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                                         Veteran US police chief not quite as mean as suggested

‘Supercop’ rides controversy into UK
NEW YORK, Aug 21, (AFP): When Bill Bratton brought
“zero tolerance” to New York’s mean streets, critics
demonized him as the stereotypical, gun-slinging US cop.
                                                                                    House bursts into flames but nobody hurt
But the veteran police chief, now set to advise Britain, is
not quite as mean — or perhaps brilliant — as the legends
suggest.
   The former head of the Boston, New York and Los
                                                                 2 small planes crash in Poland, killing 6
                                                                 WARSAW, Poland, Aug 21, (AP): Authorities in Poland                 Jaroslaw Piatek, a spokesman for firefighters, told the
Angeles police departments quickly caught the eye of             say two small planes have crashed within half an hour            all-news station TVN24 that the house burst into flames
British Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of              of each other in separate accidents in the southern part         but that nobody inside the house was hurt.
riots in London, host to the 2012 Summer Olympics.               of the country, killing six people.                                 Half an hour earlier, police spokeswoman Sgt.
   Because he’s not British, Bratton was barred from tak-                                                                                                                                         A file photo taken on Sept 12, 2010, shows the British Royal Air
                                                                    In the most deadly accident, a plane carrying four            Justyna Basiaga says a small plane carrying two peo-            Force Aerobatic Team, the ‘Red Arrows’, performing during an air
ing the vacant helm of the troubled Metropolitan Police in       people crashed into a house in Krakow on Sunday                  ple crashed in Witowice Dolne, a village near the city of       show at the Rivolto army base. On Aug 20, 2011, a Red Arrow plane
London. Instead, he will be an advisor. But regardless of        evening. Police spokesman Dariusz Nowak says a 45-               Nowy Sacz. She said the plane was traveling from fes-           from Britain’s Royal Air Force crashed during an acrobatic air display
his eventual role, Bratton is already causing controversy.       year-old pilot and three children were killed.                   tivities at a local air club and was headed to Krakow.          over the southern English coast, police said, although the fate of the
   Critics associate Bratton, 63, with the muscular, even                                                                                                                                                             pilot remained unclear. (AFP)
ruthless policing that began rolling back rampant, drug-         very, very aggressive with low-level offences, and that          to fear that if they commit a crime, they will get caught.”
fueled New York crime between 1994 and 1996.
                                                                 creates a lot of conflicts.”                                        Gary LaFree, a criminology professor at the University
   Working with the tough mayor, Rudolph Giuliani,
Bratton declared “zero tolerance” for murderers and petty           Fans are equally passionate, saying that Bratton’s focus      of Maryland, believes there’s “a bit of over-claiming”                     More trouble for Murdoch
vandals alike, backing up the order with what many               on minor crimes, combined with the scientific CompStat           around Bratton. Experts note, after all, that crime across
                                                                 system of tracking crime data, was a stroke of genius.           the United States has dropped since the 1990s, including
thought was excessive aggression. Crime did drop dra-
matically, but critics say there was an incalculable cost.          Dubbed the “broken window policy,” the essential idea
                                                                 was to fix long-ignored quality of life problems that pro-
                                                                                                                                  in places that did not espouse Bratton’s methods.
                                                                                                                                     Yet LaFree credits Bratton with forging a “revolution”
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Police payment emails
   “Some people credit that with significant reductions in
crime, but many others, including us, are concerned about
the hugely negative impact it has had on community rela-
                                                                 vided a backdrop for much more serious crimes.
                                                                    “The secret of it is the blending of big things and little
                                                                                                                                  in expectations of the police themselves.
                                                                                                                                     Before, “the attitude in the police toward crime was            growing worry for execs
tions,” New York Civil Liberties Union associate legal           things,” Bratton told Time magazine this month. “You             that crime was almost like a naturally occurring event,
director Christopher Dunn told AFP.                              don’t want people to fear the police — you want the crim-        like a tornado or an earthquake — that there was nothing           WASHINGTON, Aug 21,              ment official of the DOJ’s
   “We see that to this day with a police department that is     inal element to fear and respect the police. Criminals have      that much could be done,” LaFree said.                             (RTRS):      Executives     at   Foreign Corrupt Practices
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Rupert Murdoch’s UK-             Act enforcement program.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     based News International are        Reuters is a competitor of



Former British premier Blair
                                                                                                                                                                                                     concerned that emails dis-       Dow Jones Newswires, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     cussing questionable pay-        financial news agency that
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ments made to police by the      News International’s New
                                                                                                                                                                                                     News of the World may            York-based parent company
                                                                                                                                                                                                     prove more problematic than      News Corp acquired along
                                                                                                                                                                                                     those that discuss phone         with the Wall Street Journal
                                                                                                                                                                                                     hacking, sources familiar        in 2007.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     with investigations into the        The source close to News



warns over riots response
                                                                                                                                                                                                     shuttered tabloid’s reporting    Corp said the email traffic
                                                                                                                                                                                                     practices said.                  indicates Goodman and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are growing con-        then-editor of the News of
                                                                                                                                                                                                     cerns inside the company that    the World, Andy Coulson,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     evidence of questionable         agreed that an unnamed
                                                                                                                                                                                                     payments to police — or          police contact should receive
                                                                                                                                                                                                     other British public officials   a “four-figure sum” for leak-
                                                     ‘Riots not symptom of UK moral decline’                                                                                                         — could fuel investigations      ing a confidential file known
                                                                                                                                                                                                     by US authorities into possi-    as the “green book” contain-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ble breaches of the Foreign      ing information about the
LONDON, Aug 21, (AFP): Former British prime minister Tony                                        flawed analysis risked producing the wrong policy response.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Corrupt      Practices    Act
                                                                                                “Britain, as a whole, is not in the grip of some general ‘moral decline’,” the former Labour                                          movements, locations and
Blair weighed in Sunday on the debate over the causes of this                                leader wrote in the Observer newspaper.                                                                 (FCPA), an American law          phone numbers of members
month’s riots, attacking current premier David Cameron’s claims                                 He explained: “The big cause is the group of young, alienated, disaffected youth who are             that prohibits corrupt pay-      of the royal family.
that the country’s “moral decline” was to blame.                                                                                                                                                     ments to foreign government         The source said the dossier
                                                                                             outside the social mainstream and who live in a culture at odds with any canons of proper               officials. News International
   Two weeks after an unprecedented frenzy of looting and violence broke out in behaviour.”                                                                                                                                           held by Harbottle & Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                     is owned by New York-based       also     included     financial
English cities, Blair made a rare intervention into domestic politics to warn that a            Debate has raged in Britain over why so many people went on the rampage, from the left’s             News Corp .                      records showing the precise
                                                                                                                                                           claim that it was largely about              “We’re more frightened by     amount mentioned in the e-
                                                                                                                                                           deprivation, to assertions by             the (US Justice Department)      mail traffic was paid out in
                                                                                                                                                           Cameron and his Conservative              than we are of Scotland          cash. The payment was made
                                                                                                                                                           party that a lack of responsibili-        Yard,” a source close to         on or about the same day of
                                                                                                                                                           ty in society was to blame.               News Corp who was briefed        the alleged e-mail exchange,
                                                                                                                                                              Cameron last week vowed to             about the content of the         to a recipient who used a
                                                                                                                                                           confront a “slow-motion moral             emails told Reuters. “All        pseudonym.
                                                                                                                                                           collapse” in parts of the country,        Scotland Yard can go after is
                                                                                                                                                           saying his priority was mending           News International but the                  Source
                                                                                                                                                           the “broken society”.                     Justice                             The source, and a second
                                                                                                                                                              Writing in the Sunday                  Department                       source briefed on the matter,
                                                                                                                                                           Express, Cameron reiterated               can go after                     said the evidence available to
                                                                                                                                                           this, blaming the rioting on “a           all of News                      News International now indi-
                                                                                                                                                           decline in responsibility, a rise in      Corporation.”                    cates that neither the paper
                                                                                                                                                           selfishness, a growing sense that            Thousands                     nor its outside lawyers
                                                                                                                                                           individual rights come before             of News of                       sought to review the archived
                                                                                                                                                           anything else”.                           the      World                   evidence relating to police
                                                                                                                                                              However Blair, who was                 emails were                      corruption, or to further
                                                                                                                                                           prime minister from 1997 to               assembled in                     examine its content, between
                                                                                                                                                           2007, insisted: “The key is to            2007 when Murdoch                the time the material was sent
                                                                                                                                                           understand that they (the rioters)        News                             to storage in 2008 and its
                                                                                                                                                           aren’t symptomatic of society at          International executives and     retrieval earlier this year.
                                                                                                                                                           large. Failure to get this leads to       lawyers at an outside firm          A spokeswoman for News
                                                                                                                                                           a completely muddle-headed                were preparing responses to a    International said she could
                                                                                                                                                           analysis.”                                litigation threat lodged by      not discuss the emails or how
                                                                                                                                                              Cameron’s tone has echoed a            Clive Goodman, a former          the company handled them
                                                                                                                                                           much-praised speech Blair made            reporter for the News of the     due to a continuing investiga-
                                                                                                                                                           in 1993, when he was still leader         World, who was jailed for        tion by British police.
                                                                                                                                                           of the opposition, following the          hacking into voicemail mes-         Harbottle & Lewis says it
                                                                                                                                                           horrific murder of toddler James          sages of aides to Britain’s      has been asked by police to
                                                                                                                                                           Bulger by two 10-year-old boys            Royal family.                    not make public the emails’
                                                                                                                                                           in      Liverpool,      northwest                   Archives               contents “to preserve the
                                                                                                                                                           England.                                                                   integrity of their criminal
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The emails sat ignored for    investigation.”
                                                                                                                                                              “I made a case in very similar         years in the archives of
                                                                                                                                                           terms to the one being heard              London law firm Harbottle &         On Thursday, parliamen-
                                                                                                                                                           today about moral breakdown in            Lewis. News International        tary officials were expected
                                                                                                                                                           Britain,” wrote Blair, who is             retrieved them earlier this      to ask News International to
                                                                                                                                                           now Middle East envoy for the             year and showed them to Ken      authorize Burton Copeland, a
                                                                                                                                                           diplomatic Quartet.                       MacDonald,         a   former    second outside law firm
                                                                                                                                                              “I now believe that speech             Director        of      Public   retained by the publisher, to
                                                                                                                                                           was good politics but bad policy.         Prosecutions for England and     help the company look into
Pilgrims walk during the festival at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Krishna Temple, in Watford, north of London, on Aug 21, during an open day                    Focus on the specific problem             Wales and a member of the        questionable practices, the
for pilgrims to celebrate ‘Janmashtami’ — the birth of Lord Krishna. Over 65,000 pilgrims and guests are expected to visit Bhaktivedanta                   and we can begin on a proper              House of Lords. MacDonald        source close to News Corp
                                               Manor Krishna Temple to celebrate Janmashtami. (AFP)                                                        solution.”                                recently told Parliament that    told Reuters.
                                                                                                                                                              Debate about the causes of the         after he read the messages in       In February, 2007, not long
                                                                                                                                                           riots is reflected in heated dis-         May, it had taken him “about     after Goodman pleaded
                                                               ‘More Passion’                                                                              cussions about the punishment             three minutes, maybe five        guilty to phone hacking
                                                                                                                                                           of those responsible.                     minutes” to determine that       charges, Les Hinton, then
                                                                                                                                                              The courts have been criti-                                             News International’s execu-
Emin neon lights up 10 Downing Street                                                                                                                      cised for being too harsh, partic-
                                                                                                                                                           ularly in the case of two young
                                                                                                                                                           men jailed for four years last
                                                                                                                                                                                                     they contained evidence of
                                                                                                                                                                                                     possible criminality.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The company subsequent-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tive chairman, wrote to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Goodman to fire him, accord-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing to documents made pub-
LONDON, Aug 21, (AP): A new message is to hang a piece in Downing St. to give the                       “It has to be something that will relate to week for calling for a riot on                   ly turned over the e-mails to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     London’s          Metropolitan   lic on Tuesday by a parlia-
greeting visitors to the home of Britain’s building “a bit of an edge.” She was invited different people on different levels because Facebook, even though it never                                                                   mentary committee.
prime minister: “More Passion.”                    to install the neon sign by Cameron, a fan of of all the dignitaries and world leaders and happened. But Cameron has                              police, who shortly after
                                                                                                                                                                                                     receiving them set up a team        A month later, Goodman
   The words, rendered in dazzling neon, are her work.                                               religious groups who go to No. 10, so it has backed tough justice for those                                                      sent a letter to News
a work by artist Tracey Emin that that is now         One of the “Young British Artists” who to be something that’s fitting for that situa- involved, and a poll for the                             to investigate payments to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     police officers. The company     International’s          human
hanging in 10 Downing St.                          burst onto the art scene in the 1990s, Emin is tion,” she was quoted as saying by the Sunday Times newspaper sug-                                 later authorized Harbottle &     resources director appealing
   Prime Minister David Cameron’s office renowned for her provocative and confes- Sunday Telegraph newspaper.                                              gests the public are behind him.          Lewis to cooperate with par-     his sacking. In it, Goodman
said Sunday that the work was installed ear- sional art. Her most famous works include a                Emin has donated the piece to the                     Some 48 percent of those               liamentary and police inves-     claimed his activities were
lier this week in a busy hallway, above the recreation of her disheveled bed - complete Government Art Collection, a trove of more questioned in the YouGov sur-                                     tigators.                        carried out with “full knowl-
door to Downing St.’s Terracotta Room.             with soiled clothing and empty vodka bottles than 13,000 works by British artists from the vey said the sentences being                              While much has been           edge” of other executives at
   It stands in contrast to the oil paintings and - and an appliqued tent entitled “Everyone I 16th century onwards.                                       handed down were “about                   made of emails related to the    the paper. Goodman noted
portraits of former prime ministers else- Have Ever Slept With.” She also has created                   The works, which range from paintings by right”, and 31 percent said they                    phone hacking scandal,           that even after he was jailed,
where in the 300-year-old house, which a series of neon messages - most of them Hans Holbein, John Constable and J.M.W. were too soft.                                                               which since July has sparked     the News of the World “con-
serves as the British leader’s office and heartfelt, some of them rude.                              Turner to pieces by Emin and Damien Hirst,               Cameron has also said rioters          a flurry of resignations with-   tinued to employ me for a
London home.                                          Emin, 48, said she would keep her mes- are used to adorn government buildings and should lose welfare benefits, and                            in the company and Scotland      substantial part of my custo-
   Emin said earlier this year that she wanted sage clean for Downing St.                            British embassies.                                    68 percent of the public agreed.          Yard, some at News               dial sentence.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                     International are more wor-                 Result
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ried by emails referring to         As a result of Goodman’s
         Nero tops UK album chart                                             Man dressed as                                                                                                         payments to police.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The source close to News
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      claims,      the     company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      launched both an internal
                                                                              Gaddafi attacked                                                                                                       Corp said lawyers hired by
Winehouse loses top spot                                                      EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug
                                                                              21, (AP): A British comedian
                                                                                                                                                                                                     News International were
                                                                                                                                                                                                     soon expected to question
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      review of relevant evidence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      — by News International’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      human resources and legal
LONDON, Aug 21, (RTRS): The            “Watch the Throne”.                                                                                                                                           journalists at more than one     affairs directors — and a fur-
late soul singer Amy Winehouse,          Former Busted and Fightstar          says he was attacked with a                                                                                            of Murdoch’s British publi-
                                                                              bottle at the Edinburgh Fringe                                                                                                                          ther review by Harbottle &
whose album “Back to Black”            band member Charlie Simpson’s                                                                                                                                 cations about possible pay-      Lewis.
spent three weeks at number one        solo debut “Young Pilgrim”, and        Festival while dressed as                                                                                              ments to both UK police offi-       In a submission to parlia-
on the UK charts after her unex-       “The Ultimate Collection” from         Muammar Gaddafi.                                                                                                       cers and other British public    ment, Jon Chapman, News
pected death last month, lost the      country singer John Denver were           Jeff Mirza was handing out                                                                                          officials.                       International legal director in
top spot to the debut album from       the only new entries apart from        flyers on the street for his                                                                                              Last month News Corp          2007, said he and personnel
dance music act Nero on Sunday.        Nero’s in the album top 20.            show, dressed as the embattled                                                                                         hired Mark Mendelsohn, who       chief Daniel Cloke went
   Nero’s      dubstep-influenced        On the singles chart, Nero were      Libyan leader, when a man                                                                                              served as the deputy chief of    through a “large number of
album “Welcome Reality” also           unable to sustain last week’s num-     approached and asked for a cig-                                                                                        the Fraud Section in the         emails” to try to determine
overtook chart staple Adele’s          ber one spot for “Promises”, slip-     arette.                                                                                                                Criminal Division of the         whether a “limited and speci-
“21”, which held the second spot,      ping to number five. The top three        Mirza said he shook his head                                                                                        United States Department of      fied number of individuals”
pushing Winehouse’s “Back to           positions were all taken by new        and the man walked on, but                                                                                             Justice (DOJ). Mendelsohn is     knew about Goodman’s
Black” to number three, the            entries. London rapper Wretch 32       when Mirza turned around he           Gabby Drake, a veterinary resident at Chester Zoo, administers
                                                                                                                                                                                                     internationally      acknowl-    involvement in phone hack-
                                                                              was hit on the back of the head       worming fluid to one of four baby cheetah’s born at the zoo in                   edged and respected as the       ing. They found “no such
Official UK Charts Company said.       achieved his first UK number one                                                                                                                              architect and key enforce-
US rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West        with “Don’t Go”, featuring singer-     with a bottle. He was not seri-       Chester, northwest England. The cubs were also micro-chipped,                                                     evidence,” Chapman said.
slipped to fourth place with           songwriter Josh Kumra.                 ously hurt.                                               weighed and sexed. (AP)

								
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