Forty Years of Legal Thuggery

[…] democratic control and constitutional legality. Their method of work is one of indirection, collusion and deceit. It is a world of conspiracy. Malcolm Muggeridge, himself in wartime MI6, noted that secrecy to MI6 ‘is as essential … as vestments and incense to a mass, or darkness to a spiritualist seance’. In essence, secrecy in […]

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British Spooks “Who’s Who” part 2

[…] supplement to A Who’s Who of the British Secret State (Lobster 19) Spooks (Lobster 22) CABLE, ERIC GRANT CMG (1938) B 25.2.1887 D 7.5.70 UNI’S LONDON, HEIDELBERG MI6 (COL Z. FISHER/READ 1984) 1904-39 HELSINGFORS, HAMBURG, RIGA, STANLEYVILLE, STOCKHOLM, DANZIG, OREGON, SEATTLE, COPENHAGEN 1939 CONSUL GEN COLOGNE ROTTERDAM 1940 ZURICH SECONDED TO MINISTRY OF HQ […]

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

[…] Co., in the slightly improbable role of selling Dead Sea potash all over Europe . .. I do not think that he had anything to do with MI6, but it sounds like an almost perfect cover.’ (p.x) It is interesting to note that Jenkins thought this, most politicians (especially Labour) are incredibly naive in […]

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SISies: MI6, and, A Life: A. J. Ayer (Book reviews)

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MI6: Fifty Years of Special Operations Stephen Dorril Fourth Estate, London, 2000, £25 A Life: A. J. Ayer Ben Rogers Chatto and Windus, London, 1999, £20   Many books on intelligence matters simply rehash old ‘facts’, adding a new twist to – a slightly different interpretation of – well-known, if not necessarily well-understood, events. If […]

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Intelligence Personnel Named in ‘Inside Intelligence’

[…] Egypt 1937 Canada 1940 armaments advisor to Dept. of National Defence 1941 Group Capt. 1943 Dir. Air Staff Branch, Air Ministry, Royal Air Force Delegation, Washington 1945 MI6 Dept. Dir. (Air); then Asst. Chief 1958 Consul General, Detroit, USA 1968 Retired. Resident consultant on trade development of the Great Lakes area, USA 1975 Associate […]

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Inside ‘Inside Intelligence’

[…] many would like to believe – and as most writers on intelligence imagine. Even so, we know virtually nothing of any substance about the operations of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. It may be asked, ‘But what about Nigel West, Christopher Andrew and Chapman Pincher?’. Andrew has written nothing on the post-war intelligence world and […]

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Spooks

[…] updated Spooks Who’s Who. (C) = controversial. Assessment based on career details. (IRD) = Information Research Department, usually listed in diplomatic lists of the period. Margaret Bradfield: MI6 Chief of Stockholm 1989 (Intelligence Newsletter 6 December 1989). John Quine: MI6 40s and 50s ended as Head of Counter-Espionage Department (Sunday Telegraph 16 September 1990). […]

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Getting it right: the security agencies in modern society

[…] saves 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 […]

Appendix 4: the Conflict Between MI5 and MI6 in Northern Ireland

Wilson, MI5 and the Rise of Thatcher Covert Operations in British Politics 1974-1978 The conflict over the cease-fire negotiations was part of a struggle between MI5 and MI6 for control of the intelligence activities in Northern Ireland. MI6 had been called into Northern Ireland by Edward Heath, thus extending its normal area of operations, […]

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Tittle-tattle: New Labour – old Spooks?

[…] Can they hack it? An interesting British connection of Kissinger Associates is Hakluyt and Company Ltd, a recently emerged (and striking) example of a semi-commercial relationship between MI6 and the City. Unusually, there have been numerous leaks concerning the company in the British press over the last few years. Hakluyt is a private commercial […]

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