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Q2. Britain's Secretive Police Force

Introductory Section

Version 1, April 2009. Produced by the Free Range electrohippies Project
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The National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit
The Welsh Extremism and Counter-Terrorism Unit
(Uned Atal Terfysgaeth ac Eithafiaeth Cymru)
The National Public Order Intelligence Unit

Britain's Secretive Police Force

Politicising the Policing of Public Expression
in an Era of Economic Change

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
(attributed to the words of Joseph Goebbels)

The role of NETCU, WECTU and NPOIU – private organisations that are exercising public functions in relation to policing policy – can be seen from two extreme points of view:

This report examines what NETCU, WECTU and NPOIU are, and poses the question as to whether private organisations working unaccountably outside of the mainstream police service are compatible with the operation of a free, open and accountable society.

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electrohippies Paper Q2. 'Britain's Secretive Police Force',
version 1, by The Free Range electrohippies Project April 2009.

email – ehippies@fraw.org.uk

the electrohippie collective is a 'disorganisation' (a group with no formal structure, but rather a commonality of interest amongst its members who share their resources to conduct research) that formed as part of the protests against the World Trade Organisation meeting in Seattle in 1999. We are made up of individuals with a variety of technical specialisms, and collectively the electrohippies specific fields of interest are technology, human expression and civil society.

This report has been produced by The Free Range Network's electrohippies Project (which forms the administrative body of the electrohippies disorganisation) to focus attention on the politicisation of the policing of protest, both formally by the state through new repressive laws, but more importantly by the involvement of unaccountable private agencies that have the tacit approval of government – as outlined in this report, NETCU, WECTU & NPOIU.

We'd appreciate any feedback that you might have on the content of this report. Please send your responses by email to ehippies@fraw.org.uk

We would also welcome receiving copies of any information that campaigners or protestors come across as part of an ongoing initiative by the Free Range electrohippies Project to monitor the activities of ACPO, NETCU, WECTU and NPOIU in relation to our freedoms of expression, assembly and protest.

Lead author: Paul Mobbs.
© 2009 Paul Mobbs/The Free Range Network

This report is released under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike License (BY-NC-SA) version 3. For a copy go to –

All the web links in this report were accessed in April 2009.

Produced by the Free Range 'electrohippies' Project – http://www.fraw.org.uk/
© 2009 Paul Mobbs/The Free Range Network. This document has been released under The Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License ('by-nc-sa', version 3).