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That Shaggin’ Was In The Line Of Duty

Posted on | January 2, 2012 | 23 Comments

by Smitty

It’s an interesting call. Seriously. As a military member, lawful orders place one in life threatening situations. Can lawful orders include sexual acts as part of a cover story, as in this bit from the U.K.?

An undercover police officer has defended having sexual relationships with unsuspecting eco-activists, saying they were ‘essential’ to maintaining a convincing cover story.
Mark Kennedy, who spent eight years posing as eco-warrior Mark ‘Flash’ Stone, has spoken out after learning that three women plan to sue the Metropolitan Police for emotional distress, saying he ‘duped’ them into sex.

Later in the article:

Kennedy’s cover was blown a year ago and he has since left the police and moved to America, where he is working on a book and has signed a lucrative film deal. A Channel??4 documentary about him, Confessions Of An Undercover Cop, aired in November.
In 2002, Kennedy, 42, was recruited by the Met’s National Public Order Intelligence Unit and travelled throughout Britain and Europe, infiltrating activist groups as long-haired, tattooed protester Stone.
Kennedy, who is now getting divorced, insists he was celibate during his first year undercover. ‘I avoided sexual contact, despite the fact that free love is part of that lifestyle,’ he says. ‘I was a new face with money and a van, so I was a catch but I said I’d just ended a relationship and was recovering emotionally.’
In fact, Kennedy was married to Edel, mother of his 12-year-old son and ten-year-old daughter, though he claims he and his wife stayed together only because of the children.

Now, wait a minute: as far as the women go, what is the effective difference between these women fornicating with Flash Stone (really?) and then suing him for money, and just selling themselves as prostitutes? Is it that the notion of charging for the protein transfer did not occur until later?

And Flash boy? Look, if you’re a good enough actor to pull off an undercover gig, why can’t you come up with a better line than “I’d just ended a relationship and was recovering emotionally.’” There are plenty of medical reasons for celibacy. Now you’ve got a failed marriage as an albatross hanging about your neck.

But really: are these environmental outfits really so dangerous that governments need to place undercover operatives within them? What, are they smuggling explosives? May this pulp fiction story not do well in the market, say I. There is no way that the government should have people committing immoral acts. Furthermore, it’s medically dangerous to be engaged in sexual gymnastics like that, and the taxpayers should not be on the hook.

The whole thin smacks of a hoax.

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23 Responses to “That Shaggin’ Was In The Line Of Duty”

  1. richard mcenroe
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    Out here in California and the Pacific Northwest, yes, they’re dangerous.

    Still, I can’t wait for the scene in the movie where he yells, “Cover me! I’m going in!”

  2. Pathfinder's wife
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    I have no idea as far as this story, but I can attest that some of these enviro groups (and the closely related animal rights movement groups — there is crossover between the two in membership) do contain elements that are security risks.  I wouldn’t put it past some of them to engage in domestic terrorism.

  3. richard mcenroe
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

    Some Earth Firsters were torching car dealerships out here til they got busted.

  4. DaveO
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

    This story line sounds familiar.

    And yes, these ecogroups are like gateway drugs. One day protesting lack of spaying and neutering facilities, and the next they’re firebombing Hummer dealerships.

  5. Charlie Martin
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    Smitty, I agree with you about the hoax.  That said, “what is the effective difference between these women fornicating with Flash Stone (really?) and then suing him for money, and just selling themselves as prostitutes?” is so egregiously dumb that I suspect you of trolling for comments.

  6. Dianna Deeley
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

    Don’t forget burning out housing developments under construction. And shooting sheriff’s deputies, and otherwise committing acts of violence. To say nothing of those who “spike” trees.

  7. smitty
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    I have to go to a very high level of abstraction to view the women in these circumstances as victims.

  8. Quartermaster
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    I’m like you on this one Smitty. I can’t see them as victims at all. They got what they wanted.

  9. Anonymous
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

    Smitty, why don’t you talk to the scientists who conduct animal testing in spite of getting bombs, or the plant geneticists who have their kids followed to and from school by Earth First, or, or, or.

    This whole post is a comment troll, because 30 seconds with Google would have turned up dozens of violent incidents from these whackjobs.

  10. JeffS
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    Concur.  There’s a reason why the term “eco-terrorism” was coined.

  11. Pathfinder's wife
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    Their big thing here was threatening folks at the veterinary, ag science, and med schools.

    It was pretty serious stuff — threatened their families too.  Some of those folks are nutty, dangerously so.

  12. Pathfinder's wife
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    Maybe they didn’t…hence the perturbation (yes, I meant that in all manner of impolite and wrong, couldn’t help it).

  13. JeffS
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    I have no intent of defending these eco-nuts, but it’s fair to point out that some womyn see it as a duty to deny comfort to the enemy.  Or at least to those people who don’t agree with them. 

    There’s a joke about the best time to tell a womyn that you’re a conservative (hint — near the high point of a very intimate  encounter).  This falls along the same lines.

    So, no doubt these eco-chicks feel “used” after discovering they were the target of a police probe. 

  14. JeffS
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

    Smitty, I have to agree with you that immoral acts are not appropriate in official investigations.

    And that’s ignoring the jokes one could make about the violation of these womyn’s rights under the Fourth Amendment (yes, I know, the story is from the UK).

    But as I noted earlier, yes, there’s a good reason to be concerned about terrorism from ecological groups.  There have been such cases in the western United States, ranging from spiking trees inside a timber sale (which can be deadly to loggers running chain saws) to arson (SUVs, dealerships, and laboratories) to rigging booby traps on Forest Service gates. 

  15. JeffS
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    How about a scene where he has to fill out the request for a search warrant?  Sounds like comedy gold to me.

  16. ThePaganTemple
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

    Any word on whether ol’ Flash got hazardous combat pay for screwing these beasts? I bet there wasn’t any wax and shave jobs in that crew. I bet some of those vags were veritable rain forests, probably swimming, literally, with creepy crawlies. You know those damn eco bitches never douche. Why would they do that? Nature’s perfume is natural, and free. 

  17. Edward
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

    SO these women are accusing him of what?  Lying to them in order to get them into the sack?


    If that’s something a man can be sued for then …. you know my brain just froze up.

  18. Edward
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    Dude.  I just ate.  😛

    I wish I could scrub that from my brain but I just know it’ll never go away now.

  19. ThePaganTemple
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

    It’s hard to imagine what kind of lie he would have had to tell before he could sleep with them. I can think of one thing, but you wouldn’t think even these bitches would be stupid enough to believe “Pssst, don’t tell anybody but I’m really a dog disguised as a man.”

  20. Anonymous
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    PT, wrong animal. As Neal Boortz will tell you, all men are pigs. Oink, Oink, baby. 😉

  21. Pathfinder's wife
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    Ehem, those ladies don’t like domesticated animals, just an fyi.

  22. Quartermaster
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    I’m not saying they don’t have regrets, but they got what they wanted at the time.

  23. Quartermaster
    January 3rd, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    If you are a conservative, you would not find yourself in that position with anyone not your wife. Adultery is not a hobby for conservatives.