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Post by russiandoll on 03.02.13 23:07

Just broken on the news. Confirmation that a complaint has been received regarding an undercover unit of officers from the Met infiltrating protest groups ,who it is claimed had authorisation to use the identities of deceased children.
A brief statement said that it would not be a practice currently authorised. Will post more as I find it.

How much worse is it going to get ?


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Post by Guest on 03.02.13 23:11

Thanks RD, here it is...

3 February 2013 Last updated at 21:28

Undercover police 'used dead children's identities'

A wider investigation is being carried out into "past arrangements for undercover identities"

The Metropolitan Police are investigating a claim a now-disbanded undercover unit created aliases using the identities of dead children.

The Guardian newspaper reported that the Special Demonstration Squad stole the identities of about 80 children who had died at an early age.

It is believed the claims relate mainly to operations in the 1980s.

The Met said the alleged practice was not something that would be currently authorised by Scotland Yard.

According to the Guardian report, deceased children's identities were used by the undercover officers because they would stand up to scrutiny if birth records were checked.

The practice was authorised by the force and carried out without consultation with the parents of the children, the report suggested.

Two former officers of the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) are quoted as saying they were issued with identity records, like driving licences and national insurance documents, in the children's names.

A document seen by the newspaper reportedly indicated that such identities had been used by officers between 1968 and 1994.

The SDS was a unit whose officers were involved in infiltrating protest groups. It was disbanded in 2008, according to the Guardian.

A Met statement said: "A formal complaint has been received which is being investigated by the DPS (Directorate of Professional Standards) and we appreciate the concerns that have been raised."

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Post by russiandoll on 03.02.13 23:13

Police spies stole identities of dead children

Exclusive: Undercover officers created aliases based on details found in birth and death records, Guardian investigation reveals

Britain's largest police
force stole the identities of an estimated 80 dead children and issued
fake passports in their names for use by undercover police officers.
Metropolitan police secretly authorised the practice for covert
officers infiltrating protest groups without consulting or informing the
children's parents.
The details are revealed in an investigation
by the Guardian, which has established how over three decades
generations of police officers trawled through national birth and death
records in search of suitable matches.
Undercover officers created
aliases based on the details of the dead children and were issued with
accompanying identity records such as driving licences and national
insurance numbers. Some of the police officers spent up to 10 years
pretending to be people who had died.
The Met said the practice
was not "currently" authorised, but announced an investigation into
"past arrangements for undercover identities used by SDS [Special
Demonstration Squad] officers".
Keith Vaz, the chairman of
parliament's home affairs select committee, said he was shocked at the
"gruesome" practice. "It will only cause enormous distress to families
who will discover what has happened concerning the identities of their
dead children," he said. "This is absolutely shocking."
technique of using dead children as aliases has remained classified
intelligence for several decades, although it was fictionalised in
Frederick Forsyth's novel The Day of the Jackal. As a result, police
have internally nicknamed the process of searching for suitable
identities as the "jackal run". One former undercover agent compared an
operation on which he was deployed to the methods used by the Stasi.
Two undercover officers have provided a detailed account
of how they and others used the identities of dead children. One, who
adopted the fake persona of Pete Black while undercover in anti-racist
groups, said he felt he was "stomping on the grave" of the four-year-old
boy whose identity he used.
"A part of me was thinking about how I
would feel if someone was taking the names and details of my dead son
for something like this," he said. The Guardian has chosen not to
identify Black by his real name.
The other officer, who adopted
the identity of a child who died in a car crash, said he was conscious
the parents would "still be grief-stricken". He spoke on the condition
of anonymity and argued his actions could be justified because they were
for the "greater good".
Both officers worked for a secretive unit called the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), which was disbanded in 2008.
A third undercover police officer in the SDS who adopted the identity of a dead child can be named as John Dines,
a sergeant. He adopted the identity of an eight-year-old boy named John
Barker, who died in 1968 from leukaemia. The Met said in a statement:
"We are not prepared to confirm nor deny the deployment of individuals
on specific operations."
The force added: "A formal complaint has
been received which is being investigated by the DPS [Directorate for
Professional Standards] and we appreciate the concerns that have been
raised. The DPS inquiry is taking place in conjunction with Operation
Herne's investigation into the wider issue of past arrangements for
undercover identities used by SDS officers. We can confirm that the
practice referred to in the complaint is not something that would
currently be authorised in the [Met police]."
There is a
suggestion that the practice of using dead infant identities may have
been stopped in the mid-1990s, when death records were digitised.
However, the case being investigated by the Met relates to a suspected
undercover police officer who may have used a dead child's identity in
The practice was introduced 40 years ago by police to lend credibility to the backstory of covert operatives spying on protesters, and to guard against the possibility that campaigners would discover their true identities.
then dozens of SDS officers, including those who posed as
anti-capitalists, animal rights activists and violent far-right
campaigners, have used the identities of dead children.
document seen by the Guardian indicates that around 80 police officers
used such identities between 1968 and 1994. The total number could be
Black said he always felt guilty when celebrating the
birthday of the four-year-old whose identity he took. He was
particularly aware that somewhere the parents of the boy would be
"thinking about their son and missing him". "I used to get this really
odd feeling," he said.
To fully immerse himself in the adopted
identity and appear convincing when speaking about his upbringing, Black
visited the child's home town to familiarise himself with the
Black, who was undercover in the 1990s, said his
operation was "almost Stasi-like". He said SDS officers visited the
house they were supposed to have been born in so they would have a
memory of the building.
"It's those little details that really
matter – the weird smell coming out of the drain that's been broken for
years, the location of the corner Post Office, the number of the bus you
get to go from one place to another," he said.
The second SDS
officer said he believed the use of the harvested identities was for the
"greater good". But he was also aware that the parents had not been
consulted. "There were dilemmas that went through my head," he said.
case of the third officer, John Dines, reveals the risks posed to
families who were unaware that their children's identities were being
used by undercover police.
During his covert deployment, Dines had
a two-year relationship with a female activist before disappearing from
her life. In an attempt to track down her disappeared boyfriend, the
woman discovered the birth certificate of John Barker and tried to track
down his family, unaware that she was actually searching for a dead
She said she was relieved that she never managed to find
the parents of the dead boy. "It would have been horrendous," she said.
"It would have completely freaked them out to have someone asking after a
child who died 24 years earlier."
The disclosure about the use of
the identities of dead children is likely to reignite the controversy
over undercover police infiltration of protest groups. Fifteen separate
inquiries have already been launched since 2011, when Mark Kennedy was unmasked as a police spy who had slept with several women, including one who was his girlfriend for six years.
On Tuesday the select committee will hear evidence from lawyers representing the 11 women who are suing the Met after forming "deeply personal" relationships with the spies. Kennedy, who worked for a sister unit to the SDS, is not believed to have used the identity of a dead child.
said MPs were now likely to demand answers from the Met police about
the use of children's identities. "My disbelief at some of the tactics
used [by undercover police] has become shock as a result of these latest
revelations. It is clear that inappropriate action has been taken by
undercover police in the past. But this has now taken it to a new
level," he said.
"The committee will need to seek answers from the
Metropolitan police, to find out why they allowed these gruesome
practices to happen."


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