"A Bill to make provision for, and in connection with, the authorisation of criminal conduct in the course of, or otherwise in connection with, the conduct of covert human intelligence sources"
This is an extraordinary Bill.
Basically it introduces one law for the governed, another for the governors' covert agents.
"Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) are crucial in preventing and safeguarding victims from many serious crimes . . . "
"The Bill provides an express power to authorise CHIS to participate in conduct which would otherwise constitute a criminal offence"
"This is not a new capability; the Bill provides a clear legal basis for a longstanding tactic which is vital for national security and the prevention and detection of crime"
(in other words they have been doing this for years so don't worry, nothing to see here)
"Only the intelligence agencies, NCA, police, HMRC, HM Forces and ten other public authorities will be able to authorise criminal conduct"
Of course it includes provision for "safeguards":
"The Bill requires the Investigatory Powers Commissioner to keep under review public authorities’ use of the power and to include information on criminal conduct authorisations in his annual...