Chair of UK Intelligence Services Committee (ISC) in cash-for-access allegation.

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  1. deBoetie

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    The Chair of the ISC, responsible for Parliamentary "oversight" of the UK's security services on behalf of Parliament has been filmed discussing taking payment for "advising" a Chinese firm:

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics...ash-for-access-allegations-politics-live-blog

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-31580374

    Rifkind's role was loosely equivalent to Feinstein in the US for the SIC.

    Rifkind said he would not stand down as security committee chairman, unless his committee colleagues wanted him to.

    "One's got nothing to do with the other," he said. "None of the matters are remotely to do with intelligence or security."

    It's almost certain that he will be "asked" to vacate his position (something that should have happened when the Snowden revelations came out). Whether this will result in any change to the (supine) oversight the ISC provides remains to be seen.

    Incidentally, the other politician named (Straw), was the Home Office minister in charge of introducing the notorious Ripa 2000 legislation, which has been so liberally (and illiberally) misused by the security services to demolish privacy.
     
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