April 25th, 2009

Another Bunch of Tossers

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Apparently, some people are up in arms because the police asked someone to give them information in return for cold hard cash.

An undercover agent from the protest group ‘Plane Stupid’ – which sounds like a description of it’s members – secretly recorded two conversations with members of Strathclyde Police during which they attempted to get her to turn into a paid informer.

The Grauniad headlines their article “Police caught on tape trying to recruit Plane Stupid protester as spy” which suggests that trying to get informants is something you can be ‘caught’ at, like it’s illegal or wrong or something. I can’t believe people a) think this is somehow astonishing, new or wrong & b) don’t know this has been going on since the police first came into being.

People get paid for giving information to the police, they’re called informants. Sometimes people don’t just pick up the phone & ring Crimestoppers out of some sense of duty, but they will do it for filthy luker.

Maybe the Grauniad & the Plane Stupid member are appalled by the fact that the police could possibly want information on such an august law-abiding body as Plane Crazy, after all, they are a lawful protest group (who just happen to do unlawful things like trespassing on other people’s property, taking over a transportation barge which was moving an aircraft wing, damaging the perimeter fence & breaking into Stanstead Airport causing the shutting down of the airport when they camped on the runway, blocking East Midlands Airport runway, barricading travel agents, handcuffing themselves at Manchester Airport check-in preventing the public & businesses going about their lawful activities, chucking green slime at members of parliament (Mandelson) – actually, I’ll forgive them that – shutting down Aberdeen Airport while they set up a mini golf course). They are quite bullish about it all really. If you visit their website, they list all their illegal activities with pride.

The running of police informants is an established & perfectly legal method of policing & plays a great part in the fight against crime & disorder. There are many rules & regulations on how to run informants. It should not come as any surprise that one of the ways of gaining informants is to ask people.

Plane Stupid said in a statement, “Our civil liberties were invaded and our right to peaceful protest called into question simply to defend the interests of big business.” Like they give a fuck about people’s civil liberties & rights, except their own!

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  1. pc fish thief says:

    I’m sure The Guardian have never used an informer in order to obtain a juicy story. I bet they simply sit in their office and wait for the stories to come to them.


    April 26th, 2009 at 11:51

  2. Same Old Faces says:

    The Guardian and Protesters have now been seen for what they really are…. headline grabbing anti-police morons. This latest ‘exclusive’ is such a non-story I cant belive the editor allowed it to go to press.

    What ‘exclusive’ will they come up with next?.. Perhaps… “Police officer caught drinking alcohol at home whilst off duty scandal!!”

    April 26th, 2009 at 14:20

  3. Blueknight says:

    This has definitely raused the stakes and now Plane Stupid and several other protest groups will be looking over their shoulders. It is nothing new. Although at the time, none of us on the ground knew about this


    April 26th, 2009 at 16:44

  4. Tony F says:

    These fools expect others to play by their rules, whilst not only cheerfully, but blatantly break the rules of this country, i.e. the LAW. Not that that seems to count for anything any more.

    April 26th, 2009 at 18:26

  5. the_leander says:

    There have been a few posts recently regarding police behaviour or at least the public perception of such where I’ve disagreed with your take on things. This isn’t one of them however.

    I do wonder though if perhaps sitting down with some of these groups and actively communicating (potentially even building trust) might be a step forward in reducing the number of incidents such as with kings north last year and the G20 this year.

    Perhaps that’s a little naive though.

    April 26th, 2009 at 20:10

  6. constableconfused.com says:

    Same old face.

    are you watching the cameras? How did you know that is what I am doing?


    April 26th, 2009 at 21:42

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