The Snowden files have revealed the “embarrassing” state of legal oversight into the British intelligence services, MPs have said. As a result, they have called for a major overhaul to make government bodies accountable for their actions.
A Home Affairs Committee report published Friday sharply criticizes the current system of oversight into and legal accountability of the UK’s intelligence gathering agencies. The report says the lack of oversight reflects badly on the agencies’ accountability and on parliament itself.
“We do not believe the current system of oversight is effective,” the committee’s report says. “The scrutiny of the work of the security and intelligence agencies should be not the exclusive preserve of the Intelligence and Security Committee.”