What Was Iron March Database and Why Did It Lead to Unmasking of UK Police Officer as Extremist?

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Benjamin Hannam has been convicted of being part of National Action between 17 December 2016 and 1 January 2018, contrary to section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Hannam joined the Metropolitan Police in March 2018 and failed to disclose his membership of the right-wing group.

A former police officer has been jailed for four years and four months after being convicted of membership of the right-wing National Action terrorist group.

Ben Hannam, 22, was also convicted of lying on police application and vetting forms about his membership to the group as well as possessing an indecent image of a child.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC said some of the anti-Semitic material found in Hannam’s possession was “horrible and deeply troubling.”

National Action was outlawed under terrorism legislation in December 2016 and in 2018 one of the group’s members, Jack Renshaw, was jailed for plotting to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper with a machete.

But Hannam – who was fired by Scotland Yard earlier this month – could have still been working for the police if it were not for an anonymous hacker who gained access to the so-called Iron March database.

At a recent press briefing Commander Richard Smith, head of the counter-terrorism unit, effectively admitted Hannam had sailed through the police vetting procedure and was only identified when his name emerged on the Iron March database.

Cmdr Smith said Hannam first came to their…

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