12 July 2011

Yorkshire Pudding

Aangirfan carried a story under the heading, POLICE INTELLIGENCE OFFICER SAYS 9 11 AND 7 7 WERE INSIDE JOBS, within Aangirfan's story is a link to an interview with the police intelligence officer, Tony Farrell which gives details, from the horses mouth, of the story.

Essentially, an intelligence analyst (Tony Farrell) working for South Yorkshire police provided a threat assessment that did not concur with the official narrative. The analyst was forced from his position. He has taken South Yorkshire police to an employment tribunal. See here for details.

A couple of points from the story are of interest.

In the Richplanet film, Farrell tells us of his academic and employment background: BSc in stats from Sheffield poly 1984, ten years or so working at Sheffield council, job in South Yorkshire police with some higher degrees (management studies etc). Is this representative of intelligence analysts within the UK establishment? The people who are supposedly deliberating and balancing our freedoms against our security. I don't mean to be offensive to Tony but ... he doesn't strike me as being especially bright.

The second point that struck me during his interview was that he was at pains to tell us that he did research in his own time, rather than police time. I don't get where he's coming from. My understanding of intelligence analysis comes from Psychology of Intelligence Analysis by Richards J Heur Jr [pdf]. There doesn't seem to be any of this analysis being done. He seems to be pre-empting the results of his research by doing 'research at home'. That is, how would he know to do research at home, in his own time, unless he knew what the results of this research was going to be before hand?

Following on from this point, when his research was presented to his superiors, they forced him out of his position. Surely it is his methods that should be under scrutiny not his results? If this is the standard at which our overseers operate then they have very little credibility.

All in all, a strange tale where no one comes out of it very well. When this story gets more widely reported, perhaps it will give a platform from which one can obtain Freedom of Information requests in order to find out whether or not our overseers are that crap.

The non-conspiraloon aspect to this story is a lot more interesting than the conspiraloon aspect.

  • what are the qualifications of intelligence analysts in equivalent positions to Tony Farrell?
  • what are their working methodologies?
  • is intelligence analysis bottom up or top down?

"Why don't ya get a good lawyer? Oh Valerie?" ♫ ♫

More details are emerging about this story where another site reports,
"Tony Farrell was summoned to a hearing chaired by the Director of Finance a member of the Senior Command Team on 2nd September 2010. He was told that he held beliefs that were ‘incompatible’ with his position. There was no allegation of any misconduct. In dismissing him, the Director of Finance said this: “It is a very sad occasion as you have done some excellent work for South Yorkshire Police and I have never been involved in a situation like today. Your beliefs are very sincere and you may be right, but it is I’m afraid incompatible at the moment with where we are.”
He took the matter to the South Yorkshire Police Authority Appeal’s Committee but his case was dismissed. He has since put the case into an Employment Tribunal where final hearings are scheduled to be held in early September 2011 in Sheffield. This will be a public event, and it is likely that South Yorkshire Police will feel embarrassed by the repercussions. This case has potentially far-reaching implications."
This takes us straight into Grainger v Nicholson a case where it was found that it was against the law to sack someone on the basis of their beliefs. There were caveats: the beliefs had to be sincerely held; they had to be compatible with a democratic society. But it isn't clear why this isn't the case with Farrell. I don't know all the facts but from what we know so far he's got a good chance of winning his case; what's more the details of the tribunal hearing will be published and available for public scrutiny. Status - one to watch. Similar cases can be found here, the employment appeal tribunal.

16 comments:

  1. Many thanks for the link. You are absolutely correct to ask these questions. There was a report that a page on the MI6 website appeared to have been written by someone who was not very literate.

    - Aangirfan

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  2. @Anon "Many thanks for the link."

    Quite welcome.

    "You are absolutely correct to ask these questions."

    Farrell seems to have exposed the nonsense of the job of intelligence analyst. BSc educated former council wallah who drifted into the police service, who prepares procrustean reports for his superiors. How many more of these people are out there? Are these the sort of people who are giving the clarion call which makes us quake in fear of an imminent terror attack? Pathetic.

    This looks like a rich vein for FoI requests.

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  3. Good work

    We've been here before with these ex-low level insiders who bring nothing to the table yet progress to become recognized as 'Truther' spokespeople

    / plenty sceptical

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  4. ^ thanks.

    Will be interesting to find out what happens in September both from a law-bore and conspiraloon perspective.

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  5. and guess who's just turned up on the Alex Jones show...

    Wednesday 7-13-2011 – The Alex Jones Show with Tony Farrell

    Tony gets onto specifics about 7/7 from about 1:23 onwards

    Peter Power - Tick
    Patsies most probably shot at Canary Wharf - Tick
    Plugging a certain 'Truth' documentary - Tick
    No mention of J7 or the J7 Inquests Blog - Tick

    AJ closed by inviting Tony on as a resident criminologist to help break down and analyse incidents other than 7/7

    And away we go...

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  6. Thanks for the AJ link but I only had the patience to watch the first segment.

    Needless to say, Farrell's attempts at crippling epistemeology is curious to watch.

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  7. Certainly doesn't come across as having what jaded sub editors refer to as 'a powerful forensic intelligence'.

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  8. ^ he doesn't, does he.

    Question is, he and his methods typical of these intelligence officers.

    How did he get his job in the first place?

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  9. "Certainly doesn't come across as having what jaded sub editors refer to as 'a powerful forensic intelligence'"

    You are being kind

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  10. Any idea what the 'legal charges' refer to for the company that he is a director of?

    http://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/ltd/advance-on-one

    .. and could this explain why he was sacked by the Finance Director?

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  11. ^ It looks like he was/is dealing in property.

    I think that 'legal charges', in this context, refer to legal mortgages. My law book says,

    "The third method of creating a legal mortgage is the method in normal use today. Instead of granting a lease or sublease to the mortgagee, the mortgagor merely executes a deed which declares that he is charging his land by way of legal mortgage with the repayment sums specified. This form of 'charge' may be used for both freehold and leasehold estates."


    If this is the same Tony Farrell, then he seems to have been busy,

    http://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/Company/Find?q=person%20ANTHONY%20FARRELL.


    ANTHONY FARRELL
    SUSSEX COURT (DIDSBURY) MANAGEMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    PROFESSIONAL PROPERTY SPECIALISTS LIMITED
    LOYAL CALEDONIAN CORKS (KINGS HEATH) SOCIAL CLUB LIMITED
    CPS SCAFFOLDING LIMITED
    WRISTDOCTOR LIMITED
    ADVANCE ON ONE LTD.


    Will do a bit more digging based on the assumption that this is the same person: how do you know it is the same person, Bridget?

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  12. ANTHONY FARRELL
    51

    81 WORSBROUGH ROAD BLACKER HILL BARNSLEY SOUTH YORKSHIRE S74 0RG
    Appointment Date:

    13 April 1999
    Appointment Type:

    Current Director
    Occupation:

    INTELLIGENCE ANALYST IN POLICE

    Advance On One Ltd

    Can't be too many S Yorkshire police intelligence analyst's called Anthony Farrell!

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  13. Another observation to chuck into the mix is that in the material I've listened to so far Mr Farrell makes no reference to the fact that he was a police intelligence analyst in the same county that three of the four alleged 7/7 bombers came from

    Farrell was working for South Yorks, rather than West Yorks but this extract from the South Yorks Police website makes it clear that FIBs work at a cross-border level...

    "In the context of the Police Reform Agenda the National Intelligence Model has in fact been described as a ‘Model for Policing’.

    The model operates on three distinct levels as shown below:

    Level 1 – District level
    Level 2 – Cross border (both within South Yorkshire Police and external force boundaries)
    Level 3 – Serious and Organised (national and international)

    Level 3 activity in the National Intelligence Model refers to Serious and Organised Crime. This activity is focused on national and international organised crime and would not generally fall within the scope of work for the South Yorkshire Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) These departments operate at level 2 of the model."

    http://www.southyorks.police.uk/node/1135/view

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  14. WRISTDOCTOR LIMITED

    Considering who he's going to be hanging out with, looks like it's services are going to be in demand.

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  15. ANTHONY FARRELL
    SUSSEX COURT (DIDSBURY) MANAGEMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    PROFESSIONAL PROPERTY SPECIALISTS LIMITED
    LOYAL CALEDONIAN CORKS (KINGS HEATH) SOCIAL CLUB LIMITED
    CPS SCAFFOLDING LIMITED
    WRISTDOCTOR LIMITED
    ADVANCE ON ONE LTD.


    I'm not sure that all those companies are the same Farrell, Advance On One definitely is.

    Paul's comment is still valid either way!

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  16. How did he get his job in the first place?

    I think he's perfect for that sort of job, S yorks plod could hardly have done better.

    While I am a tireless champion of the idea of the public sector, there's no denying mr farrell's gormless vanity is hardly uncommon.

    Idiotic policies require idiots to implement them

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