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The latest round of #spycopspublicinquiry into infiltration of political groups by undercover #spycops officers finished on Friday. Some things that we learnt 1/
A series of managers who supervised the #spycops operations were called before the #spycopspublicinquiry in the hearings. Many gave curt and vague answers or claimed that they could not recall events. Those who run the secret state don't like explaining what they were doing. 2/
All of #spycops managers maintained they did not know that the undercover officers they were supervising had formed sexual relationships with women during their covert deployments. #spycopsinquiry has heard these relationships were “endemic and common” 3/ theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/m…
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#spycopsinquiry starting again - you can watch/listen via

First thing this morning , the Inquiry will be reading out summaries of the evidence of officers: HN2152; HN350 and HN308.
ucpi.org.uk/individuals/hn…
Richard Reeves Scullly joined Special Branch in 1968, doesn't remember exactly when he was in SDS but it's thought to have been around 1977.

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He worked in the back office processing reports – sometimes making corrections but not filtering the info. He didn't decide which reports were forwarded or who the intelligence went to.
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#ACAB Daily Digest (May 19. 2022)🧵: Two frame meme. Top frame: A SWAT death squad is arrayed beh
The intersection where environmentalism, migrant justice and our malevolent tech overlords collide: CBP is deploying robot dogs to patrol climate-scorched borderlands. currentlyhq.com/global/border-…
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The #spycopsinquiry starts again soon - for Day 9 of this set of hearings - more info at
ucpi.org.uk/hearing/ucpi-t…
You can listen to this morning's hearing via Youtube
morning

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Today we are due to hear about Richard Walker, HN368 – a summary of their evidence will be read out by a member of the Inquiry staff.

This is based on the Witness Statement he's provided to the @ucpinquiry

Walker isn't being called to give oral evidence
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@ucpinquiry You can now download some of today's exhibits and documents from the Inquiry's website
ucpi.org.uk/hearing/ucpi-t…
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The #spycopsinquiry starts again soon.
You can watch this morning's proceedings at
morning
Today's hearing is devoted to the evidence of just one man: Geoffrey Craft.
Also known as HN34.

You can download his witness statements from the @ucpinquiry website...
@ucpinquiry He supplied a very long one (60 pages) in December 2020 -
ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/upl…
and a second one in Februaryy of this year
ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/upl…
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Day 7 of #SpyCopsInquiry – Tranche 1 (Phase 3). Anthony Greenslade tells #SpyCopsInquiry in statement that he “got involved” in the Met’s #spycops unit while working on the bomb squad between 1971 and 1974.

“Morale” on the unit was “low at the time”, he says.
Anthony Greenslade on the head of the #spycops unit at the time, now deceased, but his name is being kept secret: “He virtually ran [the unit] as [a] fiefdom.

“I do not think he was very good at management.”
Anthony Greenslade tells #SpyCopsInquiry that he was brought into train #spycops for promotion exams to improve morale.

He also bought 12 cars for the unit, and found one of its flats to act as a safe house.

He recalls that another officer was brought into help raise morale.
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#spycopsinquiry is about to start again for Day 7 of this round of hearings - you can watch from 10:10 onwards at

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We began with a summary of HN2401's evidence being read by a member of the @ucpinquiry staff, Elizabeth Campbell.
This officer's name is Anthony Greenslade.

He joined the police in the mid 50s, and Special Branch in 1960.
@ucpinquiry He worked at Britain's seaports, and after a spell in Anguilla, returned to London in 1970 to work in a section that was concerned with Black Power for around a year.
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Next, he was asked about the Registry Files he earlier admitted to taking along to the SDS safe house, e.g. ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/upl…
Was this because the managers wanted to target those individuals or because the #spycops officers asked for info about them?
The managers
He went on to explain that these requests for info were usually accompanied by notes (often from other parts of Special Branch) so he would put the notes in the bags too and take them to the #spycops
Barr: 'SP' and 'C' appear on the page – we've been told these are security classifications, and stand for Secret Pink and Confidential. Did you add these markings?
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Day 6 of #SpyCopsInquiry – Tranche 1 (Phase 3). Conrad Dixon, who in 1968 set up and headed Met’s SDS, its initial #spycops unit, briefed Jim Callaghan, home sec, more than once during1968-70, according to statement by Bill Furner, a junior officer in the back-office staff.
David Smith, officer manager at #spycops unit, 1970-74, tells #SpyCopsInquiry in statement: “There was no guidance on intimate relationships, but the officers were treated as mature adults who knew not to bring the police force into disrepute by engaging in such activity.”
The Met’s boss visited the #spycops safehouse for an hour or two, David Smith recalls in his statement.

“The commissioner Robert Mark visited the SDS safe house probably in around 1971 or 1972.” Smith thinks that it was part of a tour of the Met on being made the commissioner.
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#spycopsinquiry due to start again at 10am this morning - this will be streamed via Youtube from 10:10 onwards (due to the 10-min delay on all reporting) - at .

More info about today's hearing at ucpi.org.uk/hearing/ucpi-t…

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First up we'll hear a summary of evidence from HN3095 being read out by a member of @ucpinquiry staff, Elizabeth Campbell.
HN3095, William (or Bill) Furner was part of the #spycops unit when it was first founded, in the summer of 1968. He worked in the office, in an admin role...
@ucpinquiry He provided the Inquiry with two witness statements - one identifying the people who appeared in an early photo of the new unit ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/upl… and another describing his role and work ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/upl…
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#SpyCopsInquiry restarts soon with more evidence from HN218, Barry Moss - one of the #spycops managers

Listen at
ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/upl…
We see a Circular sent by the SS to Chief Constables about 'subversive activities' in schools, asking them to share any information about this.

Was Moss aware of it?
No
By the time you were DCI of the SDS unit?
Maybe “but I wouldn't swear to it”.
The #spycops reported on what was going on inside schools.

There were some more questions about the procedures within the SDS.

Moss already described an “unfiltered approach to intelligence-gathering”
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Day 5 of this round of evidential hearings is due to start at 10am - you can watch the first part of the proceedings - from 10:10am onwards - at
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First we'll see and hear from Elizabeth Leicester, who was part of the Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) - originally known as the Socialist Labour League (SLL).
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Following her, for the rest of the day, is the first police witness of this round: HN218, Barry Moss.

He doesn't want to appear on-screen, so those watching on youtube will not be able to see him...
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The afternoon session of the #spycopsinquiry is now underway - you can watch it on

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First we saw a report about the Easter 1980 rally in Skegness
ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/upl…

It includes a very long list, running to 50 pages, of names of people who had attended the event. Some of them are listed as entertainers
German confirmed that one didn't need to be a member of the SWP in order to attend the event.

Barr pointed out that it says “No trace” after many of the names – suggesting that the person had not come to Special Branch's attention before.
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Today we start hearing evidence in this round of the #SpyCopsInquiry

Starting at 10am is @LindseyAGerman - long-term member/ organiser of the @SWP_Britain - targeted by multiple #spycops over the decades
@LindseyAGerman @SWP_Britain The @ucpinquiry has imposed a ten minute delay on all reporting, and on the youtube stream, which you can watch from 10:10 onwards - at

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@LindseyAGerman @SWP_Britain @ucpinquiry In the mean time you can now download the witness statement of @LindseyAGerman from ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/upl…

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Dave took a photograph of 'Tony Williams' and supplied a copy to the Inquiry
Regarding the Torness Alliance, this was a UK wide campaign to oppose the building of a new nuclear power station in Scotland.
The main objections were firstly the threat of catastrophic nuclear accidents (as had almost happened in 1979 at Three Mile Island in the US &in 1986 actually happened at Chernobyl in Ukraine resulting subsequently in an est 9-16,000 deaths from air pollution throughout Europe).
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Day 3 of this round of the #SpyCopsInquiry starts in 5 mins - watch at


We'll be live-tweeting - along with @tombfowler - throughout the morning (yes, it's due to finish for the day at lunchtime)

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@tombfowler First is Rajiv Menon QC, representing Tariq Ali, Ernie Tate and Piers Corbyn.
You can now download their written Opening Statement from ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/upl…
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@tombfowler As Menon says, Ali gave evidence in Nov 2020 and Corbyn in April 2021.

Sadly, Ernie Tate's ill-health meant he was unable to give evidence in person to the @ucpinquiry, and he passed away in February of last year, (without ever receiving any meaningful disclosure)
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Shocking revelation from the #SpyCopsInquiry yesterday: The CPS decided there was a good chance of securing a conviction for the officer who stole the identity of the dead infant Rod Richardson, but bringing a prosecution is "not in the public interest"
theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/m…
The CPS took its decision last year, 2 weeks after Rod Richardson's mother, Barbara Shaw, had died. It says it is because the officer followed his training. In which case they should prosecute the trainer (Andy Coles, now a Tory councillor in Peterborough sackandycoles.wordpress.com/what-did-andy-…)
The #SpyCops officer was exposed in 2013 by activists suspicious of their former comrade. The Met flatly denied the now-established fact that stealing identities of dead children was standard practice & part of their training.
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Mitting is responding to some of the points made - says it would be 'gargantuan' and a waste of public money (?!) to find all of the relevant 'Registry Files' and other documents held by the State.
Kilroy repeats that the #spycops operations were obviously unlawful - Mitting says her submissions are "forceful and well-founded" but he's unwilling to respond immediately on the question of lawfulness...

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Another break, before the #SpyCopsInquiry returns, to hear from Owen Greenhall, representing Lord Peter Hain, Professor Jonathan Rosenhead and Ernest Rodker.

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The #SpyCopsInquiry is due to start again after lunch - you can watch the 'action' on youtube - at
Charlotte Kilroy QC is due to return, this time representing two individual core participants, 'Madeleine' and Diane Langford. Watch live at
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@tombfowler Diane makes it clear in her statement that she has never taken part in or been arrested for criminal activity. She has been politically active for many years.

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The #spycopsinquiry is due to start again at 10am.
Today we'll hear Opening Statements from the Home Office, but also from many of the 'Non State Core Participants' (i.e. people who were targeted by the Special Demonstration Squad and other #spycops ).
You can watch online...
We put together a report on yesterday's hearing - campaignopposingpolicesurveillance.com/2022/05/09/ucp…
You can download yesterday's Statements & related evidence from the #spycopsinquiry site: ucpi.org.uk/hearing/ucpi-t… incl the full transcript: ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/upl…
First up today, we've had Catherine Brown on screen, making an extremely statement on behalf of the Home Secretary. And now a ten minute break before we start hearing from the Core Participants...

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The #SpycopsInquiry recommences this week, with Opening Statements being streamed online today, Tuesday and Wednesday.

More details of this set of hearings: ucpi.org.uk/hearings/

Live evidence will be heard from Thurs 12th onwards, and we'll be live-tweeting...
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David Barr QC is explaining what to expect over from the #SpycopsInquiry over the next few weeks. We are due to hear oral evidence from 7 former #spycops managers and 2 "civilian witnesses".
The @ucpinquiry will also publish written evidence on their website - including witness statements and a new time-line relating to the early years (1968-82) of the 'Special Demonstration Squad'

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The #spycopsinquiry is starting again
this afternoon's moving transcript will appear on in about ten minutes....

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Why did HN96 believe that the SWP were 'the most disruptive, from a public order perspective, that were currently active'?
(as he says in his witness statement)
(2)
Was this borne out by his experience of them at demos?

His statement only refers to a few “scuffles” with the police and violent exchanges with the far-right.
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Next up today at the #spycopsinquiry – and again you can see the moving transcript for yourself at – is 'HN96' – who used the cover name 'Michael James'

(1)
He infiltrated the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and Troops Out Movement (TOM).
His real name is restricted.
He will be giving oral evidence for most of today.
(2)
You can read more about Michael James (HN96) on pages 256 – 268
of the CTI opening statement:
ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/upl…
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Today, the #SpycopsInquiry is due to hear a summary of HN155's deployment first thing in the morning.

Then we'll hear from HN96, from 10:30am onwards.

(1)
Towards the end of the day, we're due to hear from two of the risk assessors (David Reid and Brian Lockie) who have had dealings with HN155.
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We hope that today's hearing ends on time, at 5pm.
The last few days have run much later than expected. Which is not really acceptable for those who have had to rearrange their lives, work and care commitments around the dates and times of these hearings.
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