Spooks : The Unofficial History From the First Atom Spy to 7/7 : 1945-2009
PO Box 500, London W2â€™; the nondescript address from behind which one of the worldâ€™s most famous Secret Services hid: MI5. This book, based on previously secret sources, lifts the lid on Britainâ€™s Security Service.
The authors look in detail at MI5â€™s role in the post-Cold War world; in particular, they consider its changing role as it took on the main responsibility in countering terrorist threats to Britain. Controversy has never been far away during MI5â€™s battle against the IRA, which included sending deep penetration agents into the heart of Northern Irelandâ€™s terrorist organisations. And in the twenty-first century, MI5 has had to face the deadliest terrorist threat of all â€“ from Al Qaeda. The book looks at MI5â€™s attempts to prevent mass murder on the streets of Britain, including the failure to stop the 7/7 bombings in London in 2005.
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