UK Follows Iceland’s Example As Mass Arrests Of Bankers Begin

The first group to go on trial is HBOS bankers who are charged with fraudulent trading, money laundering, and corruption. The UK is set to follow Iceland’s footsteps as the first group of top Bankers are to go on trial. NN| Authorities have now begun the process of arresting and prosecuting the bankers who were responsible for the crash of 2008, with HBOS bankers being the first group to face trial, charged with fraudulent trading, money laundering, and corruption. The first […] Read More

Prince Andrew Named in Underage ‘Sex Slave’ Case

Woman alleges investment banker Jeffrey Epstein lent her to the duke to have repeated forced sexual relations. A woman who claims that an American investment banker loaned her to rich and powerful friends as an underage “sex slave” has alleged in a US court document that she was repeatedly forced to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew. The accusation against the Duke of York is contained in a motion filed in a Florida court this week in connection with […] Read More

UK spy chiefs to face MPs over mass surveillance

Heads of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ expected to use committee hearing to condemn NSA leaks and justify scale of operations The three heads of the British intelligence agencies are to make an unprecedented public televised appearance in front of the intelligence and security committee of MPs where they will seek to justify the scale of their surveillance activities. Before the 90-minute hearing on Thursday afternoon, the former head of GCHQ Sir David Omand claimed the effectiveness of the committee […] Read More

2013: MPs set to investigate Guardian's involvement in Snowden leaks

Keith Vaz says home affairs committee to look at newspaper’s activities as part of inquiry into counter-terrorism A powerful group of MPs will investigate the Guardian’s publication of stories about mass surveillance based on leaks by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, as part of a wider inquiry into counter-terrorism. Keith Vaz, the Labour head of the Commons home affairs committee, said he would look into “elements of the Guardian’s involvement in, and publication of, the Snowden leaks” hours after the […] Read More

2013: The Snowden files: why the British public should be worried about GCHQ

When the Guardian offered John Lanchester access to the GCHQ files, the journalist and novelist was initially unconvinced. But what the papers told him was alarming: that Britain is sliding towards an entirely new kind of surveillance society In August, the editor of the Guardian rang me up and asked if I would spend a week in New York, reading the GCHQ files whose UK copy the Guardian was forced to destroy. His suggestion was that it might be […] Read More

NSA chiefs defend agency's conduct in letter to families of employees

General Keith Alexander and deputy director John Inglis sign letter ‘in light of unauthorised disclosure of classified information’ The National Security Agency has sent a letter to its employees’ family members, in an effort to “reassure” relatives about the agency’s work. The letter, signed by NSA director General Keith Alexander and deputy director John Inglis, is dated 13 September and is addressed to “NSA/CSS family”. It characterises press reports of NSA overreaches as “sensationalised” and laments how stories published […] Read More

UK information commissioner to examine Snowden disclosures impact

Christopher Graham asks advisers to look at encryption and other technology issues raised by Edward Snowden’s disclosures Britain’s information commissioner, Christopher Graham, has asked his expert advisers to investigate the impact of Edward Snowden’s disclosures of the spy agencies’ mass internet surveillance on the privacy of UK citizens. The information commissioner’s technology reference panel will in particular look at the privacy concerns raised by the latest disclosures on the capacity of the US National Security Agency and Britain’s spy […] Read More

1995: How British Free Trade Starved Millions During Ireland’s Potato Famine

by Paul Gallagher Printed in The American Almanac, May 29, 1995. Not Potatoes, But Slavery Any historian, who has studied the subject further than former Vice-President Dan Quayle, knows that potatoes (or the lack thereof) did not cause the Irish famine and genocide 150 years ago. The potato blight which struck the harvest in autumn 1845 had begun in North Carolina, and spread to destroy potato crops throughout the Northern Hemisphere for several years; it did not cause famine […] Read More

2008: In our ever-growing surveillance society, the average Briton is being recorded 3,000 times a week.

In our ever-growing surveillance society, the average Briton is being recorded 3,000 times a week. Richard Gray reports. 17 Aug 2008 In many cases information is kept by companies such as banks and shops, but in certain circumstances they can be asked to hand it over to a range of legal authorities With every telephone call, swipe of a card and click of a mouse, information is being recorded, compiled and stored about Britain’s citizens. An investigation by The […] Read More