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UK: Doctors & Teachers To Spot Pre-Crime

UK: Doctors & Teachers To Spot Pre-Crime

Daily Mail
February 19, 2008

Doctors, teachers and social workers will be told to act as informers to identify potential violent offenders for monitoring by the police and other agencies.

Ministers hope that by spotting binge-drinkers, drug addicts and young gang members early before they commit serious crimes they can be placed on a national database and steered away from offending behaviour.

The plans have been dubbed the Minority Report powers, a reference to the 2002 Tom Cruise movie in which a futuristic “precrime” police unit uses psychics to arrest and imprison criminals just before they carry out attacks.

But civil liberty campaigners and union bosses warned that such intrusive measures by the Home Office would destroy the relationship of trust between GPs and their patients or social workers and clients.

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Global Pact Proposed To Fight Obesity

BBC
February 19, 2008

Obesity needs to be tackled in the same way as climate change, a top nutritional scientist has said.

The chairman of the International Obesity Taskforce wants world leaders to agree a global pact to ensure that everyone is fed healthy food.

Professor Philip James said the challenge of obesity was so great that action was needed now, even without clear evidence of the best options.

He also called for stricter rules on marketing and food labelling.

Professor James, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, was speaking in Boston at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

He commented: “This is a community epidemic that is actually a response to all the wonderful apparent industrial and economic development changes that we’ve seen, with a collapse in the need for physical activity, and now a targeting of children to make profits by big industry in food and drink.

“We have to change that, and it will not come unless we have a coherent government-led strategy. The issue is: have we got the political will?”

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