| Friday 11th April 2008 | Issue
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would you know if your action group or campaign had been infiltrated by a mole?
Another new recruit, but they’re a bit different... they’re too keen...
too clean - leaving you questioning your prejudices about people with normal haircuts.
Usually in time that person chills out, and if they hang around and start mucking
in, you find out that they're alright.
sometimes peoples’ paranoia isn’t misplaced... London Greenpeace -
the group at the centre of the McLibel trial - were so pigged that at some meetings
more than half the attendees were undercover. In 2005 the Campaign Against The
Arms Trade revealed that one well liked and highly active campaigner – Martin
Hogbin - was in fact working for a spy company employed by BAe Systems (see Mark
Thomas's account at www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/12/387054.html).
was the turn of anti-aviation activists Plane Stupid, although their spy outing
was “more Austin Powers than 007”. The posh boy James Bond wannabe
blew his own cover under questioning by blurting out which Oxford college he studied
at. From there campaigners got his real name, and more juicy details from his
Bebo website, such as the details of his favourite film: Top Gun, and his employer:
C2i International – a security and investigations company with clients in
governments and the aerospace industry. To read their hilarious account see www.planestupid.com
(Note to editors: check out that new proofreader Tarquin’s credentials...)
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