posted on Oct, 30 2013 @ 03:30 PM
On Monday, Prime Minister Cameron made a statement to Parliament and threatened to introduce censorship of the Guardian newspaper (and other media
outlets) through the use of DA Notices, should the media refuse to demonstrate "social responsibility" by publishing further revelations about the
activities of the US NSA (and by implication, of the British secret service & GCHQ).
David Cameron has called on the Guardian and other newspapers to show "social responsibility" in the reporting of the leaked NSA files to avoid
high court injunctions or the use of D notices to prevent the publication of information that could damage national security. In a statement to MPs
on Monday about last week's European summit in Brussels, where he warned of the dangers of a "lah-di-dah, airy-fairy view" about the dangers of
leaks, the prime minister said his preference was to talk to newspapers rather than resort to the courts. But he said it would be difficult to avoid
acting if newspapers declined to heed government advice. The prime minister issued the warning after the Tory MP Julian Smith quoted a report in
Monday's edition of the Sun that said Britain's intelligence agencies believed details from the NSA files leaked by the US whistleblower Edward
Snowden had hampered their work.
For those outside UK, a DA Notice is a government advisory note to media editors, requiring them not to publish articles which the government deems a
risk to national security.
The next meeting of the DA Notice Committee is 7th November. I've just noticed an amendment to the agenda of their next meeting, the amendment was
lodged 24th October although hasn't been published.
The committee proposes to amend DA Notice No 5. That's related to the security services.
DA Notice Committee
DA - Notice 05: United Kingdom Security & Intelligence Services & Special Services
Information falling within the following categories is normally regarded as being highly classified. It is requested that such information, unless it
has been the subject of an official announcement or has been widely disclosed or discussed, should not be published without first seeking advice:
(a) specific covert operations, sources and methods of the Security Service, SIS and GCHQ, Defence Intelligence Units, Special Forces and those
involved with them, the application of those methods*, including the interception of communications, and their targets; the same applies to those
engaged on counter-terrorist operations; (b) the identities, whereabouts and tasks of people who are or have been employed by these services or
engaged on such work, including details of their families and home addresses, and any other information, including photographs, which could assist
terrorist or other hostile organisations to identify a target; (c) addresses and telephone numbers used by these services, except those now made
public. Rationale. Identified staff from the intelligence and security services, others engaged on sensitive counter-terrorist operations, including
the Special Forces, and those who are likely targets for attack are at real risk from terrorists. Security and intelligence operations contacts and
techniques are easily compromised, and therefore need to be pursued in conditions of secrecy. Publicity about an operation which is in train finishes
it. Publicity given even to an operation which has been completed, whether successfully or not, may well deny the opportunity for further exploitation
of a capability, which may be unique against other hostile and illegal activity. The disclosure of identities can prejudice past, present and future
operations. Even inaccurate speculation about the source of information on a given issue can put intelligence operations (and, in the worst cases,
lives at risk and/or lead to the loss of information which is important in the interests of national security. Material which has been the subject of
an official announcement is not covered by this notice. * even when used by the National Crime Agency (NCA). This is intended purely to protect
national security and not to inhibit normal reporting on law enforcement.
British ATS contributors ... if you're wondering why, after 7th November, that the BBC, ITV and all the newspapers no longer cover the fine detail of
the NSA/Edward Snowden revelations .... I think it might be because the British media have been censored. That's to prevent embarrassment to the UK &
So keep checking into ATS ... these censorship notices don't apply on this site.