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Britain faces summer of rage - police
Police are preparing for a "summer of rage" as victims of the economic downturn take to the streets to demonstrate against financial institutions, the Guardian has learned. (More)

Will you be on the new EU criminal database?

If you have ever criticised the EU or its symbols in any way you will find that your name will most likely be found there. For the EU ‘freedom of speech’ means what ever they want it to mean. The one thing it doesn’t mean is that you have freedom to speak your mind!

So if, you, have ever expressed disparaging remarks about the Brussels commissars and their European Union, you will be most concerned to learn that a EU Council decision, taken on January 20th, authorised the establishment of a pan-EU ‘criminal’ database which includes the following ‘offences’.  As you will see anything at any time can be construed as an offence.   Make no mistake about this this is tyranny writ large:

'Disturbing' study reveals most of us would torture others if ordered to '
Most of us would torture others if ordered to do so, a study has found. Scientists revealed that 70 per cent of volunteers, when encouraged by  authority figures, continued to administer electric shocks - or at least thought they were doing so - even after an actor claimed they were painful.

Researchers at Santa Clara University in California said the experiment can only partly explain the widely reported prisoner abuse at the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq or events during World War II. Jerry Burger said: 'What we found is validation of the same argument - if you put people into certain situations, they will act in surprising, and maybe often even disturbing, ways.
Council spies stalked family for three weeks to check they lived in school's catchment area

Stalked: The mother whose family were spied on by the council is incensed at the invasion of their privacy, pictured with her daughter A family were spied on for three weeks by a council to check whether they lived in the catchment area of their child's school. An undercover official made a detailed log of the family's daily activities without their knowledge, tailing the morning and afternoon school runs and returning in the evening to watch their £350,000 house.

Father's fury after he is held in cells for smacking his seven-year-old son
A father is demanding an apology from police after he spent a night in a cell for smacking his son.
Councillor denies benefit fraud
A Dorset councillor has appeared in court to deny benefit fraud. Councillor Daniel Martin, a Lib Dem member of Poole Borough Council, is accused of using false representation to obtain Job Seeker's Allowance. Mr Martin, of Kingcup Close, Broadstone, appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court to enter the plea. The councillor, who was elected in May 2007, was released on unconditional bail. The case was moved to Dorchester Crown Court for a date yet to be set. The charge relates to a period before Mr Martin was elected.

Man arrested and locked up for five hours after taking photo of police van ignoring ‘no entry’ sign
When Andrew Carter saw a police van ignore no-entry signs to reverse up a one-way street to reach a chip shop, he was understandably moved to protest to the driver.
Man fined for swearing at TV A man has been fined £80 for swearing at his own television while drunk.

Nailed! Security guard and three police officers interrogated grammar girl who painted one fingernail in Boots
Millions of schoolgirls  -  and plenty of grown women  -  have tried out cosmetics on themselves in shops before deciding whether to buy. So when grammar school girl Hannah Gilbert, 12, popped into Boots on only her second trip into town by herself, she thought nothing of painting a single thumb with nail polish to see how it looked. But her shopping expedition turned into a nightmare when a security guard suddenly appeared and told her that if she failed to buy the product she would be guilty of theft.
Police officers stay in jobs despite serious convictions
Dozens of officers at a single force are patrolling the streets despite convictions for gun crimes, actual bodily harm, theft and other offences. Many of the crimes took place while the officers were in post, raising concerns about a fall in police standards. Last night MPs questioned whether courts could trust evidence from officers with serious convictions, and condemned the "deeply unfair" policies that allowed the officers to keep their jobs .
Orange drinks with 300 times more pesticide than tap water
Fizzy drinks sold by Coca-Cola in Britain have been found to contain pesticides at up to 300 times the level allowed in tap or bottled water. A worldwide study found pesticide levels in orange and lemon drinks sold under the Fanta brand, which is popular with children, were at their highest in the UK.
Police marksmen face probe after storming house and shooting father of three
Armed police face an investigation after a father-of-three was gunned down early yesterday during a domestic row at home. Batholomew 'Baz' Buckley was shot in his house by officers from West Yorkshire Police who arrived following a frantic 999 call from a distressed woman. Mr Buckley, a 44-year-old divorcee, was last night in a 'serious' condition in