Why was the announcement of the appointment of the new Intelligence Services Commissioner, Rt. Hon. Sir Mark Waller only made 3 weeks after he took office ?
HC Deb, 20 January 2011, c53WS)
Intelligence Services Commissioner
Written answers and statements, 20 January 2011
David Cameron (Prime Minister; Witney, Conservative)
In accordance with section 59 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, I have agreed to appoint the right hon. Sir Mark Waller as Intelligence Services Commissioner from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2013.
All the RIPA Commissioners are retired senior High Court Judges and they are usually appointed for 3 years at a time.
Why was this Written Ministerial Statement only published on 20th January 2011, when the appointment had already been in effect for the previous 3 weeks ?
Could the Prime Minister and his securocrat advisors really not recruit a successor to the previous Intelligence Services Commissioner before Christmas 2010 ?and announce the appointment
What does this imply about the Rt. Hon. Sir Peter Gibson ?
He was originally appointed by Tony Blair as Intelligence Services Commissioner from 1st April 2006 to 31st March 2009. and was the re-appointed by Gordon Brown: to serve from 1st April 2009 to 31st March 2012
Why has his tenure been cut short by 15 months ?
Does this mean that he is in poor health ?
What about the Administrative Inquiry into the alleged complicity of the UK intelligence agencies with torture and "extraordinary rendition" of British nationals and residents, which Sir Peter Gibson was appointed to chair by Prime Minister David Cameron, on 6th July 2010 ?
Are there so many allegations or so much prima facie evidence of complicity in torture by the intelligence agencies, that Sir Peter Gibson can no longer fulfil both roles at the same time ?