PC Mark Kennedy is scarcely the first police officer to include sex in his repertoire of policing skills. Nor is he the first officer to emerge from a period ‘undercover’ psychologically damaged. WPC “Lizzie James” as she was known publicly, received £135,000 in damages on the basis that the police authorities were negligent in letting her participate in the sexual honey pot operation. Will we now see a similar claim from Mark Kennedy?
It is difficult to see how he could have remained undercover for seven years without espousing some sort of sex life – he already had to overcome his reluctance to give up eating meat, and his access to money to hire vehicles, both attributes being ‘out of the ordinary’ amongst the common herd of ‘Crusties’. Could he really have got away with portraying himself as ‘asexual’ and been accepted by the group?
What of “Officer A”, living with a group of activists in Leeds for four years? Did she have to lay down her body for the public good?
The £2,000,000 cost of keeping Kennedy living amongst this group becomes ridiculous when you compare it to the stated aim of the Domestic Extremism Unit – which police insist is only to monitor the minority on the far left and right who might commit crimes such as “damaging propertyortrespass”to promote their political aims. Who could have imagined that humble trespass was so high on the list of police priorities?
If trespass and cutting the odd wire fence down is that important, can we doubt that even as we speak there are undercover officers living amongst the student anarchists plotting further street riots, monitoring the position of fire extinguishers, training in the art of swinging from flags, and paint splattering royal cars? Presumably they also have the unenviable task of bedding a series of nubile undergraduates of either sex to maintain their cover.
Are some of the twisted Machiavellian faces we see holding placards demanding Sharia law in fact serving police officers?
There is, after all, a further £7,000,000 of Detective Chief Superintendant Tudway’s budget to account for.
What of the political arena? Are some of the unpaid interns patrolling Westminster’s corridors reporting back to ACPO on their suspicions regarding MPs and the other interns? The unmasking of Katia Zatulieveter, aide to MP Mike Hancock comes to mind.
It would be unwise to assume that this surveillance only extends to the physical arena – many of these groups first make contact with each other via the Internet. Web sites and forums exchange Private Messages; friendships are formed; e-mail addresses exchanged, meetings arranged. The Internet, with its ‘wild west’ aura has been a prime breeding ground for budding anarchists; it would be a strange omission on the part of ACPO to have forgotten to put some ‘Twits’ and ‘Posters’ in position to build relationships amongst the on-line crowd.
We know that Alex Smith is busy building up a network of bloggers, twits, and posters to bolster the presence of the left on the Internet – he is currently trying to ‘herd cats’ and organise the far left rabble into something approaching a disciplined force – apparently this will counter the success of the disorganised but highly effective right wing blogosphere. Course it will, Malcolm. I am in regular contact with a former member of Labour’s ‘rapid rebuttal’ unit, (now happily in recovery and doing something useful with his life!) and the stories he tells me make my hair curl. Nothing much has changed in the tactics employed by the left.
Is ACPO also doing the same thing? ACPO, a private company that answers to no one except the odd toothless Select Committee?
No wonder we don’t see police officers pounding the beat any longer, they are all in someone’s bed, on under-the-covers work……
Who is in charge of the runaway train?