Any British steps to transfer justice will be rendered pointless by MI5's proposed new powers. Guidelines for intelligence gathering will be published shortly for the PSNI to hand intelligence to the Security Service next year will be a retrograde and damaging step. On Thursday, the Government will push through legislation to allow our old friend Secretary of State Peter Hain the power to sign away justice powers to a devolved administration at Stormont. The discussion article will accompany the legislation, and it is accepted to stress that by the time justice powers go from London to Belfast, primacy in intelligence gathering will have gone the other way. MI5 is due to take over direct responsibility for intelligence gathering by next year. Pilot work is already under way.
Just when the PSNI schedule for sharing intelligence and handling informers were overhauled the Government have decided to recreate the old problem by giving intelligence gathering to MI5, worse crime and Para militarism go hand in hand, MI5 will gradually look to expand its role into serious crime too therefore transference of justice will be worthless. The goal of nationalists and unionists underwriting each other's security will be lost. Giving intelligence dependability to the faceless men of MI5 is objectionable. It is bad for politics, bad for policing and bad for the peace process. Real accountability is diminished if superiority goes to MI5.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Posted by Parnell at 5:23 p.m.