The ‘specialist’ police units headed up by NCDE (National Co-ordinator for Domestic Extremism’) define domestic extremism as “individuals or groups whose activities go outside the normal democratic process and engage in crime and disorder in order to further their campaign”. Examples of this include “public disorder offences, malicious letters and e-mails, blackmail, product contamination, damage to property and occasionally the use of improvised explosive devices”.
Hmm. The Trident Ploughshares peacefully blockaded the Royal Navy docks at Plymouth as part of their campaign against nuclear weapons. Does that make them domestic extremists then?
Apparently so. The police officer pictured above (centre) is Ian Caswell, known to work for the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU), one of three ‘domestic extremism’ units making up NCDE. Fitwatch was sent this photograph showing him keeping tabs on the Trident Ploughshares Big Blockade in Plymouth on the morning of the 1st November.
Those in charge of deciding on cuts in the police service should wonder at the justification for using a very expensive specialist unit (£9m per year) to spy on pacifist protesters. Surely something better to do?