Teenager, 15, facing prosecution for holding a sign labelling Scientology ‘a cult’

“The force came under fire in 2006 for accepting thousands of pounds of
hospitality from the Church of Scientology.”
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By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:38 AM on 21st May 2008

A 15-year-old facing prosecution for holding up a placard which branded
Scientology a “cult” has appealed for help to fight possible charges.

The unnamed teenager was served the summons by City of London police
after taking part in a peaceful demonstration opposite the Church’s
London headquarters, on May 10.

Demonstrators from the anti-Scientology group, Anonymous were outside
the church’s £23m headquarters near St Paul’s cathedral when the boy was
“strongly advised” by police to get rid of the sign which said:
“Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult”.
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A policewoman later read him section five of the Public Order Act and
“strongly advised” him to remove the sign.

The section prohibits signs which have representations or words which
are threatening, abusive or insulting.

But the teenager refused, and a file is now being passed to the Crown
Prosecution Service for possible legal action.

Writing on an anti-Scientology website, the teenager says: “I need
precedents, legal advice, definitions and defences.

“I intend to make a big folder with all the defence you can give me, and
in case this does get through to court, I will be well prepared.

“Also, what’s the likelihood I’ll need a lawyer? If I do have to get
one, it’ll have to come out of my pocket money.”

Ian Haworth from the Cult Information Centre said he would avoid
labelling any organisation a “cult”, but said bringing the issue into
criminal rather than civil law would be “very serious”.

He added: “If it wasn’t so serious it would be farcical.

“I’m very upset by what appears to have happened. I hope the CPS realise
that this is an error and that nothing happens to this young man.”

Liberty director, Shami Chakrabarti, told the Guardian: “This barmy
prosecution makes a mockery of Britain’s free speech traditions.

“After criminalising the use of the word ‘cult’, perhaps the next step
is to ban the words ‘war’ and ‘tax’ from peaceful demonstrations?”

The teenager is seen in a video on YouTube quoting Mr Justice Latey as
having said in a court judgment in 1984 that Scientology was a “cult”
and was “corrupt, sinister and dangerous”.

However, a spokeswoman for City Police said they had received complaints
about the use of the words “cult” and “scientology kills” and warned
protestors their signs breached the Public Order Act.

Chief Supt Rob Bastable said: “City of London Police upholds the right
to demonstrate lawfully.

“But we have to balance that with the right of all sections of community
not to be alarmed, harassed or distressed as a result of other people’s
behaviour.”

The force came under fire in 2006 for accepting thousands of pounds of
hospitality from the Church of Scientology.

However a police spokeswoman said this was done in accordance with the
force’s regulations.

Brian Micklethwait enrages the hand-choppers

Brian Micklthwait enrages the hand-choppers

Mother needing transplant cannot take dead daughter’s kidney

Doctors tell mother needing transplant she cannot take dead daughter’s
kidney, despite girl’s deathbed plea

When Rachel Leake developed complications from diabetes, her selfless
daughter tried to donate one of her kidneys to save her.

But 21-year-old Laura Ashworth died suddenly before the arrangements
could be completed – and her mother has now been told the organs will go
to strangers instead.

Family and friends, who all knew of Laura’s desire to be a live donor,
tried to get the authorities to change the decision.

They even enlisted the help of local MP Gerry Sutcliffe to lobby health
ministers on Mrs Leake’s behalf, but to no avail.

Laura died after suffering massive brain damage when she stopped
breathing because of a suspected asthma attack.

One of Laura’s kidneys went to a man in Sheffield and the second to a
man in London. Her liver was given to a 15-year-old girl.

“I am angry, really angry,” said Mrs Leake, who is 39. “I am not finding
comfort at the moment in the fact that she helped three people.

“All I wanted to do was carry out her wishes. She would have been so
upset that she was able to help other people and not her own mum.

“Even the transplant co-ordinator was crying her eyes out, she really
tried to get them to change their minds but her bosses would not budge.”

But as Mrs Leake, of Bradford, West Yorkshire, prepared to pay her last
respects to her only child, a transplant co-ordinator broke the
bombshell news that Laura’s kidneys would go to strangers.

Mrs Leake, now the main carer for Laura’s two-and-a-half-year-old
daughter Macie, is on the transplant list and has to undergo dialysis
three times a week.

She has suffered from kidney failure for seven years after developing
diabetes while pregnant with Laura. She had a kidney transplant five
years ago, but that organ failed after a year.

Laura, who was on the organ donor register, had told her mum she would
be a living donor but, crucially, this was never formally recorded.

The lifelong asthmatic suffered a coughing fit on the morning of March
31 this year and collapsed on the kitchen floor of the farmhouse she
shared with her daughter, mother and grandfather Jack Ashworth.

Paramedics could not open her airways and she was taken to the intensive
care unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary, but she had suffered brain
damage.

After two days it became clear that Laura, who worked at a vehicle
management company, would not survive.

Mrs Leake said she still did not know why her request to receive her
daughter’s organs was refused.

She said: “Everyone has gone mad and everyone is disgusted. The thing
that hurts the most is how Laura would feel. She would be devastated
that she was not able to help me.

“My sister has now written down her wishes that I get her kidney if
anything was to happen to her. I will not let this go – there could be
another person it could happen to.”

A spokesman for UK Transplant said the final decision in this case was
taken by the Human Tissue Authority.

“They were the ones who in this circumstance were asked if the
daughter’s kidney could go to the mother,” he said. “Their judgement,
under the law, was that it was not allowed to happen.”

No one at the Human Tissue Authority was available for comment.

An inquest into Laura’s death has been opened and adjourned at Bradford
Coroner’s Court.

Find this story atDaily Mail online

Dutch courage!

Dutch MP posts Islam film on web

Right-wing Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders has called Islam’s holy book a “fascist” text

Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders has posted a controversial film critical of Islam’s holy book, the Koran, on the internet. The opening scenes show a Koran, followed by footage of the attacks on the US on 11 September 2001.

The 15-minute film was posted on a video-sharing website.

Its planned release had sparked angry protests in Muslim countries. The Dutch government has dissociated itself from Mr Wilders’ views.

The film is called “Fitna”, a Koranic term sometimes translated as “strife”. Dutch broadcasters have declined to show it.

Images from the bomb attacks on London in July 2005 and Madrid in March 2004 are also shown.
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Colin Cook brings allegations against King Fahad Academy

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A man who taught English at the King Fahad Academy on East Acton Lane has made allegations to a tribunal this week thatKing Fahad school in Ealing.

58-year-old Colin Cook is seeking £135,000 for lost earnings and claims unfair dismissal, race discrimination and victimisation. All the allegations are strenuously denied by the school.

Mr Cook claims he was sacked for fabricated reasons while the school claims he was sacked for misconduct.

Amongst the allegations he made are that the school is run as an extension of the Saudi embassy rather than part of the UK, that an Ofsted inspection in March 2006 failed to pick up major issues including unqualified teachers and that he was sacked after accusing children of cheating in a GCSE exam.

At the time the allegations were first made just over a year ago in the Evening Standard, the schools’s Director, Sumaya Alyusuf, said: “The Evening Standard failed to put any of the allegations to me or any member of the academy’s staff prior to publication. The allegations, made by a disgruntled ex employee, are grossly offensive, highly inflammatory and entirely false and without foundation.”

Mr Cook also alleged that some pupils “talked as if they did not live in London at all”, while others made remarks about killing Americans, praised Osama bin Laden and the September 11 attacks. He also said a school party had been thrown out of Arsenal Football Club’s museum when Saudi children fought with other pupils.

The school, which opened in 1985 for the children of Saudi diplomats and is funded and controlled by the Saudi government, has denied ever teaching racial hatred. It insists that the offending passages in the books were misinterpreted.

February 20, 2008

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Should governments block websites?

YouTube outage blamed on Pakistan
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Turkey and Thailand have in the past also banned access to the site

Pakistan’s attempts to block access to YouTube have been blamed for a near global blackout of the site on Sunday. Google, the owner of YouTube, blamed the outage on “erroneous internet protocols”, sourced in Pakistan

BBC News has learned that the nearly two-hour long blackout was almost certainly connected to Pakistan Telecom and internet service provider PCCW.

The country ordered ISPs to block the video-sharing website because of content deemed offensive to Islam.

The BBC News website’s technology editor, Darren Waters, says that to block Pakistan’s citizens from accessing YouTube it is believed Pakistan Telecom “hijacked” the web server address of the popular video site.

Rory Cellan-Jones
What we need to know now is whether this was a mistake or a deliberate attempt by Pakistan to disrupt YouTube
Rory Cellan-Jones

Those details were then passed on to the country’s internet service providers so that anyone in Pakistan attempting to go to YouTube was instead re-directed to a different address.

But the details of the “hijack” were leaked out into the wider internet from PCCW and as a result YouTube was mistakenly blocked by internet service providers around the world.

The block on the servers was lifted once PCCW had been told of the issue by engineers at YouTube.

A statement from Google said that the problems lasted for “about two hours”.

“Traffic to YouTube was routed according to erroneous internet protocols, and many users around the world could not access our site,” it said.

Users are quite upset. They’re screaming at ISPs which can’t do anything
Wahaj-us-Siraj, convener of the Association of Pakistan Internet Service Providers

“We have determined that the source of these events was a network in Pakistan. We are investigating and working with others in the internet community to prevent this from happening again.”

PCCW said it was aware of the occurrence and was “reviewing the event with the appropriate internal and external parties.”

A leading net professional told BBC News: “This was probably a simple mistake by an engineer at Pakistan Telecom. There’s nothing to suggest this was malicious.”

IP hijacking involves taking over a web site’s unique address by corrupting the internet’s routing tables, which direct the flow of data around the world.

Cause of ban

Reports said Pakistan made the move because YouTube content included Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that have outraged many.

But one report said a trailer for a forthcoming film by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, which portrays Islam in a negative light, was behind the ban.

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Using religious beliefs as a reason to block websites is completely unacceptable

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“They [Pakistan’s telecommunications authority] asked us to ban it immediately… and the order says the ban will continue until further notice,” said Wahaj-us-Siraj, convener of the Association of Pakistan Internet Service Providers.

The government decision has caused uproar in Pakistan, according to Wahaj-us-Siraj:

“Users are quite upset. They’re screaming at ISPs which can’t do anything.

“The government has valid reason for that, but they have to find a better way of doing it. If we continue blocking popular websites, people will stop using the internet.”

Other countries that have temporarily blocked access to YouTube include Turkey and Thailand.
From BBC online

Ahmed, the dead terrorist

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