I see Mark Thomas is now a known "domestic extremist".
He hasn't done anything illegal and has no criminal record. Yet he finds himself on the database of "domestic extremists" and is monitored by special Police units dedicated to "watching" and photographing people who may become a threat because they choose to protest in this country.
No police, secret or otherwise, should operate without proper accountability. So how are these three units accountable? Who has access to the databases? How long does information remain in the system? What effect could it have on travel and future employment of those targeted? How closely do these units work with corporate private investigators, and does the flow of information go both ways? Do the police target strikers?
A police spokesman has said that anyone who finds themselves on a database "should not worry at all". When a spokesman for the three secret units will not disclose a breakdown of their budgets, and two of the three will not even name who heads their operations (even MI6 gave us an initial, for God's sake), then the words "should not worry at all" are meaningless. Indeed, when the police admit that someone could end up on a secret police database merely for attending a demonstration, it is exactly the time to worry.
This has to stop.
More details of secet Police "Forward Intelligence Units" at Fitwatch