The Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR)

In the aftermath of the murder, a cascade of misinformation and lies from the very top down. From Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair to the trigger-happy plain-clothes shooters identified only as "carrying a long-barrelled weapon", the actions that day have been exposed as a cover-up of the events that resulted in the extra-judicial execution of an innocent man.

The Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR)

The Antagonist
Joined: 25 Nov 2005, 11:41

10 Dec 2005, 13:50 #1

On 4 August 2005, The Guardian reported that the Special Reconnaissance Regiment were involved in the surveillance operation that led to the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. The Whitehall sources who provided the story stressed that the SRR were involved only in intelligence-gathering, and that Mr Menezes was shot by armed police, not by members of the SRR or other soldiers.

Defence sources refused to comment on speculation that SRR soldiers were among the plain-clothes officers who followed Mr Menezes on to the bus to Stockwell tube station.

WHAT IS THE SPECIAL RECONNAISANCE REGIMENT
Quoting from the Ministry of Defence Press Release on the creation of the Special Reconnaisance Regiment:
New Special Forces Regiment for the British Army
Published Tuesday 5th April 2005

On 5 April 2005 the Secretary of State for Defence, Geoff Hoon MP, announced the creation of a new "Special Reconnaissance Regiment", which has been formed to meet a growing worldwide need for special reconnaissance capability.

In a written statement to Parliament, Mr Hoon declared the 'Special Reconnaissance Regiment' (SRR) will be operational from April 6th 2005.  Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon said:
"The creation of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment demonstrates our commitment to shaping our Armed Forces to meet the ongoing challenge of tackling international terrorism. The new Regiment will help to meet the growing need for special reconnaissance capability."
The new Regiment has been formed to meet a growing worldwide demand for special reconnaissance capability - as announced in the Strategic Defence Review New Chapter in July 2004.

The Regiment will ensure improved support to international expeditionary operations at a time when it is most needed in the ongoing fight against international terrorism. Special reconnaissance covers a wide range of specialist skills and activities related to covert surveillance.

The SRR will draw personnel from existing capabilities and recruit new volunteers from serving members of the Armed Forces where necessary. Due to the specialist nature of the unit it will come under the command of Director Special Forces and be a part of the UK Special Forces group.

In a Written Ministerial Statement to the House of Commons, Mr Hoon said:
"The Strategic Defence Review (SDR) New Chapter published in July 2002 stated that we planned to enhance and build upon the capabilities of UK Special Forces.  As part of this programme, the 'Special Reconnaissance Regiment' (SRR) will stand up on April 6 2005.  This regiment has been formed to meet a growing worldwide demand for special reconnaissance capability.  Consistent with the SDR New Chapter, this regiment will provide improved support to expeditionary operations overseas and form part of the Defence contribution to the Government's comprehensive strategy to counter international terrorism.  The SRR will bring together personnel from existing capabilities and become the means of the further development of the capability.  Due to the specialist nature of the unit, it will come under the command of the Director Special Forces and be a part of the UK Special Forces group."

Source: Ministry of Defence
The SRR logo is attached to this post and the explanation of their logo is as follows:
The SRR cap badge consists of a Corinthian helmet placed in front of a Special Forces sword with a scroll underneath depicting the word 'reconnaissance'. This reflects the SAS and SBS cap badges in design, ensuring conformity within the UK Special Forces Group. The Corinthian style helmet, favoured by the ancient Greeks, was used from the early 7th to the 4th centuries BC. The helmet is facing forwards and suggests the viewer is being watched, while the wearer behind the mask is anonymous.

Source: Ministry of Defence
How terribly friendly.

The version of events that emerged with the leaked IPCC documents seems to suggest a method of execution that is out of step with the Kratos guidelines which refer to 'a critical shot' being fired and also totally in keeping with the modus operandi of certain 'elite' military organisations.

If de Menezes was shot by the SRR, what use is the IPCC investigation?
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Bridget
Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

09 Mar 2006, 15:03 #2

An article by Mark Townsend (yet again)
Ministry probes Tube train killing

Mark Townsend and Jamie Doward
Sunday February 5, 2006
The Observer


The Ministry of Defence is conducting an internal inquiry into the role played by an elite army surveillance unit in the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.
Whitehall sources have told The Observer that the military investigation has been launched to determine whether 'lessons could be learnt' from the surveillance operation that wrongly identified de Menezes as a suspected suicide bomber. The move is likely to raise questions about the deployment of military personnel on Britain's streets.

The army unit, composed of members of its Special Reconnaissance Regiment, had been seconded to the Metropolitan police and was working with undercover officers who were monitoring the south London flats in which de Menezes lived.

The soldiers have also been interviewed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission as part of its investigation into the events that led up to the death of the Brazilian electrician at Stockwell tube station last July. MoD officials and Army officers are said to have 'co-operated fully' with the inquiry. It is not known whether military personnel were interviewed under caution.

The MoD's own parallel inquiry into the events that led up to the shooting of the innocent 27-year-old will review and examine the procedures and command structures that allowed apparent surveillance failures to occur. The Crown Prosecution Service is deciding whether to bring criminal charges against any of those involved.

Defence sources said it was hypothetically possible that the soldiers could be disciplined under the military justice system, but only once the CPS had made its decision and police investigation had been completed.

'If there are lessons to be learnt procedurally from the inquiry they will happen very quickly,' a Whitehall source confirmed. 'We are now awaiting the findings of the [IPCC] report to see whether further action needs to be taken... though it may not be appropriate'.

One senior counter-terrorism said last night: 'I can't understand why non-police personnel were used to do something that important. They won't know police procedures. If you start using the army on the streets without a proper public debate it will end in disaster.'

It is believed that none of the plainclothes soldiers, whose regiment was formed only last April and which is based at the SAS headquarters in Hereford, was armed. They have developed specialist surveillance skills in Northern Ireland.

The IPCC inquiry is expected to focus on a series of communication problems between SO19, the specialist police firearms unit deployed at Stockwell and the surveillance teams. It was a soldier who incorrectly identified de Menezes as an 'IC one male' - the police description for a white man - when he left his flat. During the surveillance operation a soldier is said to have temporarily lost sight of de Menezes as he was relieving himself against a tree.

The Ministry of Defence said last night it could not comment while the inquiry was ongoing.
Observer 5/2/06
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The Armchair Anarchist
Joined: 13 Jul 2006, 21:43

14 Jul 2006, 04:58 #3

They used to be known officially as 14th (Int) Company, in the 'good old days', recruited from all of the armed forces, once in a while in SRO's you'd get 'job' adverts, this one simply read:

FROM TIME TO TIME, THERE IS A REQUIREMENT FOR MEN AND WOMEN TO VOLUNTEER TO UNDERTAKE SPECIAL DUTIES OF A HAZARDOUS NATURE IN NORTHERN IRELAND. THE SELECTION AND TRAINING FOR SPECIAL DUTIES ARE BOTH RIGOUROUS AND ARDUOUS. FOR FURTHER DETAILS SEE DCI **/**/** OR ASK THE CHIEF CLERK.

They were formed in the seventies for intelligence gathering etc., after several incidents with Army units who'd formed their own intel units, somewhat over stepped the mark and carried out routine 'lifts and interrogation' sessions for personal enjoyment. And these 'rougue' units were causing severe embarresment and often casualties due to retaliation by the IRA and to a lesser degree INLA, generally not helping the cause of the 'hearts and minds' campaign that was already lost with the catholic comunity, whom the Brithish Army had been sent in to protect in the first place.

14 Int, or the Det as it was known, replaced all of these individual intel gathering bafoons, and were a very brave bunch of men and women without a doubt, and I don't use that lightly. (Hardknocks, even go as far as nutters...)

The training course was long, hard, and often broke people, there was no room for weak links, even the SAS weren't exempt from duty on the Det, and they had it twice as hard, if they failed the Det course, they were back to the normal green machine, not back to Hereford. A big fall. Mind you it didn't stop them from nick naming those on the Det 'Walters', as in Walter Mitty.

Those who did tours on the Det put their lives on the line every day. They even lost their Identity. And some, unfortunatley, paid the ultimate price, just to keep us in mainland Britain, and the civilians of both sides in the province safe.
They were the unseen soldiers, sailors, and airmen/ women, whose story is kept quiet.

Personally, with defence cut's etc, and the down sizing of forces in the province, I thought they'd have been on the heap, where so many others have gone.

Mind you I for one can't say that I'm entirely happy having them operate on the mainland, but I suppose they're one of those necessities, that should help you sleep safer at night.

For godsake don't run from them.........I think you know what I'm on about......
Stop, Stand Still, Hands on Head, try not to move and hope for the best!

God bless the MOD, another regiment of nutters! :ph43r:
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The Antagonist
Joined: 25 Nov 2005, 11:41

14 Jul 2006, 11:44 #4

The Armchair Anarchist @ Jul 14 2006, 05:58 AM wrote:Mind you I for one can't say that I'm entirely happy having them operate on the mainland, but I suppose they're one of those necessities, that should help you sleep safer at night.

For godsake don't run from them.........I think you know what I'm on about......
Stop, Stand Still, Hands on Head, try not to move and hope for the best!

God bless the MOD, another regiment of nutters! :ph43r:
de Menezes didn't run from them, did he?

The forces all hit the streets immediately July 7th happened, army in Convent Garden, police hammering down doors all over town, the SRR, the whole city, and other parts of the country, was off the rails in the days and weeks that followed. Recall the Birmingham city centre evacuation on the basis of a 'credible', but non-existent, threat.

The mobilisation was lightning quick. So quick in fact, news of special forces' presence on the streets was breaking before the apparent cause of the explosions had changed from the original power surge story.

From the Daily Mirror, two days after July 7th, a tale of dumped bags and escaped perpetrators of whom lots of CCTV was said to exist:
9 July 2005

EXCLUSIVE: THE HUNT

Exclusive By Jeff Edwards And Chris Hughes

SCOTLAND Yard launched Britain's biggest ever manhunt yesterday to catch the London bombers - vowing: "We will go to the ends of the earth to nail these coldblooded killers."

And troops from Britain's most secretive army intelligence unit - the Special Reconnaisance Regiment - will join them.

More than 1,000 police staff were assigned to the case. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said: "We will not rest until we find them. We will be relentless."

Senior Yard sources said: "It will be the biggest, most intensive and focused investigation in British policing history."

British Transport Police have recovered nearly a million used tickets from barriers across the rail network, hoping some will carry the bombers' fingerprints as they travelled into London.

But the investigation received a serious setback when it was discovered the CCTV cameras on the bus that blew up were not working so detectives will not get vital images of the bomber.

One senior Yard source said: "It's a big blow and a disappointment. If the cameras had been running we would have had pin-sharp close-up pictures of the person who carried out this atrocity.

"We don't know if the driver forgot to switch them on or if there was a technical problem but there are no images."

The bus had four cameras - one covering people getting on, the second at the exit doors and one on each deck scanning the length of the vehicle.

But the anti-terrorist squad are confident that other CCTV footage will help nail the three other terrorists.

Senior sources at the Yard said they were seizing film from an estimated 2,000 cameras in the biggest operation of its kind.

Film from every Tube train and station will be examined as well as footage from the 12 main line termini and scores of platform cameras and trains across the British Rail network.

Scores of street traffic cameras and those protecting banks, businesses and shops may have picked up the bomber when he boarded the No 30 bus somewhere along the double-decker's route.

Anti-terrorist officers were examining the bus and the wrecked carriages of the bombed Tube trains.

After the injured and dead were removed, explosives specialists swabbed the scene - including victims' skin and clothes - with chemicals to find out what kind of high explosive was used.

Teams of evidence recovery specialists will sift through thousands of pieces of wreckage for even the most minute bomb parts, hoping to build accurate model of the bombs.

Even pieces of fabric will help reconstruct each sports bag or rucksack they are thought to have been carried in.

Meanwhile, other teams will scrutinise hundreds of hours of CCTV footage and speak to hundreds of people who were on the Underground at the time. These will include even the most seriously hurt because it is thought they were the closest to the explosions and may have seen the bombers.

Intelligence analysts from the Special Branch and security services will comb hundreds of computer records of surveillance logs, phone and email intercepts and other information to see if important pointers to bombers was overlooked.

The information will be compared with CCTV images of people carrying similar bags to help identify the culprits.

Andy Hayman, the Met's Assistant Commissioner and terrorism co-ordinator, said: "The bombers are all certain to have been caught on many cameras during their journey to and on the Underground.

"They were not masked so we will end up with very good pictures that will identify them."

One theory is that because the attacks were in the north and north east parts of Central London, the bombers may live close to that area or have travelled in by train from Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire or beyond.

They think all four bombers travelled separately with a bomb containing about 5lbs of plastic explosive hidden in a rucksack or holdall.

Police believe the terrorists used timing devices, possibly mobile phone alarm clocks, to set off the bombs. The are not thought to have triggered them remotely by mobile phone calls - like the Madrid bombings - because the signals cannot be picked up on the Tube.

Detectives believe each bomber set the timer just before the train pulled into a station, dumped the bag on the floor and got off as the doors closed. The bombs exploded within 60 seconds in standing areas close to the doors, blowing huge holes through the floors.

An anti-terrorist source said: "Even if passengers noticed a bag had been abandoned they had no chance to do anything about it because they went off almost immediately."

Scotland Yard do not believe any of the attackers were suicide bombers and that all of them - probably four - got away.

Mr Hayman said: "They probably walked away and are still at large and may be preparing to strike again.

"We need urgent help from the public. These people could be living next door to you or in your street - we need information no matter how insignificant it seems."

The Special Reconnaisance Regiment agents, whose surveillance skills were honed spying on the IRA in Northern Ireland, are on standby to help MI5 watch suspect terror cells.

The 550 strong SRR are specialists in covert surveillance, phone taps, tailing suspects and secret video recording.

Every agent is highly trained in breaking into houses, searching properties and leaving no sign that they have been there. They are armed and experts in close combat.


The agents will be deployed to build up dossiers on militants believed to be linked to terrorists behind the blasts.

Some of the men and women are black, or of Asian or Arab descent and have been picked to fit into an area's ethnic profile.

An intelligence source told the Daily Mirror: "It is extremely hard to covertly watch these suspects since many live in areas where people know each other.

"In certain UK cities like Luton, Birmingham, Burnley and huge swathes of London there are areas where everyone is of Asian or Arab descent.

"What is needed is for operatives to be able to get in and out of these places without raising suspicions."

The source said: "The race is on to get these terrorists and stop them before they strike again.

"These people are armed and highly skilled with explosives so arresting them presents problems."

The agents will have a close partnership with the SAS, which will be brought in if needed.

The SSR is housed at the SAS base in Hereford and made up from the Army's 14 Intelligence Company, which was formed in Northern Ireland and was once a top secret unit even within the Ministry of Defence.

They would spend weeks preparing a surveillance operation and remain there for days or even weeks observing suspects.


1 million Tube tickets taken for fingerprinting

Timing devices used to trigger small 5lbs bombs

CCTV on the No30 bus was not working

Video from 2,000 other cameras seized

Squad of special forces to join search.

Source: Daily Mirror
How many 'days, or even weeks' after July 7th was de Menezes executed?
"The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you." -- Immortal Technique

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -- Malcolm X

"The eternal fight is not many battles fought on one level, but one great battle fought on many different levels." -- The Antagonist

"Truth does not fear investigation." -- Unknown
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Bridget
Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

26 Sep 2006, 10:44 #5

September 05, 2004
Britain forms new special forces unit to fight al-Qaidah

The Muslim News

25-07-2004
By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent
The Sunday Telegraph:

A new special forces regiment is being created to infiltrate Islamic terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

The Reconnaissance and Surveillance Regiment will work closely with the Special Air Service and the Special Boat Service. Its mission will be to penetrate groups, either directly or by "turning" terrorists into double agents.

It will be given the authority to operate around the world, working closely with friendly intelligence agencies such as the CIA and Mossad.


Security chiefs hope that the regiment, comprising up to 600 troops, will run a network of agents providing the West with accurate intelligence on potential terrorist operations, allowing attacks to be foiled. It will at first be formed from members of a highly secret surveillance agency - the Joint Communications Unit Northern Ireland - which has worked in Ulster for more than 20 years. The unit, which worked with the SAS, MI5 and the Special Branch, perfected the art of covert surveillance in urban and rural areas and created a network of double agents who supplied the British security forces with intelligence on terrorist attacks.

Its success stemmed from its ability to plant listening devices and cameras in the homes and cars of terrorists, to bug phones and to monitor suspects at close quarters.

Such was the secrecy surrounding the unit that few of its operations were made public. Members of the unit are, however, some of the most highly decorated men and women in the Services.

One of its successes was providing the information for the SAS operation in 1988 which led to the shooting dead of three IRA terrorists who were planning to attack British forces in Gibraltar. The unit also took part in an operation that thwarted an IRA plot to attack a police station at Loughgall, County Tyrone, in 1987. Eight IRA members were killed by the SAS in a carefully planned ambush.

Volunteers for the regiment, both male and female, will be taken from all three branches of the Armed Forces. Officers are keen to recruit those of Middle Eastern or Mediterranean appearance, as well as Muslims and members of ethnic minorities.

Recruitment has begun and volunteers must pass an intensive six-month training course, learning covert surveillance, communications, driving skills and first aid as well as close-quarter battle skills, using a variety of weapons. Priority will be given to those able to infiltrate or blend in with Islamic terror groups, rather than, as with the SAS, their fitness or fighting capabilities.

One officer said: "The SAS's role is essentially to kill people. This new regiment's role is to provide the intelligence for the SAS to do that."


Those who pass - a 90 per cent failure rate is expected - will be sent on an Arabic course at the Armed Forces language school at Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.

The unit will be commanded by a lieutenant colonel with a special forces background, although not necessarily a member of the SAS, and will be based in South Wales. He will report to the Director of Special Forces.

A senior officer associated with the formation of the new regiment said: "This unit will be used primarily for intelligence gathering. The work will be dangerous, as it was in Northern Ireland, and operators will be taught how to protect themselves. The threat from Irish terror groups is far less now and although we will keep a presence in Ulster, it is time to use this force on a worldwide basis."
�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti
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Dave52
Joined: 14 Jul 2006, 09:00

26 Sep 2006, 11:48 #6

I know someone who used to be in the army and still has a lot of contacts. I obviously can't substanciate any of this but he told me that the killer was SAS. He was talking about the need for Marshall Law to be instigated before any soldier can be involved on the UK streets...
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matt
Joined: 12 Sep 2006, 17:57

26 Sep 2006, 12:56 #7

aside from being alarming, nothing i have read here appears anything less than utterly plausible, imho, take it all as fact, but as you'll know, this is just the tip of the iceberg, there'll be more to it than revealed

i'd be surprised if there isn't some secret dictat allowing military forces types to be 'deputised' under secret orders

now, this would be great if those in command had righteous aims, i'm not convinced that those in command are on the side they're supposed to be

most alarming thing is that these boys and girls on the ground utterly buy into the notion that being bad in the name of good, is meritous, honourable, and that's what makes them so dangerous, just about anyone can be put on a list, for any reason, in fact, probably 60-70% of the u.k. population have something on record somewhere (covertly aquired, naturally) that makes them 'a danger to q&c'...the only barrier to action is bad press, and even that is no barrier today, as we all know, press reportage is effectively deceased

take my attempt at irony "krieg macht frei", this is a comment on how "arbeit macht frei" wasn't strictly true, and neither of course is "krieg...", but you can bet it is spinnable as 'revolutionary incitement'

this won't be news to you...but, i 'heard it on the grapevine' that certain "licence to kill" types regularly do 'innactive ops' out here in the public domain, there's a long history (like as long as the military's existence) of practicisng the 'art of mingling', by which i mean special ops cells, just like you hear about the 'bad guys' doing, there have been many cells living as neighbours, or hidden altogether in various military and civvie 'theatres', i heard about this one op where 'they' spent a week living on the roof of a building in a u.s. airforce base somewhere in the u.k., and this was one of the 'military soil' ops i'm happy to mention, it doesn't stop there, and it knows no borders, and these folks only let you see so many layers of the onion...so when you hear of one 'hydra' head, you can bet another appeared somewhere else

it's analogous to the lockheed blackbird recon aircraft, the only reason why that was outed, and 'retired', is that aurora is very real, and pootling about up there at mach 5 wherever emperor bush says he wants it

the claimed leaks, are usually simply psyops in themselves, it's a bit like finding a cockroach and asking him how many there are, he'll tell you "millions", which is true, but also false, yet actually, not that far from the truth...confused ? scared ? good !

*all this is ill informed gossipy hearsay and supposition, i read it on the back of my cornflakes packet...for the record
the 'war "against" terror' is a travelling circus, ready to pitch its macabre death display wherever self determination has a chance, in any place where transnational corporate interests say so, and while we sit in thrall at the spectacle, our pockets are being picked, and while we marvel at the shock and awe on display we should know, that the ring master's plan is that it is we who will be the future stars of the show
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