Home Affairs Select Committee Report Discusses Need for Strengthened Oversight of Intelligence and Security AgenciesWednesday, 21 May 2014 12:53
The Home Affairs Committee's report on Counter-Terrorism recommends that Commons membership of the Intelligence and Security Committee be elected like other select committees and that the chairman ought to be subject to election of the whole House and should always be a member of the largest opposition party (paragraph 158). The report can be read here.
The CIA is currently is currently conducting a declassification review of the document. More can be read here.
Claims have emerged that the British Government has lobbied against the release of material in the Senate Intelligence Committee's report about Abdul Hakim Belhaj's rendition to Libya, which was allegedly a joint CIA-MI6 operation. More can be read here.
According to the Telegraph, Tony Blair and Jack Straw were regularly briefed on the US extraordinary rendition programme by MI6 and were shown US Department of Justice legal opinions declaring enhanced interrogation techniques lawful. More can be read here.
The Committee vote to declassify the executive summary and conclusions of the report will take place on the afternoon of 3 April 2014, but it already has enough support from senators. More can be read here.