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Bob Lambert, Police Spy, Sex Infiltrator, State Adviser on Islamism: The Met Pays Out.

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Bob Lambert Receives  Islamic Human Rights Award (2007).

Lambert is in the news again, for what reason?

Well this was his most recent appearance (September 2014).

Ministers have been urged to enlist the help of several controversial Muslim groups to stem the flow of British jihadists to Iraq and Syria.

Calls are growing for Whitehall to restore ties in particular with the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), one of the country’s largest Islamic organisations. The group, which once enjoyed a close relationship with the government, has been ostracised since 2009 when one of its officials signed a declaration supporting Hamas and calling on Muslims to destroy “foreign warships” preventing arms smuggling into Gaza.

Robert Lambert, a former head of the Metropolitan police Muslim contact unit who is now a lecturer in terrorism studies at the University of St Andrews, said that the MCB and other Muslim groups could be valuable partners in the struggle against home-grown jihad….”

Originally in the Times (yesterday) – Hat-tip DT. 

But on this occasion it’s not to develop the failures that resulted from the policy of co-operating with ‘moderate’ (hard-right) Islamists that he expounded in  Countering Al Qaeda in London: Police and Muslims in Partnerships (2011).

It’s Lambert’s past and the great wrong that he has done that’s in the news.

Today we learn.

The Metropolitan Police is to pay £425,000 to a woman whose child was fathered by a man who she did not know was an undercover police officer.

The unprecedented payment comes after a legal battle with women who say they were duped into relationships with officers who were spying on them.

Scotland Yard says it “unreservedly apologises for any pain and suffering”.

The woman told BBC News she had received psychiatric care after learning the officer’s real identity.

Married with children

The Met’s payment is part of an agreement for her to drop her legal action alleging assault, negligence, deceit and misconduct by senior officers.

Scotland Yard statement

The force faces further possible claims from other women who say they were tricked into relationships with Special Demonstration Squad officers.

The SDS ran long-term undercover operations designed to infiltrate protest groups, including animal rights organisations.

One of its key officers, former Special Branch detective Bob Lambert, used the pseudonym Bob Robinson, and was tasked with infiltrating the Animal Liberation Front.

During that operation in the mid 1980s, he formed a relationship with a 22-year-old activist called Jacqui – even though he was already married with children. In 1985 she gave birth – but when the boy was two years old, the father vanished.

‘Serious mistakes’

Jacqui only discovered the real identity of her son’s father in 2012 after he had been outed by other campaigners.

Scotland Yard had refused to confirm or deny whether Bob Lambert was an SDS operative, despite his own admissions to journalists, until it was forced to change its position in August.

BBC

We note with concern that this individual is still a Lecturer in ‘Terrorism Studies’ at St Andrews University.

The University sees fit to publish this (link) about the past for which the Met now has had to pay out  a hefty sum,

For the bulk of his police service (1977–2007) Robert Lambert worked in counter-terrorism, gaining operational experience of all forms of violent political threats to the UK, from Irish republican to the many strands of international terrorism that include what may now best be described as the al-Qaida movement. One common denominator in all the many and varied terrorist recruitment strategies he witnessed over the years is the exploitation of a sense of political injustice amongst susceptible youth. Throughout his police career Lambert placed value on street or grass roots perspectives over more rigid top down security approaches to counter-terrorism.

We helpfully note that there is something…missing in  this account.

One  hopes that a number of  glaring absences are swiftly replaced by a fuller account of Lambert’s ‘career’.

The word “exploitation” is also particularly unfortunate.

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  1. One thing’s for sure, he won’t be trying this sort of under the cover work among the Muslim community. He’d get his balls chopped off at the very least.

    Sue R

    October 24, 2014 at 7:36 pm

  2. I’m just amazed he’s an ‘academic’.

    Surely there must be something about standards of behaviour at St Andrews.

    Andrew Coates

    October 25, 2014 at 12:18 pm

  3. Sack Lecturer Bob Lambert – Police spy, agent provocateur, exploiter of women.

    When: Friday 28th November 12.00 – 2.00pm
    Outside: LMU Tower, 166-220 Holloway Road, 
London N7 8DB

    These days Robert Lambert works part time lecturing on Criminology and Policing at London Metropolitan University. But this expert on Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism has a dark past. He spent the 1980s and 1990s in Special Branch’s now discredited Special Demonstrations Squad, spying on community and activist groups campaigning against violence and oppression inflicted by governments and corporations around the world.

    The true identity of this morally corrupt individual has been revealed by the Guardian in 2011 and well documented ever since. He was exposed as an agent provocateur in parliament in 2012 and in October this year the Metropolitan Police have agreed to pay £425,000 in compensation to a woman he deceived into having a child with as an undercover officer.

    Islington Against Police Spies think London Metropolitan University should sack Bob Lambert. He is a known liar, spy and exploiter of women – not in any way a fit person to be trusted teaching students at this University.

    We aim to keep up pressure on London Met until they fire him. Join us outside the University where he works this Friday.

    For further information on the protest see: http://theoccupiedtimes.org/?p=13640

    For more information on Bob Lambert and other undercover police activities, contact:
    campaignopposingpolicesurveillance.com
    @copscampaign
    http://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk

    BD

    November 24, 2014 at 10:42 pm

  4. Thanks for that comrades.

    Our union branch voted to give support to the London Greenpeace campaigners and I have actually met the beloved Helen.

    Andrew Coates

    November 25, 2014 at 11:31 am

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