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David Omand

David  Omand

Sir David Omand GCB is a visiting professor at King’s College London. He became in 2002 the first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, responsible to the Prime Minister for the professional health of the intelligence community, national counter-terrorism strategy and “homeland security”. He was Permanent Secretary of the Home Office from 1997 to 2000, and before that Director of GCHQ. Previously, in the Ministry of Defence he served as Deputy Under Secretary of State for Policy, Principal Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary.

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Protecting State Secrecy

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For Their Eyes Only

Without secrecy, the state cannot protect its citizens. The public should therefore not have a universal right to transparency.

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