The Summer Of Rage hots up!
Email recieved today from Chief of the Anarcho-Intelligence Servive:
Operation Bentham Policing Guide
Here’s our best info at present on the cops plan for climate camp. As always things can change and we may have errors in our admittedly scant intelligence operation.
Firstly the camp is on the same Bank Holiday weekend as the Notting Hill Carnival. This will be a bigger operation with 11,500 shifts planned and Commander Broadhurst as Gold with Chief Superintendant Johnson (head of the TSG) as Silver. As the poor relation Climate Camp gets Chief Superintendant Ian Thomas (head of CO11) as Gold and Superintendant Julia Pendry as Silver. Pendry is a full timer at CO11 and is best known for being in charge during on the Gaza demo in January when people were crushed in an underpass by baton charging cops at Hyde Park Corner. The Bronze for the Site will be Chief Inspector Jane Connors, Bronze Reserves East Superintendant David Hartshorn (famed for starting the “summer of rage” stories in a press conference), Bronze Reserves West Superintendant Colin Morgan and Bronze for City Police Chief Inspector Tony Kearny. Chief Inspector Dean Higgins will be the Night Duty Silver. By some oversight we weren’t given the operational order with the number of cops available. However with around 60 Inspectors or their deputies attending the briefing that climate camp police liaison were invited too we can expect that number of serials and a total of 1500 cops over the week. For the first time in at least 30 years the Met has asked for Mutual Aid (no, not the Kropotkin type) from other forces. Kent, West Mercia and Cumbria are supplying officers. The forward rendezvous point is the Royal Business Park north of Royal Albert Dock at 2pm Wednesday 26th August so they may well be staying in the Excel complex, ironic eh?
As to use of powers, Pendry’s briefing ruled out use of Section 50 Police Reform Act to gather names and s58A Terrorism Act taking photographs of police officers is only to be used where there is a clear link to terrorism, so that’s out too. Stop and search is to be kept to s1 PACE and s23 Misuse of Drugs Act but only where reasonable suspicion arises and is “not to be overused”. Knives are a target including those for use in cooking if not brought in vehicles. Section 44 searches will not be used on the camp neither will s60’s if they are already in place where the camp is set up. Any s60 for the camp is only to be authorised by Pendry not inspectors on the ground. Use of s12 & s14 to impose conditions on Marches or Assemblies are only to be done on the authority of Bronze’s. During the swoop potential criminal damage offences are to be monitored by FIT and Evidence Gatherers with authority to arrest reserved to the Bronze’s. Containment remains on the agenda.
All supervisors were warned repeatedly that this is the “era of the citizen journalist” and to JAR (Justify Account for and Record) their actions. Let’s see what it’s like in practice. Be careful out there!
Call Out From FIT Watch:
FITwatch at the Climate Camp
This is a call out for all climate campers to do a bit of FITwatching during and after the Swoop, and as people arrive for the climate camp.
Despite assurances of ‘community style policing’ police have said that Forward Intelligence Teams (FIT) WILL be in operation at the camp.
They will be aiming to capture potential ‘domestic extremists’ on camera – and ridiculously, that appears to cover all climate campers. They will monitor the arrival of known campaigners, and get nice pictures of all the new faces.
Images and personal details will be entered into a police database. This will then be used by the FIT to decide who to target for their ‘preventative policing’ strategy. Or ‘harassment-style policing’ as ex Home Secretary Jacqui Smith helpfully explained it.
There is no reason why we should tolerate FIT policing. But there are many ways to FITwatch – here are a few suggestions:
Cover your face when being filmed or photographed. You can do this with a scarf, a mask or simply by holding up a newspaper! You have a right not to co-operate, and the police have said there will be no order in place to remove face coverings, so all of the above are entirely legal – and recommended!
Help protect your fellow campers, as well as yourself. As you are wandering (slowly?) past a FIT team, feel free to hold up banners, placards, hats, newspapers or anything else that comes to hand, so that it’s harder for the FIT photographers to see and film others arriving.
Take their picture. Despite rumours, there is nothing unlawful in taking pictures of police unless you are going to use them for some terrorist purposes. We find that straight on shots in front of the FIT photographer can often be the best pics…and make sure you take your time, and get plenty of shots. Good photos of FIT officers (with ID numbers in shot, please) can be sent to FITwatch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch out for cops with cameras hiding in police cars or other places where they are not easily noticed – if you see them do this take details and a picture and get them to FITwatch ASAP.
Look after the FITwatchers. In the past FITwatchers have had a whole heap of hassle from police at climate camps. They’ll need your support – and larger groups will help to keep everybody safe.
Let’s get FIT off the camp for good.
More info on FIT and practical tactics to defeat them at FITwatch workshops during climate camp.
See you on the streets. WAG.