British Secret Intelligence: an 1988 Insight
Person experience of and attitude to, MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. Dated but of even more importance today. Incompetence and cover-up endemic. "The Hidden Depths of Treachery"?
"Senior officials and senior politicians didn't want to know. I went through every level of department, Foreign Office, Home Office with these allegations to Prime Minister level. Whilst Labour was in office, Conservative parliamentarians were most anxious to get involved in my allegations as a means of embarrassing the Labour administration. When the Conservatives came into office they backed off. Then Labour politicians were very interested to embarrass the Conservatives. I think this is shocking. I hear of politicians saying they are concerned about national security but there was no concern about the allegations I was making".
Jock Kane Former GCHQ Radio Operator
Has anything changed? Is it national interests at stake or purely party political and private ones? Is the state apparatus all directed at secrecy per se (to avoid embarrassment) rather than in the investigations of allegations of breaches of security or the commission of serious crime? That would certainly be the implication of recent cases such as Hampstead and Chevaline, not to mention the events surrounding the London Tube Bombings. Britain is hardly unique in such matters as we have seen in New York, Boston and Paris.
"We are getting ever more closely linked to America and in America of course we have the CIA and we have a sort of comparable publication to the Peter Wright book with Philip Agee (See: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/10/obituaries/10agee.html?_r=0) who blew what was going on in the CIA and we read an account of what goes on in CIA that makes this dirt pale into insignificance. Now the sovereign rule is that if America does does something nowadays, we will trail along behind like the faithful dog, a pitiful pale imitation and if things go on as they are, it does seem to me that the things that the people round this table know about is going to get worse and the dirtiness of the tricks is going to get dirtier." (1.37)
How prescient was this 1988 prediction of Alastair Mackie Former Cabinet Secretary on the Joint Intelligence Committee - though not allowed to admit to its existence?