Posts Tagged ‘MI5’

London Terror and the General Election (video)

London Terror and the General Election (video)

A mini-documentary I made about the terror attacks on London Bridge and in Borough market last night, and how they fit into a pattern throughout this election campaign.  I summarise events over the last few months, their political relevance and why the conventional explanations do not fit with what we ...
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ClandesTime 111 - The Manchester Bombing and the Politics of Fear

ClandesTime 111 – The Manchester Bombing and the Politics of Fear

The bombing in Manchester this week was an especially horrific act of terrorism. 22 people were killed and dozens more were injured – many of whom were children or teenagers who were exiting an Ariana Grande concert. This week I examine some of the questions I have about this bombing, ...
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Secret Government file on Intelligence-Supported Documentary The Red Under the Bed

Secret Government file on Intelligence-Supported Documentary The Red Under the Bed

The 1973 ITV documentary The Red Under the Bed helped convict the Shrewsbury 24 by accusing them of being communists for their role in leading the 1972 Building Workers Strike.  A file from the office of then-Prime Minister Ted Heath confirms that the documentary was not just encouraged by the ...
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ClandesTime 103 - MI5 Censorship of Panorama

ClandesTime 103 – MI5 Censorship of Panorama

In 1980 the BBC's documentary series Panorama began developing an episode on British intelligence.  This was the first of its kind, at least by such a prominent and respected series, but both the central government and the intelligence agencies were not happy.  Over a period of several months they put ...
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Top Secret File on Government Censorship of Panorama

Top Secret File on Government Censorship of Panorama

In the summer of 1980 the BBC's flagship documentary series Panorama was developing a TV special about British intelligence.  This was the first film of its kind, and perhaps unsurprisingly Thatcher's government was not happy about it.  Downing Street put pressure on the film-makers via BBC Director-General Ian Threthowan, and ...
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ClandesTime 102 - Was Richard Whiteley a Spy?

ClandesTime 102 – Was Richard Whiteley a Spy?

Richard Whiteley is best known for presenting the popular afternoon quiz show Countdown, and Ricky Tomlinson is best known for starring in the popular sitcom The Royle Family.  Back in the 1970s things were very different.  This week we examine Tomlinson's recent allegation that Whiteley was a 'member' of the ...
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Review: Spies Episode 1

Review: Spies Episode 1

Spies is the 'new' game show from Channel 4.  I say 'new' because it's a blow-for-blow remake of the 2004 BBC series Spy, which also took a small group of members of the public and had three former spooks put them through their paces via a series of tests and ...
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NSA Report on John le Carré Novels

NSA Report on John le Carré Novels

Recently made available by Cryptome this NSA report originally appeared in an issue of their publication Cryptolog in 1992.  It examines the role that signals intelligence (SIGINT) plays in the storylines of several John le Carré novels and considers whether the inaccuracies and limitations in these portrayals are of benefit ...
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ClandesTime 085 - WW2 Spies and Hyperreality

ClandesTime 085 – WW2 Spies and Hyperreality

Mutt and Jeff were a pair of Norwegian double agents during WW2, named after the popular cartoon characters.  They played a crucial role in deceiving the Nazi intelligence apparatus by taking part in false flag sabotage and deception operations.  Several of these operations have very curious codenames including Operation GUY ...
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16 Military and Intelligence Code Names Inspired by Popular Culture

16 Military and Intelligence Code Names Inspired by Popular Culture

One of the most prominent influences of pop culture on government and on the deep state is in the use of code names.   From the capture of Saddam Hussein to a counter-smuggling helicopter unit in Hawaii, from a mass surveillance program named after Blazing Saddles to Secret Service and MI5 ...
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