Peace campaigner, 85, classified by police as 'domestic extremist'
John Catt and his daughter were placed under surveillance at more than 80 lawful protests
(The Guardian) -- Paul Lewis and Rob Evans --
For John Catt, protest has never been about chaining himself to a railing or blocking a road in an act of civil disobedience. The 85-year-old peace campaigner's far milder form of dissent typically involves turning up at a demonstration with his daughter, Linda, taking out his sketch pad and drawing the scene.
However this, it seems, has been enough for police to classify Catt and his 50-year-old daughter "domestic extremists", put their personal information on a clandestine national database and record their political activities in minute detail.
Secret files have revealed how police have systematically documented their political activities, undermining official claims that only hardcore activists were placed under surveillance.
The National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU) recorded their presence at more than 80 lawful demonstrations over four years, logging details such as their appearance, and slogans on their T-shirts.
Catt and his daughter, from Brighton, were aware that surveillance teams were often in the vicinity during their protests, but they had no idea how closely they were being monitored until their files were released under the Data Protection Act
Police said they did not legally have to disclose them, but did so to show there was "nothing sinister in what we hold".
The Catts, who have no criminal records, said they were "shocked and terrified" when they read their files. "Our activities were totally legitimate – we were not interested in non-violent direct action," said Linda . "My dad likes to sketch and I will hold a banner and shout a few things. But I'm careful about what I say."
They said the most worrying aspect was the seemingly banal information the surveillance officers had been logging, from observations about their demeanour and car number plates, to notes about their conversations with local reporters.
Amid the pages of detailed logs was an entry that noted how on the morning of 25 September 2005, John Catt was "clean shaven" when he attended a demonstration by Sussex Action for Peace. The Catts have been part of a long running campaign against an arms factory in Brighton, run by the American-owned EDO MBM Technology, over sales to Israel...MORE..LINK
Chris Moore comments:
This is a good demonstration of how leviathan Statist-Corporatism uses "the Jewish cause" (Israel) to validate its despicable authoritarianism and war profiteering; no one would buy or accept that an 85-year-old peace campaigner who airs his grievances against war by making sketches of anti-war rallies is any kind of threat to national security -- that is, until he can be inferred to be an "anti-Semite" with sinister, secret motives for opposing an Israel-connected enterprise. Then, suddenly, it's perfectly acceptable for Big Brother to subject him harassment, surveillance, intimidation, and perhaps someday, even imprisonment.
The Statist-Corporatist juggernaut goes through similar exercises in large ways and small against those who oppose its schemes by using its partnership with Israel and the Jewish people as an all purpose cover for the most scurrilous and contemptible behavior, eg the War on Terror, Middle Eastern wars, and domestic "Homeland Security" authoritarianism in the U.S. Is organized Jewry aware of how it's being used? I think some elements are, and some are not, but its self-indoctrinated hatred, paranoia, victimization, culture of greed and pathological need for control blind even most of the innocent elements of Jewry to their own role in the sinister partnership. However, it is heartening that pockets of Jews appear to be awakening to the pharisaic machinations of their (and our) overlords, and are refusing to allow those who would use and manipulate them to push their buttons and coerce them into a partnership in evil.
Additionally, the ruthless and cunning globalization elite (both Jew and Gentile) would have no problem throwing Jewry to the wolves, if it ever came to that, so perhaps certain Jews realize it's in their own long-term survival interests to end the partnership, as well. The question is, will enough of these resist the Siren lure of the dysfunctional aspects of their own culture long enough to free themselves from its cycle of destruction? Moreover, will enough Westerners themselves recognize how the warped globalist elite are manipulating and using us all, and using Jewry and Israel as their all-purpose ace in the hole?