“After a seven-month legal battle the prime minister has finally been forced to publish her secret order but we are a long way from having transparency. The public and parliament are still being denied the guidance that says when British spies can commit criminal offences and how far they can go. Authorised criminality is the most intrusive power a state can wield. Theresa May must publish this guidance without delay.”
Maya Foa — Director of the human rights group Reprieve
“If you report a crime that happened within the organisation, then the whistle-blower is the one accountable and not the person who committed the crime.”
Annie Machon — Former MI5 Officer
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This document instructs the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office [IPCO] to oversee the participation of MI5 agents in criminal activity.
“I welcome the government’s decision to make public my oversight of this sensitive area of work,” the commissioner, Lord Justice Sir Adrian Fulford, said.
The order has remained secret since it was first written into law in 2014. Guidance about what crimes British spies can commit remains confidential.
A 2016 report by the Intelligence Services Commissioner suggests that MI5 agents engage in criminal activities in order to gather necessary intelligence.
The report mentions “membership of a proscribed organisation’ or ‘handling stolen goods”.
MI5 has never admitted infiltrating extremist and terrorist groups. Most experts believe that their agents actually have infiltrated such organizations in the past.
Some even suspect that the Manchester arena bombing could have been some kind of Intel Operation that backfired with deadly consequences.
Crimes within MI5 | Annie Machon
Annie Machon, a former MI5 officer, was forced to go into exile and hiding in Europe for many years after blowing the whistle on criminal activities in the organisation
Annie Machon tells of the crimes and incompetence committed by MI5 during her time as an intelligence officer.
She says whistle-blowers pay an incredibly high price for the exposure of secrets and crimes within MI5.
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