MI5, MI6 and GCHQ ‘spied on lawyers’ – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2014 in disclosure, intelligence services, legal profession, news, privilege, spying by tracey

‘British intelligence agencies have policies allowing staff to access confidential communications between lawyers and their clients, official documents have revealed.’

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BBC news, 6th November 2014

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Met police to pay more than £400,000 to victim of undercover officer – The Guardian

Posted October 24th, 2014 in compensation, demonstrations, inquiries, news, paternity, police, spying by sally

‘The Metropolitan police are to pay more than £400,000 to a woman who has been profoundly traumatised after discovering by chance that the father of her son was an undercover police officer.’

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2014

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Police chiefs were aware six years ago that undercover unit ‘had lost moral compass’ – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2014 in families, firearms, news, police, spying, victims by tracey

‘The Scotland Yard undercover unit that gathered intelligence on 18 grieving families was known by police chiefs six years ago to have been so out of control it had “lost [its] moral compass” and become a “force within a force”.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2014

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Alexander Litvinenko death inquest: Public inquiry to probe ‘Russian state-ordered murder’ of former KGB officer in London – The Independent

Posted July 22nd, 2014 in inquests, inquiries, international relations, news, poisoning, spying by sally

‘The Government is expected to announce today that a public inquiry at last be held into the death of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2014

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Home Secretary announces review of undercover policing cases – Home Office

Posted June 27th, 2014 in miscarriage of justice, police, press releases, prosecutions, spying by tracey

‘Home Secretary Theresa May today announced details of a review of criminal convictions in cases involving undercover police officers.’

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Home Office, 26th June 2014

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Women duped by undercover officers challenge attempt to block lawsuit – The Guardian

Posted June 6th, 2014 in disclosure, investigatory powers, news, police, spying by sally

‘Women who say they were deceived into forming long-term, sexual relationships with undercover police officers are challenging “absurd, shambolic and incoherent” attempts by police chiefs to block their lawsuit, the high court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 5th June 2014

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Mormon Tax, Posthumous Procreation and Stephen Lawrence Spying – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In the human rights news this week, Theresa May calls for a public inquiry into undercover police officers after the publication of the independent review into spying on the family of Stephen Lawrence. Elsewhere, Mormons take on the taxman, the High Court considers how to interpret the law on storing embryos and gametes after death and a House of Lords Committee publishes a major report into the operation of the Mental Capacity Act.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th March 2014

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Alleged victims’ fury at failure to ban undercover police seduction tactics – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2014 in codes of practice, demonstrations, news, police, professional conduct, spying by tracey

‘Eight women who say they were duped into forming long-term sexual relationships with undercover policemen have attacked the government’s failure to ban such behaviour in a newly published code of conduct. The Home Office policy suggests there will be a tightening of guidelines on undercover surveillance, but does not explicitly rule out officers engaging in sexual relationships with those being spied on or those who associate with the target. The new code – which is now open to consultation – merely says that intrusion into someone’s “private or family life”, even when they are not the direct targets of the surveillance, should be justified by the information that might be discovered.’

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The Guardian, 16th March 2014

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Stephen Lawrence case: Theresa May orders inquiry into police spies – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2014 in inquiries, murder, news, police, racism, spying by tracey

‘The home secretary has ordered a public inquiry into the undercover infiltration of political groups after an independent inquiry confirmed that Scotland Yard had spied on the family of Stephen Lawrence.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2014

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Doreen Lawrence: hold public inquiry into police spying or we’ll sue – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2014 in corruption, inquiries, news, police, racism, spying by sally

‘The home secretary must order a public inquiry into undercover police who spy on political campaigners or the family of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence will sue, human rights campaigners have been told.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2014

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Extent of spies’ mass surveillance to be investigated by parliamentary body – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2013 in inquiries, intelligence services, news, select committees, spying by sally

“The extent and scale of mass surveillance undertaken by Britain’s spy agencies is to be scrutinised in a major inquiry to be formally launched on Thursday.”

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The Guardian, 17th October 2013

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Legal blow for widow of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko who risks bankruptcy by continuing her battle for a public inquiry – The Independent

Posted October 4th, 2013 in costs, families, inquiries, judicial review, news, poisoning, spying by sally

“Marina Litvinenko’s fight for answers over the suspicious death of her husband, Alexander, has suffered another defeat after judges refused to protect her from facing crippling costs if she loses her legal battle for a public inquiry.”

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The Independent, 3rd October 2013

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Litvinenko public inquiry blocked by government – BBC News

Posted July 12th, 2013 in coroners, inquiries, murder, news, poisoning, spying by tracey

“The government has refused a request to hold a public inquiry into the death of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, the coroner has announced.”

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BBC News, 12th July 2013

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Senior judge backs calls for Litvinenko public inquiry – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 28th, 2013 in inquests, inquiries, judges, murder, news, spying by tracey

“A senior judge has joined calls for a public inquiry in to the death of Russian
dissident Alexander Litvinenko, piling more pressure on the Government to act.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th June 2013

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Coroner calls for Alexander Litvinenko inquiry – The Independent

Posted June 6th, 2013 in coroners, disclosure, evidence, inquiries, murder, news, poisoning, spying by sally

“The coroner presiding over the inquest into the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko has called on the government to replace it with a public inquiry.”

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The Independent, 5th June 2013

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Litvinenko inquest close to collapse after coroner rules crucial evidence secret – The Guardian

“The inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko is close to collapse after a coroner partially upheld an application by William Hague to keep crucial evidence secret.”

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The Guardian, 17th May 2013

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Alexander Litvinenko inquest delayed for five months – BBC News

Posted March 15th, 2013 in disclosure, documents, inquests, news, spying by tracey

“The inquest into the death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London has been delayed until 2 October. The poisoned KGB agent’s inquest was due to start on 1 May, but at a pre-inquest review coroner Sir Robert Owen said he was postponing it ‘with great reluctance.’ The UK government and Russia had been slow to release material, he said at a Royal Courts of Justice hearing.”

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BBCNews, 14th March 2013

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Alexander Litvinenko inquest: what are the issues at stake? – The Guardian

Posted December 13th, 2012 in inquests, murder, news, spying by sally

“Sir Robert Owen will have to decide the scope of the inquiry and whether to sit with a jury.”

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The Guardian, 12th December 2012

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Ex-MI5 chief to hear deportation case of alleged spy – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2011 in conflict of interest, deportation, intelligence services, news, spying by tracey

“A judge has ruled that an ex-British intelligence chief can help to decide whether an MP’s former aide accused of spying should be deported from the UK.”

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BBC News, 30th September 2011

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Spies must seek ministerial green light to pay bribes, Lords rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 9th, 2010 in bills, bribery, intelligence services, ministers' powers and duties, news, spying by sally

“Spies will have to seek permission from ministers before paying bribes to ‘contacts’, the House of Lords has ruled.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2010

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