1: An (un)acknowledged truth

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This chapter introduces the focus of the book and lays out its contribution to the scrutiny of the Undercover Policing Inquiry. It begins to identify the key sites of contestation in the Inquiry and offers a conceptualisation of covert surveillance that is of interest to political activists, privacy campaigners and researchers. For many whose lives were infiltrated by undercover police due to their political activities, the official Inquiry is an essential aspect of finding the truth about their personal and political stories. The chapter shows how the agency of participants and their struggle to force concessions from state institutions are essential in order to shift the focus onto questions of transparency and disclosure. The chapter further outlines the methodology of the study and sets out the structure of the book.

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Secrets and Disclosure in the Undercover Policing Inquiry