Archive for the ‘MI5/MI6’ Category

Big Brother HAS gone too far … and that’s an ex-spy chief talking

June 3, 2009

The former head of MI6 has hit out at ’striking and disturbing’ invasions of privacy by the Big Brother state.

Sir Richard Dearlove, who led the Secret Intelligence Service from 1999 to 2004, claimed some were an ‘abuse’ of the law.

He attacked the ‘loss of liberties’ caused by expanding surveillance powers and described some police operations as ‘mind-boggling.’

The former spy chief joins a growing number of high-profile critics warning that individual freedom and privacy are being seriously eroded by the Government’s disproportionate efforts to guard against terrorism.


MI5 faces fresh torture claims

May 27, 2009

According to The Guardian newspaper, Mr Rahman says he was tortured over a two-year period in Bangladesh and two MI5 officers turned a blind eye to his treatment, leaving the room while he was severely beaten and return to resume their interrogation.

At one point he says his wife was held in the next room and Bangladeshi officers threatened to rape her.

How MI5 Blackmails British Muslims

May 22, 2009

Five Muslim community workers have accused MI5 of waging a campaign of blackmail and harassment in an attempt to recruit them as informants. The men claim they were given a choice of working for the Security Service or face detention and harassment in the UK and overseas.

They have made official complaints to the police, to the body which oversees the work of the Security Service and to their local MP Frank Dobson. Now they have decided to speak publicly about their experiences in the hope that publicity will stop similar tactics being used in the future