Saturday, May 02, 2009

Big Brother 2009

Campaigners monitored by civil servants | UK news | The Guardian

Government officials have been monitoring environmental campaign groups and then passing intelligence on to the police, according to documents seen by the Guardian.

An internal risk report from the Department for Transport reveals that a unit referred to as the comms directorate �'continuously monitor[ed]' peaceful protest groups opposed to the expansion of Heathrow airport and then briefed detectives about their findings.

The disclosure is the latest evidence of a wide-ranging crackdown on environmental campaign groups and has been condemned by MPs and civil liberty groups.

This situation is New Labour's biggest failure.

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