I’m Glad Our Press Are So Perfect

Well, actually they’re. Not, far from it.

I, for one, am absolutely sick and tired of the British Media constantly playing the Blame Game.

Now that the excitement of yesterday’s fast-moving events is over they have adopted their default stance. Knocking, Sniping, Criticising, Blaming, and pointing out, from their nice warm studios, what exactly could have been done better.

In my opinion, and it is only that, the tragic events in Paris over the past few days were swiftly brought to an end by the French Gendarmes , Special Forces and GIGP. To my mind the authorities excelled themselves with an early identification of the suspects, which I believe was achieved by rapid processing of DNA evidence.

Plain, old-fashioned, balls out bravery was evident everywhere as Gendarmes followed up on leads and sightings, knowing full-well what the end game was likely to be.

Eventually the two Kouachi brothers were located and contained.

Not long after we had the siege at the KosherSupermarket.

It soon became apparent that the two incidents were linked and the Police and Special Forces hatched their plans.

In my opinion they did an excellent job. They didn’t have very much time in which to plan and coordinate between the two scenes. They did not have much previous experience to fall back on, as this scenario, fortunately, does not occur very often.

In the fullness of time we saw the end game unfold live on TV and all I saw was immense bravery by every single person involved.

It was quite obvious that the two operations had been coordinated, but there appears to have been a very slight delay at the Supermarket, POSSIBLY caused by a lack of cooperation from the Media.

Tragically four hostages lost their lives, but TV footage shown on French TV clearly shows their bodies on the floor BEFORE Rapid Entry. Investigations will ultimately confirm it, but it seems very clear that they did not die in the Rescue Operation.

This morning there is no live action for the media to cover, so we are now faced with journalists of several companies picking apart yesterday’s events, looking to see who they can blame for what. The Police and Security Services get a huge chunk of their criticism because these three terrorists had previously come to the notice of the authorities but we’re allowed to roam free and carry out these atrocities unhindered.

The simple answer to that one dear journalists is EVIDENCE. Members of our illustrious media would be absolutely incandescent if we started locking people up without evidence. Surveillance is time-consuming, resource-intensive and expensive. It also provides no absolute guarantees that the events of the past few days could have been prevented.

Maybe it’s possible for whoever ACPO are today to arrange an anti-terrorist exercise and invite representatives of the media to participate. Let them experience at first hand how it feels to contain and confront armed terrorists, have guns aimed at them and discharged, how things evolve in the Command and Control Centre, what it’s like to be in the immediate vicinity of a Flash Bang (Sorry, Stun Grenade), and maybe, eve, explain to journalists that INTELLIGENCE IS NOT EVIDENCE.

I don’t envy or underestimate journalists in war zones, but they do need to play fair with scenarios such as we have just witnessed. If they have all the answers why are they journalists and not Tactical Advisors?

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#Justice4PCPatrick

Today an open letter was sent to various members of the media, politicians etc.

It was signed by approx 50 RETIRED members of the Metropolitan Police Service.

The letter is reproduced below;

I am contacting you on behalf of a number of police officers who have served with the Metropolitan Police, at various ranks, and are now retired.

 We collectively support PC James Patrick, the police whistle blower who raised concerns in relation to the report of crime within the Metropolitan Police. There are many officers who support PC Patrick but they are currently serving in the Metropolitan Police or other constabularies and through fear of repercussions, potential intimidation or victimization, they do not appear on the signatory list.
Please may I draw your attention to the following attached letter to the media and other potentially interested parties?
Thank you for your consideration.
PC James Patrick is someone the public want, and need, as a policeman. He is a man of honesty, integrity, and right.
 
So why have the MET put him under investigation, AGAIN, for speaking out and up about the flawed system of crime reporting, preventing him from leaving the force with his reputation intact? Channel 4 News suggest it’s vindictive and designed to intimidate him. BBC news agree.
 
Whistleblowers are frequently subjected to witch-hunts and driven from their careers. Those who whistle blow are often those who value their jobs more than most. If it didn’t matter, why would they bother? Yet they are victimised over and over again. It’s a typical story.
 
The Police need to be trusted by the public. When a police whistle blower calls time on bad practice, flawed investigations, or some other matter of concern, public confidence ultimately grows because people know there are good and honest coppers out there willing to stand up and be counted when it matters.
 
It’s easy to mingle with the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone, to put your head above the water and remain there whilst under attack.  And who polices the Police when they can’t police themselves?
 
There is a huge crowd of serving and retired police officers supporting James Patrick. We endorse his actions and back his right to leave the police service with his integrity intact.
 
Don’t let him become a victim of injustice. There are far too many of those already.
 
This is James Patrick’s open letter to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police
 
 

 and we, the following, support him –

James had no involvement in writing that letter, and so cannot be hounded further by the Met for the actions of people he doesn’t even know.

I applaud it, my name is one of the 50

#TheRestIsSilence

ADDENDUM

This made me laugh, part of a tweet I received today relating to James

“leadership bent on crucifying James for unauthorised integrity

Says it all really