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Sacked police terror analyst appeals to employment tribunal

09-08-2011 09:08 AM CET | Politics, Law & Society

Press release from: KeepTalking

A police analyst who was sacked after reporting that the threat of terrorism in the UK from Muslims was minimal, is presenting his case at a Sheffield Employment Tribunal.

Mr Tony Farrell, who was Principal Intelligence Analyst of South Yorkshire Police, told his bosses than the biggest single threat to the UK, was now coming from internal tyranny, and in his opinion ‘far exceeded’ any threat from Islamic terrorism. Before being sacked, he was told, ‘Tony, you and I will never get them to tell the truth - we are mere foot-soldiers of the government.’

Mr Farrell then presented a claim to the Employment Tribunal on 30th November 2010, complaining that he had been unfairly dismissed and subjected to discrimination on the grounds of his belief.

At a pre-hearing review held in Sheffield on 24th May 2011, the judge found that Mr Farrell's belief did not satisfy the legal definition of belief. He is now appealing against this ruling.

In his Strategic Threat Assessment, which he handed over on 8 July 2010, he wrote:

"My honest view as a principal Analyst is that all other threats pale into insignificance when compared to the inner corruption in high places and government. Ultimately, by fair means or foul this inner corruption has to be exposed and the Police Service and the Intelligence Services have their own value decisions to make. Who is brave enough to take a contra position for the sake of our freedoms? I recognise that this stance is not likely to be embraced immediately and will probably be seen as unacceptable to senior managers. That does not make it wrong. Unfortunately I see few others in the Police Services having the courage to stand up and attempt to expose the ignoble lies on behalf of the public we serve. Yet if we just do nothing and bury our heads in the sand we are every bit as complicit in the tyranny…. "

The case is being heard from 7-9 September at Sheffield Employment Tribunal, 14 East Parade, by Sheffield Cathedral.

Further information: Terror on the Tube website

The issue is under discussion on the police blog PoliceSpecials

Keep Talking is a London-based discussion group on 9/11 and the repercussions.

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