TORQUIL DIK ERICKSON: WARNS OF A EURO MILITARY POLICE - from Euro Realist newsletter, August edition.
What 1984 describes is the typical totalitarian police state, where the purpose of the police is not really to stop crimes against people and their property etc, but crimes against the State.
As the nation states of Europe lose their borders and prepare to merge into one single European State, we must realise that the continental traditions of policing, like their traditions of criminal justice, are very, very different from ours. And since they are the majority, it will inevitably happen with a merger that their system will be imposed on us, not the other way round.
Not many know that the first chapter of the Italian criminal code (listing of course the most important and heinous crimes) is entitled "Of crimes against the personality of the State"? The code used today is still the one left by Mussolini, tinkered with over the last sixty years but never properly overhauled, let alone replaced. And in its overall approach Mussolini actually took his cue from the French, ie Napoleon of course.
There has been concern in Britain about surveillance cameras etc, of which there are more in the UK than in any other EU state. Well, we do feel uneasy with them at present but not too alarmed because we feel we still have a government we can "trust" not to abuse them in fundamental ways.... But what if a future, more tyrannical, government comes in? The line of reasoning that most people take in Britain when debating this issue is in any case based on the assumption that the government we shall have is a *British* goverment, ie elected by, and dismissable by, the British voters.
But this assumption is no longer justified.
In discussions earlier this year we heard Angela Merkel quoted as saying that "The EU needs more and better defined powers than it has at present: in energy policy, in foreign policy, in justice and home affairs," - the key here being the last item, JHA. And Blair raising no objections to that.
So the risk is looming of indeed a future, unknown and unfamiliar, government in charge of our JHA, and it not being a British government, but an EU government. How would the people of Britain feel about their CCTV footage being scrutinised not by British bobbies, but German policemen, wearing EU uniforms or EU armbands over their German uniforms?
This is not just a theoretical risk.
The whole continental tradition of policing is different from ours, as a glance at the European Gendarmerie Force website will make clear. And they have already set up the nucleus of their paramilitary, armed, anti-riot batallions, organised in the continental style.
So the high-surveillance machinery is set up in Britain, the heavily repressive police forces and the unelected and undismissable government apparatus is set up in Brussels, and our own government seems to be ready to hand over and join these two together. We are very nearly in 1984 now.
Here are a couple of photos from that website, with my explanatory comments, which should show graphically exactly what we will face if Blair agrees with Merkel to give the EU "more and better defined powers... in Justice and Home Affairs" as she is openly and officially demanding, and if and when the new Treaty is signed and ratified. The photos are taken from the EGF website.
In any case, the EU is preparing for that moment, of physical confrontation with dissent against its authority, and intending to suppress it with sheer, overpowering, paramilitary, brute force, in a way that British people who have always lived in Britain will find astounding.
Have a look at the pictures on . This sort of use of paramilitary police is quite common in continental European countries and people there are accustomed to it. Indeed these photographs, which are possibly a bit shocking for us Brits, are taken from the Eurogendarmerie's very own official website. They think this is all quite normal.
Here is one picture (you can go and see them all on the website itself. This picture is on this page:
Please note - these are not soldiers, they are European riot-control policemen. They are actually members of the Spanish Guardia Civil as you can see from the flashes on their left shoulders, and it is written on the flak jacket of the man standing on the left of the picture, but if you look at their right upper arms you will just glimpse the royal-blue armband of the European Gendarmerie Force - which has as its emblem a circle of little yellow stars, and in the middle a "sword and a flaming grenade, symbolising the common military root of European police" (this logo and the armband are fully explained on their website). This "military root" we need hardly say, may be "common" to the police forces of continental Europe, but it is utterly alien to our own policing traditions. Note their heavy automatic rifles, carried here by the Guardia "Civil", ie by what they are pleased to call a "civilian" police force....
In continental Europe, our British idea of "policing by consent" is considered a bizarre and incomprehensible contradiction in terms. Of course one of the duties of continental police is to tackle crime. But they are also regularly and normally considered to be a fairly blunt instrument whereby the State imposes its will on the citizenry in general. It has always been that way. They are occasionally admired, more often feared, and sometimes hated by the population at large, law-abiding and criminal elements alike. They are seldom recruited locally. One bad result of this is that whenever they try to investigate a crime, they often get very little help from the public, people are most unwilling to "step forward" (hence the phenomenon of "omertá" - which is a tremendous obstacle to any serious police detective work). So the extent to which crime goes unchecked is often higher on the continent than in the UK, although it is worsening in the UK too, as we are being brought into line with continental practice, with our own policemen being taken off the beat and so out of that daily contact with the local population, which would enable confidence and trust to be built..
In this picture they are just practising, at their barracks in Vicenza, Italy, where the first nucleus of the European Gendarmerie is stationed while awaiting the green light to be deployed all over the EU, which they will doubtless get once the national veto on JHA is relinquished, or once the Constitution or the “not-Constitution” treaty is installed. The man in the middle is a colleague who is playing here at being a "subversive demonstrator" whom they have arrested, although he is still dressed in his regular Spanish police uniform - note the revolver on his right hip, for as we know, unlike in Britain all continental police carry lethal weapons at all times. The protester has been handcuffed and arrested, and is being led off to prison (under the proposed Corpus Juris EU criminal code, which reflects most continental procedures, on arrest a person may be held for up to six months in prison, renewable for three months at a time, with no right to a public hearing in the meantime, nor any obligation on the prosecution to exhibit any evidence. This is what happens when there is no Habeas Corpus, as in the nations of continental Europe even to this day).
Here is another picture (it is on this page on their website:
Here we can see the Eurogendarmerie practising their street-fighting tactics in battle formation. They are drilling in a country area, but imagine them in an urban setting. You will notice two nationalities of policemen here, the ones on the right are Italian Carabinieri (it is written across their shields) who are military police in Italy under a centralised national command and, though indeed they are military, they are used as a “civilian” police force, and they are stationed in every borough and hamlet all over the country, tasked to keep public order on the civilian population. The ones on the left are from one of the other four countries that so far have decided to participate in the Eurogendarmerie force. They are still wearing their national uniforms, since a single "harmonised" EU gendarme uniform has not yet been issued, but they do have the EU armbands (see above) which they all wear over their national uniforms.
They are standing here in locked-shield formation, just like ancient Roman legionaries, to protect themselves from assaults by demonstrators, or from stones or other objects which might be thrown at them. The little patch of flames in front of them is presumably a Molotov cocktail which in their simulation some "subversive" (possibly "anti-European"!) demonstrator has thrown at them. They are being trained to deal with this sort of thing in reality. From this formation they can fire tear-gas grenades at, or into, a crowd to disperse it (see they are wearing gas-masks so as not to breathe in the gas themselves), or indeed rubber, or more usually lead, bullets, and when ordered they will charge forward swinging their batons and anybody who is in their path is likely to get pretty seriously injured.
I remember reading a few years ago that the present UK government did start a centralised militarised police force of sorts with a "Ministry of Defence police" – who at once got called “ModPlods”. Until we do get a centrally commanded British paramilitary police force we won't be allowed to join the Eurogendarmerie. This is doubtless why the Home Secretary made the announcement earlier this year[about the centralising of police under government control] which caused the letter of protest published in the Times from former Deputy Assistant Commissioner Roach. The criteria for a national force to join the EGF are displayed on their website.
The fact of having different nationalities drilling side by side is clearly part of a "harmonisation of police" plan, so as to create a unified European police force. I suspect the ultimate model for this "harmonised" and amalgamated multinational force could be the French Foreign Legion, in fact the commanding officer of the Eurogendarmerie is a French Brigadier General. You can see his photo, resplendent in his képi, on their website. His CV is published on the website, and you can see that his career - as a "policeman" - started off at the Saint-Cyr Military Academy, the French equivalent of Sandhurst. He progressed from being in charge of an "anti-riot" French Gendarmerie "squadron" to being in charge of an "anti-riot Gendarmerie Regiment", and to leading "several anti-riot operations throughout France". His main professional expertise therefore seems to lie in confronting and combatting his fellow-countrymen when they try to riot in the streets... (*)
The best way to stop these fellows from coming over to the UK and demonstrating their skills on a high street near you, is - as a very first step - to make sure that as many people in Britain see this site and these photographs.
This will help people to realise with some urgency that the EU is NOT just about our prosperity, it is about our basic freedoms, and what in an old-fashioned phrase used to be called our.... national security, ie the safety of each and every one of us.
The next thing is to pressure the political parties and every single MP to pledge, not only to hold a referendum before ratifying any new EU treaty or agreement covering JHA if they happen to be in power at the time; but if they are in opposition now, to pledge to hold a referendum to *rescind* any such new treaty once they do obtain office, if they find that any such new treaty is in place as a fait accompli that has been installed by the previous government without a referendum. And to so disregarding any provisions in the treaty itself that might seek to curtail this our sovereign right, under the unalterable bedrock of our own constitution that No Parliament Can Bind Its Successors.
And then to vote only for parties that do make this pledge.
An update to the Eurogendfor site says that on 26th June 2007 the French commander was replaced by an Italian carabiniere