Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Integrated EU blacklist of 'criminals' is here
Have you paid a parking fine recently? Got three points on your licence? Been formally warned by the council for your bin protruding on the footway? (yep, I have had the £1,000 fine threat on the last one) Been suspended from your Sunday football league for rough tackling? (yes, seriously) Congratulations! Your records could soon be added to a pan-European database of subversives. This EU Council decision of 20th January on the establishment of a pan-EU 'criminal' database includes the following 'offences' :-
Offences related to waste
Unintentional environmental offences
Insult of the State, Nation or State symbols
Insult or resistance to a representative of public authority
Public order offences, breach of the public peace
Revealing a secret or breaching an obligation of secrecy
Unintentional damage or destruction of property
Offences against migration law - an "Open category" (offences undefined thus all encompassing)
Offences against military obligations - an "Open category" (offences undefined thus all encompassing)
Unauthorised entry or residence
Other offences an "Open category" (offences undefined thus all encompassing)
Other unintentional offences
Prohibition from frequenting some places
Prohibition from entry to a mass event
Placement under electronic surveillance ("fixed or mobile" - eg: home, car, mobile phone etc)
Withdrawal of a hunting / fishing license
Prohibition to play certain games/sports
Prohibition from national territory
Personal obligation - an "Open category" (offences undefined thus all encompassing)
"Fine" - all fines. inc minor non-criminal offencesAll those of us who have ever accidentally spilled a cupful of diesel in the water when refuelling, dropped a piece of litter or called the EU circle of stars a fascist and totalitarian symbol are now, officially, criminals. Welcome to the club.

By Raedwald

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