Following from my premise that the erosion of civil liberties and descent into fedualism necessarily coincides with the rise of psychiatry, I found a short article in the Economist, the magazine of record of the Whig Party, which explains that British Government runs a "Fixated Threat Assessment Centre," i.e. capturing stalkers. It has 4 cops, and a forensic psychiatrist and psychologist.
You probably think that the shrinks are "profilers." Maybe they are. But their real value is in their power to do what cops can't: involuntarily commit people who they feel are dangerous. Quoting the Economist:
The Met [cops] defines its [suspects] as those who are "abnormally preoccupied with certain ideas or people." The inclusion of "ideas" gives it wide remit. Could those abnormally pre-occupied with the idea of jihad-- or, indeed, human rights-- be considered fixated individuals?
Disclosure: I actually think this is clever-- why not tap the legal resources of psychiatrists to help catch bad guys? But that's exactly the point: no one should have the ability to use that power extra-psychiatrically. It's seductive and it has no recourse for appeal, no controls.
The article goes on to state the FTAC has been operating for 8 months with no official announcement; it won't say how many people it has caught or tried; and, of course, it can't, because of confidentiality of the "patients."
Good luck, everybody.