Forward Intelligence Unit of the Metropolitan Police:  FIT

FITwatch

The object is to make them feel uncomfortable going about their business as them seem to like to make others. Further, to identify their own objects, to database their activity and to stand up for our own lawful actions. It’s all, in fact, a question of civil liberties.

Please check out some of the earlier coverage in this and related issues.  As you see, there is loads to say about it.

Police surveillance: ‘They’re focusing on the press more than the protesters’ – Guardian 6 March 2009

Under surveillance: police target environmental protesters and journalists – Guardian 6 March 2009

Surveillance of arms trade campaigner was unlawful, says appeal court – Guardian 21 May 2009

Fit Watch campaigners describe how they were arrested and bundled to the ground – Guardian 21 June 2009

Arrested for asking a policeman for his badge number – Guardian 21 June 2009

Predatory policing – Guardian 22 June 2009

Arrest of the Fit Watch three. Police officers arrest a FIT Watch protesters for photographing officers without identify numbers – Jess Hurd

My personal agenda is I’m having a stab at dealing with the folks who have so changed the perception of photography, that my ‘own side’ now has.  In thinking that cameras in the first instance, might be surveillance, rather than our own object in trying to ‘big up’ this issues I care about. They are responsible for this general mistrust, that photographers now feel under.  In short.  bastards!

There is a misunderstanding thinking that all policemen with camera are FIT, Forward Intelligence Unit of the Metropolitan Police FIT.  They are not. there are:

1) Constables get given a camera for the afternoon.
2) EG evidence gatherers. they have been on a course and understand a bit of the technicals and the rules of evidence.
3) FIT. these are like EG but they are specifically a division of the Metropolitan Police. that are supposed to be apparent, and give you the idea that you are being watched, I case you do sommat wrong. To intimidate this involved in ‘issues’,  in fact.

If you want to get involved, just do it really, and help by exposing their work.  these are my latest examples

Nottingham Demos & Surveillance continue [July] at Heckler & Koch weapons HQ

FITwatch blog entry – Victory for Fitwatchers Everywhere as FIT Hide in Car:

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