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Just wondering…

Posted in surveillance society by ukliberty on October 17, 2008

What would save more lives, spending £12bn on the NHS or spending it on Jacqui’s database?  And how would the public prefer to spend the money?

Terrorists kill kittens

Posted in law and order by ukliberty on October 17, 2008

Reports the Times:

A link between massive kitten breeding programs and terrorism plots is becoming clear after a string of police raids in Britain and across the Continent, an investigation by The Times has discovered. Images and videos of kittens being brutally killed have been found during Scotland Yard antiterrorism swoops and in big inquiries in Italy and Spain.

Terrorists are breeding thousands of kittens purely in order to kick them to death, sources report. British security services are aware of the trend and believe that it requires further investigation to improve understanding of terrorists’ methods and mindsets. Concerns within the Metropolitan Police led to a plan to run a pilot research project exploring the nature of the link. One source familiar with the proposal said that this could eventually lead to the training of feline welfare experts to identify signs of terrorist involvement as they monitor kitten breeders. They fear terrorists may also be involved in similar programs involving puppies and ickle bunnies.

Terrorists are also paedophiles

Posted in law and order, surveillance society by ukliberty on October 17, 2008

Even more reason to watch all of us, no?

Reports the Times (also the Telegraph):

A link between terrorism plots and hardcore child pornography is becoming clear after a string of police raids in Britain and across the Continent, an investigation by The Times has discovered. Images of child abuse have been found during Scotland Yard antiterrorism swoops and in big inquiries in Italy and Spain.

Secret coded messages are being embedded into child pornographic images, and paedophile websites are being exploited as a secure way of passing information between terrorists.

British security services are also aware of the trend and believe that it requires further investigation to improve understanding of terrorists’ methods and mindsets. Concerns within the Metropolitan Police led to a plan to run a pilot research project exploring the nature of the link. One source familiar with the proposal said that this could eventually lead to the training of child welfare experts to identify signs of terrorist involvement as they monitor pornographic sites.

I’m not entirely sure why terrorists would encode messages into what is surely the most heavily watched category of image but “British security sources” confirm it, so it must be true.

Update

Best comment on this, at Bruce Schneier’s blog:

Why would terrorists hide incriminating messages inside incriminating photographs? That would be like drug smugglers hiding kilos of cocaine in bales of marijuana.