The Guardian view on MI5 archives: secrets of surveillance

Panics, and moral panics especially, make for great farce in retrospect. The millennium bug is remembered with a titter, if at all. Black-and-white footage of bible-belt preachers railing against the satanic influence of rock’n’roll pop up on post-pub TV. The frenzied cold-war pursuit of other-worldly communist intellectuals, whom, it was feared, would somehow facilitate a Soviet takeover, is likewise a rich comedy seam, not least because that takeover never came.
One classic case study is MI5’s obsessive surveillance of the novelist (and later Nobel laureate) Doris Lessing, details of... read more

 
21 August 2015 in World News, Views: 37
Source: Guardian
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