Sir Hugh Orde and ACPO’s ‘lack of transparency”

Originally posted at my blog , while working on the book.

Sir Hugh Orde has criticised the News of the World for ‘lack of transparency’ and for ‘withholding information from an important investigation’.

Last week the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) appeared on BBC Radio’s Today programme again, promoting himself as the next commissioner of the Metropolitan police. Now he has accused Rupert Murdoch of a complete denial of responsibility for what went on at News Corp. (Watch Orde on the BBC).

What seems to have been forgotten in the current media frenzy, is that ACPO itself is under investigation as well … for very similar facts.

Under Hugh’s presidency, the organisation had Mark Kennedy (pictured) infiltrate the climate movement for seven years. The ACPO undercover agent secretly recorded meetings of environmentalists who had discussed occupying the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power plant. But in the case brought against them, the tapes were not among the evidence in court. Continue reading “Sir Hugh Orde and ACPO’s ‘lack of transparency””

Only A Public Inquiry Will Do Into Green Spy

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Andy Rowell and Eveline Lubbers, 17 January 2011

The solicitor acting for the climate protestors, Mike Schwarz from Bindmans, is calling for a full public inquiry into the Mark Kennedy case. Schwarz believes the new IPCC investigation that was announced last Friday, will not go nearly far enough.

“We need a public inquiry into what has happened, similar to the Macpherson Inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence,” argues Schwarz. “We must have a measured inquiry to get the whole picture, including the policing of protest generally. It needs to be independent, with clout, with full disclosure”.

One of the main areas of concern is Kennedy’s actions as an agent provocateur. “We need to look at the whole issue of whether Kennedy in this case, and police officers generally, act as agent provocateurs in protests”, says Schwartz. “What are their limits about encouraging, condoning, and facilitating offences?” Continue reading “Only A Public Inquiry Will Do Into Green Spy”

New Evidence Suggests Ken Saro-Wiwa Was Framed

Originally posted at

Andy Rowell and Eveline Lubbers, 6 December 2010

An edited version of this article appeared in the Independent on Sunday

Fifteen years after the execution of Nigerian playwright and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, new compelling evidence has surfaced that suggests that the Nigerian military killed the four Ogoni elders that Saro-Wiwa was later accused of murdering.

The new evidence also reveals that the soldier’s commander, the notorious Lt Col Okuntimo, who was implicated in murder and rape, was being paid millions of Naira by Shell at the time and was being driven around in a Shell vehicle.

These new testimonies contradict what Shell has said for fifteen years. Since the time of Saro-Wiwa’s death, Shell consistently told the press and its share-holders that it had no financial relationship with the Nigerian military. Continue reading “New Evidence Suggests Ken Saro-Wiwa Was Framed”

NGOs and BBC targeted by Shell PR machine in wake of Saro-Wiwa death

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By Eveline Lubbers and Andy Rowell, published in the Guardian on 9 November 2010.

Secret internal company documents from the oil giant Shell show that in the immediate aftermath of the execution of the Nigerian activist and writer Ken Saro-Wiwa it adopted a PR strategy of cosying up to key BBC editors and singling out NGOs that it hoped to “sway”.

The documents offer a previously hidden insight into efforts by the company to deflect the PR storm that engulfed it after the Nigerian activist was hanged by the country’s military government. Shell faced accusations that it had colluded with the government over the activists’ deaths. Continue reading “NGOs and BBC targeted by Shell PR machine in wake of Saro-Wiwa death”

Martin Hogbin is a spy!

Originally posted at my blog , while working on the book.

Letter to the editor of the Guardian, 28 October 2009.

In an excellent three day series revealing an intimate cooperation between the police and corporations under fire in gathering intelligence on activists, the Guardian published spotter cards used to identify protesters. One of the cards holds a picture of  Martin Hogbin, portrayed as an activist accused of being an infiltrator, but denying it.

This denial invites contestation, with facts confirming that indeed he did supply information to British Aerospace (BAe). The following overview is based on publicly available information, most of it online. It shows that Martin Hogbin infiltrated the Campaign Against Arms Trade from 1997 until 2003. He started as a volunteer, and worked at CAAT’s office in London as a paid campaign coordinator from 2000 until his suspension and subsequent resignation. He was a spy from the beginning until the end. The evidence consists of the results of the internal investigation of CAAT’s Steering committee sustained by sections in Evelyn le Chêne’s spy files, the findings of the Information Commissioner and legal documents substantiating that BAe indeed hired Evelyn le Chêne to spy on CAAT. Continue reading “Martin Hogbin is a spy!”

Nestlé infiltrates Attac Switzerland

Originally posted at my blog , while working on the book.

Last week, 12 June 2008, the Swiss investigative reporters program Temps Present revealed that Nestlé had infiltrated Attac Switzerland, for more than a year. The food multinational paid Securitas, one of Switzerland’s largest security firms, to plant a woman in the protest group from the summer of 2003 until 2004.

Using a false name the infiltrator participated in meetings and preparation sessions around the time of the July 2003 G8 summit in Evian. Continue reading “Nestlé infiltrates Attac Switzerland”

The parallel universe of BAe

Originally posted at my blog , while working on the book.

Letter to George Monbiot at the Guardian, 13 February 2007

Dear George,

Your Guardian column today  devoted to “The parallel universe of BAE” reveals that confidential and legally privileged material belonging to CAAT landed on the desks of BAE Systems plc. The company has refused to state how it came into possession of the material.

You recall the exposure in the Sunday Times that revealed how BAE had carried out a “widespread spying operation” on its critics.  CAAT took the case to the UK’s Information Commissioner, who found that the email address belonged to “a company with links to Evelyn Le Chêne.”

I have had the opportunity the study the many surveillance reports about CAAT that were sent to BAE, the source material used by the Sunday Times. SpinWatch published an elaborate dossier on the case. It’s called the  Threat Response Spy Files, investigating this case of corporate intelligence. Continue reading “The parallel universe of BAe”

Dialogue at Shell: PR & intelligence

Originally posted at my blog , while working on the book.

Shell was one of the first companies to take a hit in the new-media war. The company was taken by surprise in 1995 when a Greenpeace campaign against sinking the redundant Brent Spar oil platform succeeded. Such a disaster would not be allowed to happen again. Shell International developed an online strategy, which included monitoring what was being said about the company in cyberspace.

For my book Battling Big Business I researched the on line detective agencies hired by Shell. Back then I also found out that the company’s impressive new website offered means of surveillance too. The forums were used to monitor Shell’s critics. For my present PhD research I was curious to know what had happened to the forums since. Continue reading “Dialogue at Shell: PR & intelligence”

Juggling with reputation and the Google-syndrome

Originally posted at my blog , while working on the book.

The Flemish toxicologist Aubin Heyndrickx was quoted in the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times as an expert on chemical warfare providing evidence for the Saddam trial. ‘Making a firm case against Saddam’ was written by Elisabeth Rosenthal and published on June 19, 2006.

In this SpinWatch article Eveline Lubbers explains why he is a charlatan: he was twice convicted for fraud and forgery, his scientific work was never peer reviewed, and his research paid for by people with political intentions. He also had strong links with Wouter Basson, Dr. Death of South Africa.
Furthermore, he worked with Evelyn le Chêne in Africa. Continue reading “Juggling with reputation and the Google-syndrome”

Dictionary of Republicanisms

Originally posted at my blog , while working on the book.

Sometime a good project deserves some praise & PR from the like-minded. I just got very inspired after reading Katrina vanden Heuvel’s
blog in the Nation

Before we can win the great battle of ideas, we must debunk the right’s political discourse, a veritable code of encrypted language that twists common usage to deceive the public for the Republicans’ purposes. The key to their linguistic strategy is to use words that sound moderate to us but mean something completely different to them.
We decided we needed to break the code by building a Republican dictionary. For six months, accepted suggestions from everyone who wanted to participate. Here are some of my favorites.

Continue reading “Dictionary of Republicanisms”

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