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Published: 14 May 2020

528 Pages


ISBN: 9780198818625

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MI5, the Cold War, and the Rule of Law

Keith Ewing, Joan Mahoney, and Andrew Moretta

  • Based on extensive archival research in the National Archives and the private papers of leading figures in the study
  • Analyses the evolution of MI5's mandate during this period, its surveillance targets, and what it did with the information it gathered
  • Demonstrates that MI5 was a body without statutory authority, statutory power, or statutory accountability
  • Concludes that during the Cold War the British Constitution struggled to satisfy even the most basic requirements of the Rule of Law

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