A final word (for now) on the Damien Green arrest.
One of the most pathetic pompous arguments I’ve heard is that this shouldn’t have happened because he is a parliamentarian. Not that it was heavy-handed, (as quite rightly stated on this site by Liam Murray in the comments to an earlier posting) but that you couldn’t compare the locking up of civil servants or ordinary citizens…. because they weren’t parliamentarians.
We used to get the same reaction when the military marched on to South American university campus’s. It doesn’t matter too much when they crack open the heads of ordinary workers on demos, but the middle classes giving us all their angst about ‘academic freedom’ if it happened on a university site.
Stop fawning and creeping. Get off your knees. If it is wrong for the police to enter Damien Green’s house and…. shock, horror, take away his computer, will you be raising your voices just as loud when they knock down the door of Asian families in the early hours and take away the residents. Or will you look the other way, and say to yourself that the police must have had a warrant, obtained from a judge, and that there must have been probable cause.
Ask yourself the question.
Taken from the comments section on Iain Dale’s site:
Can we put to rest the fuss about “Counter-Terrorism Police”, please, as it’s a red herring? (There are enough grave issues raised by this case without getting sidetracked.)
As a matter of routine, cases where there was a potential breach of the Official Secrets Act always fell to Special Branch. Now that S.B. has been incorporated into the Counter-Terrorism Command they fall to officers within that command. They aren’t C.T. officers in the sense that they are people who ought to be chasing Al Qaeda. It’s simply an accidental result of the way the Met is organised internally.