Covert human intelligence sources


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The Bill is called the “Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill” and can be found here:

On this page, the bill is summarised as:

“Summary of the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill 2019-21
"A Bill to make provision for, and in connection with, the authorisation of criminal conduct in the course of, or otherwise in connection with, the conduct of covert human intelligence sources.”

Inspection of the Bill reveals that it is not restricted to intelligence agencies, but rather includes a list of Relevant Authorities. The list is rather long:

Police forces etc

A1 Any police force.

B1 The National Crime Agency.

C1 The Serious Fraud Office.

The intelligence services

D1 Any of the intelligence services.

The armed forces

E1 Any of Her Majesty’s forces.

Revenue and Customs

F1 Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

Government departments

G1 The Department of Health and Social Care.

H1 The Home Office.

I1 The Ministry of Justice.

Other bodies

J1 The Competition and Markets Authority.

K1 The Environment Agency.

L1 The Financial Conduct Authority.

M1 The Food Standards Agency.

N1 The Gambling Commission.

There doesn't appear to be any restriction on the type of crimes these bodies will be permitted to commit. There is passing mention of the Human Rights Act (1998), but the checks and balances appear weak.


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Wheelie bins that monitor the materials you put in them. You put in a plastic item by mistake and a SWAT team of Environment Agency agents descend, abseiling down from hovering helicopters to incarcerate you in the gulag ie Norfolk.


i'm involved with this: for real,
after snowden, we took ukgovt to their own secret court for breaking the law by secretly hacking us, the case has been going 5+ years now from the "Investigatory Powers Tribunal" to the UK Supreme court and European Court of Human Rights

so far the case has failed repeatedly 😂 but we have forced the sec services to disclose a lot in the process


aye - actually of course i didnt even need to - we joke when we can't find an email that GCHQ have all the backups