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Statewatch News Online, 1st of 3: 4 May 2009 (08/09)

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1.   SWEDEN-CIA FLIGHTS: Sweden spied on CIA ‘terror flights’
2.   POLAND-CIA: Uncovering the Veil Over ‘CIA Prison’
3.   EU: Council of the European Union: Trafficking in Human Beings
4.   EU: Report on compliance with the Charter of Fundamental Rights
5.   EU: UK HoL: European Union Committee: Priorities of the European Union
6.   EU: Amnesty International: MInimum standards for asylum-seekers and Dublin
7..  EP study: Exchange of information and data between LEAs within the EU
8.   SWEDEN: UN Human Rights Committee: Observations of the Human Rights Committee
9.   French spies targeted UK Greenpeace
10. SCOTLAND: Revealed: a web of police bids to infiltrate protest groups
11. EU: Introducing a new guide to the European Union’s impact on British liberty
12. GERMANY: Germany: Permanent state of pre-emption
13. UK: Lord Carlile calls inquiry into terror bomb plot raids
14. UK: Surveillance of protest groups and others
15. G20 protests, 1 April 2009, London

1.  SWEDEN-CIA FLIGHTS: Sweden spied on CIA ‘terror flights’: report (The Local, link):
www.thelocal.se/19050/20090424/

2. POLAND-CIA: Uncovering the Veil Over ‘CIA Prison’ (Interpress, link):
ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=46659

“An official investigation shows that it is more and more likely that a CIA prison existed in Poland at the height of the “war on terror”.”

3. EU: Council of the European Union: Draft Council Conclusions on establishing an informal EU Network of National Rapporteurs or Equivalent Mechanisms on Trafficking in Human Beings:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/apr/eu-traff
icking-draft-cnclusions-8723-rev1-09.pdf

and “Joint Analysis, Joint Action” Conference of EU National Rapporteurs on Trafficking in Human Beings Prague, 30 and 31 March, 2009 – Outcomes of the conference
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/apr/eu-trafficking-conf-8722-09.pdf

4. EU: Report on the practical operation of the methodology for a systematic and rigorous monitoring of compliance with the Charter of Fundamental Rights (COM 205, 2009):
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/apr/eu-
com-charter-fund-rights-report.pdf

5. EU: UK House of Lords, European Union Committee: Priorities of the European Union: evidence from the Ambassador of the Czech Republic and the Minister for Europe:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/apr/eu-
uk-hol-eu-cttee-priorities-of-eu.pdf

6. EU: Amnesty International: MInimum standards for asylum-seekers and Dublin:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/apr/ai-dublin-reception-aprl-2009.pdf

7.. European Parliament study: Exchange of information and data between LEAs within the EU:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/apr/ep-
study-leas-exchange-info-data.pdf

8. SWEDEN: UN Human Rights Committee: Concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/apr/sweden
-un-human-rights-committee-rep.pdf

9. French spies targeted UK Greenpeace (Sunday Times, link):
business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/
industry_sectors/utilities/article6169017.ece

10. SCOTLAND: Revealed: a web of police bids to infiltrate protest groups (Sunday Herald, link):
www.sundayherald.com/news/heraldnews/display.var.2504327.0.0.php

A Scottish government spokesperson is quoted as saying: “This is an operational matter for Strathclyde Police and, obviously, there is a requirement to balance the protection of individual civil liberties with ensuring the safety of the wider public. The justice secretary has discussed the matter with Strathclyde Police’s Assistant Chief Constable and is satisfied the force has acted proportionately and legitimately.”

11. EU: My view from the EU: Introducing a new guide to the European Union’s impact on British liberty – Eurosceptics and Europhiles welcome by Tony Bunyan (Guardian: LIberty Central, link): www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libert
ycentral/2009/apr/24/civil-liberties-eu

This is the first of a regular series looking at civil liberties in the European Union. It will cover measures going through in Brussels and the impact of laws and practices on the ground

12. GERMANY: Statewatch analysis: Germany: Permanent state of pre-emption by Katrin McGauran: Reform of the Federal Police Authority is the latest in a series of legal, institutional and technological developments underpinning Germany’s increasingly authoritarian “security architecture”:
www.statewatch.org/analyses/no-79-ger
many-permanent-state-of-preemption.pdf

13. UK: Lord Carlile calls inquiry into terror bomb plot raids – Police deny error as 12 are freed without charge – Lawyers try to stop deportation to Pakistan (Guardian, links) Anti-terror raids: police weigh red faces against an atrocity
www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/23/terr
orism-legislation-review-raids/print

and  Suffering in the name of security: Our treatment of 12 young students raises questions about the politicisation of terrorism investigations by Louise Christian
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/
2009/apr/23/terror-plot-pakistani-students/print

14. UK: Surveillance of protest groups and others:

a) Campaigners monitored by civil servants: Intelligence on climate groups passed to police – ‘Orwellian’ approach condemned by Liberty (Guardian, link)
www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/may/01/liberty
-climate-protesters-campaigners/print

and Department of Transport: Full-text of “Project Delivery and Risk report” for 13.11.08 (excel file)
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/apr/0811%20Risks%20-%20Web.xls

Alongside Item 1 it says: “Strength of opposition to expansion at Heathrow leads to direct action before and around time of Ministerial considerations thereby delaying final policy decisions.”  The measures in place to “manage” this “risk” are: “1. Comms directorate to continually monitor protest groups and brief staff/police accordingly. 2. Monitoring forward programme to anticipate likely flare points” The document rates the “inherent risk” as medium or high.

b) ‘UK plc can afford more than 20 quid,’ the officer said – Tape recordings reveal how undercover police tried to recruit environmental activist to network of ‘hundreds’ of paid informants they have among protest groups (Guardian, link):
www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/25/
police-informers-tape-recordings-gifford

and Police caught on tape trying to recruit protester as spy – Plane Stupid climate change activist taped men who offered cash for information about group’s members and activities (Guardian, link): www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/24/strat
hclyde-police-plane-stupid-recruit-spy

c) 12. UK: Secret police intelligence was given to E.ON before planned demo – Secret police intelligence passed to firm – Emails show civil servants passed data on protesters to security officials at E.ON (Guardian, link):
www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/20/p
olice-intelligence-e-on-berr/print

and “At the core of this policing crisis is a leadership failure: G20 protest footage lays bare a frightening new mindset – officers see the public as the enemy and protest as illegitimate”, by David Gilbertson, former Scotland Yard Commander and Assistant Inspector of Constabulary (Guardian, link):
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/apr/20/
policing-relations-general-public/print

c) They’ve got your number: Every call made, email sent and website visited is now being logged under new regulations. What does that mean for investigative journalists – and their need to protect sources? Guardian, link):
www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/apr/13/investig
ative-journalism-protecting-sources/print

d)  Were police spies behind mass arrest of activists? (Independent, link)
www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/were-police-
spies-behind-mass-arrest-of-activists-1668252.html

and Leading article: Mass arrests have no place in a democratic country (Independent, link).
www.independent.co.uk/opinion/leading-articles/leading-article
-mass-arrests-have-no-place-in-a-democratic-country-1668276.html

Previous: Police arrest 114 people in pre-emptive strike against environmental protesters – Activists held in Nottingham over alleged power station action – Campaigners fear increase in police surveillance and possible infiltration (Guardian, link):
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/apr/13/
nottingham-police-raid-environmental-campaigners

and Police hold 114 in power protest (BBC News, link):
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/7996394.stm

15. G20 protests, 1 April 2009, London

a) Report of the Metropolitan Police Authority:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/apr/uk-met
-police-authority-report-on-g20-protests.pdf

Motions submitted:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/apr/uk-met
-police-authority-motions-on-g20-protests.pdf

and G20 protests: Met police accused of misleading watchdog (Guardian, link):
www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/may/01/
g20-police-watchdog-investigation-protest/print

b) G20 death: Met police officer may face manslaughter charge (Guardian, link)
www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/18/g20-ian-tomlinson-death/print

and Statement from solicitors:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/apr/uk-tomlinson-prel-april-09.pdf

c) UK: G20 police receive 145 complaints (BBC News, link):
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8002586.stm

“A total of 145 complaints have been made following clashes between police and protesters at the G20 summit. They include 70 claims of excessive force by alleged victims or witnesses to brutality, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.” and Journalists on the G20 front line: Media personnel trying to document the police’s handling of G20 protesters were attacked and ordered away (Guardian, link):
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/liberty
central/2009/apr/16/policing-g20-journalists/print

Video of police assault on Ian Tomlinson, who died at G20 protest (Guardian, link):
www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2009/apr/07/g20-police-assault-video

The Guardian obtained this footage of Ian Tomlinson at a G20 protest in London shortly before he died. It shows Tomlinson, who was not part of the demonstration, being assaulted from behind and pushed to the ground by baton-wielding police:

See also: Watch new ITN/C4 News footage giving a fresh angle on the attack (link):
www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2009/apr/08/
g20-police-assault-ian-tomlinson-video

and Video reveals G20 police assault on man who died – Exclusive footage obtained by the Guardian shows Ian Tomlinson, who died during G20 protests in London, was attacked from behind by baton–wielding police officer:
www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/07/video-g20-police-assault

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