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Britain can deal with its Isis returnees. But not by killing them | Richard Barrett

Britain can deal with its Isis returnees. But not by killing them | Richard Barrett

The values of justice and tolerance are our greatest source of resilience. If we abandon them, we are more vulnerable, not lessRichard Barrett is former director of global counter-terrorism at MI6The
Legal challenge in Libya rendition case must be held in public, court told

Legal challenge in Libya rendition case must be held in public, court told

Abdel Hakim Belhaj and Fatima Boudchar are challenging DPP’s refusal to charge ex-MI6 officer for his alleged role in tortureA challenge to the director of public prosecution’s refusal to charge the
UK intelligence agencies face surveillance claims in European court

UK intelligence agencies face surveillance claims in European court

Civil rights groups bring first major legal challenge since Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revelationsThe first major challenge to the legality of UK intelligence agencies intercepting private
Met chief warns police cuts will make it harder to tackle violent crime

Met chief warns police cuts will make it harder to tackle violent crime

Cressida Dick tells MPs losing up to 3,000 officers amid savings drive may also hamper efforts to prevent extremismLosing up to 3,000 police officers in London would make it harder to “bear down” on
The ‘Jihadi Jack’ I went to school with must face justice in Britain | Michael Raff

The ‘Jihadi Jack’ I went to school with must face justice in Britain | Michael Raff

Jack Letts denies being a terrorist. To leave him to rot in Syria rather than be questioned at home would betray the values that separate us from IsisUntil 2014, Jack Letts had a normal life. He grew
Senior West Midlands police officer to face official secrets charge

Senior West Midlands police officer to face official secrets charge

Marcus Beale, an assistant chief constable, is accused of not adequately protecting documents stolen from an unmarked carA police chief is to be charged under the Official Secrets Act after the theft
Only 5% of people referred to Prevent extremism scheme get specialist help

Only 5% of people referred to Prevent extremism scheme get specialist help

Home Office figures show 7,631 people were referred to programme in 2015-16 but only 381 received specialist supportOnly 5% of the 7,631 people referred to the government’s Prevent counter-extremism
George Blake: Russian spies must save world from nuclear hell

George Blake: Russian spies must save world from nuclear hell

On the eve of his 95th birthday, former KGB double agent says SVR officers are heroes of modern battle between good and evil The KGB cold war double agent George Blake has hailed Russia’s modern spies
Police cuts will be disaster for national security, warns counter-terrorism head

Police cuts will be disaster for national security, warns counter-terrorism head

Neil Basu, senior national counter-terrorism coordinator, says funding cuts for local policing will harm intelligence effortsNational security is being endangered by cuts to local policing, which
Failure to publish Gaddafi report casts doubt on intelligence oversight | Letters

Failure to publish Gaddafi report casts doubt on intelligence oversight | Letters

Peter Gill calls for the parliamentary intelligence and security committee to be reconstitutedIan Cobain (How Britain did Gaddafi’s dirty work, 9 November) reminds us of the structural inadequacy of
Foreign Office 'completely obstructive', say parents of Jack Letts held by Kurds

Foreign Office 'completely obstructive', say parents of Jack Letts held by Kurds

Family of ‘Jihadi Jack’ says Boris Johnson has refused to help release their son, who has serious mental health issuesThe parents of Jack Letts, a Briton held by Kurds in Syria, have accused the
Intelligence watchdog urged to look at Russian influence on Brexit vote

Intelligence watchdog urged to look at Russian influence on Brexit vote

As evidence mounts about thousands of ‘troll factories’ interfering in UK politics, PM says security committee set to re-formBritain’s intelligence watchdog is facing demands to examine whether
Respect for human rights can prevent 'vicious cycle' of terrorism, says UN chief

Respect for human rights can prevent 'vicious cycle' of terrorism, says UN chief

Speaking in UK, secretary general António Guterres said countries that suppress rights and deny opportunities are breeding ground of ‘unprecedented threat’The world faces an unprecedented terrorist
Ministry of Defence braced for 'brutal' cuts in security review

Ministry of Defence braced for 'brutal' cuts in security review

MoD has compiled list of options, including marines and amphibious vessels but Trident replacement seen as untouchableThe Ministry of Defence is bracing for what one Whitehall official has described
To find the extremism behind the Egypt terror attack, start with anti-Sufi preachers | HA Hellyer

To find the extremism behind the Egypt terror attack, start with anti-Sufi preachers | HA Hellyer

Sufism is integral to Islam. The extremist ideology that insists otherwise ignores history and distorts the truthOn Friday, more than 300 Muslim worshippers were murdered in a mosque, and scores more
Two detained under Terrorism Act as UK arrests reach record high

Two detained under Terrorism Act as UK arrests reach record high

The men – one in Birmingham, one in London – were arrested on suspicion of being involved in commission, preparation and instigation of terrorismTwo men suspected of being involved in terrorism have
Michel Barnier raises UK hackles with speech about Isis and Brexit

Michel Barnier raises UK hackles with speech about Isis and Brexit

EU negotiator says: ‘Rather than stay shoulder to shoulder with the union, the British chose to be on their own again’Michel Barnier caused irritation in Downing Street on Wednesday with a speech in
Nine terrorist attacks prevented in UK in last year, says MI5 boss

Nine terrorist attacks prevented in UK in last year, says MI5 boss

Head of security service Andrew Parker tells cabinet five attacks ‘got through’, four of them related to Islamist terrorism Nine terrorist attacks have been prevented in the UK in the past year, the
Key points from David Anderson report on handling of UK terror attacks

Key points from David Anderson report on handling of UK terror attacks

QC studied internal reviews of MI5 and counter-terror police’s handling of intelligence prior to four 2017 terror attacksThe barrister and former terrorism watchdog, David Anderson, has published
Free Syrian Police are courageous and selfless people | Letters

Free Syrian Police are courageous and selfless people | Letters

Panorama’s programme ‘Jihadis You Pay For’ was hugely misleading, writes Dr Henry SmithPanorama’s programme Jihadis You Pay For (Report, 5 December) was hugely misleading. As the person who led the