Posts Tagged ‘ISC’

ClandesTime 001 – Who Watches the Watchmen?

Published September 11th 2013

In this first episode of my new podcast series I look at the age old question Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?, usually translated as Who Watches the Watchmen.  I examine how the question has been subverted by the modern spy thriller series Spooks and the failings of the intelligence oversight body in the UK the ISC. […]

Why ISC’s new powers are impotent

Published December 27th 2012
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27/12/2012 Buried in the Boxing Day news is a story about the ISC (the Intelligence and Security Committee, who supposedly oversee MI5, MI6 and GCHQ) and their new powers to obtain information from the British security services. Whereas previously the ISC merely had the ability to ‘request’ information they can now ‘demand’ any information about […]

Review: Skyfall

Published December 18th 2012

Skyfall, the latest film in the James Bond franchise has so far been a huge commercial and critical success. Heralded by many as the best Bond film ever, it has made over $950 million. Adjusting for inflation, this makes it second only to Thunderball, the only Bond film to, in relative terms, top a billion dollars. It is to be expected that Skyfall will cross the billion dollar threshold both in absolute and relative terms.