Statewatch News Online, 1 August 2011: UK: Report your local anarchist

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  1. UK: Report your local anarchist
  2. EU: Small steps to big brother: the development of the Visa Information System and SIS II
  3. EU-COSI: Council: Standing Committee on operational cooperation on internal security for the period January 2010 – June 2011
  4. EU: TURKEY: UK Home Affairs Select Committee: Implications for the Justice and Home Affairs area of the accession of Turkey on JHA
  5. TURKEY: Turkey battles to keep control of its army
  6. EU: ACP-EU COTONOU AGREEMENT
  7. EU: NORWAY MASS KILLINGS: Council Press release
  8. Ground the Drones: Together we can stop the escalating use of armed unmanned aircraft: A Week of Action
  9. UK: Restraining technique used by officials ‘increases risk of death
  10. EU-COE-ECHR-ACCESSION: Final version
  11. EU: Latest trilogue: Draft Report on the Proposal for a Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings
  12. EU-SCHENGEN: France and Italy acted against ‘spirit’ of EU’s border laws
  13. UK: London Metropolitan University: ?Suspect Communities??
  14. UK: Home Affairs Select Committee report: Unauthorised tapping into or hacking of mobile communications
  15. EU: ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS: European Court of Justice
  16. EU: European Commission Communication: European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals
  17. UK: Police forces come together to create new regional surveillance units
  18. tatewatch Analysis: Germany: Policing popular mass protests
  19. Statewatch analysis: Germany: Berlin police chief sentenced: Eight shots were not self-defence
  20. EU: European Parliament: The anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA): an assessment

1.  UK: Report your local anarchist (Network for Police Monitoring, link):
http://networkforpolicemonitoring.org.uk/?p=344

and Anarchists should be reported, advises Westminster anti-terror police – anarchists complain of being criminalised for their beliefs (Guardian, link).
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jul/31/westminster-police-anarchist-whistleblower-advice/print

See: Counter Terrorism Focus Desk: City of Westminster: Metropolitan Police which says:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/aug/uk-met-anarchists-Griffin-Briefing.pdf

“Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy. Any information relating to anarchists should be reported to your local Police.”

2.  EU: Small steps to big brother: the development of the Visa Information System and the Schengen Information System II is back on track: VIS scheduled to “go-live” on 11 October 2011 – SIS II will be “ready for entry into operation during the first quarter of 2013”:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/aug/01eu-vis-sis.htm

3.  EU-COSI: Council of the European Union: Draft Report to the European Parliament and national Parliaments on the proceedings of the Standing Committee on operational cooperation on internal security for the period January 2010 – June 2011:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/aug/eu-council-cosi-annual-report-jan-10-jun-11-12980-11.pdf

4. EU: TURKEY and JHA: UK Home Affairs Select Committee report: Implications for the Justice and Home Affairs area of the accession of Turkey to the European Union (116 pages): http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/aug/eu-hasc-turkey-jha-report.pdf

5.  TURKEY: Turkey battles to keep control of its army (euractiv, link): “Turkey’s military and political leaders face a battle to restore order in NATO’s second-biggest army today (1 August) at a military council overshadowed by the resignation of its top four generals in protest at the jailing of hundreds of officers.”
http://www.euractiv.com/en/print/enlargement/turkey-battles-keep-control-army-news-506854

6. EU: ACP-EU COTONOU AGREEMENT: African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States: Report on the dialogue on migration and development:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/aug/eu-acp-migration.2115-11.pdf

7. EU: NORWAY MASS KILLINGS: Press release: Terrorist attack in Norway: Joint meeting of the Terrorism Working Party and COTER:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-council-norway-killings.pdf

It might have been expected that the Council Working Parties would have agreed that the EU would commit more resources to tracking far-right extremist groups. In the Europol Annual report on terrorism there were 45 defined “left-wing” attacks (in Greece, Italy and Spain) but none from the “Right-wing” – the definition of “terrorism” used excludes racist attacks and murders.

8.  Ground the Drones: Together we can stop the escalating use of armed unmanned aircraft: A Week of Action: 1st – 8th October 2011 The Drones Campaign Network comprises 17 NGOs including Statewatch: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/dones-campaign-network.pdf

9. UK: Restraining technique used by officials ‘increases risk of death – ‘Researchers say volunteers who were restrained while leaning forward in a seated position reported being unable to breathe (Guardian, link):
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jul/27/restraining-technique-increases-risk-death/print

and See: Medicine, Science and the Law (link): http://msl.rsmjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/51/3/177

10. EU-COE-ECHR-ACCESSION: Final version: 8th Working meeting of the CDDH Informal Working Group on the accession of the EU to the ECHR (CDDH-UE) with the European Commission: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-coe-echr-final.pdf
 
11. EU: EP Minutes on latest trilogue meeting between the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament: Draft Report on the Proposal for a Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-ep-trialogue-right-to-information-12-07-2011.pdf

12.  EU-SCHENGEN: France and Italy acted against ‘spirit’ of EU’s border laws (euobserver, link): “Both France and Italy acted within the law with measures taken to counter the thousands of Tunisian immigrants coming to the EU earlier this year, but they breached the “spirit” of the EU’s freedom of movement agreement, the EU commission has said.”: http://euobserver.com/9/32657?print=1
 
13. UK: London Metropolitan University: ‘Suspect Communities’? Counter-terrorism policy, the press, and the impact on Irish and Muslim communities in Britain:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/uk-london-met-suspect-communities-findings.pdf

14. UK: Home Affairs Select Committee report: Unauthorised tapping into or hacking of mobile communications (68 pages):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/uk-hasc-unauthorised-tapping-or-hacking-mobiles.pdf

15.  EU: ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS: European Court of Justice: The Court of Justice partially sets aside the judgment of the General Court and partially annuls the decisions of the Commission refusing access to certain of its internal documents relating to a closed merger procedure (Press release):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/ecj-my-travel-prel.pdf

and Full-text of judgment: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/ecj-my-travel-judgment.pdf

Concerning Article 4.3 of the EU Regulation on public access to documents: “In order to justify its refusal, the Commission must set out the specific reasons supporting the conclusion that their disclosure would seriously undermine the decision-making process of the institution and the protection of legal advice”

16. EU: European Commission Communication: European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals (COM 455):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/eu-com-integration-communication-455-11.pdf

17.  UK: Police forces come together to create new regional surveillance units – County forces act jointly to make it easier to bug suspects’ computers and phones and carry out covert investigations (Guardian, link): http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jul/25/police-forces-regional-surveillance-units/print

See also: East Midlands Technical Surveillance Unit:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/uk-emtsu-technical-surveillance-collaboration.pdf

18.  Statewatch Analysis: Germany: Policing popular mass protests: “The transport of nuclear waste at Goelben: In 1977 the village of Gorleben became a storage site for radioactive nuclear waste which is the target of regular protests – involving a large proportion of the village’s population and a large police operation.”:
http://www.statewatch.org/analyses/no-144-policing-protests-germany.pdf

19. Statewatch analysis: Germany: Berlin police chief sentenced: Eight shots were not self-defence: “It is not often that police officers face serious charges in court. The investigation into the police shooting that took the life of Dennis J. was repeatedly delayed, but did result in a trial that saw police officers sentenced for their actions. The judgement was right in principle, but disappointing in its sentence.”:
http://www.statewatch.org/analyses/no-143-berlin-police.pdf

20. EU: European Parliament: The anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA): an assessment:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/jul/ep-study-acta.pdf

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