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Feb 11, 2015

British spies did not censor US torture report -lawmakers

LONDON (Reuters) – British spies asked for material to be redacted in a U.S. Senate report about the CIA’s mistreatment of terrorism suspects but were not trying to hide any complicity in wrongdoing, a senior parliamentary committee concluded on Wednesday.

But the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) said that while it cleared the agencies of wrongdoing in relation to the Senate report, the broader issue of whether Britain colluded in torture had still not been determined.

Feb 9, 2015
via FaithWorld

UK needs to take urgent action over anti-Semitism, lawmakers say


(Orthodox Jews collect their children from school in north London January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Winning)

Urgent action is needed to tackle a “disturbing” rise in anti-Semitism in Britain including measures to deal with growing “cyber hate” on social media, a group of senior lawmakers said on Monday.

Feb 5, 2015

Anti-Semitic incidents in UK reach record level – advisory group

LONDON (Reuters) – The number of anti-Semitic incidents in Britain rose to a record level in 2014, more than double the previous year, due to events in the Middle East involving Israel, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday.

The figures, which Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May called “deeply concerning”, come amid rising safety fears among Britain’s estimated 260,000 Jews following the deadly attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris by an Islamist gunman last month.

Feb 2, 2015

Litvinenko believed Putin linked to organised crime: ex-KGB spy’s widow

LONDON (Reuters) – Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian agent killed with polonium in London, believed Vladimir Putin lacked the mettle to stamp out corruption inside Russia’s security agency and that he had links to organised crime, his widow said on Monday.

Giving evidence to a public inquiry at London’s High Court into his death, Marina Litvinenko said her husband had taken his concerns in 1998 to Putin, who then headed the Federal Security Service (FSB), the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB.

Jan 19, 2015

Peer pressure not propaganda crucial to IS recruitment – experts

LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Peer pressure from radicalised
fighters in Syria and Iraq is more influential in attracting new
recruits from Europe than Islamic State (IS) propaganda,
according to British experts.

The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and
Political Violence (ICSR), in a study to be released next month,
found that peer groups and kinships were crucial in luring young
fighters, rather than IS videos and Internet messages.

Jan 15, 2015

European spies want more powers, but face battle to get them

LONDON (Reuters) – From allowing spies greater access to communications and extending phone taps to collating databases of air passengers, European governments are looking to expand the powers of their security agencies after last week’s Paris attacks.

However, despite warnings that failing to act is endangering their citizens, their plans face political and judicial opposition as well as some public scepticism.

Jan 14, 2015

Most British Jews feel they have no future in Europe: poll

LONDON (Reuters) – A quarter of Jews in Britain have considered leaving the country in the last two years and well over half feel they have no long term future in Europe, according to a survey published on Wednesday.

Additionally, anti-Semitic beliefs are widely prevalent among the wider public with 45 percent of Britons agreeing with at least one anti-Semitic sentiment, the YouGov poll for the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) group found.

Jan 13, 2015

Up to 5,000 European fighters in Syria pose risk – Europol

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of Europe’s police organisation Europol said on Tuesday the continent was facing its greatest security threat in more than a decade, with as many as 5,000 Europeans who have joined fighting in Syria posing a risk to their homelands.

Europol Director Rob Wainwright also echoed warnings from spy chiefs and some political leaders in the wake of last week’s deadly attacks by Islamist militants in Paris that European security agencies faced a “capability gap” which could leave their countries at risk.

Jan 8, 2015

Europe’s media differ over publishing Charlie Hebdo cartoons

COPENHAGEN/LONDON Jan 8 (Reuters) – Many European newspapers
republished cartoons from the French satirical weekly Charlie
Hebdo to protest against killings by Islamist militants seen as
an attack on freedom of expression and the continent’s tradition
of visual satire.

But most front pages expressed solidarity with the 12
people, journalists and police, killed in Wednesday’s attack by
publishing their own cartoons and editorials that veered away
from Charlie Hebdo’s more provocative sketches mocking Islam.

Dec 20, 2014

Scottish prosecutor says no reason to doubt Lockerbie bomber’s guilt

LONDON (Reuters) – No evidence has emerged that casts doubt on the conviction of a late Libyan intelligence officer for the Lockerbie airline bombing 26 years ago, says Scotland’s top prosecutor.

However, efforts to track down others behind the deadly attack have been hampered by the violence that has rocked Libya for months, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland will tell a memorial service on Sunday, according to an advance copy of his speech.