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Metrics of Domestic Security

“In the UK, more than 3,000 British extremists are being monitored by police and MI5. Of these, 350 are under close surveillance. The numbers are very similar in France and the United States.”┬áRobert Verkaik in the Independent, 18th June 2016. “The number of women and children arrested on suspicion of terror-related offences has soared in…

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Watching the BBC

Frances Stonor Saunders, writing about the left-wing academic Eric Hobsbawm, also provides new insights on the vetting of BBC staff in the 1980s: ‘Vetting of sensitive posts was presented as a perfectly sensible policy, a national security matter, and insofar as the practice was discussed at all, it was not controversial. Yet it provided legitimacy…