Police all out to gather intelligence on EDL and Counter Demo.

Their key objective for the day was ‘to gather intelligence’, said the Thames Valley FIT officer who was busy photographing a small crowd of people who had gathered to oppose the EDL in Market Square, Aylesbury. Earlier evidence gathering teams had been hovering, photographing and filming the stop and search operation that was focused on Vale Park, the location of the main anti-edl demo. This is an established and efficient way of getting the names, addresses and photos of the young, radical looking people who turn up.
The EDL fared much the same. As they got off the buses one by one, the FIT got perfect head and shoulders shots of each of them. There were no shortage of police cameras. Thames Valley had drafted in FIT from various other forces, including Greater Manchester, Northamptonshire and the West Midlands.
As always on these occasions, the intelligence gathering was co-ordinated by the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU), this time by Ian Skivens (above right), a Met cop on secondment to the NPOIU. The NPOIU is a private company run by ACPO, which collects, collates and analyses intelligence on ‘domestic extremism’. Skivens spent his time at Aylesbury in the company of a Thames Valley FIT cop, 3465 (above left) who was sporting a digital stills camera with a very long lens.
Photos from Aylesbury, whether they are of EDL or from the counter demo, will find their way to Scotland Yard for NPOIU analysis. The images and data will be ‘weeded’ for intelligence value and put on a database, or more probably, a number of different databases. This intelligence is then available for any police force, agency, or other ‘appropriate’ body to use.
Some people will say, the EDL, rascist thugs, they deserve it. But the powers the police use against one side – the EDL – will also be used against the ‘other side’, anti-fascists, Muslim communities and local people. You don’t need to have done anything unlawful to end up on a police file. And in the anti-terrorism hysteria of our times, it is probably the Muslim communities who have most to fear from inclusion on an extremism database.
On the streets of Aylesbury the biggest enemies to freedom and tolerance were probably the ones with the yellow and blue coats.
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8 Responses to Police all out to gather intelligence on EDL and Counter Demo.

  1. SHOCKED says:

    >Fitwatch support the EDL – who would have expected that?

  2. Ron Broxted says:

    >My picture was taken outside Belfast City Hall at a demo, the photographer was not in uniform but only interested in Muslims/Anarchists/lefties/nyone chatting with them.

  3. Fireworks says:

    @SHOCKED I think you’ve missed the point. Not supporting the way the police and state deal with a group doesn’t equal supporting the group. If you consider yourself an antifascist, that should mean opposing ALL fascism, whether it takes the form of the EDL or repressive policing. My enemy’s enemy is not my friend.

  4. author says:

    There is nothing in this article that is supportive of the EDL, and I dislike intensely the anti-Islamic sentiments that the EDL constantly spout. There are plenty of arguments in favour of giving them a good kicking and putting them back in their place.

    That doesn’t mean they should all be photographed, id’d and put on a database for better state control. The EDL doesn’t justify that sort of state power.

  5. Test says:

    Hello

    G’night

  6. Andrew says:

    I am irritated by the label ‘fascist’ being applied to the EDL. Their stand against the encroachment of Islam into and over British culture may be distasteful to the bigotted multiculturalists of Unite Against Fascism, but it is not ignoble. There are grounds for serious concern about the advance of Islam in the West. Geert Wilders, whom UAF call a Nazi, is only one whose voice is raised in warning about this.

    Incidentally, I haven’t seen UAF in attendence at any of Anjem Choudary’s rants, or any other Muslim extremists’ rallies. It seems you can only be open to the charge of fascism if you are white/British/European.

  7. Vodavunda says:

    Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

  8. Anonymous says:

    (not related to this this post exclusively but) why does every article here end with a moral packaged with hope?

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