I doubt it. On a personal basis I watched a Police officer right outside my front door behave inexplicably one day. He arrested a man, presumably shouting to him first (which is more than Jean Charles de Menezes got before bullets were applied to his head). I was behind net curtains so I could see all that was going on without being observed. The ‘suspect’ put his arms out in a passive, none resistance gesture. The officer duly put his arms behind his back handcuffed him and that seemed to be the end of it, or should have been.
Next, the officer walked him up towards his police car and for some reason pushed him and pinned him to the bonnet of the patrol vehicle. I saw nothing to justify this behaviour. The officer had his knee on the ‘suspect’s’ back and proceeded to threaten and abuse the ‘former suspect’. Punches were thrown at the now ‘brutalised police victim’. I saw no reason for the officer to act in this manner and was tempted to make a complaint against the ‘new suspect’ but was wary of the Police habit of exacting localised revenge on anyone who dares to cross them. It wouldn’t be anything new.
My general impression of Police behaviour isn’t any better. Too many officers have managed to avoid prosecution or even accusation for too many crimes that any reasonable member of the public wouldn’t even contend. Untouchables. I also have a big problem with Police CCTV evidence and it’s (lack of) use. Yes, they manage to help apprehend City thugs beating someone up at 3 AM in the morning but what about serious cases. For a country that has CCTV on a colossal basis, why was there not hours of evidence in relation to the 7/7 bombers? There wasn’t much footage of the trains exploding neither, was there? How about the mandatory CCTV on the bus? No, sorry, that seems to have been faulty. Ok, what about the Jean Charles de Menezes case? No, sorry none there either apart from a brief clip the public were shown just before he was shot. He went on two or three buses prior to getting on the train but again, nothing.
Surely, heads must roll for all these failings of extremely costly equipment that ends up being useless? Well. so far as the Underground is concerned, no. The company that failed to get virtually all the of the largest terrorist atrocity for decades on their CCTV have actually been rewarded with another lucrative contract. So we, as individuals are held accountable for our mistakes but large commercial companies are rewarded for failure. Brown envelopes are us.
Did I mention that the security for London Underground is an Israeli company?
Verint Systems (NASDAQ: VRNT) is a company providing analytic software and hardware for the security, surveillance, and business intelligence markets. Their products are aimed to support government and enterprises in making sense of the vast information they collect to meet performance and security goals. Verint solutions are used by more than 10,000 organizations in 150 countries. Verint is headquartered in Melville, New York, with offices worldwide and some 2,800 employees around the globe. Verint was for many years a majority-owned subsidiary of Comverse Technology and it was formerly known as Comverse Infosys. As with Comverse, approximately half of Verint’s employees have been located in Israel. In February 2013, Verint Systems became independent of Comverse, having bought out the latter’s stake in it.
The company’s origins date to 1982 (or 1983, sources differ), when three Israelis, aspiring investment banker Jacob “Kobi” Alexander of Shearson Loeb Rhoades, engineer Boaz Misholi, and Alexander brother-in-law and Columbia University computer science professor Yechiam Yemini, got together and founded an Israeli start-up company, Efrat Future Technologies Ltd.
Verint aren’t just connected to Israel, they are connected to Israeli security, including Mossad. It is to Israel’s benefit that terrorist atrocities occurred in the US , UK and Europe. Sadly, CCTV images evidence related to 9/11 are at a premium too.