Friday, March 6th, 2009
This is what a police state looks like. This is done routinely in Canada and the US as well.
Paul Lewis, Marc VallÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©e, The Guardian
March 6, 2009
Films and details of campaigners and journalists may breach Human Rights Act
Police are targeting thousands of political campaigners in surveillance operations and storing their details on a database for at least seven years, an investigation by the Guardian can reveal.
Photographs, names and video Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âfootage of people attending protests are Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âroutinely obtained by surveillance units and stored on an “intelligence system”. The Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ÂMetropolitan police, which has Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âpioneered surveillance at demonstrations and advises other forces on the tactic, stores details of protesters on Crimint, the general database used daily by all police staff to catalogue criminal intelligence. It lists campaigners by name, allowing police to search which demonstrations or political meetings individuals have attended.
Disclosures through the Freedom of Information Act, court testimony, an interview with a senior Met officer and police surveillance footage obtained by the Guardian have Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âestablished that Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âprivate information about activists Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âgathered through surveillance is being stored without the knowledge of the people monitored.