MI6 is the official espionage arm of Her Majesty's Government. Richard Tomlinson joined it back in 1991 then left, persona non grata. They put him in prison for his pains. He says they are a dodgy lot. See MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence - Uncensored. The uncensored version [ Brown and Mandelson ] is the interesting one. The red bits were censored. They finger Robin Cook - fornication, Brown - queer, Mandelson - ditto, Hague - ditto, Coe - ditto.
MI6 Operations - http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/14/mi6-licence-to-kill-and-torture - acts of state
In fiction, James Bond drew quite judiciously upon his licence to kill, bumping off just 38 adversaries in a dozen Ian Fleming novels. In each case, the individual received his or her just deserts. In real life, MI6 insists its officers do not kill anyone. "Assassination," its former head Sir Richard Dearlove has said, "is no part of the policy of Her Majesty's government" and would be entirely contrary to the agency's ethos.
But there can be circumstances in which MI6 officers do have a licence to kill or commit any other crime, enshrined in a curious and little-known law that was intended to protect British spies from being prosecuted or sued in the UK after committing crimes abroad. Section 7 of the 1994 Intelligence Services Act offers protection not only to spies involved in bugging or bribery, but also to any who become embroiled in far more serious matters, such as murder, kidnap or torture – as long as their actions have been authorised in writing by a secretary of state.
And as such, the section is certain to come under intense scrutiny in the months ahead, as detectives and human rights lawyers pore over the details of the secret rendition operations that MI6 ran in co-operation with Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2004. Last month Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service announced that the operations, in which two leading Libyan dissidents were abducted and taken to Tripoli with their families, were to be the subject of a criminal investigation. A few days later lawyers for both families began civil proceedings against Sir Mark Allen, the former head of counter-terrorism at MI6, accusing him of complicity in their "extraordinary rendition", torture and inhuman and degrading treatment. Proceedings against the government, MI6 and MI5 are to follow.
The Grauniad is annoyed about MI6 having a let out clause which allows its men to to carry out Acts of State. They do not mention that Mossad and other vicious thugs in Israel do this kind of thing all the time.
What Is An Act Of State? Definition And Meaning
Executive act exercising the sovereign power of a country (such as use of force against another country or a foreign individual) which cannot be challenged (or interfered with) by the courts. It includes any act of a government within its geographical boundaries which cannot be subject to the jurisdiction of the foreign courts.
This definition come from http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/act-of-state.html#ixzz1moJLjqAw. The Wiki gives a much more limited version.
MI6 Alleges It Is Hampered By Being Legal [ 31 March 2015 ]
Britain is locked in a post-Snowden ‘arms race’ with terrorists who are using technology to spy on the security services and put ‘our people and agents at risk’, the head of MI6 warned last night.
In his first public speech, Alex Younger made a series of pointed references to how UK intelligence agencies operate within some of the strictest laws in the world while our enemies were ‘unconstrained’.
His comments will be seen as a rejection of the barrage of criticism aimed at MI6, MI5 and GCHQ by US ‘whistleblower’ Edward Snowden and his supporters in the UK. Snowden’s cheerleaders claim he exposed mass unauthorised surveillance by the security services.
Mr. Younger looks like a decent man. He knows that England's real problem is the Traitors of Her Majesty's Government importing millions of Third World aliens, especially Islamics.
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