Friday, March 25, 2011


USA:  (the news can not report on US fascism)
UK:  but they can report in England about England spying on its citizens like East Germany (see below)

Defecating dog sparks US shootout

Dog defecating - file image
shitting dog

Respect property, police said

Two neighbours in the US state of Mississippi drew weapons and fired at each other as an argument over a defecating dog ran out of control.

Associated Press news agency said Jerry Blasingame, 60, has been charged with assault for shooting Terry Tehnet, 52, with a shotgun.

Mr Tehnet was angry because he thought Mr Blasingame's dog had defecated on his lawn, in a rural part of the state.

Mr Tehnet, whose injuries are not life-threatening, may also be charged.

The two men gave AP different versions of what happened.

'Meet me at the levee'

Mr Tehnet said he visited his neighbour to complain about dog "poop" on his property.

Mr Blasingame blamed him for shooting his dog the week before, Mr Tehnet said, and told him: "Just meet me at the levee and I'll shoot you down."

Mr Blasingame told AP he got his gun and drove off but Mr Tehnet did not follow so he returned to the neighbourhood.

The two men confronted one another again and each claimed the other produced a weapon first.

"He shot twice, I returned fire," said Mr Blasingame.

Mr Tehnet said Mr Blasingame opened fire first with his shotgun so he took his pistol from his car and fired back.

He said he was hit in both hands, the shoulder, chest and side by shotgun pellets, AP reported.

Washington County Chief Deputy Sheriff Billy Barber said: "Homeowners and property owners need to respect each other's property... If a dog did that in your yard, call the law. Don't take matters into your own hands."

Undercover police work revealed by phone blunder

Undercover police officer who called himself Simon Wellings

The undercover officer spent four years taking part in the activities of the Globalise Resistance group

A blunder by an undercover policeman has revealed how the Metropolitan Police spied on the private lives of members of an anti-capitalist group.

Newsnight has obtained an audio tape in which the officer is heard discussing the personal lives of Globalise Resistance activists with other police.

Calling himself Simon Wellings, he infiltrated the group from 2001-2005.

In January, Newsnight uncovered the story of Pc Mark Kennedy, who spent years posing as a climate activist.

This tape will reinforce concerns about the operations of undercover police generated by the unmasking of Mr Kennedy.

Call diverted

The conversation involving Mr Wellings took place in 2005, and was recorded when the officer accidentally telephoned another of the group's members without knowing he had done so.

The other member failed to pick up, so the call was diverted to their answer phone, which then recorded the conversation.

In what sounds like a police station we hear the officer apparently going through photographs of Globalise Resistance demonstrators with a colleague.

Mr Wellings identifies those he can and gives personal information about them, including their sexual orientation.

An undercover officer is caught on tape discussing the sexuality of a member of an anti-capitalist group he had infiltrated

At one point, for instance, he tells the other officer: "She's Hannah's girlfriend - very overt lesbian - last time I saw her, hair about that long, it was blonde, week before it was black."

Guy Taylor, from Globalise Resistance, complains that the information is "very personal and nothing to do with the political outlook of our group".

The Wellings tape also suggests that such information is fed to CO11, the Met Police unit which deploys Forward Intelligence Teams (FITs) to photograph demonstrators.

At one point the other officer is heard pressing Wellings for more names:

"Thing is, we've got the CO11s. They're like, 'Who are these people? Do you know who they are? Have you just photographed them?'"

Names to faces

Emily Apple of Fitwatch, which monitors the CO11 FITs, says similar scenes will have been going on this week in police control rooms around London as undercover police meet their handlers to identify protesters ahead of Saturday's TUC march against government cuts.

"Ahead of tomorrow's demonstration, they will be going through photographs trying to put names to faces and identify who they want to put on their spotter cards."

Ms Apple estimates that there could be as many as a dozen secret police among the marchers.

Mr Wellings was a Globalise Resistance activist from 2001 to 2005 and participated in protests everywhere from New York to Seville.

Mr Taylor says that, in retrospect, Mr Wellings "didn't have much of a back story - we never met any of his friends or his family from outside Globalise Resistance".

At the time they were not suspicious and he even became the official photographer of the group as they went to demonstrations in different countries.

But then Mr Wellings fell victim to the mistake which many mobile phone owners have made at some time - the accidental phone call.

Mr Taylor said the group then confronted him: "We just said, "You've been rumbled, it's time for you to leave the group.'"

Mr Wellings then vanished without trace.

"He had plenty of photographs of us," said Mr Taylor of their former official photographer, "but we had very few of him".

The Met Police told Newsnight on Friday that "the use of undercover officers is a valuable tactic in the fight against crime and disorder to keep people and communties safe".

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