MI5: New Threats for Old? Turning up the Heat: MI5 after the Cold War

Turning up the Heat: MI5 after the Cold War Larry O’Hara Phoenix Press, London, 1994, £6 (p and p included) from BM Box 4769, London WC1N 3XX; cheques payable to Larry O’Hara. Since 1945 MI5 has had three main domestic targets: Soviet bloc espionage, the British Left and the IRA. With the Soviet target […]

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The central role of MI5

Wilson, MI5 and the Rise of Thatcher Covert Operations in British Politics 1974-1978 MI5’s job is to prevent radical political change in Britain. It is tempting just to write ‘prevent socialism’ but its activities are wider than that, covering all manner of non-socialist activities, including the neo-fascist right. (159) But their primary job is […]

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Five at Eye

[…] have been used to smear Wilson’. The former editor, Richard Ingrams, told reporters: “Looking back on it, it’s obvious that the Eye could have been used by MI5, but it’s hard to be concrete.” Its hard to be concrete because nobody bothered to look at what Private Eye did produce in the crucial years […]

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Curried Knight: Maxwell Knight and the MI5 in-house history

I have been scrutinising in some detail the Curry Report, The Security Service: its problems and organisational adjustments 1908-1945 –– the in-house history of MI5 which was written by John Court (‘Jack’) Curry (1887-?), a senior MI5 officer, during 1944-6. In so doing I have solved one of the great mysteries about Maxwell Knight. […]

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Fascism, the Security Service and the Curious Careers of Maxwell Knight and James McGuirk Hughes

The idea that the Security Service, MI5, colluded with British fascism in the inter-war years is not to be found in the existing literature on the subject. On the contrary the fascists are depicted as the victims, rather than the beneficiaries of MI5’s attentions. MI5, it is generally argued, viewed fascism as a potential danger … Read more

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First supplement to ‘A Who’s Who of the British Secret State’

[…] our readers who sent in clippings. They are are always welcome. Stephen Dorril ABBOTT, DERMOT CHARLES HYATT CB (1959) B. 8/9/08 D. ? LONDON UNI. ROYAL AUTO MI5 (W) 29-40 POST OFFICE 40-45 SECRETARIAT (MI5) 45-49 POST OFFICE 49-66 MINISTRY OF PENSIONS 66-68 ASST. UNDER-SEC. DHSS ADAMSON, NICHOLAS CLARK OBE (1982) B. 5/9/38 MI6 […]

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The View From MI5

Colin Wallace and ‘Clockwork Orange 2’ In 1974, while working for the British Army’s Northern Ireland psy-ops unit, Information Policy, Wallace was asked (told) by an MI5 officer to work on a psy-ops project, ‘Clockwork Orange 2’. Wallace’s job spec. for CO2 was to produce a document, a first-hand narrative, apparently written by a […]

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Getting it right: the security agencies in modern society

[…] time and endless repetition of a mouthful. Or should I say: I use the term security agencies in place of the intelligence, security and surveillance services, MI6, MI5, GCHQ. Or should I say: I use the term security agencies to stand for the intelligence, security, surveillance and disinformation services? Because disinforming the British citizen […]

Forty Years of Legal Thuggery

[…] a mass, or darkness to a spiritualist seance’. In essence, secrecy in a corrupting influence. Irresponsible intelligence agencies, and the evidence over the years condemns MI6 and MI5, by their actions help to undermine the very ideals they claim they are protecting. By making visible their world of covert action – the practice of […]

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Moscow Gold: ‘the Communist threat’ in post-war Britain

[…] other communist parties’, meaning, I guess, various tankie factions dug into the party’s headquarters at King St, besides the civilised, Euro-communist CP she belonged to. (3) Enter MI5 So far, so straightforward but, like most stories which involve the security services, there is more here than meets the eye. According to Falber, in 1958, […]

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