Writing intermittently on life, politics, and society

British hearts and minds

We’re winning them with absolutely breathtaking counter-terrorism operations such as this one . Americans, take note.

A secret police operation to place thousands of Muslims living in Birmingham under permanent surveillance was implemented with virtually no consultation, oversight or regard for the law, a report found today.

Project Champion was abandoned in June after an investigation by the Guardian revealed police had misled residents into believing that hundreds of counter-terrorism cameras installed in streets around Sparkbrook and Washwood Heath were to be used to combat vehicle crime and antisocial behaviour.

Three British organisations were involved in this. There must have been someone who questioned whether or not this was a good idea.

Attempts by police to conceal the true purpose of the project caused “significant damage to community relations” in the West Midlands. One community leader was quoted as saying the project had “set relations back a decade”.

A decade, eh? Well, that would mean before 9/11 and 7/7 . I suppose the West-Midlands police could count that as an improvement.


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