The UK government are now instructing police to spy on people’s personal webpages. The reason? To tackle the henious crime of ‘holding knives’. I don’t think you could make this shit up.
Young trainee officers at Strathclyde Police search social networking sites for pictures of people posing with weapons, mainly knives.
Constable Holly McGee and Cadet Fraser Reed, both 18, carry out the work.
“We’re looking for anyone who is brandishing offensive weapons or blades,” Holly told Newsbeat.
“We take the date, the time, detail of what’s in the photograph, [then] a copy of the photograph is printed out and thereafter it’s all sent to the gangs task force unit.”
That’s when more experienced officers in the Violence Reduction Unit at Strathclyde Police get involved.
Seriously? What the the hell? These idiots are being employed using public money to spy on people holding knives? Surely, these must be images of violent crimes being commited to warrent such intrusion. Oh, wait…
The man in charge of this, Superintendent Bob Hamilton, says there are two ways of dealing with people once they’ve been tracked down.
If they were posing in a public place, like on the street or a park, the law has been broken and they’ll be arrested.
Even when pictures are taken in private, though, which isn’t technically breaking the law, he says the weapons are so dangerous his officers pay a visit to the people involved.
Let me get this straight. No law has been broken by say, me posing with a beautiful piece of Japanese swordsmanship in my own home, but I could still expect a bunch of jackbooted thugs to pay me a visit if I upload it to my website? Seriously, these wretched bags of horse excrement really are taking the piss.
More surveillance state totalitarian bullcrap. It never ends…