Operation BenthamTagged as: climatecamp
Having mounted a public relations campaign in an attampt to restore the image of the met after the G20 debacle, the police have decided to codename their operation for this year's Climate Camp Operation Bentham.
The operation's moniker is a reference to the English social theorist and philosopher Jeremy Bentham. Bentham's most frequently used concept is that of the panopticon. The panopticon is essentially a prison where the inmates are constantly aware that they may be under surveillance but cannot know whether anyone is actually watching. Consequently they are forced to act as though they are constantly being surveyed and so internalise the process of surveillance .
The concept of the panopticon was utilised by French theorist Michel Foucault as a metaphor for modern 'disciplinary socities.' With the police using badge sized cameras to record activists alongside the report that all campers are to be photographed by the police, we shall wait and see whether the police tactics do indeed revolve around creating an Orwellian situation of self-censoring activists
Alternatively, if the Police do adopt a far more relaxed and less confrontational attitude towards Climate Camp, it means that the huge amount of media attention will actually focus on the issues the camp campaigns around, something which has been sadly lacking in the coverage of Kingsnorth and the G20.