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Metrics of Domestic Security

[Baroness] Jenny Jones in the Guardian (February 2017), ‘While an elected Green, I was put on the Metropolitan police’s domestic extremism database, along with Green MP Caroline Lucas, Green councillors and several journalists. When left to themselves, the police instinctively keep their definitions loose, cast their net wide and overstep their powers. Even though I…

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The Honey Traps

Martin Evans and Ben Farmer in the Daily Telegraph, ‘. . . [Anjem] Choudary was eventually prosecuted after swearing an oath of allegiance to Isil and posting YouTube videos in which he praised the murderous group. But there have been questions about why it took the authorities so long to prosecute Choudary, with some suggesting the…

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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…