Woman duped into relationship by undercover cop tells how he used tales of childhood abuse and mental trauma as part of his act
CommonSpace reports from today’s [23 June] SpyCops conference, where a victim pushing for Scotland inquiry says ‘sinister, state-sponsored method acting’ was one piece of a disturbing puzzle designed to crush dissent
“IF YOU can imagine a really good method actor, someone like Christian Bale, who can change the way he looks, or Robert DeNiro, and they become someone else and they live it, I think it’s a little bit like that. A really sinister, state sponsored version of method acting.”
‘If someone seems too good to be true, they probably are’: Environmental activist speaks out on how undercover police shook her community
Ahead of ‘Spycops’ conference, Ellenor Hutson tells of how her environmental activism saw her mysteriously blacklisted from an industry she’d never worked in
“THE THING that sticks with me is that he was the person we wanted him to be. In our wildest dreams, he was who we’d want to attract to the movement.”
Crowdfunder aims to sue UK and Scottish Governments over police spying inquiry
Campaigner who alleges she was spied on by police denied legal aid
A LEFTWING campaigner who believes she was spied on by police has launched a crowdfunder to take the UK and Scottish Governments to court over their failure to establish a full Inquiry into police spying in Scotland.
Thirty two year old Glaswegian Tilly Gifford was allegedly approached by officers after her arrest in 2009 for participation in an environmental protest at Aberdeen airport, and asked to spy on fellow activists.
Scottish Greens call for inquiry following undercover policing report
New report reveals English undercover officers infiltrated protestors at 2005 G8 summit in Gleneagles
THE SCOTTISH GREEN PARTY has called on the Scottish Government to hold a public inquiry into undercover policing in Scotland, following the publication of an official report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS).
Rosie Kane, former MSP, was on blacklist of trade unionists and activists
The Information Commissioner confirmed last week that Kane's name was found on the files in 2009
ROSIE KANE, a former MSP, has discovered that she was targeted by the secretive company that kept a blacklist of trade unionists and political activists, after her name was confirmed as one of those found in a 2009 raid.
Kane is one of many political activists included on the blacklist, which was kept by The Consulting Association for decades and mostly used by the construction industry to keep trade union activists out of work.
Police Scotland's undercover tactics against activists questioned
Calls for disclosure of spying tactics made again ahead of public inquiry
POLICE SCOTLAND is refusing to disclose how much of a nearly PS400,000 informant budget was dedicated to spying on political movements.
Since its formation three years ago in 2013, Police Scotland has spent nearly PS400,000 on paid informants, the Sunday Herald revealed .
Further Scottish police links to disgraced undercover spy unit revealed
But Pitchford Inquiry into spying scandal still to exclude Scotland
SENIOR SCOTTISH police officers were linked to a disgraced secret unit which spied on activists, new evidence has shown - yet the inquiry into police spying is still set to exclude Scotland.
Met police: Large parts of public inquiry on #spycops should be secret
Victims of police spying, and the public, could be refused access to evidence sessions
THE METROPOLITAN police force has said it will apply to keep large parts of a public inquiry into undercover policing secret to protect the identities of undercover officers.
Information about identities and activities of undercover police officers could be kept secret from the public during the upcoming Pitchford Inquiry, as the Metropolitan police intends to apply for private evidence sessions, The Guardian has reported.
Activist tricked into relationship with undercover cop wins court battle
Eighth woman to come forward has said police dropped defence to keep information secret
ONE OF eight women who have so far taken action over relationships with undercover police officers has won her court case against Scotland Yard, but says they must reveal the full truth about the spying operations.