The British Secret Service (SIS)
The security service is comprised of three branches each of which provide graduates, post graduates, linquists, IT specialists and writers a wide range of career opportunities in intelligence work.
1. MI5: Staff 4000: It is responsible for protecting the UK against covertly organised threats to national security encompassing terrorism, espionage and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
2. MI6: Staff 3500: Operates in secret overseas, recruiting and developing foreign contacts and gathering intelligence. An opportunist organisation it identifys then exploits favorable circumstances avoiding risks to national security, military capability and prosperity. Its remit also includes counter terrorism, resolving international conflict and prevention of the spread of nuclear and other non-conventional weapons.
3. GCHQ: Staff 6000: It is the UK government’s expert in cyber security, using technical expertise to provide intelligence, protect information and inform government policy.
Note: In the case of MI5 there are probably less than fifty agents fitting the James Bond profile. The bulk of the remaining group of specialist agents are operating in England and Ireland but a cadre of around 250 are probably permanently deployed in Scotland.
Contrary to popular perception many agents fulfil mundane duties, such as research, office and other administration work. Once in there is no “out” although the pursuit of other careers is encouraged, if applicable.
There is another group recruited direct from University and deployed to intelligence gathering duties, media manipulation and deep penetration of subversive groups.
Many of this last lot are “deep throat” agents located career term within the ranks of senior people in Universities, politicians, police, charities and other institutions of power.
Sir Walter Scott
1703: Special Agent 001 – Daniel Defoe and the Act of Union 1707
A close study of the activities and subterfuge of the English government and Daniel Defoe in the period before and after the 1707 Act of Union reveals a similar pattern of events before and after the 2014 Scottish Referendum.
In 1704, Defoe, in jail at the time, offered his services to William Paterson, the London Scot and founder of the Bank of England and part instigator of the Darien scheme.
Dependent on his release from prison and a large fee he would, through his writings and subterfuge encourage a swithering English populace to support a union of Scotland and England and then go to Scotland, where he had extensive contacts with many highly placed sources to finish the job.
Paterson, who had the confidence of Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, leading minister and spymaster in the English Government consulted with his confidant. Harley accepted Defoe’s services and arranged his release in 1703.
He immediately published “The Review”, which appeared weekly, then three times a week, written mostly by himself. This became the main mouthpiece of the English Government promoting the Act of Union.
In an early edition “The Review” claimed that an act of union with Scotland would end the threat from the north, gaining for the Treasury an inexhaustible treasury of men” and a valuable new market greatly increasing and expanding the power of England.
In September 1706, Harley ordered Defoe, (who was conscious of the risk to himself) to Edinburgh as a secret agent to do everything possible to help secure acquiescence in the Treaty of Union.
His first reports back to Harley included vivid descriptions of violent demonstrations against the Union. “A Scots rabble is the worst of its kind”, he reported.
Years after, John Clerk, of Penicuik, a leading Unionist, wrote in his memoirs that, “He was a spy among us, but not known as such, otherwise the Mob of Edinburgh would have pulled him to pieces.”
Defoe, a Presbyterian who had suffered in England for his convictions, was readily accepted as an adviser to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and committees of the Parliament of Scotland.
He told Harley that he was “privy to all their folly” but “perfectly unsuspected as with corresponding with anybody in England”. He was enabled to influence any proposals that were put to Parliament and reported;
“Having had the honour to be always sent for the committee to whom these amendments were referrèd, I have had the good fortune to break their measures in two particulars via the bounty on Corn and proportion of the Excise.”
In Scotland, he used different arguments, even the opposite of those which he used in England, usually ignoring the English doctrine of the Sovereignty of Parliament, for example, telling the Scots that they could have complete confidence in the guarantees in the Treaty.
Some of his pamphlets were purported to be written by Scots, misleading even reputable historians into quoting them as evidence of Scottish opinion of the time.
He disposed of the main Union opponent, Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun, by ignoring him.
Nor did he account for the deviousness of the Duke of Hamilton, the official leader of the various factions opposed to the Union, who seemingly betrayed his former colleagues when he switched to the Unionist/Government side in the decisive final stages of the debate.
Defoe made no attempt to explain why the same Parliament of Scotland which was so vehement for its independence from 1703–1705 became so supine in 1706.
He received very little reward from his paymasters and of course no recognition for his services by the government.
He made use of his Scottish experience to write his Tour thro’ the whole Island of Great Britain, published in 1726, where he admitted that the increase of trade and population in Scotland which he had predicted as a consequence of the Union was “not the case, but rather the contrary”.
Defoe’s description of Glasgow (Glaschu) as a “Dear Green Place” has often been misquoted as a Gaelic translation for the town’s name. The Gaelic Glas could mean grey or green, while chu means dog or hollow.
Glaschu probably means “Green Hollow”. The “Dear Green Place”, like much of Scotland, was a hotbed of unrest against the Union. The local Tron minister urged his congregation “to up and anent for the City of God”.
The “Dear Green Place” and “City of God” required government troops to put down the rioters tearing up copies of the Treaty at almost every mercat cross in Scotland.
When Defoe visited in the mid-1720s, he claimed that the hostility towards his party was “because they were English and because of the Union, which they were almost universally exclaimed against”. (Wikipedia)
Apr 1998: Special agent – Malcolm Rifkind calls for pact to block nationalists
Rikind, Foreign Secretary between 1995-2000 and in charge of Britain’s secret services accused Labour of fostering the mood of nationalism within Scotland by exploiting “nationalist language” during its spell in opposition saying; “The genie is out of the bottle and, like all genies, once they are out of the bottle they are difficult to put back in.”
He then called for the formation of a cross-party movement to protect the Union and prevent the SNP taking power. He said: “I think there will be a need for a non-party movement in Scotland to support the Union.” An action plan was put in place that same year.
In 2009, Rifkind, became Chairman of the British Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), which oversees MI5, MI6 and GCHQ – (the most important position in the UK intelligence community) and took overall charge of the “Better Together” disinformation campaign.
2000: Glasgow University – A hotbed of powerful Unionist activity at the heart of Scottish education
1. Andrew Fulton – Former MI6 Head of Station (Washington) uncovered as a spy working for the University
Former Glasgow University, Law student Fulton, described as “more George Smiley than James Bond”, had served in Saigon, East Berlin, Bosnia, New York and Washington.
At the peak of hiscareer he was the sixth-most powerful official in the British Secret Service. In 1992, Fulton as head of European operations, was one of the MI6 chiefs who handled the aborted plans to kill Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.
He was also an adviser to the Armor Group, Chairman, Sir Malcom Rifkind, a secretive organisation that provided security services to national governments and large corporations.
He was forced to step down as a member of the Lockerbie Trial Briefing Unit (LTBU) which provided media briefings on the trial in Holland of the two Libyans accused of the Lockerbie bombing.
The revelation raised concerns that he may have been in a position to influence the way the Lockerbie trial was being reported to ensure the minimum of criticism of the British and American intelligence services.
The title, “Visiting Professor” was authorised by Glasgow University Principal Graeme Davis, also a member of the Scottish North American Business Council (SNABC).*
The unusual thing about the Fulton professorship was that he had never worked in the legal profession in any capacity, had never taught classes and did no research at Glasgow University.
So how was it he was considered to be qualified to be a “Visiting Professor of Law?” The answer is that Graham Davis, Glasgow University Principal permitted MI6 to plant Fulton in the Media unit.
The American ambassador Philip Lader was also a member of the (SNABC) at the same time justifying claims that it was used as a front organisation allowing Fulton and Lader to meet without drawing attention, to discuss Lockerbie the handling of the press corps steering them away from the Americans.
* The (SNABC) is the Scottish chapter of the secretive, well connected Atlanticist body aimed at fostering closer relations between the UK the US. British-American Business Council and has interesting intelligence connections. Its current Chairman is former MI6 Washington Station Chief Andrew Fulton. The Council retains Media House International for PR and its executive chairman Jack Irvine is also a former board member. (Powerbase)
2. Professor Adam Tomkins appointed – Chair of Public Law (John Millar School of Law)
Tomkins, with established links to senior officers in the Foreign Affairs branch of the US State Department is an intellectual and political genius, but perhaps only in his own mind and imagination and a leading constitutional scholar and hard line republican relocated to Scotland from England in 2003, taking up employment with Glasgow University as a lecturer in constitutional law. His previous employment had been teaching English law in English educational establishments and his appointment to a prestigous post remitting him to inform students of Scottish law created disquiet in the minds of some and raised the question. Is this guy for real or is he a British Secret Service plant?
A Glasgow University course covering Security, Intelligence & Strategic Studies – A two year post graduate course: Graduates from the programme are prepared to pursue careers in security-related posts in government offices and public administration, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, transnational business corporations and private security and risk analysis companies.
4. Andrew Dunlop
Graduated in economics from Glasgow University. Joined Thatcher’s inner circle as one of the seven members of her “policy unit”, specialising in defence, employment, tax reform and Scotland.
Was a special adviser to former Defence Secretary George Younger.
Alleged to be one of the architects of the 1989 hated Poll Tax.
Left government, appointed managing director of top lobbying firm Politics International.
David Cameron’s right hand man in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum.
Enobled by Cameron in 2015 then installed as, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland working with Tomkins and Mundell maintaining the subjugation of the Scots.
5. The University Officers’ Training Corps
The University of Glasgow’s links with the British military can be traced back to the Jacobite risings of 1715 and 1745, when companies of Militia were raised to defend the unionist supporting University against the Jacobites.
During the First World War, Glasgow , by the summer of 1916, around 2,800 officers had been trained by the University.
In the Second World War the UOTC’s role was to train officers from University students conscripted into the Army and to provide basic training for those who remained behind as a Home Guard unit.
Glasgow UOTC still exists and remains based at the drill hall in University Place.
6. Ruth Davidson emerges from the shadows of Glasgow University
Davidson, was employed by the BBC for around eight years until 2009.
In that employment she had been deployed to Bosnia as a correspondent, at the time Andrew Fulton was head of the Secret Service in Bosnia.
She resigned her employment with the BBC in 2009 and signed up to a one year post-graduate course in international diplomacy at Glasgow University.
In that same year she joined the Tory Party, later claiming “I liked David Cameron’s looks”.
A few months later, she assumed, the role of Chair of Glasgow University Young Conservatives.
Only a year later she was appointed to the leadership of the Tory Party in Scotland. How does that smell to you?