Rendition: refusal to hold UK public inquiry to face judicial review – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2019 in inquiries, intelligence services, judicial review, news, rendition, terrorism, torture by sally

‘The government’s refusal to hold a public inquiry into allegations that the security services were complicit in the torture and abduction of terror suspects after 9/11 is to be subjected to a full scale legal challenge.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2019

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MI5 policy ‘gives agents legal immunity to commit serious crimes’ – The Guardian

Posted November 6th, 2019 in human rights, immunity, intelligence services, news, prosecutions, torture by sally

‘MI5 operates a partially secret policy that allows agents to participate in serious crimes including torture and killing, a security tribunal has heard.’

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The Guardian, 5th November 2019

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Public inquiry to be held into Manchester terror attack to allow security services to give evidence – Daily Telegraph

‘A public inquiry will be held into the Manchester Arena terror attack so that evidence from the security services and counter-terrorism police can be heard in camera.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2019

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UK and US sign landmark Data Access Agreement – Home Office

‘Home Secretary Priti Patel last night (Thursday 3 October) signed an historic agreement that will enable British law enforcement agencies to directly demand electronic data relating to terrorists, child sexual abusers and other serious criminals from US tech firms.’

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Home Office, 4th October 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

British police to demand data from US tech giants directly after delays to paedophile investigations – The Independent

‘British police and intelligence agencies will be able to demand suspects’ social media data directly from American technology giants under a new agreement signed with the US government. The Home Office said the landmark agreement would speed up investigations into alleged terrorists, paedophiles and serious criminals.’

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The Independent, 4th October 2019

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The implications of ‘bulk hacking’ – Henderson Chambers

‘Corporate Crime analysis: Matthew Richardson, barrister at Henderson Chambers, examines the concept of ‘bulk hacking’ by intelligence services and some of the legal implications, in light of the latest judicial review challenge by Liberty.’

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Henderson Chambers, 9th August 2019

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Liberty loses high court challenge to snooper’s charter – The Guardian

‘The human rights group Liberty has lost its latest high court challenge against the government’s mass surveillance powers.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2019

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MI5 engaged in ‘extraordinary and persistent illegality’ whilst handling personal data, High Court hears – Daily Telegraph

‘MI5 has been unlawfully holding people’s data collected through surveillance or hacking programmes, the high court has been told.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2019

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UK’s Top Spy Watchdog Steps Down, Commits To Review ‘Torture Loophole’ By October – Rights Info

Posted June 3rd, 2019 in intelligence services, ministers' powers and duties, news, torture by sally

‘The UK’s top spy watchdog has announced he will be stepping down in October, a week after a secret policy allowing ministers to approve actions that could lead to torture was revealed.’

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Rights Info, 31st May 2019

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Home Secretary speech on keeping our country safe – Home Office

Posted May 23rd, 2019 in intelligence services, investigatory powers, police, speeches, terrorism by tracey

‘Home Secretary Sajid Javid spoke on security, the threat from terrorism and the importance of international collaboration.’

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Home Office, 20th May 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

UK government security decisions can be challenged in court, judges rule – The Guardian

‘Government security decisions will in future be open to challenge in the courts after judges ruled that a secretive intelligence tribunal could not be exempt from legal action.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2019

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High Court gives green light to judicial review challenge over guidance on use of children as spies – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court has granted charity Just for Kids Law permission to proceed with its judicial review challenge over the use of children as spies by the police and other investigative agencies.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th March 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Speech by Sir Rabinder Singh: Kay Everett Memorial Lecture – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted February 22nd, 2019 in human rights, intelligence services, investigatory powers, lectures, tribunals by tracey

‘The second Kay Everett memorial lecture was delivered by the President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, Sir Rabinder Singh, on Wednesday 20 February 2019.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 21st February 2019

Source: www.judiciary.uk

GCHQ spy centre falls foul of law – over environmental permit – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2019 in energy, environmental protection, intelligence services, licensing, news by sally

‘The UK government’s internet surveillance centre, GCHQ, may be aware of many things, but the need for an environmental permit for its backup power generators is not among them. The site’s generators do not have the necessary paperwork and so are being run unlawfully, it has been revealed.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2019

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Safeguards governing investigatory powers come into effect – Home Office

‘Government commences final provision in the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 subject to the double-lock safeguard requiring judicial approval.’

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Home Office, 28th November 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Terror investigations hit record high in UK as Islamists and far-right ‘feed each other’, police reveal – The Independent

Posted October 25th, 2018 in intelligence services, news, police, prosecutions, terrorism by tracey

‘The number of live terror investigations in the UK has hit a record of 700 as Islamists and the far-right “feed each other”, police have revealed.’

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The Independent, 24th October 2018

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MI5 provides immunity for agents’ criminal acts, tribunal told – The Guardian

‘MI5 grants its informants legal cover to participate in crimes that may extend to murder, torture and sexual assaults, a tribunal has heard.’

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The Guardian, 4th October 2018

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Covert surveillance and covert human intelligence sources codes of practice – Official Publications

Posted September 27th, 2018 in codes of practice, intelligence services, investigatory powers, news by tracey

‘Guidance on the use of covert surveillance or human intelligence sources by public authorities under part 2 of RIPA 2000.’

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Official publications, 20th September 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/publications/

GCHQ data collection violated human rights, Strasbourg court rules – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2018 in courts, data protection, human rights, intelligence services, news, privacy by tracey

‘GCHQ’s methods in carrying out bulk interception of online communications violated privacy and failed to provide sufficient surveillance safeguards, the European court of human rights has ruled in a test case judgment. But the Strasbourg court found that GCHQ’s regime for sharing sensitive digital intelligence with foreign governments was not illegal.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2018

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Ministers accused of issuing ‘torture warrants’ to spies – The Guardian

‘Ministers are routinely providing legal cover for the intelligence services where there is a possibility of information being extracted through torture abroad, under a so-called “James Bond clause”, a human rights group has alleged.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2018

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