Into the Whitehall maw

[…] Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), (3) and came into being when the Act came into force in October 2000. It replaces the Interception of Communications Tribunal, the Security Service Tribunal and Intelligence Services Tribunal (4) ; and the complaints function of the Commissioner appointed under the Police Act 1997. The Tribunal’s jurisdiction is set […]

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The corporate ex-spook business

In its Supplement ‘Corporate Security’, the Financial Times (11 April 2002) provided private security companies with a five page ‘advertorial’. If they are thought of as a service industry, the puff may have done the companies some favours. If they are thought of as consultancies, however, it merely reinforced the emerging superiority of specialist […]

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Getting it right: the security agencies in modern society

[…] go at. Incidentally, I do actually respond briefly to the stated title at the end of the piece. A preface: in what follows I use the terms security agencies and secret state to stand for the intelligence and security services – it saves time and endless repetition of a mouthful. Or should I say: […]

Hilda Murrell: a death in the private sector

[…] for monitoring the activities of nuclear protesters. During my (—–) year of membership in the IPI I came into contact with various officials, serving members of the Security Service. I was surprised to learn that the IPI was not a private members Institute but also included officials from all branches of the Armed Forces, […]

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Fifth Column. New directions for parapolitics: investigating the trans-national security elite

[…] capital controls by the Reagan-Thatcher generation also meant the globalisation of criminality in all its forms. What happened between the mid-1990s (when the great debate on post-Soviet security took place) and today cannot be defined solely by the threat of terrorism. 9/11 provided merely an extreme example of what was being predicted by many […]

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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 […]

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The Malcolm Kennedy Case – Update

[…] 24 October 2001.) During the last year Kennedy has been using the Act, which came into force in March 2000, to make subject access requests to the Security Service, GCHQ and the Metropolitan Police, all of which Kennedy believes to hold information on him. GCHQ In response to his subject access request to GCHQ, […]

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The Global Drug Meta-Group: Drugs, Managed Violence, and the Russian 9/11

[…] 1999. Sources in the French special services had earlier communicated that information, in particular a certain professor of political science, a specialist in issues of Russian defense, security, and organized crime. He is well known for his contract work for French government establishments, including French counter-intelligence.”110…. The investigative weekly then went on to summarize […]

Fifth Column: Plots, smoke and mirrors – managing our Muslim brothers

[…] in a programme of work to label dissident Islamist political opinion as automatically terrorist. This should cause concern because it may be distracting resources away from focused security towards creating a climate of intimidation. It is as if the authorities have no idea precisely what they should do and are leaping maniacally and preemptively […]

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The accountability of the intelligence and security services

[…] unaccountable as before despite having been placed on a statutory footing. Statutory basis The first piece of legislation to hit the statutory books was in 1989 the Security Service Act which placed MI5 on a statutory footing and provided for the first time some organisational mechanism for the hearing of complaints against MI5 behaviour. […]

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