Brits Resist Growing Power of EU, Bilderberg
By James P. Tucker Jr.
In another demonstration that growing public awareness about Bilderberg is stifling the group’s global government ambitions, British officials are loudly complaining about Bilderberg-imposed powers exercised by the European Union on the grounds that the public is now endangered by the protection of criminals.
British attitudes toward the EU have long been a peculiar mix. Brits have allowed the surrender of their national sovereignty to the EU but become angry when the EU exercises the authority that the Brits transferred to the EU. The Brits also have refused to embrace the euro and still trade in the pound.
Decisions by the European Commission on Human Rights have had a “chilling effect” on Britain’s efforts to deport people who put the public at risk, said Lord Carlile of Berriew, a Liberal Democrat peer and the government’s former terrorism watchdog. “Urgent reform” is needed, he said.
European judges have put themselves on a “collision course” with the British Parliament in the fight over prisoners’ votes. Carlile cited a report by Dominic Raab, a Tory member of Parliament, who said that unelected and inexperienced European judges risk causing a constitutional crisis by attacking the will of British politicians. Raab said that judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France were assuming a legislative function that was beyond agreed-upon powers.
Tensions between London and Strasbourg are increasing because the European court ruled that Britain’s blanket ban on voting by prisoners is illegal. Carlile said the European Commission was out of date with “reasonable public expectation” and should be modernized.
A commission requirement that prisoners held for the first time should be allowed to vote makes it more difficult to deport potentially dangerous people, he said. Raab said the court, in the prisoner vote case, went beyond its traditional powers of interpretation and was effectively making law. “This judicial coup represents a naked usurpation, by a judicial body, of the legislative power that properly belongs to democratically elected lawmakers,” he said.
Their concern was originally sparked by a series of high-profile cases in which deportation of criminals has been prevented under human rights laws—laws that see rights for prisoners but little or none for the general public. They include the case of Aso Mohammed Ibrahim, who killed a girl, 12, in a hit-and-run incident.
“The massive expansion of human rights law threatens to frustrate Britain’s ability to deport convicted criminals and terrorist suspects,” Raab said. “The goal posts keep shifting, because of unaccountable judicial legislation—especially the expansion of claims around the right to family life. Britain has lost a degree of control over its borders, which inevitably means that we are importing more risk.”
Britain’s resistance to the court, as confused as it is, is certain to trouble Bilderberg. A European Court that can dictate to its nation-states is critical to Bilderberg’s ambitions of a world government.
In Switzerland, where the Bilderberg group is slated to meet June 9 to June 12, voters last year approved a measure to deport criminal immigrants. Switzerland is a non-EU nation that also is not a NATO member.
AFP editor James P. Tucker Jr. is a veteran journalist who spent many years as a member of the “elite” media in Washington. Since 1975 he has won widespread recognition, here and abroad, for his pursuit of on-the-scene stories reporting the intrigues of global power blocs such as the Bilderberg Group. Tucker is the author of Jim Tucker’s Bilderberg Diary: One Man’s 25-Year Battle to Shine the Light on the World Shadow Government. Bound in an attractive full-color softcover and containing 272 pages—loaded with photos, many never published before—the book recounts Tucker’s experiences over the last quarter century at Bilderberg meetings. $25 from AFP. No charge for S&H in U.S.
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(Issue # 22, May 30, 2011)