Spying, whistleblowing and civil unrest continue to make the headlines this weekend leaving one wondering how much all three are linked. Egypt's 2011 Arab Spring revolution is now a nightmare spiraling downward into a possible full blown conflict. The military coup has left supporters of Morsi out in the cold and Egypt is in for a tumultuous time. Russia Today
reports Saturday armed guards have fired on crowd but the army denies involvement. With so many weapons on the street it could be any number of people making waves.
Will a foreign country step in overtly or covertly, as in the past?.Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed to unsuspecting civilians that western nations are gathering data and confidential information about the public. Governments continue to claim that it is all done within the bounds of laws but that is questionable. The extent of the spying mess is unknown for now which is why the hunt is on to catch former CIA operative Edward Snowden.Looking back to the Arab Spring and in particular Egypt, how far was the west involved in manipulating the so-called revolution? Egyptian leader Mubarek was at one time the favoured leader of that country but somewhere along the line that changed. Perhaps it was simply that the west acknowledged he was not a good leader and many of his people wanted democracy. Perhaps however says it all.The Syrian uprising is in a similar situation. Leader Bashar al Assad was once the preferred leader of Syria, at least by the west. He stayed over at Buckingham Palace and was wined, dined and treat as a welcome dignitary. Was that just western hypocrisy at that time? Were there no human rights infringements back then? You know, the old saying what cannot be cured must be endured, and also used to every opportunity it seems?Edward Snowden remains a man on the run Saturday. Hero or traitor the USA will not rest until he is apprehended. Snowden has many more secrets to reveal, a fact which has the west running scared. Do they include shocking revelations regarding western involvement in Egyot, Syria and the Arab Spring?Related reading:BBC news reporter Jeremy Bowen bloodied in Egyptian violence
Egyptian President Morsi ousted, under armed guard, military in charge
Three years ago PC Simon Harwood was a serving UK Police Officer, who was part of the team policing a G20 summit in London. 47-year-old Ian Tomlinson was a newspaper seller who was on his way home from work that same day, when he crossed paths with Mr Harwood. Ian was subsequently pushed by PC Harwood, and died within a short space of time.Today, July 19, 2012, PC Harwood was found not guilty of manslaughter. Understandably his family have breathed a sigh of relief but Ian's family have vowed to begin a civil action in the Courts.Video footage at the time of the incident was flashed around the world and remains on
Youtube. PC Harwood struck Mr Tomlinson from behind with a baton and pushed him to the ground. Mr Harwood has admitted that a "red mist" descended as Ian appeared to flaunt the authority of officers on duty that day.Ian was however simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and nothing to do with the protest.In 2011 a UK Court returned a verdict that Ian was unlawfully killed. His family had therefore expected today's verdict to be a guilty of manlaughter one. What has so far been unreported by the media is that Harwood is no stranger to controversy. Today's verdict has finally meant that his previous actions have been made public. According to the Independent, "PC Harwood, 45, faced a string of complaints while serving with two forces. Only one was upheld. He quit the Metropolitan Police in 2001 on medical grounds just weeks after papers were lodged for a disciplinary hearing over a road rage case in which he was accused of attacking a driver while off-duty. The case was never heard. But Mr Harwood resumed his career as a civilian worker with the force the following week, before later joining Surrey police as a constable".PC Harwood will now face a disciplinary hearing over his conduct at the protests. This was decided in 2010 but put on hold until the court procedings had ended. The Met are also expected to face questioning over their policies and employment of a man already under suspicion of wrongful behaviour.
Today the IPCC, independent police complaints commision, has said that although Harwood has been acquitted of manslaughter many questions remain unanswered.It is worth mentioning that the footage taken by members of the public, has proved vital in this case. Ultimately this led to the case against Harwood going to court.Tags: PC Simon Harwood, G20 death 2009, UK protests, UK, G20
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