Statement on police infiltration of CND

By Agencies
June 20, 2018

The Campaign for Nuclear DIsarmament (CND) has responded to reports from a public inquiry examining the state-led infiltration of political groups. The inquiry has identified a police spy who infiltrated CND between 1980 and 1984.

Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary, said: “If John Kerry was trying to disturb CND’s campaigning activities, it had no noticeable effect. No-one we’ve spoken to who was active at the time can even recall his name.

“There is a long history of state surveillance and activity to curb the impact of CND and other mass movements. While of course we’re opposed to such activities – it’s profoundly undemocratic – we have learned how to deal with it.

“Where we suspected undercover officers or agents at the time, we knew they were wasting their time because we didn’t have anything to hide – we just carried on regardless.

“Harry Newton, an MI5 agent who came to public attention after Cathy Massiter blew the whistle when she left the Service, is remembered as the person who stuffed envelopes as a volunteer. There are many similar stories.

“We have been fortunate that – as far as we know – no harm has been caused by these attempted interventions within CND. But we know that much distress has been caused in other movements and these activities absolutely have to stop.”

The Undercover Policing Inquiry’s purpose is to investigate and report on undercover police operations conducted by English and Welsh police forces in England and Wales since 1968. The Inquiry will examine how it was and is supervised and regulated, and its effect on individuals involved – both police officers and others who came into contact with them.

The work of the Inquiry ranges across the full scope of undercover policing work and will look at the work of the Special Demonstration Squad, the National Public Order Intelligence Unit and police forces across England and Wales. The Inquiry will also examine whether people may have been wrongly convicted in cases involving undercover police officers, and refer any such cases to a separate panel for consideration.

* Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament https://cnduk.org/

* Undercover Policing Inquiry https://www.ucpi.org.uk/

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