The BBC reports that "MI5 expands to meet terror threat" .
MI5, the Security Service, is, apparently, set to recruit 1,000 extra staff (they currently employ some 1,900 people) including Arabic speakers and more surveillance staff who need to be
"able to blend into the background. We are looking for average height, build, appearance etc. Applicants therefore would ideally be no taller than 1.80m (5'11") for men and 1.73m (5'8") for women."
N.B. these MI5 recruits will be spying on people at home in the UK, not acting as "glamorous" James Bond style foreign secret agents.
Will this really help to achieve the Home Office's motto of "Building a safe, just and tolerant society" or will the balance shift even further in the direction of police state repression and Big Brother snooping, thereby playing into the hands of the terrorists who aim to destroy our precious democratic freedoms and liberties ?
It is interesting, that despite the Government versus BBC animosity over the Hutton Inquiry report, the BBC was still chosen to be "briefed" or to be the recipients of a "leak", prior to any formal statement by the Home Secretary to Parliament, which is where this story should have been announced first. This calls into question the alleged "independence" of the BBC from central Government.