MI5 in its origin was about security, while MI6 was involved in its opposite, espionage. Today they are political rather than military and run as bureaucracies.
MI5 Logo. Motto translates as "Defend the Realm"—a reflection of the David Maxwell-Fyfe's directive for the Service to Defend the Realm. You do not have to be exceptionally paranoid to believe that MI5 is in major breach of its motto. It defends Her Majesty's Government, a band of traitors intent on destroying England.
QUOTE ex MI5
The Security Service, commonly known as MI5 (Military Intelligence, Section 5), is the United Kingdom's counter-intelligence and security agency and is part of the intelligence machinery alongside the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6), Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS). All come under the direction of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC). The service has a statutory basis in the Security Service Act 1989 and the UK Intelligence Services Act of 1994. Its remit includes the protection of British parliamentary democracy and economic interests, fighting serious crime, militant separatism, terrorism and espionage within the UK. While mainly concerned with internal security, it does have an overseas role in support of the mission.
The service has had a national headquarters at Thames House on Millbank in London since 1995, drawing together personnel from a number of locations into a single HQ facility. Thames House is shared with the Northern Ireland Office and is also home to the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, a subordinate organisation to the Security Service. It has been alleged that the Service has regional facilities with one claimed to be in Glasgow. Within the civil service community the service is colloquially known as Box 500 (after its official wartime address of PO Box 500; its current address is PO Box 3255, London SW1P 1AE)
British State Thugs Interrogate Lawyer For Victim Of Crime State [ 23 February 2014 ]
MI5 interrogated Edward Snowden's lawyer as she came to England. This is harassment but then we now KNOW that GCHQ is a criminal organisation. Craig Murray, lately Her Majesty's ambassador to a ghastly little Hellhole also disapproves of the High Court judges who have tolerated Torture & other abuses of government power.
MI5 Files Opened To Public
The National Archives releases latest batch of MI5 files
28 February 2014
The National Archives has released more than a hundred Security Service files today, including never-seen-before material on the actor Michael Redgrave and the playwright JB Priestley.
This is the 30th Security Service records release and brings the total number of Security Service files in the KV series at The National Archives to 5,138.
Among the papers in this latest release are Personal Files (KV 2) on the actor Michael Redgrave. Redgrave's file also provides interesting new details about Guy Burgess, a member of the Cambridge Five spy ring who defected to the Soviet Union and met Redgrave in Moscow while the actor was playing the part of Hamlet on stage.
Other notable files in this release include:
- five files on post-war Jewish terrorism activities in the UK, including assassination targets (KV 3/437 through to KV 3/441)
- the remarkable wartime story of the British fascist sympathisers and 'Fifth Columnists' exposed by an MI5 agent posing as a representative of the Gestapo (KV 2/3800)
- files relating to Russian espionage in the USA and penetration of the Manhattan Project
A selection of files from this release has been digitised and will be available to download from our website free for one month.
Professor Christopher Andrew, author of The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5, has recorded a podcast about the new files.