Following a nationwide round of protests on 30th of January 2017, around the UK, a second round of protests were held, in London, on the 4th of February 2017, as a repeat show of public disapproval of the executive order as well as disapproval of the reaction of United Kingdom’s prime minister, Theresa May, who had already invited Donald Trump to a state visit to the UK and refused to rebuke the executive order, which was signed by Trump shortly after her visit with him at the White House, where they were photographed holding hands while walking together.

This video shows highlights of protests held at the US embassy in London, followed by a march toward Whitehall, and further protests opposite Downing Street (the UK prime minister’s official residence).

Some of the common slogans shouted by demonstrators were:

No hate. No fear. Refugees are welcome here,
Say it loud. Say it clear. Refugees are welcome here,
Say it loud. Say it clear. Donald Trump’s not welcome here,
Theresa May, shame on you,
Shame on you Theresa (May), Fascist appeaser,
No ban. No wall. Equality for all,
No state visit.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Trump visit sparks huge coalition against him

Saturday 11th February 2017

DONALD TRUMP’S proposed state visit has given birth to the “biggest coalition since the height of the anti-war movement.”

Representatives of the TUC, Momentum, Stop the War, the People’s Assembly, unions and religious and community groups gathered in London to launch the Stand Up to Trump coalition at the National Union of Teachers’ central London headquarters yesterday.

Unite’s Andrew Murray reminded the gathering that it united around three basic points: to campaign for the state visit invitation to be revoked, for the British government to disassociate itself with the US president and to demonstrate against the state visit if it goes ahead.

Stop the War spokesman John Rees told the Star: “We oppose Trump as he is an equal opportunities hater. He hates women, black people, Mexicans, Muslims, disabled people, gay people and working-class people.

“But the paradox is that it gives us the opportunity to build the widest possible opposition to Trump.”

And People’s Assembly national secretary Sam Fairbairn said: “This is the broadest coalition of organisations coming together since the height of the anti-war movement.”

A national Stand Up to Trump organising summit will be held at Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London on Saturday February 18. And there are plans for a nationwide day of action during February 20’s parliamentary debate on the visit.

British pro-badger children, ‘terrorists’?

This video from England is called Chester Badger Cull Protest March 10th Dec 2016 filmed by Diane Bartlett.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Ofsted puts pressure on teachers to report kids

Thursday 2nd February 2017

CHILDREN are being referred to the government’s anti-terror programme Prevent by teachers who fear their schools will be marked down by Ofsted, MPs heard yesterday.

The warning came from Tory MP Lucy Allan, also a school governor, who led a Westminster Hall debate on the implementation of the government’s Prevent strategy, which has been condemned as racist.

For focusing on Muslims, while letting white supremacists off the hook. Somewhat like Donald Trump’s new plans on ‘terrorism’ in the USA.

She said teachers are dreaming up scenarios which might justify referring a pupil as schools now have a legal duty to prevent children being drawn into terrorism.

Children who have been taken on anti-badger-cull marches or Fathers4Justice demonstrations are being suggested for referral, Ms Allan warned.

She said it is clear the government’s flagship anti-terror strategy “is not working” and felt to be intrusive by the communities affected.

Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi said Prevent is a waste of money and time, and is stigmatising communities.

Ban Donald Trump, Britons say

This video from England says about itself:

UK: 40,000 protest against Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ in London

30 January 2017

Over 40,000 people flooded the streets of London on Monday to protest against U.S President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. In reaction to the ban, protesters are demanding that Trump be banned from entering the U.K for state visits.

Protesters took to the streets denouncing Trump, holding sings such as “Let them in” … .

At the time of writing, some 1.5 million people signed an official U.K. petition calling for Donald Trump to be prevented from making official state visits to the UK.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Britain tells May: keep Trump out

Tuesday 31st January 2017

Millions want billionaire bigot blocked from state visit

PRESSURE mounted on Theresa May to pull the plug on Donald Trump’s state visit yesterday after a petition to bar her new pal from Britain sailed past the one million mark.

The petition, which smashed the 100,000 figure required to trigger a debate in Parliament within hours, comes as Theresa May faces a backlash with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leading calls for the invitation to be withdrawn.

Ms May was met by an angry crowd chanting: “No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA,” as she left Brexit talks in Cardiff yesterday.

In an earlier statment the PM said she was “very happy” to invite Mr Trump for the visit despite the growing outrage over his travel ban.

Thousands gathered for demonstrations across the country last night as Jeremy Corbyn slammed Mr Trump’s controversial travel ban as outrageous, illegal and immoral.

The Labour leader wrote to Ms May again urging her to withdraw her invitation, pointing out that Mr Trump’s policy breaches the 1951 Refugee Convention, committing Britain, the US and 142 other states to accept refugees without regard to their race, religion or country of origin.

He said MPs and the public were “shocked and appalled by [her] inability to stand up for the values of rule of law, human rights and religious liberty” be refusing to rescind the invite.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was grilled in the Commons as his Labour counterpart Emily Thornberry stormed: “When it comes to human rights, when it comes to women’s rights, when it comes to torture and the treatment of minorities, President Trump is already descending down a very dangerous slope.”

And Dennis Skinner accused the government of walking “hand in hand with another fascist, Trump” and demanded Mr Johnson “ban the visit.”

GMB equality officer Kamaljeet Jandu slammed Mr Johnson’s “waffling response” to the travel ban as “inadequate and insulting” saying it will “lead to more racial violence and abuse of Muslims and people of colour in Britain.”

Terror experts warned that Mr Trump’s travel ban would be exploited by the far right and Islamist extremists.

Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation David Anderson QC said: “The far right and separatist Islamists both promote the myth that Muslims cannot integrate into Western society.

“This travel ban will be used by both groups in service of that agenda.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband agreed, telling Radio 4’s World At One programme the ban would be a recruiting tool for Isis: “I don’t believe the state visit can go ahead in these circumstances.”

Downing Street said its position had not changed. “An invitation has been extended and accepted,” a spokesman said.

Tens Of Thousands Of Brits Take To The Streets To Protest Trump’s Travel Ban. But demonstrators were also frustrated with British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticizing her for not speaking out against the U.S. president’s executive order: here.

USA: Golden State Warriors [basketball] coach Steve Kerr expressed dismay over President Donald Trump’s executive order that bans citizens of seven majority Muslim countries from entering the United States. Kerr spoke about the administration’s travel ban following a 113-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night, calling it a “horrible idea.” “As someone whose family member was a victim of terrorism, having lost my father, if we’re trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country, by really going against the principles of what our country’s about and creating fear, it’s the wrong way to go about it,” Kerr said: here.