Disillusioned Discordian


Secret NETCU guide exposes blurring of boundary between protest and terrorism
August 5, 2008, 9:30 am
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The National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NETCU) has been publishing secret guides to the plod which are not available to the public even under the freedom of information act. One of these guides has been left lying in a field in the climate camp for an eco-activist to find and upload onto Indymedia. It’s a tantalizing glimpse into the work of this organization. Most of the advice explains the basics of the law to simple and easy to understand terms that your average policeman would still struggle with even with it’s nice simple color coding. The thing that is extremely worrying is that the guide is entitled ‘Policing Protest – Pocket Legislation Guide’, yet the first line reads ‘NETCU provides tactical advice and guidance on policing single-issue domestic extremism.’ Looking at the organizations website you are again greeted with the line ‘The National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NETCU) promotes a coordinated response to domestic extremism by providing tactical advice to the police service, and information and guidance to industry and government.’ Ok so what are they doing issuing guides on political protest which are an essential part of any democracy? Here is their choice of Pictures on their website used to illustrate this domestic extremism:

Two examples of legitimate political protests, one in which people are dressed up as clowns. I think there are some serious questions to be asked as to why an organization setup to tackle ‘domestic extremism’ is issuing guidance on protests and using pictures of legal protests to illustrate it’s website. There is a startling similarly between the use of the Terrorism Act 2000 to suppress protests such as Walter Wolfgang’s,the use oflegislation used to stop and search people at legitimate protest and the involvement of NETCU in influencing the way in which protests are policed. This blurring of protest and terrorism has to stop before any more people are intimated into not expressing themselves politically. Already I know scores of activists who are scared to go on marches because of the unreasonably levels of surveillance and police harassment. The knowledge that these police are being guided by a unit designed to tackle domestic extremism is a simply a step to far.

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