Kenny, Fitzgerald protecting sexually abusive #Spycops in Ireland.

UNDERCOVER COP: THE MARK KENNEDY STORY

Mark Kennedy engaged in an “abusive sexual relationship on Irish soil”

 

Today, four women deceived into relationships with undercover police in the UK [1,2] have written to the Irish Prime minister, Minister for Justice and Equality, and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade.

Their letters [3] ask why they were targeted in Ireland for abusive relationships by UK undercover officers, and demand a full Inquiry into the activity of UK undercover officers in Ireland.

These letters are in response to the secret “report” prepared by the An Garda Síochána in 2011 [4] attempting to justify the activities of undercover police officers from the UK in Ireland.

They highlight the fact that the relationships they had with these officers, which took place in part on Irish soil, have been admitted to be human rights violations [5]. This means the report’s claims that police activities in Ireland were limited to tracking “external activists with a track record for violence” are false.

These officers activities in the Republic of Ireland will not be investigated as part of the Pitchford Inquiry into Undercover Policing [6], and so  far, the response of  the Justice Minister and Garda has been to conduct secret, internal reviews into these revelations and to deny their grave  importance [7]. The women are demanding a full and public investigation into the activities of these officers, detailing any offenses they committed in Ireland. They also specifically ask:

  • Who authorised these undercover operations in Ireland?
  • Do Irish police hold files on us, and when will we be given access to those files?
  • How does the Irish state justify foreign police officers having deceptive intimate relationships with women, in violation of our human rights and bodily integrity?
  • How many more UK police officers operated in Ireland and how many more women were abused by the police on Irish soil?

Kate Wilson travelled to Dublin with her partner, Mark “Stone” (Kennedy) in May 2004 said “The MPS apologised for the violation of my human rights in the UK, but those rights were also violated in Ireland. Someone authorised Mark to take me to Ireland with him, and engage in an abusive sexual relationship on Irish soil. We are asking for answers, and the Irish government is responding with denials and secret reports. That should be of great concern to anyone who wants to believe in accountability and human rights in Ireland”

Mark Kennedy also met up with “Lisa” as she travelled back from protests in Rossport against the Corrib gas pipeline. Lisa was deceived by the police into an abusive relationship with him that lasted six years before she exposed his real identity in 2010. She said “The UK undercover officers crossed borders regularly, and seemingly without oversight. Their operations extended far outside the remit of the current investigations. Was he authorised to continue our relationship in Ireland? Was he being paid? Did the Irish authorities know?”

“Alison” was in a five year relationship with Jenner who she knew as Mark Cassidy. She said “When it was suggested that the Colin Roach Centre send a delegation to the West Belfast Festival in the Summer of 1995, Jenner was keen to offer his van to drive people there. The journey included a stop-over in the Republic of Ireland. Were the authorities there informed that a Special Branch agent was operating in their territory? And if not, why not?”

Key background links

1] The women who made this statement have all been affected by undercover police. ‘Alison‘ had a long term relationship with Mark Jenner,  ‘Lisa‘,  and Kate Wilson  (previously under the pseudonym of “Lily”) had long term relationships with Mark Kennedy,  and Helen  Steel (previously under the pseudonym of “Clare”) had a long term  relationship with John Dines. ‘Alison’, & ‘Lisa’ are pseudonyms as they have anonymity upheld by the courts.    https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmhaff/837/130205i.htm

2]   These women all made legal claims against  the Metropolitan  Police arising from their deception into long-term  intimate   relationships with police officers who had infiltrated social  and   environmental justice campaigns. These were both human rights claims and common law claims, including deceit, assault, misfeasance in public office and negligence.

3] https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/spycops-abroad/irish-inquiry-letter

4] https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ministers-kept-in-the-dark-over-british-spy-6kp5shhgt?shareToken=2bfee46b3a0b361d78248ce189fd8e36

5] As part of an out-of-court settlement, the Met police issued a comprehensive apology [http://news.met.police.uk/videos/mps-apology-long-term-sexual-relationships-21074} to three of these women (Alison, Helen & Lisa) in November 2015. http://news.met.police.uk/news/claimants-in-civil-cases-receive-mps-apology-138574. The same apology was extended to the fourth woman (Kate) in March 2017.

6] A public inquiry has also been launched covering only England & Wales .https://www.ucpi.org.uk/

7] http://www.parliamentary-questions.com/question/7624-17/

8] These women aim to highlight and prevent the continuation of psychological, emotional and sexual abuse of campaigners and others by undercover police officers. ‘We come from different backgrounds and have a range of political beliefs and interests, and we are united in believing that every woman, and   every person, has a right to participate in the struggle for social and   environmental justice, without fear of persecution, objectification,  or  interference in their lives.’ – from ‘Where we stand’ Statement.

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Youth Defence try and fail to unmask Anonymous. Pics and Video

A rather bizarre incident happened at outside the Dail yesterday. In retrospect probably not as bizarre as the goings on inside the Dail where is seems is acceptable for a male TD to reach out and grab a female TD and pull her down to sit on his groin whilst his male TD friends watch without intervening or even looking uncomfortable. All this as they collectively discuss some unrelated matters such a women’s autonomy, social norms dominated by patriarchy, and bodily integrity all of which are bound up in any critical conversation around abortion and the state. But we all know these dicks are beyond parody. This is the place where these same guys, on €90K a year got drunk on cheap booze, both paid for by us, as they turned €60Billion odd of private banking debt into something our communities will have to pay for off for generations to come.  But I digress.

 

 

So outside I turned up to see how the pro choice folks who camped out the night before where gettting on as legislation about womens bodies was being debated by an almost exclusively white catholic employed males over the age of 50. That demographic is a fairly small part of the social Venn diagram, but this is what passes for democracy in official social imagination.

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The sun was out and the mood was good, with about 30-40 pro-choice people about at 4.30. Around then I noticed about 5-6 folks dressed up as Anons. All in black with the V of vendetta masks and holding laminated signs with a “?”. I thought it curious and immediately wondered if this was related to the hack of Youth Defence’s website the day before. I’ve no idea and it could be completely unrelated. Indeed some other folks I spoke to thought it might be rather stupid thing to do if that was the case.

Theres yer man

Theres yer man

Whatever the case, it was clear that some of the Youth Defence folks where thinking the same thing as when, after about standing for 30 mins the Anon folks left, two male Youth Defence started to follow them. As the YD guys walked passed me I overheard one saying to the other that they should unmask and photograph the Anons folks. At this point I started to follow them.

They got pretty close to the Anons and followed them into a multi story car park stairwell. By this point I’d caught up too and when the Anons stopped on the stairwell, one remonstrated without speaking as if to say whats the problem. They then continued down the stairwell just as one of the Youth Defence guys say me filming behind him. He then called to the other guys to make him aware I was filming. The other guys continued after the Anons down the car park stairwell, so I passed the first guy to see if he was actually gonna confront the folks dressed as Anons. The second guy very quickly came barging back up the stairs, pushing me out of the way as he ran. The two then ran back out of the stairwell back into the street. When I went back out into the street they kinda of assumed I, and another friend who kindly followed me to make sure I was alright, were both with the Anon folks. They seemed very stressed and pissed off. However is seems filming then put them off their intented plan of physically confronting the people dressed as Anons, who disappeared out of sight. The video is below

“AerAbortabroad” Pics & video: Pro Choice at Bus Aras

Updated 13.48 28th Sept.  Ive added a video from Paula Geharty of Trade Union TV which has interviews with the participants.

Its been a while since Ive posted. Heres some stuff from earlier today. Video and images all copyleft blah blah…

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Today saw a group of women gather outside Bus Aras in Dublin, with wheelie cases and dressed in red, highlighting the multi faceted burden placed upon the 150,000 women who have traveled seeking abortion services in the UK since 1980.

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The colour red was chosen as this was the colour of garments worn by clinic escorts, mostly women who volunteered to meet  Irish women coming of the boats, planes and train on a journey which, if the state was doing its job, they should never have needed to make.

It was part of a series of event leading up to the March for Choice this Saturday. More info below the the video


Some interviews by TradeUnionTV

That info

Action On X: Anthea McTeirnan’s speech

I helped out at the Action on X meeting last night with live-tweeting it so that the conversations come be (somewhat) more visible to those following the hashtag #ActionOnX but couldnt attend the meeting. I was in that growing part of the Venn diagram present in both public spaces at the same time.  Following it on Twitter was interesting in that the hastag was also being used by some folks to engage in trolling (mostly christian fundementalists) and it was clear that some accounts had been set up specifically for the purpose  – no previous tweets, no followers and not following anyone and a default twitter avatar. However this post isnt about tweeting or emerging public spaces or how we, in our own lives, communites, campaigns and political/social projects can use these as tools. That is something Id like to sit down and write about a bit more about at some point.

I was still himming and hawing about whether to go when I got a text so see if id be up for helping out.  I was happy to.  And I was even happier when the neighbours said there still would be pancakes on the go when I finished up.

A part that stuck out for me head and shoulders during the meeting was the speech that was written, carved and presented by Anthea McTeirnan a journalist and reproductive rights activist.  Perhaps thats not the best way of describing it or even unfair to seperate out one part from the whole; maybe its power was the fact that it was in a room of almost 250, I’d guess, people, majority women were, what could be considered the state longest abiding “official” social taboo was consciously, collectively and publicly being dismantled.

Massive credit to Action on X for ongoing work, and indeed all the women and feminists/allies who have struggled to free women from the obscene structural and cultural oppressions.  You know something is  significant to ya when the hairs stand up on your neck, and you feel it in your belly. Its the sensation of a demanding empathy, a considered and calm anger, and the articulation of oppression and struggles that demolishes the illusions of the oppressor.  I had that sensation when i heard Anthea speak these words last night.  They should be on the school syllabus. To many this is simply common sense, I guess the nature of all social struggles in shaped by who shapes that.  This should be on posters all over the place and on the secondary school syllabus.

Why must men always fight their battles for control on the bodies of women?

Why can’t women be trusted to make the right choices? Why shouldn’t women be trusted to make the right choices?

We are the experts. We make our choices with careful thought, with intelligent consideration. Sometimes with sadness, sometimes with relief – but always with responsibility.

Our bodies are just that. They are our bodies. It is not a cliché – it is a fact.

We have argued over women’s reproductive rights for so long. The putative womb of Irish women has been kicked around our courts and debating chambers as men in wigs have bickered over whether women inIrelandare fit or capable of making our own decisions.

We have not yet decided whether they are.

We have need of more experts, it seems.

This time the experts will look at implementing the X-Case judgment.

A woman is entitled to an abortion in this State if her life is threatened by her pregnancy, including the risk of suicide. This means that there must be clear medical and psychological criteria for allowing a woman to have an abortion.

And there must be a service provided. She must be able to have that abortion inIreland. The European Court of Human Rights expects this matter sorted. Twenty years after the Supreme Court made their ruling In the X Case, the human rights of women inIrelandare still being violated.

No more pretending.

No more pretending that the 4,500 abortions that happen each year in England or Holland or Spain- or wherever – are not Irish abortions. They are. The sex was Irish sex, the money to pay for the termination is Irish money, the counselling – before and after – is Irish counselling.

A land of saints and scholars that spews its women like undesirables across the sea at a time of great individual challenge is not one to be proud of.

We now have the opportunity to make amends.

As we speak, men the world over are waging their wars over the bodies of women. TheUnited Statesis dissolving into a chequerboard of pot luck, where unlucky women needing an abortion find themselves imprisoned in their home States in the land of the free. Women fromUtahandAlabamaandIndianamust turn to their sisters inNew Yorkto help them to travel and pay for a medical procedure with prohibitive restrictions in their home States.

Here inIreland, we are used to men fighting their battles over our bodies. Yet our own situation has begun to look even more precarious. Across the Irish Sea conservatives like MP Nadine Dorries seek to erect barriers where none previously existed, adding layers of policing and control to the provision of terminations inBritain. This move failed, but we cannot be certain there won’t be more attempts.

So we can continue to abandon Irish women to the whims of other jurisdictions or we can drag our post-colonial democracy kicking and screaming into a place where we no longer cede the vindication of the rights of half our population to another state.

We actually have the opportunity to develop a model of best practice. We have the chance to unhook ourselves from a colonial reliance on the land next door. We can do it better – we can have a system that supports the reproductive rights of women, a system that doesn’t seek to judge and moralise and restrict.

And it is not a far-fetched  demand to make.

In England, progressive campaigners are demanding that the clause in  the 1967 Abortion Act that “the opinion of two registered medical practitioners” must be sought to approve an abortion should be removed. We can provide a service in this country that is progressive, accessible and stripped of moral policing. We can move forward into a new millennium, where a woman seeking a termination is not “mad” or “bad”. There is no need to judge. The woman will decide, the woman must decide.

It is time to stop asking for small measures.

The recent Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Bill 2011 says 30 per cent of election candidates must be women by 2016. A strangely disproportionate choice given that 50 per cent of the population is female. In the words of one of our corporate saviours, providers of the Morning After Pill, Boots the chemist –  “here come the girls”. We will increase our numbers in government, but it will mean nothing for our personal autonomy.

We have elected two fine women Presidents, heads of State who embodied the sovereignty of our nation, yet who, as women, never enjoyed sovereignty over their own bodies. An irony of presidential proportions.

Yes we can be presidents, yes we can take our 30 per cent allocation of places on the ballot paper.  But as women we can never be equal in a State that embeds discrimination into its Constitution.

If we can afford the cost of a plane ticket and a termination in an English clinic, if we are strong enough during our chemo to walk up the steps of that Ryanair plane, if we can find someone to mind the kids, if we can get out of the country on our visa, if we can find out where, if we can find out how, we can get an abortion.

But that is too many ifs. If we need an abortion, if that is the choice we make, it is time for us to be able to do so here.

Reducing the women of this State to reproductive systems that need policing has to end.

Equality of opportunity will only come from equal rights and equal respect. The time has come for a mature democracy to take mature decisions. It is time to provide a service for medical terminations here.

Women are the expert group. Women can make the right choices. The time has come to trust us.

 

For a great write up read Aileen O Carrolls piece.  You can also read the Twitter conversation from last night (you dont need Twitter to see it) And heres a link to Action on X

Sexual Assault Prevention Tips and Kevin Myers

Some of you may have seen this already but its a bloody great poster. No doubt for folks like Kevin Myers this is an another sign of  creeping agressive feminism that is the greatest scourge in our society today. But when we remember that the same self described white middle class hetrosexual ‘social commentator’ could be considered an apologist for rape culture we know  why we should care what he says. Why am I mentioning him in this post? Would ignoring him not be a more suitable thing to do?

Quite simply no.  Because he is not a neutral entity in the public conversation around patriachy and sexual violence. Its all to easy, and at times fun, to dismiss right wing conservative pundits like Myers, and in doing so we miss the architecture of conservative social thinking. If people are serious about bringing forward an agenda that tackles patriachy and the oppression of half the worlds population then we need to understanded the coded values that underpin the right.  And in saying that in conscious that im a man who doesnt have full grip of it and dont seek to speak for or on behalf of any women. I do feel i have a responsibility to challenge other men though. Any gender can rape or be raped,  and that of course needs to be said.

Recently when cops talked about raping women in their custody, Myers, as well as police spokeman Paul Williams, jumped to their defense – even when no one was attacking the police. Whilst Williams jumped through the hoops of a really poor performance on Marion Finucane, Myers showed what a completely topsy turvy world he lives in.  Unable to condemn paid servants of the state talking about raping women, Myers tries to get mileage on about how ‘complex the issue’ actually is.  Both where horribly out of step with public opinion, as seen by the poll carried out by the Sunday Independent at the time.

I guess men taking about raping women is complex issue if you think like this

Now I’m not saying that I’ve ever made such jests about rape, but I certainly know that I’ve said things that I’d never want to be made public. Moreover, any rational person who has heard the Rossport tape would know that the references about “rape” were not meant as such, and in no way represented how gardai usually talk about women.

So what if you’ve said things you never want to be made public Kevin, sure we all have. Shit im sure i say things that fall into that category every fuckin day. But what has that got to do with men talking about raping people. Whats it got to do with police officers thinking its cool to laugh amongst themselves about raping prisoners.  Its a complete fabrication to suggest that such comments are completely seperate from actions of brutality from individuals within An Garda Siochana. €420,000 euros is paid out each month in compensation to people because of police violence.

But the real question around Myers is what sort of a person makes such tenuous conections in the first place. There is no real basis for it, and to me its a glimse into an emotionally immature mind, with easy thought pathways carved decades ago by dogmatism of youthful Marxist adherrance.  Even though Myers has long moved to the right, his writing clearly exposed that dogmatic rhethoric and emotional illiteracy lie at the heart of the writings and arguments, something he has in common with many ‘social commentators’.  Ever quick to point at the threats to their own secure worlds of privilege and power devoid of critical self awareness. Always ready to kick back when women, migrants, people of colour, the unemployed start getting together and articulating their own reality in their own terms. Always ready to apoligise and cover for the abuse of power, and in doing so reinforcing thier own smug safety in the heirachy of cutural hegemony. This poster is a two finger to such men, and such people.

Its completely bollix and simply a smokescreen that show the inherent bias  in what a) what they (Myers and Williams) support uneqivocally (ie whatever the cops do) and b) what they are against. In William’s case that is whatever the police say. Himself and the irish police are against as for all intents and purposes they have a symbotic relationship that pays his mortage regardless of the paper his “investigative journalism” is printed. I could surmise the relationship between himself and the force is one that makes the ongoing phone hacking scandal in the UK News of the World look  almost savory, but thats another story.

Myer’s is a slightly different creature, one whose consistent themes are anti women, anti democratic and the slighty odd ‘anti pc’ which he claims as a badge of honour.  His articles revolve around with  a central premise that women actually being powerful and automonous actors in our society is wrong and dangerous.  Its kinda hilarious that someone would model themselves as a kind of intellectual Jeremy Clarkson, given that to its quite hard to intellectualise loud bombastic misogyny in written form. But god love him he give it a good go.  Kevin Myers lives in such a contorted and messed up emotional world that he manages to put his own oppression (white middle class hetronormism) as center piece of an article he decided to write himself about the now famous incident of  cops talking about raping women.  In his mind there is a New Moral Order. Kevin has

 “got a pretty good idea that a middle-class heterosexual white male like me absolutely never qualifies for any ideological compassion within it.”

Kevin if you didnt write such sticking poo we would not have to wonder just what ideological compassion. You can take the man out of dogmatic Marxism, but you can never take the dogmatic thinking…..

Anyways rant over, heres the poster. The orginal text is below and was written by

Original text is from here and poster here

I don’t usually repost other people’s stuff in their entirety and without comment, but this was posted at SexGenderBody with the request to reprint it. I think it’s right on. I’m changing just one thing: the original post ended with the caveat that any gender can rape and be raped:

This goes for any gendered rape, male on female or female on male or female on female or FTM on MTF or non gendered to dual gendered and so on and so forth….

I think that’s important enough to say right up front. Here’s the rest.

A lot has been said about how to prevent rape.

  • Women should learn self-defense.
  • Women should lock themselves in their houses after dark.
  • Women shouldn’t have long hair and women shouldn’t wear short skirts.
  • Women shouldn’t leave drinks unattended.
  • Fuck, they shouldn’t dare to get drunk at all.

Instead of that bullshit, how about:

If a woman is drunk, don’t rape her.
If a woman is walking alone at night, don’t rape her.
If a women is drugged and unconscious, don’t rape her.
If a woman is wearing a short skirt, don’t rape her.
If a woman is jogging in a park at 5 am, don’t rape her.
If a woman looks like your ex-girlfriend you’re still hung up on, don’t rape her.
If a woman is asleep in her bed, don’t rape her.
If a woman is asleep in your bed, don’t rape her.
If a woman is doing her laundry, don’t rape her.
If a woman is in a coma, don’t rape her.
If a woman changes her mind in the middle of or about a particular activity, don’t rape her.
If a woman has repeatedly refused a certain activity, don’t rape her.
If a woman is not yet a woman, but a child, don’t rape her.
If your girlfriend or wife is not in the mood, don’t rape her.
If your step-daughter is watching TV, don’t rape her.
If you break into a house and find a woman there, don’t rape her.
If your friend thinks it’s okay to rape someone, tell him it’s not, and that he’s not your friend.
If your “friend” tells you he raped someone, report him to the police.
If your frat-brother or another guy at the party tells you there’s an unconscious woman upstairs and it’s your turn, don’t rape her, call the police and tell the guy he’s a rapist.
Tell your sons, god-sons, nephews, grandsons, sons of friends it’s not okay to rape someone.
Don’t tell your women friends how to be safe and avoid rape.
Don’t imply that she could have avoided it if she’d only done/not done x.
Don’t imply that it’s in any way her fault.
Don’t let silence imply agreement when someone tells you he “got some” with the drunk girl.
Don’t perpetuate a culture that tells you that you have no control over or responsibility for your actions. You can, too, help yourself.

If you agree, re-post it. It’s that important.