Poster by Aaron Calland
‘An investigation reveals that at least 1,400 children as young as 11 years of age were subjected to ‘appalling’ sexual exploitation in England’s town of Rotherham during a 16-year time period.
According to an independent probe by Professor Alexis Jay, the children were victims of gang rape and other forms of abuse from 1997 to 2013.
‘No one knows the true scale of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham over the years. Our conservative estimate is that approximately 1,400 children were sexually exploited over the full inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013,’ Jay said.’
‘One child victim among some 1,400 covered in a report into sexual exploitation in Rotherham has said the officials who failed to act are as guilty as the perpetrators.
Using the assumed name Emma Jackson, she told BBC Radio 5 Live that she had been abused from the age of 13.’
‘Even those of us who warned for years of young girls being traded in provincial towns as sex slaves were shocked at yesterday’s revelations of the scale of the crimes.
Particularly shameful was the silence of police, councillors and senior social workers. For crucial information about the crimes that had been given to the authorities — often by parents frantic about their daughters going missing or turning up drunk and dishevelled late at night — was either suppressed or ignored.
And so the brutal street-grooming and sexual abuse went on for 16 years. One girl quoted in the report says she thought ‘gang-rape was a usual part of growing up’.’
‘A Wall Street investor accused of insider trading over half a million dollars bolted from the press pack waiting for him outside court in New York today, sprinting so fast he left one of his flip flops on the sidewalk.
Michael Lucarelli was arrested Tuesday morning at his apartment on the Upper East Side and immediately faced Manhattan Federal Courthouse.
The 51-year-old director of market intelligence at Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates allegedly used non-public information from draft press releases to cash in on the stock market.’
‘Turkey has openly acknowledged that a top Hamas operative has been residing within its borders. The United States has also acknowledged this fact.
Saleh al-Arouri, one of the founding members of Hamas’s Qassam Brigades was exiled to Syria until the Arab Spring, quickly making his way to Turkey thereafter. Al-Arouri, formerly jailed in Israel for his Hamas membership has recently claimed that Hamas was involved in the deaths of three Israeli teens – without providing evidence.
Earlier this summer, when the Palestinian unity government was expected to take hold, and after the kidnapping deaths of three Israeli teens, a Hamas sustained rocket attack and a violent bombing campaign by Israel ensued, derailing the peaceful negotiations in the region once again.’
‘With the heavily manufactured Islamic State terror campaign continuing to burn its way across swaths of Iraq, the US are now debating air strikes in Syria to subdue the ISIS menace.
As the ISIS crisis gets ramped-up in the across Western news, the political agenda becomes clearer, as Western and NATO allies remain untouched continue to dodge the finger of guilt for the proxy death squads they themselves have surreptitiously cultivated in large parts of the Middle East, along with their allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Certainly, this crisis is now offering Washington (and Tel Aviv) something they have not been able to achieve to date: a green light to launch air strikes inside Syria, presumable against ISIS, but the temptation for the US to use this opportunity to provide air cover for the FSA rebels in Syria, or even to hit Syrian military targets, may be too great. Given the change, they most certainly would.’
‘Close to 200 state and local police departments in the United States have been suspended for losing military-level equipment transferred to them by the Pentagon, a new investigation found.
According to the media outlet Fusion, its independent investigation into the Pentagon’s ’1033 program,’ which equips state and local police departments across the US with excess military equipment, turned up an alarming trend: Not only did many law enforcement agencies fail to comply with the program’s guidelines, they routinely lost dangerous weaponry.
Already, the investigation has found that police departments in Arizona, California, Mississippi, Missouri, Georgia, and others have lost or cannot account for various types of weapons. This list includes M14 and M16 assault rifles, .45-caliber pistols, shotguns, and even vehicles.’
‘The militarization of America’s police forces has been the result of federal policy that not only provides the means to give men-in-blue the same tools as combat soldiers, but in fact requires law enforcement to “use it or lose it” when it comes to military equipment.
Specifically, the Department of Defense’s 1033 program—which funnels all kinds of military surplus goods to police—has a provision that clearly says that any participating law enforcement agency must use its equipment within one year of receiving it. If they don’t, they have to give it up.’
‘Bees are some of the busiest, most industrious creatures on planet Earth. Basically, they mind their own business whilst performing pollination chores that ultimately provide humankind with every third bite of food. Yes, they’re absolutely critical to the world’s food chain all the way up to your mouth, every third bite.
‘Pollen truly is the ‘gold dust of nature’. It is the culmination of the life force of plants,’ The Importance of Bees, CC Pollen Co.
But, horror of horrors, bees are dying off like never before. For example, Michigan and Indiana lost 60% of their bee populations this past winter, and it is worse than that; it is a nationwide problem, and even more disquieting, it is a worldwide problem.’
‘Young Alex Stone didn’t even make it past the first week of school before he became a victim of the police state. Directed by his teacher to do a creative writing assignment involving a series of fictional Facebook statuses, the 16-year-old wrote, ‘I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the business.’
What followed is par for the course in schools today: students were locked down in their classrooms while armed police searched Stone’s locker and bookbag, handcuffed him, charged him with disorderly conduct, arrested him, detained him, and then he was suspended from school. No weapons or dead dinosaurs were found.’
‘One man’s quest to explain his brother’s mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
What some consider a far-fetched conspiracy theory will be at the forefront during a trial set to begin on Monday in Salt Lake City. The Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was brought by a Salt Lake City attorney, Jesse Trentadue, against the FBI. He says the agency will not release security camera videos that show that a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb, killing 168 people. The government claims McVeigh was alone.’
‘Australia’s prime minister has revealed that new counterterrorism units have been working at the nation’s two largest airports since last week and have already intercepted a person of interest.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament on Wednesday that the units now working at Sydney and Melbourne Airports would soon be introduced to all Australian international airports to monitor the movements of travelers on security watch lists. Biometric screening of passengers will also be introduced at all airports.’
‘Will Pooley, the first British person to contract the Ebola virus, has been given an experimental drug as part of his treatment in London, it has been revealedon Tuesday.
Pooley, a 29-year-old nurse from Eyke in Suffolk, was flown back to the UK by the RAF on Sunday after contracting Ebola while volunteering at a treatment centre for people with the deadly virus in Kenema, Sierra Leone.
Dr Michael Jacobs, clinical director of infectious diseases at the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead, north London, where Pooley is being treated in a specialist unit, said he was doing well, describing him as a ‘resilient and remarkable young man’.’
‘The Palestinian government has called on the United Nations and foreign states with citizens serving in the Israeli army to investigate and try them for war crimes committed during Israel’s latest onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip.’
‘After more than sixty years of being paralysed into silence by the Zionist venom — the stigma of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial — that prevented condemnation of incalculable cheating, lying, stealing, murdering, and ruthless violation of the legal and natural human rights of the Palestinian people by a nation devoid of conscience, humanity, or any of the noble principles of the religion to which it claims to belong, the world in general and the West in particular have once again been witness to Israel’s latest arrogant, barbaric, and contemptuous assault on international law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.’
‘Israel is implementing the Dahiya Doctrine in Palestine at the moment, argued Michael Ratner, legal adviser to Wikileaks. The doctrine is named after the village of Dahiya, in Beirut, which was destroyed during the 2006 Lebanon War (also known as the Israel-Hezbollah war).
In an interview with The Real News, Michael Ratner, also President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, discussed his work with 2008 Wikileaks cables fom the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel.’
‘Nearly 100 British police officers are suspended each year on suspicion of involvement in corruption, according to recently released figures.
Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act indicate that a total of 460 officers have faced corruption probes in the last five years with such offenses as selling information, hacking into police computers and interfering with criminal probes, UK-based MailOnline reported Tuesday.
The force with the most suspended officers, according to the report, was London Metropolitan Police, where 119 officers and 67 other employees have been relieved of their duties during a corruption probe since 2009.’
‘The ISIS militia wouldn’t have got anywhere if they were not promoted as enemies by the West, and the West was not bombing them, supporting them at the same time in Syria and in Libya, activist and journalist Sukant Chandan told RT.’
‘What goes around, comes around. It’s just a matter of time. Israel deplores peace. Its entire history reflects conflict.
Its premeditated aggression follows relative calm followed by ceasefires followed by more conflict. The pattern repeats with disturbing regularity. It’s been this way for decades. It’s no different this time. Believing otherwise is pure fantasy.
It bears repeating what previous articles stressed. Israeli agreements aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. They never were. For sure not now.’
‘Switching over to EU trade standards and nixing duty-free trade with Russia will cost Ukraine €165 billion over the next 10 years, President Putin warned at a meeting with President Petro Poroshenko in Minsk on Tuesday. Russia will be forced to cancel all preferential trade agreements for Ukraine’s imports and switch to a standard regime when it ratifies its EU trade association agreement in September, the President said.’
A former judge has claimed rape conviction statistics will not improve until women ‘stop getting so drunk’.
Retired judge Mary Jane Mowat said it is an inevitable fact of being ‘one person’s word against another’ during rape trials, of which the national conviction rate currently sits at 60 per cent.
She told the Oxford Mail conviction rate of cases that go to trial will not improve unless women stop drinking so heavily.
Judge Mowat, who retired this month, said: ‘It is an inevitable fact of it being one person’s word against another, and the burden of proof being that you have to be sure before you convict.”
‘After reading this you may never trust Congress or the FDA again, let alone corporate chain grocery stores.
This toxic practice makes seriously decayed meat look fresh for weeks and is banned in many countries including the European Union and Japan.
Many consumers are unaware that over 70% of beef and chicken in the United States and Canada is treated with poisonous carbon monoxide gas and the FDA allows it, despite the known public health risks.’
‘Beginning next year, if you buy a cell phone in California that gets lost or stolen, you’ll have a built-in ability to remotely deactivate the phone under a new ‘kill switch’ feature being mandated by California law—but the feature will make it easier for police and others to disable the phone as well, raising concerns among civil liberties groups about possible abuse.
The law, which takes effect next July, requires all phones sold in California to come pre-equipped with a software ‘kill switch’ that allows owners to essentially render them useless if they’re lost or stolen. Although the law, SB 962, applies only to California, it undoubtedly will affect other states, which often follow the Golden State’s lead. It also seems unlikely phone manufacturers would exclude the feature from phones sold elsewhere. And although the legislation allows users to opt out of the feature after they buy the phone, few likely will do so.’
‘Stop and search powers should be scrapped entirely after 40 years of alienation, a campaigner has claimed, despite moves by the Home Secretary and police forces to increase transparency.
Ken Hinds, of Haringey Stop and Search Monitoring Group, said he had been stopped by officers more than 120 times in the past 30 years, accusing officers of using racial profiling.
The Metropolitan Police have pledged to sign up to a new voluntary code of conduct for all police forces on stop and search, which will see data published on all outcomes from uses of the new powers.’
‘Over 300 survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of Nazi genocide are calling out Israel for killing over 2,000 Palestinians in Gaza, The New York Times reports.
‘We must raise our collective voices and use our collective power to bring about an end to all forms of racism, including the ongoing genocide of Palestinian people. We call for an immediate end to the siege against and blockade of Gaza. We call for the full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel. ‘Never again’ must mean NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE!’ the group wrote in an open letter released by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and published as an advertisement in The New York Times.’
‘An American political commentator says Hillary Clinton represents imperial arrogance, and she was a wretched secretary of state.
Stephen Lendman, a writer, syndicated columnist, peace activist and radio show host, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Monday while commenting on Republican Senator Rand Paul’s description of Clinton as being a ‘gung-ho, war hawk’.
‘Hillary Clinton certainly is in the news these days. She gets a lot of comments made about her with [the] many things that she is involved in and certainly because at this stage of the game – which is very early – she is far away the leading candidate [for the] Democrat [presidential] nomination in 2016,’ Lendman said.’
‘Omid Safi is a Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and specializes in Islamic mysticism, contemporary Islamic thought and medieval Islamic history. He had previously taught at the Duke University and published several books and articles on the scholarly journals and non-academic papers. Through the past years, he has led the Study of Islam Section at the American Academy of Religion. Safi has been described by Amazon.com as one of the leading Muslim public intellectuals living in the United States.
To discuss the recent wave of violence and bloodshed in the Gaza Strip and the different aspects of the Israeli regime’s incursion into the besieged territory as well as the international reactions to the Israeli offensive, FNA did an interview with Prof. Omid Safi currently based in North Carolina. The following is the text of the interview.’
‘Would you stand in line, for hours, in 91°F temp under the scorching sun, for a box of free food?
More than a thousand people in Miami did just that on Friday, Aug. 22.
Marybel Rodriguez reports for CBS Miami that the food giveaway event located at the Central Shopping Plaza at 3825 NW 7th Street started at 9:00 a.m.’
‘A Florida congressman known for taking on corruption in the political establishment is calling for a full investigation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which was recently exposed for concealing data linking the MMR vaccine with autism.
Congressman Bill Posey from Florida’s 8th District says the CDC simply can’t be trusted to honestly investigate vaccine safety, because the agency has an ‘incestuous relationship’ with the vaccine industry.’
‘Yesterday, it became known that editor-in-chief of the Luhansk Pravda, Oksana Lashchenova, who was a freelance correspondent of Pravda.Ru for ten years, was detained at a checkpoint in the village of Schastye in Ukraine.
We did not take the risk to write about it immediately, as we were afraid of harming Oksana by letting everyone know that she was cooperating with Russian mass media. However, it was said today on the website of the Ukrainian Pravda that Lashchenova was ‘a correspondent of a hideous Russian publication Pravda.Ru.”
‘If you have ever seen a picture or a video of a hagfish, it’s probably been on some roundup of the ocean’s most horrifying creatures. But the DNA within that very creature, often known as a ‘slime eel,’ just might be the key to creating sustainable, biodegradable plastic and lighter bulletproof clothing.
The hagfish has a skull but no vertebrae or spinal chord, so scientists aren’t totally sure whether to classify it as a vertebrate or not. It hasn’t really changed in roughly 300 million years, which makes it a ‘living fossil.’ But this primitive sort of design is a boon for researchers who see potential in the hagfish’s trademark, and arguably grossest, trait.’
‘Royal Bank of Scotland will on Wednesday be fined around £15m by the City watchdog for failures at the taxpayer-owned bank that meant customers were give poor advice when buying mortgages.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is expected to announce the fine this morning following an investigation into mis-selling in the run-up to the financial crisis.
It is believed to relate to staff being improperly trained to sell mortgages, meaning that in certain cases, buyers received incorrect advice.’
‘The United States began surveillance flights over Syria on Tuesday, suggesting that President Barack Obama is preparing to expand America’s air campaign from striking targets in Iraq to bombing Islamic State bases across the border.
Foreign drones, presumed to be American, were reported over Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour on Monday, according to The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group. The US Air Force is believed to have sent reconnaissance aircraft, including U2 spyplanes, over Syria.
This expansion of US air operations comes as Mr Obama considers his military options. He must decide whether to strike the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in Syria – and, if so, how to accomplish this without bolstering President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Damascus, which has offered to co-operate with the US against Isil.’
‘Inbuilt GPS is an essential feature of most modern mobile phones, with Google Maps, one of the most widely-downloaded apps on the App Store, a must for pinpointing your location and getting around.
But did you know that your iPhone is using that GPS to track your every move, and store data about your whereabouts every time you use your device?
Privacy campaigners were outraged in 2011 when two British software developers discovered that Apple had been tracking users’ location in a hidden data file.’
‘Car tax laws are changing in little over a month but with more than two thirds of drivers unaware of the new rules, millions could be risking fines of up to £1,000.
The paper tax disc is being scrapped after 93 years on 1 October, although tax will still need to be paid, and it will no longer be transferred when buying a second-hand vehicle.
A poll of more than 1,000 drivers found that 40 per cent were completely unaware of the impending changes and of those who were, half were unsure when they were coming in and many were not planning to find out more.’
‘Hamas has claimed ‘victory for the resistance’ with an open-ended ceasefire reportedly agreed with Israel that could end the seven-week war in Gaza.
A senior Hamas official said that a peace deal had been reached with Israel to end the latest conflict in the coastal enclave that has killed more than 2,000 people.’
‘Nato is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to its secretary general.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the organisations’s summit in Cardiff next week would overcome divisions within the alliance and agree to new deployments on Russia’s borders – a move certain to trigger a strong reaction from Moscow.
He also outlined moves to boost Ukraine’s security, ‘modernise’ its armed forces and help the country counter the threat from Russia.’
‘Detroit says the last of a series of ‘water fairs’ has helped at least 1,300 residents avoid having their taps run dry as a shutoff moratorium ends.
Monday marked the end of the water shutoff moratorium, and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department was expected to send crews out Tuesday to turn off service to customers who owe money and haven’t made a payment arrangement.’
Why would these people attempt to damage the work of someone who was at the front line 25 years ago before there was a ‘truth movement’ and has already done more to alert people to the truth worldwide than this lot will do collectively if they live to be a thousand?
Who benefits? The System.
Why would they be so quick to criticise the UK Column which is way further down the rabbit hole than they will ever be prepared to go?
Who benefits? The System.
You can expect some major attempts to discredit me in the next few months which are bubbling in the background at the moment because I am getting far too close to the truth and they know that I won’t be intimidated or silenced.
I take it as a compliment and I’ll just run at them quicker.
Watch this space and all that.
‘AIDS and Ebola viruses did not originate from monkeys left alone in the wild – they were bioengineered in American laboratories. So says an internationally known public health authority with Harvard credentials, Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz, based on a review of more than 2,500 government documents and scientific reports, some gained through the Freedom of Information Act and never before revealed to the general public.’
‘The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision gave the wealthy almost unlimited means to influence elections at the expense of the average voter. But the voices of rich individuals and corporations had long drowned out the concerns of most Americans, according to a new study.
In their work ‘Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,’ Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that ordinary Americans have almost no influence on policy. ‘Not only do ordinary citizens not have uniquely substantial power over policy decisions; they have little or no independent influence on policy at all,’ according to the study, due to be released this fall.
Who does affect policy? As might be guessed, it’s the wealthy and powerful interest groups. ‘Economic elites are estimated to have a quite substantial, highly significant, independent impact on policy.’ According to the study, that group is the most influential in terms of getting what it wants out of elected officials. Organized interest groups are also influential.’
‘George Orwell ranks among the most profound social critics of the modern era. Some of his quotations, more than a half a century old, show the depth of understanding an enlightened mind can have about the future.
Though many in the modern age have the will to bury their head in the sand when it comes to political matters, nobody can only concern themselves with the proverbial pebble in their shoe. If one is successful in avoiding politics, at some point the effects of the political decisions they abstained from participating in will reach their front door. More often than not, by that time the person has already lost whatever whisper of a voice the government has allowed them.’
‘A horrifying video has emerged showing St. Petersburg police forcing a man out of his car before pouncing on him, leaving him hospitalized with several injuries, all because the cop claimed he was in fear for his life.
The video, however, shows it was Curtis Shannon, a young man from Florida who was probably fearing for his life during the arrest.
It also shows that he remained professional as he tried to hand the cop his license and registration through a small opening after the cop pulled him over for what he claimed was erratic driving.’
‘On Monday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a piece of legislation mandating that all smartphones come with kill-switch software automatically installed so that a user can remotely wipe his or her device if it gets stolen. The bill will affect all smartphones manufactured after July 1, 2015 to be sold in California.
After that date, new smartphones will prompt users to set up a wiping feature, but users will be able to opt out as well. As part of the legislation, anyone caught selling stolen phones will be fined a civil penalty of between $500 and $2,500.
As Ars noted two weeks ago when the bill passed the state senate, the legislation’s supporters included the cities of Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, and San Francisco, as well as several consumer unions, police groups, and the Utility Reform Network. Its opponents included a couple of municipal Chambers of Commerce, the wireless industry lobby CTIA, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.’
‘In our world, the news about the news is often grim. Newspapers are shrinking, folding up, or being cut loose by their parent companies. Layoffs are up and staffs are down. That investigative reporter who covered the state capitol — she’s not there anymore. Newspapers like the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune have suffered from multiple rounds of layoffs over the years. You know the story and it would be easy enough to imagine that it was the world’s story as well. But despite a long run of journalistic tough times, the loss of advertising dollars, and the challenge of the Internet, there’s been a blossoming of investigative journalism across the globe from Honduras to Myanmar, New Zealand to Indonesia.
Woodward and Bernstein may be a fading memory in this country, but journalists with names largely unknown in the U.S. like Khadija Ismayilova, Rafael Marques, and Gianina Segnina are breaking one blockbuster story after another, exposing corrupt government officials and their crony corporate pals in Azerbaijan, Angola, and Costa Rica. As I travel the world, I’m energized by the journalists I meet who are taking great risks to shine much needed light on shadowy wrongdoing.’
‘The police response to public protests in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the deadly August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, Jr., an unarmed eighteen-year-old black man killed by a white police officer, was a prime illustration of the hyper-aggressive nature of policing in America today. The residents of Ferguson fed up with hostile and abusive police behavior continue to flood the streets to demand justice for Mike Brown and other victims of police brutality.
They have been joined in solidarity by people of conscience in other cities (e.g., Oakland, NYC). Their anger and frustration was exacerbated by the heavy-handed tactics used against the mostly peaceful protestors in Ferguson during the first week or so of the demonstrations – tear gas, rubber bullets, smoke, deafening sirens as well as assault rifles fixed on protestors were some of the violent methods employed by law enforcement. In addition, a mandatory curfew imposed by the Missouri governor, verbal threats of physical harm from police, and arrests of journalists, among other ill-advised and counterproductive reactions, only escalated the tensions between protestors and police.’
‘In an age where food is thought of as ‘filler’ and of little importance in the recovery process, some hospitals are turning that idea on its head by embracing local organic food for recovery and beyond.
Recently, Rodale Institute partnered up with St. Luke’s University Health Network in Pennsylvania to bring the local organic farm to the hospital platter.
Perhaps the term ‘hospital cuisine’ will now take on a truer, less sarcastic meaning. Like, maybe it will be easier to “stomach” by not appearing already digested. But seriously folks…’
‘Something is very wrong here.
Shell Tzorfas on YouTube pointed us to this U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) paper “Trends in the Prevalence of Developmental Disabilities in U.S. Children, 1997–2008” and what are some pretty astonishing figures.
The joint CDC—Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) paper not only revealed that one in six children across America suffered from a developmental disability in 2006-2008, but the rate of parent-reported developmental disabilities in their children had increased 17.1% from 1997 to 2008.’
‘The shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager by a white police officer two weeks ago in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, has sparked protests across the country and spotlighted a federal program that sends military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.
Ferguson has been the scene of violent clashes between police and protesters since the shooting of Michael Brown, who was shot six times and killed by police in the predominantly black town.
According to a poll by the New York Times/CBS News, the majority of African-Americans have lost confidence in the justice system following the killing.’
‘The British Ministry of Justice has been fined £180,000 for losing confidential and sensitive information on thousands of inmates at Erlestoke prison.
According to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the penalty was related to the ministry’s loss of an unencrypted hard drive containing data on some 2,935 prisoners at the detention center in Wiltshire.
The data, which went missing last May, included details on links to organized crime, health information, history of drug misuse, and material on victims and visitors.’