2000-2009 | Blair's crimes | Iraq | MI6 crimes

Highly misleading intelligence dossier on the danger from Iraqi WMD

24 September 2002 At 8 am on 24 September 2002, only thirty minutes prior to the deadline for the headline in the Evening Standard‘s first edition, Charles Reiss, the paper’s political editor, was allowed to see the government’s intelligence dossier on Iraq’s supposed Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). After reading about Iraq’s ‘strategic missile systems’ and its…

1960-1969 | Assassinations | Backing terror operations | Congo | MI6 crimes

MI6 probably involved in assassinating the UN General Secretary

18 September 1961 Mounting evidence suggests the involvement of British intelligence services in the assassination of UN secretary general, Dag Hammarskjöld, on 18 September 1961. He was killed along with 15 others, when his DC-6 aircraft, which had taken off from Leopoldville, the capital of Belgian Congo, was downed shortly after midnight on its approach…

1940-1949 | Backing terror operations | Palestine

MI6 ordered to sabotage ships carrying Jewish refugees to Palestine

14 January 1947 On this day in 1947, Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin ordered MI6 to sabotage ships in European ports which were taking Jewish refugees to Palestine and to deliberately contaminate their food and water supplies. Other methods to prevent their arrival in the British controlled mandate had been contemplated but the three miles of coastal…

1980-1989 | Backing terror operations | Ireland | Northern Ireland

MI6 warns of UDA terror but the UK refuses to proscribe the organisation

12 February 1981 On 12 February 1981, David Wyatt of MI6 warned the Northern Ireland permanent secretary that ‘UDA/UFF (loyalist) gunmen, with the full blessing of Tyrie (head of the Ulster Defence Association), are going to continue murdering identified Republicans.’ His statement was yet further confirmation of the already overwhelming evidence the government possessed that…

1960-1969 | Backing terror operations | MI6 crimes | Yemen

Our man in Aden authorises terror for terror policy

21 January 1964 On 21 January 1964, Robin Young, a British political officer in the newly created Federation of South Arabia, noted in his diary  the latest rules of engagement for covert terror operations inside neighbouring North Yemen, as laid down by Sir Kennedy Trevaskis, the British High Commissioner. London was determined that Egyptian forces,…

1960-1969 | Assassinations | Congo | MI6 crimes

MI6 Arranges the assassination of Congo’s first prime minister

17 January 1961 On 17 January 1961, Patrice Lumumba, Congo’s first democratically elected prime minister, was abducted, tortured and then shot dead in a coup masterminded by MI6.  To prevent any possible autopsy, Belgian mercenaries, who had been involved in his death, dug up and dismembered his body from where it had been hastily buried,…

1980-1989 | Afghanistan | Backing terror operations

11 MARCH

THATCHER WELCOMES TERROR LEADER ABDUL HAQ AT DOWNING STREET [ 11 March 1986 ] On 11 March 1986, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher invited Mujahideen terror leader Abdul Haq to Downing Street where she welcomed him and they posed together for a photograph. Haq was head of Hizb-I-Islami or the Party of Islam. He made it clear that he didn’t care…

1970-1979 | Instigating coups | MI6 crimes | Uganda

25 JANUARY

BRITISH ARMY KILLS FIFTY EGYPTIAN POLICE OFFICERS [ 25 January 1952 ] By January 1952, the British Army, which was still stationed in Egypt’s Suez Canal Zone, was growing increasingly frustrated by attacks on its positions by small groups of Egyptian guerrilla fighters, who were determined to force their former colonial masters to evacuate. MI6…