Part Three:- Dealing with Cops and Journalists


Cop Cars And How To Spot Them

Most cop cars have orange stripes around the sides and revolving blue lights on the top, which kind of gives the game away. That is, of course, if you've been for a drink on New Year's Eve and the taxis are charging twice as much so you've taken the car. If you're a known supporter of a revolutionary group, the pig car that's following you is more likely to be a clapped out old wreck that'll make you think your banger is a lot better. You can't really spot them by the appearance of the occupants. Plain clothes police, especially SB, don't have those regulation police haircuts, they just look like any other person in the street. Probably the only way you'll know if you're under surveillance by the police is if you familiarise yourself with these cars. After a while you will begin to "sense" them and spot them a mile off.

The cars come in mainly neutral colours, mainly dull brown, green, etc. More vivid colours do occur but less frequently as these catch people's attention. The real giveaway however is the number plates. A car's registration will tell you where it was registered. The letters that indicate this are the last two of the group of three. London police cars are registered in West Central London and are given the codes UL, UV, UW and UU. So the registrations K378 PUV, L778 RUW and G891 TUU could all be police plates. For other parts of the country, the location codes are given in the back of the AA Members' Handbook, or in the back of the Investigative Reporter's Handbook by Stuart Christie.


How To Spot A Plainclothes Cop

As mentioned previously, the only time we have any real dealings with the cops, they're usually in plainclothes and not all that easy to spot unless they've just kicked your front door in. But it does become easier to recognise them after you've seen a few. Once again, it's worth going down to your local nick and have a look at the way they dress. Even though their hair might not be regulation length and they've not had a shave for a couple of days, they seem to like following fashion and will wear Fred Perry, LaCoste, etc. They wear decent jeans as well and like leather jackets and expensive wristwatches and will wear Nike or Adidas trainers for pursuit.

But then there's Special Branch, the political police. They're usually White, aged in their thirties and are specially trained for infiltrating the fringes of demos. For this purpose they will try to dress in a similar way to the people that they are trying to get in with, maybe just by having a short haircut, docs and jeans and going to a pub when they know there's a gig or meeting on. They may just observe people coming to the activity - how many, what sort of people, any literature going round from groups such as C18. If some people are sitting next to them they might start a conversation, etc. We all know the routine and they are pretty easy to spot, especially if they start buying people drinks. Rule is, don't start talking with anyone you don't really know at activities. We should all know this by now. Just keep your gob shut in the presence of strangers.



When the police or SB raid, it is very often a "fishing trip". They will painstakingly sift through your letters, address books, mailing lists, phone books, photo albums, etc. and copy and cross reference them. They will try to establish "friendship networks"...who knows who. It's best to keep such material hidden somewhere safe and imaginative. Don't keep things like weapons, false IDs, etc. stashed. Basically, nearly every home in the country has somehting illegal in it, whether it's a nicked library book or a fiddled meter or, in our case, some stickers you've had for years that might just offend the "race laws". It would be sily to get nicked for something this small, as it gives them some leverage against you. If you are raided, try to keep your eyes on the police at all times and thoroughly search everywhere after they've gone, or after you get home if they take you as well, for bugs or drugs that they've planted as an excuse to come back and nick you. Tell any friends who are in your address/phone book in case they get a visit as well. Stay calm and don't let them intimidate you. Tell them they're in the wrong, be up in arms about invasion of privacy...after all, every Englishman's home is his castle!


The Police National Computer

The Police National Computer (PNC) has been operational since 1986. It supplies details of car owners, disqualified drivers, etc. as well as people with criminal records, those due to appear in court and people wanted for questioning. Over one hundred million entries now exist on the PNC.

During a name check, the PNC cross-indexes your name between 8 different indices. Not everyone is listed on the PNC, so if you were stopped and checked in the street for example, then you could get away with a false name and d.o.b. If your name is not listed on the PNC it will come back as "no trace". If the police were being funny however, they could search you and if you did have ID on you with your real name on, they'd probably do you for wasting police time. Always use an uncommon name. If you use a common name for which there are likely to be a lot of entries on the PNC then they'll only start asking more questions.

Britain is the only country in Europe where you don't have to carry an identity card, although it probably won't be long before we do. Giving a false name is not an offence as long as the name you give is "one by which you are not known". This means that it is unusual in practice for anyone to be charged with using an alias.


Are You Being Followed?

When the police follow you on foot, they operate in teams of three or more, all in radio contact and co-ordinated from a station or a car. They can be very hard to spot, because if one of them thinks that you have seen him/her they will drop behind and let another take over. Always when being followed, the way to flush a tail is to do something illogical, such as jump on a bus and then jump off again immediately and see who follows you. Go up an escalator and then come down again. Take a lift up and down. Cross a road twice. Take a route that is more complicated than necessary. There is no reason for anyone else to do any of these things unless they are following you. You could have a friend follow you at a distance over a prearranged route to see if they can see anyone else following. Geddit? To lose a tail, head for very crowded areas such as shopping centres, high streets, department stores, etc. and try and slip in and out of crowds and exits.

In a car the same thing applies. Car tails are often done in a "box", whereby three or four cars will follow ahead, behind and parallel to you. You may not see them but they will always be where you want to go. Going round a roundabout more than once or taking four consecutive left or right turns are classic methods of telling if you are being tailed.

Whether on foot or in a car the ideal situation is to get to somewhere isolated, such as long, empty roads or areas of parkland, so that anyone tailing you will stick out like a sore thumb.


Blend In And Get Away

It's a good idea to listen to police radio transmissions and get used to the way they operate, most importantly how they look for someone and how they phrase descriptions. If you're running away and they're after you, your description will be put over the radio to cars and foot patrols. Firstly, you will be an "IC" number, which denotes your racial category. Then your approximate height, age, colour and clothes will be given, and a description of anything you may be carrying. Obviously, the police are alert to anyone running or appearing in a hurry or nervous. If possible, RELAX and try to make your way towards other people. You're safest in a crowd. Try to appear as if you're going about legitimate business. A suit, tie or smart clothes/haircut, etc. works wonders. After daylight you can pin the collar of a dark suit up around your neck and you will be converted for the night. If anyone comes along, simply let your collar down to reveal a white shirt and tie. It's amazing what a suit will let you get away with. You can carry a briefcase or a clipboard. You have to appear to belong in the area where you are. A skinhead in a business suit in the slums is obviously conspicuous. Working clothes such as a donkey jacket, overalls, etc. give an air of legitimacy. These clothes or overalls can be taken off and discarded to immediately change your appearance. It is important to be able to change your outward look in a short time or to be indistinguishable from people around you. This can be done quite easily; a reversible jacket, a hat pulled out of a pocket, what you've been wearing under your overalls. The intention is to look inconspicuous. Dark trousers or blue jeans are the most common. Wear a dark or neutral top (brown, black, navy, grey). Bright colours make you stand out. A radio description of you will mention these. Try and see what makes people stand out in a crowd and see if you can copy the people who blend in.

When trying to get away from a situation, it is always imperative to know the area beforehand. Where are the nearest shopping centres, places where you can lose yourself in a crowd? Which roads can you go down? Any dead ends? How will you get away? A motorbike can get through traffic like a hot knife through butter. A bicycle can go places that a police car can't and is also very quiet! Pick what is best for the situation.


What To Do When Arrested

Everyone has their pet theory about this. Some think it's best to make a fuss and demand your rights, etc. whilst others think you should just keep your mouth shut the whole time. Obviously a lot depends on the coppers and the charge, but on the whole the best thing is to keep as quiet as possible. It's easy to give advice but it can be very frightening in a station, especially if it's your first visit, and everyone reacts differently. If you're middle-class and your dad's a lawyer, then you can kick up as much fuss as you like and the police will treat you differently. They know who to keep on the right side of. This situation will only apply however to the wankers who infest groups like the SWP, etc. and as all our people are working class and conform to most of the police's prejudices the story will be different. You will get short shrift.

Most crimes are solved by "confessions" so the Golden Rule is NEVER MAKE A STATEMENT and especially NEVER SIGN A STATEMENT. Without a signature it can be disputed in court. With a signature you're fucked. If you do sign a statement, remember to sign and number every page and right up to where the writing ends, so that nothing can be added. If more than one of you has been arrested then you will be played off against each other..."Fred's confessed to everything". To avoid this sort of crap, you all have to agree to say absolutely nothing. Cops are experienced interrogators and they can spot inconsistencies and inaccuracies a mile off, so there really is no point in concocting elaborate alibis and excuses as you are bound to slip up, and once they know that you've lied once, they'll never give up.

The best way to behave is to play the role they expect of you. Be slightly in awe of them, willing, polite and slightly stupid. Kicking up a fuss and demanding your rights will only get you in the shit. No one likes a smart arse. If you do want to know your rights, contact the N.C.C.L who will provide you with all the information you need. It's useful to know these things.

The best thing is not to say anything at all while in custody, although if you refuse to give your name, address, fingerprints, etc. you could end up being remanded while the police obtain a court order to make you comply. Ask others who have been arrested before and see what worked for them. Chances are they'll all tell you just to keep your mouth and don't make a statement!


And finally a word about Journalists

Journalists often try to give the impression that they are sympathetic to certain causes but never trust a reporter as far as you can throw 'em.

They'd sell their Grandma for a story and are only interested in the "scandal" side of a story. Anything they write will be in line with the editorial policy of the rag they work for. They will lie through their teeth to get you to talk to them. Tell these bastards to fuck off unless they want their next meal to be their teeth. These people are scum and will distort everything you say and will be only too happy to finger you to Special Branch or the police who regularly drop in at their offices. All that stuff about "protecting their sources" is a load of bollocks. They will usually come up with what the police want to hear; they'd be taken to court if they didn't. These people are lying scum, only interested in how big their pay cheques are going to be at the end of the month and your only contact with them should be between your boot and their teeth.


After reading this article, hopefully you'll have a better idea of how ZOG works and is trying to destroy us. Primarily, the most important thing to remember is, when interviewed: