...of the rule of law and free speech being circumvented for economic expedience. Again, "national interest" is a more expansive concept during times of economic stress.
"Green had embarrassed the Home Office -- which oversees police and immigration matters -- by publicizing confidential documents showing that a recession would lead to a rise in crime and that it had cleared 5,000 illegal immigrants to work as private guards and one to work as a Parliament janitor.
Police held Green, the Conservative Party‘s immigration spokesman, for nine hours. They searched his offices and homes in London and Kent in Southeast England, confiscating his mobile phone, Blackberry and computers. A police statement said they were investigating whether Green was conspiring to “commit misconduct in a public office” by encouraging leaks...
“If there was a threat to national security, it is right for the police to investigate and for them to take action,” George Foulkes, a Labour member of the House of Lords, told BBC Radio 4 earlier. Replying, David Davis, Green’s former boss, said the suggestion was “entirely ludicrous.”
MEANWHILE, IN THE BALTICS...
By Aleks TapinshAAPDecember 02, 2008 01:45pm
TALKING about the global financial crisis can land you two years in jail in Latvia, under a new law that has seen a muscian and economist arrested for wondering if their bank deposits are safe.
The Baltic state's new law against spreading false financial information has outraged human rights campaigners.
In one of a string of high-profile cases, musician Valters Fridenbergs faced a police investigation after he urged the audience to withdraw their money from two major banks.
He later claimed it was a joke, but the police launched a probe nonetheless.
Security police also arrested an economics lecturer, for "distributing untrue data or news about the conditions of the finance system of the Republic of Latvia''.