Direct Action and the British State By Craig MURRAY

8 October 2018 — Craig Murray

The draconian sentencing to jail of anti-fracking activists for non-violent direct action has received insufficient attention. It is a confident state that can undertake to bring back a level of repression not seen for decades – eight decades, in fact, since environmental activists received this kind of lengthy jail sentence, despite generations of tree climbing and road blocking.

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1st Amendment Victory in Goodman v. St. Paul, MN Police

5 October 2011 — Center for Constitutional Rights

Yesterday, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) with co-counsel Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York and Albert Goins in Minneapolis, celebrated a landmark settlement in Goodman v. St. Paul, a federal lawsuit brought by Democracy Now! journalists Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, and Nicole Salazar against the Minneapolis-St. Paul police departments and the U.S. Secret Service, arising from law enforcement’s unlawful arrest and use of excessive of force during the journalists’ coverage of protests and demonstrations around the 2008 Republic National Convention (RNC). Learn more about the case here.

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Speeches from Statewatching Europe: Civil Liberties, the State and the EU

29 September 2011 — Statewatch

European conference marking Statewatch’s 20th anniversary
http://www.statewatch.org/conference/videos/index.html

Statewatchs 20th anniversary conference was held at Conway Hall in London on Saturday 25th June 2011. More than 220 people from 18 EU countries registered and over 30 NGOs attended the conference.

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Statewatch News Online, No 2 of 2: 13 July 2011 (19/11)

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  1. ITALY: Statewatch Analysis: Italy: Series of defeats in court for the ‘security package’
  2. UK: Still spooked – Greater emphasis on the Channel project in the revised Prevent strategy gives much cause for concern
  3. EU: Statewatch Analysis: ?The Dialogue for Migration, Mobility and Security with the Southern Mediterranean countries
  4. EU: Council of the European Union: Frontex
  5. EU: Council of the European Union: Minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals
  6. EU: Meijers Committee Opinion on: Use of PNR data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime
  7. EU: Fundamental Rights Agency Report: Migrants in an irregular situation employed in domestic work
  8. EU: “SMART BORDERS”: Commission Background Note
  9. EU: Council of the European Union: Implementing the infamous Returns Directive: Questionnaire
  10. EU: Council of the European Union: Polish, Danish and Cyprus Presidencies: JHA External Relations
  11. COE-EU-ECHR: Draft final agreement: Accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights
  12. EU: 1st reading trilogue discussions between the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament
  13. EU-ACTA: Opinion of European Academics on Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
  14. EU: Council of the European Union: Provisional agendas for Council meetings, during the second semester of 2011

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Statewatch News Online, No 1 of 2: 13 July 2011 (18/11)

  1. EU: Statewatch Analysis: The Frontex Regulation – Consolidated text after 2011 amendments
  2. EU “SMART BORDERS”?: Frontex Call for Tender: “Rapid Deployment Unattended Ground Sensor systems for Land border surveillance”
  3. EU: Council of the European Union: ECRIS and Prum
  4. EU: Member States to be bound by new security rules, Parliament adopts same restrictions
  5. UPDATED: EU: Council of the European Union: Informal Justice and Home Affairs Council
  6. EU: Appeal: A flotilla to stop deaths in the Mediterranean
  7. EU: European Data Protection Supervisor: EDPS safeguards for online behavioural advertising
  8. EU: European Arrest Warrant (EAWs): Updated figures
  9. EU: Council of the European Union: Classified information, COSI (Internal Security), IMS, JAI-EX, Pirates, Customs, JHA Presdiencies
  10. European Parliament Study: EU Bodies Competent in the Area of Police and Judicial Cooperation
  11. EU: European Commission: Progress Report on the development of the Second Generation SIS II
  12. EU: Statewatch Briefing: ECRE Call for a harmonised and upgraded Common European Asylum System
  13. UK-ECHR: United Kingdom required to investigate deaths of six civilians killed in Iraq in 2003

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Statewatch News Online, 30 March 2011 (09/11)

30 March 2011

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1.    EU: Council of the European Union: FRONTEX: Proposal for a Regulation
2.    EU: Council of the European Union: Handbook on EU-U.S. Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition Agreements (MLATs)
3.    EU: Council of the European Union: Includes FRONTEX information exchanges with EU agencies and Member States
4.    EU-UK: HoL Select Committee on EU: The United Kingdom opt-in to the Passenger Name Record directive
5.    UK: Sixth police spy in protest movement unmasked
6.    UK: Parliamentary Joint Human Rights Committee: Facilitating peaceful protests
7.    EU Classified Information (EUCI): Agreement extending its Classified information rules to Member States
8.    ECHR: European Court of Human Rights: Carlo Giuliani judgment
9.    EU: European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)
10.  USA: US court validates spying fears of journalists, activists
11.  EU: UK-OPT-IN TO TRAFFICKING DIRECTIVE
12.  Netherlands-USA: SWIFT data and MLA treaty
13.  ECJ: Highlights of the Access Info Europe judgment
14.  ECJ: Major victory for openness
15.  EU: ROAD SAFETY: European Commission
16.  EU-COE: ECHR-ACCESSION
17.  COE: Draft Outline Structure of the Recommendation concerning Foreign Prisoners
18.  EU: SECURITY RESEARCH: Lobbyists delight
19   EU: Proposed Commission changes to Regulation on access to documents fail to meet Lisbon Treaty commitments

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Assange extradition reveals political bias of British justice — RT

25 February, 2011 — RT

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

A ‘rubber-stamping process’ – that is how the founder of WikiLeaks, whistleblower Julian Assange, described a London court’s decision to extradite him to Sweden to face questions over rape allegations.

­He said the ruling did not catch him by surprise, and that he is planning to appeal.

Assange posed some interesting questions: ‘Why is it that I am subject, a non-profit free-speech activist, to a US$360,000 bail? Why is it that I am kept under electronic house arrest when I have not even been charged in any country?’

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Assange extradition reveals political bias of British justice — RT

25 February, 2011 — RT

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

A ‘rubber-stamping process’ – that is how the founder of WikiLeaks, whistleblower Julian Assange, described a London court’s decision to extradite him to Sweden to face questions over rape allegations.

­He said the ruling did not catch him by surprise, and that he is planning to appeal.

Assange posed some interesting questions: ‘Why is it that I am subject, a non-profit free-speech activist, to a US$360,000 bail? Why is it that I am kept under electronic house arrest when I have not even been charged in any country?’

And he is not the only one asking those questions, particularly as the British government has a history of granting asylum to some fairly controversial characters, including Russian business tycoon Boris Berezovsky.

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Statewatch 21 December 2010 – Survey of users

21 December, 2010 — Statewatch

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Thank you in advance for completing the survey. We look forward to continuing to provide an informative and reliable news service on civil liberties issues in the European Union.

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Statewatch News Online, 6 October 2010 (18/10): France-Roma controversy

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  1. EU: Council: France-Roma controversy – proposing the targeting of “mobile (itinerant) criminal groups”: “itinerant”=travellers=Roma
  2. EU-LIBYA: EU signs up to ‘unclear’ migration pact with Libya
  3. EU-PNR: Mandates: Council of the European Union
  4. EU: Council of the European Union: “State of play”: exploitation of children
  5. EU-USA: SWIFT-TFTP agreement: Question to European Commission
  6. EU: Frontex launches first expulsion charter
  7. European Federation of Journalists warn on data retention Directive
  8. EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 7-8 October, 2010, Luxembourg
  9. Netherlands: Analysis of a draft coalition agreement: Proposals for revision of EU migration law and international law
  10. EU-ACTA: European Parliament: MEPs call on the Commission to present final ACTA text
  11. European Ombudsman: Alleged refusal to grant access to terrorism related document
  12. BELGIUM: Policing of ‘noborder camp’ in Brussels violates basic civil rights
  13. IRELAND: Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL): Know your rights
  14. EU-FRANCE-ROMA: Amnesty slams Commission’s Roma response
  15. EU: Cyber attacks: European Commission
  16. UK: Police surveillance of Muslims set up with ‘no regard for law’
  17. NETHERLANDS: Dutch coalition to target burqas, Muslim immigration


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Global Currency Wars and the Police State Selected Articles 4 October, 2010

4 October, 2010 — Global Research

Crypto Wars! Obama Wants New Law to Wiretap the Internet
– by Tom Burghardt – 2010-10-04

We’re In a Global Currency War … But What Does It Mean?
– by Washington’s Blog – 2010-10-04

“We Demand Change in America”: The Real Significance of the One Nation Rally
– by Shamus Cooke – 2010-10-04

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