National Security

Some Pity for Putin

Gregor Smith | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Smith

Good old Vlad is propping up the news again as the shiftiest world leader. Apart from Kim Jong Un. Or Xi Jinping. Or King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Or - who's that bloke who controls the biggest, most notorious 'intelligence' agency in the world? Oh, of course, US President Barack Obama. Or, for that matter, his chum David Cameron...

Westminster Can No Longer Ignore Surveillance Reform

Emma Carr | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Politics
Emma Carr

The debate around striking the balance between security and privacy may still be in its infancy, with secrecy a well-worn habit when it comes to our security agencies. Yet it is not abundantly clear that if we do not, as the US and other countries now accept is essential, bring our legal framework and oversight mechanisms in line with the expansive surveillance made possible by modern technology, our economy our privacy and our security will all suffer.

Nuclear Weapons Represent a Dead End in Strategic Thinking

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

A layer of our political elite still thinks that Britain's power and status can be secured by Cold War weapons. But others already understand that the challenges lie in climate change, hunger, injustice - and the asymmetrical warfare in varying forms that those problems will increasingly bring if unresolved. This is where the thinking of our political class needs to be.

US Spies Collect 'Millions' Of British Text Messages In Secret Spy Operation

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech

American and British spies have collected hundreds of millions of text messages from UK citizens in a secret operation, according to the latest leak b...

Glenn Greenwald V Evan Davis

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK

Sparks flew when the BBC's Radio 4 Today programme pitted two heavyweights up against each other, as host Evan Davis grilled Guardian reporter Glenn G...

Five Ideas to Open Up Intelligence

Carl Miller | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Carl Miller

For decades we have been living through a change in our expectations of how Government works. From the NHS to social care, culture to transport, the boundaries of Government have become much more porous, more open, more participatory.

Obama In The Hundehütte

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK

Angela Merkel has demanded answers from Barack Obama on whether the United States was bugging her mobile phone for years. On Thursday morning the G...

Governments Don't Always Tell the Truth on Matters of Security

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Throughout modern history the press, in the UK and US, has generally been willing to support governments at war. In World War I the press wilfully aided the war effort. By 1918 Lord Beaverbrook, the owner of Express newspapers, was minister of information. Lord Northcliffe, owner of the Times and Daily Mail was in charge of all propaganda directed at enemy countries...

'We Need To Intercept Emails'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics

Major terror plots against the UK have been foiled BECAUSE of email interceptions by GCHQ and other security agencies, according to a former foreign s...

The Guardian Was Right to 'Help Terrorists'

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sam Fowles

It's a matter of supreme irony that The Daily Mail choose the same week in which they condemned the Royal Charter on Press Regulation as censorship, to invoke the language of McCarthy against a fellow newspaper.

Intervening In Syria Is the Right Thing to Do - That's Why So Many People Are Against It

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

The coalition of the willing done a good job of creating just the opposite, seemingly. Large majorities in both the UK and US still do not support attacking Syria, and it is those most passionate about politics who seem to most object. For the antiwar left, any use of force by the West is neo-imperialism and repeats the mistakes of ten years ago...

Decoding the New Security System

Agnes Callamard | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics
Agnes Callamard

Harassment of journalists is a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression, which is protected by the UK's domestic law and international law. Extending such harassment to members of a journalist's family is utterly appalling.

In Whose Interests Do Governments Operate?

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Steve McCabe

What Manning exposed through his leaks was that the American state is as pernicious as its critics suggest. Through the documents and film footage he passed on to wikileaks we know far more about the reality of the things that the military have done, supposedly, in pursuit of freedom and justice.

Abu Qatada Deportation Edges Closer As Jordan Publishes Treaty

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK

A treaty geared towards ejecting radical cleric Abu Qatada from the country has moved another step toward to full ratification. The agreement, whic...

Prism: Who Cares?

James Snell | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
James Snell

The government spies on us: cue horror and massive public outrage. But is all of this really that surprising? After all, we expect our government to spy on foreigners who plot ill-will towards the nation, so why shouldn't we bear the same burdens as the rest of the world?

Is Foreign Policy Undermining National Security?

Daniel Wickham | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Wickham

For our own protection, we must discuss the security implications of our actions, not because the consequences are our fault, but because it would be irresponsible not too, perhaps dangerously so.

Tom Moseley

Poll Finds Public Support 'Snooping' Plans Despite Prism Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Moseley | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics

A majority of Britons support the government's controversial 'snooping' proposals - despite the growing NSA/Prism data-sharing scandal, an exclusive p...

US Officials Discussed 'Disappearing' Guardian Journalist

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK

American intelligence officials were overheard discussing how the key players in the US data-gathering scandal could be "disappeared", it has been cla...

David Cameron Says GCHQ Operates 'Within The Law'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has said British intelligence agencies operate "within a legal framework", as MPs prepare to grill William Hague on GCHQ's involvement w...

NSA Prism PowerPoint Slides Are Shockingly Awful

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK

It's a secretive body which appears to be able to tap directly into the servers of nine of the biggest internet companies, from Google, to Facebook, t...

Are Some Recent Religious Conversions Linked to Terrorism, Via Psychosis?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

The great majority of terrorists aren't found to have any form of mental illness. However, the situation is less clear with so-called 'lone actors', 'self-starters' or pairs who aren't part of any mainstream group.

May To Revive 'Snooper's Charter'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Politics

Theresa May on Sunday insisted the failed "snooper's charter" would be revived as she appeared to be gearing up for a fight with Liberal Democrats. Ea...

G8 or Too Late: Obama, Cameron and G8 Heads Must Tackle Ivory Poaching Crisis Now

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Politics
Philip Mansbridge

Today the illegal wildlife trade is worth in excess of $10 billion annually and the surging demand for ivory from the rapidly growing economies of China, Vietnam and Thailand resulted in over 40,000 elephants being killed in Africa in 2012, or one every 15 minutes.

The Communications Data Bill Will Be Back

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

Making sure security service and policing powers are up to date and adequate - of course while avoiding unnecessary intrusion, misuse and expense - is something we all have a very big interest in.

Supreme Court Sits In Secret For First Time

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.03.2013 | UK

The Supreme Court - the UK's highest court - has sat in secret for the first time to hear a case involving an Iranian bank and the government. Acco...