Spycop’s testimony and other evidence expose the dark underbelly of UK political policing

Earlier this month undercover police officer (UCO) HN304 provided testimony to the Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI). It revealed attitudes and behaviour of UCOs that appear to support what can only be described as institutionalised rape. However, aspects of that testimony also included some basic errors, suggesting flawed intelligence-gathering. Extrapolating, that might explain why over decades UCO operations tended to rely on cover-ups of police crimes, frame-ups of protesters that led to miscarriages of justice, and facilitating blacklisting. Unravelling claims A number of spurious claims were made by undercover officer HN304 (‘Graham Coates‘) to the UCPI. For example, he stated that Anarchy magazine was linked to the Angry Brigade…

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The police must come clean on spycops’ upcoming role at G7 summit

In around six weeks, the G7 summit of world leaders will arrive on my doorstep. Since this was first announced, and as a veteran of previous summits, I’ve been worried about policing. Nothing Devon and Cornwall police have said to date has alleviated my fears. On 28 April, the force held a Facebook Live event alongside the Cabinet Office, Cornwall Council, and Public Health Cornwall. It was supposed to be a protest special and they’d answer questions left in the chat. However, many of the actual questions on protest were ignored. But the cops did confirm that one random person’s wedding could go ahead. The event finished early…

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Activist insider compares spycops to ‘headless chickens’ as inquiry continues

An activist insider has told The Canary that Britain’s political police, from the late 60s onwards, were out of control. For the last three decades, officers known as ‘spycops’ were “running around like headless chickens”. This follows recently released police files and testimonies to the Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI). Anti-apartheid protesters targeted In a 2003 report, undercover officer (UCO) Mark Kennedy described peer and former Labour government minister  Peter Hain as a “South African Terrorist”. It was pure fabrication. Hain moved to the UK from South Africa. For three decades, he was a leading figure in the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM). And he was also a founder member of…

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Spycops accused of ‘misogyny and mission creep’ as woman’s ten year battle for justice reaches final stage

One of the women deceived into a relationship by a spycop has reached the final stage of her case against the police for abusing her human rights. 20 April saw the start of Kate Wilson’s hearing before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). This is the last part of Wilson’s 10 year battle against the police using sexual relationships in undercover policing. The tribunal will attempt to determine the extent of human rights breaches in the case, and how involved senior officers were. It will do this by examining thousands of secret documents in open hearings. At least 30 women were tricked into relationships with undercover police officers, with…

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Veteran anti-war activist warns that ‘spycops’ inquiry is unlikely to change anything

The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) Bill seeks to legalise the criminal activities of police, the security services and their sources. It is currently at the committee stage in the House of Lords. Ironically, its passage also coincides with the Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI) which, after five years, has just heard opening statements from victims of undercover policing. While the CHIS bill is likely to be enacted within a matter of weeks, the UCPI is expected to continue for several more years, with no end date confirmed. Ali warns of dangers One of the many powerful statements presented to the UCPI was by veteran anti-war activist Tariq Ali.…

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Trade unions tell ‘spycops’ inquiry they were spied on by police over decades. Confidential files reveal more.

Trade unions told the Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI) that they were spied upon by police over four decades. Leaked and confidential documents back that claim and reveal far more.InfiltrationIn a submission to the UCPI on behalf of several trade unions, lord Hendy QC provided examples of unions spied on:Peter Francis, an undercover police officer who served in the SDS [Special Demonstration Squad] from 1993-1997, has said that he carried out covert surveillance of members of the National Union of Teachers (now the NEU), the CWU, the FBU and UNISON. Another undercover officer, Mark Jenner (‘Cassidy’) posed as a joiner to become a member of UCATT in 1996-1998. Senior…

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Britain’s class war exposed in a powerful statement to the ‘spycops’ inquiry

On 6 November 2020, solicitor Gareth Peirce issued a statement on behalf of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) to the Under Cover Policing Inquiry (UCPI), regarding policing of the 1984-5 strike. The statement made it clear that MI5 played a key role in helping to defeat the strike. Evidence elsewhere backs that up. The “enemy within” The statement explains how in 1979: a newly elected government under Margaret Thatcher set in train a plan to make the Union and its members the focus of exceptional and largely secret initiatives and operations involving the Security Services, the police, and relationships cultivated by all three with selected media. Some…

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Human rights clauses in ‘spycops’ bill are worthless, leaked document reveals

A confidential police document seen by The Canary reveals that instructions to ‘spycops’, or undercover police officers (UCOs), regarding adherence to the Human Rights Act are not worth the paper they’re printed on. Similar instructions form part of the Covert Human Intelligence (CHIS) bill, heavily denounced by former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.The billThe Tory government is progressing a bill to legalise the criminal activities of Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) who work with the police, MI5, and other state agencies. The bill passed its third reading on 15 October with Labour, under Keir Starmer, mostly abstaining.Meanwhile, in response to Starmer’s hardline stance, eight Labour MPs have resigned from…

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The government is legalising and extending this infamous spycop’s criminal actions. And you could be a victim.

Note: for almost 12 months during the Persons Unknown prosecution, the author’s home was placed under electronic surveillance by Special Branch. The author subsequently played a part in the closure of the 70-year-old blacklisting and espionage agency, the Economic League.The Tory government is progressing a bill to legalise the criminal activities of Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) who work with the police, MI5, and other state agencies. It passed its second reading on the 5 October, with Labour, under Starmer, mostly abstaining.But it is possibly one of the most dangerous bills to be put before the country in decades, legalising highly discredited practices. This article gives extensive background…

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