Surveillance State

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British Prime Minister Theresa May’s approach to intelligence is well-known and defined by her tenure as Home Secretary. While foreign intelligence technically falls into the remit of the Foreign Secretary, the policy and legal frameworks are generally administered by the Home Office.

The Home Office has – since 2010, when May was appointed Home Secretary – shaped May’s thinking and vice versa. She has been tough on the police for what she sees as poor performance and has taken stands against the abuse of the justice system, including refusing to extradite Gary McKinnon, whose hacking into U.S. military servers was balanced against his autism and mental state.

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