Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark: Corporate and Police Spying on Activists

Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark: Corporate and Police Spying on Activists


By (author) Eveline Lubbers

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  • Publisher: PLUTO PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 212mm x 24mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0745331858
  • ISBN 13: 9780745331850
  • Sales rank: 399,930

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The exposure of undercover policeman Mark Kennedy in the eco-activist movement revealed how the state monitors and undermines political activism. This book shows the other grave threat to our political freedoms - undercover activities by corporations. Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark documents how corporations are halting legitimate action and investigation by activists. Using exclusive access to previously confidential sources, Eveline Lubbers shows how companies such as Nestle, Shell and McDonalds use covert methods to evade accountability. She argues that corporate intelligence gathering has shifted from being reactive to pro-active, with important implications for democracy itself. Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark will be vital reading for activists, investigative and citizen journalists, and all who care about freedom and democracy in the 21st century.

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Author information

Eveline Lubbers is a Research Fellow at the University of Bath, and an independent investigator with SpinWatch and privacy advocates buro Jansen & Janssen. She is the contributing editor of Battling Big Business: Countering Greenwash, Front Groups and Other Forms of Corporate Bullying (2002).

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In the recent frenzy over media phone hacking, the shadow warriors of corporate espionage have escaped scrutiny, until now. Eveline Lubbers' book shines a timely and sharp light on the dark arts of serving and retired cops, spooks and squaddies who are spying, bugging and lying for big business with impunity. -- Michael Gillard, journalist, The Sunday Times In this eye-opening, ground-breaking volume Evelyn Lubbers opens up a new field of research. A must-read for anyone interested in grey policing, social movements, social reform and corporate intelligence behaviour. -- Gary T. Marx, author of Undercover: Police Surveillance in America.

Table of contents

Preface. Corporate spying today 1. The Waste Paper man, introduction 2. Covert Corporate Strategy in the Past 3. Rafael Pagan, Nestle and Shell, case study 4. McSpy, case study 5. Cybersurveillance, case study 6. Hakluyt and the Jobbing Spy, case study 7. The Threat Response Spy Files, case study 8. Secrecy, Research and Resistance, conclusions Notes Appendix 1 Manfred Schlickenrieder Documents Appendix 2 Evelyn le Chene Documents Bibliography and References Index