British Secret Services Chief gets rapped for foolish rhetoric

MI5 chief rapped for ‘foolish rhetoric’

Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:05:57 GMT

A former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has criticized MI5’s new chief, Andrew Parker, for using “foolish self-serving rhetoric” over the recent GCHQ leaks.

The MI5 chief said earlier that exposing how the GCHQ intercept voice and internet communications is a “gift” to terrorists, adding that the leaked documents by the National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden could cause “enormous damage” to Britain’s so-called war against terrorism.

Former DPP Lord MacDonald QC, however, launched an attack on Parker and said he is wrong to resist the calls for more transparency and scrutiny on the GCHQ’s surveillance capabilities.

“Andrew Parker, the new director general of MI5, should be slower to employ this foolish, self-serving rhetoric, which naively begs a perfectly legitimate question: how should we ensure that those privileged to be granted special powers to intrude into everything that is private,” he said.

Considering the recent revelations, Lord Macdonald also demanded an urgent review of the laws governing the agencies including GCHQ, MI5 and MI6.

He said the legislation needs to be refreshed in order to prevent an “an increasing subservience of democracy to the unaccountability of security power.”

Earlier in June, the classified documents by Snowden revealed that the GCHQ was secretly intercepting the world’s phone calls and internet traffic in a project codenamed “Tempora.”

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