The corporate ex-spook business

[…] are required by law to report on community, social, ethical, and reputation issues, they will, increasingly, expect their security consultants to wear them, too. This impacts on spook and ex-spook alike since, no matter how at arm’s-length their conduct, it can effect their clients’ balance sheets. The mistake the ex-spooks in the private security […]

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After Iraq: some FCO/SIS issues

[…] weep for SIS’s humiliation. (7)However, to use the intelligence failures exposed by the illegal invasion of Iraq, as the excuse for its trashing is a travesty. Some spook definitions First some spook definitions: ‘Intelligence’ is knowing, for example, that this country’s head of state has a daughter named Anne. ‘Analysis’ is understanding why this […]

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Spook PR

[…] to the Arab populace would be an anathema to Israel. A bit like speaking Latin to the Reverend Iain Paisley. (14) It was another PR opportunity lost. Spook PR and Policing al-Qaida One reason why Prime Minister Blair could have added good manners to Britain’s arsenal in the fight against al-Qaida, is because the […]

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PR, espionage and language

[…] means of knowing whether the organisation’s role is to search for capitalism’s buried bodies or be accessories to what-ever crimes may be committed. As a former SIS spook himself, anything that the high profile Lord Browne says informs the citizen, including possible future SIS recruits. () Spook PR Meantime, in the face of unprecedented […]

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Forty Years of Legal Thuggery

[…] SECURICOR LTD 1968-75 MEMBER OF THE GAMING BOARD 1972-77 PRESIDENT GUN TRADE ASSOCIATION 1970-81 DIRECTOR AND CONSULTANT OF ‘INTERTEL’ INTERNATIONAL INTELLIGENCE INC – THE US SUPER PRIVATE SPOOK ORGANISATION BADDERLEY, JOHN HALKETT CMG (1970) B 30.4.20, D 23.10.72 MAGDALEN COLL OXFORD MI6 (B) 1940-45 COLDSTREAM GUARDS 1945 FO 1947 3RD SEC ATHENS 1949 FO […]

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PR, Iraq and ‘the allies’

The American boomerang In America, Mayor Bloomberg has banned smoking in public places, especially in restaurants, inadvertently turning New York into an unlikely but almost spook-free zone. (1) American intelligence officers may not smoke, but some of their overseas contacts will. If meeting in the West, they will prefer to do so in London; or, […]

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Spooks – U.K.

[…] Labour Party, 150 Walworth Road, London, SE17 1JT) With this the Labour Party has taken a significant step towards the public recognition that, as far as the spook industry is concerned, the view of this society long held by its left-wing is fundamentally correct. Coups, bugging, surveillance, wiretapping, Special Branch, moles – the first […]

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Children and the Official Secrets Act

Some of the spook recruitment pitches in the media of the last two years have gone out of their way to impress upon prospective candidates the family-friendly credentials of the major state spook employers.(1) But such measures, no matter how sincere and/or necessary, are for the most part aimed at a parent’s convenience – […]

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Some examples of corporate, cultural and state PR

[…] tourism chiefs meet in the shadow of the fifth anniversary of 11 September to discuss why the numbers of overseas tourists to the US has dropped.() British spook heritage PR As part of their PR strategy, two of Britain s spook employers are producing certain bestsellers: public sector 100th anniversary accounts of MI5 and […]

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Conspiracy, Conspiracy Theories and Conspiracy Research

[…] to up to that point, Protheroe knew who Wallace was and what the Inf Pol unit had been doing. To Newsnight we said something like ‘Protheroe’s a spook; you’ll have to watch him.’ (We were already interested in him because of his actions during the BBC’s handling of the Pencourt investigation a decade earlier.) […]

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