Event: Undercover - The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police
The award-winning Guardian journalist Rob Evans will be talking about his book Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police, at a special event hosted by Hammersmith Amnesty Group. Undercover reveals the truth about secret police operations - the emotional turmoil, the psychological challenges and the human cost of a lifetime of deception – and asks whether such tactics can ever be justified.
For 40 years, undercover police officers infiltrated campaign groups, assumed the names of dead babies to create fake identities, had sexual relationships with women they were monitoring, and spied on grieving families. On July 28th a public inquiry began into the activities of these officers.
After Rob Evans’s talk, there will be a Q&A session and Rob Evans will also be signing copies of his book. Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening.
Date: Tuesday September 15th, 7.30pm
Venue: Latymer Upper School, King Street, London, W6 9LR.
Tickets are only £5. You can pay on the door or book onlinehttp://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/undercover-the-true-story-of-britains-secret-police-talk-by-rob-evans-tickets-17305883363?aff=es2
Non-Amnesty members are very welcome at this event. Please forward this link to anyone you think might be interested.
All money raised will be used to fund Hammersmith Amnesty Group’s campaigning work.
Written in conjunction with Paul Lewis, the book reveals gripping stories of a group of police spies and 40 years of state espionage. This was an undercover operation so secret that some of our most senior police officers had no idea it existed. The job of the clandestine unit was to monitor British 'subversives' – including environmental activists, anti-racist groups and animal rights campaigners.
Police stole the identities of dead people to create fake passports, driving licences and bank accounts. They then went deep undercover for years, inventing whole new lives so that they could live incognito among the people they were spying on. They used sex, intimate relationships and drugs to build their credibility. They betrayed friends, deceived lovers, even fathered children. And their operations continue today.
A public inquiry into undercover policing opened on July 28th and will investigate the activities of the Special Demonstration Squad, the Met Police's undercover unit, set up in 1968.
For more information on Rob Evans’s talk, contact firstname.lastname@example.org