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How the British Government Foils Terror Plots

We spoke to British security services about what goes into stopping planned extremist actions.
JS Rafaeli
11.4.16
uk

​Court Finds UK Spies Unlawfully Collected Bulk Data for Over a Decade

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal highlighted the intense secrecy and lack of oversight around the UK’s use of bulk powers in a court judgement.
Joseph Cox
10.17.16
uk

No Pokémon for British Spies, as Pokéstops Vanish From MI5 and MI6 Buildings

Players report pokémon gyms and pokéstops have been removed from the UK’s secret service headquarters.
Victoria Turk
8.11.16
News

What Do Former Spies Think of the UK's Sweeping Surveillance Bill?

"The government isn't interested in you unless you're doing something really bad. Ninety-nine-point-ninety-nine percent of the population are of no interest."
Charlie Gilmour
11.12.15
News

MI5 Says It Has Relied on Hacking in 'Majority of High Priority Investigations'

Equipment interference "has been instrumental in disrupting credible threats to life," documents claim.
Joseph Cox
11.5.15
Stuff

Would the British Military Take Out a Jeremy Corbyn–Led UK Government?

Author Chris Mullin's 1982 novel about a coup toppling a left-wing government turned out to be disconcertingly realistic. We asked him how the establishment would deal with Jeremy Corbyn.
Oscar Webb
10.9.15
Stuff

An Ex-MI5 Agent Says the UK's Secret Service Considered 'Blacking Up' to Infiltrate Mosques

The best of the best are smearing themselves in facepaint for a training exercise.
Joel Golby
7.16.15
News

Inside One of Britain's Most Secretive Courts

Investigatory Powers Tribunals are where you complain if you think the government is spying on you. They're usually held behind closed doors but this year a few select public hearings have taken place, so I went to check one out.
Kevin EG Perry
11.11.14
News

New Documents Reveal Britain's Secret Plan to Invade a Tiny Caribbean Island

Nearly a decade before Ronald Reagan launched an assault on Grenada, the UK government was thinking about doing more or less the same thing.
Phil Miller
10.24.14
Stuff

Meet the British Police Trying to Decriminalize Drugs

Plenty of cops are tired of fighting the War on Drugs, a battle they know full well they’re never going to win. In 2002, a group of American police set up LEAP. Though it remains relatively small, LEAP’s UK branch has been operating since 2008.
Michael Allen
5.21.14
News

The UK Government Has Opened Up Thousands of Secret Files to the Public

According to a 1958 law, secret state records in the UK must become public 30 years after their creation. But in a sprawling manor estate just west of London, hundreds of thousands of Foreign Office records dating back to the 17th century are still...
Katie Engelhart
5.14.14
VICE News

British Nationals Fight with al Qaeda in Syria

Yesterday, the Director-General of the UK’s intelligence service MI5 announced that hundreds of British Muslims have traveled to Syria to take part in "terrorist tourism." Here is exclusive video footage and interviews with the British nationals...
Medyan Dairieh
11.8.13
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