National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU). and ACPO

Tony Gosling tony at
Sun Jan 16 21:47:37 GMT 2011

The Mail on Sunday today (page 8, feature on Mark Kennedy, undercover 
policeman who has been exposed as such) refers to the National Public 
Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU).

The paper states that the unit runs a nationwide intelligence data 
base of political activists.

It goes on: 'The unit comes under the Association of Chief Police 
Officers (ACPO). I have always regarded ACPO as a chief police 
officers trade union, so why are they keeping a data base on 
political activists? In any case what is so wrong with being a 
political activist that a data base has to be kept on them. Being a 
political activist is not a crime, or is it?

The way politics is controlled by the corporate (Fascist) cloud, as 
Robert Francis likes to put it, has essentially consigned democracy 
and real politics to the dustbin.

Worse still, the feature goes on: '..... the Mail on Sunday has 
previously reported [NPIOU], is a limited company that sells 
information from the Police National Computer, among other concerns'.

I would like to know:

1. What is the legal basis for NPOIU?

2. What is the democratic basis for NPOIU?

3. Who can buy data from the Police National Computer and what range 
of data is available for purchase?

4. Does the data on the Police National Computer come under the Data 
Protection Act?

5. What is ACPO's status and is it a trade union?

6. Who receives the proceeds from sale of this data?

7. Doesn't the idea of a police unit being a limited company that can 
sell data obtained at taxpayer expense (presumably) come under the 
definition of fascism?

Any answers or comments welcome.

Dave   Davebarnby at

PS: I have been reading the book (600 plus pages): 'Inside the 
Brotherhood', it's about Freemasonry. There is a chapter on the 
police (and judiciary) and although the book is some 20 years old, 
there is enough on police masonry for concern (I presume nothing much 
has changed).

When you consider this murky (as MonS puts it) unit and Freemasonry 
in the police, then the public may have serious reason to be worried, 
if not terrified.

I wonder what David Cameron knows or thinks about it?

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