|Market Forces: the development of the EU security-industrial complex|
the European Union project has faltered in recent years, afflicted by
the fall-out of the economic crisis, the rise of anti-EU parties and
the Brexit vote, there is one area where it has not only continued
apace but made significant advances: Europe’s security policies have
not only gained political support from across its Member States but
growing budgets and resources too.
Co-published in September 2017 by Statewatch and the Transnational Institute. Read the report here. Hard copies will be available soon.
Back from the battlefield: domestic drones in the UK
from the battlefield: domestic drones in the UK aims to contribute to
the public debate on the use of drones within the UK. The main body of
the research examines the use of drones by police forces and border
control authorities and argues that public discussion and debate is
needed before the use of drones - in particular for surveillance
purposes - becomes widespread.
Co-published in February 2014 by Statewatch and Drone Wars UK. Free PDF download available of the report and its annexes. See our webpage on the report for further information and resources.
[Ben Hayes, Chris Jones and Eric Töpfer]
Inc. tells the story of how European citizens are unknowingly
subsidising through their taxes a controversial drone industry yet are
systematically excluded from any debates about their use. Behind empty
promises of consultation, EU officials have turned over much of drone
policy development to the European defence and security corporations
which seek to profit from it.
Co-published in February 2014 by Statewatch and the Transnational Institute, free PDF download available. See also our Eurodrones, Inc. page.
The Atlas of Migration in Europe
second edition of Migreurop's Atlas of Migration in Europe explains the
development of European immigration policies and their consequences and
exposes realities little known to the general public. Contains a
chapter on EU immigration databases by Chris Jones (Statewatch).
Published in 2013 by Migreurop. Order publication at New Internationalist. First published in French in 2012.
Counter-terrorism, 'policy laundering' and the FATF: legalising surveillance, regulating civil society
This report examines the global framework for countering terrorist
financing developed by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and other
international law enforcement bodies. The report includes a thorough
examination of the impact of FATF's 'Special Recommendation VIII' on
countering the threat of terrorist financing said to be posed by
Co-published in 2012 by Statewatch and the Transnational Institute, free PDF download available.
NeoConOpticon: The EU Security-Industrial Complex
NeoConOpticon examines the development and implementation of the
European Security Research Programme (ESRP), a €1.4 billion EU
‘R&D’ budget line focused predominantly on surveillance and
otherlaw enforcement technologies. It reveals the extent to which the
design of the programme has been outsourced to some of the corporations
that have most to gain from its implementation
Co-published in 2009 by Statewatch and the Transnational Institute, free PDF download available.
The Shape of Things
The Shape of Things to Come examines
the European Union's plans for justice and home affairs, and
warns that the Union is embarked on several highly controversial
paths, including harnessing the 'digital tsunami' to gather personal
details on the everyday lives of everyone living in the European
Published in 2009 by Spokesman books. Order
publication (Spokesman, £5.99)
Border Wars and Asylum
When the Statewatch pamphlet
"Crimes of Arrival" was written, in 1995, the title
was a metaphor for the way the British government, in common
with other European governments, treated migrants and especially,
asylum seekers. Now, a decade on, that title describes a literal
Published in 2006 by Statewatch.
The War on Freedom
[edited by Tony Bunyan]
The ‘war on terror’
has continued with no end in sight in the years since the attacks
on the United States on 11 September 2001. It permeates the institutions
of the body politic in Europe, sacrificing liberty and freedoms
in the name of a constructed ‘politics of fear’ and
demands for security.
Published in 2006 by Spokesman books. Order
publication (Spokesman, £10.99)
Arming Big Brother:
the EU's Security Research Programme
Documents EU expenditure on "Homeland
security" research and the role played by arms company lobbyists
in securing billions of euros in funding. Warns that the EU is
fostering the expansion of an unaccountable security-industrial
complex, with far-reaching implications for civil liberties.
Published in 2006 by the Transnational Institute and Statewatch.
Please contact TNI for
hard copies (available in English and Spanish), free PDF download available.
Countering Civil Rights
Using public and secret documents,
this report looks at moves in the UK, US, the G8, the EU Council
and the Council of Europe to introduce new terrorism offences
including preparatory acts and "glorification"; to
use "intelligence information" as "evidence"
in court; and to allow intelligence gathering by new "special
Published in 2005 by Spokesman Books. Order
publication (Spokesman, £2)
Journalism, Civil Liberties
and the "War on Terrorism"
Hayes & Aidan White]
A sixty page assessment of how
states are sacrificing civil liberties and free expression in
the name of an all too often illusory security.
Published on "World Press
Freedom day" 2005 by the International Federation of Journalists
and Statewatch. Out of print, free PDF download available.
Data Protection in
the Police Sector in Europe: a Failure to Regulate
Looks at debates on so-called
"racial profiling" and the fact that despite condemnation,
European states continue to collect data on ethnicity and religion
and use it prejudicially in their policing, immigration and counter-terrorism
Published in "Ethnic Profiling by Police in Europe"
in 2005 by the Open Society Justice Initiative. Contact OSI
Justice Initiatives for hard copies, free PDF download available.
Secrecy and Openness
in the European Union
An "online book" on
the history and struggle for freedom of information in
the EU. Hundreds of links document the roles played by the EU
institutions, the member states and, crucially, civil society.
Published in 2002 (and updated in 2003) by
The Global Network of Freedom of Information
Advocates. Available free online.
The activities and
development of Europol - towards an unaccountable "FBI"
EU governments signed the Europol
Convention in July 1995. Four months later, Statewatch published
the first publicly available draft of the text together with
a detailed analysis to encourage open debate on the issues it
raised. Six years later, this Convention is being rewritten to
give Europol operational powers and a much wider remit and open
debate needs as much encouragement as ever.
Published in 2002 by Statewatch.
On Globalisation of
Control: Towards an Integrated Surveillance System in Europe
The first in-depth analysis of
the databases and surveillance mechanisms being put in place
by the EU. Examines "Europol", the "Schengen Information
System" and a plethora of additional systems, and places
them in the dual context of globalisation and social control.
Published in 1999 by Statewatch, free PDF download available.
Key texts on justice
and home affairs, 1976-1993
by Tony Bunyan]
Full texts of 56 key documents
and reports covering the Trevi group, the Ad Hoc Group on Immigration
and the Coordinators of Free Movement. Essential for looking
at the pre-Maastricht Treaty period.
Published in 1997 by Statewatch.
Crimes of Arrival
"[W]hen people are subjected to routine fingerprinting,
when they are locked up, when they are restrained by body belts and leg shackles and thirteen
feet of tape, or forcibly injected with sedatives to keep them quiet as they are bundled on
to an aircraft, it seems reasonable to ask: what have they done? The answer is that they have
tried to come to western Europe, to seek asylum, or to live here with their families, or to
work here. And the whole panoply of modern policing, with its associated rhetoric, is applied
Published in 1996 by Statewatch, free PDF download available.
Researching the European
state: a critical guide
by Tony Bunyan]
Comprehensive bibliography with
over 1,600 entries, author and subject index. Covers all relevant
"official" sources and places a special emphasis on
Published in 1996 by Statewatch.
The Europol Convention
This pamphlet contains the full
text of the Europol Convention agreed by EU governments in 1995,
together with commentary and analysis.
Published in 1995 by Statewatch, free PDF download available.
Statewatching the new
Europe: a handbook on the European state
[edited by Tony Bunyan]
A 208 page paperback covering
the pre-Maastricht development of the EU's "Third Pillar",
a country-by-country analysis of EU police and security services,
immigration and asylum policy, racism and anti-terrorism in the
North of Ireland.
Published in 1993 by Statewatch.
The History and Practice of the Political Police in Britain
"...deals in detail with the history
and practice of the uniformed police, the Special Branch, MI5, the
private security agencies, and covers surveillance techniques such as
telephone tapping and 'counter-revolutionary' preparations" - The
"...is a highly informative and
scholarly study in which, for the first time, the work of all the
police and intelligence departments are consdiered as unified whole.
The author's political conclusions are however open to comment..." -
"...gives a warning of the growing powers of the State over the individual which we ought to heed" - The Sun
Published in 1977 by Quartet Books.