Author Archives: Andrew Defty

Some thoughts on the latest appointments to the ISC

In previous posts, here , here and here, I’ve written about the process of appointing members of the Intelligence and Security Committee, and in particular about the new arrangements for appointments introduced by the Justice and Security Act, 2013. Although … Continue reading

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Britain’s response to the attacks in Paris

This post brings together two similar pieces I wrote in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015. They focus in particular on the potential impact of events in Paris on the passage of the Investigatory Powers Bill currently making its … Continue reading

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Submission to Joint Committee on Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

This was my written submission to the Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill. The committee was established in November 2015 to consider the draft Bill. The committee received a total of 148 written submissions and took oral evidence from … Continue reading

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MI5 on the BBC: more PR than scrutiny

This post first appeared on the Democratic Audit blog on 6th October 2015. Public statements by heads of the British intelligence and security agencies are still rare enough to attract considerable attention. Moreover, representatives of the intelligence agencies do not step … Continue reading

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Stalling in the Wilson Doctrine debate

A version of this post first appeared on The Conversation blog on 22 October 2015. The so-called Wilson Doctrine, a parliamentary convention which has, for almost fifty years, protected the communications of parliamentarians from interception by the intelligence and security … Continue reading

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