UndercoverInfo

Yesterday Sir Richard Dearlove, a former head of MI6, proposed to the Global Strategy Forum think-tank that the largely discredited ISC (Intelligence & Security Committee) which oversees UK intelligence (GCHQ, MI6 and MI5) should be replaced by “citizens groups” to ensure that Britain’s intelligence services are made more accountable and transparent. Given the widespread public concern, post-Snowden, with state surveillance, the failures of UK intelligence in preventing certain high-profile acts of terrorism and the recent confirmation by ISC and more latterly via Privacy International that GCHQ deploys bulk collection of data, it’s timely (if not curious) that such a proposal is now being made. Demanding the impossible (as the Situationists once said)? Why not…

So can the surveillance state be ‘liberated’. The short answer is probably no. But there can be far more accountability. Dearlove’s ‘NGOs’ would likely include Liberty, or Privacy International, or Big Brother Watch, or the…

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