Category Archives: Intelligence Agencies

Hybrid terrorism strikes Paris (with V. Dittmar)

A new tactical profile emerges in French Terror attacks. The attacks denote hybrid techniques which illustrate a levelling up in the nature of the terrorist threat states face. The actions of the attackers cannot be easily placed into a framework … Continue reading

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BOKO HARAM

The founder of BK is Mohammed Yussuf .Yussuf was a trained Salafist. He followed the fundamentalist teachings of a 14 C cleric called Ibn Taymiyya, who is one of the forefathers of the Wahabi tradition. Other noted individuals who have … Continue reading

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The death of Gareth Williams: the questions raised

With the close of the inquest into the death of Gareth Williams, the GCHQ/MI6 officer who was found dead in highly mysterious circumstances in 2010, one thing is for certain. Whatever else this case has shown, it remains first and … Continue reading

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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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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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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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BUCSIS’s Second Intelligence Conference takes place on 20 May 2009 at Bletchley Park

‘Bletchley Park and British Intelligence: Confronting Security Challenges, Past and Present’ 20 May 2009 The conference aims to examine * the impact that sigint had on the development of the British intelligence model (that is, the history of Bletchley), * … Continue reading

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