Podcast series about the secret undercover political police who infiltrated over 1,000 campaign groups in the UK. Stealing dead children's identities, deceiving women into long term sexual relationships, in some cases fathering children.
Tasked with undermining democratic participation in politics, these "spycops" were publicly unmasked by activists in 2010. This led to a police apology, significant disclosure and now a Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing since 1968.
Presented by some of the activists affected, joined by large rotating cast, this weekly series covers all aspects of the issue. With profiles of officers, reports from legal hearings, discussions with researchers, lawyers and other activists.
Episode 12: The Lambert Report
"Discussion Paper: SDS targeting strategy and deployment in relation to the Animal Liberation Front" to give it it's full very misleading title is a document authored by former undercover officer Bob Lambert in 1994.
"Jessica" returns to the show with Chris Brian and Tom Fowler to discuss the document, marvel at the bare faced hypocrisy of the contents, and get disgusted with the cast of unpleasant characters.
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The Spycops Info Podcast is a weekly series that features the voices of activists, researchers and campaigners who have been targeted by Britain's secret undercover political police. Turning the tables on the units that infiltrated over 1,000 groups from 1968.
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Episode 11: Litigating In Person
As well as being a member of the Undercover Research Group, Donal O'Driscoll is also one of very few core participants representing themselves at the Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI).
We discuss what litigating in person is like in practise, chat about the direction of the inquiry, and consider why a bunch of anarchists are engaging with the British legal system like this.
You can read everything you need to know about what has happened so far at the UCPI: http://campaignopposingpolicesurveillance.com/ucpi-public-inquiry/
Episode 10: Registry Files
The Registry Files are the huge database of secret files Special Branch keep on anything it considers seditions. They are the documents that the undercover officers from the Special Demonstration Squad and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit contributed to.
We're joined by Donal O'Driscoll From the Undercover Research Group to chat about how we've long believed these files existed, but that through recent revelations from the Undercover Policing Inquiry, we have been able to learn some specifics about them.
You can read more about the Registry Files here: https://powerbase.info/index.php/Special_Branch_Registry
Episode 9: "Barry Tompkins"
Retired #spycops officer HN106 alias "Barry Tompkins" was deployed between 1979 and 1983.
He infiltrated the Spartacist League of Britain & Revolutionary Communist Group among others, and even founded his own faction, the "Revolutionary Labour League": https://splitsandfusions.wordpress.com/2018/03/29/revolutionary-labour-league-1980/
Nearly recruited by the USSR and accused of at least one possible relationship with an activist, his reports were some of the most odious, containing explicit personal details of his targets. Read more about him here:
Episode 8: Legal chat with Paul Heron
Paul Heron is one of the lawyers representing activists at the Undercover Policing Inquiry as part of the Public Interest Law Centre https://www.pilc.org.uk/
We discuss the pros and cons of the legal process and what campaigners can get out of it.
You can read everything you could ever want to know about the inquiry here: http://campaignopposingpolicesurveillance.com/ucpi-public-inquiry/
I’ll get the stuff covered by other reviewers out of the way quickly: this pod is impeccably researched, clearly explained, and politically vital. The hosts and there guests reveal stuff that anyone fighting oppression needs to know, and they’re heroes of the class for all the work they’re doing to dig down further into the swamp of state surveillance and abuse. It’s also a blooming good podcast; the kind of thing that would be ‘great radio’ if it came out of another era. It’d be easy (and forgivable) for this to be an earnest and depressing listen that made you want to look over your shoulder whenever you organise. Instead, it overflows with the joys, sadness, and ironies of lives spent fighting for what you believe in despite persecution, of recognising your enemy as powerful yet preposterous, and of loving your comrades and your movements without blinkers as to their faults. It’s one of the most beautifully human podcasts I’ve come across; a paean to solidarity, dignity, and the strength of the spirit even in the darkness. Thank you guys so much
No one knows about this stuff and it’s awful. Thanks so much to the people who put this together and to the spycops victims for the struggle. Keep on keeping on. Support is out here x
A really good listen and very informative.