Now its GUILT BEFORE THE CRIME – another new totalitarian law

The incredible law scribes working at the Home
Office, run by (ex) Communist Dr John Reid is working overtime with new and
re-inventive ways to detain and control the population of

The latest offering is the Super ASBO, whereby police will have
the power to apply a curfew, movement restrictions, force you to live in a
named hostel, have you placed on the violent and sex offender register BEFORE you even commit an offence.  And any breach could lead to up to five years
in jail.

These new “super-Asbo’s” will be aimed not
only at people who have a history of violent behaviour or who have just left
prison but also anyone who may not yet have committed an offence. 

A Home Office document outlining the plan,
to be published next month, says that the measures will ban potential
trouble-makers from certain areas or mixing with certain people, alert police
when they move house and possibly force them to live in a named hostel, give
details of vehicles they own and impose a curfew on them.

The criteria for being targeted by this new
law include a person’s formative years and upbringing, “cognitive
deficiencies”, “entrenched pro-criminal or antisocial attitudes,” “a history of
substance abuse or mental health issues”, as well as more obvious signs such as
“possession of paraphernalia related to violent offending (eg, balaclava,
baseball bat), or extremist material”. 

My interpretation of this is, if you’re not
quite as quick as everyone else you’re a target, if you mix with the wrong
crowd, you’re a target, describe antisocial attitudes, does that include
bloggers? And if you like to spend Sunday afternoon in a chill wind with your
son, wearing a balaclava and playing baseball (perhaps cricket bats are exempt?),
you’re a target, and just what the hell extremist material will consist of is
totally open, but it does have political connotations rather than violent ones.

The police or probation service (which is
to be outsourced like traffic wardens with targets to meet), would apply for
the orders to the civil courts, where the threshold for proof is lower than in
a criminal case, the process will therefore be much quicker and hearsay
evidence will be permitted to obtain an order against a suspect.   Sounds just like the old communist laws, and
before that Nazi ones. 

The reasoning: A report out today, by the
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies in association with The Sunday
, reveals that almost half of the offenders caught by police are
getting away without a court punishment, robberies have risen and murders are
up by a third, even though we already have more than enough laws to deal with

This new proposed legislation is not the
answer.  This new proposed legislation is
not the answer to anything.

Whereas the plethora of laws made everyone
a suspect, now everyone in
is GUILTY before you have even done anything. 

Make for a better judiciary, yes, but not
with draconian, totalitarian laws like this one, and the betting is that it
will be exempt from the FOI so we will never know how many people they have rounded
up or how it has been applied. It was a very similar law that was used by the
Germans to round up not only Jews, but Gypsies, Romanies, the Mentally ill,
petty thieves and robbers and put them into concentration camps.

The potential for another secretive catch
all law allowing Government or Police abuse of power is enormous.

Once the government have criminalised
everyone with the array of totalitarian laws they have passed since coming to
power, it will by default mean that no-one will ever get a job, because the
CRB check will show a
criminal record, and they will never be able to travel for the same reason.  Talk about creating polarised communities.


In a
free society, the rights and laws protect the individual from the government.

In a
dictatorship, the rights and laws protect the government from the people.


About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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