Author Archives: Andrew Defty

Jobs for the boys? Women members of the Intelligence and Security Committee

In a publication clearly timed to coincide with this weekend’s International Women’s Day the Intelligence and Security Committee has published a report on Women in the UK Intelligence Community. The report reveals somewhat disappointing, if not entirely surprising, information about … Continue reading

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s status as Chair of the ISC

The ‘cash for access’ allegations against that the former foreign secretaries, Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, have led  to both being suspended from their parliamentary parties. There are clearly wider questions to be answered about the outside interests of … Continue reading

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Submission to Investigatory Powers Review

This is our submission to the Investigatory Powers Review, currently being undertaken by David Anderson, QC, the Government’s Independent Reviewer of Anti-Terrorism Legislation. The review was announced by the Home Secretary in July to look in particular at: the capabilities … Continue reading

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Has the Intelligence and Security Committee leaked again?

In an interesting article in Saturday’s edition of The Daily Telegraph the paper’s security correspondent, Tom Whitehead, provided details of the forthcoming Intelligence and Security Committee report on the murder of Lee Rigby. This is the second substantive newspaper article … Continue reading

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How far will GCHQ go to enter the debate about privacy?

The publication of an article in The Financial Times by the new head of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, has prompted a mixed response. While some have offered a cautious welcome to what may be seen as a new and genuine attempt … Continue reading

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