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UK security service should be more accountable, says Carlile

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, Feb 11, IRNA -- A new system for monitoring Britain’s Security Service was needed in the wake of the Binyam Mohamed torture allegations and claims that parliament was misled, according to the government’s reviewer of terror laws.

Lord Carlile said Thursday that stricter scrutiny of MI5 should be introduced to boost public confidence in the way that Britain's security and intelligence operations are carried out.

One option would be to give a panel including judges and other independent experts a role in questioning MI5 about its activities to improve public faith that proper checks on its conduct were being carried out, Carlile suggested.

His call comes after the Court of Appeal ordered the Foreign Office Wednesday to publish secret CIA evidence showing that Mohammed was subjected to “cruel, inhumane and degrading” treatment before being sent to Guantanamo Bay and that MI5 had known about it.

Further controversy was also caused after a leaked letter revealed that one of the judges had been planning to suggest in the judgment that MI5 had deliberately misled the Intelligence and Security Committee, which monitors its activities, and could not be trusted.

IRNA has further learned that Reprieve, the legal firm representing Mohamed, have warned that the CIA evidence was “only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to British complicity in torture” and that there was “much more to come.”

Carlile, who is a lawyer as well as a Liberal Democrat peer, said that Britain has to have a system in which “parliament has confidence in the scrutiny that is being carried out and one in which the public also has confidence,” he said.

Other than replacing the Intelligence and Security Committee, which reports directly to the prime minister, he suggested a further option would be to follow the Canadian example and appoint an independent inspector of the security and intelligence services.

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