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"Domestic Extremism", sometimes called "homegrown extremism"[1] is a police term which seeks to categorise a particular kind of political activity. The term is often used to distinguish so-called single issue campaigns or political groups with a militant edge from more militant groups. Animal rights activists, ecological defence, and the anti-arms trade movement have all been labelled "domestic extremists", as have individual actors such as the letter-bomber Miles Cooper.

Legal definition

As of 2014, the UK Government had no formal legal definition for "Domestic Extremism" (while it did have one for "terrorism").[2] The use of the label has come under criticism for mission creep, for political policing and for using it as a way to treat protest as a form of crime: a number of people who had no criminal record were nevertheless added to the National Domestic Extremism Database. However, in 2014 a revised working definition was provided by the Metropolitan Police as:[3]

Domestic Extremism relates to the activity of groups or individuals who commit or plan serious criminal activity motivated by a political or ideological viewpoint.

It is a term mostly used by UK police, in particular by the secret units that were running undercover officers like Mark Kennedy, following up Special Branch's Special Demonstration Squad. The history of relevant police units with ever-changing acronyms residing under the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) can be found at the page of the National Domestic Extremism Unit.[4]

Origins of the term

Cover of the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit's guide to policing protest. Available in full from Indymedia UK

The use of the term seems to have emerged between the second half of 2004 and the start of 2005. Prior to this, militant animal right activism had been referred to as 'Animal Rights Extremism' (ARE), while ecological direct action was commonly called eco-terrorism.[5] In 2004, after a number of successful animal rights campaigns against vivisection, the New Labour government was under pressure from the pharmaceutical industry to take action. In a July 2004 paper called 'Animal Welfare - Human Rights: protecting people from animal rights extremists' the Home Office announced the creation of the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NETCU) and the appointment of a national co-ordinator Anton Setchell to oversee efforts to counter the threat from AREs.[6]

Examination of known police documents, parliamentary papers and media coverge from the time show no mention of "domestic extremism" in July 2004 in the UK. There is however mention of 'domestic terrorism' in FBI documents, defined as:[7]

Domestic terrorism involves acts of violence that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or any state, committed by individuals or groups without any foreign direction, and appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, or influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, and occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

In this, the label is being used to cover to both "animal rights extremism" and "eco-terrorism".

With the experience of armed struggle in the shape of Irish republicanism, "domestic terrorism" has a different resonance in Britain, which may have been the reason to consider it inappropriate to use. A solution was found in the term "Domestic Extremism". The first identified use of the term occurs in January 2005, within the full title of Assistant Chief Constable Anton Setchell as "National Co-ordinator (for) Domestic Extremism",[8], while the primary focus of his unit's work at the time was animal rights campaigns such as Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty.[9] Though the domestic extremism units maintained focus on animal rights, they had by 2009 extended their remit to crimes "linked to single issue-type causes and campaigns", according to Anton Setchell.[10] There are a number of reasons as to why the broadening may have happened:

  • One of the units brought under Setchell's control in 2006 was the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU founded in 1999) that already had a public order remit, allowing it to extend its work beyond animal rights to other left wing protest. One of its functions was bringing together the Animal Rights National Index and the Southern and Northern Intelligence Units which had a focus on hunt saboteurs, free parties and travellers among others.[11]
  • It was the NPOIU which developed Special Branch's Animal Rights National Index into the National Domestic Extremism Database.[12]
  • Many of the various groups on the left and in the environmental movement had an overlap in individuals; the same people may have been involved in activism carried out in the name of the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front, hunt sabs and anti-fascist activity, tree-protest and street party / anarchist groups such as Reclaim the Streets.[13]
  • The targeted industries did not distinguish between the different types of protest, and considered all protest as criminal behaviour. The mounting political pressure mentioned above resulted in an increasing willingness within the "domestic extremism" units, particularly NETCU, to collaborate with industry.[14] This has been recognised within activist circles as part of a wider policing agenda to crack down on protest, in particular the politicisation of the policing of public dissent dating back to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.[15][16]

Undercovers at work

The broader remit also shows in the work of the exposed undercover agent. They all focused on environmental, anarchist and summit protests groups. The G8 protest at Gleneagles in 2008 (and in particular the Eco-Village ('Hori-zone') at Stirling) saw many thousands of protestors from across the left converge together, from environmentalists to anarchists. Spying on it was NPOIU agent Mark Kennedy, whose material was apparently making its way to the desk of UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.[17] The Eco-village was the model for the 2006 Camp for Climate Action at Drax in East Yorkshire, which had also been infiltrated by Kennedy and another spy Lynn Watson. Internal police documents seen by Guardian journalists, show that the Camp, from the policing perspective, was pivotal as it was "the first time domestic extremism took place against national infrastructure in the county".[10] It would be followed in 2007 by the even higher profile Camp at Heathrow airport.

In October 2009, in an article entitled "How police rebranded lawful protest as 'domestic extremism'", the Guardian wrote that the term "domestic extremism" was now common currency within the police.[10] It has remained in use since, particularly in the latest re-incarnation of the spying unit as the National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit.

"Domestic extremism" appears to be a purely British term, and it does not appear in the annual EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Reports (TE-SATs) from Europol, which tends to use the phrase "single issue terrorism" or "single issue extremism".[18]

It is worth noting that many of the groups now being monitored by the "Domestic Extremism units", such as the radical socialist left (Communist, Maoist & Trotskyist organisations) and peace / nuclear disarmament groups would traditionally have been also the province of MI5 in its counter-subversion role in conjunction with Special Branch.[19]

Evolving definition

2009: '...taking a vague stab'

The meaning of the term "domestic extremism", appears to have been ill-defined - at least initially (and possibly deliberately so). In 2009 the Guardian reported senior police as taking "a vague stab" at interpreting it to describe individuals or groups "that carry out criminal acts of direct action in furtherance of a campaign. These people and activities usually seek to prevent something from happening or to change legislation or domestic policy, but attempt to do so outside of the normal democratic process.”[10]

By then, four categories of "domestic extremism" had been developed for the ACPO units:[20]

  1. animal rights
  2. far right groups - e.g. EDL
  3. extreme left-wing - e.g anti-war
  4. environmental extremism: Camp for Climate Action, Plane Stupid

When challenged in Parliament on the police use of the term for labelling protestors, then Home Secretary Alan Johnson said: "I haven't issued any guidance on the definition of that phrase. The police know what they are doing, they know how to tackle these demonstrations, they do it very effectively."[21]

The NETCU created handbook Beyond Lawful Protest: Protecting Against Domestic Extremism, in its 2009 re-issue states:[22]

”The majority of protest activity in the UK is both lawful and peaceful and is carried out by law abiding citizens who wish to exercise their freedom to assemble and protect themselves; these freedoms are an important part of our democracy and are protected within the Human Rights Act 1998. Unfortunately there are a small number of people who are prepared to break the law in the belief that it will further their 'cause'. It is this unlawful activity which is beyond lawful protest that we refer to as domestic extremism.”

In contrast to this, NETCU at the time was supporting civil injunctions against various campaign groups which had the potential to effectively outlaw protest altogether.[23][24] This included an injunction taken out by Heathrow Airport against climate change protestors which was so wide as to take in approximately 4 million people.[25][26]

The most telling view of domestic extremism and how it has been handled within the wider Government is offered by the Ministry of Justice in the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) guidance 2009.[27] The guide emphasises that "Domestic Extremism does not include offenders who are viewed as terrorists" and shows that an extra, rather vague category has been added to the four quoted above:

5. "Emerging Trends – or any activities that unduly and illegally influence or threaten the economic and community cohesion of the country."[28]

The NOMS "Extremism Unit" also produced a number of definitions as an ‘aide memoir’ for their staff. Supposedly useful in the identification of a "Domestic Extremist", it can be found at the dedicated NOMS Guidance 2009 page.

2010 - 2011: '...activities outside the normal democratic process'

Guidelines from the NETCU website, cited in 2010 (website has since been taken down) gave the following:[29]

There are a small number of single-issue groups and individuals who have pursued a determined course of criminal activity in recent years in the name of issues ranging from animal rights to GM crop studies.

And defines "extremists" as those:

whose activities go outside the normal democratic process and engage in crime and disorder.

This was echoed on the "National Coordinator Domestic Extremism Frequently Asked Questions" webpage (2010-2011):[30]

Who is considered a domestic extremist?
Single issue protest campaigns are regularly facilitated by police and local authorities who each have a duty to uphold the rights of individuals and groups to protest in public.
However, in recent years, a small number of groups and individuals have pursued a determined course of criminal activity designed to disrupt the public peace and lawful business, and at worst, repeatedly victimise selected individuals.
This activity has ranged from blackmail and serious intimidation in the name of animal rights; bombing campaigns by violent and racist individuals associated with far right wing groups; violent disorder from left wing or anarchist individuals, to large scale criminal damage against scientific GM crops studies and mass aggravated trespass or unlawful obstruction of lawful businesses associated with the national infrastructure of our country, such as power stations and airports by those whose stated aim is to stop any business perceived to harm the environment.

In contrast, at this time the Government defined "extremism" as:[31]

vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.

People termed "domestic extremist" included an 85 year old peace campaigner who had never been accused of any illegal activity.[32]

2012 - 2013: '...includes all forms of criminality, no matter how serious'

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) released a report in June 2012 entitled 'A Review of National Police Units which Provide Intelligence on Criminality Associated with Protest'[33] which made a number of points on how the police were using the term "domestic extremism" at the time:

  • The term was coined some point shortly after 2001 (though no evidence is cited in support of this. It may refer to the 2001 Home Office document "Extremism - Protecting People And Property" a precursor to the later NETCU publication "Beyond Lawful Protest: Protecting Against Domestic Extremism).
  • The Association of Chief Police Officers, which oversaw the "domestic extremism units", stated: "Domestic extremism and extremists are the terms used for activity, individuals or campaign groups that carry out criminal acts of direct action in furtherance of what is typically a single issue campaign. They usually seek to prevent something from happening or to change legislation or domestic policy, but attempt to do so outside of the normal democratic process. Their activity is more criminal in its nature than that of activists but falls short of terrorism".[34]
  • The term "extremism" is used within the PREVENT strategy, part of the Government's counter-terrorism programme and implemented in conjunction with the police: "Extremism is defined as the vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas." [35]
  • HMIC expressed the view that the term "domestic extremism" should be 'limited to threats of harm from serious crime and serious disruption to the life of the community arising from criminal activity. The deployment of undercover officers in response to a threat of serious disruption from criminal activity will always require both a very careful assessment of the proportionality of the proposed deployment and close control of the undercover officer when it is under way. Deployments in this category should occur only in exceptional circumstances in which the level of disruption anticipated is very high, and the level of intrusion carefully calibrated to the threat.'
  • It noted of the ACPO definition that it:
'includes all forms of criminality, no matter how serious. It could lead to a wide range of protestors and protest groups being considered domestic extremists by the police. HMIC questions whether this is appropriate, and if the police should instead reserve this potentially emotive term for serious criminality.'
and that there should be a distinction drawn between domestic extremism and public order issues:
'However, the deployment of undercover officers to tackle serious criminality associated with domestic extremism should not be conflated with policing protests generally, as it is unlikely that the tests of proportionality and necessity would be readily satisfied in the latter case.'

In light of this, HMIC made the following recommendation to ACPO and the Home Office:

In the absence of a tighter definition, ACPO and the Home Office should agree a definition of domestic extremism that reflects the severity of crimes that might warrant this title, and that includes serious disruption to the life of the community arising from criminal activity. This definition should give sufficient clarity to inform judgements relating to the appropriate use of covert techniques, while continuing to enable intelligence development work by police even where there is no imminent prospect of a prosecution. This should be included in the updated ACPO 2003 guidance.

The definition as used by the police as given in the 2012 HMIC report was in still in place at the time of a June 2013 review of progress made from that report.[36]

2014: '...serious criminal activity motivated by a political or ideological viewpoint'

In response to a Freedom of Information Request, a 2014 communication from the Metropolitan Police Service stated:[3]

I would like to explain that there is no legal definition of Domestic Extremists and so these individuals may not be classified as potential domestic extremists.
However a new definition was recently agreed and publicised by the Commissioner at a MOPAC [The Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime] challenge panel.The new working definition of Domestic Extremism is therefore:
"Domestic Extremism relates to the activity of groups or individuals who commit or plan serious criminal activity motivated by a political or ideological viewpoint."

Referring to this new definition, the National Coordinator - Domestic Extremism, DCS Chris Greany in an answer to Jenny Jones, member of the London Assembly, explained that:[37]

...the agreement to change the definition of Domestic Extremism was made at the end of October 2013, by the then Head of National Counter Terrorism Functions. During November 2013 the NDEDIU (National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit) began to introduce this as a working definition whilst it went through the process of amending internal processes, updating the national police network and working with ACPO particularly around updating the definition on the ACPO website... The process was not completed until January 2014...
...(T)he new definition applies to those who plan or commit acts of serious criminality, and low levels of civil disobedience would not usually apply, it could apply like any other form of action if it caused serious criminality.

The MI5 website in 2014 makes an effort to distinguish between 'public order' issues (handled by the police) and threats to 'national security' (the remit of MI5). The mention of Northern Ireland shows the fine line between what is considered "domestic extremism" and what as 'terrorism':[38]

Domestic extremism mainly refers to individuals or groups that carry out criminal acts of direct action in pursuit of a campaign. They usually aim to prevent something from happening or to change legislation or domestic policy, but try to do so outside of the normal democratic process. They are motivated by domestic causes other than the dispute over Northern Ireland’s status.
At various times in the recent past, a range of groups have fallen into this category. They have included violent Scottish and Welsh nationalists, right- and left-wing extremists, animal rights extremists and other militant single-issue protesters....
For the most part the actions of domestic extremists pose a threat to public order, but not to national security. They are normally investigated by the police, not the Security Service.

In September 2015, it emerged that the PREVENT programme was still pushing a broad definition of "extremism": at a Prevent training session organised by West Yorkshire Police for teachers, an example of "extremism" given was the arrest of Green MP Caroline Lucas at an anti-fracking protest.[39]


NetPol call for the #DomesticExtremist Awareness Day

A number of criticisms have been levelled against the use of the term "domestic extremism".

Criminalisation of Protest

A frequent criticism is that it has led to the criminalisation of protest and the intimidation of otherwise lawful protest,[21][23] amounting to political policing.[40] This is partly due to activities of National Public Order Intelligence Unit officers and Forward Intelligence Teams actively monitoring and recording details at open meetings, lawful assemblies and marches and other gatherings not directly involved in protest.[41] A number of campaigners have sought to have their details removed from the National Domestic Extremism Database (see that page) on the grounds that the activities they had been engaged in were lawful. In particular, campaigner John Catt has engaged in a long civil case to have his details removed from the National Domestic Extremism Database, arguing that as a peaceful and lawful protestor, he should not have had his details included on the system. To be classified as a "domestic extremist" amounted to victimisation for taking part in political protest and is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.[42]

Broad Definition

Due to criticism in the above mentioned 2012 HMIC report of how the database was being maintained and the quality of the material in it, changes were carried out and reviewed in 2013.[36] The definition now contained the term 'serious criminality', which the Network for Police Monitoring (NetPol) notes is a problematic term, because the criteria for what amounts to a 'serious crime' were rather broad:[43]

  • Where a person with no previous convictions 'could reasonably be expected to be sentenced to imprisonment for a term of three years or more' (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 - RIPA); or
  • That the conduct involves the use of violence, results in substantial financial gain or is conduct by a large number of persons in pursuit of a common purpose.

NetPol pointed out that the broadness of this belies what might commonly be thought of as a serious crime and undermines the impression being given that the definition has been narrowed. In 2014, NetPol started a campaign to encourage people to make a request under the Data Protection Act to find out whether files were held on them. Campaigner Kevin Blowe[44] and former member of the Police Metropolitan Authority and Green Party member of the London Assembly Baroness Jenny Jones[45] both found their details were recorded on it despite neither being associated with criminality.

Confusing Remit

The 2012 HMIC report also noted that the remit of the "domestic extremism units" was confusing in itself: they had responsibility for monitoring both public order and "domestic extremist" groups. This criticism was also highlighted in the HMIC report on public order policing following the London riots two years earlier.[46]

Referring to this report, the Guardian wrote:[47]

The Home Office has poured millions of pounds into a drive to tackle so-called domestic extremism, a term (HMIC Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Denis) O'Connor said was "pretty wide-ranging" and failed to distinguish between people with genuinely violent intent and others involved in peaceful demonstration. He called for a new definition of "domestic extremism", which he said had been conflated with policing big demonstrations. His inspectors concluded that a national database of "domestic extremists" contained details about protesters that should not be held.

David Howarth, a law professor and former LibDem MP, termed "domestic extremism" an "astonishing conflation of legitimate protest with terrorism".[29] and also that:[21] "an alphabet soup of agencies appears to have decided to put everyone in this country who protests about anything on a list of suspects... This is an example of mission creep, they have gone beyond their original intention of dealing with violent animal extremists".

David Mead, the author of The Law of Peaceful Protest, stated that, in particular, any protest that is obstructive or disruptive is seen as criminal, whether or not it amounts to a 'serious crime'.[48] Guardian editor Seamus Milne pointed out that the number willing to use "extremist actions" are few in number and that the government is reacting disproportionately and at the cost of human rights. [34][49] He also warned that the domestic extremism units were going beyond monitoring activists, to working with private industry to prevent activists from continuing to demonstrate and protest.[50][51]

Pennie Quinton makes a related point, noting that the vagueness of the label "domestic extremism" helps the police justify abusing "counter-terror" laws to target legitimate protest.[52]

Mission Creep: Domestic Extremism in the Counter-Terrorism context

A little examined question is the issue of housing many of the "domestic extremism units" within or along side "counter-terrorism" units. For instance, a number of police forces now have "counter-terrorism and domestic extremism units". The National Coordinator for Domestic Extremism / National Domestic Extremism Unit was established under the Terrorism and Allied Matters committee of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO TAM), and subsequently passed to the control of Counter Terrorism Command within the Metropolitan Police. A clear example of this in action is The City of London Police's Project Servator, supposedly monitoring "hostile reconnaissance" makes no distinction between "extreme protest groups, organised crime groups or terrorists".[53] Elsewhere it can be noted, that former NETCU publications such as "Beyond Lawful Protest: Protecting Against Domestic Extremism" were subsequently published by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NATSCO).[22]

In a 2013 speech, James Brokenshire, the Home Office Minister for Crime and Security made much of how "counter-terrorism" initiatives such as PREVENT were being used to tackle home-grown far-right "extremism":[54] This indicates that those in charge of "domestic extremism policing" are part of the wider process where social matters are being treated as a security issue (called 'securitising social policy' in the jargon) and thus much of the criticism levelled in 2009 has remained valid subsequently. One of the few criticisms of the increasing role of 'securocrats' in deciding policy has come from the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, who is also a vice chair of ACPO TAM.[55]

It is to be noted that unlike "domestic extremism", there is a formal definition of "terrorism" in UK law, as set out in Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2001, where it is defined as:[56]

The use or threat of action designed to influence
the government or an international governmental organisation, or
to intimidate the public, or a section of the public
made for the purposes of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause; and it involves or causes:
(a) serious violence against a person;
(b) serious damage to a property;
(c) a threat to a person's life;
(d) a serious risk to the health and safety of the public; or
(e) serious interference with or disruption to an electronic system.

Clearly, though this includes groups and individuals covered by the definitions of "domestic extremism" and has also been criticised as being too broadly worded[57] and as criminalising dissent and extra-parliamentary action.[58]


Inside page of NETCU handbook, on policing domestic extremism and supporting companies.

In response to people objecting to being monitored in this way, Anton Setchell responded in 2009:[20]

What I would say where the police are doing that there would need to be the proper justifications.

An ACPO spokesperson in the same year also said:[21]

There are lots of reasons why people might be on the database. Not everyone on there is a criminal and not everyone on there is a domestic extremist but we have got to build up a picture of what is happening. Those people may be able to help us in the future. It's an intelligence database, not an evidence database. Protesting is not a criminal offence but there is occasionally a line that is crossed when people commit offences.

Jon Murphy, a spokesperson for ACPO told the Guardian in 2011 that:[59]

"Deploying undercover officers into the protest movement was not disproportionate to the risk posed. There are many people who have got perfectly legitimate concerns about any numbers of issues about which they may wish to protest. They are perfectly decent, law-abiding people who have no intention of disrupting anybody's lives, let alone an act of criminality. Unfortunately, in the midst of some of these groups – recent history would evidence this to be true – there are a small number of people who are intent on causing harm, committing crime and on occasions disabling parts of the national critical infrastructure. That has the potential to deny utilities to hospitals, schools, businesses and your granny."

One document relating to the surveillance of environmentalists seen by the Guardian used the following justification: that the environmental campaigners could cause "severe economic loss to the United Kingdom" and an "adverse effect on the public's feeling of safety and security".[60]

It is also worth drawing attention to the Special Demonstration Squad which existed from 1968-2008, and whose purpose and officers had overlap with the "domestic extremism units". The Third Herne report into the work of undercover officers targeting protest groups notes of its function: [61]

The SDS utilised a “Statement of Purpose” that guided their operational activity and explained their role. This statement evolved over time and can best be described as an organic document. In 1998, it detailed their objective as “providing quality service in the gathering and dissemination of high grade intelligence concerning terrorism, public order events, the activities of groups involved in politically motivated crime and crime related to animal rights and environmental activity”. To achieve this, they infiltrated groups assessed as being capable of violent protest.


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