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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is a brilliant expose of an out of control and quite frankly amoral Special Branch unit. On the whole, the people they spied on appear to have been harmless: hippies, environmental campaigners, etc. Ok, so some animal rights people were dangerous, a few on the left perhaps, and the Nazis like Combat 18 (though the book barely touches on SDS or NPOIU officers who...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Manufactured Outrage; Manufactured Dissent
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This is a book that promises much, but fails to deliver. When it does deliver, it leaves one thinking 'quelle surprise': nasty people, doing nasty things in secret places - so what? (The 'so what' relates to the fact that this book concentrates wholly on description, leaving out any form of analysis or proposal of how things...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 18 Aug 2013
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This is a brilliant expose of an out of control and quite frankly amoral Special Branch unit. On the whole, the people they spied on appear to have been harmless: hippies, environmental campaigners, etc. Ok, so some animal rights people were dangerous, a few on the left perhaps, and the Nazis like Combat 18 (though the book barely touches on SDS or NPOIU officers who infiltrated the right). However, the vast majority of resources appear to have been spent on climate campaigners, vegans and suchlike. But the most shocking thing is the systematic way officers had long term relationships with female campaigners and fathered kids with them. The authors are very good at drawing out the similarities so that officers would routinely fake mental breakdowns or say they were on the run from the police before disappearing from these women's lives (and of course any kids they had fathered). So similar were the officer's methods of escaping from these relationships that it seems impossible to conclude that they were not instructed in how to do it. This book is important and definitely well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking expose of the UKs very own KGB, 22 July 2013
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Even the stasi were content to merely listen in on people. Britain's secret state police went one stage further and moved in with the enemy,even starting families with some of them.this is a gripping account of the lengths the state will go to harass vegetarians and other such threats to society. This story should be unbelievable fiction. But it isn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable, 14 Dec 2013
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Books like this need to be written - and read. There's something deeply wrong with a regime that uses undercover police to infiltrate mostly harmless groups, along the way having deceitful relationships with target women, even to the extent of fathering children whilst having their own families that they spend time with throughout.

These people should be prosecuted, and particularly those in charge who set it up, rather than retiring with nice fat pensions.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blowing the Lid on Another Dirty Secret, 5 July 2013
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This book certainly makes for disturbing reading. Especially after the revelations regarding the police and their attempts to undermine the family of racist murder victim Stephen Lawrence. The sheer volume of effort and expense that's gone into these operations is staggering - not only for the fact that much of the actions carried out by people like Environmental protesters, could have been policed under public order legislation (admitted by undercover cop Mark Kennedy) - but also the weird, grey moral area that these undercover officers more often than not decided to step into. Outright criminal acts, destroying the lives of women they became involved with (and the children they fathered with them). All makes for uncomfortable truths.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The truth behind the headlines, 20 July 2013
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Like most people I was shocked by recent newspaper headlines about police spies infiltrating peaceful protest groups, starting relationships, ruining lives and then returning to their normal life as if nothing had happened. I wondered how we had allowed this kind of police spying to happen in this country. This book tells you how. By turns shocking, gripping and also surprisingly funny this book lifts the lid on the Special Demonstration Squad and its successors. A terrible indictment of the Met Police and one of the best books I've read this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, 2 Jun 2014
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Intriguing, interesting and at times shocking. The lengths the State will go to to pursue protestors. A must read book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading., 29 May 2014
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Give an insight into the side of policing that most people are unaware of. Readers should make up their own minds as to the rights and wrongs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horrifying and amazing, brilliant., 18 April 2014
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This is absolutely riveting - and horrifying. I kept stopping and saying - 'Did I actually just read what I think I did?' Astonishing - I couldnt put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!, 17 Mar 2014
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Oh my word what a brilliant and well written book!
I knew things were bad but this is a gob smacking exposé of some rather nasty police tactics.
Read it, really.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential investigation, 5 Mar 2014
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The writing could be a little more engaging, but the content easily makes up for it; enter in to the staggering moral vacuum at the heart of British policing. What's worse, it's still going on.
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