£200 in used notes. That was the price that two goons from the Labour regime’s secret political police thought would buy the cooperation of the BNP’s internet technician Simon Bennett.
While we are grateful for the donation — which Simon paid straight into the Truth Truck Appeal — the approach has a very sinister side, particularly as it is not the only one made to BNP members recently.
Coming on top of the recent arrest of Tory immigration spokesman Damien Green, Special Branch’s attempt to recruit informers within a perfectly legal political party is a worrying indication of the increasingly totalitarian bent of Labour’s politicised police force.
Mr Bennett agreed to meet the two men after he had earlier been stopped and briefly held by police at Liverpool when returning from a business trip to Northern Ireland.
Their initial approach seemed reasonable enough — as is generally the case when the Special Branch (Britain’s political police) try to recruit an informer.
Pointing out that Mr. Bennett’s position made it possible that he would be one of the first to spot a potential extremist, the SB men asked if he would report anyone in the party he came across breaking the law.
Naturally Mr Bennett said that he believed the prospect of finding such an individual was almost non-existent, but also confirmed that he would do the same as any other law-abiding citizen in such unlikely circumstances.
Having told Nick Griffin and several other key officials about the approach, Mr Bennett was given the ‘OK’ to continue and to see how long it took them to get down to their real business. He met them several times over the following few weeks and, once again, they didn’t do anything other than say how much they agreed with large amounts of BNP policy.
When they called him to another meeting in a local pub, however, one of the two handed Mr. Bennett a menu. Inside were several photos of individuals and he was asked if he could identify any of them. He said that he couldn’t and gave the menu back, only to have a roll of twenty pound notes shoved into his hand.
“From the way they manoeuvred me into sitting in a certain chair, I’m pretty sure they were filming me,” Mr Bennett told a member of our news team.
“I’ve no doubt that the idea was that they could then blackmail me by threatening to let my party colleagues know that we had been meeting, and claim that I had given them information.
“They asked me to give them an account of a top level Euro election campaign planning conference I was about to attend.”
The SB men told Mr Bennet that they had prepared a safe house for him because he had to “be protected.” Mr Bennett was given the code name ‘Nicky Price’ and told to text in a message to the agents every night “to let them know he was safe.”
“The safe house story was obviously made up,” Mr Bennet said. “They said they were on their way back down from Windermere, which told me that they had gone up there to carry out surveillance on the premises where the meeting was to be held, and most likely to bug it with a listening device.”
(The meeting went ahead as planned, but the attendees, all warned in advance, were careful to ensure that they did not discuss anything indoors which they did not want the Special Branch to know.)
“That’s far enough for me. I’ve donated their bribe to the party, and am going public so they know that they have no hold on me. I think it’s disgusting that, at a time when they still haven’t caught the Islamic extremists who groomed and duped a Special Needs youngster into trying to bomb the Giraffe restaurant in Plymouth, the secret police are wasting time and taxpayers’ money trying to subvert the British National Party.”
IN ULSTER TOO
On Monday night, a separate approach was made to our Northern Ireland regional organiser, Kieran Dinsmore, when two plainclothes Special Branch officers followed him home from work.
They told him that they knew that the BNP is legal and above board, but claimed to be worried about one particular individual member. They then asked Mr Dinsmore if he would be willing to “help us keep an eye on things” by providing them with a list of everyone who attended local meetings.
Mr Dinsmore politely but firmly told them to go away, and reported the approach to BNP head office first thing in the morning.
“I know their game — all friendly and reasonable to start with, but once they’ve got you to give them just a few scraps of harmless information that they could get simply by reading Freedom, they use a mixture of threats and bribes to force you to tell them anything they want.
“Even though we have nothing to hide, it’s wrong to have Jacqui-boot Smith’s political police spying on a peaceful political party — especially on behalf of a Labour government that has put Republican mass murderers into power in Northern Ireland.”
Our national intelligence officer, Lance Stewart, himself a former senior police officer, confirmed what both Messrs Bennett and Dinsmore said.
”It’s exactly what the Branch do. They want to get hold of people as regular sources of information. They approach you with a suggestion that seems so reasonable that it’s almost rude to reject them, then work on building up some sort of relationship.
“It can take them weeks or even months, but they only start to ask things their victim would rather not tell them once they’re so far down the line that any refusal is dealt with by threatening to tell their friends and colleagues that they’ve been ‘grassing’ on them.
“The best thing to do is to turn them down straight away, but even if an individual has been conned and sucked in, all he or she has to do to stop it and to break free from their clutches is to come and tell us. We don’t mind how long it’s been going on, all we want and need to do is to get the victim out of their clutches, give them back their self-respect, and halt any flow of private information.”
TWO MORE APPROACHED
We can also report that we are already aware of two other BNP members — one of them not even a local official — who have been approached by Special Branch officers under the guise of making inquiries into people’s safety after the List leak, in an attempt to recruit them as informers.
We are grateful to have been told and glad to have helped them to deal with the unwelcome attentions of the secret political police. In these two cases, however, we have agreed to conceal the identities of the failed entrapment victims.
BNP leader Nick Griffin echoes the advice of Lance Stewart: “With more than 10,000 members for them to pick from, the chance of any one person getting an approach like this is really vanishingly small, so there’s nothing to worry about.
“Of course we would always expect our members to report anything dodgy — we’ve several times reported journalist infiltrators who have been spouting juvenile nonsense about ‘direct action’. I myself reported the BBC ‘mole’ Jason Gwynn for advocating attacking a mosque.
“But there’s no comparison between fulfilling the basic duty of a law-abiding citizen on the good side, and being sucked into the seedy and frightening world of the political police informer.
“I asked Simon Bennett to travel a little way down that road in order to be able to show the naïve and innocent what sort of things the Labour regime is pushing our police force to do, and this affair has done just that.
END THE NIGHTMARE
“In all probability there are other individuals out there right now who have been sucked in completely and are now wracked with guilt over letting down their friends and colleagues. Fortunately, there is no need for anyone to bear that burden.
“All anyone who has been groomed by the Special Branch into becoming an informer has to do to put it all behind them is to come and tell us. A simple telephone call to a Regional Organiser, to our National Inquiry line, or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org is all it takes to start sorting things out.
“We’re not worried about what Smith’s Snoops have been told, or how long it’s been going on. We want to get their snouts out of our lawful business, and will not hold anything against anyone who comes clean. We’re not even going to shout about it, but we do need to be told.
“Finally, for the large numbers of non-member readers who may not have come across this sort of thing before except in novels, please ask yourselves if you are happy living in a country where a politicised police force spies on opposition parties and arrests their activists, MPs and leaders. And, make up your mind to do something to help restore the democracy for which so many of our people have sacrificed so much.
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