XR and the UK Terror Police List

"We are all terrorists!" - XR mums demonstrate together with their babies against climate damaging industries, financial institutions and governments.

By Venatrix Fulmen - 27. January 2020

The criminalization of the Good by the Evil has a long history in human cultures and it has not been rooted out until today.

Following the classical scheme of pitching US against the OTHERS, the unjust and unwarranted criminalization of human individuals or groups is reported as sick human behaviour even back in biblical times - starting with Cain and Abel - and had its medieval frenzy with the burning or slaughter of wise and medical women - having deep rooted knowledge e.g. in naturopathy - as witches, whereby the dehumanization of the targeted individuals or populations is the key psychological trick to then allow for even mass-murder of the OTHER and foster genocide.

While economically attractive Evil often booms, as seen in slavery and colonialism, it must maintain in the public eye the false picture and therefore project the dissident or objecting defenders of the Good as being the evil ones.

Since the beginning of the 1970s the stamp nowadays used to brand dissent from the agenda of the elite is that of the "terrorist".

In the field of animal rights this perfidious system already got hold in the USA with the enacting of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) of 2006 as a United States federal law (Pub.L. 109–37418 U.S.C. § 43) that prohibits any person from engaging in certain conduct "for the purpose of damaging or interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise." The statute covers any act that either "damages or causes the loss of any real or personal property" or "places a person in reasonable fear" of injury. 

With this branding of animal rights activists as terrorists, and by using their law enforcement friends, the evil companies and corporations can shut down any protest against inhumane animal factories or commercial animal abuse and can even stop and punish the handing out of leaflets or the creation of websites to enhance awareness in the general population. Until today the U.S. population and its governing bodies - though they realize an increasing backlash from all the anti-terrorism legislation - have not been able to withdraw this horrific piece of legislation that was originally introduced in the 109th Congress by Thomas Petri (R-WI) and Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and James Inhofe (R-OK).

Like a virus this kind of legislation jumped continents and found hold e.g. in the infamous "anti-terror" paragraphs 129a and 278a of the criminal code in Austria's anti-terrorism legislation. As the main defendant, internationally renowned physicist cum philosopher Martin Balluch and other thirteen animal rights activists stood trial in the scandalous “animal rights activists process” on March 2, 2010, with the unfounded charge that he and the other animal rights activists of the Association Against Animal Factories (VgT Austria) were involved in a criminal organization. This led to international proceedings and on May 2, 2011, all 13 defendants were acquitted of all charges after more than thirteen months of pre-trial detention. During the trial it also was revealed that - prior to their arrest in a military-style country-wide swoop - the Anti-Terror Police of Austria had dispatched and used police-whores to infiltrate the group and to spy on them.

Similar tactics are also known from the UK, where Greenpeace was infiltrated by police-spies, and elsewhere.

If these police-actions do not deliver the wanted results, the corporations themselves take these crooked laws into their hands and infiltrate groups of dissidents, as seen in the case where Swiss food giant Nestlé was convicted, prosecuted and ordered to pay compensation after being found liable in a case over the illegal and secret infiltration of anti-globalisation group ATTAC - an activist group that had campaigned against Nestlé, who had then hired the Swiss security company Securitas AG to infiltrate the meetings of the activists.

International bodies operate like the corporations and act like governments.

Already in the year 2000 all major hotels in Nairobi, Kenya, were visited by groups of agents from UNON (the United Nations Office in Nairobi), UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme, headquartered in Nairobi) in collaboration with local stooges prior to the CITES (International Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of fauna and flora) conference, to train hotel staff in surveillance of "dangerous animal rights activists and groups", to spread unfounded warnings against named groups like the Humane Society of the USA and how to report any suspicious observation. Adolf Hitler's brown shirts could not have done a better job with their block-warden spy-system and defamation. Though all the targeted NGOs and experts had official observer status and were accredited with UNEP and the CITES conference, hotel-staff got really scared and looked under their beds for bombs and into their cupboards and suitcases for incriminating evidence against the "terrorists". The staff, however, only wondered when they later found out by themselves that those "bad activists" were the most lovely people among all the delegates and their causes were understood as the just and proper ones. But still until today those targeted back them find themselves on UN watchlists and have often difficulties to access UN premises - nobody seems to have pulled such nonsense from the databases and the eight monkey experiment perpetuates with new UN-staff having no idea what it is all about.

Twenty years later, the UK government even went a step further and earmarked now well known and long-established civil-society organizations like PeTA, Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion as terrorist groups. Despite the fact that the UK Counter-Terror Group got it plain wrong, and even the Justice minister was forced to row back, the issue persists. In a statement, Det Ch Supt Kath Barnes, head of Counter Terrorism Policing South East, said: "I would like to make it quite clear that we do not classify Extinction Rebellion as an extremist organisation. "The inclusion of Extinction Rebellion in this document was an error of judgement and we will now be reviewing all of the contents as a result. It was produced by CTPSE to assist our statutory partners - including police forces and government organisations - in identifying people who may [be] vulnerable as a result of their links to some organisations." No word about the inclusion of Greenpeace and PeTA.

Detective Chief Superintendent Barnes added that the document was "designed for a very specific audience who understand the complexities of the safeguarding environment we work within and who have statutory duties under Prevent". Prevent is a controversial block-warden-like scheme encouraging citizens to spy and report. Barnes said they are in the process of confirming who the guide has been shared with and recalling the document.

However, the planted seeds of defamation have sprouted and are growing. The British government distributed the watch-list material even to their National Health Service (NHS) as well as to countless databases that will carry the false information forever, possibly destroying the careers and lives of people.

While history has punished the German NAZI system and partly also its remaining structures in the later communist turned Eastern German part, where back then the STASI operated, by now only the corporation Nestlé was convicted of illegal infiltration and malicious defamation. So far never a governmental entity got punished for falsely branding someone or some entity as "terrorist".

This must change and not only face-less "government" per se must be punished, but the very civil servants that are responsible for such highly criminal acts of wrongfully including innocent grous and individuals on such "terror-watchlists". 

While the originators of the faux list and other braches of the British government distanced themselves already, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has defended the anti-terror police for placing the climate change protest group Extinction Rebellion (XR) on a list of extremist ideologies, saying it’s right to look at “a range of security threats.” In an interview with LBC radio on Monday, Patel accepted that the environmental group was not a terrorist organization, but the decision to put XR on the UK terror list was made “in terms of risk to the public, security risks, security threats.” 

Such must now be punished and the Home Secretary removed from office immediately.


Venatrix Fulmen is an investigative journalist and can be reached via


‘Who knew what, when, why?’ – Extinction Rebellion on further revelations that ‘terror police list’ was shared across Government, NHS, Ofsted and 20 councils

By Extinction Rebellion - 27. January 2020

We are deeply disturbed by what clearly goes way beyond the realm of an ‘unfortunate oversight’. Our planet is literally burning and some of the police and government seem desperate to silence the fire alarm.

We need to find out who knew what and when. But more importantly, we need to know why. Why are they trying to silence a peaceful, non-violent movement of people who are trying to make sure the world’s children have a future? 

It is hard to process how supporters and members of Extinction Rebellion, and those that just care about people, wildlife and planet, will feel when they understand that some people within organisations like NHS England and Ofsted knew about this and said nothing. [1] Considering the ‘greening of the NHS’ that was in the news at the weekend, this potentially represents a breaking of trust on a visceral level. [2]

We don’t want to be delivering this message, that the climate is burning and we are facing ecological breakdown. But it must be heard for the future of humanity. This othering and stigmatisation of those that care and are trying desperately to bring people together to face the emergency is just divisive and misguided. Now is not the time for an us-versus-them mentality, we should not let fear make our decisions for us. 

Rather, we need to be thinking about restorative practices that allow us to see the human in the people we share this island and world with, to help us develop resilient and caring communities where conflict and tensions can be managed by repairing harm and building trust. 

We are already seeing big changes in awareness. By valuing peace, truth, community and justice, we can find courage as we face this emergency together. 

Rob Cooper, former Police Chief Superintendent and member of Extinction Rebellion, said:

“The worrying aspect about these revelations is that nobody inside the police or at the Home Office thought to question the guidance that included Extinction Rebellion alongside extremist groups, when it was first produced, or when it was subsequently circulated. It is worrying that it seems to have slipped through the scrutiny net, without any critical analysis.”

“If I cannot have confidence in this Government to look out for the future of my 6 year old granddaughter, then I cannot have confidence in them at all, full stop. What else is there that matters more than the future of our children and grandchildren?”

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Notes to Editors

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/27/terror-police-list-extinction-rebellion-shared-across-government

List of places: Home Office, the Department for Education, NHS England, the Ministry of Defence, HM Prison Service, Probation Service and Ofsted, as well as 20 local authorities, five police forces and Counter Terrorism Policing headquarters (CTPHQ) in London. 

[2] https://www.england.nhs.uk/greenernhs/2020/01/greener-nhs-campaign-to-tackle-climate-health-emergency/ / https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-51235786 


Extinction Rebellion’s key demands are:

  1. Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
  2. Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
  3. Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.