Ghost money from MI6 and CIA may fuel Afghan corruption, say diplomats

Failure of peace initiatives raises questions over whether British eagerness for political settlement may have been exploited The CIA and MI6 have regularly given large cash payments to Hamid Karzai’s office with the aim of maintaining access to the Afghan leader and his top allies and officials, but the attempt to buy influence has largely […]


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CIA and MI6 ghost money may fuel Afghan corruption, say diplomats

Failure of peace initiatives raises questions over whether British eagerness for political settlement may have been exploited The CIA and MI6 have regularly given large cash payments to Hamid Karzai’s office with the aim of maintaining access to the Afghan leader and his top allies and officials, but the attempt to buy influence has largely […]


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MI6 and CIA heard Iraq had no active WMD capability ahead of invasion

BBC’s Panorama reveals fresh evidence that agencies dismissed intelligence from Iraqi foreign minister and spy chief Fresh evidence is revealed today about how MI6 and the CIA were told through secret channels by Saddam Hussein’s foreign minister and his head of intelligence that Iraq had no active weapons of mass destruction. Tony Blair told parliament […]


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Break the grip of corporate power to secure our future | George Monbiot

Neoliberal dogma forbids the intervention required to stop climate change. To save the planet we must articulate a new politics Humankind’s greatest crisis coincides with the rise of an ideology that makes it impossible to address. By the late 1980s, when it became clear that man-made climate change endangered the living planet and its people, […]


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Shadow justice secretary steps up attack on secret courts bill

Sadiq Khan accuses Kenneth Clarke of making ‘inaccurate and misleading’ claims about justice and security bill Kenneth Clarke has been accused of making “inaccurate and misleading” claims about the government’s secret courts bill, which is designed to protect secret intelligence. In an intensification of Labour’s attack on the justice and security bill, which will restrict […]


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Secret courts bill under attack as House of Lords prepares for second reading

Reforms go against principles of open and adversarial system of justice say campaigners, lawyers and MPs Plans for secret hearings in civil courts being put before parliament on Tuesday “offend the principle of open justice”, a prominent Conservative MP has warned the government. Andrew Tyrie, the member for Chichester who is chair of the all […]


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Drone attacks: MI5 and MI6 will have to get used to prying eyes | Richard Norton-Taylor

As the role and reach of British security and intelligence agencies increases, they are being watched – and rightly so The last thing MI5 and MI6 wanted after the exposure of their involvement, wittingly or otherwise, in the abuse and torture of terror suspects was to be dragged into a huge new controversy. This time, […]


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