Widely described as "the British FBI", the NCA is the replacement for an unwieldy, and ineffectual organisation known as SOCA, or, the Serious
Organised Crime Agency. It is made up of several branches, including a cyber crimes division (who have already made the news by arresting a London
teenager recently), border policing, economic crime, organised crime, and the CEOP branch, who protect children from online predators and
The Agency came fully online today, which leads me to ask some questions, and make some observations about the subject of law enforcement in my
nation. You see, to be less of an ineffectual bunch than those they replace, the NCA are going to have broad, vaguely defined powers, powers that our
regular police force do not have.
My questions are, why is it that the powers given to this new organisation, are so ambiguously defined? If these powers were necessary, then why were
they not given to existing forces, rather than organising some totally new group, or rebranding the old one, which is more like what is happening? And
finally, how can the people be assured that the powers that the NCA have, will not be abused, as are those of GCHQ and the intelligence services?
The police and security services in my nation have been accused of heavy handedness before now, notably during the Jean Charles de Menezes death
scandal. De Menezes, was killed after being misidentified, chased through the streets by armed police, and then shot nine times in the head on an
If the NCA have broader powers than the fellows who did that, then how are we going to ensure that those powers do not extend to blowing a mans head
to ruin, based on nothing more than a mis identification, and a persons natural reaction to being chased through the streets by armed men?
Here is a link to the website of the NCA.
And here is another link, this time to the BBC news article on the launch of the new agency.
Your thoughts ladies and gentlemen?
edit on 7-10-2013 by TrueBrit because: Grammar issues.
edit on 7-10-2013 by TrueBrit
because: Spelling and grammar corrections.