National security

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

British journalists lock each other up and throw away the key

28 October 2013 21:23

In the past few days, my colleagues on the Guardian have been publishing stories of national and international significance –…

Glenn Greenwald and David Miranda.

The reaction to David Miranda’s detention is completely ridiculous

20 August 2013 11:58

It may not have been the smartest move to detain David Miranda, the Brazilian partner of Guardian ‘journalist’ Glenn Greenwald,…

The real-life Bond is on the rack, with the laser beam of the Human Rights lobby moving closer towards his vitals.

No, Mr Bond, I expect you to settle out of court

21 December 2012 15:43

Right now, there are about 60 assorted cases of people trying to sue Britain’s intelligence services. Is that because our…


Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Tax Evader

6 April 2012 18:48

Rather than respond to CoffeeHousers in the comment thread of my blog earlier, I thought I’d do it in a…


What is being done in the name of ‘national security’?

6 April 2012 9:15

The liberty versus security debate has returned to Westminster, and it’s just like old times. David Davis is having great…


Web surveillance plan divides the coalition

3 April 2012 9:49

The government’s under fire from members of both coalition parties over its plans to extend the state’s investigatory powers to…


Replacing control orders: an unsatisfactory compromise 

26 March 2012 19:09

A small silver lining for David Cameron in the ‘cash for access scandal’: on a quieter day, today’s report on…

Afghanistan Isn’t Working

12 March 2012 14:03

For years now, Afghanistan policy has been governed by a simple question: Do the unknown costs of leaving Afghanistan trump…

Britain makes new senior diplomatic appointments

24 June 2011 14:53

From the Number 10 website: The Prime Minister is pleased to confirm the following senior appointments: Sir Peter Ricketts, currently…

Gates: Current state of Nato is ‘unacceptable’

10 June 2011 21:05

The outgoing US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has delivered a remarkably frank warning to the European members of Nato that…

What were the SAS doing in the eastern desert?

8 March 2011 9:01

When the official files are opened in 30 years time, we will see what series of decisions led the government…

How to build democracies

6 March 2011 18:40

Following the events in the Middle East, I have proposed a democracy review of UK bilateral relations and former Europe…

My BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme on Secrecy

25 October 2009 21:32

Can secrets ever be good for you? I used to describe myself as a “free speech fundamentalist” and believed that…

Mr Obama, tear down these missile sites

17 September 2009 18:43

Today Barack Obama publicly tore down the missile installations that George W Bush put up in the Czech Republic and…

How Cameron should structure his national security team

8 August 2009 13:01

Reports that the Tories are thinking about appointing a Minister for Afghanistan raise the broader question of how they should…