This just in from Britain's bureau of investigative journalism
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When being born British isn’t enough
February 27th, 2013 | by Chris Woods | Published in All Stories, Secret Justice
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One worrying finding of the Bureau’s investigation into deprivation of citizenship is that the Home Secretary is now stripping nationality from people born in Britain.
The latest 2011 census shows 7.5m people in England and Wales were born outside the UK. Some of these people are already British citizens. Their children and grandchildren, born and brought up here, automatically have British citizenship and might have assumed they could take this for granted. Theresa May has indicated otherwise.
The Bureau’s investigation has found that five of the 21 people so far deprived of their citizenships were actually born in the UK.
Mohamed Sakr is one of these. He was born in Newham and brought up in west London, though had dual nationality as his parents were Egyptian. He had his British citizenship removed in September 2010 and was killed in a US drone strike 17 months later.
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Home Secretary Theresa May (Home Office)
In another case, four members of one family, all British-born, lost their citizenship. The family had moved to Britain in 1958 from Kashmir, and a son (now known only as S1 in the courts where he is appealing his case), was born in Newcastle in 1963. S1 went on to have his own children, all born in London.
Three of his sons – known as T1, U1 and V1 – lost their citizenships along with their father, all accused by the Home Secretary of links with a militant group. The entire family remains stranded in Pakistan, with other British family members – accused of no wrongdoing – unable to return home.
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The implications of Theresa May’s recent actions are profound. Hundreds of thousands of second- and third-generation Britons are now, in theory, at risk of having their UK citizenship revoked on the orders of the Home Secretary. The 2001 census showed for example that 46% of all Muslims in the UK at that time (some 740,000 people) were actually British-born.
The law is also arbitrary. When people from some countries such as India become British, they are required to give up their original nationalities. And since UK law says you cannot be made stateless, the Home Secretary would not be allowed to strip you of your British citizenship. Yet people from Pakistan are allowed to have dual citizenship, and so if your family’s roots are from that country, your British citizenship could in theory be at risk.
As Asim Qureshi of campaign group CagePrisoner told the Bureau: ‘These are people who are entrenched in UK society as part of the fabric of how Britain has developed. So to think that – and this is not just from places like Pakistan, this could be from anywhere in the world – that people could have their citizenship removed, it really is quite scary.’
Equally troubling is the process which leads to deprivation. Despite the removal of nationality being perhaps the most extreme sanction a British government can take against its own citizens, the courts have no role in the original decision.
Instead the Home Secretary, acting on advice from the intelligence services or others, can simply revoke the citizenship of dual nationals with immediate effect where she believes it is ‘conducive to the public good’. This means she can make the decision based on what she believes an individual might do, rather than because of specific acts.
In almost all cases the Bureau has examined this has involved national security grounds, often with those involved accused of belonging to militant or terrorist organisations.
Yet according to Reprieve’s legal director Kat Craig: ‘All those at risk of this practice, including those who were born and raised in this country, have never been charged with any crime. The revocation of their citizenship is carried out behind closed doors by the Home Secretary without any sort of due process or transparency.’
The implications of Theresa May’s recent actions are profound. Hundreds of thousands of second- and third-generation Britons are now, in theory, at risk of having their UK citizenship revoked on the orders of the home secretary.
The decree takes almost immediate effect, with passports cancelled and all citizenship rights revoked.
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On almost every occasion the Home Office has removed citizenships while people are out of the country. And as a judge noted in 2010 appeal, this seems a premeditated action.
‘The Secretary of State’s decision to deprive the Appellant of his citizenship was one which had clearly been contemplated before it was taken. The natural inference, which we draw… is that she waited until he had left the United Kingdom before setting the process in train,’ according to court papers.
If people are in the UK when they have their citizenship removed, they stand a far better chance of fighting their case. British courts have also generally been unwilling to deport people to countries where torture is rife.
Gareth Peirce, one of the UK’s most seasoned immigration lawyers notes: ‘Only able to challenge the secret case from outside the UK, effective access to lawyers in the UK is almost impossible to achieve when every communication is known to be monitored and where the subject may be at risk not just from state but non state actors too.’
Little wonder that many of those seeking to challenge their banishment appear lost in a legal process reminiscent of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. One man, Hilal al-Jedda, is now deep into the sixth year of appealing his original deprivation order.
When Tony Blair’s government first proposed taking radical new powers to itself which would allow British citizens to be stripped of their nationalities, it was warned by MPs from all parties of the possible consequences.
One was Simon Hughes, now deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats. Back in 2002, he told the committee scrutinising the bill that it would grant ‘excessive’ powers to the Home Secretary. He explicitly warned that it would grant ‘the power to deprive even UK-born nationals of UK citizenship,’ and called for the relevant clause to be struck out.
All those at risk of this practice, including those who were born and raised in this country, have never been charged with any crime. The revocation of their citizenship is carried out behind closed doors by the home secretary without any sort of due process or transparency.’
Kat Craig, legal director Reprieve
Angela Eagle, the minister responsible at the time, sought to calm MPs by claiming that the Home Secretary would not be able to use the new powers at will: ‘The Secretary of State cannot make an order on a whim, and he will be subject to judicial oversight when he makes an order.’
Ian Macdonald QC, president of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, said this week that judicial oversight in these cases was presently severely lacking.
Referring to the government’s practice of serving deprivation papers at peoples’ last known UK address when they have only 28 days to appeal, he told the Bureau: ’The government is not only rendering appeals ineffective, but is simply misusing the procedures in order to prevent that appeal taking place at all. And that’s got to be deliberate.’
This week Simon Hughes has written to both the Home Secretary Theresa May and to the Home Affairs select committee, calling for an urgent inquiry into the Bureau’s findings.
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Agony of woman locked up by secret court: The terrifying moment police descended on father's care home
to 'cart me off to jail
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Secret court bill 'threatens centuries of open justice and will erode Britain's moral standing in the world!
The Court of Protection, which secretly controls £2billion of assets of thousands of elderly and mentally impaired people, has been criticised by MP John Hemming (pictured) as 'bordering on malpractice'. Allegations include claims that the billions of pounds it controls are being used to offset the national debt through an arm of the Treasury, while paying them a paltry interest.
Neil Barker, pictured with girlfriend Valeria, received £1.8m compensation after a motorbike crash in 2003. But the Court of Protection said he lacked the mental capacity to handle his finances. He is one of thousands whose assets are managed by the Court, which has sent hundreds of people to prison for speaking out about the secret processes or disobeying its rulings.
Secret court hearing plans pushed through by government !
If it had been ANY other country I wouldn't have been surprised, but Britain...the self lauded home of democracy, the magna carta....knightly chivalrous history...this SHOCKS me and validates my choosing to be an expat !
This latest incident is only a small sample of what Britain has descended to...there is absolutely NO justice there for the ordinary working class or poor...the queen, princes, royalty and the mega rich can do NO wrong and violent murderers, rapists and robbers roam the streets freely with slap on the wrist treatment by pink clothed, effeminate, bewigged judges who belong in the garbage cans of ancient history they have their heads and minds where the sun don't shine ! They are also extreme sadists as we can clearly see when this poor lady did the right thing out of love and concern for her dear old Dad and tried to remove him from that horrible place ! I wouldn't put a stay dog in a British care home they re disastrous, worst on the Planet and constantly admonished and exposed in the press/media !
I strongly urge everyone to read the British newspapers like the Daily Mail then you will be astonished at what REALLY goes on in Britain and see that I as a seasoned foreign correspondent am NOT exaggerating !
THousands of people including young children and the elderly are dying like flies in the hospitals teh NHS (national health service) is disgusting to put it mildly, full of foreign doctors QUACKS at best who buy their licenses abroad from relatives and friends and give terribly wrong diagnoses costing normally healthy folk their lives ! Many doctors don't even understand english ! There are frequent stories of neglect, beatings and robberies committed in so called retirement care homes by filthy, lowlife african, west indian, muslim and indian types people who are employed at lower wages to supposedly care for people ! The government has known about this outrage for decades but do NOT give a damn !
It has become a terrible country to live in and any honest Brit. will have to agree with me...I have only scratched the surface of the great injustice there ! If you take a little time and research what I have exposed today on my blog you will understand and be glad you don't live in Britain!
The Britain you see in the travel posters and tv ads,etc is NOT the REAL Britain which now makes Mogadishu and Zimbabwe,etc seem like Disneyland in comparison !
The British government and diplomatic reps. WON'T what I say....because they CAN'T without appearing like liars and morons which they are ! Ask the average Brit. if what I say is factual and true !
I sympathize with the British working class and I have good reason to be ashamed to be British and would be less the reporter and writer if I did NOT tell it like it is !
last government agreed a controversial GPs' contract
Labour’s ‘disastrous’ decision to allow family doctors to give up responsibility for out-of-hours care has forced A&E departments to deal with millions more patients, the Health Secretary will warn today.
Jeremy Hunt will reveal how numbers have shot up by four million a year since the last government agreed a controversial GPs’ contract – which allowed them to shirk their obligations to work in the evenings and at weekends.
Here's some of the injustices that have been unleashed by British authorities (with impunity) on the British people
It recently emerged that British police had known for more than a decade that Muslim rape gangs were targeting young girls, but they ignored the evidence of rapes because "they were petrified of being called racist." Rather than acknowledge that there is a problem, Muslim groups have decided to play the victim card instead.
BRITAIN HAS A LONG AND SORDID HISTORY OF SEVERE MISCARRIAGES OF JUSTICE HERE'S SOME
The Birmingham Six outside the Old Bailey after their release in 1991. Photograph: Rex Features
Maslen Merchant, a Birmingham-based legal executive who specialises in criminal appeals, recalls a recent conversation with a solicitor outside Birmingham crown court before a manslaughter case. Maslen was saying that he was struggling to get an order for disclosure. "She said: 'I don't know why you're bothering. There's never anything in it,'" he recounts. The lawyer, who has spent two decades investigating miscarriages of justice, is still incredulous. "Tell the Guildford Four that. Tell Judith Ward, the Maguire Seven, the M25 Three and the Bridgewater Four," he says. "It was astonishing and thoroughly depressing to hear."
Indeed. Earlier this year was the 20th anniversary of an event that sent shockwaves through our criminal justice system. Paddy Hill, Hugh Callaghan, Richard McIlkenny, Gerry Hunter, Billy Power and Johnny Walker were released after 16 years inside ! having had their convictions overturned for the murder of 21 people in two Birmingham pubs. Such was the damage inflicted upon the public confidence in the judiciary that their release led to the 1993 Runciman commission and ultimately the creation of an independent body, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), to investigate such cases.
apology from Tony Blair
It was one of the most notorious miscarriages of justice in British legal history. Three Belfast men and an English woman spent 15 years in prison after police fabricated confessions for the IRA bombing of the Horse and Groom pub in Guildford in 1974.
But even after their convictions were quashed in 1989, Gerry Conlon, Paul Hill, Paddy Armstrong and Carole Richardson, had spoken of the clinging stigma and the black hole of post-traumatic stress. Some felt there was a whispering campaign in the corridors of power that they had been freed on a technicality and a "cloud of suspicion" remained.
Yesterday, 16 years after their release, and following years of campaigning by the moderate nationalist SDLP, Tony Blair said sorry for the miscarriage of justice in a TV recording from his Commons office. The public apology to both the Guildford Four and the Maguire Seven, who were wrongly imprisoned over the Guildford attack and other 1974 bombings in Woolwich, south-east London, followed pressure from the Irish prime minister, Bertie Ahern, in a meeting last week and a petition of 10,000 signatures.
NOW THIS JUST IN FROM THE DAILY MAIL......IF THIS DOESN'T CONVINCE YOU THAT BRITISH COPS ARE TRIGGER HAPPY NUTTERS OUT OF CONTROL NOTHING EVER WILL !
The memory stick killing: When police lost a data card with names of 1,000 informants, they questioned this father - then cleared him. Two months later, they shot him dead
- Anthony Grainger, 36, was shot dead by police in Cheshire last March
- Accused of stealing memory stick with names of police informants
- Despite being cleared of suspicion, police surveilled him for weeks
- Over 100 officers were involved in six-week operation
An unarmed man shot dead by a police marksman as he sat in a car was wrongly suspected only weeks before of stealing a computer memory stick containing the names of 1,075 police informants.
The missing stick was stolen after a detective had taken it home. It held a mass of highly confidential data about police inquiries into drug trafficking – plus hundreds of real names and addresses of secret contacts who gave information about gangsters to police.
Father-of-two Anthony Grainger was questioned about the theft but formally cleared four months later. Meanwhile, the loss of the stick was exposing the informants to grave potential danger.
Family man: Father-of-two Anthony Grainger, 36, pictured with his partner Gail and a relative's baby, was shot to death by police weeks after he was cleared of suspicion of stealing a memory stick of sensitive information
It is believed at least one of those contacts was attacked and beaten at his home. Soon after that incident, Grainger, 36, was shot dead by Greater Manchester Police officers as he sat in the parked vehicle with two friends on March 3 last year.
Police records of the incident reveal he was shot at close range through the lungs and heart during a night-time operation which involved marksmen armed with sub-machine guns, pistols, Tasers and tear gas
As a result, every officer in England and Wales must formally report any friendship outside his workplace with a journalist.
Well then they can start with me...I have been a reporter and expat foreign correspondent for 50 years and I am proud of exposing corrupt government and police wherever they are ! If they oppress the press/media which is the British peoples ONLY way of learning the facts and truths...then they will face the dire consequences they deserve !
That's just scratching the surface folks...this would NEVER happen to the British snooty aristocracy y'know the bunch of stiff upper lip, status crazy overdressed extraverts that hang around places like Ascot racecourse,etc Frankly I hate to say it but you'd probably get a fairer shake from al qaeda or North Korea than the British justice system !
There is NOTHING worse than DIRTY cops !
Scotland Yard's chief cop Hogan-Howe
'I don't even know what's missing'
And this is Britain's TOP cop and the #1 at Scotland Yard can you believe ?
Cold blooded premeditated murder !
The parents of Jean Charles de Menezes (right), Matozinhos and Maria (pictured together left), have revealed they received £300,000 from Scotland Yard after their innocent son was shot dead by anti-terror police.. But the couple want more after learning police 'spied' on them after the tragedy. The figure - far higher than previously thought - was disclosed by the couple as they said they would sue the force again over claims that undercover officers gathered private information about them after Jean Charles de Menezes was killed at Stockwell Tube station in South London in July 2005.
Top police officer's 26-year career in tatters after he is jailed for lying on his CV to win string of promotions that made him £70,000 richer
Mike Martin, 46, from Carlisle appeared in Preston court yesterday after a four year inquiry into claims he exaggerated his work and achievements.