MI5

In the digital age, terrorists have far more places to hide

30 May 2017 12:17

We learn this morning that MI5 has launched an internal inquiry into how they didn’t catch Salman Abedi, the Manchester…

The scale of Islamist extremism is a problem for MI5

23 March 2017 12:23

In her statement to the House of Commons, Theresa May said that the man responsible for yesterday’s attack was British-born…

Britain’s spy agencies could do with a woman’s touch

21 January 2017 10:30

I always knew security agencies were missing a trick with the ladies. Currently, less than four in ten workers in…

Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey. Picture: Getty

Len McCluskey warns that the security services might be trying to sabotage Jeremy Corbyn

22 July 2016 17:20

The Labour leadership election has become even more bizarre today. Len McCluskey, the leader of Unite the Union and a…

Mass surveillance is being undermined by the ‘Snowden effect’

2 June 2015 14:28

We are in the middle of a Crypto war again. Perhaps we have always been in the middle of a…

The ‘Darknet’ is dangerous. It’s also deeply democratic

12 March 2015 14:39

The ‘Darknet’ is in the spotlight. Over the past few months, stories of paedophile rings, drug empires and terrorist organisations…

MI5 didn’t make Jihadi John; he made himself

27 February 2015 13:45

Poor Mohammed Emwazi. One day he’s your average ‘beautiful’ young man, nose buried in his computer studies books, looking for…

Why the apologists for the Islamist far right must make Jihadi John a victim

27 February 2015 13:07

Islamic State allows its adherents to be both cultists and psychopaths: an L. Ron Hubbard and a Fred West rolled…

Monitoring social media is easier said than done

26 February 2015 17:43

The three British girls who packed their bags and took a flight to Turkey have apparently crossed the border into Syria. Their…

Six key points from MI5’s Andrew Parker speech on the terror threat in Britain

9 January 2015 8:00

A lot of rot is written about what MI5 thinks, because the spooks don’t talk –even to deny wrong stories…

‘Torture is torture’ ignores the complex nature of intelligence gathering

14 December 2014 10:11

On Thursday I was on the BBC’s ‘This Week’ to talk about the CIA and torture. It is, for many…

Podcast: Geeks vs spooks, a three-way Tory split and Theresa May’s manoeuvrings

27 November 2014 8:34

Are the nerds of Silicon Valley responsible for harbouring terrorists? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Hugo Rifkind and James…

Five things you need to know about the Lee Rigby report

25 November 2014 13:16

Could the intelligence services have prevented the murder of Lee Rigby last year? Probably not, but there was more they…

MI5 mystery at Millbank: has the pig left the building?

14 November 2014 16:38

Of all the watering holes across the capital, Mr S knows full well that the Pig and Eye club is both…

Spies’ evidence sketch: Greek weddings and theatrical nonsense

7 November 2013 20:57

The nation was agog today as Britain’s spymasters were summoned to parliament. The heads of MI5 and MI6, along with…

Theresa May’s grubby little warning: an independent Scotland will be out in the cold

29 October 2013 18:10

It is a good thing that government ministers come to Scotland sometimes. It is a bad thing that they insist…

20% of all terrorist convictions in this country can be linked back to Anjem Choudary's al-Muhajiroun network. Picture: Getty

It’s time for MI5 to abandon the disastrous ‘clerical honeypot’ strategy

30 May 2013 18:13

Douglas Murray has an important piece in this week’s Spectator looking at the stultifying political culture around counterterrorism. Civil servants…

It seems likely that many Muslim organisations — university Islamic societies, for example — are subverted by jihadists. Picture: Getty

MI5 is wrong: subversion is still a threat

30 May 2013 15:47

The website of the Security Service (MI5) says that since the end of the Cold War, the threat of subversion…

Britain doesn’t need a Snooping Act, or another new terrorism committee

26 May 2013 21:18

I would have loved to have been in the room when David Cameron’s advisers were thinking of an acronym for…

You’re going to lose. It is only you against many.

23 May 2013 13:15

If, in the aftermath of an act of would-be terror, the people refuse to be terrorised does it still remain…