#SpyCopsBill

The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill 2019-21 has been rushed before parliament with a remarkably small amount of fuss, given it's terrible implications.

This bill would, in it's own words: "authorise conduct by officials and agents of the security and intelligence services, law enforcement, and certain other public authorities, which would otherwise constitute criminality."

The kind of criminality it would authorise could include rape, murder and torture. No wonder this CHIS bill has been dubbed The Spycops Bill.

This bill is designed to put onto a legal footing exactly the kind of abuses that led to the Undercover Policing Inquiry. It came before parliament before the Inquiry had even started, let alone wait for any of it's recommendations.

Unsurprisingly there has been significant opposition, with condemnation from Justice charity who points out "By adopting the Bill in its current form, Parliament would approve serious violations of the ECHR, and set itself apart from accepted international human rights standards."

Amnesty International has called it a ‘hugely worrying’ development.

Sadly there is not much in the way of opposition from the Official Opposition, with the Labour leadership abstaining.

Block the SpyCops Bill from Unite the Union has a briefing that outlines what is wrong with the bill, a joint statement of opposition and tool to contact your MP.

You can get involved in the conversation with #SpyCopsBill on twitter.