I married a terror suspect E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

There are similarities, but also huge differences between policing in the States and across the Pond in the United Kingdom. For instance, based on the fear of terrorist attacks, local law enforcement agencies in both countries infiltrated organizations that are opposed to war and concerned about the environment. Using undercover officers, police agencies in the U.S. and the U.K. spent lots of time and money making sure that these groups did not pose an immanent threat to national security and faced mountains of criticism when the details of these operations became public. But one of the key differences between the two countries' approach is this-there hasn't been an American cop, that we know of, that married one of the people he was spying on and had two children with the suspect.


In addition, the British cop that did in fact marry a "suspected terrorist," and fathered two kids by her says that having sex with the targets was a crucial tool as far as maintaining his officer/spy's cover.

Metropolitan policeman Jim Boyling used the alias Jim Sutton to infiltrate environmental group Reclaim the Streets-an outfit like the groups that stage protests in the States by riding bikes through rush hour traffic.

He started seeing the 28-year-old woman as he worked his way up through the organization.

It's not clear if Boyling "bought his own cover," as they say in the spy game but he did rise to a senior position in the protest group.

And Boyling's just one of many.

It has now been revealed that out of the four police officers that have been exposed as working undercover investigating environmental activists, three of them are believed to have had sexual relationships with so-called ecoactivists.

The former wife of Mr. Boyling spoke with the Guardian newspaper during a recent interview.

"Everybody knows there are people in the movement who aren't who they say they are," she said. "Being too paranoid would hinder everything. But you don't expect the one person you trust most in the world not to exist."

Merseyside chief constable Jon Murphy, who oversees serious and organized crime for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said officers who infiltrated environmental groups were not allowed to have sex with activists.

"It is grossly unprofessional. It is a diversion from what they are there to do," Murphy said.

The 29-year-old former girlfriend of a third officer-previously known as Officer B but named by the newspaper as Mark Jacobs-claimed she had an affair with him for three months in the summer of 2008.

I guess if you want to keep a nation safe, you'll need to have some sex.

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