posted on Sep, 2 2003 @ 04:32 PM
Why does this sound like the Soviet Political Officers that were (are?) so prevalent within the ranks of the soviet military, in order to quell any
potential discontent, usually with a Nagant round to the back of the head???
Sort of makes the House UnAmerican Activities Committee seem tame...
Special branch is bigger than in cold war
'Political police' are now more intrusive than at any time in UK history, claims civil liberties group Statewatch
Alan Travis, home affairs editor
Tuesday September 2, 2003
The number of police special branch officers has more than doubled in the past 25 years, despite the end of the cold war and the ceasefire in Northern
Ireland, according to research by the civil liberties group Statewatch published today.
It is notoriously hard to establish the number of police officers involved in the special branch, tasked with countering terrorism and monitoring
"subversive" organisations, but, Statewatch says the numbers in Britain grew from 1,638 in 1978 to 4,247 last year.