feb 072014
 

On June 18th 1999 a car skidded across a road in the financial heart of London. As traffic was blocked thousands of anti capitalist protesters including Reclaim the Streets barged their way into various corporate buildings. The J18 Carnival Against Global Capitalism according to George Monbiot ‘went well beyond non-violent protest. According to the police, 42 people were injured and over £1m of damage was done. One building was singled out: the London International Financial Futures Exchange (Liffe), where derivatives [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

The investigation into alleged police attempts to smear the Stephen Lawrence campaign and undermine the credibility of witnesses attending the Macpherson inquiry into the black teenager’s racist murder is focusing on the activities of five forces, The Independent has learnt. Investigators are understood to be waiting for senior officers from Avon and Somerset Constabulary and West Midlands Police to complete urgent trawls of their records in relation to possible surveillance or intelligence gathering operations carried out in Bristol and Birmingham. [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

Chief constable leading investigation also says he will look at claims that Stephen Lawrence campaigners were spied on Dozens of police officers could be put on trial for stealing the identities of dead children, and sleeping with female activists they were spying on, according to the police chief leading an inquiry into Metropolitan police undercover work against protest groups. Mick Creedon, the chief constable of Derbyshire, also said his team would investigate claims from a police whistleblower, Peter Francis, that [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

Peter Francis claims officers told him to dig into murdered teenager’s family He posed as an anti-racist activist following the death Victim’s mother said: ‘Nothing can justify… trying to discredit the family’ Raises further questions about police surveillance of activist groups David Cameron demands that Scotland Yard investigates the damaging claim An undercover policeman revealed last night that he took part in an operation to smear the family of Stephen Lawrence. Peter Francis said his superiors wanted him to find [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

Exclusive: former undercover officer Peter Francis says superiors wanted him to find ‘dirt’ shortly after 1993 murder Stephen Lawrence who was murdered in 1993 and whose death has been the subject of a long-running police investigation. Photograph: Rex Features A police officer who spent four years living undercover in protest groups has revealed how he participated in an operation to spy on and attempt to “smear” the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, the friend who witnessed his fatal stabbing [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

Paul Lewis reports on allegations that members of a clandestine Metropolitan unit employed ethically dubious tactics, including inappropriate sexual relationships and deceit, to spy on people – claims apparently substantiated by the personal testimony of a whistleblower who operated undercover for four years. The programme investigates the actions of those tasked with infiltrating political campaigns and protest groups, and speaks to the women who say they were duped into intimate relationships with men they didn’t know were serving police officers. [lees verder]

jul 182013
 

Exclusive: McDonald’s sued green activists in long-running David v Goliath legal battle, but police role only now exposed Bob Lambert posed as a radical activist named Bob Robinson. An undercover police officer posing for years as an environmental activist co-wrote a libellous leaflet that was highly critical of McDonald’s, and which led to the longest civil trial in English history, costing the fast-food chain millions of pounds in fees. The true identity of one of the authors of the “McLibel [lees verder]

jul 182013
 

Former undercover officer Peter Francis says department helped spies by providing false passports in dead children’s names Peter Francis, the former undercover police officer turned whistleblower. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian A second police spy has said the Home Office was aware that undercover police officers stole the identities of dead children to infiltrate political groups. Peter Francis, a former undercover officer turned whistleblower, said the Home Office helped the spies by providing false passports in the names of [lees verder]

jul 182013
 

Executive Summary History The Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) was an undercover unit formed by the Metropolitan Police’s Special Branch. It operated between 1968 and 2008, during which time it infiltrated and reported on groups concerned in violent protest. Operation Herne Operation Herne (formerly Soisson) was formed in October 2011 in response to allegations made by the Guardian newspaper about alleged misconduct and criminality engaged in by members of the SDS. Similar matters had been previously aired as early as 2002 [lees verder]

jul 182013
 

The identities of 42 dead children whose names were assumed by undercover police officers will not be revealed to their relatives, according to a report. The Metropolitan Police offered a general apology for the “shock and offence” the practice had caused. But Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said revealing the identities used would endanger the officers concerned. The senior officer who wrote the report on the 1980s practice told MPs it would not be used as a tactic today. The report’s [lees verder]

jul 182013
 

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe releases report on surveillance used since 1970s but refuses to inform any affected families Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said families of dead children whose identities were used would not be approached, as that could put undercover officers in danger. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Britain’s most senior police officer has offered a general apology for the “morally repugnant” theft of dead children’s identities by undercover spies who infiltrated political groups. But Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan police commissioner, has refused to [lees verder]

jul 182013
 

Bob Lambert admits to adopting the identity of a seven-year-old boy and has conceded to having four affairs while undercover Bob Lambert was deployed as an animal rights activist named Bob Robinson in the 1980s. A former police spymaster has claimed the practice of resurrecting the identities of dead children so they could be used by undercover officers was “well known at the highest levels of the Home Office”. Bob Lambert, who is facing a potential criminal investigation over his [lees verder]

jul 182013
 

Bob Lambert had a five-year covert career using the alias Bob Robinson The married office slept with four women and fathered a child with one Lambert claims that being undercover led to his bad behaviour Back in the day: During a covert career in which he infiltrated various groups, Bob Lambert has spoke of his disgust at some of his actions A former Scotland Yard police officer who fathered a child with one of several targets he had relationships with [lees verder]

jul 182013
 

Investigation into covert policing has found widespread use of the practice. Senior police leaders are set to make an unprecedented national apology after hundreds of names of dead children were used to create false identities for undercover officers. An investigation into covert policing has found widespread use of the practice. Undercover officers told The Times that they were trained to use names of the dead and it had become “standard practice”. Special branch units used the names while infiltrating criminal [lees verder]

jul 182013
 

Police chiefs are expected to formally apologise for using the names of dead children to create fake identities for undercover officers. It had been thought that only officers in secret police units such as the Met Police’s Special Demonstration Squad, which was closed in 2008, had adopted dead children’s names as a new identity. But Operation Herne, an ongoing investigation into the conduct of undercover police, has revealed that the practice was more widespread than originally thought and used by [lees verder]

mrt 222013
 

Mark Kennedy, a British police officer who spent seven years infiltrating environmental and activist groups while working undercover for the Metropolitan Police force in London, may have monitored an American computer scientist and spied on others while in the United States. The computer scientist, Harry Halpin, said that he was at a gathering of activists and academics in Manhattan in January 2008 that Mr. Kennedy — then using the pseudonym Mark Stone — also attended. He said Mr. Kennedy collected [lees verder]

mrt 082013
 

Mark Jenner lived with a woman under a fake name. Now she has testified to MPs about the ‘betrayal and humiliation’ she felt Mark Jenner, the undercover officer in the Metropolitan police’s special demonstration squad, who went by the name of Mark Cassidy for six years – then disappeared. He was a burly, funny scouser called Mark Cassidy. His girlfriend – a secondary school teacher he shared a flat with for four years – believed they were almost “man and [lees verder]

mrt 082013
 

Inquiry hears claims of 10 or more women having sexual relations with undercover officer who infiltrated eco-activists Mark Kennedy’s evidence saying he had sexual relationships with two people is disputed by women taking legal action against the police. Photograph: Philipp Ebeling Mark Kennedy, the police spy who infiltrated the environmental movement, appears to have misled parliament over the number of sexual relationships he had with women while he was working undercover. Kennedy told a parliamentary inquiry that he had only [lees verder]

mrt 082013
 

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 26 February 2013. Find this story at 1 March 2013 Contents Terms of Reference Introduction The legal framework governing undercover policing Responsibility for undercover policing The use of dead infants’ identities Operation Herne Conclusion Conclusions and recommendations Formal Minutes Witnesses List of printed written evidence List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament Oral and Written Evidence 5 February 2013 i [lees verder]

mrt 082013
 

The story of Bob Lambert reveals just how far police may have gone to infiltrate political groups The grave of Mark Robinson and his parents in Branksome cemetery in Poole, Dorset. Bob Lambert adopted the boy’s identity, abbreviating his second name to Bob. Photograph: Roger Tooth for the Guardian The words inscribed on the grave say Mark Robinson “fell asleep” on 19 October, 1959. He was a seven-year-old boy who died of a congenital heart defect, the only child to [lees verder]