originally by: The Guardian
published: 18 October 2013
Police chiefs face a legal challenge over their policy of keeping secret files on thousands of political activists. A police monitoring group and campaigners have started legal action to curb a clandestine database that records its subjects’ political activities.
Police say the database is necessary to keep track of campaigners they deem to be actual or potential “domestic extremists”.
They say they need to identify hardcore protesters who have used, or are about to use, criminal means to promote their political beliefs.
However, evidence gathered by the Guardian shows that many listed on the national domestic extremism database have never committed a crime.