Thursday, April 24, 2008
Nanny's Secret Army
It should come as no surprise whatsoever to learn that Nanny likes to spy on us.
Knowledge is power, and Nanny gets high on power.
Such is her desire to poke her nose into the minutiae of our daily lives, that Nanny's chums in our "beloved" local councils have been recruiting a "secret army" of agents and informers to trap fly-tippers, tax cheats and other offenders.
Over 850 "covert human intelligence sources" (spies to you and I) have been recruited to spy on us over the past two years.
The informants, who can be paid, pass on information about associates and relatives.
Nanny's official papers say that the covert human intelligence sources have a handler to watch over their safety.
That doesn't surprise me, were they to be found out they would receive a well deserved "talking to".
Seemingly their remit is vast and they can be used for; detecting crime, protecting public health and for "any tax, duty or levy".
One council's code of conduct says:
"Examples include the covert use of an officer to establish whether a particular person has been fly-tipping/or committing another relevant offence."
The definition of fly-tipping ranges from dumping large items such as a sofa or fridge on public land, to placing bin bags on the pavement on the wrong day.
Councils also have the power to access telephone or mobile records, although not the content of calls.
Sir Christopher Rose, the Chief Surveillance Commissioner, said 429 covert human intelligence sources were "recruited" by local authorities and Government departments in 2007.
In 2006, they recruited 437 agents and informers.
The way to stop this is to "out" the informants. Publicise their names, photos and addresses. That will kill this off stone dead.