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Nice to know UK security forces have their priorities right

Nice to know UK security forces have their priorities right

On the day that it’s reported that “a lack of resources” stopped British intelligence services from stopping the London bombings last July, it was also announced that the UK Customs and Excise, in conjunction with FedEx and the Federation Against Copyright Theft, has now trained two sniffer dogs to sniff out a new kind of dangerous contraband.

Could it be explosives? Anthrax? Free speech? No. It’s something much more evil.

DVDs. (press release from MPAA, which charmingly describes the United Kingdom as a suburb of Los Angeles)

Believe it or not, the resource-stretched police/customs/intelligence services, despite bleating that they didn’t have enough resources to stop one of the UK’s worst terrorist incidents, somehow still finds the time, money and effort to train two sniffer dogs to track down six-inch pieces of plastic. The worst of which might just contain the warblings of David Hasselhoff.

Damn, that puts a stop to my intentions to build an evil empire from the $2 I’d save buying a DVD in the US as opposed to the UK…

Thank goodness for Blair's defeat

Thank goodness for Blair's defeat

I’ve been too busy to blog about this all day, but thank goodness for Blair’s defeat over terror laws, and in particular the preposterous notion that the police need to have a suspect in custody for 90 days without charge, before they can prove whether there’s any reason to have said suspect in custody in the first place.

The omens were bad this morning when I woke up to BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat, and in the space of a short news bulletin, they managed to squeeze in two soundbites from people who supported the draconian terror legislation – one from a policeman, and one from a victim of the 7 July bombings.

Now obviously both parties are going to very understandably support the legislation – but isn’t the BBC supposed to be balanced, especially on contentious issues? What about voices from, say, Liberty or people against the legislation? Where were their voices this morning?

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