DANGEROUS SURVEILLANCE: Drones, Data and Deprivation of Citizenship


CAMPACC, Reprieve, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF), Kentish Town Community Organisation (KTCO), London Somali Youth Forum, and Somali Voice Community, Islamic Human Rights Commission and Justice Centre invite you to a public event on

DANGEROUS SURVEILLANCE: Drones, Data and Deprivation of Citizenship

Includes a screening of “Dirty Wars”, a film by Jeremy Scahill

Date: Tuesday, 5 August, 7-9.30pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Camden Town Hall, Judd St, London WC1H 9JE

Revelations over mass electronic surveillance by US-UK state agencies have provoked public outrage at this threat to democratic freedoms. State responses have further revealed its assumptions about the public as a potential source of various dangers. Indeed, the state has a long history of targeting political dissent through human surveillance, which continues today alongside mass electronic surveillance of everyone. In the past decade Muslim and migrant communities have been increasingly targeted to become informers. This pressure has been reinforced by blackmail threats linked to anti-terror powers which can impose various punishments without trial. An extreme form has been deprivation of UK citizenship, sometimes followed by drone assassination.

The global expansion of drone attack has been documented by Jeremy Scahill’s book and film, Dirty Wars. This public event will first screen the film, followed by speakers linking various forms of surveillance and their political roles. The discussion will consider how to oppose the state’s dangerous surveillance.


Kat Craig: Legal Director of the Abuses in Counter-Terrorism (ACT) team of Reprieve and Vice-Chair of Haldane Society

Alastair Lyon: Solicitor, Birnberg Peirce & Partners

Mohamed Ibrahim: Co-ordinator, London Somali Youth Forum

Chaired by Les Levidow, CAMPACC

For information contact:

Campaign Against Criminalising Commuities (CAMPACC):

Estella Schmid estella24@tiscali.co.uk, tel. 020 7586 5892, www.campacc.org.uk

Reprieve: http://www.reprieve.org.uk

Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers: http://www.haldane.org

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom: http://www.cpbf.org.uk

Kentish Town Community Organisation: http://www.ktco.org.uk/home.htm

London Somali Youth Forum: http://www.lsyf.org.uk

See also CAMPACC briefing, ‘Somali communities targeted by UK “counter-terror” measures: the need for solidarity’ –> http://campacc.org.uk/uploads/CAMPACC_Somali%20briefing_v130510(1).pdf