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MI5

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Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   25 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/09/2021

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MI5

The Cold War and the Rule of Law

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696601245

Summary

This book explores the powers, activities, and accountability of MI5 from the end of the Second World War to 1964.

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This book explores the powers, activities, and accountability of MI5 from the end of the Second World War to 1964. It argues that MI5 acted with neither statutory authority nor statutory powers, and with no obvious forms of statutory accountability. It was established as a counter-espionage agency, yet was beset by espionage scandals on a frequency that suggested if not high levels of incompetence, then high levels of distraction and the squandering of resources.

The book addresses the evolution of MI5's mandate after the Second World War which set out its role and functions, and to a limited extent the lines of accountability, the surveillance targets of MI5 and the surveillance methods that it used for this purpose, with a focus in two chapters on MPs and lawyers respectively; the purposes for which this information was used, principally to exclude people from certain forms of employment; and the accountability of MI5 or the lack thereof for the way in which it discharged its responsibilities under the mandate.

Author Bio

K. D. Ewing is professor of public law at King's College London. He is coeditor of the Oxford Labour Law series and the author of numerous books and articles, including Bonfire of the Liberties and The Struggle for Civil Liberties. Joan Mahoney now teaches at the University of Southampton, having taught for many years in the United States, where she was dean of Wayne State University Law School. Andrew Moretta is a postgraduate research student at the University of Liverpool. He received his LLM from King's College London in 2012.