Theresa May: End the Charade on Spy Crimes

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a game in which players guess a word or phrase from an acted clue

an absurd pretence intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance

In "Charade", an art project by David Birkin, actors and artists – including Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Trevor Paglen, Peter Kennard, and Martha Rosler – mime the crimes that British spies may be authorised to commit in our name. Video edited by Trevor Tweeten.

You can watch the full 8 minute video on David Birkin's website.

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Theresa May has been forced to admit that the "Third Direction", a secret order she issued in August 2017, relates to crimes committed by MI5.

What she hasn't done is come clean on what crimes British spies can commit. Can they torture? Can they blackmail? Can they threaten people’s families?

We urge Theresa May to come clean and publish the guidance on crimes MI5 can commit in our name.

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