LONDON, Feb. 2, Reuter: Opposition politicians today condemned Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government after a weekend raid on the BBC’s Scottish headquarters when police seized material for a series on British Intelligence activities.

Special branch detectives, in a 28hour operation in Glasgow, took away film and documents relating to a projected television series by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) called “Secret Society”.

Opposition Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock labeled the raid “deeply offensive to the standards of freedom” while centrist Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader David Owen said it was an abuse of police power.

The raid followed a BBC decision to cancel one episode of the series concentrating on government plans to launch a 500 million sterling (760 million dollars) zircon spy satellite over the Soviet Union.

Article extracted from this publication >>  February 6, 1987