Dear Ministry of Defence,
In June of this year, the Daily Express ran this headline: SAS troops ‘posing as homeless beggars across UK streets’ to foil attacks
Can I ask the Ministry to confirm or deny that this is actually occuring (and not just SAS troops - any military personnel).
If it is can you please supply me with details:
1. How many SAS troops (or indeed any other military personnel on assignment) have been deployed undercover in UK's streets between 1 Jan 2017 and 1 July 2017?
2. What is the cost of this deployment to the Crown's purse?
3. Has such deployment led to any specific encounters with terrorists and, if so, what was the outcome of such encounters (i.e. firefight/arrest/death)?
4. What are these 'homeless' undercover SAS soldiers (or indeed any military personnel on assignment) armed with?
As this was a front page story of the Express, this is clearly in the public interest. As armed soldiers on the streets is also a step towards Martial law, this is also in the public interest. I do not think that letting me know the above details is a breach of national security, as clearly the Express was given the story by the MOD to run, and even if you did give me the above details, it no longer is a state secret.
Thank you for your swift reply to this matter.
Dear Mr. Overton,
Please see attached response to your FOI request dated 22 August 2017.
Ministry of Defence