Thursday, September 30, 2010

Muslims in Birmingham England Targeted In Unlawful Surveillance Operation


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 behavior.  
In a report by the Guardian Newspaper of the U.K. reported that, http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/30/police-surveillance-muslims-no-regard-law, the network of CCTV and automatic number plate reading (ANPR) cameras, which were weeks away from being switched on, were intended to monitor people entering and leaving the predominantly Muslim suburbs.
This is clearly a violation of their civil rights. Is the world becoming so intolerant that we are willing to violate the rights of an entire religious/ethnic group.  Although I am not terribly familiar with U.K. law, I am certain that this is not and should not be tolerated.




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