A British citizen was held for days without charge in a London mental hospital under little-known laws which allow the police to arrest and detain anybody who voices criticism against politicians or celebrities.

The Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (FTAC) was quietly set up to identify individuals who they claim pose a direct threat to VIPs including the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and the Royal Family.

It was given sweeping powers to check more than 10,000 suspects’ files to identify mentally unstable potential “killers and stalkers” with a fixation against public figures.

The team’s psychiatrists and psychologists then have the power to order treatment – including forcibly detaining suspects in secure psychiatric units.

Using these powers, the unit can legally detain people for an indefinite period without trial, criminal charges or even evidence of a crime being committed and with very limited rights of appeal.

FTAC  is enforced by the police anti-terrorism unit, and so although it technically is a separate branch of law, it is enforced under the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act. It works in a similar way to laws in Thailand which ban citizens from saying anything critical of the Thai royal family.

A number of British citizens have already fallen victim to these laws. Activist David Compan was imprisoned without charges in a London mental hospital after he publicly associated himself with the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCC) campaign to hold the Crown of England responsible for crimes against children.

Social worker Elizabeth Scully has confirmed to ITCCS organizer Rhianne Mockridge that David was held for ‘examination’, but Scully initially refused to say where or provide any other details.

David Compan is a friend and supporter of Rhianne and other ITCCS activists in Coventry, who have led occupations of local roman catholic churches and are now convening a common law court to enforce ITCCS warrants against convicted felons and child abusers.

*The Akashic Times recently learned that after tireless campaigning by the ITCCS, David was released*. However, the law which allowed him to be locked up in the first place, is still in full effect.

The FTAC law allows the government to imprison indefinitely without charges anyone who is considered to be “fixated” about public figures, “VIP’s”, or members of the Royal Family.

Currently the law is very vague over what can be considered to be an unhealthy obsession against public figures. Worryingly, no trial is needed to provide evidence of the crime.

Until now, it has been the exclusive decision of doctors and mental health professionals to determine if someone should be forcibly detained.

But the new unit uses the police to identify suspects – increasing fears the line is being blurred between criminal investigation and doctors’ clinical decisions.

Human rights activists fear the team – whose existence has never been publicised – may be being used as a way to detain suspected terrorists without having to put evidence before the courts.

It also comes amid a continuing row over proposed mental health legislation which will make it easier to ‘section’ someone deemed a threat to the public.

MP Andrew Lansley was an outspoken critic of the law and said it could be used to target anybody with a religious, political or cultural belief that goes against the norm. He said:  “The Government is trying to bring in a wider definition of mental disorder and is resisting exclusions which ensure that people cannot be treated as mentally disordered on the grounds of their cultural, political or religious beliefs.

“When you hear they are also setting up something like this police unit, it raises questions about quite what their intentions are.

“The use of mental health powers of detention should be confined to the purposes of treatment. But the Government wants to be able to detain someone who is mentally disordered even when the treatment would have no benefit.

“Combined with the idea that someone could be classed as mentally ill on the grounds of their religious beliefs, it is a very worrying scenario.”

The laws were previously introduced under Tony Blair and are still being used today.

Last year we exposed how the Justice and Security Bill gives British courts the mandate to hold both criminal – and civil – cases in private and prevent suspects from hearing the evidence against them. It also enhances the powers of the Intelligence and Security Committee – which was established by the Intelligence Services Act in 1994.

It effectively makes them exempt from having to supply documents under the Freedom of Information Act and extends their right to conduct surveillance on the internet.

Suspects who have been excluded from secret court proceedings would be represented by a ‘special advocate’ – a security cleared lawyer chosen by the government or prosecutor, who is appointed on their behalf.

At the end of court hearing, the person being tried may win or lose their case without knowing why, as the court’s reasoning will likely be “classified”.

In fact, suspects don’t even have to be told there is a trial taking place against them, until they are arrested by police to begin their prison sentence. The legislation effectively marked the start of tyranny and ‘disappearing’ in the UK, which is usually seen in countries like North Korea or Zimbabwe.

Last year, we revealed how new laws were being introduced to allow for the use of secret courts in the UK for criminal and civil cases. The law effectively makes it “legal” to hold a court case against someone without their knowledge, detain them and penalise them – without telling them why, and without giving them access to a lawyer.

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  1. -2
    Kiss my American ass
  2. -1
    the royal family is the ones who control this system fuck them reptilian s and aliens and also illuminate I don’t bow down to no bitch fuck them all I pray to God the creator I am fearless haha I am royal blood what makes a celebrity so royal fuck them all I dont evan watch kak tv ima ges getting projected into my mind fake kak system is corrupted all of them American are the fucken worse the lie and murder and create crime try using 45 percent of ur brain what do u really know as a human nothing u were born and raised to order s by demons
    • 0
      well mr Cameron is a descendent of William iv and his wife descends from Charles ii so yes your right prolly not the way you thought but yes they have taken control of our government and nobody seems to care , magna carta suddenly means nothing at all , also prolly the reason they got a disabled child karma I say , incest a game for the whole royal family to play ( soz ) .
  3. 17
    You can tell from the sheer desperation to silence us all, that Babylon is falling, and faster than they expected !
  4. 12
    let us not tolerate government conspiracy theories like their version of 911…my advert on ebay re 911 truth dvd
  5. 81
    Fuck the government and fuck the royal family, load of pedophiles. Okay, now arrest me lol. Like I give a fuck
    • harleydavidson says:
      if they arrest everyone who is against the Tory twats or royal peado’s, they will be broke…plus it is a communist thing, and also isn’t that what they are at war for …democracy, we do have human rights and a constitutional right
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  11. James Forrester says:
    Do you know that this legislation, is very old news.
    • Sarah Jane says:
      Ironically you have responded to the story which was placed on this site 6 months ago. You’re a little late to the party! In actual fact, the legislation was updated around the time the story was written to reflect how it had been recently applied to the current stories at the time. Try harder James lol
    • 4
      @James Forrester As someone else pointed out the story alludes to events which happened around that time. who do you work for?
  12. Lloyd Kennedy says:
    I’ve said for ages that Britain is a fascist police state . This just confirms my beliefs . I moved abroad some time ago in order to avoid this shit . If everybody moved they would only have themselves to spy on and give orders to . Fuck the lot of them . Who the fuck are the royal family anyway ?
    • John Ivens says:
      The Queen is on trial in Brussels at this moment. Go to She was found guilty on similar charges at the Brussels Court in February 2013, along with ex-Pope Benedict aka Ratzinger, who became the first Pope to resign after this verdict, and is now holed up in the Vatican where he cannot be arrested. The charges related to the torture and murder of as many as 50,000 Canadian Indigenous Indian children over a 70 year period. Witnesses attested to the presence of Mountbatten and Prince Philip on one or more occasions. Also, it was alleged that in 1964 on a visit to Canada, the Queen and Philip took 10 children on a picnic.They were from an Anglican run Children’s Home. None of the children was ever seen again.The Charges were ignored. Here is an extract from the website of the Rev Annott who is helping prosecute the case, after working on the evidence for 17 years.This resulted in him being defrocked from his Canadian Unity Church. The reason Comlan was arrested in London recently is that he was trying to serve a Writ on the Queen relating to the Court’s Finding in February 2013. Incidentally if you can find the media coverage , Annott is prosecuting the Motion at the Cambridge Union on 24th April.The motion being that “the Catholic Church is a force for good in the world”. Here is a small part of the text from ” The NINTH CIRCLE began at least three centuries ago in the Vatican but has expanded to embrace local satanic child sacrifice cults across Europe and the Americas. Thanks to Catholic pressure, the Circle affiliated strongly with Nazi cultic groups that had close ties with the Waffen S.S. during the 1930′s and ’40′s, including the so-called KNIGHTS OF DARKNESS, whose members included former Pope Benedict, [Joseph Ratzinger]. Many of these members continued their murderous acts against children after World War Two, especially in Canada. Testimony was received from the sole survivor of a Knights of Darkness cult at the former Royal Canadian Air Force Base known as Lincoln Park in Calgary, Alberta. The Witness observed the ritual torture and killing of twenty abducted children by a former SS doctor and three other “Knights” working under cover as Canadian military personnel, between the years 1956 and 1958. Records of the SS doctor codenamed “Major Bob Armstrong” (SS number “091374 SS”) have been confirmed by Canadian government documents obtained by the Court from a former official of the Canadian Military Intelligence Agency, the NIS. Other witnesses to NINTH CIRCLE cults confirm the presence of British Royal Family members MOUNTBATTEN and PRINCE PHILIP at these child sacrifices, whose presence was concealed by defendant WELBY.[The previous Archbishop of Canterbury]– Jesuit officers including defendants PACHON and BERGOGLIO [The present Pope] were also present at the same rituals at Carnarvon Castle in Wales and at an undisclosed French Chateau, during the 1980′s and 1990′s. Similar sacrifices were conducted at Catholic and Anglican Indian residential schools in Kamloops, British Columbia and Brantford, Ontario during the 1960′s and earlier, according to statements from living and deceased indigenous eyewitnesses.
  13. 15
    We’re pressing the reset button on government, June 10th 2014. They can’t ock us all up!!
    • Malcolm Burt says:
      You can arrest a person but not an idea.Democracy has failed the people miserably because of the greed & selfishness of a few elitists.Like most readers i do not give any credence to acts of Parliament.It`s legislates in the last few tears alone churn my stomach with abhorrence & on June 10th i look to our Royal Sovereign to set matters right!
  14. 23
    Theres a difference between REAL law and legislation. I have not signed, agreed or even been made aware until now of this new fake legislation. They carry on down this road, the people are going to end up making their own laws.
    • 10
      “They carry on down this road, the people are going to end up making their own laws.” …which the people should be doing in a democracy anyway…
  15. Jerome Brown says:
    Do not be afraid to speak your mind! the criminal Elite are coming to the end of their reign. Their conniving , duplicitous greed has reached its end point. the victims are aware of the deception and are about to wreak their just revenge. It is only a matter of time.
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  17. Michael Carter says:
    Freedom of speech FREEDOM hope im still here tomorrow lol
  18. 9
    Some MK Ultra?
  19. 33
    What must truly frighten the-powers-that-be is, they cannot frighten enough of us badly enough.
  20. 4
    Mikes Hairy Entrance well fuckin said. fuckem
    • 0
      well it seems queeny you need to develop a thicker skin. im sure you will be saying this to me over my shoulder as your torturer whips me for real.. but while i still have a voice and while my own country still tries to do the very same things to me in the US I say your rule is at its end and we both know the origins of the Bolshevik revolution and the mind set that was then. yeah yeah yeah shes just a figure head right. Yours truly Mabb
  21. Mikes Hairy Entrance says:
    Well I am happy to say: Fuck the Government, Fuck David Cameron, Fuck Nick Clegg, Fuck the Milliband brothers, Fuck Parliament, Fuck McDonalds, Fuck the Police
  22. 23
    You better put a pair of hancuffs on me now for passing laws like this the govement are so tripped up on power that they had to inforce this law so people kept their mouth shut….. Screw it if i get arrested for speaking my mind then ill start protesting.. you cannot take freedom of speech… With the way things re going you better hook us all up to the matrix and lock us in a cyber world and tell us how to live now take all our money and our voice…. ohhh wait goverment already does this….
  23. 6
    either i cling to a fleeting vision of humanity, or i read Nietzsche and dream about dust particles.
  24. Kevin Coughlan says:
    This is unbelievable. More people needs to be aware of this.
  25. -5
    I`m with Glenn, wholeheartedly! @sillynonsense – You`re either a massive wind`up merchant or a crass facist without a heart or any morals but with a very low IQ and would fit in well with the current regime of scum purportedly ruling us! I hope (for the sake of everyone who knows you) that it`s the former rather than the latter. @Henny Vreeling – I`m sorry you were subjected to the inhuman state of our capital city and its inhabitants, if only you`d been attempting to buy a sitar from a northener I`m sure you`d have had a far more pleasant experience.
  26. Wat Appendto Commonsense says:
    We can blame the loss of our ‘rights and responsibilities’ on the years of political correctness and stupid diktats to respect all views except the ones you hold dear. A slow but sure eroding of everything ‘British’ has been forced upon us by so called social police, nimbys and minor officials who have used dubious means instead of science and fact to change us ‘for the better.’ Their only goal was (and still is) to forge a highly lucrative career for themselves at the detriment of freedom and liberty of the masses. This coupled with very clever media warping and bully boy tactics has seen those who say the truth quickly buried and discredited by celebrity charlatans, who care not for lowly commoners views because they are also too interested in moving up the pecking order in the pig troughs of our so called democracy. There is a lot wrong with the UK at the moment and I can’t see it getting any better.
  27. Christopher Lovell says:
    I just have 4 words to say about this post….. OVER MY DEAD BODY!!!!!!! :P
  28. Soulspinner says:
    Only terrorists/hate preachers can get away with criticising the Government. Just waiting for the knock on the door any minute now…
  29. 9
    I wouldn’t worry about these fascists, eventually the brits will wake up.
  30. 8
    Everbody ia trying so hard to get in the country when all British people just want out
  31. 9
    Should work well in conjunction with the gagging law. When they open the new Workhouses, there will be a special psychiatric wing for such detainees.
  32. 20
    What kind of world are we living in? I mean really? We’re floating in infinite space on an organic spaceship orbiting a dirty great ball of fire. And yet, politicians are worried about their precious little egos being wounded by a public I thought they didn’t care about anyway? And you now cannot say offensive things about celebrities? Even though journalists do this everyday? Then GET YOUR BRAINWASHING, UNTALENTED FOOLS OFF OF THE TV. We all have freewill! That’s the deal. And you’re not taking mine. You’re all pompous, pretentious little worms that merely feed off of working people. You’re just as the bad as the cider drinking benefit scavengers. If it wasn’t for the poor, you bastards would have no egos! So thank the poor! This is ridiculous. If you can ruin a whole nation in the blink of an eye I can say what ever the hell I want. You can’t threaten free willed beings with prison anymore. It’s not going to work. A big, positive change is imminent and no square in a suit that doesn’t know the price of milk is going to change it. Next you should make discrimination against different classes illegal! We are sick of your petty laws and rules. There’s more of us than you! This will end soon.
    • Lloyd Kennedy says:
      I couldn’t agree more . I was locked up for 1096 days for a crime that not only did I not commit but for one that didn’t happen in the first place . I live in France now . Fuck Britain and all it’s parasitic petty bourgeois fascists ! Our time is imminent .
  33. 11
    To be accused, never mind locked up without knowing why, is surely kidnapping? Then not even allowed a trial. What about Human Rights? I’m emigrating to Pluto…….
    • 7
      State kidnapping is not some Orwelian myth – It is just hard reality and occurs here just as much, if not more so than in foreign countries with dubious reputations… The system will crush dissent or whatever it perceives as dissent, with the false illusion of democracy or not.
  34. Sillynonsense says:
    If you have nothing to hide, then you don’t need to worry do you?@keith, what so I speak drivel just for disagreeing with you lol you must be a terrorist lover by the sounds of it.
  35. Henny Vreeling says:
    In July 2012 (from 1 to 6 July, so nearly a week) I have been in London, I had planned to stay there only a few days, but all went wrong when my world-pinpass (ABN-AMRO)wouldn’t work when I tried to buy a train-ticket in Harwich.(I had no cash money with me, I fully reckoned on my pinpass) Several weeks back I had found on eBay a sitar for sale, offered by an Indian lady in the south of London. As the weather remained rather bad (too cold for June!)I waited for some weeks before I went by ferry (Stena-Line)to the UK. I thought a facebook-friend of me would help me in London and I jumped into the train to London without a ticket. When the guard came along I explained my situation and he promised to help me further when the train arrived in the centre of London, but I didn´t see him again! I tried to phone the the Indian lady, but nobody wanted to give their handy for a short call to that lady. Then I went to a nearby policestation, there an officer gave me some carts of London, but when I walked for about 2 hours and looking once more at those carts, I saw I had to walk 15 km to the adress of the Indian lady. I went back to that policestation and asked the officer if he could bring me to the south of London, but he refused. Then I tried to reach my destination by bus and underground, but failed too. Late in the afternoon I became desperate and I spoke with two surveilling police officers who brought me to another police station where at last (at about 19h 30) I could phone with that Indian lady, but she mistrusted me, although I had corresponded with her via email several weeks, she wouldn’t pay for a cab or even meet me at all! So I walked through London trying to find some place to sleep, but it was quite cold at night! The next day I reached already very exhausted and deprived of sleep the Dutch embassy, where I was treated badly- they only gave me some papers with phonenumbers I had to call for help- I went back once more to the embassy, where they threatened to call the police when I wouldn’t leave!! The next day I went to that facebook-friend but she (a yoga teacher) was too busy to help me in a proper way. At last via two homeless people centra I could email my elder brother in the Netherlands to send me money via Western Union. I had visited London for four days in 1978 with my ex-wife, all people were very kind to us, the noise in the streets was not disturbing, the streets were clean and we had a very nice time. What I have experienced in 2012 was just the opposite: the noise of the traffic was awful (also much noise from low flying planes!)the streets were dirty and I saw many unhappy and stressed people. Yes, I also met some very nice people and one man in particular, whose name was Nick, a nurse at the first homeless people centrum, who helped me and gave me the courage to bring this personal disaster to a good end! But the overall impression I had of the English people is that their country is in great danger to become an Orwellian state and I’m afraid this new enforced law will terrorise the English people. So: GET UP- STAND UP- FIGHT FOR YOUR (HUMAN) RIGHTS- DEAR ENGLISH PEOPLE OR OTHERWISE THE UK WILL BECOME A TOTALITARIAN POLICE STATE!!!!
    • 0
      Henny, I doubt very much that in the few days here that you ever met an English person. They seem to be few and far between in the UK these days.
  36. Brian Powell says:
    Steve for one got it wrong. The UK has never been a liberal country. It has however, always been a country without a written constitution. We were ruled by a monarchy until our civil war, then parliament took the powers of the monarch but, because of the ingrown power block, parliament has never truly ruled this country. That has and still is being done by what I term, the shadow men. Men that live in the shadows and are never seen in the light of the public gaze. Men with untold amounts of wealth and power. Men like the Rothschilds, who own all but 3 or 4 of the worlds national banks and are therefore in a position to control governments. Because of the internet and it’s ability to share knowledge with the masses, these laws are the last bastion of defence for the shadow men.
  37. 2
    The price of freedom is constant vigilance. But what is the point of vigilance if you lose the freedom to express what you find. It seems we are letting the terrorists win.
  38. 1
    I was disappeared by the government using mental health act in 1997. Illegally denied democratic right to vote in that election. My crime was to suggest I was being monitored by MI5 / MI6 in London. 17 years later I am yet to escape from the Mental Health system. Within the system there is no hope and every form of human rights abuse occurs. Nowadays, I mainly just get assaulted by the police and illegally experimentally drugged. I have had a not guilty verdict in Cardiff Crown Court, overruled by psychiatrists and still been tried and punished. Mental Health and being in the system will awaken you to the true possibilities of state oppression. It erodes year on year and at the brunt of it the situation is completely untenable. Your article is shocking and distressing but it helps to be aware of what lies around the corner. Mental Illness and treatment means you are a political prisoner. Torture is endemic in the system and should be eradicated. Keep promoting your work but be aware you can easily be silenced. I tried myself to speak out online and got crushed even more so by the heel of oppression
  39. 11
    Well this is a personal attack on me as a freeman, so i say fuck the lot of em, come get me i am a freeman and will give my life before i give up my right to say and do what i want,i’m a cunt too but i’m man enough to admit it, fuck them and their system, murdering people for money,oil & drugs is a crime against humanity,love peace & anarchy…
  40. Sillynonsense says:
    To be honest I don’t see why FTAC is a bad thing. I do not think people should be allowed to criticise our government because they were voted in fair and square. People moan far too much in this country and it is getting silly. If anything the laws should be tighter. If you don’t like it, then VOTE. The only caveat to that is certain sections of society like benefit bums and illegals shouldn’t be allowed to vote. This is possibly one of the best governments we’ve ever had and all people can do is moan. Moaners should be locked up, as if the government doesn’t have to tread on eggshells for fear of offending minorities already!! I think we should have more respect for our prime minister and queen and if people are rude and disrespectful to authority then they deserve to go to jail. I for one think that countries like Thailand have the right idea tbh. Show respect or pay the consequences! End of.
    • 10
      @sillynonsense you sir are an ego, it is a shame you feel that you are more important than others, it is sheeple like you that really need the mental health assessments. It’s rather funny you moaned about people moaning lol This government is a pile of wank, go sue me!
      • 0
        Ha you shouldn’t have fallen for it, Stu! Surely that was some one making a reverse ‘counter point’ to show the seriousness of the ‘flip side.’ WASN’T it???….. (Scary)
    • 3
      This is a joke right? I mean the name “Silly nonsense” and all this extreme right-wing drivel? Or did you just take a wrong turning somewhere? If you are serious then I really don’t know what to say to you, I’m lost for words, you’re beyond any help I could give you. I mean . . . . damn!
    • Silver Fang says:
      I hope you’re joking. Governments should be accountable to citizens, not the other way around.
    • 3
      A poem for those who say: “NOT MY BUSINESS They picked Akanni up one morning Beat him soft like clay And stuffed him down the belly Of a waiting jeep. What business of mine is it So long they don’t take the yam From my savouring mouth? They came one night Booted the whole house awake And dragged Danladi out, Then off to a lengthy absence. What business of mine is it So long they don’t take the yam From my savouring mouth? Chinwe went to work one day Only to find her job was gone: No query, no warning, no probe – Just one neat sack for a stainless record. What business of mine is it So long they don’t take the yam From my savouring mouth? And then one evening As I sat down to eat my yam A knock on the door froze my hungry hand. The jeep was waiting on my bewildered lawn Waiting, waiting in its usual silence.”
    • 9
      this government were not voted in fair and square,far from it.and the sooner that are gone the better.
      • Graham Hughes says:
        But they were voted in fair and square, under the electoral system we have. We don’t get to vote on who is in charge, only who represents our constituency. The power to appoint a Prime Minister and form a government lies solely with the Members of Parliament. The electorate have no direct voice in that decision. I agree that the sooner they are gone the better but unless we have a change to the way they are voted in the next lot probably won’t be any better.
        • 11
          they werent voted in fair and square, they are an unelected goverment, there by colusion on double dealing, and are constantly trying to change the rules in there favour……. its time the sheeple in the uk woke up and started to think for themselves, they can only goveren by our consent, time for the populace to withdraw there consent and banish this bunch of thieves, conmen, and shysters.
    • 9
      You suit your name. Some people may have voted for the Tories or the Liberal Democrats. Neither party had a majority that would morally give them a mandate to make the sort of changes to the system they have foisted on the populace. On top of that, both parties have been found to have lied blatently in their manifestos that people voted for. Why am I expected to have respect for such corrupt politicians. I have a perfect right to protest against them breaking their promises.
    • 3
      What a complete and utterly ridiculous response. You are either drunk or a throwback to the Hitler days. Switch your computer off, have a drink or ten, take more medication and then pop off to bed for a few years, there’s a good chap/ess
    • Cherry Austin says:
      Lol. Dear Sillynonsense: When you are in Thailand, you’re a minority, yes? So the Thai government should not pussyfoot around your sensitive soul (or bother speaking English to you) and may have you killed for insulting the Crown. Even if you were just expressing a general opinion in bad Thai. OK! Off you pop! Happy holidays :D
    • 5
      Silly nonsense, sillynonsense. This government was not voted in by any means. The Conservatives and Liberals contrived to take office because neither got a majority vote. Coalition government should be made illegal as it is a way for dictatorship to take control which it seems is starting to take place.
    • 9
      which planet are you on? This government are liars and cheats who are stripping us of our rights and freedom. They are demonising the most vulnerable in our society and increasing the gap between the haves and have nots. Wake up and smell the coffee.
    • -1
      You are a complete tyrant and there for a tosser
    • Mick da prick says:
      Sillynonsense you sir are a special cunt
  41. -7
    Nonsense, utter nonsense. The Uk is one of the very freeest and liberal democraciess in the world. In fact it often takesyears to remove ( deport ) hardened terroirsts from Britain
    • 5
      Not really Lewis – the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (FTAC) is a branch of the anti-terrorism unit, and this is the law under which activists such as David Compan were detained under. We may have the appearance of being “liberal” but that is in danger of being taken away, if people do not safeguard their freedoms. Many of our most precious freedoms – including the right to protest, the right to free speech have already been chipped away, under the illusion of democracy. We may have it easier than countries such as North Korea or China, but the way things are going – that won’t last much longer. If you doubt this – just look up secret courts, and the Justice and Security Bill – which we covered in great detail at the Akashic Times. We’re certainly not as liberal as you think. As Benjamin Franklin once said: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
      • Cherry Austin says:
        I’m really very worried about the right to protest. I suppose the first real test will come this summer, when all common sense would suggest Britain will be protesting loudly. I’m only slightly concerned about the FTAC and the J&S Bill – as I’ve replied above. Much depends on oversight & implementation. We’re only now beginning to see the full effects of our new rights to Freedom of Information. This means we’re finding out much more about things that have always been happening, but without our knowledge. To a degree, this means people assume everything’s getting worse: in fact, it may only be that we’re hearing more about everything! That said, our unelected government does seem to have an unusual level of contempt for the people who pay its wages – I share your alarm about the law being (mis)used beyond its intended purposes. We have to wait & see … and keep on protesting!
      • 0
        The UK is a highly conservative state. Bad enough within London, let alone if you venture into suburbia.
    • 1
      Oh Lewis, how i wish that were true. Our democracy died ages ago
    • 0
      I agree Lewis and this government is trying to stop exactly that by bringing in laws which one might start to call Putin laws. They are taking us back hundreds of years to get absolute control. They have made such drastic errors in running the country they need Putin laws to protect themselves from sane people who have just about had enough of them and their diabolical methods fit for the 12 hundreds.
  42. Jean Thirtle says:
    You talk of “little-known laws” but don’t ay what they are! It’s a bit difficult to protest about something if we are unable to say what we are talking about. Can anybody enlighten us?
    • 0
      Jean, if you actually read the story – it tells you what laws are being referred to in the paragraph underneath. It is better to read the story, rather than skim read, in this instance
      • Cherry Austin says:
        The closed court law is the Justice And Security Act 2013. It relies heavily on the Courts’ discretion in its application. Theoretically this is all good, but controversies over the closed Family Court system, and frivolous super-injunctions, suggest that HM Courts may sometimes be overly inclined to privacy. As the Fixated Threat Assessment: this unit is a natural response to developments in security experts’ understanding of potential assassins, etc. The fantastic book, “The Gift Of Fear”, explains how this is a formalised & systematised extension of our natural instincts for a threat. Map ordinary/good behaviour, and be alert to anomalies. I agree that the FTAC’s remit is a bit wide and woolly, which always opens the way to potential abuse. I’m unclear as to whether it’s subject to stringent oversight. Although it was clumsily, and wrongly, used to hold the person named above … at least he was held and released. In 2005, before the FTAC was established, Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead for – basically – having brown skin, as the police did not have the kind of criminal insight this unit is supposed to develop.
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      @Jean – There’s this thing called ‘google’.
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    The UK used to be the most liberal country in the world. Free speech was tolerated. Then along came the various terrorist groups and successive governments have used them as an excuse to restrict our freedom Now it seems they have sealed up the last outlet we had for free speech. Welcome to the future
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    What about the freedom of speech act?? This takes people right to fair trials to a whole new level.. Wow!! Glad I also don’t live in these countries!! Even young people can say things they may not mean..
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      Diane, there is no freedom of speech act. Freedom of speech is residual in the UK. It is not enshrined in law. You can say what you like within the law. It is illegal to libel, slander, publish comment on ongoing court cases etc…
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    This is why a lot of political blogs have disappeared in the UK, to write bad stuff get’s you noticed, arrested and then punished…
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      As I see it the government actually contemplates some kind of uprising against them. Obviously for the way they are governing our country in allowing it to become overpopulated and the outrageous spending of tax payer money. They have lost control of just about everything and have no idea of how to correct it. The laws they are making are designed to protect themselves to prevent being kicked out by the next Oliver Cromwell be it UKIP or the BNP. Of course the laws made for this will be repealed anyway and they will be punished for taking the country to the depths of despair.
  46. Yvonne De Carlo says:
    In actual fact,the FTAC was set up by the Home Office in 2006 during Tony Blair’s premiership.
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    this is exactly the sort of move that tories always told me socialists would put in place… 1984 is here and it’s not left-wing
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    I am the Rhianne form Itccs as mentioned in the article. I would like to add that through public demand and our members bombarding the hospital with phone calls we had David Compan released after 3 days
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    Glad I’m not a UK subject so it wont be against the law for me to criticise these incompetent, cruel and unjust people. My advice would be; get out while you still can!
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      Tempting, but why should we leave? It’s time to get rid of the yahoos in power!
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      Are you really that silly, Joe? You can criticise whomever you like, especially the government. You can’t, however, make threats against an individuals person. It’s fairly simple really. Can you name a country where this isn’t against the law? Not suggestin you’re stupid and incapable of getting beyond a headline, Joe, everyone is subject to episodes of undisciplined or irrational thought. I just don’t think you have thought this one through.
      • ray sherwin says:
        That’s a very naive response. Habeus Corpus was established by Manga Carta but no longer applies in the UK. You cab be arrested or hospitalised at whim.
      • Cathy Talbot says:
        Either you’re a troll or you’re dangerously ill-informed. I hope it’s the former for your sake!!

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