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German police officers work undercover abroad

The Local · 19 Feb 2011, 11:48

Published: 19 Feb 2011 11:48 GMT+01:00

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Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that MPs sitting in a confidential meeting of a parliamentary interior affairs committee were told at the end of last month that undercover German police officers were routinely sent abroad to infiltrate suspect groups.

The hearing was prompted by the revelation that British undercover police officer Mark Kennedy had been working in Germany, as well as in other countries, infiltrating environmental and leftist protest groups.

The story caused a scandal as it emerged that he had been undercover for years, posing as an activist called Mark Stone, becoming heavily involved in protests and even pursuing several sexual relationships.

Jörg Zierke, head of Germany's federal criminal police, told the committee that five undercover German police officers had been sent to the protests at the 2005 G8 meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland.

There they had been under the command of the British National Public Order Intelligence Unit, said Zierke.

Different forces helped each other “accompanying the scene in the relevant countries,” Zierke was quoted as saying in meeting notes which were marked "for official use only."

Those being watched would include what he called “Euro anarchists, militant left-extremists and terrorists.”

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One could only take on organised and conspiratorial international networks when one worked “as internationally and conspiratorially” as they did, he said.

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16:17 February 19, 2011 by Frenemy
The worldwide number one perpetrator of this practice is the NYPD. Except they go so far as to set up intel networks in those countries (and from what I hear, this REALLY pi$$es off the CIA)...
08:14 February 20, 2011 by Schnuckel
Beverly Hills Cop had Eddie Murphy working out of his jurisdiction, but never abroad. Axle Foley has no idea what he is missing.

More recently, The International, had a storyline of the NYC D.A.'s office working on a case abroad with the eventual assistance of Interpol, so that is added validation to what Frenemy has stated above. In that movie, the NYC D.A.'s office, arguably Interpol, brings down a crooked multinational bank, instead of the CIA? Think deep, real deep, and I think you'll know the answer, but watch the movie. Interesting side note is that the VW headquarters in Wolfsburg was the setting for the bank in that movie. Awesome place.
09:48 February 20, 2011 by catjones
But they can't catch the graffiti guys and car burners.
13:31 February 20, 2011 by DepotCat
According to The Daily Make it Up a Euro police force already exists..."March of the Euro police..." >>>


Not sure about the diplomatic immunity bit, but if it's true that's a bit worrying.
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