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US, UK (Five Eyes) — NSA, GCHQ, CSE, GCSB

The Raid

15 August 2016 | The Intercept

In Bungled Spying Operation, NSA Targeted Pro-Democracy Campaigner.

The NSA’s 9/11 Cover-Up: General Hayden Told a Lie, and It’s a Whopper

30 July 2015 | CounterPunch

Magicians wield secrecy on the theater stage in the service of illusions. Spies likewise wield illusion on the world stage in the service of secrecy. So it is with the events behind the attacks of 9/11 where those who question the official story are derided as conspiracy theorists. Thanks to the investigative digging of reporter James Bamford, with the assistance of NSA whistleblowers like Thomas Drake and Kirk Wiebe, the 9/11 crowd can now point to a conspiracy fact: an incredible cover-up that goes all the way to the top of the American intelligence community.

Controversial GCHQ Unit Engaged in Domestic Law Enforcement, Online Propaganda, Psychology Research

22 June 2015 | The Intercept

Though its existence was secret until last year, JTRIG quickly developed a distinctive profile in the public understanding, after documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the unit had engaged in “dirty tricks” like deploying sexual “honey traps” designed to discredit targets, launching denial-of-service attacks to shut down Internet chat rooms, pushing veiled propaganda onto social networks and generally warping discourse online.

NSA's Bulk Collection of Phone Records Is Illegal, Appeals Court Says

7 May 2015 | The Intercept

A federal appeals court panel ruled on Thursday that the NSA’s bulk collection of metadata of phone calls to and from Americans is not authorized by Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, throwing out the government’s legal justification for the surveillance program exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden nearly two years ago.

The Great SIM Heist: How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle

19 February 2015 | The Intercept

American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

17 February 2015 | The Register

The US National Security Agency (NSA) infected hard disk firmware with spyware in a campaign valued as highly as Stuxnet that dates back at least 14 years and possibly up to two decades – all according to an analysis by Kaspersky Labs.

Western Spy Agencies Secretly Rely on Hackers for Intel and Expertise

4 February 2015 | The Intercept

The U.S., U.K. and Canadian governments characterize hackers as a criminal menace, warn of the threats they allegedly pose to critical infrastructure, and aggressively prosecute them, but they are also secretly exploiting their information and expertise, according to top secret documents.

Why Google made the NSA

22 January 2015 | INSURGE Intelligence

Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet—part 2.

GCHQ captured emails of journalists from top international media

19 January 2015 | Guardian

GCHQ’s bulk surveillance of electronic communications has scooped up emails to and from journalists working for some of the US and UK’s largest media organisations, analysis of documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals. Agency includes investigative journalists on ‘threat’ list.

Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA's War on Internet Security

28 December 2014 | Spiegel Online

US and British intelligence agencies undertake every effort imaginable to crack all types of encrypted Internet communication. The cloud, it seems, is full of holes. The good news: New Snowden documents show that some forms of encryption still cause problems for the NSA.

Operation Auroragold: How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide

4 December 2014 | The Intercept

According to documents contained in the archive of material provided to The Intercept by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA has spied on hundreds of companies and organizations internationally, including in countries closely allied to the United States, in an effort to find security weaknesses in cellphone technology that it can exploit for surveillance.

Witness: German intelligence helped NSA to tap Internet hub

4 December 2014 | Deutsche Welle

A German parliamentary inquiry has been told that German intelligence fed America's NSA filtered data from an Internet hub in Frankfurt, after clearance from Berlin. The “Eikonal” project ended in 2008.

Secret Malware in European Union Attack Linked to U.S. and British Intelligence

24 November 2014 | The Intercept

Complex malware known as Regin is the suspected technology behind sophisticated cyberattacks conducted by U.S. and British intelligence agencies on the European Union and a Belgian telecommunications company, according to security industry sources and technical analysis conducted by The Intercept.

Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany

11 October 2014 | The Intercept

The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.

Somebody's listening

12 August 1988 | New Statesman

In the booming surveillance industry they spy on whom they wish, when they wish, protected by barriers of secrecy, fortified by billions of pounds worth of high, high technology. Duncan Campbell reports from the United States on the secret Anglo-American plan for a global electronic spy system for the 21st century capable of listening in to most of us most of the time.

United States — CIA, FBI

How US Flooded the World with Psyops

25 March 2017 | Consortium News

Special Report: The mainstream U.S. media obsesses over Russian “propaganda” yet the U.S. government created a “psyops” bureaucracy three decades ago to flood the world with dubious information, reports Robert Parry.

Gina Haspel, Trump’s Pick for CIA Director, Ran a Black Site for Torture

2 February 2017 | The Intercept

In May 2013, the Washington Post’s Greg Miller reported that the head of the CIA’s clandestine service was being shifted out of that position as a result of “a management shake-up” by then-Director John Brennan. As Miller documented, this official — whom the paper did not name because she was a covert agent at the time — was centrally involved in the worst abuses of the CIA’s Bush-era torture regime.

Finks: How the CIA tricked the world’s best writers [Book review]

15 November 2016 | Spinwatch

The CIA, and other US government agencies, sponsored, spied upon and ran as agents the world’s greatest thinkers and writers. Joel Whitney’s new book Finks: How the CIA tricked the world’s best writers, claims that intellectuals across the globe were, sometimes knowingly and sometimes unwittingly, pawns in the Great Game of the Cold War.

The CIA, NSA and Pokémon Go

22 July 2016 | Network World

Before heading out to capture Pokémon, you might want to consider the data the game has access to and the history of the company that created the game.

FBI Honeypot Ensnares Michigan Man

30 March 2016 | The Intercept

Khalil Abu Rayyan was a lonely young man in Detroit, eager to find a wife. Jannah Bride claimed she was a 19-year-old Sunni Muslim whose husband was killed in an airstrike in Syria. The two struck up a romantic connection through online communications.

Avoiding the Sting: U.S. Organization Proposes Different Approach to “Radicalization”

1 May 2015 | The Intercept

Last March, John T. Booker, a 20-year-old from Kansas, checked himself into a mental health facility for evaluation. Now, a year later, he faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison, charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction — the fake bomb that he was provided by undercover FBI informants.

The FBI Informant Who Mounted a Sting Operation Against the FBI

15 April 2015 | The Intercept

Informants represent the manpower behind the FBI’s controversial stings, which are intended to find would-be terrorists before they attack. In the decade after 9/11, 158 defendants were prosecuted following these undercover operations, which are usually led by an informant and provide the means and opportunity for someone to attempt to commit an act of terrorism. A Human Rights Watch report in 2014 criticized the FBI for targeting “particularly vulnerable people, including those with intellectual and mental disabilities and the indigent.”

Islamic State is the cancer of modern capitalism

27 March 2015 | Middle East Eye

The brutal ‘Islamic State’ is a symptom of a deepening crisis of civilisation premised on fossil fuel addiction, which is undermining Western hegemony and unravelling state power across the Muslim world.

How the FBI Created a Terrorist

16 March 2015 | The Intercept

Sami Osmakac was the target of an elaborately orchestrated FBI sting that involved a paid informant, as well as FBI agents and support staff working on the setup for more than three months. The FBI provided all of the weapons seen in Osmakac’s martyrdom video. The bureau also gave Osmakac the car bomb he allegedly planned to detonate, and even money for a taxi so he could get to where the FBI needed him to go. Osmakac was a deeply disturbed young man, according to several of the psychiatrists and psychologists who examined him before trial. He became a “terrorist” only after the FBI provided the means, opportunity and final prodding necessary to make him one.

The CIA Campaign to Steal Apple's Secrets

10 March 2015 | The Intercept

Researchers working with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept.

How the CIA made Google

22 January 2015 | INSURGE Intelligence

Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet—part 1.

Murdoch, Scaife and CIA Propaganda

31 December 2014 | Consortium News

Special Report: The rapid expansion of America’s right-wing media began in the 1980s as the Reagan administration coordinated foreign policy initiatives with conservative media executives, including Rupert Murdoch, and then cleared away regulatory hurdles, reports Robert Parry.

Chances Are the FBI Has Files on Your Favorite Human Rights Activist

19 November 2014 | CounterPunch

Yale University American historian Beverly Gage was sifting through the US National Archives in the summer of 2014, doing research for a book on J. Edgar Hoover, when she came across a letter historians had been searching for for many a decade. Written from the perspective of an imaginary yet disappointed admirer of Martin Luther King, Jr., the missive encouraged the leading civil rights, anti-war, and socialist activist to kill himself.

Noam Chomsky | The Leading Terrorist State

3 November 2014 | Truthout

“It's official: The U.S. is the world's leading terrorist state, and proud of it.” That should have been the headline for the lead story in The New York Times on Oct. 15, which was more politely titled “CIA Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels.” The article reports on a CIA review of recent U.S. covert operations to determine their effectiveness. The White House concluded that unfortunately successes were so rare that some rethinking of the policy was in order.

“CIA spy” Davis was giving nuclear bomb material to Al-Qaeda, says report

20 February 2011 | ANI

Double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis has been found in possession of top-secret CIA documents, which point to him or the feared American Task Force 373 operating in the region, providing Al-Qaeda terrorists with “nuclear fissile material” and “biological agents,” according to a report.

French bread spiked with LSD in CIA experiment

11 March 2010 | Telegraph

A 50-year mystery over the ‘cursed bread’ of Pont-Saint-Esprit, which left residents suffering hallucinations, has been solved after a writer discovered the US had spiked the bread with LSD as part of an experiment.

CIA paid millions of dollars to ISI since 9/11: Report

16 November 2009 | Times of India

The CIA has paid millions of dollars to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) since 9/11, accounting for as much as one-third of the foreign spy agency's annual budget, says a media report.

Death squad leader ‘was top CIA agent’

22 March 2009 | Sunday Herald

The late President Milosevic's secret police chief and organiser of Serb death squads during the genocidal ethnic cleansing of disintegrating Yugoslavia was the United States' top CIA agent in Belgrade, according to the independent Belgrade Radio B92.

Bush sanctions ‘black ops’ against Iran

27 May 2007 | Telegraph

President George W Bush has given the CIA approval to launch covert “black” operations to achieve regime change in Iran, intelligence sources have revealed.

US government moves to gag terrorist on CIA ties

3 May 2007 | World Socialist Web Site

With his trial on immigration charges set for May 11, the US government has filed a motion in federal court seeking to bar the international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles from testifying on his role as an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency.

US planning invasion, says Chavez

20 October 2005 | BBC News

Venezuela's President, Hugo Chavez, says he is in possession of intelligence showing that the United States plans to invade his country.

Former police chief says Lockerbie evidence faked

29 August 2005 | Scotsman

Crucial new claims that could free the Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing have emerged via a retired Scottish police officer of high rank who has told lawyers that vital evidence was fabricated.

9/11 in Historical Perspective: Flawed Assumptions

22 July 2005 | Peter Dale Scott

The American people have been seriously misled about the origins of the al Qaeda movement blamed for the 9/11 attacks, just as they have been seriously misled about the reasons for America’s invasion of Iraq. The truth is that for at least two decades the United States has engaged in energetic covert programs to secure U.S. control over the Persian Gulf, and also to open up Central Asia for development by U.S. oil companies.

New Life in Sirhan Defense

31 January 2005 | Los Angeles Times

In recent months, several people have emerged to suggest that Sirhan may have been telling the truth; that he may have been hypnotized into becoming a “Manchurian Candidate”-style assassin.

NATO's secret armies linked to terrorism?

17 December 2004 | Daniele Ganser

At a time when experts are debating whether NATO is suited to deal with the global “war on terror”, new research suggests that the alliance’s own secret history has links to terrorism.

U.S. aware of Venezuelan coup plot in '02, CIA documents show

24 November 2004 | Newsday

The U.S. government knew of a plot to oust Venezuela's leftist president, Hugo Chávez, in the weeks before a 2002 military coup that briefly unseated him, newly released CIA documents show, despite White House claims to the contrary a week after the coup.

Abolish the CIA!

5 November 2004 | Chalmers Johnson

Neither the Americans nor their victims in numerous Muslim and Third World countries will ever know peace until the Central Intelligence Agency has been abolished.

Muslim Brotherhood, Nazis and Al Qaeda

25 August 2004 | Jewish Community News

“I'm educating a new generation in the CIA that the Muslim Brotherhood was a fascist organization that was hired by Western Intelligence that evolved over time into what we today know as al Qaeda.”

James Bamford's ‘Body of Secrets’ Is Fact, Not Fiction

21 June 2004 | Baltimore Chronicle

I've been thinking about a scenario described in James Bamford's book Body of Secrets. The story has nothing to do with forests, but rather deals with how we frequently can't see the forest because of the trees.

Killing Hope

2004 | William Blum

U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II — selection of chapters from the book Killing Hope

CIA denies seeking pact with bin Laden

14 November 2003 | Associated Press

The CIA rejected as fantasy claims it tried to negotiate a non-aggression pact with Osama bin Laden just two months before the September 11 attacks.

Cover-Up Alleged in Probe of USS Liberty

23 October 2003 | Associated Press

A former Navy attorney who helped lead the military investigation of the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 American servicemen says former President Lyndon Johnson and his defense secretary, Robert McNamara, ordered that the inquiry conclude the incident was an accident.

Former US Navy chief counsel alleges ‘Liberty’ cover-up

23 October 2003 | Associated Press

A former Navy attorney who helped lead the military investigation of the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 American servicemen says former President Lyndon Johnson and his defense secretary, Robert McNamara, ordered that the inquiry conclude the incident was an accident.

FBI admits planting bugs in mayor's office

9 October 2003 | Associated Press

Federal law enforcement officials confirmed that listening devices found in the offices of Philadelphia mayor John F Street were planted by the FBI — a discovery that touched off a political furore just weeks before Election Day.

FBI Sent Hamas Money in Late 1990's

6 October 2003 | Associated Press

While President Clinton was trying to broker an elusive peace between Israelis and Palestinians, the FBI was secretly funneling money to suspected Hamas figures to see if the militant group would use it for terrorist attacks, according to interviews and court documents.

CIA paid mullahs to counter anti-US feeling

24 September 2003 | Scotsman

The CIA paid mullahs and created fake Islamic religious leaders to preach a moderate message and counter anti-American sentiment in the Arab world after the 11 September attacks, a new book claims.

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez Frias says he has secretly-recorded video of a CIA officer instructing would-be coupsters in surveillance techniques

19 September 2003 | VHeadline

Evidence that the CIA remains involved in clandestine activity (i.e. espionage) in Venezuela even after the US-backed coup attempt in April 2002. He also says he has clear and certain evidence of US involvement before and during the coup d'etat... “some day these pieces of evidence will be released to the public.”

Captured al-Qa'eda man was FBI spy

23 June 2003 | Telegraph

The American al-Qa'eda operative unmasked last week as having planned to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge was first detained in March, and has been used by the FBI for months as a double agent, it was reported yesterday.

Firm was ‘cover for CIA’

14 May 2003 | Times

As befits a company that has been accused of being a CIA front, of recruiting “executive mercenaries” and attempting to overthrow the Prime Minister of a Commonwealth state, the Vinnell Corporation kept a low profile in Riyadh.

Saddam Key in Early CIA Plot

11 April 2003 | United Press International

U.S. forces in Baghdad might now be searching high and low for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, but in the past Saddam was seen by U.S. intelligence services as a bulwark of anti-communism and they used him as their instrument for more than 40 years, according to former U.S. intelligence diplomats and intelligence officials.

A Tyrant 40 Years in the Making

14 March 2003 | New York Times

On the brink of war, both supporters and critics of United States policy on Iraq agree on the origins, at least, of the haunted relations that have brought us to this pass: America's dealings with Saddam Hussein, justifiable or not, began some two decades ago with its shadowy, expedient support of his regime in the Iraq-Iran war of the 1980's.

Omar Al-Faruq Recruited by The CIA

19 September 2002 | Tempo Interactive

Former State Intelligence Coordinating Board (BAKIN) chief A.C. Manulang has said that Kuwaiti citizen Omar Al-Faruq, a terrorist suspect who was arrested in Bogor, West Java, on June 5, 2002 and handed over to the US three days later, is a CIA-recruited agent.

Scientist's death haunts family

8 August 2002 | Mercury News

The death in 1953 of a government scientist, Frank Olson, in a fall from a New York hotel window, is one of the most notorious cases in CIA history.

DynCorp drug trafficking and cover-up?

27 March 2002 | Online Journal

The Resister, a US military whistleblower publication, has claimed that DynCorp was contracted by the CIA to “observe” activities against the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) on the part of the Serbs.

The CIA would have met Bin Laden in July

31 October 2001 | Le Figaro

The public enemy number one would have been met in the American hospital of Dubai at the beginning of the summer for serious renal insufficiencies. During his 15-day stay, the billionaire Saudi would have received the visit of a local representative of the CIA. This agent would have even been informed on possible attacks.

Backyard terrorism

30 October 2001 | Guardian

The US has been training terrorists at a camp in Georgia for years — and it's still at it.

Accused Terrorist May Have Been FBI Informant

16 October 2001 | Boston Channel

A man who once drove a cab for a living through the streets of Boston is on trial in Jordan, suspected of being a terrorist for Osama bin Laden. And now authorities believe he was also a one-time informant for the FBI. In a NewsCenter 5 exclusive, David Boeri reports that Raed Hijazi, once of Everett, Mass., is believed to be a leading connection between the hijackers of four airplanes and bin Laden.

US Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba

1 May 2001 | ABC News

In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.

CIA admits employing Nazis

28 April 2001 | BBC News

Files released by the Central Intelligence Agency in the United States have confirmed that World War II Nazi war criminals were employed by Western intelligence agencies.

Lockerbie: Conspiracy theories

5 June 2000 | BBC News

The Pan Am report is believed to have concluded that the bomb was not aimed at the killing of Americans in general, but was targeted specifically to kill a small band of DIA operatives that had uncovered a drugs ring run by a “rogue” CIA unit in Lebanon.

Lockerbie: CIA witness gagged by US government

28 May 2000 | Sunday Herald

A former CIA agent who claims Libya is not responsible for the Lockerbie bombing is being gagged by the US government under state secrecy laws and faces 10 years in prison if he reveals any information about the terrorist attack.

German TV exposes CIA, Mossad links to 1986 Berlin disco bombing

27 August 1998 | William Bowles

A documentary broadcast August 25 by German public television presents compelling evidence that some of the main suspects in the 1986 Berlin disco bombing, the event that provided the pretext for a US air assault on Libya, worked for American and Israeli intelligence.

Author investigates CIA complicity in global drug trade

May 1997 | Professor Alfred McCoy

What follows is part of a transcript of remarks made by Professor Alfred McCoy on February 13, 1997 in Washington D.C. Professor McCoy holds degrees from Columbia, Berkeley and Yale and is a professor of Southeast Asian history at the University of Wisconsin.

CIA Covert Actions & Drug Trafficking

13 February 1997 | Alfred McCoy

Excerpted from testimony before the Special Seminar focusing on allegations linking CIA secret operations and drug trafficking — convened February 13, 1997, by Rep. John Conyers, Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The influence of intelligence services on the British left

1996 | Robin Ramsay

This is an adaptation and massive compression of the pamphlet The Clandestine Caucus written and published by Robin Ramsay in 1996. In that the sources for most of the claims contained in this talk are to be found.

Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast

28 October 1993 | New York Times

Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer said after the blast.

Flight 103: The Other Story

6 December 1989 | San Francisco Bay Guardian

When PAN AM Flight 103 crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland last December 21st, killing 270 people, news agencies quickly reported that West German and U.S. intelligence agencies had been warned of a possible terrorist attack on a U.S. carrier.

Operation Cyclone


Operation Cyclone was the code name for the United States Central Intelligence Agency program to arm and finance the Afghan mujahideen during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, 1979 to 1989.

Iran-Contra affair


The Iran–Contra affair, also referred to as Irangate, Contragate or the Iran-Contra scandal, was a political scandal in the United States that came to light in November 1986. During the Reagan administration, senior administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, the subject of an arms embargo. Some U.S. officials also hoped that the arms sales would secure the release of hostages and allow U.S. intelligence agencies to fund the Nicaraguan Contras.

Operation Gladio


Operation Gladio is the codename for a clandestine NATO “stay-behind” operation in Europe during the Cold War. Its purpose was to continue anti-communist actions in the event of a Soviet invasion and conquest.

Project FUBELT


Project FUBELT (also known as Track II) is the code name for the secret Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operations that were to prevent Salvador Allende rise to power before his confirmation, and promote a military coup in Chile.

Operation Northwoods


Operation Northwoods was a series of false flag proposals that originated within the United States government in 1962, but were rejected by the Kennedy administration. The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), or other operatives, to commit perceived acts of terrorism in U.S. cities and elsewhere.

Bay of Pigs invasion


The Bay of Pigs Invasion was an unsuccessful military invasion of Cuba undertaken by the paramilitary group Brigade 2506 on 17 April 1961. A counter-revolutionary military trained and funded by the United States government's Central Intelligence Agency, Brigade 2506 fronted the armed wing of the Democratic Revolutionary Front and intended to overthrow the revolutionary leftist government of President Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado.

1953 Iranian coup d'etat


The 1953 Iranian coup d'état was the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iran, and its head of government Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh on 19 August 1953, orchestrated by the United Kingdom (under the name ‘Operation Boot’) and the United States (under the name TPAJAX Project).

Operation Paperclip


Operation Paperclip was the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) program used to recruit the scientists of Nazi Germany for employment by the United States in the aftermath of World War II (1939–45).

Pearl Harbor


The Pearl Harbor advance-knowledge conspiracy theory is the idea that American officials had advance knowledge of Japan's December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

United Kingdom — MI6, MI5

UK intelligence agency admits unlawfully spying on Privacy International

25 September 2018 | Privacy International

The UK's domestic-facing intelligence agency, MI5, today admitted that it captured and read Privacy International's private data as part of its Bulk Communications Data (BCD) and Bulk Personal Datasets (BPD) programmes, which hoover up massive amounts of the public's data. In further startling legal disclosures, all three of the UK's primary intelligence agencies — GCHQ, MI5, and MI6 — also admitted that they unlawfully gathered data about Privacy International or its staff.

Terror in Britain: What Did the Prime Minister Know?

31 May 2017 | John Pilger

The unsayable in Britain's general election campaign is this. The causes of the Manchester atrocity, in which 22 mostly young people were murdered by a jihadist, are being suppressed to protect the secrets of British foreign policy.

Britain’s collusion with terror

24 May 2017 | Crimes of Britain

When Britain’s collusion with death squads across the ‘Middle East’ and Africa is mentioned it falls on deaf ears. The only time you’ll hear of Britain’s open collaboration with these forces are when they are branded ‘moderates’ or ‘rebels’ by the British media.

The plot against Jeremy Corbyn?

24 July 2016 | Tales from the South Bank

Suggesting a spooky hand behind the smearing of Corbyn, has Len McCluskey gone full Harold Wilson? Richard Murphy, MI5 and the rebels of the PLP sneer at the idea but a less than exhaustive public realm research assignment casts doubt on crackpot certainty.

British spies reveal file on Nobel winner Doris Lessing

21 August 2015 | Reuters

Nobel Prize-winning writer Doris Lessing was under surveillance for more than 20 years during her youth by British spies who took a dim view of her Communist beliefs and anti-racist activism, declassified intelligence files have revealed.

Tour Guide to the Khilafah

19 May 2015 | Nafeez Ahmed

ISIS propagandist lures aggrieved Western Muslims with promise of luscious kebabs and untold wealth.

How Big Money and Big Brother won the British Elections

8 May 2015 | INSURGE intelligence

The ultimate determinant of which party won the elections was the money behind their political campaigns — the winning and losing parties correlate directly with the quantity of funding received. Yet there is also compelling evidence of another factor — interference from Britain’s security services.

Cooperation between British spies and Gaddafi’s Libya revealed in official papers

22 January 2015 | Guardian

Britain’s intelligence agencies engaged in a series of previously unknown joint operations with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s government and used the information extracted from rendition victims as evidence during partially secret court proceedings in London, according to an analysis of official documents recovered in Tripoli since the Libyan revolution.

Miners' Strike — Cabinet papers expose cover-up of massive MI5 operation

30 December 2014 | CPBF

During the 1984-5 miners’ strike so much phone-tapping was going on that the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Robert Armstrong, took immediate steps to ensure that no mention was ever made of its extent. Margaret Thatcher’s success in hushing up the bugging of phones by the Security Service MI5 is finally revealed in her 1985 cabinet papers released by the National Archives.

The allegations against MI6 are serious – so why aren't they front page news?

16 December 2014 | Politics

The growing row over British security services' possible involvement in the CIA torture programme is starting to fill a few column inches. Slowly but surely, parliamentarians are feeling the pressure to investigate it fully. What's surprising is that it's this story which has put the security services in the papers. It's a speck on the horizon compared to what MI6 are alleged to have been up to in 2014.

Is MI5 Foiling Terror Plots of Its Own Hatching?

31 May 2013 | Huffington Post

Allegations broadcast this week on BBC Newsnight, based on a letter addressed to Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), claim that Woolwich suspect Michael “Mujahid” Adebolajo had been tortured by Kenyan authorities “at the behest of British intelligence.”

Private Eye ‘may have been used by MI5’

14 May 2009 | Guardian

Journalists who worked for Private Eye, the satirical magazine, believe that it may have been used by the security services to spread smears against the Wilson government in the mid-1970s.

Lockerbie police face ‘plot’ inquiry

24 June 2007 | Times

Allegations that police plotted to mislead the original inquiry into the Lockerbie bombing, resulting in a wrongful conviction, have been passed to official investigators, it is understood.

President dubs alleged Pearl killer MI6 spy

29 September 2006 | Gulf Times

Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has disclosed that Omar Sheikh, who kidnapped and murdered American journalist Daniel Pearl and is now facing death penalty, was actually the British secret Agency MI6’s agent and had executed certain missions on their behest before coming to Pakistan and visiting Afghanistan to meet Osama and Mullah Omar.

Revealed: how the BBC used MI5 to vet thousands of staff

2 July 2006 | Telegraph

Confidential papers, obtained by the Sunday Telegraph, have revealed that the BBC allowed MI5 to investigate the backgrounds and political affiliations of thousands of its employees, including newsreaders, reporters and continuity announcers.

Police tracking bug found in 7/7 mastermind's car

25 June 2006 | Times

An electronic tracking device of the type used by police to monitor suspected terrorists was recovered from a car belonging to the leader of the London suicide bombers in the days following July 7, a senior security official has claimed.

Focus: How much did they know about Khan?

25 June 2006 | Times

The official line on 7/7 is that it came out of the blue. But the security services were tipped off about the bombers’ Beeston hang-out long before the attacks.

MI5 ‘helped IRA buy bomb parts in US’

19 March 2006 | Times

A former British Army mole in the IRA has claimed that MI5 arranged a weapons-buying trip to America in which he obtained detonators, later used by terrorists to murder soldiers and police officers.

MI5 rebels expose Tube bomb cover-up

26 February 2006 | Times

MI5 is facing an internal revolt by officers alarmed about intelligence failures and the lack of resources to fight Islamic terrorism.

Bombers ‘tracked before July 7’

3 November 2005 | Guardian

All four July 7 London suicide bombers were tracked by intelligence services a year before the attacks, it was claimed today.

Saudis warned UK of London attacks

7 August 2005 | Observer

Saudi Arabia officially warned Britain of an imminent terrorist attack on London just weeks ahead of the 7 July bombings after calls from one of al-Qaeda's most wanted operatives were traced to an active cell in the United Kingdom.

NYPD clarifies bomb disclosures

4 August 2005 | BBC News

New York police insist they were right to release details of the bombs that killed 52 people in London, even though they had not been vetted by UK police.

July 7 bombs used hair dye, say NYPD

4 August 2005 | Times

The July 7 attackers used hair bleach and citric acid to prepare the explosives that killed 52 innocent people in London four weeks ago and set off their bombs with mobile phones, according to the New York Police Department.

‘Batley man’ linked to bin Laden and bombers

30 July 2005 | Yorkshire Evening Post

A British intelligence team in Zambia is today questioning Haroon Rashid Aswat, a West Yorkshire man said to have been a personal body guard to Osama bin Laden and to have master-minded the London July 7 bombings.

MI5 judged bomber ‘no threat’

17 July 2005 | Times

One of the four suicide terrorists behind the London bomb attacks was scrutinised by MI5 last year, but was judged not to be a threat to national security, a senior government official said yesterday.

Forcing the facts to fit the theory

17 July 2005 | William Bowles

A story in the Daily Mirror, 16/7/05 titled ‘Exclusive: Was it suicide?’, attempts to use essentially the same facts presented in this article, but still make them out to be bombers. There are a lot of problems with this approach, especially in the light of the latest information to emerge.

Coincidence of bomb exercises?

17 July 2005 | Channel 4 News

It began when Peter Power, one time high ranking employee of Scotland Yard and member of its Anti-Terrorist Branch, reported in two major UK media outlets that his company Visor Consulting had on the morning of 7th of July been conducting ‘crisis exercises’ whose scenarios uncannily mirrored those of the actual attack.

Dead men tell no tales — were the London bombings a set up?

15 July 2005 | William Bowles

If we assume they were simply running what they thought were packets of drugs, they may well have done it before, perhaps even have conducted a ‘dry-run’ or two and of course, ‘ask no questions’, just do the run and pick up the bread.

French say suspects were arrested then freed

14 July 2005 | Belfast Telegraph

An Anglo-French rift has marred a key European Union meeting after France's Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, said police arrested members of a cell to which the suspected London bombers belonged last year.

London bombs suggest local but well-equipped cell

12 July 2005 | Reuters

Suspected al Qaeda militants behind the London bombings may well have come from a previously unknown local cell and yet had access to military explosives, European security officials familiar with the probe said.

Explosive used in bombs ‘was of military origin’

12 July 2005 | Independent

The bombs used in Thursday's terrorist attacks were of “military origin”, according to a senior French policeman sent to London to help in what has become the biggest criminal investigation in British history.

Timers Used in Blasts, Police Say; Parallels to Madrid Are Found

8 July 2005 | New York Times

Investigators searching for clues in the attacks here said Thursday that the three bombs used in the subway apparently were detonated by timers, not suicide bombers, and that a fourth device may have been intended for a target other than the city bus that it destroyed.

Police to quiz MI6 chiefs over Diana's driver

2 December 2004 | London Evening Standard

Intelligence chiefs are to be questioned by Britain's top policeman over claims that the driver in the Princess Diana death crash was an MI6 spy.

Security Sources Dismiss Claims of Suspects' Family

31 March 2004 | Press Association

Relatives of two brothers suspected of plotting a terrorist bombing outrage in Britain today made extraordinary claims that they were visited by an MI5 agent in the weeks before they were arrested.

Al-Qaeda double agent duped MI5

26 March 2004 | Times

One of al-Qaeda's most dangerous figures has been revealed as a double agent who fooled MI5, raising intense criticism from European governments who had repeatedly called for his arrest. Britain ignored warnings from friendly governments about Abu Qatada's links with terrorist groups and refused to arrest him.

Al-Qaeda cleric exposed as an MI5 double agent

25 March 2004 | Times

One of al-Qaeda’s most dangerous figures, Abu Qatada, has been revealed as a double agent working for MI5, raising criticism from European governments, which repeatedly called for his arrest.

Revealed: how MI6 sold the Iraq war

28 December 2003 | Times

The Secret Intelligence Service has run an operation to gain public support for sanctions and the use of military force in Iraq. The government yesterday confirmed that MI6 had organised Operation Mass Appeal, a campaign to plant stories in the media about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.

Diana's death likened to MI6 plot

16 December 2003 | Scotsman

The crash, it was claimed, had “striking similarities” to an earlier MI6 plot to remove Slobodan Milosevic, then president of Serbia.

‘Diana and Dodi were watched’

15 December 2003 | BBC News

Security services were monitoring Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Al Fayed in the month before their death, a Scottish court has heard.

MI5 caught bugging ally's UK embassy

2 November 2003 | Times

A former MI5 agent has exposed a bungled attempt by the security service to bug the London embassy of one of Britain’s key allies in the war on terror.

Macmillan backed Syria assassination plot

27 September 2003 | Guardian

Nearly 50 years before the war in Iraq, Britain and America sought a secretive “regime change” in another Arab country they accused of spreading terror and threatening the west's oil supplies, by planning the invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading figures.

Al-Muhajiroun: The portal for Britain's suicide terrorists

21 May 2003 | ICT

The revelation that Asif Hanif, the terrorist who blew himself up in Tel Aviv on 29 April, and his accomplice and would-be bomber, Omar Khan Sharif, were British, should have come as no revelation. Nor should it have come as a surprise that they had links with Al-Muhajiroun.

Terrorism sponsored by Britain

15 April 2003 | Guardian

So, Brian Nelson, secret agent and loyalist assassin, is dead. More than anyone else he symbolised the symbiotic relationship between the British security state and loyalist death squads — the radioactive core of he report Sir John Stevens will present to Northern Ireland's chief constable Hugh Orde this week.

‘Army helped terrorists commit murder’

15 April 2003 | London Evening Standard

Police and Army officers conspired to murder republicans in Northern Ireland over 10 years, the longest-running criminal inquiry in UK history will conclude this week.

Paul Robeson was tracked by MI5

7 March 2003 | Guardian

MI5 set up a special department to “study negro political movements” in the British empire near the end of the war, according to Colonial Office files released yesterday.

Belfast special branch chief claims MI5 had him ousted

14 January 2003 | Guardian

The former head of Belfast special branch claimed yesterday that he had been under pressure from MI5 not to arrest those suspected of spying for the IRA because the political fallout would damage the peace process.

Britain ‘bombed itself to fool Nazis’

28 November 2002 | BBC News

British intelligence officials in World War II allowed double agents to bomb targets in the UK to protect their cover, newly declassified documents show.

MI6 ‘halted bid to arrest bin Laden’

10 November 2002 | Observer

British intelligence paid large sums of money to an al-Qaeda cell in Libya in a doomed attempt to assassinate Colonel Gadaffi in 1996 and thwarted early attempts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.

MI5 agent ‘spied on Labour MP’

1 November 2002 | Guardian

MI5 ran an agent to monitor the activities of Dave Nellist, the Labour MP and supporter of the far left Militant group in the 1980s. It asked the West Midlands police special branch to find an agent to infiltrate the Labour party in Coventry and cultivate Mr Nellist, then MP for the city's south east constituency.

Omagh: major informant revealed

29 October 2002 | Channel 4 News

Channel 4 News reveals for the first time, extraordinary evidence that the Irish police had a major informant, who was the man the Real IRA used to buy their bomb-carrying cars, and that the police allowed the car bomb to go through to Omagh.

Media gag on alleged plot to kill Gaddafi

10 October 2002 | Age

The British media have been gagged from reporting sensational courtroom evidence of former MI5 spy David Shayler, including his alleged proof that the British secret service paid $270,000 for al Qaeda terrorists to assassinate Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 1986.

Treasury seeks new BCCI gag

6 October 2002 | Observer

Treasury officials are fighting a last-ditch battle to stop MI6 documents being handed over to creditors of the collapsed Bank of Credit and Commerce International.

Press challenges MI5 trial secrecy

3 October 2002 | Guardian

National newspapers, including the Guardian, are to challenge a request by state prosecutors that parts of the trial of the former MI5 officer, David Shayler, must be held in secret, it emerged yesterday.

‘MI5 investigated Royle Family star’

21 August 2002 | Guardian

Clandestine operations by the secret services over the last 50 years are to be exposed in a new BBC series that will include disturbing details of the lengths to which MI5 went to track Royle Family actor Ricky Tomlinson. Confirming many conspiracy theories, the BBC2 documentary, True Spies, will show how government operatives infiltrated political groups, trade unions and media organisations.

Neo-Nazi leader ‘was MI6 agent’

13 August 2002 | Guardian

Germany's most notorious postwar neo-Nazi party was led by an intelligence agent working for the British, according to both published and unpublished German sources.

MI5 wanted me to escape, claims cleric

21 October 2001 | Observer

The London-based Islamic cleric Abu Qatada, accused by America of being a key member of Osama bin Laden's network, claims British security services offered him a chance to escape to Afghanistan. Abu Qatada, whose Bolton bank account was frozen last week when he was named on a US list of suspected terrorists, told the Observer that MI5 approached intermediaries to offer him a passport and an Iranian visa so he could leave the country.

MI5 targeted strike leaders

11 September 2001 | Guardian

Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5, admits in the Guardian today that the agency targeted union leaders during the 1984 miners' strike, as well as prominent members of CND.

What Stella left out

3 October 2000 | Guardian

The truth about MI5's role in the miners' strike will not come out in Rimington's memoirs.

MI6 link to Lockerbie briefings

21 May 2000 | Sunday Herald

It's a long way from Rothesay Academy to the art deco HQ of MI6 on the banks of the Thames at Vauxhall Cross. But Andrew Fulton did it. In fact, this gentlemanly, erudite son of a Scottish reverend rose so rapidly through the ranks of the Secret Intelligence Service that he became the sixth most powerful spy in the United Kingdom.

Secrets and spies

8 April 2000 | Guardian

Mark Hollingsworth on Stephen Dorril's revealing history of MI6.

British agents helped Iran to make killer gas

13 June 1999 | Observer

The British Government helped supply deadly chemical weapon materials to Iran in spite of its own ban on such sales, according to evidence to be put before an Israeli court.

Timeline — David Shayler's MI5 secrets

18 November 1998 | BBC News

Former MI5 officer David Shayler has won his battle against extradition from France. He is charged with breaking the Official Secrets Act after going to the press in August.

The influence of intelligence services on the British left

1996 | Robin Ramsay

This is an adaptation and massive compression of the pamphlet The Clandestine Caucus written and published by Robin Ramsay in 1996. In that the sources for most of the claims contained in this talk are to be found.

Murder of Yvonne Fletcher


The official inquest concluded that WPC Fletcher was killed by someone firing a 9mm calibre automatic weapon from a lower floor in the Libyan embassy. But this verdict has been disputed by a number of experts, including the British Army's senior ballistics officer Lieutenant Colonel George Styles and Home Office pathologist Hugh Thomas.

Israel — Mossad, Shin Bet

The ghosts of Saint-Germain forest

23 March 2015 | Ynetnews

It is one of the most closely guarded secrets of the Mossad: In the mid-sixties, Israeli intelligence became embroiled in a political assassination in the heart of Paris, in a case that threatened to drag in the head of the Mossad, the prime minister and the entire country, and whose reverberations are felt to this day. Ronen Bergman and Shlomo Nakdimon are the first to open the “Baba Batra” file, and reveal those who buried the body of the exiled Moroccan opposition leader in the woods at night, doused in acid.

‘Shin Bet involved in 1976 hijacking’

1 June 2007 | Jerusalem Post

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) may have been involved in the hijacking of an Air France plane in 1976 by Palestinian terrorists, according to newly declassified British government documents released Friday.

Palestinians arrest al-Qaeda ‘poseurs’

8 December 2002 | Agence France-Presse

Palestinian security forces have arrested a group of Palestinians for collaborating with Israel and posing as operatives of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network, a senior official said yesterday.

Israel ‘faked al-Qaeda presence’

8 December 2002 | BBC News

Officials from the Palestinian Authority have accused the Israeli spy agency Mossad of setting up a fake al-Qaeda terrorist cell in Gaza.

Palestinians: Israel Faked Gaza Al Qaeda Presence

7 December 2002 | Reuters

The Palestinian Authority accused Israel's Mossad spy agency on Saturday of setting up a fake al Qaeda cell in Gaza so that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon could justify Israeli attacks in Palestinian areas.

Maxwell the spymaster

1 December 2002 | Sunday Business Post

Book claims to tell the true story behind Maxwell's decade of service for Mossad, the Israeli secret service.

Were Israelis Detained on Sept 11, Spies?

21 June 2002 | ABC News

Millions saw the horrific images of the World Trade Center attacks, and those who saw them won't forget them. But a New Jersey homemaker saw something that morning that prompted an investigation into five young Israelis and their possible connection to Israeli intelligence.

Analysis: Hamas history tied to Israel

18 June 2002 | United Press International

Israel and Hamas may currently be locked in deadly combat, but, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years.

Suspected Israeli Spies Held by U.S.

12 December 2001 | Fox News

Some 60 Israelis, who federal investigators have said are part of a long-running effort to spy on American government officials, are among the hundreds of foreigners detained since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Fox News has learned.


Death squad leader ‘was top CIA agent’

22 March 2009 | Sunday Herald

The late President Milosevic's secret police chief and organiser of Serb death squads during the genocidal ethnic cleansing of disintegrating Yugoslavia was the United States' top CIA agent in Belgrade, according to the independent Belgrade Radio B92.

President dubs alleged Pearl killer MI6 spy

29 September 2006 | Gulf Times

Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has disclosed that Omar Sheikh, who kidnapped and murdered American journalist Daniel Pearl and is now facing death penalty, was actually the British secret Agency MI6’s agent and had executed certain missions on their behest before coming to Pakistan and visiting Afghanistan to meet Osama and Mullah Omar.

Terrorism's Drug Money

Summer 2004 | Dr Rachel Ehrenfeld

“Drug money sustains al Qaeda,” declared the headlines, last week. “The linkage between terrorists and drug trafficking are only now becoming clear and are a great concern,” said government officials. Indeed, if only now al Qaeda’s involvement in the drug trade entered the radar of the U.S. authorities, it is not surprising that al-Qaeda has been able, not only to sustain itself, but also to expand.

Western Europe

Norway probes spy equipment found in central Oslo

14 December 2014 | Associated Press

Norwegian police said Sunday they have warned politicians about possible eavesdropping of cellphone calls after several listening devices were reportedly found in central Oslo, including near government buildings and Parliament.

A state provocateur in Norway

26 February 2013 | Socialist Worker

Christian Ringdal reports on revelations about a decade-long operation to infiltrate left-wing organizations in Norway, including the International Socialists.

Secret service link to film-maker's killing

11 January 2005 | Independent

A group linked to the suspected killer of the film-maker and critic of Islam Theo van Gogh had a mole inside the Dutch secret services, a court in Rotterdam heard yesterday.

Bomb squad link in Spanish blasts

19 June 2004 | Times

The man accused of supplying the dynamite used in the al-Qaeda train bombings in Madrid was in possession of the private telephone number of the head of Spain’s Civil Guard bomb squad, it emerged yesterday.

Spain suspects ‘were informants’

29 April 2004 | BBC News

The Spanish interior ministry says it is investigating reports that two suspects in the 11 March Madrid train bombings were police informants.

Suspect claims intelligence link

8 September 2003 | BBC News

A Frenchman on trial over the Casablanca suicide bombings has worked for French intelligence, he has claimed at his trial in Morocco.