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remember the McLibel case?


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F*ckin ell!

 

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 giant millions of pounds in fees.

 

The true identity of one of the authors of the "McLibel leaflet" is Bob Lambert, a police officer who used the alias Bob Robinson in his five years infiltrating the London Greenpeace group , is revealed in a new book about undercover policing of protest, published next week.

 

McDonald's famously sued two penniless green campaigners over the roughly typed leaflet, in a landmark three-year high court case, that was widely believed to have been a public relations disaster for the corporation. Ultimately the company won the libel battle it need never have fought, having spent expensively on lawyers.

 

Lambert was deployed by the special demonstration squad, a top-secret Metropolitan police unit that targeted political activists between 1968 until it was disbanded in 2008. He co-wrote the defamatory six page leaflet in 1986 — and his role in its production has been the subject of an internal Scotland Yard investigation for several months.

 

At no stage during the civil legal proceedings brought by McDonalds in the 1990s was it disclosed that a police infiltrator helped author the leaflet.

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/21/mclibel-leaflet-police-bob-lambert-mcdonalds

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It's a funny old game and no mistake.

 

How come this unit got disbanded? And also I wonder if there was ever a demo when everyone on all sides was a closet bizzy, all collecting the one name of the man and his dog who stands and watches.

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It's a funny old game and no mistake.

 

How come this unit got disbanded? And also I wonder if there was ever a demo when everyone on all sides was a closet bizzy, all collecting the one name of the man and his dog who stands and watches.

While coining in the overtime...

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David Cameron has called for an immediate investigation into claims that a former undercover police officer was part of an operation to smear the family of Stephen Lawrence, saying he was deeply concerned about the allegations.

 

Labour has also called for an urgent enquiry after a police officer who spent four years living undercover in protest groups told the Guardian that he participated in an operation to spy on and attempt to smear the family of the murdered teenager, the friend who witnessed his fatal stabbing and campaigners frustrated at the failure to bring his killers to justice.

 

A No 10 spokesman said: "The prime minister is deeply concerned by reports that the police wanted to smear Stephen Lawrence's family and would like the Metropolitan police to investigate immediately."

 

 

 

 

 

Like, that'll work.

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Lord Condon, who was Metropolitan police commissioner at the time of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, is being interviewed on BBC News.

 

He says he is "shocked" by the revelation that an undercover officer was instructed to collect "dirt" on the Lawrence family. He knew nothing about it, he says.

 

The only time that he knew undercover officers were involved in this case was when extremist protesters were planning an event that threatened to get violent, he says.

 

 

yerrokay lad

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He said undercover officers were involved at one point monitoring extremists who were planning a violent protest linked to the Stephen Lawrence case.

 

 

"I am aware that as the year progressed, when there were very violent demonstrations in London and there was a particular demonstration, probably in about October 1993, where there was a plan to burn down [a] building, or buildings, and cause mayhem, there were certainly undercover officers involved in disrupting that process. Petrol bombs were recovered. And although a lot of police officers and the public were seriously injured and hospitalised, it could have been far worse ... That’s the only recollection I have of undercover officers being involved in 1993. And part of those demonstrations were some extremists seeking to exploit the real grief and anger of the Lawrence family and their friends."

 

 

...or they were demonstrating against institutionalised racism within the Met in the wake of another deliberately botched murder investigation

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Dozens of officers could be put on trial for stealing the identities of dead children and sleeping with female activists whom they were spying on, according to the police chief conducting a wide-ranging inquiry into undercover policing conducted by the Met against protest groups.

 

Mick Creedon, the chief constable of Derbyshire, also said his team would investigate claims from a police whistleblower, Peter Francis, that senior officers wanted him to spy on and even undermine the Stephen Lawrence campaign.

 

In an interview, parts of which are being broadcast on Channel 4's Dispatches on Monday night, Creedon offered a "100%" assurance the matter would be properly investigated. He added that prosecutors were already being asked to consider whether criminal offences had been committed by generations of undercover operatives who had been planted in protest groups over the past 45 years.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/24/undercover-officers-police-chief-met

 

bit weird this

 

a) wouldn't they be under orders to steal identities?

and

b) what crime does "copping off with their hippy birds" come under?

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