5 March 2009

No to a secret police in Britain

In a democratic country the police should not only be accountable, but should also only be permitted to investigate criminal activity. Secret police units should be forbidden from general surveillance and infiltration of civic organisations in order to prevent protest which embarrasses to the government.

The major problem today is that the government has increased the number and scope of criminal laws to the point that just about any form of political activity is potentially illegal. That gives the government and the police the power and the pretext to spy, infiltrate and repress at will – and to do so secretly.

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