Posted on April 26, 2007

The worst miscarriage of justice of the millennium: ignored

Remember Operation Ore? When the UK police were given a list of 7,000 Evil Internet Paedos, arrested and charged them, leaked their names to the papers, and claimed that every last one of them was an evil nonce who shouldn\’t be allowed near children?

Well, it turns out that many of the people on the list were innocent (longer version of the same article here in PDF format). Perhaps even most of them: the police made no attempts to check for credit card fraud, which is estimated to account for 50% of total cards used. They also cheerfully lied in court that everyone who got caught up in the scandal had deliberately clicked a link saying \”click here for child porn\”, when in fact there was no such link.

39 people caught up in the investigation in the UK alone have since committed suicide.

You\’d\’ve thought that this might create some kind of outrage – campaign groups, media storms, etc. In fact, aside from Duncan Campbell\’s dedicated pursuit in PC Pro and the Guardian, and a few follow-on stories in the specialist IT press, there has been no media coverage at all of the fact that the police systematically lied to ruin the lives of thousands of innocent people.

Why not? I think this exchange from the first series of Blackadder might sum it up:

Officer: Who will defend the accused… [Percy stands] …and thus condemn himself to certain burning at the stake as a partner in Satan if the accused is found guilty? [Percy sits, acting quite interested in his book and quill]

Baldrick: Lord Percy will defend His Royal Highness [motions at Percy to stand]

Percy: Oh, yes, yes, me, sorry, yes… Hello…

Witchsmeller: [arriving, carrying a Bible] Witch! [The crowd gasps] Witchsmeller: Witch!! [The crowd gasps] Witchsmeller: [now in front of Percy] WITCH!!! [The crowd cheers]

Witchsmeller: [to Harry] My Lord, will you force us to listen to the pleadings of a man who may be a witch himself? [The crowd gasps]

Harry: You know, you\’re absolutely right. Yes, well, that concludes the case for the defence.

In the face of that kind of public attitude, congratulations to Mr Campbell – and to Alex at the Yorkshire Ranter for making some further good points. And if you run a blog yourself – or a newspaper, or anything, then for God\’s sake tell people about this terrible, terrible miscarriage of justice.

As a side note, Dr Melissa Deary is certainly a witch. What kind of fucking criminologist thinks that people should be presumed guilty until proven innocent? –

\”Let\’s get some perspective on what we\’re dealing with here, a rising and extremely pernicious crime against children. If the police contact people whose credit card details appeared on Landslide\’s list, then let them prove these details were stolen if that is indeed the case. Such \”inconvenience\” is worth it to clamp down on this horrific crime.\” – Dr Melissa Dearey, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Hull

(it\’s also worth side noting, while on the subject of Dr Dearey\’s utter ignorance, that none of the alleged crimes prosecuted in the UK under Operation Ore involved the abuse of a child, and indeed that there is no evidence whatsoever that child sexual abuse is on the rise.)

No, not funny at all

From the East London Advertiser:

ANTI-TERRORISM cops ended up with \’egg pasta\’ on their faces when they raided the wrong home in the hunt for a Muslim firebrand. They swooped at dawn on a house in the Shadwell district of London\’s East End. But all they found were a terrified Italian couple… and their cat…. Police searched the house for five hours before finally apologising and leaving at 10am on April 24.

That is not a light-hearted human interest story. That is a case of incompetent fucktards with guns terrorising innocent people\’s lives. And of holding the poor sods hostage for hours after they should have been aware that they\’d got the wrong house. This should be a public outrage; the cunts in charge should have to resign.

To be fair, the police do appear to be getting slightly less evil. They shot Jean-Charles de Menezes in the head and then tried to posthumously frame him as a rapist; they shot Mohammed Abdul Kahar in the foot and then tried to frame him for the possession of child pornography; in the case of these anonymous Italians they seem to have let them go without any shooting or made-up sex offences. So far, at least.

Sentencing quiz, volume 53,093,085

Consider a woman who has a bizarre mental episode during which she robs a pensioner. The woman immediately confesses and pleads guilty, she has no previous convictions, no weapon is used, £7 is stolen, no harm is done, and she is an anorexic with an 18-month-old child. I\’d like to imagine a) how you\’d sentence the crime b) how you think the crime would be sentenced in real life.

Now, *I* believe sending the woman to jail at all would be a grossly stupid idea, punishing her child, ensuring her condition gets worse, and making no positive difference to anyone. But I realise that I\’m a pathetic bleeding heart liberal, and hence that my suggestion of compulsory treatment and a community sentence is toward the bottom of anyone\’s desires or expectations.

(yes, I\’m also aware because I grew up in a middle-class family and went to university, that means that – even when I live in poor areas that have high crime rates – my experience of them as entirely managable and my experience of being robbed as being a bit annoying but nothing more doesn\’t count. Only working class people are allowed to comment on crime, and even then only if they think we should bring back hanging \’n\’ flogging.)

But back to the case: the woman was actually given 14 months (more than a year, fact fans with poor division skills) inside. Now, I\’m willing to bet that most readers, thanks to the brainwashing of the World\’s Worst Press (TM) would have guessed something closer to half-an-hour\’s community service and a holiday in the Maldives…

Ian Caldwell is a bigoted cunt

Specifically, Mr Caldwell is the kind of bigoted cunt who, when he spots a lady Muslim swimmer wearing a burqini, tries to get her thrown out of the swimming pool, and then sells his story to the tabloids lying that the lady in question was wearing a full-on burqa.