We are constantly monitored, CCTV, speed cameras, red light cameras, phone hacking, wire tapping, e-mail monitoring, text snooping... and yet the Government need to know more about us.
Enter the human manifestation of mass surveillance, the Spycop.
Yesterday I saw the protest outside Cardiff Central Police Station where song, speeches and poems, (one poem involving a goat – well, this is Wales after all) were shared.
The protest was completely peaceful and despite the seriousness of the allegations and deep understanding the damage spycops breed, spirits were high and voices strong.
I was handed a flyer at the gathering that spelt out exactly why everyone was there:
The groups infiltrated were not Al-Quida or IS collaborators but instead peaceful movements. Amongst those monitored were anti-capitalists, anarchists, environmentalists and animal rights activists.