Saturday, 12 July 2014



The Dirty War by Martin Dillon uncovers a real-life underground world of double and triple agents - many of whom have shared their stories with him. It exposes the covert strategies and tactics used in political conflicts, including the use of State terrorist agents and the 'enforcers' used by State terrorists to seek out collaborators in their ranks.

The Guardian, UK: The Dirty War makes Cold War duplicity a la Deighton and Le Carre seem positively endearing.'
Financial Times, London: 'Dillon's exhaustive work, The Dirty War, covers the whole panoply of dirty tricks and conspiracies, black propaganda, disinformation, psychological warfare, conflicts between MI5 and MI6, double agents and sectarian murders. It is grippingly written with the pace of a thriller and the book scores highly because of Mr. Dillon's detachment'.

UK intelligence forced to reveal secret policy for mass surveillance of residents’ Facebook and Google use


Britain’s top counter-terrorism official has been forced to reveal a secret Government policy justifying the mass surveillance of every Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google user in the UK.
This disturbing policy was made public due to a legal challenge brought by Privacy International, Liberty, Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, Pakistani organisation Bytes for All, and five other national civil liberties organisations1
The statement, from Charles Farr, the Director General of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, claims that the indiscriminate interception of UK residents’ Facebook and Google communications would be permitted under law because they are defined as ‘external communications’.
Farr’s statement, published today by the rights organisations, is the first time the Government has openly commented on how it thinks it can use the UK’s vague surveillance legal framework to indiscriminately intercept communications through its mass interception programme, TEMPORA.
The secret policy outlined by Farr defines almost all communications via Facebook and other social networking sites, as well as webmail services Hotmail and Yahoo and web searches via Google, to be ‘external communications’ because they use web-based ‘platforms’ based in the US.
The distinction between ‘internal’ and ‘external’ communications is crucial. Under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (‘RIPA’), which regulates the surveillance powers of public bodies, ‘internal’ communications may only be intercepted under a warrant which relates to a specific individual or address. These warrants should only be granted where there is some suspicion of unlawful activity. However, an individual’s ‘external communications’ may be intercepted indiscriminately, even where there are no grounds to suspect any wrongdoing.
By defining the use of ‘platforms’ such as Facebook, Twitter and Google as ‘external communications’, British residents are being deprived of the essential safeguards that would otherwise be applied to their communications - simply because they are using services that are based outside the UK.
Such an approach suggests that GCHQ believes it is entitled to indiscriminately intercept all communications in and out of the UK. The explanations given by Mr Farr suggest that:
  • GCHQ is intercepting all communications - emails, text messages, and communications sent via “platforms” such as Facebook and Google – before determining whether they fall into the “internal” or “external” categories
  • The Government considers almost all Facebook and other social media communications, and Google searches will always fall within the “external” category, even when such communications are between two people in the UK
  • Classifying communications as “external” allows the Government to search through, read, listen to and look at each of them. The only restriction on what they do with communications that they classify as “external” is that they cannot search through such communications using keywords or terms that mention a specific British person or residence.
  • Even though the Government is conducting mass surveillance - intercepting and scanning through all communications in order to work out whether they are internal or external - they consider that such interception “has less importance” than whether a person actually reads the communication, which is where the Government believes “the substantive interference with privacy arises”.
  • The Government believes that, even when privacy violations happen, it is not an “active intrusion” because the analyst reading or listening to an individual’s communication will inevitably forget about it anyway.
The legal challenge is brought following revelations made by Edward Snowden about the UK’s global digital surveillance activities. Farr is the government’s star witness in the case, which will be heard by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal between 14 and 18 July 2014. Read our arguments here.
In addition to Farr's statement, we are publishing the witness statements from Dr Gus Hosein, Executive Director of Privacy International, and Eric King, Deputy Director of Privacy International. Additional evidence submitted by Privacy International, from Dr Ian Brown, Oxford Internet Institute, and Cindy Cohn, Legal Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, can be found here and here.
Eric King, Deputy Director of Privacy International said:
Intelligence agencies cannot be considered accountable to Parliament and to the public they serve when their actions are obfuscated through secret interpretations of byzantine laws. Moreover, the suggestion that violations of the right to privacy are meaningless if the violator subsequently forgets about it not only offends the fundamental, inalienable nature of human rights, but patronises the British people, who will not accept such a meagre excuse for the loss of their civil liberties.”
James Welch, Legal Director of Liberty said:
The security services consider that they’re entitled to read, listen and analyse all our communications on Facebook, Google and other US-based platforms.  If there was any remaining doubt that our snooping laws need a radical overhaul there can be no longer. The Agencies now operate in a legal and ethical vacuum; why the deafening silence from our elected representatives?”
Michael Bochenek, Senior Director of International Law and Policy at Amnesty International said:
British citizens will be alarmed to see their government justifying industrial-scale intrusion into their communications. The public should demand an end to this wholesale violation of their right to privacy.”

Shahzad Ahmad, Country Director, Bytes for All
We’ve always believed that Tempora enables unlawful profiling of people living outside UK. Now we’ve come to learn that GCHQ are also subjecting UK residents to this intrusive spying. Such an action by UK intelligence agencies is sheer violation of people's privacy, security, freedom of expression, and assembly. Such attempts by established democracies are setting extremely worrisome precedents for repressive regimes all over the world."

Note to Editors:
  • Under s.8(1) Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (‘RIPA’), internal communications between British residents located within the UK, may only be monitored pursuant to a specific warrant. These specific warrants should only be granted where there is some reason to suspect the person in question of unlawful activity.
  • ‘External communications’ may be monitored indiscriminately under a ‘general warrant’ pursuant to s.8(4) RIPA.
  • Privacy International is represented by Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, Dan Squires (Matrix Chambers) and Ben Jaffey (Blackstones Chambers)
  • Amnesty International is represented by Kirsty Brimelow QC and Jude Bunting (Doughty Street Chambers)
  • Privacy International - Mike Rispoli, Communications Manager,; +44 (0) 7557793878
  • Liberty – Contact the Press Office on 020 7378 3656 or 07973 831128
  • Amnesty International – Max Tucker, Press Officer Global Campaigns, Thematic Issues and UN,; +44 (0) 7983563983
  • Bhatt Murphy - Shamik Dutta 0207 729 1115


  • 1.Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Legal Resources Centre, South Africa


Sir David Hare
According to the British playwright Sir David Hare'The security services are running the country.'

In The Guardian, Hare is quoted as saying: "The reason I'm writing about the security services is that there is no democratic control of them whatsoever. 

"And now it seems the judiciary is joining in."

Hare has written three films for the BBC about an MI5 agent who is fed up with MI5's abuse of power. 

The second of these BBC plays, Turks and Caicos, to be broadcast in March 2014, is about the MI5 agent hiding on a Caribbean island.

There he meets a CIA agent who is infiltrating a group of New Jersey businessmen. 

The businessmen have built secret detention and torture camps for the US government.

But they have overcharged the US government.

Soon a body is found floating in the sea.

According to Hare: "There certainly isn't anybody in government with the guts to stand up to the security services and their effective free rein to do whatever they like. 

"That's what these films are about - our powerlessness."

Hare interviewed a large number of British spies.

He says that many of them are as worried about what's happening as he is.

"There are people inside MI5 who think what has happened in the last 10 years is absolutely disgusting", says Hare.

David Dees Illustration.

According to Hare, what is in his play is happening in real life.

He says: "The American security services have been ripped off for such huge sums of money, a lot of them for phantom projects that don't even exist. 

"They've been taken to the cleaners. 

"Apart from anything else, the war on terror has been the biggest criminal racket for the last 10 years." 


In 2000, MI5 invited Hare to give a talk about the theatre. 

Hare says: "When I went in in 2000, they had toffee accents, accents from years ago, and Le CarrĂ© was entirely accurate about how public school, white, posh and archaic it all was. 

"It was empire - it still had the feeling of empire."

Hare's trilogy includes a UK prime minister who is a bit like Tony Blair, a man who intends to become very rich.

According to Hare: "Politics is just a function of business now."

The security services reportedly run child brothels as a way of controlling the top people. 

Hare appears to be puzzled by the fact that the public are not more enraged by the actions of their politicians.

He says: "The only argument we seem to be having in the United Kingdom is going on in Scotland...

"The Scots are saying we don't want to be organised in this monetarist, austere, anti-public kind of government." 

CIA torture and mind control of children

Perhaps some of the spooks at the Guardian and at the BBC believe that "what has happened in the last 10 years is absolutely disgusting".

Sir David Hare may be their spokesman.


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Anonymous said...
"The CIA is not now nor has it ever been a central intelligence agency. It is the covert action arm of the President's foreign policy advisers. In that capacity it overthrows or supports foreign governments while reporting "intelligence" justifying those activities. It shapes its intelligence, even in such critical areas as Soviet nuclear weapon capability, to support presidential policy. Disinformation is a large part of its covert action responsibility, and the American people are the primary target audience of its lies."
- Ralph McGehee, former CIA officer
Anonymous said...
yes yes more than internecine struggles, as we get closer to the end game this was bound to happen.

Anonymous said...
It needs saying, Hare's central premise, just for National Mental Health
On whose behalf and using whom?
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Anonymous said...
some years back i used to listen to the conspiracy hour on radio
they had people like Peter Wright and T Ttokes who both agreed the way the intelligence sercives was going did not meet with their approvals, they also wanted Harold Wilson to stop reciving private visitors from the Soviet Union such as Lord Kagan, who was linked to mossad, maybe they were right ? time will tell
HuBris said...
HARE says:

"Having abandoned Labour in disgust following the Iraq war, he says he will vote for them now that everyone involved in the war has gone. But when I ask who he voted for in 2010 he goes silent and looks away. He voted Lib Dem, didn't he?

"It's so shaming, isn't it? I'm so ashamed. Nicole [Farhi, the fashion designer], my wife, I've never seen her have such contempt for me.

Nicole saw through them so clearly. She said: 'You are absolutely out of your head.'"

How long did it take him to regret his vote? "Oh, within days," he laughs. "The rose garden broke me. The minute you saw that you just thought, 'Oh fuck.'"


here's a guy, well connected (in fact sort of 'spook-connected' himself since "They invited me in") and he doesn't spot that the Lib Dems have, over the past 20 yrs been led by some people who themselves have strong Spook coonnections. People such as:

Paddy Ashdown
Ming Campbell
(and Clegg?)

SO: Kinda-Spook-connected Hare tell us abot the connections for the spooks in Brit Politics,ostensibly sheepishly admits to voting Lib dem last election, but equally curiously (for one keeping an alleged sharp-eye-out for political spooks) makes no mention of the spookiness of various Lib Dem leaders?


It's what they don't say I often find is the most interesting . . . .
hirundine said...
Right on HuBris!

The BBC is a government mouthpiece and riddled with corruption and pedophiles. It is a private company. Why should we believe anything coming from people employed by them?

The British Labour party has become usurped by suits. Like Ed Miliband, whose agenda is marxist Saul Alinsky. It is the same agenda of D.Cameron. the break-up of Britain to become vassal states of E.U.

See UKColumn ....
Anonymous said...
HuBris said...
I thought that this was a interesting blog from Adam Curtis: Bugger

But then I thought that "Well, he does work for the BBC" and also noticed that the only time he references Victor Rothschild in the whole piece is to say ". . . [the] accusation - that Lord Rothschild had been the 5th Man. It later turned out that he wasn't."

which was a bit of a let down tbh

I like a lot of what Curtis does, and think his films are innovative, even though, on the face of it, there's often little more than a voice-over, some archive footage with a few catchy sound-tracks thrown in, often for "ironic" effect (The title of the Curtis' blog above, "Bugger" - Starts off with Snowden then into Philby and Blunt - he likes his little bit of nudge-nudge-wink-wink irony, does Mr Curtis)

But unfortunately, imho, Curtis far too often for me anyway, seems to distract rather than illuminate, as he segues over into the role of "very effective gate-keeper" with some ease

For example Curtis frequently pushes the notion that the Powers that Be [including, but not limited to, the Security Services, not just MI6] are clueless bumbling idiots, who couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery.

IMHO, Recent events in Ukraine would suggest otherwise.

"Regime-change" on the cheap (certainly cheaper than showers of Tomahawks or Hellfires, any day.)

"But don't worry yer pretty little hipster heads, about all that" Curtis seems to say, (to me anyway) "it's not like they'd try anything like that here, just LOOK how incompetent they are!"

Both he and Hare would make very effective Gatekeepers - and all financed by Auntie Beeb, propaganda wing of the British Gov't PLC.
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