Tony Williams (alias)

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This article is part of the Undercover Research Portal at Powerbase - investigating corporate and police spying on activists



Part of a series on
undercover police officers
'HN20'
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Alias: Tony Williams
Deployment: 1978-1982
Unit:
Targets:
Revolutionary Communist Tendency and Direct Action Movement

Tony Williams is the alias of an undercover officer with the Special Demonstration Squad, who was deployed 1978-1982 against the Revolutionary Communist Tendency and Direct Action Movement.[1] The Undercover Policing Inquiry chair, John Mitting, described Williams' deployment as 'unremarkable'.[2] On 30 July 2018 a final ruling was made that HN20's real name cannot be published by the Inquiry.[3][4]

He is also referred to by the cipher HN20 (for the N cipher system, see the N officers page).

In the Undercover Policing Inquiry

  • 11 January 2018, directed that restriction orders applications to be submitted by end of Jan 2018.[5]
  • 7 March 2018: further information sought by Inquiry before making a decision.[6]
  • 26 April 2018: Mitting minded to publish cover name but restrict real name.[2]
  • 1 May 2018: cover name published.[1]
  • 3 July 2018: Inquiry says Mitting is still minded to restrict the officer's real name[7] and publishes the open application (dated 8 April 2018) to this effect from the Metropolitan Police.[8] It was also directed that any objections to Mitting's intention to grant the restriction order to be made by 20 July 2018.[9]
  • 30 July 2018: final ruling that real name cannot be published.[3]

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Email to core participants, '20180501_UCPI_to_all_CPs_publishing_HN3_HN19_HN20_HN60_HN218_HN353', Undercover Public Inquiry, 1 May 2018, referencing update of the webpage UCPI.org.uk/cover-names.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sir John Mitting, In the matter of section 19(3) of the Inquiries Act 2005 Applications for restriction orders in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstrations Squad - 'Minded to' note 8, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 26 April 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sir John Mitting, Applications for restriction orders in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstration Squad: Minded to note 12 and Ruling 10, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 30 July 2018.
  4. Kate Wilkinson, Counsel to the Inquiry's Explanatory Note to accompany the Chairman's 'Minded-To' Note 12 in respect of applications for restrictions over the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstration Squad, Undercover Public Inquiry, 13 September 2018.
  5. Applications for restriction orders in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstrations Squad: Directions, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 11 January 2018.
  6. Sir John Mitting, In the matter of section 19(3) of the Inquiries Act 2005. Applications for restriction orders in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and Special Demonstration Squad - 'Minded To' Note 5, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 7 March 2018.
  7. Publication of documents relating to anonymity applications: Special Demonstration Squad - November 2017, January 2018, March 2018 and April 2018 'Minded' to notes, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 3 July 2018.
  8. List of applications and evidence published on 03 July 2018, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 3 July 2018.
  9. Sir John Mitting, Restriction Order Applications by HN1, HN3, HN8, HN9, HN12, HN19, HN20, HN27, HN60. HN72, HN353 and HN355, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 3 July 2018.