‘Govt using fear to create police state’

BBC

A former head of MI5 has accused the government of exploiting the fear of terrorism and trying to bring in laws that restrict civil liberties.

In an interview in a Spanish newspaper, published in the Daily Telegraph, Dame Stella Rimington, 73, also accuses the US of “tortures”.

The Home Office said it was vital to strike a right balance between privacy, protection and sharing personal data.

It said any policies which impact on privacy must be “proportionate”.

Dame Stella, who stood down as the director general of the security service in 1996, has previously been critical of the government’s policies, including its attempts to extend pre-charge detention for terror suspects to 42 days and the controversial plan to introduce ID cards.

“It would be better that the government recognised that there are risks, rather than frightening people in order to be able to pass laws which restrict civil liberties, precisely one of the objects of terrorism – that we live in fear and under a police state,” she told the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.

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No Ma’am has new posts!

The excellent blooger Rob Fedders has some new posts up on his blog, No Ma’am.

If you haven’t visited it before, now would be a good time to start. It’s a great place to learn about Marxism, the dialectical principle (Hegel) and the truth about feminism, among other things.

ENJOY!

Lisbon Treaty possibly unconstitutional – German Judges

For those wondering if voting yes to the infernal thing could possibly mean anything other than giving your country over to a bunch of scheming deceitful socialist global government scum.

EU Observer

Several of the eight judges in charge of examining whether the EU’s Lisbon Treaty is compatible with the German constitution have expressed scepticism about the constitutional effects of further EU integration.

In all, four of the eight judges questioned the Lisbon Treaty.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung noted that the judges were united on one issue: that the treaty is not a work of high literature.

Less-than-clear passages from the treaty were read out aloud, guaranteeing a laugh, noted the paper.

It is designed to be unreadable. Also from EU Observer;

The new EU reform treaty text was deliberately made unreadable for citizens to avoid calls for referendum, one of the central figures in the treaty drafting process has said.

Speaking at a meeting of the Centre for European Reform in London on Thursday (12 July) former Italian prime minister Giuliano Amato said: “They [EU leaders] decided that the document should be unreadable. If it is unreadable, it is not constitutional, that was the sort of perception”.

Indeed, I have written extensively on the Lisbon Treaty. Browse the articles for lots of referenced information. From another source (extracts)…

Spiegal Online

There are those in Germany who think the Lisbon Treaty transfers too much responsibility to Brussels. The Constitutional Court is hearing the case this week. Should it agree, then the treaty is dead..

…German parliamentarian Peter Gauweiler, a member of Bavaria’s CSU — the sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU — is among those challenging the Treaty of Lisbon. He argues that the so-called “flexibility clause,” which allows the EU to act in areas not explicitly outlined in the treaty, means that Brussels can intervene as it likes, even in those areas reserved for national legislatures….

Why vote yes for something that has so much potential to destroy your country, with a Treaty that was designed to stop you wanting to read it, purely because they don’t want you to know what is in the damn thing. If in doubt, KICK IT OUT. Isn’t just ‘bloggers’ like me saying it either:

Telegraph: Ireland should vote NO to the Lisbon Treaty.

Libertas.eu

Muslim Academic Sliced Out Sections of Priceless Collection

Gates of Vienna

In all the cultures where Islam has become ascendant, the Muslim authorities have attempted to rewrite the history of the conquered lands to obliterate the memory of anything that went before Islam. By this method the cultural contribution of civilizations that preceded Islam — during jahiliyah, “the days of ignorance” — is minimized, denigrated, and distorted.

The destruction of physical evidence is part of the revisionist task. To the average Western scholar, the Bamiyan Buddhas and the archeological artifacts buried in the ancient rubble under the Temple Mount are priceless treasures which must be preserved, restored, studied, and admired. But to a Muslim they are abominations and must be destroyed. If not actual idolatry, they are evidence of non-Muslim civilizations that preceded the introduction of Islam, and are thus an affront to the pride of the entire Ummah.

It has recently been discovered that an exiled Iranian academic literally took a scalpel to valuable Persian history books in the British Library and the Bodleian Library, removing inconvenient and offensive text. His depredations have caused permanent and irrecoverable damage to the historiography of the periods involved.

Read the rest here.