Metropolitan Police Sink to new low In Spycop Scandal

Victim who was duped into two-year relationship ordered to pay shameful Met’s £7,000 court costs

AN ACTIVIST who was deceived into a relationship with an undercover police officer has been ordered to pay £7,000 to cover the Met Police’s legal bill for the 2015 court case relating to the scandal.

Helen Steel is one of eight women who was a victim of the spy cop scandal in which police spies infiltrated campaign groups and trade unions.

Over a 25-year period, at least four other women brought civil claims against undercover police officers who had deceived them into relationships.

There were continual cover-ups over the numbers of police spies who exploited the female activists.

Ms Steel first met John Dines at a London green activists’ meeting in 1987 and, throughout their two-year relationship, knew him as John Barker — but found that he lied about his name, age and background. Police had given him the identity of a dead child.

Only by tracking down Mr Dines last year did she receive an apology and admission that he had been a spy.

He was a member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Demonstration Squad, which targeted protest groups until it disbanded in 2008.

In 2014, a court ruling allowed the police to maintain that they would “neither confirm nor deny” whether cops were spies and Ms Steel launched an appeal, which she lost.

At the time, she said she felt angry at the continuing cover-up and “the fact that they can have the audacity to claim that the relationships were genuine in any way.

“There is no way anybody would consent to a relationship with somebody if they knew they were using the identity of a child who had died, if they knew that they were there to spy on them, if they knew that everything about that person was fake.”

Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith branded the Met Police shameful.

He praised Ms Steel for her tireless campaigning and said: “The Met Police have already given a public apology, admitted it was human rights abuse and admitted the identity of John Dines.”

An ongoing inquiry into undercover policing — originally led by Christopher Pitchford and now overseen by Sir John Mitting — was launched in 2015 in which Ms Steel is a core participant. But it is yet to take evidence from witnesses.

A friend of one core participant proclaimed they were “flabbergasted at how much control the police have over the evidence and over the process.”

And Mr Smith accused the police of “using tactics to stifle the public inquiry.”

'Police spy' John Barker/ Dines and activist Helen Steel during their 'relationship' in 1990

Falling for him: Happy Helen with John, a police spy

At the time, the Met police, the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the National Crime Agency were all represented by their own barristers and solicitors at preliminary hearings.

But the inquiry only paid for one legal team for the victims, though there were 178 organisations and individuals involved.

The letter, from Weightmans LLP, demands that Ms Steel pay the five-figure sum by Wednesday and informs her that she was sent reminders in August and September 2015.

Ms Steel took to Twitter to express her dismay, saying: “Morally bankrupt Met Police sent spycop John Dines to invade my life and privacy. Now demand I pay them £7,000 for seeking to expose that!”

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Crooked coppers conspired with cartel to steal drugs and sell them on

They planned to used marked police car to rob drugs courier

Two bent coppers plotted with a drugs cartel to use a marked police car to steal drugs and sell them on.

Both men, based at Perry Barr police station, have been convicted of conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to supply, misconduct in public office and conspiracy to steal.

Bent Officers

Constable Wahid Husman, 48, and his award-winning colleague Tahsib Majid, 36, intended to sell the drugs they stole to an organised crime network to distribute to its street dealers.

Husman pleaded guilty at the start of his trial while Majid was convicted following a two-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court which concluded today.

In 2009 Majid was awarded a police medal for his part in controlling thousands of excitable fans during a JLS Christmas Lights switch on concert that turned to chaos leaving several fans with crush injuries.

Majid was also convicted of unlawfully disclosing personal information while Husman admitted a series of conspiracies to commit misconduct in public office by accessing secure police systems for the benefit of drug dealers.

Five other men, who are not police officers, admitted offences including possession of drugs, conspiracy to supply drugs and conspiring with Husman to benefit from his access to sensitive police information.

The pair were snared in February 2017 when more than £7,000 ($ 8,976) in cash in Husman’s home and drugs in his shed.

Bad Cops

“There is absolutely no hiding place for corrupt officers.”

Prosecutor

Paul Lodato, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “These two men were experienced police officers who abused their position of trust to work with criminal gangs to arrange for the supply of drugs.

All defendants will be sentenced at a later date.

Most Facebook friends are false friends

You can only count on about four of your friends, and most don’t even care if anything bad happens to you

Most of your Facebook friends don’t care about you and probably wouldn’t even sympathise with your problems, according to a new study.

Many people have hundreds of Facebook friends. But people can only really depend on four of them, on average, according to new research.

Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford University, undertook a study to find out the connection between whether people have lots of Facebook friends and real friends.

 

He found that there was very little correlation between having friends on social networks and actually being able to depend on them, or even talking to them regularly.

The average person studied had around 150 Facebook friends. But only about 14 of them would express sympathy in the event of anything going wrong.

The average person said that only about 27 per cent of their Facebook friends were genuine.

Those numbers are mostly similar to how friendships work in real life, the research said. But the huge number of supposed friends on a friend list means that people can be tricked into thinking that they might have more close friends.

“There is a cognitive constraint on the size of social networks that even the communication advantages of online media are unable to overcome,” Professor Dunbar wrote wrote. “In practical terms, it may reflect the fact that real (as opposed to casual) relationships require at least occasional face-to-face interaction to maintain them.”

Facebook friends tend to organise in different layers, the research claims. About five people will be in the first and closest one, then 15, 50 and 150 different friends will be in each of the groups as they move further out.

Can You Point Out North Korea On A Map Without Picking Canada Instead?

America, please don’t bomb Canada.

With the United States and North Korea engaged in a war of words that could possibly turn into a real war (with nukes), it’s probably not great that so many Americans can’t point to North Korea on a map.

The current tensions have been inflamed by tough words from both sides as North Korea threatens to shoot a missile into the waters around the American territory of Guam.

With all the sabre-rattling going on, a new poll suggests that almost two-thirds of Americans view the pariah state as a “very serious threat.”

Jimmy Kimmel hit the streets of Los Angeles to ask average Americans if they could find North Korea on a map. The results were not encouraging.

 

Most people interviewed said the US should consider taking military action against North Korea. Except they didn’t necessarily know where that was

People pointed to Europe.

The Middle East.

Or somewhere around Central Asia.

But way too many people thought North Korea might be located in Canada.

Nope!

America, please don’t bomb us.

Don't bomb anyone, if you can help it. But especially don't bomb Canada. Please.

Don’t bomb anyone, if you can help it. But especially don’t bomb Canada. Please.

So here’s the real test. Can you find North Korea on the map?

  • Where is North Korea?

 

Bomb shelter sales boosted by North Korea threat

Businesses across the United States — and Japan — are reporting an increase in sales of bomb shelters and other survival items as rhetoric over nuclear weapons ramps up.

North Korea: Circled below

 

It’s time to remind them who they work for!!

The government has been accused of “squandering” £1.6 billion in taxpayer money on failing anti-drug policies after its own report showed illegal drugs remain widely available on Britain’s streets.

The audit, which has gone largely unnoticed, was published last month.

As the government released details of its new drug strategy, it also put out its evaluation of how the 2010-2016 plan went – hidden at the bottom of the page.

The report was not mentioned by any minister in a Home Office press release, or in the parliamentary debate the following week, or in any media coverage until the Times picked it up on Tuesday.

The report says the strategy to reduce illicit and harmful drug use, launched by Theresa May when she was home secretary, has largely failed.

Despite extensive resources being used to tackle drug use, consumption had remained stable since 2010, it said.

While the report notes some enforcement activities can contribute to the disruption of markets, it found they are resilient and can “quickly adapt to even significant drug and asset seizures.”

It found actions by the police and government often had little impact as drugs are “still widely available to those who want them.”

“The UK illegal drugs market is extremely attractive to organised criminals as the prices charged at street level are some of the highest in Europe, and sufficient to repay the costs of smuggling drugs into the UK,” the report said.

It suggested that the most beneficial ways of reducing harm might be to continue tackling the most violent dealers, adding that enforcement efforts “may be” effective in suppressing emerging markets.

Transform Drug Policy Foundation says the report is a “damning indictment of the UK’s enforcement-led approach to drugs; not only its failure and futility, but its counter-productivity.” It adds that if the government was “trying to keep this document under the radar, they did a good job.”

In a blog on the foundation’s website, head of campaigns Martin Powell says the key focus of the new enforcement strategy is to “reduce crime and restrict availability.”

“Here is a formal review saying the past strategy did nothing of the sort, has no prospect of doing so – and in crucial respects, actually made things worse.

“It describes how we are squandering £1.6 billion [US$2.1 billion] a year enforcing the drug laws, including making seizures of drugs and assets, with little effect on street prices or availability.

“All while fuelling drug market violence, and harming the young and vulnerable for criminalising them. And for what?”

He says that the Home Office clearly does not want proper research and evaluation because “they know what it will reveal.”

“The path to a better drug policy is clear, but if a damning evaluation and record drug deaths isn’t enough to prompt even a meaningful review of the options, then what is? We can see the cost of failure in the human tragedy all around us: The government must be called to account.”

“It’s time to lead with our hearts, our heads, and with policy that actually works.”

How Many Of Our Leaders Are Psychopaths?

Research has shown that top jobs in politics, as indeed in many other walks of life, are frequently successfully held on to by people with psychopathic traits. Throughout history the possession of psychopathic traits has proved a useful passport to high office. Men or women who are unfettered by moral scruples, who are prepared to lie or cheat their way to the top and who will make promises they know they cannot keep have a huge advantage over those held back by notions of decency and fair play.

There is no doubt that leaders who possess psychopathic traits are at an enormous advantage. They have more freedom in their dealings with the public, with those with whom they work and with their potential enemies. They are able to control and manipulate people without any qualms. Psychopaths fake their emotions (which they learn by studying other people) and so suffer very little in circumstances which healthy people would find emotionally difficult. It is not surprising, perhaps, that many people in positions of power (including judges among others) and many people who seem especially pushy are psychopaths. We should not be too surprised at this; after all psychopaths are surprisingly common. (One in every 100 people is a psychopath.)

Here is a list of the traits associated with psychopaths. If you go through it thinking of political figures you will, I suspect, be surprised to see how many people you can identify as psychopaths.

1. Exceptionally selfish
2. Constant liars (and very good at it)
3. Manipulative – socially manipulative
4. Egocentric
5. Callous and indifferent to suffering
6. Grandiose
7. Have a sense of entitlement
8. Lack personal insight
9. Parasitic – live off others or the state
10. Bullying and abusive
11. Able to trick and con people successfully
12. Superficially charming
13. Apparently strong, calm and confident
14. Unable to experience love or compassion
15. Guilty of random and senseless violence
16. Not anxious and never irrational
17. Anger, rage and frustration are common emotions
18. May appear sincere but invariably insincere
19. Apparently likeable and sane
20. No shame or remorse and doesn’t care about the feelings of others
21. Never learns from experience

Now try applying those criteria to the politicians you can think of.

Scary, eh?

What Is Psychopathy?

Psychopathy is among the most difficult disorders to spot. The psychopath can appear normal, even charming. Underneath, he lacks conscience and empathy, making him manipulative, volatile and often (but by no means always) criminal. She is an object of popular fascination and clinical anguish: adult psychopathy is largely impervious to treatment, though programs are in place to treat callous, unemotional youth in hopes of preventing them from maturing into psychopaths.

Psychopathy is a spectrum disorder and can be diagnosed only using the 20-item Hare Psychopathy Checklist. (The bar for clinical psychopathy is a score of 30 or more). Brainanatomy, genetics, and a person’s environment may all contribute to the development of psychopathic traits.

The terms “psychopath” and “sociopath” are often used interchangeably, but in correct parlance a “sociopath” refers to a person with antisocial tendencies that are ascribed to social or environmental factors, whereas psychopathic traits are more innate, though a chaotic or violent upbringing may tip the scales for those already predisposed to behave psychopathically. Both constructs are most closely represented in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as Antisocial Personality Disorder.

Psychopaths rule the world

Slavery and the eight veils

by Don Harkins

[A good way of explaining earth political reality, and why it is futile to try to talk someone up through a veil, and why the further apart you are from someone, the madder they think you are, which is why they can get everyone to think “conspiracy theorists” are mad, as the majority are behind the first veil.  If you can see the master Tyrant then you are no longer a Pyjama person—past the third veil using this terminology.]

Over the last several years I have evolved and discarded several theories in an attempt to explain why it is that most people cannot see truth — even when it smacks them in the face. Those of us who can see “the conspiracy” have participated in countless conversations amongst ourselves that address the frustration of most peoples’ inability to comprehend the extremely well-documented arguments which we use to describe the process of our collective enslavement and exploitation. The most common explanation to be arrived at is that most people just “don’t want to see” what is really going on. 

Extremely evil men and women who make up the world’s power-elite have cleverly cultivated a virtual pasture so grass green that few people seldom, if ever, bother to look up from where they are grazing long enough to notice the brightly coloured tags stapled to their ears. 

The same people who cannot see their enslavement for the pasture grass have a tendency to view as insane “conspiracy theorists” those of us who can see the past the farm and into the parlour of his feudal lordship’s castle. 

Finally, I understand why. 

It’s not that those who don’t see that their freedom is vanishing under the leadership of the power-elite “don’t want to see it” — they simply can’t see what is happening to them because of the unpierced veils that block their view. 

All human endeavours are a filtration process. Sports is one of the best examples. We play specific sports until we get kicked off the playground. The pro athletes we pay big bucks to watch just never got kicked off the playground. Where millions of kids play little league each spring, they are filtered out until there are about 50 guys who go to the World Series in October.

Behind the first veil: There are over six billion people on the planet. Most of them live and die without having seriously contemplated anything other than what it takes to keep their lives together. Ninety percent of all humanity will live and die without having pierced the first veil. 

The first veil: Ten percent of us will pierce the first veil and find the world of politics. We will vote, be active and have an opinion. Our opinions are shaped by the physical world around us; we have a tendency to accept that government officials, network media personalities and other “experts” are voices of authority. Ninety percent of the people in this group will live and die without having pierced the second veil. 

The second veil: Ten percent of us will pierce the second veil to explore the world of history, the relationship between man and government and the meaning of self-government through constitutional and common law. Ninety percent of the people in this group will live and die without having pierced the third veil. 

The third veil: Ten percent of us will pierce the third veil to find that the resources of the world, including people, are controlled by extremely wealthy and powerful families whose incorporated old world assets have, with modern extortion strategies, become the foundation upon which the world’s economy is currently indebted. Ninety percent of the people in this group will live and die without having pierced the fourth veil.

The fourth veil: Ten percent of us will pierce the fourth veil to discover the Illuminati, Freemasonry and the other secret societies. These societies use symbols and perform ceremonies that perpetuate the generational transfers of arcane knowledge that is used to keep the ordinary people in political, economic and spiritual bondage to the oldest bloodlines on earth. Ninety percent of the people in this group will live and die without having pierced the fifth veil.

The fifth veil: Ten percent of us will pierce the fifth veil to learn that the secret societies are so far advanced technologically that time travel and interstellar communications have no boundaries and controlling the actions of people is what their members do as offhandedly as we tell our children when they must go to bed. Ninety percent of the people in this group will live and die without having pierced the sixth veil.

The sixth veil: Ten percent of us will pierce the sixth veil where the dragons and lizards and aliens we thought were the fictional monsters of childhood literature are real and are the controlling forces behind the secret societies. Ninety percent of the people in this group will live and die without piercing the seventh veil. 

The seventh veil: I do not know what is behind the seventh veil. I think it is where your soul is evolved to the point you can exist on earth and be the man Ghandi was, or the woman Peace Pilgrim was-people so enlightened they brighten the world around them no matter what. 


The eighth veil? Piercing the eighth veil probably reveals God and the pure energy that is the life force in all living things-which are, I think, one and the same.

If my math is accurate there are only about 60,000 people on the planet who have pierced the sixth veil. The irony here is too incredible: Those who are stuck behind veils one through five have little choice but to view the people who have pierced the veils beyond them as insane. With each veil pierced, exponentially shrinking numbers of increasingly enlightened people are deemed insane by exponentially increasing masses of decreasingly enlightened people.

Adding to the irony, the harder a “sixth or better veiler” tries to explain what he is able to see to those who can’t, the more insane he appears to them.

Our enemy, the state 

Behind the first two veils we find the great majority of people on the planet. They are tools of the state: Second veilers are the gullible voters whose ignorance justify the actions of politicians who send first veilers off to die in foreign lands as cannon fodder — their combined stations in life are to believe that the self-serving machinations of the power-elite are matters of national security worth dying for.

Third, fourth, fifth and sixth veilers are of increasing liability to the state because of their decreasing ability to be used as tools to consolidate power and wealth of the many into the hands of the power-elite. It is common for these people to sacrifice more of their relationships with friends and family, their professional careers and personal freedom with each veil they pierce.

Albert Jay Nock (1870-1945), author of “Our Enemy, the State” (1935), explained what happens to those who find the seventh and eighth veils: “What was the best that the state could find to do with an actual Socrates and an actual Jesus when it had them? Merely to poison one and crucify the other, for no reason but that they were too intolerably embarrassing to be allowed to live any longer.”

Conclusions

And so now we know that it’s not that our countrymen are so committed to their lives that, “they don’t want to see,” the mechanisms of their enslavement and exploitation. They simply “can’t see” it as surely as I cannot see what’s on the other side of a closed curtain.

The purpose of this essay is threefold: To help the handful of people in the latter veils to understand why the masses have little choice but to interpret their clarity as insanity; 2. To help people behind the first two veils understand that living, breathing and thinking are just the beginning and; 3. Show people that the greatest adventure of our life is behind the next veil because that is just one less veil between ourselves and God.

‘Conspiracy theory’

“Conspiracy theory” is usually used as a pejorative label, meaning paranoid, nutty, marginal, and certainly untrue. The power of this pejorative is that it discounts a theory by attacking the motivations and mental competence of those who advocate the theory. By labelling an explanation of events “conspiracy theory,” evidence and argument are dismissed because they come from a mentally or morally deficient personality, not because they have been shown to be incorrect. Calling an explanation of events “conspiracy theory” means, in effect, “We don’t like you, and no one should listen to your explanation.”
    

In earlier eras other pejorative labels, such as “heresy,” “witchery,” and “communism” also worked like this. The charge of “conspiracy theory” is not so severe as these other labels, but in its way is many times worse. Heresy, witchcraft, and communism at least retain some sense of potency. They designate ideas to be feared. “Conspiracy theory” implies that the ideas and their advocates are simple-minded or insane.

All such labels implicitly define a community of orthodox believers and try to banish or shun people who challenge orthodox beliefs. Members of the community who are sympathetic to new thoughts might shy away from the new thoughts and join in the shunning due to fear of being tainted by the pejorative label.

Quotes

“No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine.”William Blum

“The real meaning of the word paranoia is— a man or person who has the ability to link events that seemingly are not connected.”—John Coleman

Thinker