(First published October 2013)
When an outsourcing and subcontracting mentality takes hold, and especially when such deals are conducted under the radars of the majority of people’s representatives, dangerous scenarios can arise.
We can end up with, for example, civil servants deciding to outsource health functions or police operations – a particular concern for many.
Two obvious problems with the latter are: 1) it could end up with criminals and their friends running the battle against crime and 2) private sector needs profit, so the wealthiest will receive preferential treatment.
In the UK we have moves for private security to police streets to prevent petty crime.
And now on 7th October 2013 , the date of its launch, the National Crime Agency has appealed to the private sector (primarily bankers, accountants and IT experts) to run the fight against organised crime.
We also have the private sector running prisons (the UK has the most privatised prison system in Europe)
So in the UK the entire fight against crime is moving into private hands. This doesn’t surprise me given the amount of Common Purpose involvement in ACPO and the UK police forces . West Yorkshire Police is a primary example. Mark Gilmore is the current Chief; look at the cover ups here:
http://www.upsd.co.uk/chief-constable-mark-gilmore/ from which I quote “Part of his recent CV includes acting as Chief of Staff to ACPO President Sir Hugh Orde. ACPO Chief Orde was revealed as co-author of the post-Hillsborough Independent Panel Report press release in which Bettison continued to blame Liverpool fans for the disaster”
Not only are Gilmore and Orde Common Purpose graduates, so is Mark Burns-Williamson who appointed him, and former Chief John Parkinson) and also Adrian Lee (see earlier link regarding police running drunk tanks).
When I see my local force in Guernsey being streamlined and the power which our recently arrived from the UK Police Chief Patrick “I won’t tell you if I’ve had Common Purpose training or not” Rice has been given, I am deeply concerned that politicians are losing control of my island in vital areas.
The justification for involving private entities in the National Crime Agency launched on 6th October 2013, according to the media coverage, is to fill the skills gap. So there is a skills gap. Wasn’t that the very reason for disbanding SOCA? On that basis then the NCA should be disbanded on its first day.
SOCA was set up by Tony Blair. I suspected at the time that he did this in order to control the powers of those investigating organised crime – perhaps the existing system had been going into areas he didn’t want them to visit. Was it a coincidence that it was the SFO –the only crime fighting agency which remained independent of SOCA–that nearly managed to subject Blair to what should have been the biggest scandal of his reign – before it too had its wings clipped over the BAe / Saudi investigation?
A further indication of the Blair regime’s idea of justice perhaps.
It can take many years of investigation into an organised crime ring to bring about the right result. The diligence and information gathering procedures required have to be more than water tight, especially in the face of clever opposition mafia lawyers and moving legislative, dynamics, personnel and relationship changes within and between different countries. SOCA was only formed in 2006 and the purpose of that was to centralise control by amalgamating the National Crime Squad, the National Criminal Intelligence Service (elements of which were incorporated into AVCIS), the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU), the investigative and intelligence sections of HM Revenue & Customs on serious drug trafficking, and the Immigration Service’s responsibilities for organised immigration crime. TheAssets Recovery Agency became part of SOCA in 2008, while the Serious Fraud Office remained a separate agency. Was SOCA ever given a chance to work?
It looks to me as if SOCA was just a stepping stone towards privatisation of UK security and the NCA is another.
And so to the Crimewatch Uk programme on 14/10/13. There were two ways of watching it. One was to follow the cases involved and see if you could help to solve them. But if you were to watch it analytically, you may see a rather dark and political structure to it. Was it so structured with the aim of persuading us to trust the NCA (which as observers have commented, resembles the FBI)?
The first half of the programme was spent convincing us what a great idea the NCA is and how they were already making substantial inroads into the McCann case.
By their own admission, the NCA is there to tackle the big boys of organised crime. Why then are they so involved in the McCann investigation? Wouldn’t it be convenient if, within a month or two of its launch the NCA was instrumental in solving the McCann case, which has been pulling at the nation’s heart strings for years? With thousands of kids going missing in Britain and the USA is it not strange that this one and Natalie Holloway in the US repeatedly hit the headlines for no apparent reason? The McCanns have without doubt striven hard to keep the case of their daughter in the public eye, but are we to believe that the parents of the other missing children haven’t?
The media build up to the Crimewatch programme was extraordinary – instead of coming out with the new information themselves, the tabloids majored on telling us to watch Crimewatch on Monday night where, we were told, it would be shown that much of what we thought we knew about the McCann case was wrong and there would be significant new information.. After they had finished with the McCann case, it was as if the Crimewatch producer had said to Kirsty Young: “It doesn’t matter how you do, it, get to this conclusion”. KY told us that Mrs Lewthwaite, widow of an alleged 7/7/13 bomber (unproven of course as no investigation ever happened) was suspected, “although it has not been proven” admitted KY, of being involved in the attack on the Kenyan Mall (just after a massive water find in Kenya). If she had been involved in that attack, we were told, she would have entered Kenya with a fake ID. This showed, apparently, the need for the NCA to prioritise ID fraud.
Very neat: Get us all to watch Crimewatch, which spends half an hour getting us to trust the NCA. Then when we see no need to question the NCA’s actions “by the way they’re going to be checking everyone’s ID”
And how accountable will the NCA be? Not very according to this:http://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/blog/6727/whats-non-ministerial-about-the-new-national-crime-agency