Reports and books

17 February 2009

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.

09 November 2006

Border Wars and Asylum Crimes

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 truth.

08 May 2006

The War on Freedom and Democracy

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.

05 April 2006

Arming Big Brother: the EU's Security Research Programme

This report 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.

10 August 2005

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 investigative techniques".

22 June 2005

Data Protection in the Police Sector in Europe: a Failure to Regulate

This report 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 policies.

03 May 2005

Journalism, Civil Liberties and the "War on Terrorism"

A sixty page assessment of how states are sacrificing civil liberties and free expression in the name of an all too often illusory security.

07 March 2002

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.

07 February 2002

The activities and development of Europol - towards an unaccountable "FBI" in Europe

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.

17 November 1999

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.

22 October 1997

Key texts on justice and home affairs, 1976-1993

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.

13 May 1996

Researching the European state: a critical guide

Comprehensive bibliography with over 1,600 entries, author and subject index. Covers all relevant "official" sources and places a special emphasis on alternative sources.

19 January 1996

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 against them."

15 March 1995

The Europol Convention

This pamphlet contains the full text of the Europol Convention agreed by EU governments in 1995, together with commentary and analysis.

28 May 1993

Statewatching the new Europe: a handbook on the European state

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.

06 June 1977

The History and Practice of the Political Police in Britain

" 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..." - Police Review


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