Friday, January 27, 2006

No more dodgy dossiers

The dodgy dossier debacle has left the UK's intelligence agencies reluctant to get embroiled in political debate again:

Mr Scarlett has learnt the lesson that the intelligence agencies should not allow themselves to be used to make an essentially political case. According to the memos in the New Statesman about the proposed banning of some Islamic political groups, an official reported that the agencies “do not oppose proscription but oppose reliance on their assessment to justify what they see as a change of policy, not fact”. Mr Scarlett is reported as saying that he “sees this as a political issue and a matter for the Foreign Secretary”.

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