Terrorexpertise:UK Television List Analysis
Below is a table detailing the known affiliations of the top 30 experts from the UK Television List. The table is followed by analysis of this data.
Table Showing Past and Present Affiliations of Experts
|Column A: Tenure at academic institution|
|Column B: Employee of Private Security/Intelligence firm|
|Column C: Member of government or law enforcement agency|
|Column D: Member of military or intelligence services|
|Column E: Member of private think-tanks or research institute|
|Column F: Media employee or independent journalist (not including contract work)|
|No.||Name of Expert||A||B||C||D||E||F|
|5||M. J. Gohel||×|
Half of the experts (15 out of 30) are currently or have previously been a member of state institutions such as government, security or intelligence services, policing or the military.
A third of the experts (10 out of 30) are currently or have previously been members of private think-tanks or research institutes. Of the remaining 20, 13 are currently or have previously worked in private security or intelligence firms, or alternatively state institutions such as government, security or intelligence, policing or military service.
Of the remaining 7 ‘independent’ experts with no affiliation to state or private institutions, two are academics; namely Eric Moonman and John Gearson. Although neither have any technical affiliation for the purpose of this study, both are nevertheless clearly associated with state and corporate power. Moonman is a former Member of Parliament and is President of the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, and Gearson has acted as an advisor to the Commons Defence Select Committee on Defence Policy and the City of London Corporation.Five of the seven ‘independent’ experts are journalists, namely Hazhir Teimourian, Jason Burke, Kevin Toolis, Neil Doyle and Paul Eedle.
- Academic Staff Pages Dr John Gearson, accessed 14 February 2008