The Observer should not be shocked by MI5’s use of paid informers
This is an email message, not a blog post, about a new blog post on Ephems, at http://www.barder.com/4534, “ The Observer should not be shocked by MI5’s use of paid informers“. In that post I suggest that the Observer‘s report, denouncing as shameful MI5’s use of paid Muslim informers to “spy” on Muslim terrorism suspects, is not just naïve to the point of being simple-minded, but also irresponsible and potentially dangerous. My short letter submitted to the Observer for publication in today’s issue, pointing this out, has (unsurprisingly! — but disappointingly) not been published. So I have published it myself in my new post and called on this historic liberal newspaper to publish prominently a tribute to “the secret army of brave and responsible police informers”.
To look at the case against the Oberver‘s misconceived article, please visit http://www.barder.com/4534, and please write any comments, hostile or supportive, at the bottom of http://www.barder.com/4534, not in reply to this email (unless your comments are purely personal).
Greetings from a chilly but sunny autumn in south London
27 September 2015