Posts Tagged ‘Mark Kennedy’

Who will police the police?

by Michael Meacher.

It’s not just the well-reported antics of Mark Kennedy that call in question the activities of undercover policing against political and protest groups. It’s the almost total lack of accountability about the clandestine operations of police spies over the last 40 years. The HMIC report on this episode draws attention to Kennedy’s failure to “follow […]

The British (Tory) Establishment opts for secrecy & repression, again

by Michael Meacher.

The news about the police is unremittingly oppressive. Firstly, for the first time ever in crowd control they used a taser at the Dale Farm evictions, amid sickening scenes of unnecessary violence. Secondly, we now discover that senior police officers authorised undercover officers to conceal from the courts their real identities when giving evidence under […]

Accountability breakdown: they keep getting away with it

by Michael Meacher.

Four breakdowns in the last three days all point to the same central flaw which is now endemic in British society.   Public order policing is out of control and clearly would have remained so for many years had not the undercover police spy Mark Kennedy gone native.    Phone hacking of public figures we also now see has […]

Why are police spying on greens at all, given levels of big business crime?

by Michael Meacher.

There are many other disturbing issues about PC Mark Kennedy’s 10-year under-cover rampage against environmental activists than whether he slept with a number of female participants to gain information. Perhaps the most obvious one, which seems to have gone unremarked on so far, is how it is justified for the police, given the pressure on resources and the public’s […]

Police spies – a cautionary tale

by Darrell Goodliffe.

The tale of undercover police officer Mark Kennedy and the environmental protest group is usually the stuff of kitsch action films. Indeed, according to reports there is a possibility it will become one. A sad and indicative comment on capitalism as a social system that real-life betrayal and grief is an ideal candidate for instant […]

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