apr 252017
 

The British spy Stakeknife – described by an Army general as “our golden egg” – is now the subject of a £35m criminal inquiry called Operation Kenova. The inquiry has been triggered by a classified report which Northern Ireland’s Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory QC has told Panorama “made for very disturbing and chilling reading”. What Stakeknife actually did has been wreathed in speculation since he was identified in 2003 as Belfast bricklayer Freddie Scappaticci. The one stand-out fact, [lees verder]

apr 252017
 

Panorama documentary claims agent who leaked secrets to British army is linked to 18 murders in 1980s and 90s One of Britain’s most important agents inside the IRA has been linked to 18 murders and was provided with an alibi by a senior police officer to avoid getting him arrested during the Troubles, it has emerged. Army whistleblower to testify on IRA double agent Stakeknife Read more The Guardian can also reveal that the informer codenamed “Stakeknife” reported directly to [lees verder]

apr 052017
 

Exclusive: Watchdog investigates claim that secretive unit worked with Indian police to obtain campaigners’ passwords An anonymous letter claimed the Scotland Yard unit accessed activists’ email accounts for ‘a number of years’. The police watchdog is investigating allegations that a secretive Scotland Yard unit used hackers to illegally access the private emails of hundreds of political campaigners and journalists. The allegations were made by an anonymous individual who says the unit worked with Indian police, who in turn used hackers [lees verder]

apr 052017
 

The whistleblower lists damning claims of spying on innocent individuals by a secretive Scotland Yard unit. It’s now vital that we hold the police to account ‘When the police act with impunity all of our private lives are put at risk’ As the only Green party peer I receive a lot of post to my office in the House of Lords. Rarely, though, do I open letters like the one that has been revealed. The anonymous writer alleged that there [lees verder]

apr 052017
 

POLICE Scotland has confirmed that a secret file was created on the activities of a disgraced undercover unit at the G8 summit at Gleneagles. The “intelligence briefings” on the National Public Order Intelligence Unit, whose officers had sex with the protestors they spied on, will now be examined by a watchdog as part of its covert policing probe. Police Scotland said they would not comment on the contents of the file. Two Met-based units – the Special Demonstration Squad and [lees verder]

apr 052017
 

THE DEPARTMENT OF Homeland Security announced an unprecedented new restriction on travelers from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries on Tuesday. The DHS restriction states “that all personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone be placed in checked baggage at 10 airports where flights are departing for the United States.” It’s a Muslim laptop ban. The 10 airports are in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. American-based airlines do [lees verder]

apr 052017
 

A new Homeland Security rule will ban electronics on flights from airports in Muslim-majority countries. Is this protectionism or prudence? Well, it’s complicated. Travelers from eight different Muslim-majority nations will no longer be allowed to carry laptops, tablets, or certain other electronic devices with them in the cabin on flights inbound to the U.S., according to new rules that take effect on Tuesday. The U.K. was quick to announce that it would follow suit with a Muslim laptop ban of [lees verder]

jan 272017
 

Germany’s spy agency BND is being frozen out by GCHQ as well as in America Both believe insecure servers have led to Wikileaks taking classified documents Berlin officials are angry that secret intelligence data has not been handed over The freeze-out also applies to the Metropolitan Police and UK Border Force Relations between British and German spy chiefs have hit rock bottom because London says its counterparts in Berlin cannot be trusted to keep secrets. At a time of escalating [lees verder]

jan 272017
 

Exclusive: Chairman warns German parliamentary inquiry into spying known as NSA Committee could force Angela Merkel’s government to disclose files on joint intelligence operations with UK German spy inquiry could demand access to British intelligence secrets The German inquiry was set up last year in the wake of Edward Snowden’s disclosure that the US spied on Mrs Merkel’s mobile phone Photo: Reuters A German parliamentary inquiry into spying is demanding access to classified information on British intelligence, its chairman has [lees verder]

jun 032016
 

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts, the government tells us, “address the root causes of extremism through community engagement”. But could this globalising project have counter-productive consequences? Earlier this week the advocacy group CAGE and the Guardian both published revelations concerning a covert propaganda programme run by the UK Home Office as part of the Prevent programme. We have been investigating the government Research and Information Communications Unit (RICU), the PR agency Breakthrough Media and the many ‘grassroots’ campaigns they worked [lees verder]

jun 032016
 

Terror group puts out around 18 messages a day to its followers Government has set up covert group to counter radical propaganda David Cameron is to announce new laws targeting hate preachers A covert unit set up to tackle extremism is working ‘at an industrial scale and pace’ as it attempts to counter the barrage of ISIS propaganda online. The Research, Information and Communications Unit (RICU), a little-known group set up by the UK government, is using Cold War tactics [lees verder]

jun 032016
 

British involvement in controversial and clandestine rendition operations provoked an unprecedented row between the UK’s domestic and foreign intelligence services, MI5 and MI6, at the height of the “war on terror”, the Guardian can reveal. The head of MI5, Eliza Manningham-Buller, was so incensed when she discovered the role played by MI6 in abductions that led to suspected extremists being tortured, she threw out a number of her sister agency’s staff and banned them from working at MI5’s headquarters, Thames [lees verder]

jun 032016
 

Britain’s intelligence agencies have been secretly collecting bulk personal data since the late 1990s and privately admit they have gathered information on people who are “unlikely to be of intelligence or security interest”. Disclosure of internal MI5, MI6 and GCHQ documents reveals the agencies’ growing reliance on amassing data as a prime source of intelligence even as they concede that such “intrusive” practices can invade the privacy of individuals. A cache of more than 100 memorandums, forms and policy papers, [lees verder]

jun 032016
 

Emails released by CAGE revealed how MI5 repeatedly tried to recruit Mohammed Emwazi as an informant and put him on a terror watchlist to stop him leaving Britain The identifying of “Jihadi John”, a masked militant who has beheaded and tortured hostages held by the Islamic State in Syria, as 26-year-old British national, Mohammed Emwazi, has ignited a debate about the young recruit’s life, identity and path to Islamist militancy. Observers have pointed to Emwazi’s privileged upbringing – Emwazi came [lees verder]

jun 032016
 

Exclusive: Information from terror suspects about 2010 plot was used in a ‘Jack Bauer real-time operation’ The former head of MI6 has revealed that torture “does produce intelligence” The former head of MI6 has said torturing suspected terrorists produces “useful information”, as The Independent on Sunday reveals that “real-time” intelligence understood to have been obtained by torture in Saudi Arabia helped to thwart a terrorist bombing on British soil. In his first interview since stepping down from Secret Intelligence Service [lees verder]

jun 032016
 

After Adam Goldman exposed the identity of Jihadi John, ISIL’s executioner, as Mohammed Emwazi, it set off an interesting response in Britain. CagePrisoners — the advocacy organization for detainees — revealed details of how MI5 had tried to recruit Emwazi and, when he refused, had repeatedly harassed him and his family and prevented him from working a job in Kuwait (where he was born). While that certainly doesn’t excuse beheadings, it does raise questions about how the intelligence services track [lees verder]

jun 032016
 

British authorities intercepted bomb at East Midlands airport after ‘tip off’ Plastic explosives discovered on cargo planes travelling to the US Intelligence from Saudi Arabia ‘came after torture of al-Qaeda operative’ Ex-spy chief says torture ‘does produce useful information’ Information obtained using torture was used to help foil an al-Qaeda plot to bring down two planes, it has been claimed. British authorities intercepted a bomb at East Midlands Airport after being ‘tipped off’ by Saudi Arabian security forces, reportedly following [lees verder]

jun 032016
 

On the first anniversary since my arrest for Syria-related terrorism I explain just why the trial against me was heading for disaster It was the early morning of 24 February 2014. The doorbell rang. My wife answered and called my name, sounding scared. I was out of bed and already half-dressed when the police walked into my room. It seemed like they had filled the house. They asked me to confirm my name and then told me I was under [lees verder]

jun 032016
 

Links between MI5 and Gaddafi’s intelligence during Tony Blair’s government more extensive than previously thought, according to documents Britain’s intelligence agencies engaged in a series of previously unknown joint operations with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s government and used the information extracted from rendition victims as evidence during partially secret court proceedings in London, according to an analysis of official documents recovered in Tripoli since the Libyan revolution. The exhaustive study of the papers from the Libyan government archives shows the links [lees verder]

jun 032016
 

‘Jihadi John’ was able to join IS for one simple reason: from Quilliam to al-Muhajiroun, Britain’s loudest extremists have been groomed by the security services Every time there’s a terrorist attack that makes national headlines, the same talking heads seem to pop up like an obscene game of “whack-a-mole”. Often they appear one after the other across the media circuit, bobbing from celebrity television pundit to erudite newspaper outlet. A few years ago, BBC Newsnight proudly hosted a “debate” between [lees verder]