MI5

The security service MI5 has had overall responsibility for security in the North since August 2007. In August 2007 the British Security Service, MI5, assumed lead responsiblity for 'national security intelligence work' in the North.

MI5

MI5 has a long history of involvement here and an equally long history of involvement in illegal activities. MI5 for instance was aware in advance that Pat Finucane was to be murdered but did not intervene, it was involved in the smear campaign against Pat Finucane (da Silva) and allowed the 1998 Omagh bombing to proceed, it destroyed covert recordings in the shoot-to-kill cases, ran agents involved in multiple murders and sought to undermine opposition groups in Britain itself.

The Bloody Sunday Tribunal, the Commission of Inquiry into the Dublin, Monaghan and Dundalk Bombings and the Stevens and Stalker investigations all faced major difficulties when co-operation was sought from 'Box' as MI5 is known. More recently the Security Service has been complicit in the kidnapping/rendition of British citizens to third countries and in supplying information to other intelligence agencies in the full knowledge that this information was being used during the torture of alleged suspects. MI5 officers have been involved in interrogations at ‘Black sites’ worldwide at‘Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba both centres notorious for the use of torture.

More recently the Service was criticised by CAJ when a spokesperson for MI5 commented on bail provisions in the courts in an interview with the Belfast telegraph. See below.

Latest Articles

  • Is Secretary of State James Brokenshire at one with M15 asks CAJ’s Daniel Holder?

    Last month the Belfast Telegraph ran a three-day series of ‘Inside MI5’ articles on its front and inside pages. The paper reported it was the first media outlet to be invited to report from inside the MI5 Northern Ireland headquarters and provided an insight into the secret agency’s views.
  • Inside MI5: Stop bailing suspects in terror cases, judges told

    A stark warning has been issued to Northern Ireland judges to stop bailing terrorist suspects amid security concerns.
  • UK terror threat level from Northern Ireland raised to substantial by MI5

    This change 'reflects the continuing threat from Dissident Republican activity,' says Home Secretary Theresa May
  • Security 'secrecy' still spooking nationalists

    The past week was a watershed in republican attitudes to the police. But the ongoing presence of MI5 is the stumbling block to a total acceptance, argues Brian Rowan
  • Shining a light on deadly informers: The de Silva report on the murder of Pat Finucane

    Numerous flaws and oversights in de Silva’s report highlight the need for a full scale independent public enquiry into the British state’s dealings in Northern Ireland. Security agencies tasked with keeping the peace acted beyond the law, lied to their political masters, leaked information to loyali...