Police: “Conceivable” that security services act in Scotland without their knowledge

Admission follows revelations over secret Scottish spy system linked to GCHQ

SECRET SURVEILLANCE can take place in Scotland without the knowledge of the domestic police, an assistant chief constable has admitted during evidence to MSPs.

Police Scotland assistant chief constable Steve Johnson, questioned by Green MSP and ex-officer John Finnie, said it was “conceivable” that there are ongoing operations in Scotland that the police would be unaware of. 

Finnie has since expressed “concern” that the system of security service surveillance in Scotland lacks proper oversight, having previously raised concerns over whether it was following human rights law

The relationship between Police Scotland and the UK security services was revealed when CommonSpace reported that little-known policing group the Scottish Recording Centre (SRC) gained access to millions of information logs of phone, internet and social media activity from UK spy agency GCHQ.

The revelation of the MILKWHITE programme was the first leak from whistleblower Edward Snowden to directly implicate Scottish authorities in a global system of mass surveillance. There remain unanswered questions over how involved Scottish authorities are, and how much influence they have, in this process.

When the case was raised in parliament, Justice Secretary Michael Matheson MSP directed questions over the legality of the arrangment towards Theresa May and the UK Government, who are in charge of the security services. 

The latest comments by Assistant Chief Constable Johnson add to concerns that illegal activity could take place in Scotland without either the police or Scottish Government being aware. 

GCHQ was found to have acted illegally in its mass surveillance programme. 

Following the evidence session, Finnie said: “It is a concern that when I questioned the role of UK-wide police and security services operating in Scotland, Police Scotland admitted that there could be operations in Scotland of which they were unaware.

“David Anderson QC has pointed out that in relation to bulk equipment interference the operational case is not yet proven. Sadly, the UK Government intends to go ahead and authorise this significant intrusion as it remains a reserved issue.”

Whistleblower Annie Mahon previously told CommonSpace that UK security services had active Glasgow and Dundee branches during her time at MI5 in the 1990s.

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Peter Dow

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 17:19

Dow: "Conceivable" that Police Scotland threaten security without Scots knowledge.

INTELLIGENCE - "The greatest threat to our personal security, civil liberties and human rights are POLICE SCOTLAND."

The UK's security services are neglecting their duty to report the above intelligence about Police Scotland to the people and parliaments and are neglecting to recommend that the army be asked to take the Chief Constable of Police Scotland into army custody.

It is therefore "conceivable" that Police Scotland act to abuse and threaten the Scots without the readers' knowledge.

The worst hate crime perpetrators are the hateful and bigoted officers of Police Scotland who simply HATE ANY CRITICISM OF THEIR QUEEN, HATE REPUBLICANS and they HATE ANYONE WHO DARES TO EXERCISE OUR LAWFUL HUMAN RIGHTS SUCH AS THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.

The police then commit CRIMES OF VIOLATION OF DUTY, ASSAULT, WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT, PERVERSION OF THE COURSE OF JUSTICE by trumping up pretexts to arrest and charge those whom they, the police, hate.

Although I am not a lawyer, it seems to me that all this unjustified police state violence and threats which I have suffered over

* the police raid, arrest, seizure, prosecution, bail conditions, arrest again over alleged bail condition breach and long drawn out court proceedings which I am threatened with arrest every time to attend, all over a few harmless political tweets -

is in violation of my human rights in law under these articles of the European Convention of Human Rights -
Article 5 - liberty and security
Article 6 - fair trial
Article 8 - privacy
Article 9 - conscience and religion
Article 10 - expression
Article 11 - association
Article 13 - effective remedy
Article 14 - discrimination

All of those ECHR articles, except 13, have been incorporated into UK and Scottish law. So if anyone should be on trial for breaking the law, it is those police and law officers of the state who have violated their duty and violated my legal human rights.

Yet not one word of criticism about police state human rights abuse will you hear out of the mouth of Holyrood party leaders.

The most dangerous human rights abusers in Scotland are the state officials - of the police, the courts, the prisons and the mental hospitals.

The rich and the managerial class can afford to hire a lawyer to take legal action against Scots whose human rights they want to abuse, certainly, but ultimately it is the state's courts and their officers who do the abusing on behalf of the rich and powerful.

Those who claim to be concerned about human rights abuses are deluding themselves if they turn a blind eye to state human rights abuses and refuse to put the blame for state human rights abuses in Scotland on those who are most responsible for the appointment of those who manage the state and who allow the human rights abuses to go on under their noses by their subordinates.

BLAME THEM

Human Rights Abusing First Minister Sturgeon
Human Rights Abusing Justice Minister Matheson
Human Rights Abusing Chief Constable Gormley
Human Rights Abusing Chair of the Scottish Police Authority Flanagan
Human Rights Abusing Lord Advocate Wolffe
Human Rights Abusing Solicitor General di Rollo
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Peter Dow is a Scottish scientist and a republican socialist whose legal human rights are cruelly violated by the police and courts in Aberdeen, where he lives.

Peter Dow's political defence blog publishes the truth about the wrongful and unjust royalist arrests, prosecutions, convictions and punishments he endures.
http://peter-dow.blogspot.co.uk/

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