The biggest problem of the government’s new proposed measures to give security services the ability to intercept all our emails, phone calls, blogs and other forms of communication is how these security services exonerate themselves for their own illegal practices because of such measures. There was never an inquest into the death of weapons’ inspector, Dr David Kelly, a legal requirement. We don’t know why. Some of us are still fighting for justice into this unexplainable death. It appears that Thames Valley Police have already been illegally involved in tapping into a website concerned with getting an inquest into Dr Kelly’s death, without these new proposed measures.
More recently it has emerged that to evaluate what happened in the death of Mark Duggan, shot in the back of a taxi by an armed policeman, there may now be no inquest even though at the time of his death that was still a requirement by law. The argument of the security services is that it might throw light onto what surveillance measures were being used by the police at the time that they shot him. To extend the powers of the police and security services is a charter for special services’ cover-ups.
The death of Mark Duggan triggered the riots in Tottenham, not so much because a youth was shot by the police, but because the police lied by claiming he had pulled a gun on them first. Nobody in Tottenham believed the police version, according to the many online posts. Furthermore the riots, as we all know, spread in a copycat manner to many other parts of the country and all because of police ineptitude.
It was the same with the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, another unnecessary shooting of an unarmed man, and not even a suspect or a criminal. Imagine what kinds of cover-ups can be concocted if sworn evidence is no longer presented in court or is not available in the public domain because it might ‘jeopardise national security’. All the decisions are going to come from the Grand Lodge. It’s a frightening prospect. Those of us who remember the Soviet Union and its scrutiny and exploitation of individuals might well see some similarities in the new proposed measures. Protest for your rights.