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Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark: Corporate Spying on Activists Paperback – May 22, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0745331850 ISBN-10: 0745331858

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745331858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745331850
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,549,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the recent frenzy over media phone hacking, the shadow warriors of corporate espionage have escaped scrutiny, until now. Eveline Lubbers' book shines a timely and sharp light on the dark arts of serving and retired cops, spooks and squaddies who are spying, bugging and lying for big business with impunity. -- Michael Gillard, journalist, The Sunday Times In this eye-opening, ground-breaking volume Evelyn Lubbers opens up a new field of research. A must-read for anyone interested in grey policing, social movements, social reform and corporate intelligence behaviour. -- Gary T. Marx, author of Undercover: Police Surveillance in America.

About the Author

Eveline Lubbers is a Research Fellow at the University of Bath, and an independent investigator with SpinWatch and privacy advocates buro Jansen & Janssen. She is the contributing editor of Battling Big Business: Countering Greenwash, Front Groups and Other Forms of Corporate Bullying (2002).

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By S Wood on January 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
The author of "Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark: Corporate and Police Spying on Activists" Eveline Lubbers is, as a long time investigator (for SpinWatch in Britain and Buro Jansen & Janssen in the Netherlands) and academic, well qualified for the task of putting the covert activities of corporations under the spotlight.

Readers shouldn't let the somewhat dry opening chapter which looks at academic and the scope of past academic studies, and other matters of a largely academic nature, put them off from continuing to a fine brief history of corporate spying and what was for me the core of the book, its five case studies: (i) Rafael Pagan, Nestle and Shell [regarding Pagans pioneering work for Nestle against those campaigning for a boycott of the company for its policies pushing baby formula milk in 3rd world countries without clean water supply]; (ii) McSpy [on McDonalds spying - mainly regarding the infamous libel case against London Greenpeace Members; (iii) Cyber-surveillance and Online Covert Strategy [looking at three different agencies offering online intelligence services to the private sector: Infonic, eWatch and Bivings]; (iv) Hakylut and the Jobbing Spy [Looks at MI6 connected private security company Hakylut and its work for oil companies spying on environmental groups with particular regard to Manfred Schlickenrieder - the Jobbing Spy of the chapters title - covert actions]; (v) The Threat Response Spy Files [looking at the ubiquitous Evelyn le Chênes - amongst others - action for BAe against the Quaker and Christian based pacifist Campaign Against the Arm Trade].

The five case studies are laid out in detail, and look at the scope of the spying and other covert actions (eg.
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