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After publishing secret spy docs, German news site investigated for treason

After publishing secret spy docs, German news site investigated for treason

A well-known German political and tech news website has received (English translation here) a nearly unprecedented letter from the German Federal Public Prosecutor, saying that two of the site’s top editors are being investigated for treason after having published secret government documents earlier this year.

“We leaked some internal documents of the secret service of Germany in the spring, documenting that they are building up a mass surveillance on social networks with lots of new jobs and new capabilities,” Beckedahl added. “And this wasn’t in public and there wasn’t a debate, two years after Snowden, whether to have more control of secret services.”

“We see it as attempts to threaten us and others,”


Hat tip to Alun and Ian on twitter

‘Smart’ rifle with computer technology fires at WRONG target after being HACKED

‘Smart’ rifle with computer technology fires at WRONG target after being HACKED

The TrackingPoint sniper rifle turns even the most amateur shooters into elite marksmen by using self-targeting technology to perfect the best shot.

But researchers have now discovered a potentially lethal flaw in the “smart” system by hacking into the weapon through its wireless internet connection.

They were then able to use a computer to trick the hacked rifle into switching its aim to an adjacent bullseye.



A judge took pity on the paedophile who abused me as a child, so he let him walk free

A judge took pity on the paedophile who abused me as a child, so he let him walk free

Custodial sentences for child abuse should be mandatory. Personal bias should not be able to take the full role in sentencing for these sorts of crimes

We live in a culture that has come to accept rape and even child molestation as a backdrop to our existence; a culture that excuses the behaviour of abusers while shifting blame onto the victim. A judge may infer that a victim who had consumed a few drinks prior to their rape had in fact contributed to the assault that had been inflicted upon them. Perversely, as in my case, a judge may alleviate blame from a man who has molested a child because he’d decided to have a few pints down the pub beforehand. I would wager strongly that if my judge was overpowered by a man far larger than him on his way home tonight, and was physically forced to engage in even one of the sexual acts I was as a child, that his attacker would be facing a custodial sentence. The sexual abuse of a young girl however may not warrant the same reaction because it has become a readily accepted narrative.

When personal bias can play a role in the sentencing of such a serious and potentially life-altering crime, justice will not always be served. Judges have shown sympathy towards paedophiles before.

I’ve started a petition calling for a mandatory minimum custodial sentence to be introduced for the sexual assault of a child aged 13 and under.


Army ready to act over Calais crisis

Army ready to act over Calais crisis

The British Armed Forces are set to get involved in the Calais migrant crisis for the first time in order to keep the roads clear ahead of a weekend of chaos, Whitehall sources said.

Military planners are considering opening up barracks to relieve roads in Kent blocked by lorries unable to cross the Channel.

David Cameron will chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee Cobra on the Calais migrant crisis on Friday morning.

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As the Government struggled to respond to the ongoing chaos:………………

More than 150 people are believed to have made it from Calais

But Peter Sutherland, UN special representative on migration, said he had been amazed by the “absolute nonsense” being alleged over the crisis in Calais.               (he’s not the only one)

Mr Green said: “In the end it’s happening in France so the French have to be the effective authority.

“The single biggest protection we have is our border in France.If the French took that away we would be seeing those scenes in Kent……..


Tourism in Britain(historic – don’t panic)

Those visiting the country so far this year (2014) included 11.38 million from EU countries, 1.1 million from the rest of Europe, 1.57 million from North America and 2.28 million from the rest of the world.

Looks like any excuse to mobilise the military ?

Are you affected by the Calais crisis? Share your experiences – via the guardian

We would like to hear from people who are affected by the crisis……a migrant surviving in a camp in Calais – or endeavouring to make the perilous journey to the UK………….

They’ve got an ‘app’ for that…..

 use the GuardianWitness smartphone app or the Guardian app and search for “GuardianWitness assignments”.




Revealed: Nearly 70 children go missing from care in Wolverhampton

Revealed: Nearly 70 children go missing from care in Wolverhampton

Nearly 70 children have gone missing from care in Wolverhampton in the past five years, including a one-year-old and a two-year-old.

According to a Freedom of Information request, last year had the highest number of missing children in the city at 26. This included one 10-year-old, two 13-year-olds, three 14-year-olds, 10 15-year-olds, eight 16-year-olds and two 17-year-olds.


“The number of children going missing from care has increased in recent years, partly down to the increasing number of children which have been taken into care in Wolverhampton in the last four years, and also because recording of missing children has improved.”


recording of missing children has improved?

Have to ask how many children went missing before – and no-one ‘recorded’ it

and it’s all about the MONEY

Brand Watch: ChildLine

In the aftermath of the Savile revelations – notwithstanding that NSPCC ‘claims’ never to have had allegations of abusers in Westmonster


The impact was such that people’s desire to donate money to ChildLine decreased. Meanwhile, the public’s willingness to give to the NSPCC showed a slight increase, but remained broadly stable.

A lot of the NSPCC’s activity was related to its Christmas/New Year advertising campaign, focussing on the theme Don’t Wait Until You’re Certain – a curious echo of Esther Rantzen’s reticence to report suspicions about Savile. By contrast, for its festive campaign ChildLine focussed on a different and distinct area – self-harm among children. 

Can someone explain what’s “festive” about children self-harming?

But the Savile scandal also showed ChildLine’s strength as a distinct entity. It is a positive for both brands that people view the two charities as separate organisations.

So that’s all positive then?

And the punchline?

Hopefully, the Savile scandal will prove a watershed in the reporting of child sexual abuse in the UK. Both ChildLine and the NSPCC have prominent, positive and distinct roles to play in making sure it is.

Ambiguous – or in PLAIN SIGHT?



The jurors couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict.

The Judge sent them away to try again

They came back with a majority NOT GUILTY

There was no mainstream press there to report.

Thankyou to all those who have supported Ben

Teacher at acclaimed Sylvia Young Theatre School is arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children

Teacher at acclaimed Sylvia Young Theatre School is arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children

Sylvia Young OBE, 76, confirmed that a male teacher at the school had been arrested about a month ago and had left the premises with police officers.

She told the Mail that the man had worked at the school for a number of years and taught on the academic side, rather than at the stage school.

Sylvia Young opened the school in 1981 and was appointed OBE in 2005.


Sylvia Young from The Silvia Young Stage School made herself look a fool by telling the court Ben had never trained as an actor with her but when Ben’s barrister showed her the acceptance letter and receipts along with 22 pages of evidence connected with her school, she soon backed down and said she must have been mistaken.


GSK faces new corruption allegations, this time in Romania

GSK faces new corruption allegations, this time in Romania

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, which was fined a record 3 billion yuan ($483 million) for corruption in China last year and is examining possible staff misconduct elsewhere, faces new allegations of bribery in Romania.

The company is already probing alleged bribery in Poland, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq.

The latest allegations say GSK paid Romanian doctors hundreds, and in one cases thousands, of euros between 2009 and 2012 for prescribing its medicines, including prostate treatments Avodart and Duodart and Parkinson’s disease drug Requip.



David Cameron’s ‘KGB recruiters’ were gay salesmen on the pull, says Russia

David Cameron’s ‘KGB recruiters’ were gay salesmen on the pull, says Russia

The Prime Minister frequently recounts a tale of being approached by two men while travelling through the Soviet Union aged 19.

But in an embarrassing snub, the Russian secret service have said the two ‘agents’ Cameron thought were trying to recruit him and an Eton travelling companion were…a pair of salesmen.

They even suggest the salesmen took a shine to Cameron and his friend, and took them out on a date.



Windows 10: Here are the privacy issues you should know about

Windows 10: Here are the privacy issues you should know about

The new policies take effect on 1 August and there are a few unsettling things nestling in there that you should be thinking about if you’re using the company’s services and software.

Sign into Windows with your Microsoft account and the operating system immediately syncs settings and data to the company’s servers. That includes your browser history, favorites and the websites you currently have open as well as saved app, website and mobile hotspot passwords and Wi-Fi network names and passwords.

Cortana is a sexy spy in the machine

Turn on Cortana, the virtual assistant, and you’re also turning on a whole host of data sharing:

To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device.

Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your music, alarm settings, whether the lock screen is on, what you view and purchase, your browse and Bing search history, and more.”

Microsoft can disclose your data when it feels like it