CHIS Criminal Conduct Bill grants access to the tools and intelligence by the operational agencies and public authorities to keep the country safe.
The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill 2019-2021 was introduced in the House of Commons on September 24, 2020. It would introduce power in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 to authorize conduct by officials, agents of the security and intelligence services, law enforcement, and certain other public authorities. If they believe their actions will prevent a threat to national security or stop another serious crime from happening. The government says that the bill is to put into formal legislation Third Direction, which allows covert state actors, such as MI5 operatives or undercover police officers, to break the law if they believe their actions will prevent a threat to national security or stop another serious crime from happening.
The bill provides a clear legal basis for a long-established intelligence tactic, which is vital for national security and provides a limitation on criminal and civil liability to those who engage in authorized criminal conduct. Further, it would limit redress for victims by preventing civil claims for injury or other harm. Meanwhile, the bill extends these authoritarian powers to various unrelated government agencies such as the Competition and Markets Authority, Environment Agency, Financial Conduct Authority, Food Standards Agency, and even the Gambling Commission. However, the bill has not mentioned about the powers to murder their political opponents legally.
Therefore the bill deals with participation in criminal conduct by covert human intelligence sources. These are agents, or undercover officers, who help to secure prosecutions and disruptions by infiltrating criminal and terrorist groups, and it does not give power to other officials to murder the political opponents.