19 Jan 2011

Caroline Lucas is on list of domestic extremists


I haven't checked to see if I am on the list, I suspect that suspected members of
the Taliban will be far fewer than vegans
.






National Public Order Intelligence unit database of "domestic extremists" according
to one of the UK's major newspapers, which has contacted the Green Party
privately about the matter.

Responding today, Caroline said: "I wouldn't
be surprised if my name was on the list. Anybody who takes part in any kind
of protest, however peaceful and however justifiable in terms of the public
good, appears to be at risk of being labelled an extremist. "After
attending the 2008 Climate Camp at Kingsnorth in Kent, for example, I wrote
to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner with a Freedom of Information
request to find out whether my name was one of those being held on police
databases. I was told that this information could not be released. "At
Kingsnorth, I saw for myself the extent to which the policing of peaceful
protests was becoming aggressive and disproportionate. There has been a
real escalation of excessive police responses to environmental protests,
student demonstrations and anti-war actions. "Controversial techniques like
kettling have become normalised. And the revelations about police
infiltration of non-violent groups represent an ever more dangerous step
towards to a police state. "Given the discovery that even more undercover
officers like Mark Kennedy are involved in covert operations against green
campaigners - at great expense to the taxpayer - the police must now act
urgently to bring ACPO's policing units into the Metropolitan Police."


Published and promoted by Spencer Fitz-Gibbon for the Green Party of England & Wales, both at 1a Waterlow Road, London N19 5NJ.

2 comments:

Steve Campkin said...

is this list available for public perusal? Surely we need to know if we're living next door to one of these abominable beings, and my housemate wants to know if he lives with one. (I'll be disappointed if he doesn't!)

Vote Green in the Assembly! said...

Steve, this bit of Hansard may answer your question, even if it didn't answer Caroline Lucas MP's.


http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110131/text/110131w0006.htm

Counter-Terrorism

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will set up a judicial inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 into the use of undercover police officers to investigate peaceful protest groups and their constituent members and the policing of peaceful protest; and if she will make a statement; [36281]

(2) on what date the three Association of Chief Police Officers units involved in tackling domestic extremism will be moved to the Metropolitan Police Service and made subject to its governance systems; and if she will make a statement; [36279]

31 Jan 2011 : Column 648W

(3) which hon. Members are listed on the domestic extremism database. [36284]

Nick Herbert: The Government do not consider that a judicial inquiry is needed in view of the IPCC investigation into the disclosure of material by Nottinghamshire police relating to the discontinued trial of six individuals; Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary's wider review of intelligence handling by national domestic extremism police units; and an operational review by the Serious Organised Crime Agency into the actions and handling of Mark Kennedy during his deployment as an undercover officer.

The Government support plans to move the governance of the national domestic extremism police units to a lead police force. A date for the transfer has not yet been agreed.

The Home Office does not have access to a police database of domestic extremists, nor does it hold the information on police databases of domestic extremists. It is open to any individual to make a Subject Access Request to the police under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

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