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I CARE – - German Neo-Nazi takes Seat on Euro Parliament Civil Liberties and Justice Committee

According to the Guardian, “In 2012 a Berlin court handed Voigt a 10-month suspended sentence and a fine of €1,000 for glorifying the actions of the Waffen-SS at a party meeting in 2010.” Although Voigt is not a member of any of the groups formed in the parliament by MEPs from at least seven different […]

Files on UK role in CIA rendition accidentally destroyed, says minister | World news | The Guardian

In a statement that human rights groups said smacked of a cover-up, the department maintained that records of post-9/11 flights in and out of Diego Garcia, the British territory in the Indian Ocean, were “incomplete due to water damage”. The claim comes amid media reports in the US that a Senate report will identify Diego […]

Special Branch funded Paedophile Information Exchange, says Home Office whistleblower | UK | News | Daily Express

The whistleblower, who has spoken exclusively to the Sunday Express, says he was also warned off asking why such a notorious group was being handed government money.It emerged late last year that PIE was twice gave amounts of £35,000 in Home Office funding between 1977 and 1980, the £70,000 total equivalent to over £400,000 in […]

PressTV – Civil liberties groups fear more surveillance in UK

Civil rights groups fear that the report by Intelligence and Security Committee of parliament ISC, which is expected to be issued on Tuesday, may be used by the government to push for proposed anti-terror legislation without considering other reforms.Experts say the report is likely to highlight apparent weaknesses in Britain’s surveillance powers, particularly regarding the […]

Germany arrests suspected double agent accused of spying for United States – ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Prosecutors in Germany said a 31-year-old man was arrested and the foreign ministry has summoned the US ambassador over the incident.The alleged American agent is thought to have been working in intelligence agency BND with documents collected by the parliamentary committee investigating a previous allegation of spying, which involved the tapping of chancellor Angela Merkel’s […]

BBC News – Home Office under fire over lost paedophile dossier

Lord Brittan passed concerns in it to the relevant authorities, but the file itself was “not retained”.Labour MP Simon Danczuk said it may contain evidence that would identify child sex abusers.In an earlier version of this story, we reported that the Home Office had launched a trawl for the missing dossier, but this had in […]

Burka Ban ‘Does Not Violate Human Rights’ Rules European Court – Despite Outcry From UK Group, Liberty

[via HuffPo] The UK human rights pressure group Liberty intervened in the court case, arguing the ban, which came into force in France in April 2011, violated all those articles of the European Convention on Human Rights.Liberty says today’s ruling has major potential repercussions for freedom of religion and freedom of expression – not just […]

(19 May 2010) UK’s secret surveillance regime does not breach human rights, rules ECHR

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a claim that the UK’s Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act RIPA violates the human right to a private life. The UK’s rules and safeguards on covert surveillance are proportionate, said the court.The case concerned Malcolm Kennedy, a London businessman who was arrested for drunkenness in December 1990. […]

Revealed: Asian slave labour producing prawns for supermarkets in US, UK | Global development | The Guardian

Slaves forced to work for no pay for years at a time under threat of extreme violence are being used in Asia in the production of seafood sold by major US, British and other European retailers, the Guardian can reveal.A six-month investigation has established that large numbers of men bought and sold like animals and […]

Merkel reportedly gets NSA-proof phone with chip costing 2.5k euros — RT News

While the German federal prosecutor is investigating the alleged tapping of the chancellor’s phone, exposed by former US National Security Agency NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Merkel has been looking for ways to get her privacy back. About a year after Snowden’s leaks published by SPIEGEL, which stated the NSA was spying on some 500 million […]

FOCUS | Polish Minister: We Gave US ‘Blow Job’

The Wprost news magazine said the recording was of a private conversation earlier this year between Sikorski and Jacek Rostowski, a member of parliament with the ruling Civic Platform who until last year was finance minister.The magazine did not say who recorded the conversation, or how it obtained the recording.Aides to Sikorski and Rostowski said […]

BBC News – Tracking Syria fighters now main task for MI5

An estimated 400-500 UK fighters have been recruited by Isis, which is engaged in fierce fighting with Iraqi government forces.The footage features six armed men, sitting in front of the black flag of Isis.One of them, a Briton identified as Abu Dujana al Hindi, says he has a “message to the brothers who have stayed […]

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