posted on Feb, 22 2009 @ 09:23 AM
One thing you have to bear in mind, police in the UK are corrupt. The majority of police officers are law abiding and do what they are been paid to do
but within the ranks are seriously bent cops going all the way up the chain. Good cops know this but keep their mouths shut on two counts; whistle
blowing will entail the total destruction of the officer concerned by a systematic and coordinated campaign of surveillance and scrutiny of the
individual and there is no independent internal investigatory process within the police.
Tottenham and Hornsey Police stations are notorious in North London with an active police gang from the junior ranks to inspector level in CID. They
are active within the Kurdish mafia and the drug dealing networks often using them as the 'eyes' on the streets to clean up low level crimes,
burglary, car theft and general disorder while collecting on their share of organised crime takings. Any raids planned on known dealers and mafia
property is often tipped off by officers.
Crime stats in Haringey are wholly based up on disorganised and youth led criminal activity while the serious criminals being protected by police
gangs. These same police officers have contact with other centres of police crime throughout the UK making an effective shadow police force tasked
with the personal enrichment of their membership.
This move of banning photography, requested by ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers), is one of a list of special powers that has rendered the
police service untouchable, secretive and arbiters of political activity in the UK.
Yesterday the Mail on Sunday published an extensive investigation into Acpo and alleged that not only was it making vast amounts of money as a private
company – a status that seems extraordinary given the money received via the Home Office from the taxpayer – but that it had been pushing a
self-serving agenda that mimicked the governing board of a national police service, yet without the accountability and scrutiny expected in most
public bodies. The Mail called it "One of the most mysterious and powerful organisations in Britain".
At the heart of these powers and lack of accountability is money with senior officers becoming very wealthy as members of qangos such as ACPO and
various subcommittees set up by ACPO.
Few understand that ACPO is a private company, which happens to be funded by a Home Office grant and money from 44 police authorities. But despite its
important role in drafting and implementing policies that affect the fundamental freedoms of this country, ACPO is protected from freedom of
information requests and its proceedings remain largely hidden from public view. In reality ACPO is no more troubled by public scrutiny than the
Junior ranks within this shadow police police force secure income with the liberal use of the RIPA 2000 Act which allows them to set up personal
informer networks for whom they get funds to furnish housing, cars and a wage for their contacts. While details of this expenditure of moneys is
exempt under the FOIA so far I have been unable to secure information on any method of scrutiny of moneys once transferred to the 'investigating'
police officers. There is a massive opportunity for kick backs and resale of items of favour like cars and motorcycles.
For those interested in the link below, it will lead to the RIPA application form site. You find all the prerequisite forms needed to initiate an
indefinite investigation on anyone by any police officer or civil servant. Of interest is the document 'Application for Use of Direct Surveillance'
which details an entry for cash requirements. These documents only requires one signature of a civil servant of grade PO8 or a police officer at
The bottom line is, banning the photography of unimportant police officers going about their duties has nothing to do with the prevention of terrorism
or targeting by criminals but rather it is about shutting down accountability. Supposing you photograph police officers conducting a Rodney King
jamboree; you are likely to end up detained by the police under the Terrorism Act for 40 days while they systematically turn over your life then
release you having lost your job and home.
[edit on 052828p://pm2840 by masonwatcher]