Spies ‘R’ Us
Statewatch News Online, 12 April 2005 (14/05)
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1. EU: Data Retention proposal partly illegal, say Council and Commission lawyers
1. EU: Data Retention proposal partly illegal, say Council and Commission lawyers:
The practical impact of the two Legal Services’ opinions is that the proposed Framework Decision will have to be amended to take out all provisions relating to the obligations of telecom service providers – which will have to be covered by a separate parallel proposal.
2. Europe: The deportation machine: Europe, asylum and human rights by Liz Fekete (Institute of Race Relations, link).
3. Sweden: Update: Parliamentary Ombudsman issues report criticising the role of the Security Police (SÄPO)
4. Italy: The ECHR asks for information on Lampedusa deportations:
5. UK: Report from the parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights: Review of International Human Rights Instruments:
6. US says deadline for “biometric” passports cannot be extended:
7. UK: Report on ID Cards from the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee:
8. UK: Special Advocates system must be changed says a report from the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee:
It call for changes to the appeal system on “control orders” under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005. At present and under the new Act “special advocates” – security cleared lawyers – are not allowed to communicate with the defendant or their lawyers – the Committee says they should be able to.
The evidence to the Committee is in Volume 2: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/apr/uk-siac-const-com-rep-vol2.pdf
9. UK: Intelligence and Security Committee, Annual Report 2004–2005:
It includes lots of “***” and the conclusion that: “We are concerned at the amount of intelligence on Iraqi WMD that has now had to be withdrawn by the SIS.” And the revealing observation the only Cabinet Committee with an overview of the Agencies and the rest of the intelligence community, the Ministerial Committee on the Intelligence Services (CSI), has only met once (in December 2003) in the past nine years. It appears that the government leaves intelligence and security work to the agencies and exercises no oversight.
10. UK: Home Affairs Select Committee report on: Terrorism and Community Relations:
11. Italy: G8-Genoa trials of twenty-eight police officers begins:
12. Statewatch Timetable: March 2004 EU Anti-Terrorist Declaration [Updated 31 March 2005]:
see also Statewatch “Scoreboard”: www.statewatch.org/news/2004/mar/swscoreboard.pdf