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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…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

  Peter Salmon reports in undercoverresearch.net : In the course of that hearing [when authorities at the University of Southampton successfully banned a conference deemed to be critical of Israel]  it emerged two documents had been provided to the University, one an otherwise innocuous event risk assessment from Hampshire Police. The second was an undisclosed weekly round-up…