I do not call these people covert human intelligence sources; they are police spies, and we have to be clear about that
During the Policing and Security APPG on 14th Dec 2020 I asked you what investigations were happening within the Met on the issue of the historic unlawful sexual relations between undercover police officers and their targets.
You told me that there were no ongoing investigations, yet the HoL Minister has made it clear in the debate on the CHIS Bill that such interactions are now and always have been unlawful. It seems remiss not to examine previous instructions to establish wrongdoing by senior officers.
Can you please therefore outline, in full, the Met’s position on whether these sexual relations were lawful. Could you also please explain when and why the Met decided to take no further action on the issue?
My amendment 75A would introduce a requirement for the Investigatory Powers Commissioner to refer potentially unlawful or improper conduct undertaken through a criminal conduct authorisation to the police for investigation.Continue reading “Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill Committee Stage Day 4”
The Government say that amendments such as these are not necessary, because of the complex legal web of proportionality and the Human Rights Act. That argument might carry more weight if the Government were not constantly fighting a culture war against human rights lawyers. However, one does not need to be a human rights lawyer to understand that rape, murder and torture are never justified, so these restrictions have to be in the Bill.Continue reading “Police Spies – Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) – Bill Committee Stage Day 3”
The big problem with this Bill is that the legal tests are too wishy-washy. They give the authorising bodies free rein. If we do not contract those processes in some way, there will be mistakes – there are bound to be. It will become very difficult to challenge even the most obviously wrong authorisations.Continue reading “Police Spies – Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) – Bill”
It is obvious that the Bill hugely expands the state’s ability to authorise criminal conduct and grant legal immunity to criminals. Surely the Government understand this and can see that it is wrong to try to legislate like this.Continue reading “Covert Human Intelligence Sources: Immunity from crime for criminals and no recourse to justice for victims”
Last Friday the Government released something late – which is their way of hiding things that they think will be unpopular – namely, that they will be sharing data with the police… Continue reading “HMG sharing Test and Trace data with the police”
In the words of Adam Wagner, a professor of law
“One of the things this crisis has brought home to me is how illiberal outcomes are inevitable when hugely important decisions are made by a small group in secret and without parliamentary scrutiny. Biases and personal preferences of those in the room are inevitably amplified”. Continue reading “Covid regulations from a government that doesn’t listen and learn”
I said to the House: My Lords, last year the Government were found to have acted unlawfully in selling to Saudi Arabia Continue reading “Why is the government selling arms to Saudi Arabia again?”