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Links for MI5 Research

IMCista | 23.12.2006 17:16 | Anti-militarism | Repression

For the second time in less than 24 hours, I try to open a bookmarked site that I'm using for some research on the 'war on terrorism', only to find that it's been taken down. Luckily, there are such things as Google Cache (Google takes a snapshot of each page it examines and caches (stores) that version as a back-up). The site this time ( was a good collection of links on the MI5 for interested researchers. The cached version is here, but the page is also reproduced below - you know, just in case...

MI5 Internet Bibliography

In August 2007 the British Security Service, MI5, will assume lead responsiblity for 'national security intelligence work' in the North. MI5 has a long history of involvement here and an equally long history of involvement in illegal activities. MI5 for instance was aware in advance that Pat Finucane was to be murdered but did not intervene, it allowed the 1998 Omagh bombing to proceed, it destroyed covert recordings in the shoot-to-kill cases, ran agents involved in multiple murders and sought to undermine opposition groups in Britain itself.

The Bloody Sunday Tribunal, the Commission of Inquiry into the Dublin, Monaghan and Dundalk Bombings and the Stevens and Stalker investigations all faced major difficulties when co-operation was sought from the 'Box' as MI5 is known. More recently the Security Service has been complicit in the kidnapping/rendition of British citizens to third countries and in supplying information to other intelligence agencies in the full knowledge that this information was being used during the torture of alleged suspects. MI5 officers have been involved in interrogations at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba both centres notorious for the use of torture.

In her latest 2006 Annual report the Police Ombudsman, Nuala O'Loan, has expressed 'significant concerns' about the proposed role for MI5 given that the Security Service is under no legislative obligation to co-operate with her investigations into agent handling and management of intelligence.


  •   Operation Kratos, the controversial policy put in place by the Metropolitan Police to deal with suicide bombers, was signed off on at a meeting at MI5 HQ. The policy was to lead to the killing of 27-year-old Jean Charles de Menezes in Stockwell tube station in London in 2005.,,1725935,00.html


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  1. Well done! — Emmy fife