- Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Guardian Faber Publishing; Auflage: Main. (6. März 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1783350342
- ISBN-13: 978-1783350346
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 1,8 x 20 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 61.510 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Undercover: The True Story of Britain's Secret Police (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. März 2014
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Undercover lays bare the deceit, betrayal and cold-blooded violation, practised again and again by undercover officers - troubling, timely and brilliantly executed. -- Henry Porter Overexcitable publishers like to bandy around words such as "explosive" and "shocking" when trying to flog their books, even though generally you could substitute them for ones such as "mildly interesting". Not with Undercover, though ... doggedly written and researched by Guardian journalists Rob Evans and Paul Lewis, the revelations in its pages are genuinely explosive ... it's the steady accumulation of detail that's so compelling. The testimony of person after person who was taken in, deceived, gulled, who knew the officers for years - who thought of them as best friends, or lovers, or life partners, or the father of their children, who had no inkling that they were part of an elaborate state-sponsored spy-ring that intruded on the most intimate parts of their lives. -- Carole Cadwalladr Observer Undercover is not just a book; it's a sensation ... it's terrific and important journalism. -- Jenni Russell Sunday Times Were these stories not real, they would read like an airport thriller ... Undercover compels the reader throughout, which is a testament to the investigative and writing skills of Evans and Lewis ... The work of these authors is one of the best arguments in favour of a free press you'll ever read. -- Alan White New Statesman What makes this book so utterly absorbing is not the politics or policing, but the people. -- David Aaronovitch The Times With luck, the grotesqueries revealed in this powerful book will fire some of the old free and radical British spirit again. -- Bernard Porter Guardian -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Paul Lewis, the Guardian's Special Projects Editor, is the journalist behind revelations about police involvement in the death of newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests. He is the winner of the Bevins Prize for Outstanding Investigative Journalism and was voted Journalist of the Year and the British Press Awards 2010. Rob Evans, a Guardian reporter since 1999, has won awards for exposing corruption such as BAE's corrupt payments and for his freedom of information work. He is the author of Gassed, a book published in 2000 revealing British chemical warfare experiments on soldiers.
The relative innocence of the targetted groups contrasts sharply with the devious and unprincipled behavior of the undercover officers, who deliberately start and maintain -- sometimes over several years -- marriage-like relationships with women protestors as a way of gaining access to the target and enhacing their credibility as like-minded political activists. Some readers might find the detailed evidence of these abuses overdone in relation to the more profound questions of how far "preemptive policing" may go in a society that wants to be and remain democratic.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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The book details forty years (and continuing) of the British having their police infiltrate protest groups--most of them law-abiding and PEACEFUL--such as groups concerned with climate change, nuclear weapons, economical inequality, animal cruelty, etc.
The spies (usually male) the police planted within these groups would pose as friends, usually taking lovers from among the female members of the group. The assignments were meant to last for a number of years, not months or weeks. The agents were rarely ever caught by the activists, but then the police had given their spies very elaborate new identities with false driver's licenses, passports, etc. Additionally, these agent provocateurs had several years to worm their way into positions of responsibility within the groups.
Frankly, I was shocked at how difficult it would be to detect these spies. The question then arising in my mind was have these same tactics crossed the ocean to our shores (USA). That local and federal police have and do illegally infiltrate peaceful and innocuous protest groups is a given, but have they taken it to the level the British have?
I highly recommend this book, and anyone who supports or belongs to a lawful protest group needs to read it.