Monday, October 31, 2011

Beware The Bogey Man The Disingenuous and The Back Door

We witnessed it with the Patriot Act, although in the case of Bush, even that wasn't enough, Bushco and the American state going on to engage in all kinds of illegal domestic activities, from.... well you name it.

But what we did witness, was the wheeling out the terrorism bogey man and subsequently the enactment of the Patriot act, that did for privacy and civil rights in one fell swoop, what the Taliban did for cultural appreciation. Guardian, video below.

There is another bogey man I want to make mention of, and although not directly related to the main body of this post, it is important that I mention it for reasons manifold.

Voter disenfranchisement has been around in the US for long enough, but is seemingly ever on the increase in the red states of America. And shamelessly so I have to say; well it would be wouldn't it? Shame and Republican, being two words that don't belong in the same sentence.

I'm not going to explain the nuts and bolts of it all, but do Google it for yourselves. It's quite an eye-opener, even if you are somewhat au fait with the US voting system, even more so if you are not.

But it is under the guise of voter fraud, albeit so minuscule that it could, and should be ignored, nevertheless, this is the bogey man that Republican held states and districts offer, quite transparently and shamelessly, as the excuse to enact restrictions, usually in the form of voter ID, on that section of the public that would normally be associated with voting Democrat.

Update: The Guardian has a piece on this.

The Republican 'voter fraud' fraud

All over the US, GOP lawmakers have engineered schemes to make voting more difficult. Well, if you can't win elections fairly… Guardian

More recently and closer to home however, we have witnessed the use of, and not always for reasons noble, that most emotive of bogey men, the paedophile.

And what better example do we need of seeing the paedo bogey man being run out, and for sure without a noble reason in sight, than that of Jim Gamble, recently of the CEOP.

In chronological order I reference three previous posts, all featuring the use of emotive bogey man to further someone's agenda, an agenda I have to say, where the protection of children slips down the ladder of priorities. We only need to recall Jim Gambles attempts to whitewash the McCanns to have that observation confirmed.

The first up then: CEOP: More Toys Out Of The Pram Our bogey man, this time under the guise of cartoon porn, starts proper at the, A comment from the web mark. But please, don't miss out on the comments, they say as much, if not more than the article itself.

That's The Trouble With Hysteria follows next, and it is this post that is the meat and potatoes of it all. Referencing the toys out of the pram article at the outset, it delves a little deeper into the use of the bogey man as tool, but does moves on to cover one or two other points.

Now I know Why is pure Jim Gamble, well it is if you ignore, Ed Smart, Isabel Duarte and Keith Vaz that is. But for the main, it is Gamble, his methods and his empire building.

So to the article in question, two actually, there was something else that caught my eye on the same site.

Here again we see the same bogey man employed, he does get around doesn't he? But what this fellow is proposing, in the name of the bogey man of course, is nothing more than data gathering on a grand scale, and not least shall we say, a tad intrusive?

Details of all internet traffic should be logged, MEP says

A member of the European Parliament wants users' "traffic data", rather than the specific content of online communications, to be logged under expanded EU laws on data storage. This is according to a statement from the European People's Party (EPP) at the European Parliament.

Tiziano Motti, an Italian MEP, wants to extend the EU's Data Retention Directive "to content providers (social networks etc) in order to identify more easily those who commit crimes, including paedophilia through sexual harassment on the net," the EPP said.

"This is a request which does not refer specifically the online content, which falls under the Regulation of Wiretapping, but to the traffic data developed by the person uploading material of any kind on the net: comments, pictures, videos," it said.

The Data Retention Directive was established in 2006 to make it a requirement for telecoms companies to retain personal data for a period – determined by national governments – of between six months and two years. The Commission decided to regulate following terrorist attacks in Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005.

Under the Directive, telecoms firms are required to retain identifying details of phone calls and emails, such as the traffic and location, to help the police detect and investigate serious crimes. The details exclude the content of those communications.

Motti's proposals, developed with the help of Italian computer expert Fabio Ghioni (author of Hacker Republic), would involve the data being stored in an internet "black box" enabling the "truth of what happened on the web" to be recorded, according to an automated translation of a report on Ghioni's website (in Italian).

Ghioni's "Logbox" system would involve encrypting the traffic data and giving the "key" to access it to the user, an "authority" and a lawyer, according to an automated translation of a report (in Italian) by Italian Christian magazine, Famiglia Cristiana.

Ghioni said his "precise mechanism" would need the "collaboration" of operating system manufacturers such as Microsoft and Apple to log all activities on their systems, according to the automated translation of the report. That data would be "digitally signed in order to be traced to a specific computer and its user", allowing paedophiles to be identified "regardless of any trick [they may use] to anonymise any illegal activity", and would be inexpensive to operate, Ghioni said, according to the automated translation of the report.

Motti believes that establishing a system for storing "traffic data" would make it possible to enforce suggestions he previously made regarding data retention laws last year, according to the EPP.

In June 2010, the European Parliament backed proposals outlined in a "written declaration" by Motti and fellow MEP Anna Záborská to set up a system to act as an "early warning" system to identify paedophiles and other sex offenders. A written declaration has no legislative effect on its own, but is formally communicated by the Parliament to the European Commission in a bid to influence its policy if adopted.

The adopted declaration also called for the scope of the Directive to cover "data generated or processed in connection with the provision of publicly available electronic communications services or of public communications networks" and be extended "to search engines in order to tackle online child pornography and sex offending rapidly and effectively".

In April this year, the European Commission said it would update the Data Retention Directive after conceding that it does not always adequately protect privacy or personal data.

The Commission was responding to a critical report that it had commissioned to provide feedback on the impact the Directive was having on businesses and consumers, and how it was being implemented in EU countries.

At the time the Commission said that it would consider strengthening regulations of the storage, access to and use of retained data to improve the protection of personal data.

In May, UK Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said that the Commission's plans to revise the Directive should be viewed "with caution" after he listed examples of how stored communications data had been used to thwart terrorism and serious crime during a speech at the British Chamber of Commerce in Brussels.

This is the other article that caught my eye, but don't be mislead by the header, it goes deeper than that.

YouTube asked to remove 135 videos over 'national security issues', Google says

The UK Government asked Google to remove 135 YouTube videos for national security reasons in the first half of this year, the internet search giant has said.

In total UK content removal requests increased by 71% compared to the previous six-month period, Google said in its twice-yearly transparency report.

The Government raised no national security concerns between July and December 2010.

Google fully or partially complied with 82% of the Government's requests, the report said.

In total the UK Government requested the removal of 333 items including web search results, images and videos according to the figures.

It also asked for 61 videos to be removed for 'privacy and security' reasons, three for violence and one for hate speech. 20 videos were removed for 'other' reasons, according to the figures.

Google started publishing its Transparency Report last year. It outlines traffic patterns and disruptions to Google services, as well as providing details of content removal requests and requests for user data received from governments around the world.

Removal requests ask for the removal of content from Google search results or another one of the company's products, including YouTube, it said. Data requests ask for information about Google user accounts or products.

The company said it received 1,273 user data requests relating to 1,443 individual users. It fully or partially complied with 64% of those requests, it said.

A Home Office spokesperson told that where unlawful online content was hosted in the UK, the police have the power to seek its removal. Where the content is hosted overseas, the Government works with its international partners to have the content removed.

"The government takes the threat of online extremist or hate content very seriously," the spokesperson said.

National governments asked Google to remove content for many different reasons including defamation allegations and breaches of local laws prohibiting hate speech or pornography, it said.

Google said that it did not comply with government requests which were not specific enough for the company to know what should be removed, or allegations of defamation through informal letters from government agencies.

"We generally rely on courts to decide is a statement is defamatory according to local law," it said.

Brazil made the most content removal requests, the report said. China only made three removal requests, each covering a large amount of data. Google was unable to disclose the details of one of those requests as it "had reason to believe" the Chinese government had prohibited disclosure, it said.

The search engine received a request from police in the US to remove videos it was alleged depicted acts of police brutality, it revealed.

"We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality, which we did not remove," it said.

"Separately, we received requests from a different local law enforcement agency for removal of videos allegedly defaming law enforcement officials. We did not comply with those requests, which we have categorised in this Report as defamation requests."

Content removal requests from authorities in the US increased by 70% compared to the previous six-month period, it said. In addition, the US authorities made more than 11,000 requests for user data - a higher figure than any other country, the report said.


Anonymous said...

omg justgiving page
dig deep

Himself said...

I don't know what to say.

What can you say?

One born every minute?

By the by, I fell foul of the pain in the arse anti-bot words first time round, I hadn't signed in.

It wouldn't even post my first comment.

Might it not be a little easier for you if you had a blogger ID?

I don't know, I'm only guessing.

I have been looking for a new ISP all morning. Money returned or not, they have still pissed me right off.

We shall see!

Anonymous said...

Himself said...

???? This one?

“@ProfilerPatB: #McCann. As always this proves nothing more than confused testimony. Where's the motive/body/plausible theory?

Anonymous said...

Yes, my opinion too. As I say, only my opinion.

Himself said...

I have nothing against the woman, although she appears a bit miffed with me.

Perhaps it's because I wasn't gushing like the rest of 'em, and dared to question how on earth she thought she was going to sue the Macs from her side of the pond.

Still, whatever she drags up, it can't do any harm, and who knows she might, I say might, actually crack the case.

Which would give her world acclaim as a profiler, which of course will be 90% of her motive in the first place.

She would live forever as a (very rich) talking head on this case alone.

I do actually wish her every success.

Anonymous said...

"They're on for another run... let's see who from their Tapas7 friends will join them for "support" this time. Last time it was Rachel Oldfield, who's turn is it now? (15)

Himself said... LOL

Anonymous said...

Fi £25,00 (+ £7,05 giftaid)
30.03.11 Sorry we can't be there to run with you but will definately be with you in spirit.... Go for it guys! All our love Fi, Dave and girls xxxx

A generous gift from the deep digging friends and an impersonal global message, because they are so into each other. They couldn’t be there to run with them in 2011, but they will 'definitely' be with them in spirit for the rest of their lives.

Himself said...

they will 'definitely' be with them in spirit for the rest of their lives

You said it Chuck, well spotted.

I can't keep track of the Amaral court case, any idea when it is?

Anonymous said...

libel trial in April 2012?
can't find any information, not even in Portuguese

Anonymous said...

A case full of questions
Um caso cheio de interrogações

Himself said...

A very lightweight article I thought, we are long past such things.

Anonymous said...

53:00 "If we don’t find Madeleine the next period, we will face more difficult times ..." (GM)

Gerry McCann: "I think it's something tangible that could benefit other people and give a renewed interest to other missing kids in a medium that younger people use, tens of millions of people use YouTube. There are over 229 videos of Madeleine on it already and that's interesting."

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Himself said...

Good morning Maren, I have just enquired of Jo if it is officially sanctioned, a clever move it is.

I am about to go through your links now.

Himself said...

The Portuguese judicial system is a nightmare as it is, throw in Correia and it's a mad house.

You will have seen Jo's reply no doubt.

Regarding the video, or any video for that matter, I just don't watch them; period.

Anonymous said...

Libel trial, provisional date 13 September 2012

Himself said...

Good morning, thank you.

I wonder how the defamation trial is going on?

Not without its "moments" I shouldn't wonder.

Anonymous said...

Himself said...

It's endless isn't it?

And hopefully without sounding crass, a bit like Jeremy Hunt on Levesen today.

Anonymous said...

Carter-Ruck, the law firm representing Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann, said they stand behind the decision of the authorities not to dig.

Himself said...

Hasn't he, and his magic machine, been dismissed as "Well, if you say so?"

Anonymous said...

Himself said...

Good morning Maren.

A good link thank you. And one I would be more inclined to believe than not.

If for no other reason than we have already witnessed what Leveson is prepared to try and cover up publicly.

IE Yates, Cameron and Hunt.

Anonymous said...

Adam Tudor and his colleague Isabel Hudson continue to do a vast amount of work for us, without payment, most of it quietly, behind the scenes Kate McCann

Isabel Martorell(formerly Hudson) admits that she has not read Mr Amaral’s book.

Anonymous said...

Go see the doctor.

(old, crumbly body allowing)

If I’m honest, (...)

And the Paynes digging deep.

Nothing is impossible!
Donation by DFLS xxxx


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Anonymous said...

Security around her appearance may be reviewed by race organisers and police.

Mr Mitchell added: “The trouble is that it is very hard to stop these people. They hide away behind their computer screens, blogging away.”

Oh, the irony.

Anonymous said...

On July 18th 2007, Kate McCann wrote in her personal journal (for the publication of which by the News of The World she was awarded substantial damages)

"I had lots of hope that there would be progress in Murat's situation. I'm sure that he is involved and I feel like killing him, but I can't"

Anonymous said...

"Not sure how I [Kate McCann] feel about seeing Mr Amaral - for the first time ever, I hasten to add! I know I'm not scared but that man has caused us so much upset and anger because of how he treated my Beautiful Madeleine and the search to find her. He deserves to be miserable and feel fear." (p.341 Madeleine).

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

The McCanns digging deep

What can we say? Twice? You're definitely bonkers....but we love you.....and thank you for everything!! Big hug.

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Anonymous said...


THE British police hunt for Madeleine McCann has cost at least £3.8million.


Whatever SY is hunting, I'm convinced it is not MM.

Anonymous said...

Himself said...

Murders can also be kept in the public consciousness by vigorous campaigns


Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Why not read what the UK media won't let you: Or join the 2,000+ folk here:

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Anonymous said...

Hope u put it 2 your fare 2 go back to PDL 2 do reconstruction u refused 2 do in 2007 . Take D Payne bak with u 2 explain Gaspar statement & Ms Y Martins mwahxx

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Himself said...

LOL Whooshed now.