He sketches what security is supposed to mean and how it is now used; what the traditional strengths of British intelligence have been versus the traditional strengths of Continental intelligence agencies; how we came to join our signals intelligence effort with those of the Americans and Commonwealth; how the approaches of that “Five Eyes” electronic effort have degenerated into bulk data collection; which non-Allied powers are secretly hanging on to that world-encompassing effort; how the security and intelligence protection of British forces has suffered, even as it is claimed to be top priority; and how a series of memoirs by brilliant but still naïve British intelligence geniuses has revealed that corporations and foreign powers have effectively turned British security and intelligence into their private domain.

https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/emergency-briefing-defence-and-security-alex-thomson