In a guest Appearance on the Ochelli Effect, host Chuck Ochelli, Barry Prince, Dylan Wade and myself discuss the events of the recent London ‘terror incident’ at London bridge and Borough Market.
Elements from those events form a wider discussion of policing policy and the sequence of implementations of more totalitarian tactics by the ‘authorities’ we pay to ‘serve and protect’ us.
Please find below some edited sections from the Guardian online website with links to the original articles they are taken from, I have not altered the context or body of the text, merely reduced some spurious content for legibility.
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The Guardian reported; “Seven people were killed and dozens injured during attacks in two closely connected areas of London on Saturday night. The police are treating the attacks as terrorist incidents.
Police were called after a white rental van was driven into pedestrians on London Bridge at about 9.58pm on Saturday night. The van continued on to nearby Borough Market where three attackers emerged and carried out multiple stabbings in pubs and restaurants.
Armed police arrived and shot the attackers dead within eight minutes of being alerted. The attackers were armed with knives and wore what turned out to be fake suicide vests.
On Sunday night, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. “A detachment of Islamic State fighters executed yesterday’s London attack,” said a statement posted on the group’s Amaq media agency website.”
‘Shoot to Kill’ Policy;
The Guardian reported; “Theresa May has accused Jeremy Corbyn of being opposed to using “shoot to kill” to deal with terrorist incidents, repeating a controversial claim that is being spread widely on social media via a misleadingly headlined 18-month-old BBC video clip.
During a speech on Monday in Whitehall at which she was repeatedly pressed about cuts in police numbers, the prime minister said that at the forthcoming election there was “one leader who has opposed the use of shoot to kill”.
The “shoot to kill” policy has come particularly into focus because it was used to end the attack in Borough Market in London within eight minutes of the first emergency call being placed. Fifty rounds were fired by eight officers, and one member of the public was wounded in the incident.
On Sunday night, Corbyn gave a speech in which he clarified his position, stating that he approved of the police using “whatever force is necessary” to protect life, saying:”
Our priority must be public safety and I will take whatever action is necessary and effective to protect the security of our people and our country. That includes full authority for the police to use whatever force is necessary to protect and save life as they did last night, as they did in Westminster in March.
The Guardian reported; “Ireland 1982;
Stalker discovered that the informant who had told special branch about the explosives at the hayshed had also provided information about Toman, Burns, McKerr and McCauley. He suspected that this man was not only an informer, but an agent provocateur, who had planted the old rifles at the hayshed. The surveillance was being maintained, and anyone who went to take the weapons was liable to be attacked. Stalker also found out how much money was being paid to this spy inside the IRA: it amounted to many thousands of pounds. But he never discovered the informer’s identity, and nor did anyone else outside a tight group of special branch detectives and MI5 officers.
Sir Patrick Mayhew, told the House of Commons that the director of public prosecutions for Northern Ireland had concluded that there was no new evidence to warrant further prosecutions. Seamus Mallon, the Social Democratic and Labour party MP for Newry and Armagh, pointed out that no inquests had been held, and added: “Make no mistake about it, justice has been dispensed with in this statement to cover up the murky and illegal methods of MI5 and MI6, and the darker elements within the RUC.” Mayhew responded that “inquests will, of course, be held in due course”.
That was more than 27 years ago, and the shoot-to-kill inquests have not been held. They were opened and adjourned in 1983, and reopened after Sampson submitted his reports in 1987. Eventually, the local coroner, who was charged with examining the deaths, gave up. As recently as last December, the coroner – the fifth to attempt to preside over the hearings – was complaining furiously that police had still not handed over relevant material.”