TMR 160 : Adeyinka Makinde : Can the British State Convict Itself? (Part Two : “Rendition” & “The Troubles”)

“…it is sometimes necessary to do unpleasant things which lose a certain amount of allegiance for a moment in order to produce your overall results”—Frank Kitson

This week we conclude our two-part interview with lawyer and university lecturer Adeyinka Makinde on his forthcoming academic paper: “Intelligence Accountability – Can the British State Convict Itself?”

In the first part we discussed Tony Blair’s decision to take Britain to war against Iraq in 2003, and considered the prospects for war-crime prosecution under international and domestic law.

In the second part we move on to discuss Britain’s role in the US-led “extraordinary rendition” programme—asking to what extent former UK foreign secretary, Jack Straw, and former head of counter-intelligence at MI6, Mark Allen, were involved in that—and end by looking at Britain’s counter-insurgency strategy in Northern Ireland, which was initiated in the early 1970s by then Brigadier Frank Kitson.

Adeyinka Makinde trained for the law as a barrister. He lectures in criminal law and public law at a university in London, and has an academic research interest in intelligence & security matters. He is a contributor to a number of websites for which he has written essays and commentaries on international relations, politics and military history. He has served as a programme consultant and provided expert commentary for BBC World Service Radio, China Radio International and the Voice of Russia. (For show notes please visit

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