Monday, 26 October 2009

ACPO's sinister surveillance role

ACPO, an unelected and unaccountable body whose sinister expansion has been the cause of previous posts here, is now compiling a database of those it considers to be 'domestic extremists'. This blog's long opposition to ACPO has doubtless already earned me a place on the list of those first into the camps when the time comes.

The real insult is that the Home Office and our own Chief Constables are funding it - to the tune of £9m a year. With no statutory reporting, with no Freedom of Information recourse, with no democratic accountability, this money disappears into a wholly antidemocratic black hole.

ACPO's Anton Setchell is either a very stupid man or a very disingenuous one. When asked how many citizens were on ACPO's 'domestic extremist' database - the most fundamental fact about a computer database, answerable in ten seconds by the database administrator - Setchell replied he couldn't say, as it was not easy to count.

It's time our MPs got off their arses and set up a Standing Select Committee to do nothing but quiz these secret State police from ACPO, NPIA, ACRO, CRB and the ISA, week in and week out, until we've dragged them all into the light of day and can decide what to do about them.

5 comments:

thefatlady said...

So, what's new?
Back in my mis-spent youth, I was a member of CND. I did nothing more than go on the Aldermaston March. Decades later, when my son applied to the RAF, the interviewer pulled out a thick file on me.
Still not right, but no change in principle, only in technology.

lilith said...

Huge resources are going into this. Here is a photo of Mr Anton Setchell, just so everyone knows who he is. If he has nothing to hide he has nothing to fear.

Letters From A Tory said...

Yet again, the police find themselves on the wrong side of the fine line between protecting us and stalking us.

Letters From A Tory said...

Yet again, the police find themselves on the wrong side of the fine line between protecting us and stalking us.

banned said...

Not really surprising though is it ?