Author Archives: Anthony Glees

The History of MI5 and a laughing matter

From The Times October 30, 0009 MI5 files should be in an archive MI5’s real history is as much about what never was in its files as about what is in those that remain Sir, While I am convinced that … Continue reading

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Christopher Andrew’s New Book ‘The Defence of the Realm’

Earlier today BBC Radio Scotland asked me for an initial evaluation of Christopher Andrew’s Official History of MI5 ‘The Defence of the Realm’. I explained that I have some concerns both about the project itself and about the very limited … Continue reading

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Christopher Andrew as MI5’s ‘Official Historian’: An Essay in ‘The Times Higher Education Supplement’ from June 2005

Can the spooks be spooked? 17 June 2005 Respected Cambridge historian Christopher Andrew has been chosen to write the official history of MI5, but Anthony Glees is not convinced that one man can tell the full story of UK Intelligence … Continue reading

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The University of Buckingham Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS)

Professor Anthony Glees and Dr Julian Richards write: ‘The new term started yesterday and we are truly delighted that we now have twenty-one outstanding students taking our MA, MPhil and PhD programmes. Most students come from the UK but others … Continue reading

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An interesting development in the War Crimes debate 15 June 2009

As followers of the BUCSIS Blog will know, BUCSIS takes a particular interest in what happens to those (who are not British citizens) properly suspected of war crimes (in areas outside the jurisdiction of UK courts) against people (who were … Continue reading

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A New ‘C’ and the Iraq Inquiry

The announcement today that Sir John Scarlett is retiring as ‘C’, the head of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6), is extremely interesting — not least because the man who will replace him, Sir John Sawers (52) will be … Continue reading

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Terrorism and the British Legal System — a futher twist — 16 June 2009

The BBC has reported that Lord West, the Security Minister, has told the House of Lords that some of the control orders on some suspected terrorists may have to be lifted. This comes in response to a unanimous ruling by … Continue reading

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Lord Carlile QC speaks at the BUCSIS-Bletchley Park Conference on 20 May 2009

Lord Carlile QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, was one of two keynote speakers at the BUCSIS-Bletchley Park Conference, held at Bletchley Park, on 20 May 2009 under the Chatham House Rule. In view of the importance of his … Continue reading

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Terrorism and the British Legal System

The decision by the European Union Court of Justice (not to be confused with the Council of Europe’s Court of Human Rights), reported in The Times today, 12 June 2009, overturning an order freezing the assets of Abu Qatada, the … Continue reading

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War Criminals and the British Legal System

Students of security policy will have been following the discussion on the BUCSIS Blog as to how the law can, and cannot, be used to bring to justice those guilty of war crimes. This issue matters to all students of … Continue reading

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