French Journalist Arrested After Exposing Israeli Link To Paris Attacks

1480092051000_arp4340337-e1447891074346Investigative journalist Hicham Hamza was detained by French police last month after exposing Israel’s role in orchestrating the Paris Attacks on November 13, 2015.

Police charged Hamza with “violating judicial secrecy,” and have threatened him with potential prison time for a photo Hamza published online.

Below is a translation of Hicham Hamza’s article describing his arrest:

Detained by police for investigating the attacks in Paris

An independent journalist and founder of the investigative website Panamza, I was detained for seven hours by police about an article in which I revealed the Israeli origin of the shocking photo of the Bataclan.

On Monday, February 22nd, I went of my own accord to the police station in response to a summons from the Crimes Against Persons Brigade, located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris.

The day before, I had received an “urgent” voice message from an official of the Directorate of the Judicial Police asking me to call him immediately. The reason: my  December 15th article entitled “Bataclan Carnage: The shocking photo was disseminated from Jerusalem.”

I was familiar with the Judicial Police premises, having been summoned twice to respond to “defamation” complaints brought against me by Caroline Fourest and Pierre Bergé.

Surprise! This time, upon arrival I was “placed in custody” following a preliminary investigation by the Paris prosecutor. The officer informed me that I was now suspected of having committed – by publishing my article – the following offenses: “violation of the secrecy of an investigation”, “publication of an image that seriously undermines human dignity,” and “premeditated voluntary violence without ITT.”*

Yes, you read that correctly.

So what happened next?

I was led to cell to await the arrival of my lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre so that she could be present, as the law allows, during my interrogation.

After the interrogation, I was made to read and sign the minutes of my statements. I was then returned to detention pending the police response. Five hours later I left the musty old double-locked room to learn that no decision had been taken by the prosecutor of the Republic.

I was finally allowed to collect my things and go.

The merits of the case?

While following the torturous trail of the shocking, anonymous Bataclan massacre photo, I had done my work as an investigative journalist. My objective was to fully document my sources. So in my article, I inserted the URL of the first web page containing the non-blurred Bataclan picture (which I had chosen to truncate on my site).

The original source of the photo turned out, oddly enough, to be a tweet published by an Israeli organization headed by the U.S. neoconservative Mark Gerson.

My practice – which is increasingly costly and risky – of ultra-sourced web journalism is my guarantee of reliability for my readers: I give them my sources to check so they can judge for themselves the veracity of my information.

Today, the Paris prosecutor – who reports directly to the Ministry of Justice – claimed that I had supposedly “violated the secrecy of the investigation” and committed “premeditated voluntary violence” by “disseminating” the photo necessarily included in this tweet.

Duly noted.

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New Study Confirms That Mercury Is Linked to Autism

Two new studies by international teams, including Egyptian scientists, have validated the link between autism and mercury.

In an article published in the journal Metabolic Brain Disease, a team of nine scientists from leading Egyptian universities and medical schools confirmed the causal role of mercury in the onset of autism.

980xAt least six American studies have linked autism presence or severity to mercury exposure as determined by measuring urinary porphyrins.

The scientists determined the extent of mercury poisoning in children by measuring urinary excretion of organic compounds called porphyrins, which act as biomarkers for mercury toxicity. The researchers also measured blood levels of mercury and lead. The researchers found a strong relationship between mercury toxicity and the presence of autism and a direct correlation between levels of mercury toxicity and the severity of autism symptoms.

The scientists studied 100 children; 40 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), 40 healthy individuals and 20 healthy siblings of ASD children. The results showed that the children with ASD had significantly higher mercury levels than healthy children and healthy siblings. Children with the highest mercury levels had the most severe autism symptoms.

At least six American studies have linked autism presence or severity to mercury exposure as determined by measuring urinary porphyrins. The first study, completed by Heyer et al. in 2012 (Autism Res 5:84) showed a correlation between the presence of autism and specific urinary porphyrins associated with mercury toxicity. This affirmed an earlier study by Kern et al. (2011, Pediatr Int 53:147) where specific porphyrins associated with mercury toxicity were significantly higher in ASD children as compared to non-autistic controls. Woods et al. (2010, Environ Health Perspect 118:1450) also saw disordered porphyrin metabolism in autistic kids which was not observed in non-autistic control children. This again suggested increased mercury toxicity associated with autism and autism spectrum disorder.

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UK Taxpayers Ready to Abolish the Queen and Royal Family

queenby Lance Schuttler, The Mind Unleashed

The first few questions we should ask ourselves is “what point is there to even having a monarchy?” Additionally, “what good do they provide for the people of the UK and world? What is their purpose?”

United Kingdom taxpayers are asking themselves these questions and more amid fresh calls for the monarchy to be dissolved.

Personal wealth estimated at over £300m, yet they want taxpayers to pay for the building?

The Independent reports that Buckingham Palace is in need of repair, which is projected to be a 10 year project and will cost around £400 million-all from taxpayer money. The British government agreed to the increase in taxpayer funding, which is set to increase by 66%.

Those fighting for the abolishment of the monarchy are upset that the Royal Crown wants the public to pay for the renovation, all the while the Crown has an estimated worth of over £300 million, and owning land around the world estimated at a worth of over £7 billion.

Graham Smith, who is the chief executive of the Anti-Monarch Group Republic said:

“This is an absolute disgrace. An indictment of the Queen’s scandalous mismanagement of royal finances over six decades. MPs have repeatedly called on the Palace to fund repairs by opening up to tourists all year round and they’ve refused. If the royals can’t look after the buildings and raise their own revenue to fund maintenance, it’s time to give them up. 

The royals cost the taxpayer over £334 million per year and that keeps going up. We need independent inquiry and full disclosure of their spending. The monarchy’s costs need to be stripped right back, put the institution on a proper budgetary footing and allow parliament to approve the budget each year.” 

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DC PizzaGate: A Primer UPDATED 11/29

From the new blog…

Suspected Pedophile Ring Exposed

 

I’ve created this blog to share the information Anonymous has collectively gathered and researched about a suspected pedophilia and human trafficking ring that we seem to have uncovered existing within our DC politicians and the elite class.

It all started with one incredibly suspicious Podesta email that had skeptics suggesting they weren’t actually talking about pizza, but rather in code. Here it is:

pizzaemail

If this is not speaking in code, then it makes absolutely NO SENSE. Not a single person has been able to offer a coherent explanation on what this could mean if ACTUALLY pizza and map related…

Not to mention this disturbing “coincidence”:

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Read the headliner above on the website Evie’s Crib Blog “Evelyn is growing up. Soon she will be the queen of the entire US of A. right now, for a limited time only, you can spend some time with her online, raw and uncut. Take advantage of this now, as in the future she will have the power of life and death over you.” FUCKING BARF. The bottom email is from JOHN PODESTA’S email dump by Wikileaks. The woman pictured above, Tamera Luzzatto (aka “Grand Tam”, “Farmer L”), served as Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton and now works at Pew Charitable Trusts Tamera Luzzatto Work History Update 11/28: Professor featured on 1981 documentary Boys for Sale portraying powerful pedophile rings references child prostitution and trafficking as “the farm circuit”. Documentary on pedophilia of the elite in Hollywood references pool parties as occurrence in which children manipulated by powerful predators agree to ‘skinny dipping’ after dark. Coincidence? You decide.

For those still not convinced there is code being used, here’s a few more examples using pedophile slang which has existed on deep web .onion for decades:

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20 Million Muslims March Against ISIS and The Mainstream Media Completely Ignores It

muslim-marchby Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project | Waking Times Media

In one of the largest organized marches in the history of the world, tens of millions of Shia Muslims made an incredibly heartening statement, by risking their lives to travel through war-stricken areas to openly defy ISIS. This massive event that would have undoubtedly helped to ease tensions in the West was almost entirely ignored by corporate media.

Women, men, elderly, and children made their way to the city of Karbala on Sunday and Monday last week for the holy day of Arbaeen. Arbaeen is the event which marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual that commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein in 680 AD.

As the Independent reports, massive crowds paid homage to the shrines of Imam Hussein and his half-brother Abbas in Karbala, where they were killed in a revolt against the Umayyad ruler Yazeed in the 7th century AD when they refused to pledge allegiance to Yazeed’s Umayyad caliphate.

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Svalbard – How the Elite Plan to Survive an Engineered Extinction Event

svalbard-2by Nathaniel Mauka, Staff Writer | Waking Times 

The Svalbard seed bank, set like a concrete monolith in the minus 4 degree Celsius permafrost of a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, shouldn’t determine the fate of our agricultural future. Though the remote bank has collected 860,000 seed samples from around the world, with the latest withdrawal being made from war-torn Syria, what are the true intentions behind a bank said to, “preserve as much of the world’s crop diversity as possible,” while seed supplies around the world are being monopolized by a few corporations, and indigenous, thousand-year old seeds are being wiped out by genetically modified versions?

Svalbard’s investors, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Monsanto, Syngenta, and other biotech interests tout this ‘seed saving’ monolith while simultaneously ravaging seed diversity, along with state laws throughout the US, and elsewhere on the globe, that prevent small farmers and gardeners from saving and sharing seed.

Endangered Seed

Currently, there are at least 100,000 global plant varieties endangered in the world. Extreme weather events, over-exploitation of ecosystems, habitat loss, and the cross-pollination of seed by genetically altered, terminator seed, contribute to the problem.

You could look at seed saving and seed sharing like open-source education. If you really want to democratize the flow of knowledge and information, you make it free, and offer it online, as many Universities now do. No one institution holds the entire knowledge on mathematics, art, literature, spirituality, or any other subject. Just as in nature, we require diversity of thought so that we don’t become automotons repeating a single, well-crafted agenda created by a handful of people.

Many farmers groups, non-profits, and governments are attempting to conserve seed diversity in their own communities, with more than 1,000 known seed banks, collaboratives, and exchanges around the world, but this time-honored tradition of seed saving is butting up against some very serious obstacles, which I’ll name in a moment.

Moreover, while the Svalbard seed bank seems to pass an initial sniff test, a little deeper digging can reveal other questions that many should be asking about such an expensive adventure in ‘protecting agriculture.’

Cary Fowler, senior adviser to the Global Crop Diversity Trust and the Svalbard seed bank, states,

“SSE’s seed bank and the Seed Vault are similar in many ways. Both primarily func­tion as an insurance policy for other forms of conservation. In the case of SSE, that would be varieties grown yearly by gardeners. With the Seed Vault, its seed samples held by seed banks, such as the Dutch, Philippine, or Kenyan national facilities, or SSE. The Seed Vault, however, was physically built to last as long as anything on earth. Its location is obviously remote, which adds to its security. Svalbard is under Norwegian sovereignty, which reassures many, and it was no small matter that Norway offered to pay the entire cost of construction.”

Fowler also argues that the age-old habit of seed sharing by farmers and gardeners poses too great a risk for Svalbard not to to exist, but while he dismisses ‘conspiracy theories’ around Svalbard’s true purpose, he has yet to address that those theories are not the rhetoric of ‘rabid dogs’ as he suggests. Many US states have made it illegal for gardeners and seed libraries to share seeds without a permit.

The Criminalization of Seed Sharing

Even more alarming is the European Union’s recent move to ban all heirloom seed and criminalize the planting of seeds not registered with the government. The European Commission,

“. . .regulates the marketing of plant reproductive material of agricultural, vegetable, forest, fruit and ornamental species and vines, ensuring that EU criteria for health and quality are met. EU legislation applies to genera and species important for the internal market and is based on:

Registration of varieties or material;

Certification or inspection of lots of seed and plant propagating material before marketing.”

Many are concerned that the EU Commission will not enhance agriculture with the Plant Reproductive Material Law, but give more control to the handful of agriculture corporations which are already monopolizing the world’s seed. The draft text of the law reads such that the act of passing seed from one generation to the next would be a criminal act.

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Australian lawmakers urge end to Israeli abuses of Palestinian children

australian_lawmakersSome of the 49 members of Australia’s parliament who signed a letter urging Israel to end its military detention of Palestinian children participate in a press conference organized by the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network in Canberra, 28 November. (via Facebook)

One in five members of Australia’s parliament is calling on Israel to end its systematic abuses of Palestinian children.

“Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts. And only Palestinian children,” dozens of members of the Australian house of representatives and senate say in a letter released by the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network on Monday.

“Up to 700 Palestinian children are arrested each year by the Israeli military, and this number is increasing,” the 49 lawmakers add, citing United Nations reports that ill-treatment of Palestinian children is “widespread, systematic and institutionalized.”

The lawmakers call on Israel to comply with its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and “to not arrest or detain Palestinian children unless this is a last resort, and if they are detained, to immediately institute protections for those children including that their safety and best interests are prioritized, and that they are permitted a fair trial.”

Growing debate

The letter is part of a growing debate on Israel’s human rights abuses. Earlier this month, Maria Vamvakinou, a member of the main opposition Australian Labor Party, introduced a motion calling on Australia “to raise concerns with the Israeli government about the treatment of Palestinian children.”

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The Media War Has Begun…What Side Are You On?

SUPPORT THE CORBETT REPORT: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=3303

Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!” but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me freedom of the press or give me death!

 


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Know Your ENEMY Hillary R Clinton, Madeline Albright, Theresa May

BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY FOR PAEDOPHILES, MASS-MURDERES, PSYCHOPATHS AKA THE ANGLO/AMERICAN PAEDOPHILE ELITE AND THEIR FREEMASONIC HELPERS AND FUCK THE BLACK POPE AND THE JESUITS… A BUNCH OF RICH FILTHY OLD PAEDOPHILES.

Bishop Williamson: Freemasonry in the Church
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSxq1…

ABEL DANGER

1. Abel Danger (AD) claims that Theresa May – a former senior advisor in International Affairs at the Association for Payment Clearing Services – has equipped the UK Cabinet Office with death-betting networks for use by blackmailed pedophiles to time victim deaths.

2. AD claims that May’s cabinet colleagues ordered a Serco 8(a) protégé company Base One Technologies, to equip the Clinton Foundation with servers so pay-to-play insiders could bet on the time of death of Hillary Clinton’s rivals and enemies and whistle-blowers.

3. AD claims that May’s death-betting cabinet used Zulu timing signals from a Serco cesium clock to procure the money shot time for the death of alleged sniper Micah Johnson – blown up in Dallas by a robot bomb allegedly designed by DOJ Pride’s ATF agents.

4. United States Marine Field McConnell asks James Comey – a former director of Serco’s banker HSBC and the current FBI director – to hand over any evidence of the hostile actors (Gary McKinnon 9/11?) who, Comey said, may have exploited Clinton’s extreme carelessness in the use of 8(a) servers to the families of police killed in Dallas so they can develop class-action suits for the wrongful death of their relatives

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Westminster Paedos named & suspects

untitleduuuuuuuuuuFor decades elite child rapists and murderers  have been above the law  in the UK. Many like Janner QC and Leon Brittan QC actually made the laws  for others to follow,   Leon Brittan QC  died, saving the failed UK State the problem of finding yet another excuse not to charge him. Meanwhile Greville Janner QC  is very much alive but the State  rallied the forces of darkness and so he cannot be charged on err well  compassionate ground.

If you look at the list  below it is glaringly  obvious that the main perpetrators are Members of Parliament and Legal Professionals mostly.  With the highest accolade having been awarded to  the barristers that of Queens Council.   The other common denominator is that so many have been favoured with Honours from the Queen

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ASSANGE, BREITBART WARNED US! HILLARY’S PIZZAGATE CULT and VINCE FOSTER ET AL. MURDERS EXPOSED

Andrew Breitbart left an eerie message about John Podesta before he died: Podesta was the GATEKEEPER to a secret world the average person knows little about. It has to do with child trafficking among elite circles, and Hillary’s “33,000” emails may be the tip of the iceberg into a massive crime syndicate.

C. Ervana has discovered new Wikileaks from a “global intelligence” firm called Stratfor that unveil bizarre and disturbing details: that the firm is closely linked to Hillary and appears to be involved in trafficking. In several of the Stratfor emails there are key terms of “pizza” “hotdog” and “waitress.” Like the Podesta emails, there appears to be a pattern to the language used in the Stratfor emails: it is encoded with key words and phrases. Based on research, “pizza” and “hotdog” may be street terms related to trafficking children, and “waitress” may be a street term related to trafficking women. In the Podesta emails, there is strong that “Pizza” is related to a child. This is disturbing for several reasons: Pope Francis was depicted at a “pizza party” for Tony Podesta; and 2 women were arrested in North Korea while reporting on human trafficking. A picture of these two women with a child was sent to Podesta, Huma Abedin, and others at the State Department. The file was entitled “pizza.” We have seen the MSM and Snopes come out in recent day, defending the Clintons and accusing alternative media of being “fake news.”

Stratfor was exposed as a firm working very closely with Hillary and John Podesta. Many Stratfor emails are filled with sexual references about women. For example, one email appears to be discussing prices for women who perform exotic work. These women are called “waitresses.” Why on Earth is an intelligence organization talking about such things? It doesn’t seem like they are trying to hinder or stop trafficking from happening. Rather, it seems like they are encouraging it.

A batch of Wikileaks was released on November 6, 2016 called DNC2Leak. It began trending on Twitter. At exactly the same time, James Comey “pardoned” Hillary Clinton again, citing that there were no new details to be revealed from re-opening the investigation. I doubt that the timing was a coincidence. It appears the U.S. government was attempting to thwart the distribution of DNC2Leak, which was a part of Wikileaks Phase 3 campaign. Also, the night of November 6, 2016 saw a DDOS attack on Wikileaks. It was the first time their website went down in several years. Reddit, 4chan, and Twitter, all of which repost Wikileaks, also went down at the same time. Clearly, there was a coordinated effort from the U.S. government to stop DNC2Leak from spreading.

In DNC2Leak, Stratfor officials point out that Vince Foster and Ron Brown were victims of Hillary. Brown was killed because he was “inconveniently talkative.” Foster was a victim after he was poised to leak a major Hillary scandal back in the 1990s, some believe it was related to Whitewater.

What most don’t know is that Stratfor has a lengthy history of close relations to Hillary Clinton and John Podesta. According to Wayne Madsen, an intelligence expert and journalist, Stratfor is a part of a large conglomerate supporting Hillary that involved foreign intelligence, Israeli groups, high-ranking political officials, etc. Hillary’s “33,000” emails could have been a tip of the iceberg, that led into a crime syndicate so huge, that is would implicate thousands of industry leaders, heads of states, and celebrities. High-profile child trafficking rings have been exposed in Great Britain, Norway, and the United States recently. I believe we are seeing the scandal of the century opening up.

Was this the “surprise” that Julian Assange promised us? It is still unknown if Julian Assange is alive. But Wikileaks has brought attention to some of the darkest secrets ever to have been revealed: a glimpse into the “business” of elite circles.

The Lord Jesus told us that those who cause children to sin will be destroyed. A millstone will be strung around their necks as a medal of death, and it will drown them at the bottom of the ocean. Jesus loved children. We must pray that children will be protected from these Satanists. If you do not believe Christ Jesus, please do so now! I love Him so much! Please believe! He is coming soon!

Music by: Michael McCann, Inferno Soundtrack, Mazzaroth and the Appointed Times 2014Andrew Breitbart left an eerie message about John Podesta before he died: Podesta was the GATEKEEPER to a secret world the average person knows little about. It has to do with child trafficking among elite circles, and Hillary’s “33,000” emails may be the tip of the iceberg into a massive crime syndicate.

C. Ervana has discovered new Wikileaks from a “global intelligence” firm called Stratfor that unveil bizarre and disturbing details: that the firm is closely linked to Hillary and appears to be involved in trafficking. In several of the Stratfor emails there are key terms of “pizza” “hotdog” and “waitress.” Like the Podesta emails, there appears to be a pattern to the language used in the Stratfor emails: it is encoded with key words and phrases. Based on research, “pizza” and “hotdog” may be street terms related to trafficking children, and “waitress” may be a street term related to trafficking women. In the Podesta emails, there is strong that “Pizza” is related to a child. This is disturbing for several reasons: Pope Francis was depicted at a “pizza party” for Tony Podesta; and 2 women were arrested in North Korea while reporting on human trafficking. A picture of these two women with a child was sent to Podesta, Huma Abedin, and others at the State Department. The file was entitled “pizza.” We have seen the MSM and Snopes come out in recent day, defending the Clintons and accusing alternative media of being “fake news.”

Stratfor was exposed as a firm working very closely with Hillary and John Podesta. Many Stratfor emails are filled with sexual references about women. For example, one email appears to be discussing prices for women who perform exotic work. These women are called “waitresses.” Why on Earth is an intelligence organization talking about such things? It doesn’t seem like they are trying to hinder or stop trafficking from happening. Rather, it seems like they are encouraging it.

A batch of Wikileaks was released on November 6, 2016 called DNC2Leak. It began trending on Twitter. At exactly the same time, James Comey “pardoned” Hillary Clinton again, citing that there were no new details to be revealed from re-opening the investigation. I doubt that the timing was a coincidence. It appears the U.S. government was attempting to thwart the distribution of DNC2Leak, which was a part of Wikileaks Phase 3 campaign. Also, the night of November 6, 2016 saw a DDOS attack on Wikileaks. It was the first time their website went down in several years. Reddit, 4chan, and Twitter, all of which repost Wikileaks, also went down at the same time. Clearly, there was a coordinated effort from the U.S. government to stop DNC2Leak from spreading.

In DNC2Leak, Stratfor officials point out that Vince Foster and Ron Brown were victims of Hillary. Brown was killed because he was “inconveniently talkative.” Foster was a victim after he was poised to leak a major Hillary scandal back in the 1990s, some believe it was related to Whitewater.

What most don’t know is that Stratfor has a lengthy history of close relations to Hillary Clinton and John Podesta. According to Wayne Madsen, an intelligence expert and journalist, Stratfor is a part of a large conglomerate supporting Hillary that involved foreign intelligence, Israeli groups, high-ranking political officials, etc. Hillary’s “33,000” emails could have been a tip of the iceberg, that led into a crime syndicate so huge, that is would implicate thousands of industry leaders, heads of states, and celebrities. High-profile child trafficking rings have been exposed in Great Britain, Norway, and the United States recently. I believe we are seeing the scandal of the century opening up.

Was this the “surprise” that Julian Assange promised us? It is still unknown if Julian Assange is alive. But Wikileaks has brought attention to some of the darkest secrets ever to have been revealed: a glimpse into the “business” of elite circles.

The Lord Jesus told us that those who cause children to sin will be destroyed. A millstone will be strung around their necks as a medal of death, and it will drown them at the bottom of the ocean. Jesus loved children. We must pray that children will be protected from these Satanists. If you do not believe Christ Jesus, please do so now! I love Him so much! Please believe! He is coming soon!

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The Queen just announced that private companies can lock people up, and nobody noticed

queen-jail-770x470The government has announced the “biggest shake-up of prisons since Victorian times”. But while the media focuses on ‘iPads for prisoners‘ and ‘weekend inmates‘, the real story is in the handing of new financial powers to prison governors, allowing them “unprecedented levels of control over all aspects of prison management”. The government is using the academies model to privatise our prisons through the back door – and the results will be just as disastrous for prisons as they have been for schools.

In the Queen’s speech on Wednesday, the government announced its new prison and courts reform bill. At the heart of the bill is the creation of several new “autonomous reform prisons” which, says the government:

will give unprecedented freedoms to prison governors, including financial and legal freedoms, such as how the prison budget is spent and whether to opt-out of national contracts; and operational freedoms over education, the prison regime, family visits, and partnerships to provide prison work and rehabilitation services.

The academisation of prisons

If all of this sounds familiar, that’s because it is. The reforms are based on the academies model, as David Cameron admitted in a speech he made about the reforms in February of this year:

It’s exactly what we did in education — with academies, free schools and new freedoms for heads and teachers.

They were even introduced by the same man, Michael Gove. As Education Secretary in 2010, Gove said: “We trust teachers and headteachers to run their schools.” Now, as Justice Secretary, he says: “By trusting governors to get on with the job, we can make sure prisons are places of education, work and purposeful activity.”

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