Statewatch journal
monitoring civil liberties in the European Union

vol 21 no 2


EU: A new player in Security Research: the European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services (ENLETS) by Eric Töpfer
Europe's police forces want to increase their influence on European security research policy, but it is doubtful that this will constrain the spread of military technology into civil arenas.

Using false documents against "Euro-anarchists": the exchange of Anglo-German undercover police highlights controversial police operations by Mattias Monroy
Examination of several recently exposed cases suggests that the main police targets are anti-globalisation networks, the climate change movement and animal rights activists.

UK: Arrests, raids and wedding parades by Chris Jones
The Coalition government's commitment to restore freedom and rights i the face of increasing state power is thrown into question by the heavy-handed response to small protests on the day of the royal wedding.

UK: Collateral damage by Nick Moss
Looks at the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) and how key witnesses are discredited."All forms of the state have democracy for their truth, and for that reason are false to the extent that they are not democracy" Marx, Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right (1843)

VIEWPOINT: Ten Years after the G8 Summit in Genoa by Salvatore Palidda, Genoa University.
The practice of peaceful (although not pacifist) resistance shows that the asymmetry of power can be overturned - albeit partially and temporarily - through mass political action without the need for heroism or extremism, or for leaders and large traditional organisations.

UK: Mandatory data retention of communications data: update and developments by Chris Jones
Opposition mounts in Member States and the Council of the European Union decides that in its defence head-lines stories should replace the provision of reliable statistics.

* In addition, the bulletin carries a round-up of new books, reports and publications


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