Sarah Ludford (ALDE). - Mr President, glad as I am that Parliament is taking this lead in scrutinising spying operations, we cannot do it alone. We need national parliamentarians to probe the activities of their intelligence services, and not be fobbed off by whispers of ‘national security, old chaps, you know’.
As on the question of rendition and torture starting a decade ago, I have a strong sense of déjà vu of challenging a secretive intelligent state. I am proud of the role that I and my ALDE Group played in finally getting the temporary committee of MEPs in 2006, which helped expose the truth, even though the then Labour Government in Britain tried to scare us off – especially me.