Since 1968 over a thousand political campaigns and activist groups have been targeted by the UK's secret police units. Undercover officers were deployed into the lives of members of the public to manipulate and abuse them in the name of averting "subversion" and "public disorder".
The Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU) have acted as Britain's secret political police. Tasked with undermining democratic participation in politics, they used the identities of dead children and deceived women into long term intimate sexual relationships; manipulating both personal lives and public life as part of their deployment.
In October 2010 activists started to unmask undercover officers, who had infiltrated a cross section of social justice campaign groups. Building up detailed profiles of who these "spycops" are and how they operated.
Sustained pressure from activists networks like Police Spies Out Of Lives, the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance and the Undercover Research Group has led to the calling of a public inquiry into Undercover Policing.
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Coverage in the media has been sadly limited, but there has been significant coverage in the Guardian who have covered this story from the beginning, the Morning Star who are the only publication to send a journalist to every session of the inquiry, The Canary and even occasionally on the BBC. Even the Telegraph has followed the story on the first series of the Bed Of Lies podcast.
There is nothing to suggest this practise has stopped. The government recently passed the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Act which has legalised police spies committing any crime.