a potential future leader of the party?

Fact……….Theresa May has been Home Secretary for six years.

The oversight by the Security Services has always been more than opaque, especially after Edward Snowden’s leaked revelations regarding both NSA and our own bunch at the GCHQ; but, and it is a big but, the news travels all the way to the top; to both Foreign and Home Secretaries, with Theresa May responsible for most of the intercept materiel.

So when we learn, very late in the day:

  1. Historical documents going back 12 years reveal that the Home Office after a process of legal analysis decided to use Section 94 directions rather than use RIPA Part 1, Chapter 2 authorisations. It appears that the decision was taken for three reasons.
    1. Section 94 directions do not require any other official other than the Home Secretary to approve their use
    2. Once a direction is given there is no expiration date, unlike RIPA Part 1, Chapter 2 directions which require annual renewal.
    3. Section 94 directions are secret – the Minister would not ever be required to reveal the warrant to Parliament or the House of Lords.

Are we happy at the elevation of a Home Secretary to be Prime Minister who acquiesces with secret mass phone and computer taps, secrecy so complete that not even Parliament is allowed access to the warrants, never mind who or what is being surveyed?

Theresa, GCHQ’s bestest Friend!

3 comments for “a potential future leader of the party?

  1. Henry Kaye
    July 9, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Assuming you’ve got your facts right, I can only say: “and so it goes on”.

  2. Ted Treen
    July 9, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    The spirits of Lavrenti and Heinrich are flourishing.

  3. barnacle bill
    July 10, 2016 at 8:01 am

    You also wonder how much materail May “harvested” for her little black book as this was all going on?

    It may also explain why such a not-fit-for-purpose minster was able to survive so long in office. In fact she has run it as her own fiefdom, never being personally held to account for the failures at the Home Office, always finding others to take the blame.

    As for her relaxed approach to allowing sharia law to increase it’s reach in this country. Instead of stamping it out as she should have done. Is there a Saudi pension pot waiting for her somewhere?

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