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You can’t force-feed occupation to those who crave freedom

The National – 23 June 2014

For more than a month Israel sought to wriggle off a hook that should have snared it from the start. Two children, 17 and 16, were shot dead during Nakba Day protests near Ramallah, in which youths threw stones ineffectually at well-protected and distant Israeli military position.

Hundreds of Palestinian children have lost their lives over the years at the end of a sharpshooter’s sights, but the deaths of Nadim Nuwara and Mohammed Abu Al Tahir in Beitunia were not easily forgotten.

Israel’s usual denials – the deaths were faked, video footage was doctored, Israeli soldiers were not responsible, the youths provoked the soldiers, no live ammunition was used – have been discredited one by one. Slowly Israel conceded responsibility, if only by falling into a grudging silence.

A CCTV camera mounted on the outer wall of a carpentry shop provided the most damning evidence: it captured the moments when the two unarmed boys were each hit with a live round, in one case as the youth can be seen walking away from the protest area.

But rather than come to terms with the world as it now is, Israel wants to preserve the way it once was. It believes that through force of will it can keep the tide of accountability at bay in the occupied territories.

There has been no admission of guilt, no search for the guilty soldiers and no reassessment of its policies on crowd control or the use of live fire – let alone on the continuation of the occupation. Instead, 20 soldiers arrived last week at the store in Beitunia, threatened to burn it down, arrested the owner, Fakher Zayed, and ordered he remove the camera that caused so much embarrassment.

According to Israel, the fault lies not with a society where teenage soldiers can choose to swat a Palestinian child as casually as a fly. The problem is with a Palestinian storekeeper, who assumed he could join the modern world.

The nostalgia for a “golden era” of occupation was evident, too, last week in a policy change. Israel has rounded up hundreds of Palestinians in the hunt for three Israeli teenagers missing since June 12. Palestinian cities like Hebron have been under lockdown for days, and several Palestinians youths killed, while soldiers scour the West Bank.

But with the search proving fruitless, Israel’s attorney general approved the reintroduction of the notorious “ticking bomb” procedure.

In doing so, he turned the clock back 15 years to a time when Israel routinely used torture against prisoners. Israel may not have been alone then in using torture, but it was exceptional in flaunting its torture dungeons alongside claims to democratic conduct.

Only in 1999 did the country’s supreme court severely limit the practice, allowing interrogators one exemption – a suspect could be tortured only if he was a ticking bomb, hiding information of an attack whose immediate extraction could save lives.

Now Israel’s law chief has agreed that the Palestinian politicians, journalists and activists swept up in the latest mass arrests will be treated as “ticking bombs”. Israel’s torture cells are back in business.

Israelis have been lulled into a false sense of security by the promise of endless and simple technical solutions to the ever-mounting problems caused by the occupation.

This week, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, hoped to find another “fix” for Palestinians who refuse to remain supine in the face of their oppression.

Mr Netanyahu is racing through a law to force-feed more than 100 Palestinian prisoners who are two months’ into a hunger strike. The inmates demand that Israel end the common practice of holding prisoners for months and sometimes years without charge, in what is blandly termed “administrative detention”.

Such prisoners, ignorant of their offence, are unable to mount a defence. And as it becomes ever clearer to Palestinian society that Israel is never going to concede Palestinian statehood, things that were once barely tolerated are now seen as unendurable.

Last week, the heads of the World Medical Association urged Israel to halt the legislation, which in a double bill of compulsion will require doctors to sedate and force-feed prisoners to break their hunger strike.

The WMA called the practice “tantamount to torture”. The legislation violates not only the autonomy of the prisoners but the oaths taken by the doctors to work for their patients’ benefit.

The liberal Haaretz newspaper warned that Israel was rushing headlong towards “a new abyss in terms of human rights violations”. And all this to prevent reality pricking the Israeli conscience: that Palestinians would rather risk death than endure the constant indignities of a life under belligerent occupation.

Israelis have yet to realise the dam is soon to burst. They still believe a technical fix is the way to solve ethical dilemmas continuously thrown up by the longest occupation in modern times.

Israel’s technical solutions work to an extent. They confine Palestinians to ever smaller spaces: the prison of Gaza, the city under lockdown, the torture cell, or the doctor’s surgery where a feeding tube can be inserted.

But the craving for self-determination and dignity are more than technical problems. You cannot force-feed a people to still their hunger for freedom.

Belligerent occupations – especially ones where no hope or end is in sight – engender evermore creative and costly forms of resistance, as the hunger strike demonstrates. A physical act of resistance can be temporarily foiled. But the spirit behind it cannot be so easily subdued.

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Wolfgang Halbig’s Quest for Truth

Requests for public records under the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act can result in threats of arrest under felony harassment charges. This is what former Florida State Trooper and school safety expert Wolfgang Halbig discovered after repeatedly telephoning and sending the series of emails, a portion of which appear below, to Newtown, Connecticut state and U.S. federal officials demanding more information on the Sandy Hook School massacre of December 14, 2012.

All of the requests below, spanning from records on Sandy Hook’s routine asbestos inspections to the key FBI crime report on the incident, have been met with almost complete silence. The non-responses from Connecticut and federal agencies were punctuated by two residential visits from local Lake County Sheriff’s deputies threatening to lock Halbig up if he persists in his pursuit of the truth. The most recent visit from law enforcement took place on Tuesday, February 18, when deputies questioned Halbig on his recent remarks to American Free Press’ David Gahary that he intended to travel to Newtown on a fact-finding mission in March.-JFT

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:00:43 -0500
To: first.selectman@newtown-ct.gov
Cc: susan.marcinek@newtown-ct.gov
Subject: Mike Kehoe your Police Chief should be immediately fired for Negligence

Mrs Llordra:

I find this e-mail very difficult to write but as a Former Florida State Trooper and old now find the actions of your Police Chief very disturbing.

I have dedicated my life in public service and to read about your police chief giving Lt. George Sinko only a letter of reprimand for failing to respond to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting on Dec 14, 2012

You should ask yourself as to how a Lt. working an off-duty detail at a construction site and making overtime money can ignore 911 calls and a Newtown police dispatcher requesting help from police officers for shots fired at The Sandy Hook Elementary School.

I cannot imagine any police officer ignoring emergency help requests when children and school staff lives are being threatened.  To sit in your car and listen to all those emergency calls go over the airwaves and do nothing is negligence.

For over two hours he sits and does absolutely nothing while children and school staff are being shot and killed.

Your Police Chief states in the newspaper that he is not a first responder.  He also states that he was off duty.

I can tell you and so can any other certified law enforcement officer when working an off-duty detail that you are never off-duty especially when lives of children and school staff are at stake.

We in law enforcement are on duty 24/7 always on call.

This Lt is  24 year veteran and if he does not know his responsibilities then he should also be immediately be fired along with the Police Chief.

This is a national embarrassment that clearly demonstrates negligence by both the Police Chief for not calling him to duty that morning and for the Lt not responding to this crisis.

We are all first responders even if you are a Lt.

How embarrassing for the City of Newtown Ct having a Lt. sit for over two hours and not respond and only be given a letter of reprimand.

I know that there is more to the story and I only hope that you use common sense in handling this huge embarrassment for your City.

Wolfgang W Halbig

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:11:53 -0500
To: Kathy June <junek@newtown.k12.ct.us>
Cc: “60m@cbsnews.com”  “brian.ross@abcnews.com”
Subject: Last try for Freedom of Information Act from your Interim Superintendent

Kathy;

Please tell your Interim School Superintendent that his response is total Horsepoop.

Hiding behind the safety of children and school staff in not releasing my information request is unprofessional if he is an educator.

I am simply asking for the Vendors name who you the school district or school hired to install the security system at Sandy Hook Elementary School with address and contact numbers

Just like Stanley Security Solutions has installed all of the security tools at the Sandy Hook replacement school.

They have donated over $100,000 thousand dollars in front door access control with CCTV CAMERA AND ACCESS BUTTON WITH CMAERA BEING A COLOR CAMERA.

THEY HAVE PROVIDED CARD READERS AT VARIOUS DOORS FOR STAFF USE.

THEY HAVE PROVIDEd YOUR SCHOOL WITH A NUMBER OF CCTV COLOR CAMERAS PLACED IN VARIOUS AREAS OF THE SCHOOL WHICH I DON’T WANT TO DISCLOSE SINCE IT MAY PLACE CHILDREN AND SCHOOL STAFF AT RISK.

What is wrong with your school district and your superintendents?  What are they afraid off?

I need the total cost of the project.

I need the date of completion.

I need the breakdown of the total cost as to what did the cameras cost? Are they color or just black and white?

I do not want to know the locations as I do know the placement of the cameras at the Sandy Hook replacement school and I promise not to ever hurt any child or staff in your school district.

Please comply with my FOIA as soon a possible since I have been waiting forever.

Wolfgang W Halbig

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:12:28 -0500
To: <joe.rios@newtown-ct.gov>
Cc: Kathy June <junek@newtown.k12.ct.us>, “Katersky, Aaron” <Aaron.Katersky@abc.com>, “brian.ross@abcnews.com”, “60m@cbsnews.com”
Subject: Freedom of Information Act for the State of Ct.

Captain Rios:

Please provide me with copies of the contracts  and costs for the Crime Scene Cleanup in Decontaminating and Sanitizing the Sandy Hook Elementary School after Dec 14, 2012 .

The School Districts was considering allowing children and school staff to return to the school and now they have decided just to tear it down.

Who was the company that you the police allowed in the school providing me with the start date and end date of removing all of the Bio-Hazard materials.

Copy of the licenses that the company provided to you for transporting Medical Waste.

They would have to remove all the blood, bodily fluids, brain matter, skull fragments and around 45-60 gallons of blood based on the number of children and school staff shot and killed that day.

I am the Chief Investigator for the Children’s Safety Institute and a School safety Expert which now requires this information to be made available since it has been 11 month and you have not even provided a simple police or incident report.

If you do not have that information then please direct me to the agency that would have been responsible for decontaminating the crime scene and Sanitizing it since you allowed them into the school to remove furniture.

My address is [address]

Wolfgang W halbig

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:00:41 -0500
To: Boston <Boston.Mail@ic.fbi.gov>
Subject: Re: Do I need to get arrested to show the FBI’s negligence in Sandy Hook?

Boston FBI Offices;You get things done.Boston Marathon Bombing and spectators killed and seriously  injured and you the Boston FBI in three days solve this heinous crime.Millions of people watching and with a President stating in a National Press Conference that he will use every resource in his office in solving this horrendous crime just as he stated during the Sandy Hook Press Conference.You are good and now I am being told that the FBI has NO jurisdiction in the Sandy Hook Elemenatry School Shooting. That only the CT State Troopers and the Dansbury State Attorney control this event yet I am told that you the FBI in New Haven are being told to retract your official report and that is why it is taking so long.I call this Bullshit.  Sorry for the profanity.I know the FBI since I worked with you guys in Miami, Florida as a Florida State Trooper and will never for get April 11, 1986 when two of your Agents were killed and five others were serioulsy injured.>We are law enforcment partners for life and after having to seen that crime scene my request for information and help should not be that difficult.I understand crime scenes and how we collect evidence but after 11 months and the failure of disclosing the truth has caused National Panic and Fear in all schools across this country and I can take you guys on a field trip and show it.Panic and fear should not drive school safety especially when we have not heard the truth.You act accordingly when knowing all the facts.Please help and I know it is New haven but they refuse to respond.Wolfgang W halbig

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:17:45 -0500
To: <newhaven@ic.fbi.gov>
Subject: Do I need to get arrested to make my point?

Newhaven FBI Field Offices:

In major crimes such at Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting multiple agencies work closely together is trying to solve a crime as quickly as possible so rummors don’t fly around and create panic and fear as it now has now at sandy Hook.

You are part of this huge problem because I know that President has the report on the Sandy Hook supposed incident.

I know that the Attorney General Eric Holder has the report of the supposed incident at Sandy Hook.  Why not the National Media and put this ever occurring Sandy Hook terms to bed.

Boston; FBI replied and this was my response back to them.

>You make things happen.

You get things done.

Boston Marathon Bombing in which spectators were killed and seriously  injured and you the Boston FBI in three days solve this heinous crime.

Millions of people watching and with a President stating in a National Press Conference that he will use every resource in his office in solving this horrendous crime just as he stated during the Sandy Hook Press Conference.

You are good and now I am being told that the FBI has NO jurisdiction in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. That only the CT State Troopers and the Dansbury State Attorney control this event yet I am told that you the FBI in New Haven are being told to retract your official report and that is why it is taking so long.

I call this Bullshit.  Sorry for the profanity.

I know the FBI since I worked with you guys in Miami, Florida as a Florida State Trooper and will never for get April 11, 1986 when two of your Agents were killed and five others were serioulsy injured.

We are law enforcment partners for life and after having to seen that crime scene my request for information and help should not be that difficult.

I understand crime scenes and how we collect evidence but after 11 months and the failure of disclosing the truth has caused National Panic and Fear in all schools across this country and I can take you guys on a field trip and show it.

Panic and fear should not drive school safety especially when we have not heard the truth.

You act accordingly when knowing all the facts.

Please help and I know it is New haven but they refuse to respond.

Wolfgang W Halbig

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:18:58 -0500
To: Kathy June <junek@newtown.k12.ct.us>
Subject: CT Freedom of Information Request again

Kathy;

You don’t return my phone calls and now I am requesting again the following which has nothing to do with the criminal investigation or places children and school staff at risk.

Please provide quickly.

Please provide me with copies of the contracts  and costs for the Crime Scene Cleanup in Decontaminating and Sanitizing the Sandy Hook Elementary School after Dec 14, 2012 .

The School Districts was considering allowing children and school staff to return to the school and now they have decided just to tear it down.

Who was the company that you the police allowed in the school providing me with the start date and end date of removing all of the Bio-Hazard materials.

Copy of the licenses that the company provided to you for transporting Medical Waste.

They would have to remove all the blood, bodily fluids, brain matter, skull fragments and around 45-60 gallons of blood based on the number of children and school staff shot and killed that day.

I am the Chief Investigator for the Children’s Safety Institute and a School safety Expert which now requires this information to be made available since it has been 11 month and you have not even provided a simple police or incident report.

If you do not have that information then please direct me to the agency that would have been responsible for decontaminating the crime scene and Sanitizing it since you allowed them into the school to remove furniture.

My address is [address]

Thanks

Wolfgang W halbig

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:38:07 -0500
To: “Rubio, Casework (Rubio)” <Casework_Rubio@rubio.senate.gov>
Subject: Re: Request a investigative copy if the Sandy Hook School shooting from President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder now.

Whoever the case worker is:

You just don;t get it do you?  This is as urgent as it can get.  I am a Florida constituent who needs the Senator to get off his ass and get the report on Sandy Hook from the President or Attorney General Eric Holder.

You have NO clue as to what is happening out here with panic and fear running wild in all of our schools and you just don’t get it.

If you wait until Dec 14, 2012 when it becomes the first year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Shooting we will only escalate this panic and fear.

Do your research you don’t wait 11 month and have no solutions to the shooting especially when the FBI was directed by the President to investigate.

I need to hear from you and that Senator quickly on this issue and don’t tell me that this not an urgent issue pleae.

Wolfgang W halbig

From: “Rubio, Casework (Rubio)” <Casework_Rubio@rubio.senate.gov>
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:08:57 +0000
To: Wolfgang Halbig
Subject: RE: Request a investigative copy if the Sandy Hook School shooting from President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder now.

Dear Mr. Halbig,

Thank you for your comments. I will be sure to share them with the Senator. Please direct any future legislative comments via our website; http://www.rubio.senate.gov to ensure that a member of our legislative staff has an opportunity to respond to your concerns. This email account is reserved for Florida constituents who require immediate and direct assistance with a federal agency. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Sincerely,

David

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:22:37 -0500
To: <michael.kehoe@newtown-ct.gov>
Subject: Re: Criminal Investigation is now closed so please provide my FOIA request now.

You need to be fired and actually if it turns out to be a conspiracy you need to go to jail and loose your pension like so many others in this heinous crime.

You guys should be ashamed of what you have done.

Your Lt stay on an off-duty construction site detail for over two hours and you justify it by saying he is not a first responder. I hope when you do your speaking engagements you share that will all our other law enforcement police chiefs and officers so they can have a great laugh.

You and vance are at the head of the line and you know it.  The truth will get out sooner or later.

Hope you sleep well you coward.

wolfgang

From: “Kehoe, Michael”
Reply-To:
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:39:28 -0500
To: Wolfgang Halbig
Subject: Fwd: Criminal Investigation is now closed so please provide my FOIA request now.

Sir
The items you seek under FOIA are exempt from disclosure under the same law.

Thank you!!

Chief Michael Kehoe
Newtown Police Department
3 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470
203.270.4256

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM
Subject: Criminal Investigation is now closed so please provide my FOIA request now.

I need you and your school superintendent to honor my CT State FOIA request that have been requested three months ago.

I requesting again under the CT State FOIA request protocols the following;

Contractors name and business address and contact numbers who was hired by the Sandy Hook Elementary School or the Newtown School District in installing the security system at the old Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The cost of the total project
The cost broken down by line item such as door locks at the front door, camera system to monitor people at the door and the recording system costs.

The cost of CCTV cameras for the school and the recording device purchased.

I do not want to know the locations of those cameras for school safety reason,

You were provided a complete and free security system by Stanley Security K-12 which included card readers for school staff, front door access controal with video monitoring and color CCTV cameras throughout the school.

I even know were they are located but I do not care about that just provide the information for the old Sandy Hook School.

Second Request under the Ct State FOIA request procedures;

1.The company that you the Newtown School Board and the Director of Facilities contracted to decontaminate and Santize the Sandy Hook Elementary School of all Bio-Hazards rsulting from the Dec 14, 2012 school killings.

2. The start date of the project in removing all Bio-Hazards such as Blood, Bodily Fluids, brain matter, skull  fragments, blood stained carpets in room 8 and room 10, blood splatter on desks and walls and windows etc.

3. The ending date of the project and total cost for decontaminationg the Sandy Hook Elementary School since you were considering opening the school again.

4. A copy of the contractors certification that he is approved in conducting crime scene decontamination of all Bio-Hazards in the State of Ct.

Your secretary took my other request of the FOIA dealing with the Life Insurance that the school board had to pay to six school satff members beneficiaries when they were killed in the line of duty.

Also the workers Compensation death benefits paid by the school board to the school  staff members beneficiaries who were killed in the line of duty by the school district.

This is my research project for my Doctorate so please provide this information.

Thanks

Wolfgang W halbig
352——–
[address]

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:06:02 -0500
To: Kathy June <junek@newtown.k12.ct.us>
Subject: Ct Freedom of Information Act Request

Kathy;

This FOIA request is for the the name and all contact numbers of the Newtown School Districts licensed School Asbestos Inspector.

This request is also for all copies of all reinspections required every three years starting in 1997 through the demolition of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2013.

1997
2000
2003
2006
2009
2012

Please provide copies of written notification for each of the years listed to parents, school staff and employees organizations on an annual basis regarding the availability of the Sandy Hook Asbestos Management Plan.

Please provide training verification for your custodial Staff at Sandy Hook of the 14 hours of training and the two hours of training within the first 60 days of hire.

I hope that is not exempt as you always respond exempt.

Also do not make the Police Chief respond to my Newtown School District FOIA requests it is your responsibility.

I have forwarded my complaints to the Freedom of Information Commission for a response of your stone walling my requests.

Please mail all information requested to [address]

Thanks
Wolfgang w halbig
352———

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 08:43:53 -0500
To: Sally Cox <coxs@newtown.k12.ct.us>
Subject: SHS Parent Contact

I am a trainer for the US Justice Department COPS IN SCHOOL PROGRAM.

Are you a registered Nurse?

Why in the closet for four hours?

Why close your eyes when you have seen blood before you are a nurse?

Wolfgang W halbig

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:51:52 -0500
To: “Vance, Paul” <Paul.Vance@ct.gov>
Cc: “Kehoe, Michael” <michael.kehoe@newtown-ct.gov>, “Ross, Brian E.” “60m@cbsnews.com” “Tom Winter (Personal)”
Subject: CT Freedom of Information Act request again

Lt. Vance;

You are great at ignoring CT Freedom of Information requests which being a law enforcement officer makes you intentionally reposnible since you threatened others for posting false information.

You threatened people with arrest and yet you fail to comply with the laws of CT.

I am requesting againg the Flight log of Ct Trooper One Helicopter for Dec 13, 2012 and Dec 14, 2012 starting each day at 6:00 am and ending each of those days at 6:00 pm.

I am requesting the helicopter manifest as to who was on board and all copies of video that was shot and recorded for both days that are dated and time stamped for accuracy.

I am also requesting the company that was contracted to clean up all Bio-Hazards such as all the blood, brain matters, bone fragments, stained carpet with blood.  Bookbags and furniture that was contaminated and had to be sanitized.

These are simple questions that even you should understand and have this request processed urgently

The case is closed and I believe the information is not exempt form public records.

Please act accordingly as someone who is a PIO for the CT State Police.

Thanks

Wolfgang W halbig
[address]
352———

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:25:05 -0500
To: Kathy June <newtown.k12.ct.us>
Cc: “Ross, Brian E.” <Brian.E.Ross@abc.com>, “60m@cbsnews.com”
Subject: Asbestos in the Sandy Hook School

Kathy;

I am requesting under the CT Freedom of Information Act the Tri-annual Asbestos Inspection reports from a private individual certified in conducting this required inspections.

I want the name of the company ans contact numbers.

I need copies of the reports starting in 2002 through 2011.

I need copies of letetrs sent to parents and teachers informaing them of all of the Asbestos inside the Sandy Hook Elemenatry School.

There is NO doubt that Asbestos was present since I am providing you a picture of a company demolishing the scvhool and not using the proerr Asbestos removal protocol which is a serious federal violation.

Please provide this quickly since I have tried over and over again with NO return phone calls or repsonses to my Ct of Information Act requests.

Thanks again
Wolfgang W Halbig

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An ice hole in Lake Chabarkul, Chelyabinsk Region, where pieces of a meteorite could allegedly fall December 15. (RIA Novosti)

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Grigory Yakovlev, engineer at the Research and Educational Center of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies of Ural Federal University, with fragment of the meteorite found during the expedition in the Chelyabinsk region. (RIA Novosti / Pavel Lysizin)

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The trace of a flying object in the sky over Chelyabinsk. (RIA Novosti / Photo courtesy of Nakanune.RU)

The Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant after the meteorite fall. (RIA Novosti / Photo courtesy of Nakanune.RU)

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Screenshot from YouTube user kinomanfilms

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CCTV cameras register the moment of explosion

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Broken windows and debris are seen inside a sports hall following sightings of a falling object in the sky in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk February 15, 2013.(Reuters / OOO Spetszakaz)
Broken windows and debris are seen inside a sports hall following sightings of a falling object in the sky in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk February 15, 2013.(Reuters / OOO Spetszakaz)

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Screenshot from YouTube user kinomanfilms

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KFC sales in the last two weeks of the fourth quarter were significantly impacted by the intense media attention surrounding an investigation by the Shanghai FDA (SFDA) into poultry supply management at Yum! China. The investigation was prompted by a report broadcast on China’s national television (CCTV), which aired on December 18, 2012. The report showed that a few poultry farmers were ignoring laws and regulations by using excessive levels of antibiotics in chicken. Regrettably, some of this product was purchased by two poultry suppliers of KFC China. The investigation caused further media attention, including social media commentary, and this negatively affected consumer perceptions of poultry safety, and KFC in particular.

On January 25, 2013, the SFDA concluded its investigation and released its recommendations. We appreciate their thorough and diligent review. The SFDA identified issues and provided “Supervisory Recommendations” to Yum! China to strengthen our poultry supply chain practices including refined voluntary self testing procedures, improved reporting and communications and enhanced supplier management. Our team in China has taken a comprehensive review of our current system and is in the process of incorporating all of the SFDA’s recommendations. We have always recognized the importance of building a world-class supply chain in China, which is why we have implemented a wide range of quality assurance and testing practices over the years above legal and regulatory standards. The SFDA’s recommendations will further strengthen those practices. The SFDA did not bring a case against Yum! China and no fine was assessed.

The past seven weeks of media attention have been intense and negative towards the KFC brand image. Even though this is a very disappointing setback, we are more committed than ever to continue to strengthen our efforts, restore the confidence of our customers and win back their brand loyalty. To that end, the China team will soon be launching a brand reputation quality campaign to re-assure consumers of our high quality food, along with aggressive marketing plans.

2013 OUTLOOK

We are confident the YRI and U.S. businesses will deliver annual operating profit growth consistent with our ongoing growth model. Given current uncertainties related to KFC sales in China, it is difficult to confidently forecast our overall financial performance. We have made the assumption that KFC China same-store sales will improve as the year progresses and will be positive in the fourth quarter. With these assumptions, we estimate a mid-single digit EPS decline in 2013 versus prior year, excluding Special Items. This includes an expectation for a significant decline in EPS performance in the first half of the year followed by EPS growth in the second half.

The first quarter for our China business includes only the months of January and February and is highly impacted by consumer spending during the Chinese New Year holiday. The timing of this holiday changes each year. This year it is important to note that while the timing impact of Chinese New Year is neutral to our first quarter, there is a significant negative impact to January sales and a corresponding significant benefit to February sales due to the timing of this week-long holiday. We expect that the underlying performance of our China business will remain relatively unchanged for the balance of the first quarter, with a same-store sales decline of approximately 25% for January and February combined (China’s first quarter).

and from the CEO:

Although we cannot predict how long it will take to restore sales, we are steadfast in our belief that the power and popularity of the KFC brand in China will ultimately drive a full sales recovery.

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‘They Really Wanted Me To Lie Low’

Andrew Mitchell has told of his frustration with Downing Street's handling of the plebgate furore claiming it just wanted him to "lie low" rather than clear his name. The Tory MP, who was forced to quit as chief whip after an intense backlash followin...

Aamir Siddiqi: Hitmen Guilty Of Teen’s Murder

Two hitmen who managed to kill the wrong person have been found guilty of murder.

Ben Hope, 39, and Jason Richards, 38, were convicted of the murder of talented student Aamir Siddiqi.

Aamir, 17, was savagely stabbed to death by the pair after opening the door of his family home in Roath, Cardiff.

Prosecutors said drug users Hope and Richards had been paid £1,000 each to kill a local businessman who was involved in a property dispute.

They planned to carry out the "hit" at lunchtime on Sunday, April 11, 2010 and went to the house they believed belonged to the businessman.

Their intended target lived on Shirley Road in an affluent part of the city, instead they went to Ninian Road - the adjacent street. 

As he was expecting his Koran teacher to call Aamir opened the door of his parents' home. Within seconds the masked men started attacking him with a knife.

They said nothing during the attack and the court heard how they made strange "howling noises".

Aamir's parents rushed to the front door and desperately tried to pull the men off their son.

Both parents were injured in the attack but they could not save their son, who had suffered fatal injuries.

Shortly after the killing both defendants went shopping with their blood money.

Richards bought a new pair of trainers and a laptop computer.

Outside the court, Aamir's sister Miriam read a statement from her family.

"We are pleased today that justice has finally been done and we can finally start to deal with the reality of losing Aamir," she said.

South Wales Police scoured an enormous amount of CCTV in their murder investigation.

If officers had viewed every frame they collected it would have taken eight years to watch.

A man who is still wanted in connection with the investigation is still waiting to be extradited from India.

Car Thieves Dump Children By Birmingham Road

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Death penalty for murdering journalists eyed in Russia

Kazbek Gekkiyev (AFP Photo / Vesti KBR)

Kazbek Gekkiyev (AFP Photo / Vesti KBR)

MPs in the South Russian Region of Kabardino-Balkaria have suggested the federal parliament re-introduce the death penalty for those convicted of killing reporters.

Currently the Russian Criminal Code has an article against creating obstacles to journalists’ work – this is punishable with up to six years in prison. Kabardino-Balkaria politicians want to amend the article with a paragraph that describes attempts on a journalist's life aimed which prevents them from carrying out their profession, as well as in revenge for such activities. Legislators consider it fair that such an offence is punishable by 12 to 20 years in prison or life in prison or even capital punishment.

Russia currently has a moratorium on the death penalty introduced in 1996 in order to comply with the regulations of the Council of Europe.

Khamid Bashorov of the Kabardino Balkaria Public Security Committee told the Interfax news agency that the move was prompted by the need to increase the level of protection for Russian journalists, and to secure additional legal guarantees for their work. “Pressuring reporters to the point of attacks on their lives remain the most acute everyday problem in our life,” the official said.

The move comes after the killing of Kazbek Gekkiyev – a correspondent who worked for the state television company Vesti KBR. Gekkiyev was gunned down on December 5, about 6 months after he started anchoring a news program at Vesti KBR. Before that the journalist and his colleagues had repeatedly received threats over their coverage of counter-terrorist operations in the republic.

Police established the identities of Gekkiyev’s two attackers by studying CCTV records and put the men on a wanted list. One of the criminals was killed by police on January 22.

According to the Russian NGO Glasnost Defense Foundation four journalists and media workers were killed throughout Russia in 2012 and over 90 reporters became victims of attacks while at work.

Meet the Contractors Turning America’s Police Into a Paramilitary Force

The national security state has an annual budget of around $1 trillion. Of that huge pile of money, large amounts go to private companies the federal government awards contracts to. Some, like Lockheed Martin or Boeing, are household names, but many of the contractors fly just under the public's radar. What follows are three companies you should know about (because some of them can learn a lot about you with their spy technologies).

L3 Communications

L3 is everywhere. Those night-vision goggles the JSOC team in Zero Dark Thirty uses? That's L3. The new machines that are replacing the naked scanners at the airport? That's L3. Torture at Abu Ghraib? A former subsidiary of L3 was recently ordered to pay $5.28 million to 71 Iraqis who had been held in the awful prison.

Oh, and drones? L3 is on it. Reprieve, a UK-based human rights organization, earlier this month wrote on its Web site:

“L-3 Communications is one of the main subcontractors involved with production of the US’s lethal Predator since the inception of the programme. Predators are used by the CIA to kill ‘suspected militants’ and terrorise entire populations in Pakistan and Yemen. Drone strikes have escalated under the Obama administration and 2013 has already seen six strikes in the two countries.”

Unsurprisingly, L3 Communications is well connected beyond the national security community. Its chief financial officer recently spoke at Goldman Sachs, at what the financial titan hilariously refers to as a “fireside chat.”

L3 also supplies local law enforcement with its night-vision products and makes a license-plate recognition (LPR) device, a machine with disturbing implications. LPR can be mounted on cop cruisers or statically positioned at busy intersections and can run potentially thousands of license plates through law enforcement databases in a matter of hours. In some parts of the country LPR readers can track your location for miles. As the Wall Street Journal noted, surveillance of even “mundane” activities of people not accused of any crime is now “the default rather than the exception.”

L3 Communications embodies the totality of the national security and surveillance state. There is only minimal distinction between its military products and police products. Its night-vision line is sold to both military and law enforcement. Its participation in the drone program is now, as far as we know, limited to countries in the Middle East and North Africa. But in the words of the New York Times editorial board, “[i]t is not a question of whether drones will appear in the skies above the United States but how soon.” The NYT estimates the domestic drone market at $5 billion, likely a conservative estimate, and contractors will vie for that money in the public and private sphere. L3's venture into airports, the border of where domestic policy meets foreign policy in the name of national security, is therefore significant both symbolically and materially.

In many ways, that is the most important story of the post-9/11 United States: the complete evaporation of the separation of foreign and domestic polices. Whether we're talking about paramilitarized police, warrantless wiretapping, inhumane prison conditions, or drone surveillance, there exist few differences between a United States perpetually at war and a United States determined to police and imprison its people in unacceptable ways and at unacceptable rates.

Harris Corporation: Stingray “IMSI catcher”

Harris Corp. is a huge provider of national security and communications technology to federal and local law enforcement agencies. Though many people have never heard of it, Harris is a major player in the beltway National Security community. President and CEO William M. Brown was recently appointed to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, and in 2009 the Secret Service offered Harris a contract to train its agents in the use of Harris' Stingray line. The Secret Service awarded the company additional contracts in 2012.

If you've heard of Harris at all, it's likely been because its controversial Stingray product has been getting attention as an information-gathering tool with major privacy implications. The Stingray allows law enforcement to cast a kilometers' wide digital net over an area to determine the location of a single cell phone signal – and in the process collect cell data on potentially hundreds of people who aren't suspected of any crimes. EFF claims the device is a modern version of British soldiers canvassing the pre-Revolutionary colonies, searching people's homes without probable cause – exactly what the Fourth Amendment was created to prevent. EFF describes the process this way:

“A Stingray works by masquerading as a cell phone tower—to which your mobile phone sends signals to every 7 to 15 seconds whether you are on a call or not— and tricks your phone into connecting to it. As a result, the government can figure out who, when and to where you are calling, the precise location of every device within the range, and with some devices, even capture the content of your conversations.”

According to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC),the FBI has been using similar technology since 1995. But a recent federal case, United States v. Rigmaiden, has raised Fourth Amendment questions regarding whether law enforcement officials need to obtain a warrant before employing a Stingray. The judge in that case determined that the government hadn't provided enough information about how the devices work, and ordered that the information collected in Rigmaiden couldn't be used in court.

What's especially troubling about Stingrays is that the government either won't say, or doesn't understand, how the technology works. The WSJ reported that the US Attorney making the requests “seemed to have trouble explaining the technology.”

And it's not just the federal government that uses Stingrays. As Slate notes,referencing FOIA documents recently obtained by EPIC, “the feds have procedures in place for loaning electronic surveillance devices (like the Stingray) to state police. This suggests the technology may have been used in cases across the United States, in line with a stellar investigation by LA Weekly last year, which reported that state cops in California, Florida, Texas, and Arizona had obtained Stingrays.”

Harris has been tightlipped about the Rigmaiden case, but expect to be hearing a lot about Stingrays in the future.

BI2 Technologies

BI2 makes a fine pitch. Its iris-scanning technology can be made to sound very appealing. Iris scans are relatively non-invasive, there's no touching involved so the likelihood of spreading disease is reduced, and as B12 states on its Web site, "there are no lasers, strong lights or any kind of harmful beams.” It also claims that iris scanning is "strictly opt-in," and that a “user" (who in most cases would be better described as an “arrestee”) “must consciously elect to participate” in the scanning. (When I was arrested by the NYPD while covering a protest, the scan was voluntary -- though the NYPD didn't tell me that, a protester did. But if I refused to submit to it I could have been punished with an extra night in jail.)

Reuters reported that BI2's iPhone-based iris scanner -- called MORIS -- is capable of taking an accurate scan from four feet away, “potentially without the person being aware of it.” MORIS has drawn harsh condemnation from the ACLU. The primary concern from privacy advocates is that law enforcement will deploy this technology in an overly broad way. ACLU senior policy analyst Jay Stanley told Reuters that he didn't want the police “using them routinely on the general public, collecting biometric information on innocent people.”

MORIS isn't just for irises; it also scans faces. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal reported that the sheriff's office in Pinellas County, Florida, “uses digital cameras to take pictures of people, download the pictures to laptops, then use facial-recognition technologies to search for matching faces.” New database technology like Trapwire, a data mining system that analyzes “suspicious behavior” in purported attempts to predict terrorist behavior, makes face scanning potentially more worrisome. Trapwire uses at least “CCTV, license-plate readers, and open-source databases” as input sources, and although it doesn't employ facial-recognition software, the incentives to combine these types of technology is clear.

Beginning in 2014, BI2 will manage a national iris-scan database for the FBI, called Next-Generation Identification (NGI).Lockheed Martin is also involved in building the database.Much of BI2's iris data comes from inmates in 47 states, and despite BI2's claims that iris scanning can't be gamed, that is not the case. Experts showed last summer that the iris can be “reverse-engineered” to fool the scanners, which are generally thought to be more accurate than fingerprinting.

The usual suspects lamented in 2011 that iris scanning isn't used at airports or borders, but security creep is difficult to combat, especially once “national security” is invoked. Just days ago it was reported that the FBI is teaming with the Department of Homeland Security to ramp up iris scanning at US borders. AlterNet has previously reported that the Department of Defense scans the irises of people arriving at and departing from Afghanistan.

The story of BI2 is important because the initial technology is superficially appealing. The company's first projects were called the Child Project, designed to help locate missing children; and Senior Safety Net, developed to identify missing seniors suffering from Alzheimer's. According to B12's Web site, sheriffs' departments in 47 states use the BI2 iris-scanning device and database, which makes it easy to mobilize support to facilitate the safe return of children and seniors.

While the desire to find missing children and seniors is perfectly legitimate, the collection of biometric data is a pandora's box. Once it's opened, it's proven difficult if not impossible to limit.

Armed Robbery Victim Reduces Suspect To Tears

CCTV shows an armed robber being beaten up and then consoled by his would-be victim as he sobs on the floor.

The footage shows the masked suspect initially threatening the petrol station attendant, Robert B, 20, with a knife, demanding money.

Robert B, who works at the station in Oldenburg in Germany, pushes the alarm button and rushes next door to grab a baseball bat.

He hits the bat over the attacker's head repeatedly until he drops his knife. Then in an unusual twist, the robber is seen hugging and pleading with his victim to stop.

According to Bild.de , he said: "Please let me go. I have a wife and kids."

The bleeding, whimpering robber – who is seen crouched on the floor – is then handed a paper towel by the sympathetic worker.

Bild.de reports Robert B as saying: "Later the police told me that he was lying. He wanted to spend the money for drugs."

According to the report the robber will go to jail for at least five years.

Man jailed for 25 years for toddler’s murder

A man has been ordered to serve at least 25 years for murdering the 15-month-old daughter of his former partner.

Barry McCarney, 33, of County Tyrone, was found guilty last month of Millie Martin's murder in Enniskillen in 2009.

Setting the minimum tariff McCarney must serve before being considered for release, Mr Justice Ben Stephens told the labourer at Belfast Crown Court he was a "deeply manipulative man" who had carried out a "sadistic sexual assault"  on the child.

Millie was 15-months-old when she died in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital after being badly beaten at a house in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, the day before.

Her mother Rachel Martin, 25, had gone briefly to a local shop in December 2009, but when she returned home her daughter and partner were not in the house.

She later said: "I was literally minutes away and when I got back ... I got a phone call telling me to get to the Erne hospital quick - Millie wasn't well - I was in hysterics."

McCarney was filmed on hospital CCTV carrying Millie into the emergency ward before she was transferred to the Royal Victoria hospital, where she was put on a life-support machine until members of her family arrived to say goodbye.

At the time, Millie's grandmother Margaret said the child "could never be replaced - it's just a nightmare, a nightmare every day".

During McCarney's trial the jury heard Millie had received a fatal blow to the back of her head as well as a number of other injuries, including serious internal injuries which could also have proved fatal.

It was claimed that Injuries to her abdomen had been caused by regular punching in the weeks before her death.

McCarney had also found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent and sexual assault of Millie. He must serve at least six years and two years for those crimes respectively, and those terms will run concurrently with his murder tariff.

McCarney showed little emotion as he was sentenced.

Ms Martin looked on from the public gallery. She was previously acquitted of charges of allowing her daughter's death and cruelty through wilful neglect.

She criticised the sentence, saying outside the court: "I don't think it was long enough, 25 years isn't long enough."

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Downing Street Suspected ‘Gigantic Conspiracy’ Over Plebgate, But Did Not Investigate

Sir Jeremy Heywood, the country's top civil servant, has said he suspected there was a "gigantic conspiracy" behind the row that led to the resignation of Andrew Mitchell, but did not investigate further because it was outside of his remit.

The cabinet secretary told MPs on Thursday that CCTV footage of the incident showed "inaccuracies and inconsistencies" in emails sent by someone who claimed to have seen the September altercation, which meant they should not be relied upon in deciding whether Mitchell should be sacked.

“We accepted that there were unanswered questioned, including the possibility of a gigantic conspiracy or a small conspiracy. There were unanswered questions, but we decided on balance to let matters rest as they were; decided to stick by Andrew Mitchell, keep him in post and move on,” Sir Jeremy said.

Mitchell was forced to quit in October 2012 after he was accused of swearing at police officers at the gates of Downing Street. He was also accused of calling them "plebs", a charge he has repeatedly denied.

The emails that backed up the police account of the disputed incident later turned out to have been sent by a serving police officer rather than an ordinary member of the public.

Asked by incredulous MPs why he did not consult the police log and challenge its version of events before reporting back to David Cameron, Sir Jeremy said: "I can only do what I am asked to do. It's not the role of a civil servant or the cabinet secretary to start investigating the police.

"That's not my job. I don't have the powers, I don't have the expertise, it wouldn't be right for the cabinet secretary to be involved in that sort of thing.

He added: "The investigation into whether these emails were reliable or not was totally within my remit and competence."

Sir Jeremy also revealed he did not investigate whether Mitchell had used the word "pleb", the key toxic phrase Mitchell was accused of hurling at police that led to his resignation.

The cabinet secretary said it was not "appropriate or necessary" for him to look at the police log of the incident, because it was "not material to my conclusion" that the emails were unreliable.

"I did not look into the question of whether the word 'plebs' was used," he said. "There was a genuine difference of opinion on that, and the CCTV footage doesn't bear on that one way or the other."

And he added: "I was very comfortable with the time and resources that I had for my review, and I was very confident with my conclusion."

Cameron insisted that the chief whip should not lose his job over the incident, as he had apologised to police for swearing, Mitchell eventually resigned in October after weeks of controversy.

Sir Jeremy today told the House of Commons Public Administration Committee that the prime minister had only asked him to look into the emails and it was not his role to investigate the police.

He confirmed that he did not meet the sender of the emails, did not ask to see the police log and did not pass on his concerns about the emails to the police. A Metropolitan Police inquiry is currently under way into the emails, following allegations that they were sent by a serving police officer posing as a member of the public.

Sir Jeremy faced challenges from committee members, including chairman Tory MP Bernard Jenkin, over whether someone in his position should even have been asked to carry out an inquiry into the incident.

Jenkin told him: "You are just the wrong figure to conduct such an investigation. Is the cabinet secretary the correct person to conduct such an investigation in the midst of intense media furore, while there are contested accounts on which the career of a senior minister turns? You are not equipped to carry out the right investigation. You didn't get to the truth about that email.

"You lost a minister because of false allegations about him that were not properly investigated."

But Sir Jeremy insisted that Mitchell's departure was not a result of his inquiry, and said it was not for him to suggest to the Prime Minister that his probe should be widened to look into the veracity of the police account.

The cabinet secretary told the committee: "It's a perfectly legitimate part of my role and frankly, I think I did the job competently and came to the right conclusion."

He said that once police investigations are complete, Downing Street would "take stock" of its response to the Mitchell affair.

But he said it was too early to do so now: "Clearly there are a number of very serious unanswered questions here, not least the allegations that there have been about the leaking of Number 10 police logs to the media and continuing allegations that the logs were falsified in some way - absolutely not proven, but allegations.

"These are very serious allegations. It is very, very important that the people guarding 10 Downing Street are people of integrity. If it is proven in a court of law - if it gets to that - that someone has tried to falsify evidence to bring down a Cabinet minister, that is a very fundamental issue, so I think it would be wrong to rush to judgment now."

Organist Murder Inquiry: Fourth Man Arrested

A fourth man has been arrested in connection with the killing of church organist Alan Greaves on Christmas Eve.

The lay preacher was making his way to Midnight Mass at St Saviour's Church, near his home in High Green, Sheffield, when he was attacked.

A 22-year-old man was arrested in Parson Cross, Sheffield, on suspicion of Mr Greaves' murder, South Yorkshire Police said.

It follows the arrest of a 21-year-old man from the High Green area of Sheffield on Tuesday night. He remains in custody.

Two other men, one in his 20s and one in his 40s, were arrested last month and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Police said the arrest came thanks to the public response to an appeal on Monday, when they released CCTV footage of two men filmed just before Mr Greaves, a 68-year-old grandfather, was attacked as he went to the church a few hundred yards away from his home.

The father-of-four died from severe head injuries three days later.

More than 50 police officers have been working on the case but detectives have been unable to establish a motive for the killing.

Independent charity Crimestoppers has put up a £10,000 reward to help find those responsible for his death.

At a memorial service after her husband's death, Mr Greaves' widow Maureen said she had wept over the "evil that has been done" .

Christmas Eve Murder: Man, 21, Arrested

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Alan Greaves, who died after being attacked on his way to midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

The 68-year-old father-of-four suffered serious head injuries during the assault and died three days later in hospital.

South Yorkshire Police said the arrest came after an excellent public response to an appeal made by detectives on Monday.

CCTV footage of two men filmed just before the attack close to Mr Greaves' home was also released.

More than 50 police officers have been working on the case.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: "Following yesterday's media appeal by senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick, and an excellent public response, a 21-year-old man from the High Green area of Sheffield has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Alan Greaves.

"Inquiries are continuing and the investigation team wish to reiterate their appeal to the community of Sheffield to continue to come forward with information."

Two men were arrested in December in connection with Mr Greaves' murder and bailed pending further inquiries.

Last week, Crimestoppers put up a £10,000 reward to help find those responsible for his death.

At a service after her husband's death, Mr Greaves' widow Maureen said she had wept over the "evil that has been done".

Hogan-Howe: ‘Plebgate’ Charges By End Of Month

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Church organist murder: man quizzed

Police investigating the murder of a church organist who died after he was attacked on Christmas Eve have arrested a man.

Lay preacher Alan Greaves was making his way to midnight mass at St Saviour's Church, near his home in High Green, Sheffield, when he was subjected to the attack.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of Mr Greaves's murder, said South Yorkshire Police.

Police said the arrest came after an excellent public response to an appeal made by detectives on Monday. At a press conference, Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick said police had not established a motive for Mr Greaves's murder.

Police also released CCTV footage of two men filmed just before the 68-year-old grandfather was attacked as he went to the church a few hundred yards away from his home on December 24.

Mr Greaves died from severe head injuries three days later. More than 50 police officers have been working on the case.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Following yesterday's media appeal by Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick, and an excellent public response, a 21-year-old man from the High Green area of Sheffield has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Alan Greaves.

"Inquiries are continuing and the investigation team wish to reiterate their appeal to the community of Sheffield to continue to come forward with information. Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 01709 443723."

Two men were arrested last month in connection with Mr Greaves's murder and bailed pending further inquiries. Last week, independent charity Crimestoppers put up a £10,000 reward to help find those responsible for Mr Greaves's death. The reward will be available to anyone providing information to Crimestoppers leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for Mr Greaves's death.

At a service after her husband's death, Mr Greaves's widow Maureen said she had wept over the "evil that has been done". She told the congregation of St Saviour's she had felt their love and support since her husband died.

Prison reform controversy: China may close notorious labor camps

Picture dated 12 June 1986, shows the &quot;Re-education through labor&quot; camp of Tuanhe near Beijing (AFP Photo)

Picture dated 12 June 1986, shows the "Re-education through labor" camp of Tuanhe near Beijing (AFP Photo)

Beijing has announced it will halt China's widely criticized labor camp practices, state media reported, quoting China's chief of security. However, the announcement was removed shortly after it was made and was followed by a report promising reform.

­The ruling Communist Party will "stop the use" of the "reform through labor" system, and will pass new regulations in March, state TV network CCTV quoted Meng Jianzhu, Secretary of Central Politics and Law Commission, as saying.

The announcement was removed shortly after it appeared, and was followed by a contradictory report by official state news agency Xinhua, which said the system will undergo unspecified changes.

China's labor camp system, which began in the 1950s, allows police to imprison petty criminals into labor camps for up to four years without trial. The camps operate outside these Chinese legal system, giving police unchecked power to issue and set sentences.

The four-year prison terms for labor camp prisoners are often longer than many formal criminal sentences, China Daily reported.

For years, China's labor camp system has been the subject of sharp criticism from international human rights activists. Last year saw several attempts to introduce changes to the system, including when four major Chinese cities launched a program for the "education and correction of violations," ordering that no citizen will be imprisoned without the proper court proceedings.

One city set up a committee consisting of officials from the courts, and from the bureaus of justice and civil affairs. This committee was tasked with reviewing the cases of those usually sent to labor camps, in order to decide whether to replace the labor camp terms with education in the community.

Some human rights activists have expressed skepticism about the changes, saying they amount to a chance in name without making any real reforms.

They also criticize the reform for not immediately releasing those currently detained in labor camps, only preventing new prisoners from being sent to camps.

Chinese media has reported that some 300,000 prisoners are held in 320 of the so-called "reeducation centers" throughout the country, in addition to the estimated 1.6 million in prison.

RINF Video: US & European Orwellian Surveillance Deepens

RINF News reports that Germany is now considering adopting a new level of Orwellian surveillance similar to the UK, while the United States installs spy technology on buses and subways to record private conversations.

Schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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Leak suggest TrapWire is global surveillance network

Jane McCallion | Emails released by WikiLeaks appear to show the UK Government and London’s Metropolitan Police Service (Met) are involved in controversial surveillance network,...

Anonymous Surfing – No Chance in the UK

If anyone had any vague ideas that what they do online is private then the recently released figures from Google should dispel that myth....

UK coalition to halt computer surveillance

The UK will reverse and restrain many of the surveillance systems that have marked its citizens out as the most watched in the world. The...

The increase of the surveillance society

Following the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorist attacks, there has been an exponential increase in Britain’s surveillance: currently, Britain has a quarter of the world’s...

Big brother is watching

The furore around the Chinese government’s Green Dam software has raised the issue of the way modern technology is used to monitor our daily...

7 Ways Police Monitor & Control Us

Whether you agree or not that Britain is fast turning into a surveillance society, it's undoubtedly true that the police are turning to high...

Google Street View causes another stir

The roving eye of Google's Street View camera has been out and about in Cheltenham, UK. Residents spotted the van in the area this week,...

Who’s Watching You?

By Anthony Hildebrand | A new BBC series looks at surveillance in the UK. It’s something the industry could learn from, says I4S editor...

Victims Families: 7/7 investigation a “whitewash”

Families of victims of the July 7, 2005 bombings in London have denounced a parliamentary investigation into the events as a “whitewash”. They accuse...

Government may renew data sharing plans

Speaking at a conference in London organised by the Information Commissioner's Office, he emphasised the need for a new consultation on the appropriate limits...

Police Track & Record Journeys For 2 Years

The details of thousands of journeys made by motorists every day are being stored for up to two years by police. Motorists are being watched...

Paying billions for our database state

It is cost rather than privacy concerns that will save us from Labour's megalomaniac surveillance schemes — a point underlined this morning when David...

Councils’ surveillance powers under review

By Sarah Bunney | A MOVE to review councils’ use of anti-terror laws to spy on the public has been welcomed by campaigners and...

Security services eye personal data

Privacy campaigners are already protesting the idea to use personal data to for 'pre-emptive surveillance'. By William Maclean | CCTV cameras will play a big part...

Council uses spy plane to snoop on homes

They already track innocent citizens' movements with CCTV, are in cahoots with police over speed cameras, and have been using powers supposed to tackle...

The database state we’re in

The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust has published a major report on the UK's Database State. Technology is transforming government, and there is an urgent...

School begins using biometric facial recognition

By Kim Thomas | "Ainsley. Babcock. Bland. Carthorse. Dint. Ellsworth-Beast Major. Ellsworth-Beast Minor." For some of us, Rowan Atkinson's monologue of a schoolmaster taking the...

Police will not be prosecuted for Jean Charles de Menezes killing

By Paul Bond The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced Friday that no police officer would face trial for the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes....

Peers condemn huge rise in state spying

By LOUISE NOUSRATPOUR CIVIL rights campaigners demanded an end to Britain's "surveillance society" on Friday after the Lords issued a damning attack on the "incessant...

Don’t sleepwalk into Big Brother surveillance, schools warned

By STEPHEN NAYSMITH | Schools which employ biometric technologies such as fingerprint patterning to manage libraries or dinner queues should put surveillance and privacy issues...

VIDEO: Centuries of British freedoms being ‘broken’ by security state

Centuries of British civil liberties risk being broken by the relentless pressure from the ‘security state’, the country’s top prosecutor has warned. By Christopher Hope Outgoing...

Councils ordered to stop snooping on residents

Councils will be ordered to stop spying on local residents amid Government concerns over the continuing creep of the surveillance state.  By Rosa Prince |...

Fears over privacy as police expand surveillance project

By Paul Lewis | The police are to expand a car surveillance operation that will allow them to record and store details of millions...

Big brother, big bother?

Is the proposed Communications Data Bill a step too far for the British way of life? Timothy Pitt-Payne reports   By Timothy Pitt-Payne | On 15...

RIPA Surveillance Law Misused On Merseyside

By Andrew Brown | HUNDREDS of people across Merseyside have been under surveillance by local authorities using powers under so-called “terror laws”, according to details...

Unmanned spy planes to police Britain

By Kim Sengupta | The Government is drawing up plans to use unmanned "drone" aircraft currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan to counter terrorism...

S. Koreans fire water cannons at Bush protesters

SEOUL, South Korea - Police fired water cannons at thousands of protesters Tuesday as President Bush got a volatile reception in South Korea at...

Secret Bluetooth surveillance study

By Adam Hartley | A controversial new study that uses Bluetooth technology to track UK citizens, without their knowledge, has come under fire from...

ID cards won’t solve society’s biggest problem

As the current spate of murders and knife-related attacks reaches a new high with another four violent deaths, we should maybe get things in...

I assume that everything I do is probed and examined by omnipotent corporations

The Guardian | I've got the opening scene of a dystopian thriller all worked out. It's a hot summer night in a typical suburban...

‘Big Brother’ government costs us £20billion

By Andrew Porter | The cost of Britain’s "surveillance society" measures is now running at £20 billion, a new report reveals today. The amount is...

Fortress Britain

By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad | “The public has to be more alert”, warned one “international terrorism expert” in the Daily Mail late last year,...

Are we losing our civil liberties?

SARAH HALL | New controversial legislation could now be put in place which means anyone suspected of being involved in terrorism can be held without...

Gait Recognition Software Proposed For Surveillance At A Distance

Red Orbit | Biometrics is commonly associated retinal scans, iris recognition and DNA databases, but researchers in India are working on another form of...

In-flight surveillance in every seat

New Scientist | CCTV cameras are bringing more and more public places under surveillance — and passenger aircraft could be next. A prototype European...

Path Intelligence – Phorm for shopping centres?

Spy Blog | Just in case you thought that Phorm was the only threat to your privacy, here is an example of similar "no...

UK gets new James Bond-style data centre

By Nicole Kobie | SAVVIS' new data centre will use biometrics, weight-sensitive entrance floor panels, bullet-proof glass, 'man traps' and CCTV for security. A newly-announced...

The Surveillance Society Does Not Work

By Mick Meaney — RINF | Costing in excess of billions of pounds each year, every single area of the British surveillance society has...

The most potent weapon wielded by Murdoch and China

By George Monbiot | If you want to know how powerful Rupert Murdoch is, read the reviews of Bruce Dover's book, Rupert's Adventures in China. Well,...

America can now spy on British motorists

By Toby Helm and Christopher Hope | Routine journeys carried out by millions of British motorists can be monitored by authorities in the United...

Guerilla art protest against ‘surveillance society’

Jon Land   A Banksy-style stunt in the heart of London protests against Britain's surveillance society - just feet away from a CCTV camera. The huge graffiti,...

We Are Bad — Bronze Graffiti

Recognising the high art status of graffiti the We Are Bad Collective have had the letters cut from their stencils cast in Bronze. These...

Don’t extend DNA database, says minister

The DNA database should probably not be extended and should certainly never become universal, Home Office Minister Tony McNulty has said, writes Matthew George. He...

Police Censorship of Smash Edo film

Police have intervened across the country to censor 'On the Verge' an independent documentary about a campaign to shut down a Brighton weapons manufacturer....

Faceless: Chasing the Data Shadow

Remote-controlled UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) scan the city for anti-social behaviour. Talking cameras scold people for littering the streets (in children’s voices). Biometric data...

Lib Dem leader defends civil liberties

Nicol Stephen told the Scottish Liberal Democrat conference at the weekend that they must hold hard to the defining liberal issue of civil liberties. Labour...

Surveillance costs add to tax bills

CCTV and DNA advances add to bills but minister calls rises unacceptable Jill Sherman, Whitehall Editor, and Murad Ahmed Soaring costs of surveillance technology to combat...

PNP chief orders probe on ‘spy cam’ in Senate

Director General Avelino Razon Jr., Philippine National Police (PNP) head, Sunday said he ordered a probe into the reported plans of the PNP to...

Surveillance in the sky

Air travellers face ever-more intrusive surveillance - and an increased risk of being wrongfully detained Gus Hosein With only months left to the Bush administration, the...

Widespread bugging by authorities

The inside story of how and why one MP was bugged reveals that eavesdropping by the authorities in Britain is far more widespread than...

Data losses put UK at foot of privacy league

J. Mark Lytle If you're already concerned by the gradual erosion of our personal privacy in the 21st century, then the latest report from a...

One in ten RFID projects tag humans

The percentage of worldwide radio frequency identification (RFID) projects concerning tagging people has increased from eight percent to 11 percent over the last year,...

Britain tops data breach league

Britain has been ranked the worst country in Europe and one of the worst in the world for protecting citizen’s personal information, according to a...

VIDEO: Police use of ‘Stun Gun’ for non compliance

Police use 'Stun Gun' on suspect while booking in at police station CCTV footage with clear audio.... of a man going through booking procedure in...

Check your privacy

If your organisation is using CCTV, substance-abuse testing, or checking staff email chat, maybe you should do a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA). So the...

Ending the surveillance invasion

Gareth Crossman Liberty and the state: The state can no longer rely on the misplaced belief that privacy must be sacrificed for securityLiberty's policy department...

Thinktank calls for Gov to scrap ID cards

The Government should launch a "serious renewed debate" on ID cards or scrap the scheme, a thinktank report has said. Researchers from Demos warned that...

Can we trust Government over ID cards?

The loss of two computer discs containing the personal and banking details of 25 million people has inevitably cast fresh doubts over the Government's...

Travel terror security stepped up

Mr Brown said security would have to be tight at airports Security will be stepped up at railway stations,...

9/11 Truth – We’ve got the BBC on the run

By Mick Meaney RINF Alternative News Since July 2007 British scientist, member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice and RINF science correspondent, John A. Blacker,...

UK Muslim Leader Speaks out on False Flags

UK Muslim Leader Speaks out on 9/11, 7/7, Trilateral Commission and “Common Purpose” Andrew Johnson UK - Birmingham Central Mosque, 30th Oct 2007 - Elias Davidsson,...

BBC: Big Brother Cooperation

It's a matter of alarm and concern that there are so many people out there who still believe that the BBC is a balanced...

Ten ways to thwart Big Brother

We’ve never been under such intense scrutiny as we are today. So how do we evade the snoopers? Here, an ‘off-grid’ expert offers an...

De Menezes ‘shot for 30 seconds’ to silence him? Why?

By John A Blacker RINF Alternative News Witness feared terrorists were attacking train as police GUNNED Brazilian, leaked statement reveals Armed police officers under the control of...

DRIVER ‘MET MI6 SPY’ ON CRASH NIGHT

James Murray and Gordon Thomas Renegade spy Richard Tomlinson will tell the Princess Diana inquest that he believes Ritz hotel security chief Henri Paul met...

Henri Paul’s father raises dramatic new questions over Diana’s death crash

DENNIS RICE and TIM FINAN The father of Henri Paul, the driver who was killed alongside Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed has raised disturbing new...

Britain Is Now A Surveillance Society

Colcam.Image I recently suggested in this post that the fingerprinting of young children in schools was an easy and convenient way of fostering meek acceptance of...

Lib Dems demand end to ‘surveillance society’

The "surveillance society" must be rolled back, Liberal Democrats said today. The party called for the immediate abandonment of the government's ID card scheme, better...

Surveillance Society – the future now

Indymedia IT is a chilling, dystopian account of what Britain will look like 10 years from now: a world in which Fortress Britain uses fleets...

MI6 men were in Paris when Diana died

By Robert Verkaik   MI6 agents were operating in Paris at the time of the car crash that killed Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed,...

Diana: The unseen evidence which has been mysteriously ignored until now

By SUE REID Over English tea served in fine china cups at a sumptuous Paris apartment last November, an astonishing meeting took place to discuss the...

New Police “Sneak and Peak” Technology Exclusive

Zeik Heil welcome to Rochdale, have you anything to declare? Smile! You're on fascist candid camera!  Shocking new technology allow police to film inside your car, it also sends...

Welcome to 1984: Your Boss as Big Brother

By Mick Meaney RINF Alternative News Amazingly, the corporate environment could pose a far greater privacy risk than methods currently being used by the authorities. Corporate...

WE ARE RULED BY POLITICS OF FEAR

Britain is becoming a surveillance society ruled by the technology and the politics of fear, the Liberal Democrats have warned.Home Affairs spokesman Nick Clegg...

Liberal Democrats launch attack on Brown’s ‘surveillance society’

By Colin Brown Liberal Democrat leaders are to mount an attack on Britain's "surveillance society'' that threatens to wreck Gordon Brown's hopes of a cross-party...

China’s ‘Big Brother surveillance’ to dwarf UK

By Richard Spencer China has launched an ambitious "Big Brother" surveillance programme using everything from closed circuit television systems that can recognise faces to identity...

MICROCHIPPING CHILDREN FOR THEIR ‘SAFETY’

By Tom Shelley Last month’s ‘appeal’ to identify technologies that could prevent child abduction has moved forward rapidly In a letter published last month, prompted by...

Another cover-up of the police killing of Jean Charles de Menezes

By Julie Hyland The second report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission on the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes is yet another sordid episode...

George Orwell, Big Brother is watching your house

The Big Brother nightmare of George Orwell's 1984 has become a reality - in the shadow of the author's former London home. It may have...

Big brother Britain

How can free people grapple with growing threats to their privacy and liberty? A computer-security guru's view of the surveillance dystopia worries Becky Hogge Becky...

Spies to bug our baked beans

VIRGINIA WHEELER A COUNCIL is planning to catch residents who leave rubbish out on the wrong day - with cameras hidden in BAKED BEANS tins. Sneaky Ealing...

Australian Activist Defeats Spy Cameras In Landmark Case

Freedom Strikes Back Down Under — CCTV breaks Australian privacy law, cameras switched off Steve JollyPrison Planet.com May 9, 2013 Expansion of the global surveillance grid...

Australian Activist Defeats Spy Cameras In Landmark Case

Freedom Strikes Back Down Under — CCTV breaks Australian privacy law, cameras switched off Steve JollyPrison Planet.com May 9, 2013 Expansion of the global surveillance grid...

Boston’s Top Cop Warns Against “Police State”

“I do not endorse surveillance cameras attached to every light pole in the city” Paul Joseph WatsonPrison Planet.com May 9, 2013 Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis...