303 gsi gateway and police disruption

At last! Schnews has written a brilliant article on how NETCU et al have been trolling on the internet. This has been going on for years and is most notable on certain anti animal rights websites which target and smear activists as well as Indymedia. The police have put up posts and comments which:
are disruptive
pretend to be from named activists in an attempt to discredit
are fictional
threatening (we have highlighted at least one of these on a previous post)
give out names, addresses, private emails and phone numbers of activists
are vindictive and hateful
The fact that the individual police officers concerned are paid to disrupt campaigning in this way is an absolute disgrace. The sheer vitriol that comes out of many of these snide attempts to demoralise is proof that the political police units are not there to “protect” anything other than corporate profits and their own very lucrative little positions. They hate activists but at the same time depend on us for their swanky vehicles and luxury accomodation (according to Mark Kennedy in the Mail on Sunday this weekend). They do their best to exaggerate the danger and rake in the cash from the taxpayer whilst facing no real risks.
Must be nice having to do nothing more than make up crap for Indymedia, blogs and of course facebook we presume AND get an enhanced salary.
Right now as the Earth burns and billions of animals die in agony all the police in NDET, NPIOU, FIT, NETCU, Rumble, Achilles and other anti activist operations want to do is keep the torture, the murder, the violation, the sacrilege going and they are prepared to wreck the lives of anyone who stands up against their freinds in the multinationals, the hunts and the labs. They are nothing more than the lackeys of those who rip animals apart, who destroy the forests and who make a profit over crucifying any man woman or child who interferes with making hard cash. This is nothing to do with the law every single officer and civilian worker involved with these police units could have chosen to have done something else, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE LOWLIFE is the enemy of every decent person and has decided to do what they can to induce a police state. Recognise them as the enemy and above all FIGHT BACK. More to follow….much more..

Students!

THe Daily Mail made some interesting comments about yesturdays student demonstration in London and the subsequent trashing of the Tory Party HQ.
First they say that NETCU was disbanded in October 2010. The website is still up the last post being on the 25th when the second SHAC case concluded.
Then they say that NPIOU (who have files on 1822 of us at the last count) has had it’s budget cut by 20%.
The political police who reside on the 7th floor of Scotland Yard it would seem needed a boost and how could the government possibly justify cutting police child protection teams to the bone whilst allowing the bloated budget of NETCU, NDET, NPIOU to continue? Well a nice little riot is one way, let it happen and then terrify people about the consequences of allowing Class War and “animal rights extremists” (both seemingly blamed by a senior police officer in the DM) to be at liberty.
THe DM appears to say that FIT teams and the NPIOU should be given a big budget and licence to deal with the nasty anarchists.
Even more telling is police Inspector Gadget’s blog with one cop commenting at 08.08 this morning, “I would suggest NPIOU is a bit safer in regards its budget today”. Yes it would appear so, no doubt Nick Herbert’s speech later today will shed some light, I just hope that he remembers that when he was a student in Cambridge that his youthful high jinks did not count against him.
Regardless some people need to take security measures, no doubt the tablois will be posting up pictures of those wanted for arrest.

The Daily Fail (or is it Heil?) slanders prisoners

We have read some absolute crap over the years but Andrew Malone’s “investigation” into “A terrorist called Mumsy” has to win some sort of prize!
Andrew regurgitating a NETCU press release is not an investigation dearie and for those who read this give Andrew and DCI Andy Robbins any credibility consider the following facts;
Sarah has been in prison for years now but according to Andrew she has only been in for a week!
How exactly can a prisoner be forced to wear leather shoes? First Andrew says Sarah is forced to wear leather, then he says she is living a vegan life of Riley. Did you make this up in the pub Andrew or what?
Sarah had nothing to do with digging up Gladys Hammond.
If SHAC were a “ruthless IRA-style gang” where are all the bodies and limping people who have been knee-capped, those who have been tarred and feathered? (we at NW fully acknowledge that atrocities were committed by the UVF and British soldiers and police as well during the Troubles). Stop exaggerating Andrew, we know it makes a better headline but really show some respect to those who have suffered both in Ireland and on the UK mainland especially as we approach Rememberance Sunday.
What extensive training at “safe houses” on how to avoid police surveillance?
And it goes on and on and on 2 entire pages worth.
Solidarity with Sarah and the other activists who have been painted as her mere stooges.

NETCU, WECTU and NPOIU: Britain’s Secretive Police Force (PDF report)

Version 1, April 2009. Produced by the Free Range electrohippie Project
http://www.fraw.org.uk/ehippies/ ehippies@fraw.org.uk

The role of NETCU, WECTU and NPOIU –

The National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit,
The Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit, and
The National Public Order Intelligence Unit
– all parts of a private organisation (ACPO) that is exercising public functions in relation to policing policy
– can be seen from two extreme points of view:
groups working on policy and in a policing support role to protect the public; or,
under the guise of countering “extremism”, developing policies to crack down on campaigning groups in a way that could be seen as the kernel of what could eventually become a truly “secret” police force.
This report examines what NETCU, WECTU and NPOIU are, and poses the question as to whether private organisations working unaccountably outside of the mainstream police service are compatible with the operation of a free, open and accountable society.q02-

Download here (PDF)

Cops at the World Day for Animals in Labs London March. 25th April 2009

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Seen at the G20 bank protests on April 1st and 2nd.

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Please use the comments if you can ID this officer who was taking notes about the march. Reference (COP1)

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Use the comments if you can further ID this Super Reference (COP2)

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Seen at the G20 bank protests on April 1st and 2nd.

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Further ID needed please use comments to help us ID this officer Reference (COP3)

Help identify the cops who witnessed Ian Tomlinsons death.

Bristle have done a great photo breakdown of shots and video captures captured by activists and the mainstream media in order to bring those cops who were present during the unprovoked brutal attack on Ian Tomlinson which resulted in him having a heart attack and dying moments later.

Check it out here.

Demonstrations outside HLS on days of SHAC sentencing

Some of us will be engaging in legal and peaceful protests in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk on the days on which Greg, Natasha, Heather, Gavin, Dan A, Dan W and Gerrah are sentenced for conspiracy to blackmail. Our reasons are as follows:

Animal Rights
Huntingdon Life Sciences kill 500 animals every day each one is an individual capable of suffering often left to die alone and in pain when the workers lock up at 17.00 after being poisoned or undergoing surgery.
Products which can maim and kill

HLS is a contract testing laboratory, they test anything for anyone as long as it pays. According to their own website they test artificial colourings, flavourings and sweeteners, herbicides, GM food and other products, plastics, industrial chemicals, “health foods”, dietary supplements, drugs etc under the headings pharmaceutical, crop protection, biopharmaceuticals, chemical, food and vetinary. All of these products are tested on animals and if passed as “safe” will be inhaled, ingested, drunk, absorbed through the skin or otherwise inflicted on an unsuspecting public. HLS even justify testing food on animals by saying “we need to be sure it is safe to eat”, of course it would be if it wasn’t doused with pesticides, wrapped in clingfilm and packed full of additives!

Factory Farming
HLS prop up the meat and dairy industry by experimenting on farm animals to force “productivity” even further. They offer to infect cows with mastitis (a very painful condition). Meanwhile farm animals are pumped full of antibiotics and we wonder why MRSA and VRSA are on the rise! Look up http://www.viva.org.uk for information on the meat industry regarding health, climate change, pollution, world hunger and extreme cruelty.

Corporate axis of evil
HLS has very nasty bedfellows the following are or have been customers :

Bayer when they were IG Faben they actually paid for Jewish women and used them in experiments in Nazi concentration camps. More recently they produced Baycol a cholesterol lowering drug which killed over 30 people before it was withdrawn.

Roche also had involvement with the Nazis i.e Xyclon B!

Union Carbide killed 5000 people at Bhopal in India in1984 at a gas plant due to criminal negligence, the people of that area suffer immeasurably from birth defects and many diseases as a direct result. Neither Union Carbide or Dow (who are also customers of HLS and are now responsible for sorting things out) can be bothered to clear up their mess or adequately compensate their victims http://www.bhopal.net .
DuPont produced a pesticide called Benlate/ Benomyl. Not only is it toxic to the harmless and essential for everyone’s very survival earthworm it is a possible carcinogen. It caused birth defects which involved 42 babies being born without eyes http://www.pan-uk.org .

Shell poisoned land and water in the Niger Delta. When the people who faced death by pollution and starvation protested Shell supported the army dealing with the situation. This involved chopping the arms and legs off of children and lots or torture and murder. Ken SaroWiwa led the campaign against Shell he was murdered by being hanged http://www.remembersarowiwa.com .

Glaxo Smith Kline produced an anti depressant known as Prozac/Seroxat. It has caused aggression, suicide and birth defects. It is also very difficult for many people to stop using once they become “hooked”. GSK have made a lot of profit out of the misery of people who would have managed perfectly well without the drug. http://www.seroxatusergroup.org.uk .

Cargill…where to start! Involved in GMOs, closely linked to Mc Donalds they produce EVERY item of chicken sold by the “restaurant” in the UK. They have a disgusting slaughterhouse in Hereford which kills thousands of chickens every day bar one called Rocky saved by 2 brave activists from the depths of hell last year. They also abuse some of their workers who are under constant surveillance and at the mercy of gang masters.

Monsanto who would like a monopoly on world food production have decimated the independence of farmers in India who have been made dependant on their seeds at a considerable cost. This has led to suicides and hunger so outraged were the farmers that their campaign was called “cremate Monsanto”. Monsanto’s GM crops infest conventional crops and they have even charged farmers for using their technology when this infestation occurs! No-one knows what the long term impact on our health will be, we have no say in the matter.

Please log on to http://www.corporatewatch.org.uk for more information on HLS, The above companies and many others with highly incestuous links to one another in their greedy quest for profit above all else. Those individuals within each company who make decisions which have caused extreme suffering and death will never face prison, unfortunately.

Human Rights
We will be present to show solidarity with the 7 people to be sentenced and all those imprisoned for their beliefs. The 7 have been found guilty of conspiracy to blackmail because they were part of a campaign which is legal but persons unknown have carried out illegal acts separate from that campaign. In a nutshell this means now that any effective campaign could be at risk if someone does something illegal separate from that campaign, effectively known campaigners are potentially responsible for the actions of people they do not know which they may not even agree with or have any knowledge of. For example Dr Simon Festing of the Research Defence Society (apologists for all animal testing ) was involved in the campaign against the Newbury by-pass which involved illegal (albeit moral) acts including arson and blockading workers in which he did not exactly condemn as a spokesman for Friends of the Earth and nor should he have done. However the police could theoretically as a result of this verdict arrest Dr Festing on the grounds that he as a known activist conspired with persons unknown to burn bulldozers to a frazzle thus “blackmailing” the road builders. Something for Simon to think about before he pontificates any further on SHAC. Hypocrisy…it’s a terrible thing.

Police Oppression
NETCU are based in Huntingdon, (Cambridgeshire Police HQ is just off Hinchingbrooke Park Road) and as all grass roots activists are aware this bunch exist primarily to stop all actions legal or otherwise. The way in which the police bullied and harassed peaceful campaigners and locals at Climate Camp in 2008 is partly down to NETCU and putting above all else their desire to keep protest to letter writing or police approved demos with police approved banners and leaflets on issues that do not upset anyone. We intend to make it very clear that we are not intimidated by them by holding demonstrations on their home turf on the day of sentencing.

The Plan

19th January 2009

07.00-11.00 Activists will be at Harlan near Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon. This is where beagles are bred for laboratories including HLS they can be heard from the road. It is on the B1090 look for the razor wire. Head out of Huntingdon on the A141 towards March at the Texaco garage on the roundabout follow the 141 left to another roundabout, turn left onto the 1090 Harlan is halfway up this road on the right.

12.00-18.00 Activists will be present at HLS Alconbury just off the A1, first exit north from the A14/A1 roundabout.

20th January 2009

07.00-10.00 Activists will be at Harlan Abbots Ripton again

12.00-18.00 HLS Barrack Road, Eye near Occold, Suffolk, IP237PX

It is intended that at these venues protest is legal and disciplined and respectfully ask all activists to act in accordance with this. Anything and everything possible will be used against all grass roots activists on these 2 days let us not give the police or the media any ammunition or indeed the judge any excuse to up the sentences. Please bring food, hot drinks and warm clothes as both days will be long and cold.

Contact number 07914 795737

Another solidarity demo is being held on 20th January at 17.00 at Sequani Ledbury.

DIVIDE AND CONQUER

DIVIDE AND CONQUER

Lately there have been many negative comments across Indymedia concerning mostly WARN but also SHAC and other campaigns. None of us has an issue about criticism as long as it is constructive or even outright dislike, we cannot expect to all get on. Debate is healthy of course we are all individuals. We will do the best we can whilst we remain at liberty and strongly suggest that others who do not like our methods show us all up by creating something much better.
What we do have an issue with are not opinions or personal insults but lies especially fabrications about Sean’s case and about SHAC, especially when some of those being lied about are in prison and unable to defend themselves. There have been many posts concerning informers and/or infiltrators in SHAC and WARN. It appears that every post now is accompanied with comments insisting that both groups are either run by the police or that the police have infiltrated. Not one scrap of evidence has ever backed up these claims just vague nonsense about how grasses are under current investigation by these unknown people. Any activist actually investigating someone they suspect of being a grass would hardly warn that person by posting publicly that they were doing so and so we can safely assume that this is unsubstantiated nonsense unless of course actual evidence emerges one fine day. By the way, we all know full well that lots of people have been approached to be informers, that there may well be infiltrators and that some activists have become grasses in the past, but at present no one of us have any suspicions about our fellows and despite many statements to the contrary no-one has actually shown us any evidence of any wrong-doing, in fact despite asking many different groups and individuals no inkling of any evidence has come to light.

These comments are made maybe by some who are genuine but disgruntled but in the main to cause rifts in the animal rights movement, to alienate the movement from other movements, to put off new people, to create a climate of fear, to isolate individuals, to give our enemies in the media and the state ammunition, to stop people posting actions or to stop actions as people might be fearful of such vicious criticism, to imply that Sean partook of illegal acts and to get information from outraged activists who feel that they have to respond to this nonsense giving facts. The fact that Indymedia has been used as a tool with which to spread this poison is something we should all learn from.
What has really made us suspect that it is the police or vivisectors behind some of these allegations are the recent outright fibs which make Jackanory look like a serious documentary! The whoppers under “Solidarity for Political prisoner Sean Kirtley” are real gems and most certainly NOT made by anyone genuine. They have now been hidden.

They say

2 grasses sold his details for £900 and copied his pc details while he was on the London action in return for a shorter sentence for herself.

We say

Sean never went to London, we have no idea what £900 was given to 2 activists and no-one has enlightened us. NO female was imprisoned. Someone else goes on to say that Lauren Gazzola grassed up Sean, hardly likely as they never met, she is a great activist who would never sell out, she is in prison in the USA and was not even in the UK when all of these heinous banner waving acts were taking place. Pure lies

They say

Someone in the SSAT organisation copied Sean’s hard drive and these people are now isolated from membership details and operations

We say

WHAT organisation? SSAT was a website updated by Sean which even Judge Ross said was legal, there have never been any membership details and as for “operations” well we are not aware of any. Seans hard drive was taken by the police when they smashed his door in in May2006 they possibly copied it themselves, not that there was anything incriminating on his hard drive anyway other than that he knew other vegans in Worcestershire. Again claims are made about the hard drive being copied by a grass but no evidence whatsoever.

They say

SHAC is infiltrated and that they have known about it for 4 years.

We say

Making such an allegation has VERY serious implications for the animal rights movement especially Greg, Natasha, Heather and Dan who are in prison and for all of the other defendants. Anyone genuine would have made sure that they had decent evidence before confronting the suspect then publicising details so that people could defend themselves by isolating the informer/infiltrator. Stating that SHAC is full of grasses with no evidence is shit stirring pure and simple. It is no good to claim as these jokers do that they are continuing to investigate because if they were doing so they effectively warned their target and we suspect that it is not because they are grossly incompetent but because they are in fact police officers who want everyone suspecting everyone else.

They say

Well they start using our names and using them to make comments we would not make. Notably Lynn Sawyer saying that a post from her was not hers. Using Chris Potter’s name on the Fit watch site to criticise Fit watch. Posting something that could have been incriminating signed “VPSG” (known as Vegan Prisoners Support Group, who NEVER post on anything but their own website).

We say

Do not assume that a post/ article/whatever is necessarily from who it says it is from especially if it is really nasty/ inflammatory. Check with the campaign/individual concerned. For the record we are opposed to fascism, sexism, racism, homophobia and destruction of the environment we would never attack any activists who are striving for human liberation even though we do not actively support every campaign this is due to time constraints not because we do not care. Running a women’s group, fighting against climate change, stopping asylum seekers being sent back to torture and death, fighting fascists? We salute you all and if you see a comment which is really derogatory (as opposed to disagreeing about something) signed off by an animal rights person or group be absolutely sure that it is an attempt to divide and conquer and please contact us here at Netcu Watch for clarification.

They say

They received an email from Lynn Sawyer when her email was down

We say

The old email address had expired 2 weeks before as Lynn had not paid orange any money after changing her account, unbeknown to her orange cancelled the email address.

They say

That the WARN “grouping” have knowingly had a problem with police infiltration which is a “major problem”, Apparently Chris spoke to someone called Sara about this.

We say

We have no reason to suspect that there are any grasses/infiltrators and no-one has given us any information that would make us have any suspicions. We do not know anyone called Sara or Mark in this area! “Mark” refused to say who copied Sean’s hard drive,(despite being asked) probably because no activist actually did so!

They say

Sean was grassed up, so were others.

We say

Who, when, what, where and why? Despite these people or person (using many different names) mentioning “clear evidence” none at all has been shown to anyone. We think that if there was evidence first of all it would have been shown to those involved or their lawyers. There is no evidence that anyone we know has heard of let alone seen. As for stifling debate defending ourselves against outrageous stories is hardly that, neither is demanding hard evidence. Allegations without evidence are the worst of both worlds, paranoia and panic without the information that people need to protect themselves.

They say

Something about Sean’s kitchen getting damaged.

We say.

Pure Jackanory, Sean’s kitchen was not damaged and we have discussed this with his partner who we think as she lives with him might have noticed!

They use

The Veggies email address

We say

Well it adds a tiny bit of credibility to their account shame that we can all compare notes with one another eh? No-one from Veggies posted anything about Sean’s kitchen we have checked!

They say

“ALF” activists arrested and posted this on 2 occasions.

We say.

This could be used by police theoretically against those arrested. The police do watch Indymedia and did reportedly mention it to at least one person arrested. They have also been known to post on Indymedia.

They say

Because people have been arrested that the movement is rife with informers

We say

There is no evidence of that at present although people should be aware of the fact that informers/infiltrators are a hazard to be aware of and take precautions against without paranoia. The police can arrest people with very little evidence if they so wish, they are also more than capable of putting tracers on vehicles, watching CCTV, bugging houses and places like pubs, following people on foot and all manner of surveillance. It is not unknown for the police to “frame” suspects and at the moment animal rights activists are flavour of the decade. Informers/infiltrators may be important to them but they have plenty of other weapons in the arsenal.

They say

We are hiding our head in the sand.

We say

Questioning some vague accusation that there are informers/infiltrators is hardly ignoring the problem! Bear in mind that no information other than SHAC and WARN are supposedly infiltrated has been given which is of no use whatsoever. It is hardly likely that anyone genuine would post this nonsense but giving them the benefit of the doubt a few questions …What exactly do you expect people to do with the information “SHAC and WARN are infiltrated”? Do you not think that this accusation requires some explanation? Do you really expect us to suspect people we have known well for years (in some cases decades) on the say so of someone putting up an unsubstantiated and anonymous post? Activists across the movement meet one another often and not one person has voiced any suspicions to anyone else face to face or at ANY meeting despite the fact that we can be a pretty argumentative bunch.

They say

Ha ha look at the low numbers

We say

So What? Sean was sent to prison for 4 and a half years for peacefully protesting against vivisection and activists are still outside labs and leafleting despite the threat of having their lives turned upside down. Nationals still attract hundreds of people and that is without the subsidised coaches of yesteryear. Those marching against vivisection attract greater numbers than those marching for it despite the fact that vivisection employs a few thousand directly, all in all they can’t even be arsed to defend their “vocation” whereas we potentially risk our liberty when we demonstrate. One person can demonstrate and be very effective.

We also say.

Informers and infiltrators are a real danger the sample of comments above do not in any way assist any activist in basic security. Vague accusations cause untold harm only solid proof, and nothing less, should enter the public arena. Another reason behind these wild rumours is that in future those who have evidence of grasses/infiltrators and wish to expose them may find it more difficult to do so because the police have already used it as a tactic to divide and rule.

Needless to say this attempt to split us has failed miserably.

One thing of which we are fairly certain is that the police are scheming against us. Maybe not the nice Ledbury bobby who attends the demos but the membership of Operation Achilles and Tornardo (more like Operation damp drizzle) and of course NETCU are up to something. It is possible that once they have worked out a formula that doesn’t involve waste millions of pounds with activists being acquitted by juries as they have done no more than peaceful protest that they will move in for the kill. Rushing through a new law or ensuring that there is no jury might be ways around this, or maybe the staging of some heinous act which is attributed to animal rights people, after all there are still lots of queries surrounding Gladys Hammond and Mel Broughton certainly did not commit arson. We will make it very clear to any police officer reading this that we will fight for freedom to protest every step of the way as did the Sequani 6, no deals! We are very much on our guard and ask that in the event we are carted off one morning that other activists question everything the press say and carry on campaigning in whatever way seems right.

It is possible that a real media circus is brewing with the SHAC trial we should support one another, keep our cool even in the face of gross oppression and never ever give up. The fact that hundreds still march at HLS, at Sequani, at Wickham and that more robust activities are increasing is hardly a failure, certainly not in the current climate. We may be fighting overwhelming odds but we always have done. To keep on fighting is what counts, to know that we have done our best and to maintain hope that one day we will live in a world where all living creatures, including humans, are treated with compassion and respect.

The State shows its true colours.

The State shows its true colours.

The Independent front page makes astounding reading. The old D’ notices with which the police, MI5,etc could ask the media not to publish sensitive stuff is to be replaced by a new piece of legislation which gags all journalists if those in Whitehall have their wicked way.

On page 7 reads the headline “Unit that rescued victims of child labour and sex trade is closed down”. The largest dedicated human trafficking police unit because of spending cuts. The overall budget for the protection of 4000 innocent people forced into a living hell was a pathetic 4 million pounds, it is now 1.7 million! So those in charge of policing are quite happy to squander 4 million pounds plus on prosecuting the Sequani 6 alone. The message is clear forcing a young girl into a life of torture and repeated rape is nothing compared to feeling slightly annoyed at a banner being held according to the Home Office. But then of course women and children whose lives are at risk and may well be deported do not have lobbyists, they do not give huge donations to the Labour Party, they do not have senior police officers at their beck and call unlike Big Pharma.

A serious question to all police officers ;

Did you become a police officer to stop atrocities such as serial rape or to sit behind a desk trying to prove that a peaceful protestor somehow “harassed” someone who spends all day hurting innocent animals? Honestly now where would YOU prefer the national budget to be spent NETCU or the Met’s People Trafficking Team not that any of you have a choice?

The growing threat of NETCUs quest for funding and hysterical attempts to get even more new laws to oppress us all with!

Have Steve and his gremlins had the donuts with the pink sprinkles on again? Maybe too much MSG in the takeaways? Maybe they have just got bored with animal rights people or maybe they have finally cottoned on to the fact that many animal rights people are also active against environmental desecration? Maybe they have decided that Earth First! is very effective.

Whatever it is the article in the Observer today (9th November 2008) is an appalling attempt to create a climate of hysteria against environmental activists. The best bit is when NETCU allegedly says (let us give them the benefit of the doubt journalists can tell big fibs);

“Officers are concerned a “lone maverick” eco-extremist may attempt a terrorist attack aimed at killing large numbers of Britons”.

Now why might NETCU’s hypothetical crazed environmentalist do such a thing? Well it appears that because some environmentalists are of the opinion that there are too many humans around it might help things, cull the herd so to speak in NETCUs warped imagination. Of course this is madness to cut the population by 80% the “lone maverick” would have quite a job on his or her hands having to murder 5 billion people in a short space of time. It is very unlikely unless of course in a darkened room at Hinchingbrooke the poor dears have allowed their imaginations run riot watching 28 days later where activists inadvertently release a plague which turns more or less the entire population into the flesh eating living dead. Maybe they think there is some James Bond type villain somewhere plotting the same sort of thing. Maybe they are having a great time all together in NETCU and want the funding to go on and on and on as well as telling tall stories to anyone who will listen about how heroic they all are even though they face nothing like the risks a police officer on a Saturday night in any town centre will face. Yes we know paper clips can be dangerous but not as much as a pissed bloke(s) wielding a broken bottle.

What concerns us is the way in which they attempt to criminalise a very valid opinion. The word “heretic” is not mentioned (how long before it is?) but NETCU are reported as saying that because arguments in favour of population decrease have been expressed that those individuals are prepared to kill. This is utter nonsense. For a start the human population is increasing rapidly, people are starving, land, air and water are defiled by our activities, entire species are being wiped out at unprecedented levels. To suggest that as a species we cut down our consumption of resources and limit our FUTURE numbers are valid points. How can those who do not exist suffer? No-one has EVER to our knowledge suggested genocide it is everything we are opposed to and if anything maybe NETCU should look to companies such as Nestle, or Shell, or Union Carbide who think nothing of mass murder or extremism in pursuit of profit! We at NW are utterly opposed to gross human rights violations such as those inflicted on babies in China in their attempt to curb population growth.

We believe that if the atrocities of starvation, preventable infant mortality, war, forced pregnancies, patriarchy and environmental devastation were solved that women especially would actively seek to limit their brood or even not have children at all (how many women really want loads of children?). The world population would drop dramatically over a generation or two, it has already happened in the West. Some of us activists have a few children, some have none, it is down to personal choice and seems to indicate a steady decrease in overall numbers.

To suggest that Earth First! is planning extreme violence would be laughable if it were not so sinister. Clearly NETCU wish to do something to justify their pitiful existence. We suspect that they are softening the public up for raids, serious charges and ever new ever more oppressive legislation. We also would like to warn the journalists involved in this disgraceful pro industry propaganda (Mark Townsend and Nick Denning) that they are undermining their own profession by promoting NETCUs not so hidden agenda. If one of them writes an article, even if that article is never published, which questions the wisdom of unlimited population expansion will they too be suspected of terrorism? Is it really up to NETCU to decide what we should all believe?

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