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Nine killed in Israeli air strike
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Nine Palestinians, including two children, have been killed and up to 20 others hurt in an Israeli air strike in Gaza, witnesses and doctors say.

The Israeli army confirmed the attack, saying it had targeted "a car that was heading to fire rockets at Israel".

The Islamic Jihad militant group said some of its members died in the blast.

Rockets have been fired regularly from Gaza into Israel in recent weeks. Israel has also launched numerous air strikes aimed at Palestinian militants.

The BBC's Alan Johnston in Gaza says although Israeli strikes on vehicles travelling through the territory have become familiar, this is one of the heaviest death tolls from such an attack.

A BBC reporter counted eight bodies being taken to a morgue, including that of a child. Palestinian sources said a second child was also killed.

Anger

After the strike a yellow van was left mangled on the main road through the north of Gaza, while pools of blood lay nearby.

Reports said the first strike was followed soon afterwards by another missile, which hit civilians who had gone to the scene of the first blast.

There were scenes of anger as bloodied civilians were taken to hospital, writhing in pain as medical teams bandaged their wounds.

At the hospital's morgue, angry women shouted: "Death to Israel, Death to the occupation!"

The exchange of missile attacks between Gaza and Israel has escalated in recent days, following the deaths of eight Palestinians on a beach in Gaza on Friday.

After those deaths, the militant group Hamas, which heads the Palestinian government, said it was breaking off its voluntary truce and launched rockets at Israel.

The beach explosion was initially blamed on Israeli shelling near the area where a family was enjoying a picnic.

However, an Israeli military inquiry is close to deciding Israel was not responsible, media reports say.

Israel says about 100 rockets have been fired from across the Gaza border in the past few days.


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14 June 2006
A GRIEF HISTORY

MAN will have to move to other planets to survive, scientist Stephen Hawking said yesterday.

There's a growing risk of a disaster destroying the Earth, the author of A Brief History Of Time claimed.

He cited "sudden global warming, nuclear war, a virus or other dangers".

He envisages a Moon base by 2026 and a Mars one by 2046.

 

The Germans landed on the Moon as early as probably 1942, utilizing their larger exoatmospheric rocket saucers of the Miethe and Schriever type.

 

The Miethe rocket craft was built in diameters if 15 and 50 meters, and the Schriever Walter turbine powered craft was designed as an interplanetary exploration vehicle.

 

It had a diameter of 60 meters, had 10 stories of crew compartments, and stood 45 meters high.

 

Welcome to Alice in Saucerland.

 

In my extensive research of dissident American theories about the physical conditions on the Moon I have proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is atmosphere, water and vegetation on the Moon, and that man does not need a space suit to walk on the Moon.

 

A pair of jeans, a pullover and sneakers are just about enough.

 

Everything NASA has told the world about the Mood is a lie and it was done to keep the exclusivity of the club from joinings by the third world countries. All these physical conditions make it a lot more easier to build a Moon base.

Ever since their first day of landing on the Moon, the Germans started boring -and tunneling under the surface, and by the end of the war there was a small Nazi research base on the Moon.

 

The free energy tachyon drive craft of the Haunibu-1 and 2 type were used after 1944 to haul people," materiel and the first robots to the construction site on the Moon. When Russians and Americans secretly landed jointly on the Moon in the early fifties with their own saucers, they spent their first night there as guests of the .... Nazi underground base.

 

In the sixties a massive Russian - American base had been built on the Moon, that now has a population of 40,000 people, as the rumor goes.

 

After the end of the war in May 1945, the Germans continued their space effort from their south polar colony of Neu Schwabenland. I have discovered a photograph of their underground space control center there.


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The Times June 15, 2006




Jailhouse rocked

The criminal justice system's inability to string a sentence together


There has been enough heat generated by the debate on sentencing to warm a small town through most of winter. But it would be a gloomy place, because there has been precious little light. Tony Blair and David Cameron demonstrated the darker arts at Question Time yesterday, trading selective “facts” with vigour and self-righteousness, but little regard for public illumination. The biceps-bared bout of arm wrestling between John Reid, the Home Secretary, and Lord Goldsmith, his Cabinet colleague and the Attorney-General, over the case of a single paedophile is similarly depressing and likely to undermine public confidence in the criminal justice system further.

While there are individual cases in which criminals receive Andrex-like treatment from the bench, the trends suggest otherwise. The average prison sentence passed in the Crown Court since 1994 has increased for all serious offences bar robbery, rising from 20.4 months to 27 months. There is an endless flow of figures. The number of life sentences has more than doubled. It is also telling that for every sentence the Court of Appeal increased in 2005 for being too lenient, it reduced 22 for being too severe. If there is a problem with lax judges, it starts at the top. The judges themselves have chosen to enter the political debate and should not be surprised to find that they are now the subject of the debate.

Perhaps it is the politicians that are being too soft? Mr Cameron certainly felt on solid ground when lambasting Mr Blair for allowing many prisoners out of jail halfway through their sentence. In the past, criminals tended to be released after two thirds of their sentence was served. Although many are now released earlier, they are supposedly supervised in the community for the whole of the rest of their sentence. This is nice theory, and could indeed lead to improved rehabilitation. But to work, it requires a sharp Probation Service on top of its game. We currently have one that is “not fit for purpose”.

Ministers have some plausible responses. The indeterminate sentences introduced by the Criminal Justice Act 2003 are designed to ensure that certain types of sexual and violent offenders who present a danger to the community will not be released until the Parole Board considers them safe, although a few have received parole. The Act also brought in a new class of short, sharp prison sentence, though that looks likely to be delayed because its introduction threatens to overwhelm already crowded jails. And most of the 53 “lifers” released after less than six years were freed under rules constructed, embarrassingly for the Tories, by Michael Howard.

The real issue is not about softness or toughness, but clarity. The public is understandably confused by a government that talks tough but lets offenders out of prison early and then loses them: ministers need to explain their policies and improve the results. People are understandably irked when senior judges sound loftily dis- connected from their lives: the judi- ciary retains its credibility only while attached to the real world. And people are understandably aghast that a government that goes to the trouble of listing 153 different violent offences as suitable for harsher sentencing also allows the most heinous paedophiles significantly reduced sentences for pleading guilty, even when they are caught red-handed. Enough political insults — it is time for results.

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Parents Love and Hate the Internet. A recent survey posted by eMarketer reports that 85% of parents say the Internet poses the greatest risk to their children among all forms of media. As our kids remind us daily, they are more tech savvy than we are. That may be the case, but they aren't hip to real-world threats, such as online predators. Here are some tips for you to keep them safe.

Safety Tips for Kids on the Net

1. Keep your computer in a common area in your home, like the living room or family room. If computers aren't in the bedroom, you're more likely to "check in" on their online activities and they are less likely to get into trouble on the Internet.

2. Talk to your children about appropriate behaviors on the Internet. It's important to stress that they simply don't know who could be on the other side of a chat session so they should never agree to meet someone in person.
3. If your kids use social sites like myspace.com, encourage them to use a nickname rather than their full name. They should NEVER give out personal information like a phone number or address.

4. Nothing can take the place of parents that play an active role in their children's online activities. However, parental control software adds a layer of defense that gives parents more control and further peace of mind. There are many programs on the market that make it easy to protect your kids on the Internet. Anonymizer recommends Net Nanny to keep your loved ones protected.

Net Nanny

Net Nanny 5.1, the world's leading parental control software, provides you with the broadest set of Internet safety tools available today. Net Nanny gives you control over what comes into and goes out of your home through your Internet connection, including access to Web sites, content such as Internet-based games, blocks file sharing of music, images and videos, and monitors a user's Internet activity. Net Nanny is easier to install and configure than any similar product available today.

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Top stories in Scotland this week

 
MONDAY

Forth Road Bridge
Forth bridge dry-out is to start 2007

Efforts were stepped up to secure the release of a young Thai man taken from Shetland for deportation.

Motorists were told to prepare for a summer of delays following details of £4.5m worth of roadworks on the M8.

It was announced that work to fit dehumidification equipment to the Forth Road Bridge's suspension cables would begin next year.

TUESDAY

Plans were announced to get Scotland's growing number of out-of-work teenagers back into education or training.

It emerged that more than 4,000 elderly people were on the waiting list for free personal care, according to figures released by the Scottish Executive.

A football team of people who have had their lives saved by blood donation launched an appeal for more donors.

WEDNESDAY

Woman's silhouette
Rape prosecution reforms were outlined in parliament

Significant changes were proposed to the way rape cases in Scotland are investigated and prosecuted.

MSPs approved the bill to restore the Borders rail link between Edinburgh and Tweedbank near Galashiels.

Oil giant Shell was accused of operating platforms in the North Sea at dangerously high risk levels.

THURSDAY

MSPs voted 66 to 56 in favour of increasing university tuition fees for students from the rest of the UK, with a higher increase for medical students.

Police interviewed pupils after a seven-year-old boy collapsed at school suffering from the effects of drinking methadone.

MSPs unanimously agreed emergency reforms rushed through parliament to cope with the continued absence of Scotland's most senior judge.

FRIDAY

Barry Philips
Barry Philips said electric therapy had helped him come off heroin

A drug addict who was on heroin for five years claimed he had been cured by a revolutionary electric therapy treatment.

A public inquiry into the infection of patients with hepatitis C was ruled out by Health Minister Andy Kerr.

New figures revealed that more than 500 young people in Scotland were in treatment for drink or drugs problems.


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What Oscar Wilde had to say about crime:

 

An essay published by Wilde in 1891. The essay, a radical argument for social change to end poverty, is rich in characteristically provocative observations. Wilde says that criminals are not a distinct human class or people of innate psychological features, “they are not marvellous Macbeths and terrible Vautrins. They are merely what ordinary respectable, commonplace people would be if they had not got enough to eat.” Starvation is not a problem in modern Britain but poverty, and malnourishment abound, as do alcohol and sink estates.

 

In arguing for conditions that did not systematically beget crime, Wilde said that “a community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime… the more punishment is inflicted the more crime is produced.”

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18 June 2006
STABBED 16 TIMES...
 
FEARED drug dealer George " Goofy " Docherty survived being stabbed 16 times in a gangland hit.

Then the 46-year-old mobster signed himself out of hospital - fearful his enemies would get him there.

Now detectives fear Docherty and his gang will take revenge for the attack, sparking a vendetta.

Docherty, who was stabbed in the east end of Glasgow, was sent to prison for seven years in 1996 for a machete attack during a drugs war in Paisley.

He was again jailed in 2001- while out on licence for the machete attack - after being caught with a handgun and bullets.

In Barlinnie jail, Docherty headed a drugs ring and received supplies from shamed lawyer Angela Baillie, 32, who became known as Ally McDeal.

The man who blew the whistle on their business was later almost killed in a revenge attack.

A police spokeswoman said: "A 46-year-old man sustained injuries in Cuthelton Terrace on June 6.

"He was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary but later discharged himself."


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Sunday Times. Scotland

Sunday June 18, 2006

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Northern | Tayside | Grampian | Lothian and Borders | Strathclyde 1 Strathclyde 2 | Central Scotland | Dumfries | Notes and definitions

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Introduction

While on-line computer exploration opens a world of possibilities for children, expanding their horizons and exposing them to different cultures and ways of life, they can be exposed to dangers as they hit the road exploring the information highway. There are individuals who attempt to sexually exploit children through the use of on-line services and the Internet. Some of these individuals gradually seduce their targets through the use of attention, affection, kindness, and even gifts. These individuals are often willing to devote considerable amounts of time, money, and energy in this process. They listen to and empathize with the problems of children. They will be aware of the latest music, hobbies, and interests of children. These individuals attempt to gradually lower children's inhibitions by slowly introducing sexual context and content into their conversations.

There are other individuals, however, who immediately engage in sexually explicit conversation with children. Some offenders primarily collect and trade child-pornographic images, while others seek face-to-face meetings with children via on-line contacts. It is important for parents to understand that children can be indirectly victimized through conversation, i.e. "chat," as well as the transfer of sexually explicit information and material. Computer-sex offenders may also be evaluating children they come in contact with on-line for future face-to-face contact and direct victimization. Parents and children should remember that a computer-sex offender can be any age or sex the person does not have to fit the caricature of a dirty, unkempt, older man wearing a raincoat to be someone who could harm a child.

Children, especially adolescents, are sometimes interested in and curious about sexuality and sexually explicit material. They may be moving away from the total control of parents and seeking to establish new relationships outside their family. Because they may be curious, children/adolescents sometimes use their on-line access to actively seek out such materials and individuals. Sex offenders targeting children will use and exploit these characteristics and needs. Some adolescent children may also be attracted to and lured by on-line offenders closer to their age who, although not technically child molesters, may be dangerous. Nevertheless, they have been seduced and manipulated by a clever offender and do not fully understand or recognize the potential danger of these contacts.

This guide was prepared from actual investigations involving child victims, as well as investigations where law enforcement officers posed as children. Further information on protecting your child on-line may be found in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Child Safety on the Information Highway and Teen Safety on the Information Highway pamphlets.

What Are Signs That Your Child Might Be At Risk On-line?

Your child spends large amounts of time on-line, especially at night.

Most children that fall victim to computer-sex offenders spend large amounts of time on-line, particularly in chat rooms. They may go on-line after dinner and on the weekends. They may be latchkey kids whose parents have told them to stay at home after school. They go on-line to chat with friends, make new friends, pass time, and sometimes look for sexually explicit information. While much of the knowledge and experience gained may be valuable, parents should consider monitoring the amount of time spent on-line.

Children on-line are at the greatest risk during the evening hours. While offenders are on-line around the clock, most work during the day and spend their evenings on-line trying to locate and lure children or seeking pornography.

You find pornography on your child's computer.

Pornography is often used in the sexual victimization of children. Sex offenders often supply their potential victims with pornography as a means of opening sexual discussions and for seduction. Child pornography may be used to show the child victim that sex between children and adults is "normal." Parents should be conscious of the fact that a child may hide the pornographic files on diskettes from them. This may be especially true if the computer is used by other family members.

Your child receives phone calls from men you don't know or is making calls, sometimes long distance, to numbers you don't recognize.Drawing - Telephone

While talking to a child victim on-line is a thrill for a computer-sex offender, it can be very cumbersome. Most want to talk to the children on the telephone. They often engage in "phone sex" with the children and often seek to set up an actual meeting for real sex.

While a child may be hesitant to give out his/her home phone number, the computer-sex offenders will give out theirs. With Caller ID, they can readily find out the child's phone number. Some computer-sex offenders have even obtained toll-free 800 numbers, so that their potential victims can call them without their parents finding out. Others will tell the child to call collect. Both of these methods result in the computer-sex offender being able to find out the child's phone number.

Your child receives mail, gifts, or packages from someone you don't know.

As part of the seduction process, it is common for offenders to send letters, photographs, and all manner of gifts to their potential victims. Computer-sex offenders have even sent plane tickets in order for the child to travel across the country to meet them.

Your child turns the computer monitor off or quickly changes the screen on the monitor when you come into the room.

A child looking at pornographic images or having sexually explicit conversations does not want you to see it on the screen.

Your child becomes withdrawn from the family.

Computer-sex offenders will work very hard at driving a wedge between a child and their family or at exploiting their relationship. They will accentuate any minor problems at home that the child might have. Children may also become withdrawn after sexual victimization.

Your child is using an on-line account belonging to someone else.

Even if you don't subscribe to an on-line service or Internet service, your child may meet an offender while on-line at a friend's house or the library. Most computers come preloaded with on-line and/or Internet software. Computer-sex offenders will sometimes provide potential victims with a computer account for communications with them.

What Should You Do If You Suspect Your Child Is Communicating With A Sexual Predator On-line?

  • Consider talking openly with your child about your suspicions. Tell them about the dangers of computer-sex offenders.
  • Review what is on your child's computer. If you don't know how, ask a friend, coworker, relative, or other knowledgeable person. Pornography or any kind of sexual communication can be a warning sign.
  • Use the Caller ID service to determine who is calling your child. Most telephone companies that offer Caller ID also offer a service that allows you to block your number from appearing on someone else's Caller ID. Telephone companies also offer an additional service feature that rejects incoming calls that you block. This rejection feature prevents computer-sex offenders or anyone else from calling your home anonymously.
  • Devices can be purchased that show telephone numbers that have been dialed from your home phone. Additionally, the last number called from your home phone can be retrieved provided that the telephone is equipped with a redial feature. You will also need a telephone pager to complete this retrieval.
  • This is done using a numeric-display pager and another phone that is on the same line as the first phone with the redial feature. Using the two phones and the pager, a call is placed from the second phone to the pager. When the paging terminal beeps for you to enter a telephone number, you press the redial button on the first (or suspect) phone. The last number called from that phone will then be displayed on the pager.
  • Monitor your child's access to all types of live electronic communications (i.e., chat rooms, instant messages, Internet Relay Chat, etc.), and monitor your child's e-mail. Computer-sex offenders almost always meet potential victims via chat rooms. After meeting a child on-line, they will continue to communicate electronically often via e-mail.

Should any of the following situations arise in your household, via the Internet or on-line service, you should immediately contact your local or state law enforcement agency, the FBI, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

  1. Your child or anyone in the household has received child pornography;
  2. Your child has been sexually solicited by someone who knows that your child is under 18 years of age;
  3. Your child has received sexually explicit images from someone that knows your child is under the age of 18.

If one of these scenarios occurs, keep the computer turned off in order to preserve any evidence for future law enforcement use. Unless directed to do so by the law enforcement agency, you should not attempt to copy any of the images and/or text found on the computer.

What Can You Do To Minimize The Chances Of An On-line Exploiter Victimizing Your Child?

  • Communicate, and talk to your child about sexual victimization and potential on-line danger.
  • Spend time with your children on-line. Have them teach you about their favorite on-line destinations.
  • Keep the computer in a common room in the house, not in your child's bedroom. It is much more difficult for a computer-sex offender to communicate with a child when the computer screen is visible to a parent or another member of the household.
  • Utilize parental controls provided by your service provider and/or blocking software. While electronic chat can be a great place for children to make new friends and discuss various topics of interest, it is also prowled by computer-sex offenders. Use of chat rooms, in particular, should be heavily monitored. While parents should utilize these mechanisms, they should not totally rely on them.
  • Always maintain access to your child's on-line account and randomly check his/her e-mail. Be aware that your child could be contacted through the U.S. Mail. Be up front with your child about your access and reasons why.
  • Teach your child the responsible use of the resources on-line. There is much more to the on-line experience than chat rooms.
  • Find out what computer safeguards are utilized by your child's school, the public library, and at the homes of your child's friends. These are all places, outside your normal supervision, where your child could encounter an on-line predator.
  • Understand, even if your child was a willing participant in any form of sexual exploitation, that he/she is not at fault and is the victim. The offender always bears the complete responsibility for his or her actions.
  • Instruct your children:
      • to never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they met on- line;
      • to never upload (post) pictures of themselves onto the Internet or on-line service to people they do not personally know;
      • to never give out identifying information such as their name, home address, school name, or telephone number;
      • to never download pictures from an unknown source, as there is a good chance there could be sexually explicit images;
      • to never respond to messages or bulletin board postings that are suggestive, obscene, belligerent, or harassing;
      • that whatever they are told on-line may or may not be true.

Frequently Asked Questions:

My child has received an e-mail advertising for a pornographic website, what should I do?

 

Generally, advertising for an adult, pornographic website that is sent to an e-mail address does not violate federal law or the current laws of most states. In some states it may be a violation of law if the sender knows the recipient is under the age of 18. Such advertising can be reported to your service provider and, if known, the service provider of the originator. It can also be reported to your state and federal legislators, so they can be made aware of the extent of the problem.

Is any service safer than the others?

 

Sex offenders have contacted children via most of the major on-line services and the Internet. The most important factors in keeping your child safe on-line are the utilization of appropriate blocking software and/or parental controls, along with open, honest discussions with your child, monitoring his/her on-line activity, and following the tips in this pamphlet.

Should I just forbid my child from going on-line?

 

There are dangers in every part of our society. By educating your children to these dangers and taking appropriate steps to protect them, they can benefit from the wealth of information now available on-line.

Helpful Definitions:

Internet - An immense, global network that connects computers via telephone lines and/or fiber networks to storehouses of electronic information. With only a computer, a modem, a telephone line and a service provider, people from all over the world can communicate and share information with little more than a few keystrokes.

Bulletin Board Systems (BBSs) - Electronic networks of computers that are connected by a central computer setup and operated by a system administrator or operator and are distinguishable from the Internet by their "dial-up" accessibility. BBS users link their individual computers to the central BBS computer by a modem which allows them to post messages, read messages left by others, trade information, or hold direct conversations. Access to a BBS can, and often is, privileged and limited to those users who have access privileges granted by the systems operator.

Commercial On-line Service (COS) - Examples of COSs are America Online, Prodigy, CompuServe and Microsoft Network, which provide access to their service for a fee. COSs generally offer limited access to the Internet as part of their total service package.

Internet Service Provider (ISP) - Examples of ISPs are Erols, Concentric and Netcom. These services offer direct, full access to the Internet at a flat, monthly rate and often provide electronic-mail service for their customers. ISPs often provide space on their servers for their customers to maintain World Wide Web (WWW) sites. Not all ISPs are commercial enterprises. Educational, governmental and nonprofit organizations also provide Internet access to their members.

Public Chat Rooms - Created, maintained, listed and monitored by the COS and other public domain systems such as Internet Relay Chat. A number of customers can be in the public chat rooms at any given time, which are monitored for illegal activity and even appropriate language by systems operators (SYSOP). Some public chat rooms are monitored more frequently than others, depending on the COS and the type of chat room. Violators can be reported to the administrators of the system (at America On-line they are referred to as terms of service [TOS]) which can revoke user privileges. The public chat rooms usually cover a broad range of topics such as entertainment, sports, game rooms, children only, etc.

Electronic Mail (E-Mail) - A function of BBSs, COSs and ISPs which provides for the transmission of messages and files between computers over a communications network similar to mailing a letter via the postal service. E-mail is stored on a server, where it will remain until the addressee retrieves it. Anonymity can be maintained by the sender by predetermining what the receiver will see as the "from" address. Another way to conceal one's identity is to use an "anonymous remailer," which is a service that allows the user to send an e-mail message repackaged under the remailer's own header, stripping off the originator's name completely.

Chat - Real-time text conversation between users in a chat room with no expectation of privacy. All chat conversation is accessible by all individuals in the chat room while the conversation is taking place.

Instant Messages - Private, real-time text conversation between two users in a chat room.

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) - Real-time text conversation similar to public and/or private chat rooms on COS.

Usenet (Newsgroups) - Like a giant, cork bulletin board where users post messages and information. Each posting is like an open letter and is capable of having attachments, such as graphic image files (GIFs). Anyone accessing the newsgroup can read the postings, take copies of posted items, or post responses. Each newsgroup can hold thousands of postings. Currently, there are over 29,000 public newsgroups and that number is growing daily. Newsgroups are both public and/or private. There is no listing of private newsgroups. A user of private newsgroups has to be invited into the newsgroup and be provided with the newsgroup's address.

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Police chiefs condemn Reid for 'complying with tabloid wishes'

Will Woodward, chief political correspondent
Tuesday June 20, 2006
The Guardian


Moves by the home secretary, John Reid, towards allowing parents access to information on the whereabouts of paedophiles were condemned by chief constables last night.

The Association of Chief Police Officers delivered damning criticism of the government after Mr Reid said he was prepared to consider importing "Megan's law", the US legislation under which the whereabouts of paedophiles released from prison are made known to parents. The News of the World has been campaigning for the introduction of a "Sarah's law," named after Sarah Payne, eight, who was abducted and murdered in 2000.

Mr Reid announced at the weekend that he is sending a junior minister, Gerry Sutcliffe, to the US to investigate how the law has been implemented since it was introduced in 1997.

Terry Grange, chief constable of Dyfed and Powys police and Acpo spokesman on violent crime, told Radio 4's The World Tonight: "The last three years has been a litany of abandonment of any real strategic design in the Home Office in the management of sex offenders, in favour of trying to find out what one particular tabloid newspaper wants and then complying with their wishes."

The Liberal Democrats uncovered comments made by children's minister Beverley Hughes in 2001, when she was a junior minister in the Home Office, in then rejecting Megan's law.

She said it was "unworkable" because "it drives offenders to ground".

A No 10 spokesman said yesterday there was now a "body of experience" in the US to consider, but he acknowledged there were difficulties in bringing a version of Megan's law to the UK. "The important thing and the difficult thing in this is to get the balance right between, on the one hand, in protecting the public and giving the public as much information as possible, and on the other, making sure that you don't have vigilantes ... we are not planning immediately to import US laws but we do need to consider how these operate." The prime minister's spokesman added that the government accepted that "the public should have more information than they have done" about the whereabouts of paedophiles.

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Hi All... thanks for all the excellent posts with regards to 'F-Zone News'.

 

Some great information within the posts, in particular Magpie's post on Crime Statistics and the  links contained within the post.

 

Admin2's post on computer Internet safety was excellent, and an issue which everyone should be aware of, particularly where children have access to the Internet.

 

With regards to Magpie's post and the article concerning John Reid and the paedophile issue, as a parent, this subject is of particular interest to me at the moment, as I'm sure it is to many, therefore, being such a sensitive and important issue which must be tackled, I felt compelled to include some information on 'Megan's Law', and  which the parents of Sarah Payne are fighting to introduce in this country, to be called 'Sarah's Law'. 

The story of Megan's Law
Megan Kanka
Megan Kanka was murdered
The possibility of Britain adopting US-style "naming and shaming" of paedophiles living in the community has been raised by Home Secretary John Reid.

Mr Reid is sending a minister to the US to examine the legislation - known as Megan's Law.

American parents - unlike their UK counterparts - have access to information on paedophiles living in their local area.

The law was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1997 and has since been adopted in some form by all 50 states.

It arose from the rape and murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka.

She was killed by Jesse Timmendequas, a known child molester with two previous convictions for sexual offences.

He had moved into the same neighbourhood as her family without their knowledge.

The murder caused outrage in the US and Megan's mother campaigned for a change in the law to give parents access to information on child sex offenders in their area.

Parents must now be informed when offenders move into their neighbourhood after being freed from prison.

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A number of states list offenders' details on the internet, allowing parents to enter their own details to check if anyone on the register has moved in nearby.

Supporters of the law point to cases where registered sex offenders have been discovered working in amusement parks, youth counselling and other activities involving contact with children.

One Californian grandmother told how she had checked the database after growing suspicious that her daughter-in-law, and mother of her four grandchildren, had re-married a convicted sex offender.

"I said, 'What if he's a rapist?' and sure as hell, he was."

But opponents argue the law encourages acts of vigilantism and does not give offenders who have paid their dues the chance to merge back into society.

They also question the effectiveness of Megan's Law. Past studies have shown that far fewer paedophiles comply with registration requirements in the US than in the UK.

Critics also point out that most cases of child abuse occur within the family, and suggest that victims may stay silent if they know a family member will be denounced.

State differences

Offenders must register their address with the local police upon release from prison, but many give bogus details.

Others have given their details, but travelled outside their local areas to prey on youngsters in neighbourhoods where no-one knew about them.

The law takes different forms in different states.

In Louisiana, the public has complete access to information on offenders and their movements.

One company offers e-mail alerts to families warning of sex offenders moving to homes near them.

In Washington state, law enforcement officers can call at every house in the neighbourhood to warn people about an offender moving in.

Sex offenders in Oregon can be forced to display a sign in their windows.

Some believe that Megan's Law does not go far enough and several states are investigating the use of, or have already introduced, chemical or surgical castration for certain sexual offenders.


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Top stories in Scotland this week
BBC Scotland's news website looks back at the stories making the headlines over the last week.

MONDAY

Drinks
Glasgow had been considering a blanket ban on glasses in pubs

The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee warned that devolution may be causing an English backlash.

Plans to ban glass in all of Glasgow's pubs by January 2007 to reduce violent attacks were abandoned by the city's licensing board.

More than half of women questioned at a Glasgow university said they approved of wives hitting their husbands.

TUESDAY

Relatives of people whose organs were retained by Scottish hospitals without consent were told they are to get £5,000 compensation.

A young Thai man facing deportation from Shetland was released on bail pending his appeal.

A Scotsman lost out after placing the biggest bet yet on England to win a match in the World Cup.

WEDNESDAY

Hugo Clapshaw and his dad Damon
Hugo Clapshaw and his dad Damon were both attacked

Prime Minister Tony Blair condemned attacks on a seven-year-old boy and 41-year-old man who were wearing England shirts in Scotland.

An official report revealed that fingerprint staff involved in the Shirley McKie case were guilty of "professional negligence".

Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas received an award of a different kind after being honoured with a degree from St Andrews University.

THURSDAY

The parents of a schoolboy who fell ill after apparently taking the drug methadone criticised the authorities' handling of the case.

Detectives hunting for an accountant who was abducted on a Glasgow street said they received reports of several possible sightings after an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

Insurers withdrew cover on their virginity taken out by three sisters in the event of the second coming of Christ.

FRIDAY

Stephen Gough
Gough was jailed for stripping on a plane to Edinburgh

There was an angry reaction after Scottish Power said it would be putting up gas and electricity prices from next month.

An airline suspended all flights after a plane with 19 people on board overshot the end of Aberdeen Airport runway by hundreds of yards.

Naked rambler Stephen Gough was jailed for four months after stripping off on a passenger plane.


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27 June 2006 THE CHEATING CUSTOMS MAN

 James Dempster, 39, saves more than £70 a week on city centre meter charges by using a disabled parking badge he claimed on behalf of his aunt.

 

He also avoids having to pay the Government £150 a year for a tax disc for his Vauxhall Astra because of his aunt's condition. But the blue badge scheme for disabled vehicle users means he is only entitled to park for free if his aunt is in the car with him.

 

And claiming road tax exemption means he should only use his car to ferry her around. However, Customs & Revenue enforcement officer Dempster, 39, abuses the perks and uses the car to go to work daily. Advertisement Dempster's job involves helping to catch and prosecute those who trade in illegal cigarettes and booze.

 

But he commits fraud himself daily when he goes to work. He puts his aunt's disabled badge on the dashboard of the Astra and dumps the vehicle in a parking bay for hours on end until he's finished at night.

 

Dempster's offices are in the heart of Glasgow city centre, which has some of the highest parking fees in Scotland. While law-abiding motorists have to fork out up to £1.80 an hour feeding meters, Dempster pays nothing thanks to the blue badge on display. He works at the Customs & Excise office in India Street but parks 250 yards around the corner, away from the prying eyes of colleagues. A source said: "He is definitely not disabled as his job involves moving and stacking all the contraband.

 

"He is based in India Street and parks in Elmbank Street each day so that his workmates don't suss him out. "He is two-faced, given his job, and it's not as if he can't afford to pay. He is also cheating a real disabled person. This is a scandal. "He's saving more than £3000 a year." Dempster, who lives in Glasgow, at first pleaded ignorance when confronted by a Record reporter. As he climbed into his car after completing a shift at work, Dempster muttered: "I'm just about to go and pick my aunt up.

 

That's why I put the badge up." He also tried to claim that by having a disabled road tax disc he was entitled to use the special parking permit. But within a matter of minutes, he changed his tune and finally admitted that he shouldn't have been using either. The dad-of-two said: "If I'm not doing it by the book, then I apologise. "I'm not the type of person who likes to flout the law.

 

From now on it will be the train in to work for me."

 

As a result of Dempster's cheating behaviour, his aunt could have the badge taken away by Glasgow City Council bosses for allowing the permit to be abused. The offence can even lead to prosecution and a maximum £1000 fine.

 

After being informed of the details of Dempster's behaviour, a council spokesman promised: "We shall carry out our own investigation." The city has the worst record in Scotland for blue badge cheats.

 

Every day, half of Glasgow's council-run parking bays are filled by drivers with disabled badges. Transport chiefs estimate that the high number of frauds costs the council £1.75million a year in lost revenue.

 

A spokesman for the DVLA said that there were strict rules governing road tax exemption. He said: "If a person has exemption from vehicle excise duty and displays such a disc, someone else can only use that vehicle if they are actually with the specified individual at the time or are using the vehicle on that person's behalf.

 

"They would not be allowed to use it for their personal benefit, for going to work for example." A spokesman for HM Revenue and Customs declined to comment.

 

'This is a scandal. He's saving more than £3000 a year'


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BBC NEWS Wednesday, 28 June 2006

 

Police chief is honoured as druid
 
Richard Brunstrom
Richard Brunstrom has gained Welsh language qualifications
North Wales Police chief constable Richard Brunstrom is among those named on the Gorsedd of Bards list at this year's National Eisteddfod.

Welsh national poet Gwyneth Lewis, ex-rugby international Robin McBryde, singer Iris Williams and painter Mary Lloyd Jones are also being recognised.

Members of the Gorsedd - which means "throne" - are individuals who have contributed to Welsh culture.

The list has been announced ahead of the National Eisteddfod in Swansea.

As an incomer to Wales I'm particularly pleased to receive this honour
Richard Brunstrom, North Wales Police chief constable

Previous figures to be honoured as druids include Bryn Terfel, England cricketer Robert Croft and ex-Welsh rugby stars Gareth Edwards and Ray Gravell.

Other members of the Gorsedd include the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, who was honoured when he was Archbishop of Wales.

At the official ceremony in Swansea, the new members will wear traditional white robes.

Mr Brunstrom said: "As an incomer to Wales I'm particularly pleased to receive this honour.

"I have the greatest respect for the National Eisteddfod and the Gorsedd and the work that they do throughout Wales.

"It is very important that the police are connected with both these bodies and it is with great pleasure that I accept this honour on behalf of the police service in Wales."

Mr Brunstrom started to learn Welsh in 2000 and has gained several Welsh language qualifications.

The grounds of the old Velindre steelworks in Swansea will be the setting for this year's Eisteddfod from 5-12 August.

 

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BBC NEWS Wednesday, 30 June, 2004

 

Brunstrom tackles bat crime
Soprano Pipistrelle bat(picture The Bat Conservation Trust)
Conservationists believe crimes against bats are on the rise
North Wales Police Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom has taken on a new role - tackling the UK's growing bat crimes.

He is spearheading an initiative to protect the nocturnal mammals.

Mr Brunstrom has virtually become a household name through his campaign against speeding drivers and his views on legalising drugs.

Now he says he is ready to assume comic hero Batman's mantle too to save the bat.

"If you can put a bit of humour into it, that's actually helpful because this is a serious issue," he said on Wednesday.

"A bit of humour will help us deal with it even better".

Bats are a protected species but even so their numbers are falling. Figures from the Bat Conservation Trust show 144 bat-related offences have been committed in the UK over two years.

This is not major league police work but it is necessary that we do it right because it is in the interests of our country
Richard Brunstrom

Conservation groups now believe that that figure could be only the tip of the iceberg as the animals fall prey to building development and trees where they roost being felled.

So Operation Bat, which got under way on Wednesday, is aimed at prevention and raising awareness.

Mr Brunstrom, a spokesman on wildlife issues for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), has been jointly responsible for bats becoming a police priority.

"The emphasis of Operation Bat is on prevention rather than enforcement," he said.

North Wales Police Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom
Richard Brunstrom; Bat crime is a 'miniscule' part of police work

"The overall aim of it is to raise awareness of the legislation that protects bats so as to provide a clear message that bat crime is police business and will not be ignored.

"If you're renovating an old house or chopping trees down, we want to make sure that people get proper advice in the first place on how to keep within the law."

But he admitted that patrolling bat crime was "a tiny issue in policing terms".

"This is not major league police work, It's an irrelevant amount of police resources. But it is necessary that we do it right because it is in the interests of our country," he added.

 

 

 

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Why Protect Red Squirrels?

 
 
The Telegraph reports that grey squirrels are to be 'excluded' from

red squirrel areas in England on pain of death.

There is an evolutionary struggle going on and the red squirrels
appear to be losing out to the greys, which was introduced
(by man, of course) from America.

Why should we intervene in this struggle? There is no malice
between squirrels.
 
There are no 'good' or 'bad' squirrels, there are just little creatures
struggling (as we all do) to survive.

If the greys are spreading at the expense of the reds, it is
because in evolutionary terms, they are the fittest to survive -
the fittest for the environment in which they live.

For man to take sides is ridiculous.

In fact it is worse than ridiculous.
 
It is not clear that more red squirrels will have suffered short
lives then would have been the case without the grey, because
there are always factors at work limiting a species' population size.

But if we have in some sense caused red squirrels to suffer by
introducing the grey, it simply compounds our failing to cull greys.
 
Unless we exterminate the greys entirely there will never be an
end to the slaughter.
 
So to assuage our collective guilt over the change in squirrel
populations we embark on an endless campaign to inflict suffering
on grey squirrels.

Who are we to say one little animal is worth more than another
little animal, especially when the difference between them is that
one is red and the other is grey?
 
Red squirrel
Red squirrels are best adapted to living in pine forests

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Who are we to say one little animal is worth more than another
little animal, especially when the difference between them is that
one is red and the other is grey?
 
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Red squirrels are best adapted to living in pine forests

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