As the needle bends

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Mullah, May I?

In an article that leaves me virtually speechless, look what our British Cousins are going to try:

Police have agreed to consult a panel of Muslim leaders before mounting counter-terrorist raids or arrests. Members of the panel will offer their assessment of whether information police have on a suspect is too flimsy and will also consider the consequences on community relations of a raid.

Yep. It would appear that they are indeed planning to ask permission of the public or some portion of it, specifically linked to the special interest group which may be the target of said raid before going forward. OK, that’s unbelievable enough but the article continues:

Members will be security vetted and will have to promise not to reveal any intelligence they are shown. They will not have to sign the Official Secrets Act. […] The idea came from the Metropolitan police and the Muslim Safety Forum (MSF), which works for better police-Muslim relations. It has been under discussion for two years and came to the top of the agenda after a police raid in Forest Gate, London, in June, in which a man was shot. Police were acting on a tip-off about a bomb. None was found.

I understand that tensions get heated when law enforcement acts on information which special interest groups do not favor. Either the intel "is not believable" or "doesn’t warrant the actions taken." But to ask permission of the special interest group, and only make them double-dog swear not to tell is beyond me.

Thank God, it seems to be "just" a pilot program:

The first panel, expected to consist of four people, will be set up initially in London. Tomorrow representatives from police forces across England and Wales will decide whether to make the scheme national.

Can we dare hope that the infamous British stiff upper lip will return, along with some sort of sanity?

As The Needle Bends

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September 24, 2006 - Posted by | Life and Ramblings


  1. Why, I ask, must these planners of such atrocities be
    treated with rubber gloves on? For goodness sake….if
    I were to ‘step over the line’, even in a minor way,
    I wouldn’t get such treatment!

    We are too kind and gentle with the people! A respect, we don’t receive back from them!

    Comment by Lee | September 27, 2006 | Reply

  2. Lee, I couldn’t agree with you more. I found it absolutely amazing that a governmental agency would even consider asking an opinion of the “special interest group” before carrying out an arrest or counter-terrorism raid. Maybe they have forgotten Sir Winston Churchill said “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last.”

    Comment by bsue | September 27, 2006 | Reply

  3. Maybe it’ll be a Soprano’s question.

    “You got a problem wit dat?”

    Comment by Wino | September 28, 2006 | Reply

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