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What role will Parliament play in Britain’s response to terrorist threat?

The terrorist attacks in Paris will raise understandable concerns about the threat of further attacks, including in the UK. Although Paris has suffered two serious attacks this year the government will be keen to ensure that the British public are not … Continue reading

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Getting their ducks in a row: a small step forward in intelligence agency accountability

The significance of last week’s appearance of intelligence agency heads before the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), far outweighed anything that actually emerged from the evidence session itself. The ISC, which was established in 1994, has until this point … Continue reading

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Watching the watchers: a serious test for the Intelligence and Security Committee

Recent months have seen a diverse cast of characters including newspaper proprietors, senior police officers and BBC executives being grilled by Parliamentary select committees. Today’s appearance of intelligence agency heads before the Intelligence and Security Committee is not likely to … Continue reading

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The Will-o’-the Wisp of Cabinet Oversight of the Intelligence Services

Interesting piece in The Guardian today by former Liberal Democrat Minister Chris Huhne about the lack of discussion within the Cabinet about the extent of surveillance undertaken by GCHQ. Huhne makes some interesting points but he does rather misunderstand the … Continue reading

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