UNITED KINGDOM

Post-Cold War

2009

Generally

Materials presented chronologically.

Shipman, Tim. "CIA Spies Recruiting Record Number of British Pakistani Informers." The Standard (Hong Kong), 5 Jan. 2009. [http://www.thestandard.com.hk]

According to security sources in Washington and London, the CIA "is recruiting and handling a record number of informers in the British Pakistani community with the tacit agreement of the British government.... Intelligence from CIA informers has helped thwart more than one terrorist atrocity on British soil."

Evans, Michael. "MI5's Spymaster Jonathan Evans Comes Out of the Shadows." Times (London), 7 Jan. 2009. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

MI5's new Director-General Jonathan Evans on 6 January 2009 "invited reporters into the understated heart of the domestic Security Service community.... The first interview given by a serving head of MI5 covered everything from al-Qaeda and the IRA to the rather animated portrayals of agents in the television series Spooks."

Whitehead, Tom. "Spy Chief: We Risk a Police State." Telegraph (London), 17 Feb. 2009. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

In an interview with the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, "Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5 [1992-1996], has warned that the fear of terrorism is being exploited by the Government to erode civil liberties and risks creating a police state." Rimington's remarks came as "the Home Office prepares to publish plans for a significant expansion of state surveillance, with powers for the police and security services to monitor every email, as well as telephone and internet activity."

Intelligence and Security Committee. Intelligence and Security Committee Annual Report 2007-2008. London: Stationery Office, 5 Mar. 2009. Available at: http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/cm75/7542/7542.asp.

Bowcott, Owen, and Richard Norton-Taylor. "Anti-terror Swoops Follow Months of Surveillance." Guardian, 9 Apr. 2009. [http://www.guardian.co.uk]

Twelve men have been "arrested at seven separate locations" across north-west England. "The scale and speed of the anti-terror operation mounted by hundreds of officers ... points to extensive prior surveillance of a suspected plot aimed at domestic targets."

Naughton, Philippe, Michael Evans, and Russell Jenkins. "Police Chief Bob Quick Resigns from the Met over Terror Blunder." Times (London), 9 Apr. 2009. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, Scotland Yard's counterterrorism chief, resigned on 9 April 2009 following a "blunder which almost blew a huge police operation against a suspected al-Qaeda cell in the UK." As he arrived at 10 Downing Street on 8 April 2009 "to brief Gordon Brown on the raids he was carrying under his arm a document marked 'Secret' which detailed the broad lines of the operation. The document, in a transparent plastic folder, was only visible for about a second as Mr Quick climbed down from his vehicle. But that was more than enough time for the powerful telephoto lenses behind the press barricades across the road. The document revealed how many terrorist suspects were to be arrested and in which cities across the North West."

Evans, Michael. "Outsider Sir John Sawers Appointed New Head of MI6." Times (London), 16 Jun. 2009. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk]

"A diplomatic high-flyer with close ties to 10 Downing Street has been appointed the first outsider to head MI6 in more than 40 years. Sir John Sawers, 53, who is the British Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, will become the Chief -- or 'C', as the head of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) is called in Whitehall -- in November. He will replace Sir John Scarlett, who is retiring after more than five years in the post."

See also, Michael Evans, "After Iraq WMD Fiasco, MI6 Faces New Challenge under Sir John Sawers," Times (London), 17 Jun. 2009; and Sunday Times (London), "Profile: Sir John Sawers: Mr Suave Takes on the Terrorists," 21 Jun. 2009.

Stringer, David. "UK: Intelligence Sharing with the US Threatened." Associated Press, 29 Jul. 2009. [http://www.ap.com]

A British government lawyer told Britain's High Court on 29 July 2009 that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary "Clinton had explained to her counterpart, Foreign Secretary David Miliband, that intelligence sharing between the two countries is at risk if a court makes public so far undisclosed sections of a 2008 ruling on the alleged torture of Binyam Mohamed."

Corera, Gordon. "MI6 'Is Not Complicit' in Torture." BBC, 10 Aug. 2009. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8188307.stm]

Sir John Scarlett "has told the BBC there is no torture and 'no complicity in torture' by the British secret service.... Speaking on BBC Radio 4's programme MI6: A Century in Shadows," the head of MI6, "defended the actions of his organisation.... He denied that British intelligence services had been compromised by their close relationship with counterparts in the US." Scarlett "will step down as the head of MI6 in November."

BBC. "The 'James Bond' Taking Top Job at MI6." 1 Nov. 2009. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

"Sir John Sawers has taken up his new role as head of ... MI6, bringing Sir John Scarlett's five-year tenure to an end." Sawers was most recently the UK's permanent representative to the UN.

BBC. "No Iraq 'Manipulation' - Scarlett." 8 Dec. 2009. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

Sir John Scarlett, the former head of MI6 and chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee when the September 2002 dossier on Iraq was produced, "has told the Iraq war inquiry there was 'no conscious intention' to manipulate information about Iraq's weapons. He denied being under pressure to 'firm up' the September 2002 dossier which contained the claim Iraq could use WMD within 45 minutes of Saddam's order. But he said it would have been 'better' to have made clear it referred to battlefield munitions not missiles."

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