by Jeremy Weiland
Against The Police
They don’t create oppression; they just make it possible
What I’m about to say may surprise you, but I assure you it’s the honest truth: in my personal experience, cops are overwhelmingly decent folks. They almost always conduct themselves “professionally” and have generally treated me with respect. I’m not saying stories of law enforcement abuse haven’t affected me–they absolutely have, and I’ll get into that. I’m not saying my arsenal of privileges haven’t colored my experiences. But as far as my personal dealings, I’ve encountered very few who were anything but by-the-book and courteous. Continue reading
Note: Something Justin fails to understand is that Mr Miranda was plainly guilty of Being Brazilian in or near London. The authorities take a very strict view of this offence. The normal punishment is to be held down in an underground railway carriage and shot to death by unidentified police officers. He got off lightly in my view. SIG
They’re Going After Greenwald:
Despicable Brits target Glenn Greenwald’s partner
by Justin Raimondo, August 19, 2013 Continue reading
by Richard North
Note: My only experience so far of the criminal justice system was when, in 2007, I tried to lie my way out of a speeding fine. Within the assumptions of the system – ie, bearing in mind that I was guilty as charged – I think the Magistrates treated me rather well. A £300 fine, plus three points, was less than I might have got. Also, the whole experience was a very useful lesson. I was an intelligent, highly literate and fluent middle class white male, with a legal education and some experience of arguing cases in the civil courts. The absolute maximum penalty I might collect was a £1000 fine and six points on my licence. I still did a little leak into my pinstripe trousers as I recited the oath. How must a criminal prosecution feel for those without my advantages?
The bias to the defendant that used to be the most striking feature of our system is an absolute prerequisite for justice. Making defendants liable for their own legal costs is another step into our plutocratic police state. I grant there are arguments against any kind of legal aid, civil or criminal. But these apply in a state of society different from our own. When virtually everything is against the law, or can be pronounced against the law by the authorities, and when individuals within the criminal justice system cannot be held personally liable for corruption or oppressive behaviour, and when legal services are so heavily regulated and cartellised, not to underwrite defence costs is an attack on justice. SIG Continue reading
by Sheldon Richman
What An Honest Conversation About Race Would Look Like
Ever since George Zimmerman’s fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin hit the national headlines last year, calls for an “honest conversation about race” have been heard throughout America. (Up until then, apparently, we’ve had only conversations about having a conversation about race.) However, one need not believe that the Zimmerman shooting and verdict were about race — I watched the trial and I don’t — to think that an honest conversation about race is indeed long overdue.
First on the agenda should be the many ways that government policies — either by intent or by palpable effect — embody racism. Let’s call them vehicles for official racism. I have in mind things like the war on certain drug manufacturers, merchants, and consumers; the crusade against “illegal” guns; the minimum wage and related laws; and the government’s schools. All of these by far take their greatest toll on people of color. Continue reading
by Robert Henderson
The oppression of Emma West : the politically correct end game plays out
In November 2011 Emma West was arrested and subsequently charged for a racially aggravated public order offence (
After playing her for nearly twenty months, the politically correct British establishment have finally landed their fish: Miss West has not only been found guilty but mentally ill. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23128956). She has been given a two year community order for two years and been bound over to keep the peace. The community order is likely to concentrate on probation supervision and “treatment” for her “offending” behaviour (http://www.london-probation.org.uk/what_we_do/community_order.aspx). In addition she has been given a mental health treatment order for assaulting a constable dealing with the case. Continue reading
by Anna Raccoon
Note: If you want to know the time in modern England, buy yourself a wristwatch. Do not, under any circumstances, approach a policeman. SIG Continue reading
( original by David Friedman)
Note: I’ve always greatly admired this essay. Indeed, now that he’s read it, my friend Richard Blake is writing a novel set in the London of 1696 that involves a criminal trial. SIG
[This is based on the version of the article on my hard disk, and so may differ in detail from the published version. It is published here with the permission of the University of Chicago Roundtable, where it originally appeared.]
Making Sense of English Law Enforcement in the 18th Century
The criminal justice system of England in the 18th century presents a curious spectacle to an observer more familiar with modern institutions. The two most striking anomalies are the institutions for prosecuting offenders and the range of punishments. Prosecution of almost all criminal offenses was private, usually by the victim. Intermediate punishments for serious offenses were strikingly absent. It is only a slight exaggeration to say that, in the early years of the century, English courts imposed only two sentences on convicted felons. Either they turned them loose or they hanged them. Continue reading
by Kevin Carson
Hardly a week goes by without me seeing another think piece on the question: “Are we winning the war on drugs?” Continue reading
by Anna Raccoon
Note: I thought, in 1997, we might just about survive another Labour Government. Then the Princess of Wales died, and I realised the country had gone barking mad. Is there any way back to nicely repressed normality? I doubt it. SIG Continue reading
by Howard R. Gray
Juries have a duty to try the case according to the law: this is trite. The judge is the tribunal of law, and the jury is the tribunal of fact: that is the simple rule of how criminal law works, and also just as trite. Judges in England are allowed broad scope to direct juries on the law and often put forward their views of the facts usually pre-seasoned with the exhortation that it is “up to you ladies and gentlemen of the jury” about any particular point they deem in need of comment.
That being said, there is a plethora of rules that they must use to put to a jury about particular points of law and about the standard of proof that must always be there in their directions. For example the “you must be satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt” and “satisfied so that you are sure”, then they go on to give examples. There are the Turnbull directions on corroboration of witness testimony and so on. Each factual element that has a contentious nature must be directed upon in the judge’s homily to the jury at the end of the trial. Failure to adequately direct a jury can result in the verdict being set aside on appeal. Jurors needn’t be too worried that justice will be denied; appeals are often successful. Continue reading
Posted in Anglosphere, Celebrities, Chavs, cheeseburgers, Crime, Culture War, de-civilisation, Education, history, LA Papers, Law, Liberty, politicians, poor people, Practical Coal Mining
by David Hummels
Control Your Local Police
While reflecting on recent episodes of police misconduct in my community and beyond, I began to think about how much law enforcement agencies resemble the Catholic Church. And no, this is not a pre-St. Patrick’s day Irish joke. Consider the following: The Church and police departments have both become safe havens for criminal abusers of authority. Both are allergic to accountability. Both are hierarchical institutions that value blind obedience and discourage internal dissent. Both focus more on covering their posteriors than they do on removing criminals from their ranks. Finally, neither of these entities truly value input from their respective communities. Continue reading
This awful crime is worth mentioning.
If a native in a ski mask had punched Miss Oni on the nose while shouting “White Power!” the Plod would have torn the place apart in search of the villain. Every inch of CCTV footage would have been examined. Every known or probable BNP and EDL member within a five mile radius would have been pulled in for questioning. Someone would eventually have been found, and the Beeb would have given the resulting trial blanket publicity.
Instead, she was a non-white living in a Moslem area and dressing like a “goreh.” If some demented, and probably jealous, cow got up as a black pillar box chose to ruin her life with a pot of acid, that was only the enforcement of “community standards.” The Plod seem to have logged the crime, before going back to their preferred job of persecuting motorists. And they whine that no one likes them.
Women’s equality is one of the glories of our civilisation. If a woman wants to hide her face and body from view, that should be her right. Equally, if a woman wants to take pride in her charms, that should be her right. It was rightly established thirty years ago that dressing “provocatively” was no mitigation for sexual assault. Where are the feminists and the lefties now to scream blue murder at this?
I hope the plastic surgeons can put Miss Oni back together. The Libertarian Alliance offers a reward of £100 for any information that leads to the arrest and punishment of whoever did this to her. We wish it could be a hundred times that much.
Note: I have removed the officer’s name, but this e-mail is reproduced here on the LA Blog exactly as received. I think he is inaccurate in several of his factual claims, especially since I know people who have been subject to random breath testing around the Christmas period. I have also encountered any number of police officers who struck me as either mad or high on drugs. However, since he has taken the trouble to write at such length, and so politely, I do require that those who wish to respond should do so in a calm and factual manner. The officer will, I am sure, be following your comments. It would be useful if he were to go away with a better idea than he appears to have of the objections that we have to police powers and to the frequent use and misuse of these powers. SIG Continue reading
Posted on January 8, 2013by Robert Henderson
It is now 14 months since Emma West was charged with racially aggravated public order offences after she got into an argument on a tram which led her to make loud complaint about the effects of mass immigration. This was captured by a passenger on a mobile phone and uploaded to YouTube. The details of her arrest and treatment plus a link to the incident on YouTube can be found at http://englandcalling.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/emma-west-immigration-and-the-liberal-totalitarian-state/.
Three times her trial has been delayed, on the third occasion in early September last year (http://englandcalling.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/emma-west-trial-delayed-for-the-third-time/).
No further trial date was set then and to the best of my knowledge none has been set since her last appearance in court. (If anyone has more up to date information please let me know). On each occasion the delay was ascribed to the need to complete psychiatric reports on Miss West. It stretches credulity way beyond breaking to believe such reports could not have been completed long ago.
Why has there been this inexcusable and increasingly absurd delay? Despite being put into a high security prison for more than a month (http://englandcalling.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/emma-west-immigration-and-the-liberal-totalitarian-state-part-2/) and having the risk that her son be taken into care, Miss West has made it clear throughout that she wishes to plead Not Guilty. The reason for the delay probably lies in that plea. The liberal elite rely on people charged with such offences being intimidated into pleading Guilty. A full blown trial would mean public discussion of the consequences of mass immigration and the ruthless measures which the liberal elite use to suppress such debate. They greatly fear that because it would risk the politically correct emperor being shown to have no clothes. .
The facts of the case speak for themselves: the behaviour of the authorities is not compatible with a free society.
Miss West was scheduled to come to trial on 2 January, but the case was adjourned for the fourth time because an unspecified expert was not available. A new trial date has not been set ( http://www.thisiscroydontoday.co.uk/Trial-alleged-tram-racist-Emma-West-adjourned/story-17782550-detail/story.html).
The continuing and ever more absurd delay suggests that the powers-that-be are in a quandary about what to do. It is unlikely Miss West will change her plea to Guilty after this length of time and the awful prospect for the authorities of a trial in which the official omerta against speaking honestly about race and immigration will be broken looms ever larger. On the other hand, if the case is dropped it will be a signal to the public that the liberal elite are afraid of any public challenge to their creed.
Miss West has also been charged with assaults against the police:
“West was also due to appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with assaulting two police officers at her home on March 3, 2012.
She denies both charges and the trial has been rescheduled to occur on March 4.” (Ibid)
To the best of my knowledge this is the first time these charges have appeared in the media. If the assaults took place ten months ago it is a little difficult to understand why the case has not already been tried as it is magistrate court case or why the case did not proceed on its original January date , which I take to have been 7 January. It will be interesting to see if it does take place on 4 March. If it does not, and the Crown Court case on the race-related charges has not been heard by then, it will be a strong indication that the CPS want the racial abuse case out of the way before she is tried for the alleged assault. It could be that it has been kicked down the road simply to give the authorities two months to think about whether the Crown Court case should proceed.
by Anna Raccoon
Note: The police should be abolished, and we should return to the old system of private prosecutions. Until then, every law passed since the Protection of Constables Act 1750, that raises these people above the rest of us, should be repealed. SIG Continue reading
by D.J. Webb
We have probably all listened to the hoax call to Edward VII Hospital in which an Australian radio show phoned the hospital pretending to be the Queen in the hope of obtaining information about Kate Mountbatten née Middleton’s confinement. While, of course, I do not celebrate the fact that a nurse is believed to have committed suicide, I cannot join in the condemnation of the phonecall. Continue reading
by Nathan Goodman
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day when people around the world gather to remember those who have been murdered because of transphobia. This is an opportunity for all people concerned with liberty and justice to come together around an extremely important problem. Violence against transgender, or trans, people, particularly transgender women, is pervasive. According to a 2011 study by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 50% of LGBT individuals murdered in 2009 were trans women and 44% of LGBT individuals murdered in 2010 were trans women. Continue reading
by Anna Raccoon
It’s the Demographics, Stupid.
It has been an interesting week for the Establishment. And a bad one for the Republicans.
The Republicans lost an election because there are too many Hispanic, black and female voters and too few white, working and lower middle class men. The so called Rainbow coalition will continue to grow. That is the nature of “the American Demographic” and it is irreversible. This is the nature of history. Continue reading
by Robert Henderson
There was a time when being arrested in England did not matter very much. Before digital technology came of age your fingerprints and mug shot might be taken, but if no charges were laid or, if you were brought to trial, a conviction was not obtained for the alleged offence which had caused your arrest, the chances of the ordinary law abiding person being inconvenienced in the future by the fact that those details were held by the police were small. There was no Police National Computer (PNC) until 1974 and the widespread use of personal computers was almost two decades after that. Continue reading
by Robert Henderson
Emma West trial delayed for the third time
The trial of Emma West on racially aggravated public order offences has been delayed for the third time ( http://www.thisiscroydontoday.co.uk/Emma-West-trial-adjourned-time/story-16820636-detail/story.html ). No further date has been set. The trial was originally scheduled for June, then July and finally September 5th. The ostensible reason for the latest delay is the same as it was previously, further psychiatric reports are being sought by the prosecution.
It is true that cases can be delayed several times for reasons which are entirely legitimate. Further evidence directly relating to the immediate facts of the case, that is, what happened rather than why it happened, may be being sought with a reasonable chance of success. Examples would be where witnesses have not been interviewed because they are not in the country, but are believed to be returning in the foreseeable future or documents are being withheld by a body such as a bank and their release or otherwise is the subject of ongoing court action. But there is nothing like that here, for the delay is simply down to further psychiatric reports being wanted. That is something largely within the control of those commissioning them. The fact that it is the prosecution which is asking for more reports is highly significant because it suggests that the ones they have already commissioned are not to their liking, that is, they are detrimental to the prosecution. Continue reading
by Robert Henderson
Note: This was written after the Tony Martin case. However, it applies just as well to other cases. SIG
Killing no murder
By Robert Henderson
Tony Martin’s conviction for murder after he killed the burglar Fred Barras, raises these important issues: the right of self-defence; the protection of property, the general use of police resources; the policing of Martin’s locality, the fairness of Martin’s trial and, above all, the relationship between the individual and the state.
The right to self-defence
Any attempt at definition short of giving a person an absolute right to defend themselves how they will is doomed to failure. Once a definition includes general qualifications such as “reasonable force”, it becomes unworkable, because the qualifications are hideously imprecise. The practical result is confusion and uncertainty and anyone who defends themselves is at risk of prosecution. The problem is exemplified in comments by Ann Widdecombe, the Conservative home affairs spokesman who recently said “People whose person or property is attacked should be able to defend themselves without fear of penalty from the law” (Daily Telegraph 24/4/2000), but then qualified this by saying that prosecutions could still take place in extreme circumstances. Once that qualification is made, the uncertainty returns. Continue reading
by D.J. Webb
As libertarians will be well aware, English Common Law confirms the right of Englishmen to use arms in their self-defence. I am one of those who would not accept the legality of purported laws to strip us of this right, but in any case, we have not been stripped of this right, at least in terms of statute law. The 1688 Bill of Rights, which has not been repealed and has been affirmed by higher courts as being a major constitutional law that cannot be impliedly repealed (i.e., can only be repealed by express language clearly repealing it), specifies our right to use weapons in our own defence. Continue reading
by Robert Henderson
In 2009 a Manchester woman Clare Wood, 36, was strangled by ex-boyfriend George Appleton who then committed suicide. Appleton had a record of violence against women including kidnapping an ex-girlfriend at knifepoint. At this point a campaign was begun by Clare’s family to allow women to check whether a prospective boyfriend had a history of domestic violence. Their efforts have resulted in the Home Secretary Theresa May agreeing to a trial of what is colloquially known as Clare’s Law in Wiltshire and Gwent ( http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9401303/Clares-Law-trial-to-begin.html) Continue reading
by Thomas Knapp
Note: A 98 per cent conviction rate? Bearing mind the nature of many “crimes” nowadays, and the quality of the evidence gathered by the pigs, that sounds far worse than over here, where the rate is about two thirds – less in ethnic areas, where juries often acquit in the face of the “evidence.” However, it may be that more cases over there aren’t pushed into court. SIG Continue reading
by Robert Henderson
Note: This is an alternative view of the Rochdale sexual predation case to the one we published the other day by Yamin Zakaria. Probably, our readers are more likely to agree with it. Indeed, I agree with a lot of it.
Where the meaning of the Koran is concerned, however, I am more cautious. We know that undoubtedly sincere Christians have adopted interpretations of the first five books of the Old Testament which are at variance with the natural meaning of the text. Even where the New Testament is concerned, something as apparently obvious as the condemnations of homosexuality depend on the meaning of words like malakos and arsenokoites – words that do not appear to have had clear meanings until about a century after they were used in their specific context.
Over the past 1,300 years, Moslems appear to have adopted interpretations of the Koran and Hadith that are equally at variance. Understanding the “meaning” of any religious text requires more than a reading of its words in their plain sense – especially when the text has been translated from a radically foreign language. All we can say is that some present interpretations of Islam by Pakistanis resident in England sanction sexual predation against natives.
This is something which imams and believers in places like Rochdale need to address. We cannot say that “true” Islam promotes any of the things that Robert says it does. SIG Continue reading
by Howard R. Gray
Note: This is a comment on a thread about the defects of the Crown Prosecution Service, but is worth posting in its own right.SIG
Two nuggets of experience about the CPS rather set the scene for what is happening. These took place years ago in the first year or so of the service when the majority of the lawyers were extraordinarily green and frankly of dubious competence in some quarters. I was defending a case when I was given an offer by the prosecution before lunch and it was then summarily withdrawn after lunch upon instructions from the prosecution lawyers “boss”. Continue reading
by Yamin Zakaria
Note: This is a point of view seldom encountered in our circles. Without necessarily agreeing with it, I think it worth publishing. SIG
Rochdale Sex Crimes – Are they a product of the Pakistani Ghetto or Liberalism? Continue reading
Note: American pigs, so far as I can tell, have always been more piggish than the English pigs. But our own have become much more brutal and trigger-happy over the past few decades. For example, Mark Duggan may have been a nasty creature no one should have had as a neighbour. That didn’t give the pigs the right to drag him unarmed from a mini-cab and “execute” him on the tarmac. Then there was the electrician from Brazil and that man in East London who was shot to death while in possession of a chair leg. Oh, and there was the newspaper seller they accidentally beat to death at a demonstration the other year. I don’t suppose anyone remembers Stephen Waldorf and Cherry Groce (approx. spelling)?
Lately, of course, they have begun to enforce politically correct laws and policies with the same enthusiasm as the religious police in Iran. Even otherwise, there is systematic persecution of airgunners, and of real shooters before victim disarmament became total, and the harassment of motorists.
These people are not some thin blue line who keep us from being murdered in our beds. They are a ruling class militia recruited from the dregs of society, who, in exchange for keeping the rest of us in a continual state of low-level anxiety, are allowed to enrich themselves through bribe-taking and petty theft, and to entertain themselves with casual violence against unfashionable ethnic minorities and the white working classes.
I say abolish them, and replace them with armed citizen militias.
I don’t think our esteemed Blogmaster would disagree. SIG Continue reading
Note: I don’t know who Tony Shell is. But this is a most interesting analysis of how our laws and their enforcement have been made into instruments of politically correct tyranny. SIG
Is The Crown Prosecution Service Using Racist Bigotry To Foment Hate, and to Undermine Common Law?
A False and Racist CPS Narrative
Research published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in 2003, and subsequently used in the preparation of major policy and procedure guidelines for the Criminal Justice System (CJS), incorporated the lie that it is native English people who commit all racist or religious hate crime: 1 The CPS chose to give credence to such jaw-dropping stupidity, despite the fact it’s own analysis of prosecution case-files (of “racially aggravated” offences) emphatically contradicted such a perverse opinion. 2 Continue reading
by D.J. Webb
I read a story in the Daily Telegraph today that reminded me somewhat of my experience in Gatwick airport last year. A man who, incidentally happened to be the creator of the Fireman Sam children’s character, made a comment while going through security checks about a Muslim woman in a veil who had not been subject to the same level of checks that he had. His comment was not a racial attack, or a diatribe on the subject of immigration or multiculturalism, but the following: “if I was wearing this scarf over my face, I wonder what would happen.” Continue reading
by David Webb
The news that the parents of Gary Dobson and David Norris, recently convicted for having “murdered” Stephen Lawrence, may face charges into whether they perjured themselves in court by giving their sons alibis strikes me as rather alarming. Continue reading
Stephen Lawrence, Gary Dobson, David Norris and a political trial
The conviction of Gary Dobson and David Norris for the murder of Stephen Lawrence is a savage and sinister travesty of justice. That is not because the defendants are necessarily innocent . What is profoundly worrying is the decision to prosecute regardless of the feeble quality of the new evidence, the placing in double jeopardy of Dobson (who had been formally acquitted in 1996 of the murder when a private prosecution was brought) , the general difficulties of a trial held 18 years after the event, the all too perniciously potent legacy of the Macpherson Report and the almost continuous media circus which has accompanied the Lawrence killing for nearly 19 years and repeatedly savaged the reputation of the defendants . Continue reading
Note: Had I been on the jury, I would have refused, regardless of the evidence, to convict the alleged killers of St Stephen Lawrence. So these men could be dragged into court for their show trial, an ancient and essential principle of English law had to be overturned – the principle that a man cannot be tried twice for the same alleged offence. For this reason alone, the whole process was illegitimate. It should have been the duty of any Englishman empanelled on that jury to acquit. That the “evidence” supplied was a sick joke from beginning to end should have been only an additional reason the throw the case out. Sean Gabb Continue reading
by Robert Henderson
White attacker/non-white victim = racist motive:
non-white attacker/white victim = no racist motive
An Indian student Anuj Bidve was shot dead in Salford (Greater Manchester) on 26 December 2011. The attacker is described as white. The police have admitted that they have no grounds for believing that the crime was racially motivated but have classified it as a “hate crime”, viz: “Chief Superintendent Kevin Mulligan, divisional commander for Salford, said: “We have not established a clear motive for the senseless murder of Anuj, and there is no definitive evidence pointing to it being racially motivated. However, we are treating this as a hate crime based on the growing perceptions within the community it was motivated by hate.” (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/dec/29/anul-bidve-shooting-treated-hate-crime). Continue reading
by Kevin Carson
Please call and email to protest the arrest of Joe Diaz, a PhD student at Emory University, who was brutally assaulted in the University Library by campus police, arrested, and held under degrading and punitive conditions. In the library he saw his diminutive friend Alice, surrounded by hulking uniformed officers standing over her as she sat peacefully on the floor. As you can see in the video, he stepped in in a non-confrontational manner, identified himself, and asked if his friend was OK. It immediately escalated into a violent confrontation, initiated by the police, who might have following the script of soldiers storming a living room in a house-to-house search of occupied Baghdad. The cop’s behavior was that of an Alpha Male dog confronting someone who didn’t roll over and show their belly fast enough. Continue reading
Emma West, immigration and the Liberal totalitarian state part 2
Emma West has been remanded in custody until 3rd of January when she will appear at Croydon Crown Court (http://uk.news.yahoo.com/tram-race-rant-woman-court- 052333359.html). By 3rd January she will in, effect , have served a custodial sentence of 37 days, regardless of whether she is found not guilty or found guilty and given a non-custodial question. 37 days is not far short of being the equivalent of a three month sentence which, in England, automatically attracts a 50% remission. It often takes burglars in England to be convicted three or even more times of burglary before they receive a custodial sentence. Continue reading
by Kevin Carson
For years, the standard drill after a police beating or shooting, when it was a citizen’s word against a cop’s and the cop’s testimony was backed up by his Brothers in Blue, was “administrative leave” with pay for the cop — until a review board found “no evidence of official wrongdoing” and that “all official procedures and policies were followed.” The exceptions — such as the Rodney King beating and the Abner Louima case — were rare cases in which the offending thugs were stupid or careless enough to get caught. Continue reading
by Mark Roussell
I imagine the police would claim that the death of a man is prima facie evidence of a crime having been committed, i.e. they would perceive it as a reasonable cause to assume that murder had occurred. However, whether or not this is a genuinely reasonable or logical assumption surely depends on the circumstances as they appeared to the police at the time. It’s entirely possible the police are aware of critical circumstances that have not been reported that would make an assumption of murder appropriate. Or then again they may just be over-interpreting the law, going that extra politically correct mile, and arresting obviously innocent people who have clearly used “reasonable”, but
lethal, self defence. I wonder which it is.
In my view any defensive action on one’s own property must automatically be assumed to be “reasonable”, even if it results in the death of an intruder. There is no other rational, effective, realistic or ethical interpretation.
The fact that the arrested man has been released on bail seems to suggest that he is not considered by the police to be a risk to others, which in turns seem to me to suggest that he probably should not have been arrested at all. Arresting the probably traumatised victim of a crime is simply not the behaviour we should expect from our police.
As an aside, I’d like to say to anyone who supports the idea of ‘tough policing’ from the likes of Bill Bratton or similar that these supercops seem most unliikely from what I’ve heard to avoid problems such as these, where homeowners are arrested for defending themselves and their property. Indeed, I suspect they would be all the more eager to arrest the homeowners in situations like this as potential criminals! So called tough, no compromises, policing tends to imply even less discrection, even less common sense, even less reasonableness than is exhibited at present. Sure, they might be less politically corrct but they will
replace this with an even greater disinterest in genuine reasonableness(*). They are probably the last people that libertarians should support.
(*) I am willing to believe otherwise if any of these supercops are willing to go on the public record to make it clear that they will always presume in favour of the homeowner in cases like this.
Flash Mobs and Hi-Caps
by L. Neil Smith
Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise
Almost all of the various “revolutions” that have been sweeping across and through our civilization today are occurring because of a single new man-made phenomenon: the astonishing rise of lateral communications.
For the most part, this is a wonderful thing. Politicians, well accustomed to eighty centuries of strictly vertical communications, issuing haughty decrees to the masses, and acting arrogantly against the clearly expressed will of their constituents, can be confronted now, practically on a moment’s notice, by thousands of outraged individuals. Not surprisingly, few politicians regard this as a good thing. One has even wished publicly that the Internet had never been invented. Continue reading
by Sean Gabb
Our reach is truly global. I suspect we’ve had dozens of hits this year in the local and foreign media. Sadly, I lack the time and search tools to find the details.
by Thomas Knapp
It takes a lot to shut me up. I tend to be first past the post with an opinion, right or wrong, and not much brings me up short in that area.
I must confess, however to falling speechless and slack-jawed for a moment at the sheer gall of a CBS News Internet poll accompanying the story of two men sentenced Tuesday in the United Kingdom (“Brits get 4 years prison for Facebook riot posts,” August 17): “Is four years prison too harsh for a Facebook post?” Continue reading
Reforming Criminal Justice:
Three Steps to a Safer Country
Published on the 19th August 2011
in The Malawi Nation
A good criminal justice system does two things. First, it catches thieves and violent criminals, and punishes them so hard they’ll think twice about reoffending. Second, it leaves the rest of us alone. The system we have doesn’t do that. It goes after too many people whose “crimes” have no identifiable victim. At the same time, too many real criminals get away – sometimes literally – with murder. They’ve a good chance of not being caught, or not being prosecuted, or not being convicted. If they are convicted, the penalties are often absurdly lenient. The system soaks up oceans of the taxpayers’ money. It employs armies of lawyers and probation officers and social workers. And, looking at reoffending rates, it doesn’t punish. It doesn’t deter. It doesn’t reform bad character. Everyone knows the system has failed. We used to make jokes about the shifty lawyers and soft judges and the courtroom antics of hardened criminals. But that was a long time ago. No one is laughing now. Continue reading
by Sean Gabb
I bumped into one of the main local estate agents this morning in Deal. We were in the same queue for postage stamps, and our conversation turned to the inevitable matter of house prices.
For the past ten days or so, his agency has been flooded with enquiries from South London. Last weekend was his busiest for viewings since Gordon Brown did his Sampson in the Temple of Dagon act. Because it’s about the nicest place on the Fast Link to London, he expects prices to rise ten per cent relative to the South East average – and by Christmas. We agreed that there would eventually be more riots in the inner cities, and that crime levels would rise to levels comparable to low-intensity civil war. Crime would be up, and insurance premiums, and there would be the general inconvenience of living on something like the slopes of Vesuvius. The only thing to fall, we further agreed, would be prices for those unable to see the writing on the wall.
Deal is already filling up with refugees from the Hell that used to be London, and I’ve been moaning for a year about how crowded the roads are getting. Well, the shock of the riots may turn a trickle into a flood.
So, thank you, friends of Mark Duggan. Because of you and, of course, the useless plod sent in to calm you down, my late Stuart former brothel and place where Nelson slept with Emma Hamilton may finally outstrip the value of somewhere three times bigger – with land – in what Mrs Gabb thinks an even nicer part of England.
And, for those of you who have been sneering at me all these years from what you thought the much more desirable Notting Hill or St John’s Wood, the main Deal estate agents are Messrs Bright and Bright. You can find them on the Internet, though they currently have nothing left to sell.
It’s an ill wind….
by Sean Gabb
I suppose I should make some comment on last night’s rioting in Tottenham.
Thirty years ago, when we had all those “inner-city” riots, I sided automatically with the police. These were doing their job of maintaining law and order. The rioters were various kinds of scum who deserved a good kicking. After three decades of watching the progressive moral degradation of the police – to the point where almost no one looks oddly at me when I call them the pigs – I don’t feel the slightest sympathy for those shifty, rat-faced goons in blue. My own dealings with them have been confined to a few brushes with el Porco Trafico. Extrapolating from these, and bearing in mind what my friends tell me, and what I read in the newspapers, I do feel much sympathy for the blacks of Tottenham.
That being said, a decent government would have put down the riots with lethal force and kept the streets safe for the respectable classes. But if you suspect that I can’t work out if I hate rioters or the police more, you aren’t far off the mark.
by Kevin MacDonald
Note by Sean GabbI have copied this in full from The Occidental Observer site because Professor MacDonald’s posting seems to be the longest and most thorough analysis of what drove Mr Breivik to commit his crimes – always assuming he did indeed commit them. He has actually read the killer’s book, and this lets him say a great deal more than the mainstream media, which appears to take its entire coverage from statements by the Norwegian police.
For the record, the Libertarian Alliance deplores these killings and has no sympathy whatever with the ideology that may have been used to justify them. Nor do we endorse any claim that Professor MacDonald may derive from his analysis. At the same time, we thank him for having read and summarised an 1100 page book that has been made important by the the alleged deeds of its author.
It should go without further elaboration that we oppose all demands for gun control, which is nothing more than victim disarmament, and we oppose all demands for censorship of supposedly “hateful” ideas. Here begins the analysis by Kevin MacDonald:- Continue reading
by David Webb
Sean Gabb Comments: I lived for most of the 1990s within walking distance of the place where this alleged martyrdom took place. There was a continuing battle between the paramilitary arm of our pc state (aka the Plod) and various anonymous wits, whose comments on the plaque marking the Sad Spot were most entertaining. I once saw a man arrested for standing there with a placard containing the names of white people allegedly murdered by blacks in South London during 1999 alone. His list filled both sides of the placard, and asked who was calling for a public enquiry.
Several of my students assured me that the mainstream media story was a pack of lies from start to finish. I cannot recall any of the supporting evidence they gave me. Moreover, no sane man would refuse assent to the proposition that Duane Brooks and Doreen and Neville Lawrence are persons of the most unspotted integrity – they and all those allowed to have their say in public. But I do believe they were mistaken, and that this killing was drug-related. [SIG]
We know that traditionally English people have not been subject to double jeopardy, but that is no longer the case, and two men in East London are to be retried 18 years after the death of Stephen Lawrence. If only they were so tenacious when English people were killed by ethnic minorities! I would like to make two points:
1) legally, there is no way these men can get a fair trial after the hysteria that has been whipped up by the race lobby on this case.
2) The judge said today that a cardigan worn by one of the men may be connected to the case, and added: “It does not and could not demonstrate that Dobson wielded the knife which caused the fatal wound, but given the circumstances of the attack on Stephen Lawrence – that is, a group of youths in a violent enterprise converging on a young man and attacking him as a group – it would be open to a jury to conclude that any one of those who participated in the attack was party to the killing and guilty of murder, or alternatively
In other words, the cardigan is not proof of which person killed Stephen Lawrence, but the judge openly invites the jury in the upcoming case to decide to pin the offence of murder on someone wearing the cardigan who may have been an onlooker. What about beyond all reasonable doubt? That principle has gone out of the window. If they are going to get the killer, they need to get someone who, beyond all reasonable doubt, wielded the knife. It seems a conviction has been ordered by the government at the highest levels.
by Robert Henderson
The story coming out of Washington is incoherent. We are told that Al Qaeda at the time of Osama bin Laden’s death was a terrorist organisation with SMERSH-like global reach and capability with bin Laden as its directing mastermind. At the same time the US administration (falsely) depicted him as a coward who used his wife as a human shield, and showed him as a prematurely aged man living in physical circumstances verging on the squalid. As the story moves along they add further demeaning details such as claims that herbal Viagra was found in bin Laden’s medicine chest (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/8502363/Osama-bin-Laden-was-a-user-of-herbal-viagra.html) and a large amount pornography discovered in the compound. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/8513131/Osama-bin-Laden-dead-large-pornography-stash-found-in-compound.html).
Even as unabashed propaganda that is inept in a world which contains the Internet. Long gone are the days when contradictory propaganda messages could be delivered to different audiences safe in the knowledge that the “wrong” message would not end up in unintended ears and eyes. Not only that but the propaganda is remarkably crude. Successful propaganda does not smack you in the face and say “Hey, look at me!” Rather it suggests by circumstance and implication. Continue reading
I think we’ve already published a version of this. Here it is as revised for the Libertarian Alliance:
Over the past twenty-five years fundamental safeguards have been removed or are in danger of being removed from our legal system through measures such as the Serious Crime and Disorder Act, various anti-terrorism laws, the retention of the fingerprints and DNA of those not found guilty of a crime and the breach of the convention that no one is placed in “double jeopardy” by being tried twice for the same offence. At the same time, the whole thrust of government policy and behaviour is ever more authoritarian, vide the neutering of Parliament, the series of gratuitous and aggressive wars and the increasingly intolerant treatment of protestors. In such circumstances the chances of becoming involved with the criminal law are increasing even for the law abiding. That being so it pays to be prepared to deal with the police, lawyers and the courts. This is what the guide is designed to do.
by Sean Gabb
MPs often ask for ideas on what private bills they should introduce. In case any of these people are reading this blog, here is my suggestion for a bill.
Of course, other names can be substituted.
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
1. That Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is declared guilty of high treason for his subverting of the ancient and fundamental laws of England and introduction of a tyrannous and arbitrary government over the lives and liberties and property of the people of England;
2. That the said Anthony Charles Lynton Blair shall within thirty days of coming into force of this Act be taken to Trafalgar Square to be hanged by the neck until dead and that the details of this provision shall be arranged by majority vote of the persons named in the schedule to this Act and that the authority of such persons shall for the purpose of carrying this provision into effect be regarded as final and binding notwithstanding any rule of common or statutory law;
3. That all property of the said Anthony Charles Lynton Blair whether real or personal and whether held by him or for his benefit shall be forfeit and that the details of this provision shall be arranged by majority vote of the said persons named in the schedule to this Act and that the authority of such persons shall for the purpose of carrying this provision into effect be regarded as final and binding notwithstanding any rule of common or statutory law.