Sunday, December 11, 2005

What sort of an idiot think this is useful?

UK: Buller should be sacked for stupidity.

They were the shadowy spy chiefs who worked in secret to protect Britain from its enemies. But now MI5 has released photographs of all its spymasters on its website. The pictures were published last week on the orders of Eliza Manningham-Buller, the current director-general, as part of her drive towards greater openness. It is the first time all of the spy chiefs' photographs and biographical details have been released together: most have never been made public at all. Until 1993, the prime minister appointed the spy chiefs in secret and their identities were never made public, but that changed with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Dame Stella Rimington was the first woman to become director-general of MI5 and was also the first spy chief whose identity was made public. Although MI5 has embarked on a policy of greater openness - it now openly advertises for recruits - the director-general is the only member of the 2,500-strong organisation whose identity is disclosed. Since the organisation was founded by Capt Vernon Kell in 1909, when it was known as the Secret Service Bureau, there have been 15 directors-general, only four of whom are alive.
I am sure the four that are alive are really happy about this. Since when does openess for a spy agency mean giving out this type of information?

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