Skip to comments.New intelligence chief reveals all on website (Is Deadhead)
Posted on 11/16/2007 8:04:44 PM PST by AKSurprise
The most senior British intelligence official, appointed yesterday to oversee MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, has a website revealing his home address, phone numbers and private photographs of himself, family and friends.
Alex Allan, 56, is the new head of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) with access to sensitive documents and information regarding anti-terrorist operations.
But the details on his website, described by a security official as "a serious breach", reveal him as a devoted fan of the American rock band Grateful Dead and a keen cyclist who once windsurfed to work in Westminster during a train strike.
The security breach, uncovered by The Daily Telegraph, raises questions over the vetting of senior Whitehall intelligence officials whose identities are publicly announced by the Government.
The website shows Mr Allan posing in a skin-tight cycling outfit as well as pictures of his 50th birthday party, complete with details of friends and family.
He is also seen in bowler and pinstripe windsurfing past Parliament in the early 1980s.
On the website, he says: "I first saw the Dead in the mud at Bickershawe in 1972 and was so knocked out....I have been a Deadhead ever since.
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I’d agree with the dead head.
UK intelligence Chief is "Livin' on reds, vitamin C and cocaine"
The Grateful Dead were one of the greatest bands ever.
Put me down as a Dead Head. Love them.
Sounds like he spent too much time dropping acid in SF back in the 60s and 70s. Totally out of touch with reality still. What a child.
Wonder if he ever said “We can share the women, we can share the wine” to Jack Straw? Or maybe “Keep a rolling old buddy, you’re moving much too slow”?
I love the Grateful Dead, too, but I know it implies certain behavior and “adverse information” so I keep it on the down low.
I’m guessing that some of you folks criticizing him have never even listened to the Dead. For goodness sakes, lighten up.
Any directions to subordinates must be reviewed immediately.
The Good Old Days
It ain’t his choice in music that could cost him. imo
Count me in
lestwise he’s still livin, for now.imo amazin what fools like me who should know better, still put on the internet.
The Grateful Dead ain't the whole of it. Can anyone find the pics? Does he look like Lurch?
Well, the UK should have pity on the USA.
We have a Deadhead Senator.
Senator Leahy is a fan of the Grateful Dead. He has not only attended
concerts, but has taped them, and has a collection of Dead tapes in
his Senate Offices. Jerry Garcia visited him at his Senate offices, and
the Senator gave a tie designed by Garcia to Senator Orrin Hatch
(who responded by giving Leahy a Rush Limbaugh tie).
Surviving band members Bob Weir and Mickey Hart have participated in
fundraisers for Leahy and his Political Action Committee, the Green
Mountain Victory Fund. Leahy also appeared in a videotaped tribute to
the Dead when they received a lifetime achievement award at the 2002
Jammys. His Senate website notes this response to a question
from seventh grade students from Vermont’s Thetford Academy who asked
Leahy which Dead song was his favorite, he replied: “...my favorite is
Black Muddy River but we always play Trucking on election night at
As you well know anybody can find the pixs. worldwide
So, he has something in common with Ann Coulter.
NO wonder the King of Saudi made recent public comments about British Security ignoring warnings from his government. MI5 has become nothing more than a Grateful Dead style PR campaign. The BRITS are in serious trouble if this article is true.
I think that the entire British military needs to learn how to Wind Smurf, just think of the fuel savings if they have to cross the channel to help Fartress Europe. Go Green!
How many times can one hear 'truckin' before it get's tiresome?
I forgot to add...
I first heard of Senator Leahy’s Grateful Dead obsession on ABC NightLine.
It’s been a while back, but it might have been during a segment on
the passing of Jerry Garcia.
Leahy seemed so happy to share his Dead-head addiction...he was
smiling so much I wondered if he’d had some high-octane brownies before
They never played it the same way twice.
It’s a musician thang.
heeeehhhhhhe. it ain’t purdy, huh?
Wonder does he have pixs of his family all over the net? no matter, ain’t nuthin to me, still i wonder about folks postin so much personal data. the world is out there an it ain’t friendly an whatever people write on the net is there forever.it’s not a personal note letter or diary.
I didn’t google it because I figured they’d have taken them down by now.
Wow. That makes Jean Kerri look positively appealing.
The Dead were awesome.
How can any FReeper hate a band with lyrics like my tagline?
Ha, I once met a “deadhead” who’d been to more than 150 of their concerts, or so he claimed..... and he was still in his 20s (this was in 1984) so I have no idea how many more he might have racked up later. It was a one-time conversation when I was visiting a friend at the U of Michigan and this guy was some perpetual grad student..... in philosophy, of course!
I guess this kind of openness seems strange, but that info is something that criminals earn their pay for, so the criminals already know.
Keeping the info away from the other 300 billion that don’t have plans to assassinate you can then be a moot point.
He decided to ‘publish’ , and that is his right.
I’d like to wait and see how he performs on the job, rather than base his performance on his webpage.
Nelson and Churchill are rolling over in their graves. UK needs regime change.
When the Dead were at their best they drew from an enormous songbook and each night's setlist was quite different from the last. Also the arrangements of the individual songs varied somewhat and there were improvised instrumental passages throughout that were unique to each performance. I saw them in December, 1982 in Oakland performing five concerts over six nights. At the time a typical show was twenty songs in two sets of ten. There were some repeats but by the end they had performed about a hundred different songs in one one-week stand with no sheet music or tele-prompters. How many rock bands could do that?
1: Minglewood, Peggy-O, Mama Tried> Mexicali, Althea, Cassidy, Candyman> All Over Now, China Cat> I Know You Rider
2: Touch, Far From Me> Estimated> Eyes> Drumz> Throwing Stones> Wharf Rat> Around> Good Lovin
E: Day Job
1: Bertha> Greatest, Bird Song> BIODTL, TLEO, Me & My Uncle> Big River, B. E. Women> Let It Grow
2: Scarlet> Fire> Playin> Drumz> Wheel> Other One> Black Peter> Sugar Magnolia
E: U. S. Blues
1: Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed> El Paso, FOTD, On The Road Again> Touch, Woman Smarter, Dire Wolf, Lazy Lightning> Supplication> Deal
2: Shakedown> Samson, Good Times, Terrapin> Drumz> Throwing Stones> NFA> Morning Dew
E2: Baby Blue
1: Alabama> Promised, Loser> Rooster, Big RxR Blues, Stranger, Dupree's, Music> Don't Ease
2: Touch, Throwing Stones> Franklin's, Sailor> Saint> He's Gone> Drumz> Truckin> Stella Blue> GDTRFB> Johnny B. Goode
E: Hard To Handle, Tell Mama
1: Cold Rain, C. C. Rider, Cumberland, Far From Me, Cassidy, Ramble On, L. L. Rain, Day Job
2: Sugar Magnolia> Sugaree> Woman Smarter, Ship Of Fools, Playin> Drumz> NFA, Deal> Sunshine Daydream
3: Lovelight> Tell Mama, Baby What You Want, Hard To Handle, Midnight Hour
Nice bike, bult the helmet’s a bit 1995ish..
It would depend on the level of the concert goers intoxication..
The John Profumo scandal brought down Conservative Harold MacMillan's government back in the 60s. Profumo was seeing a part-time prostitute who had a KGB agent as a "friend".
When re-entering the US back then, I recall seeing just two names on the "Do Not Admit Into The USA" list, and Christine Keeler was one of them. Even seeing that list again in the 80s, the list had grown to many, many pages.
You bring back old memories.
Any noise that even remotely sounds like Dead music makes me nauseous and the need to take a shower.
I originally was going to say “hundreds” but changed it.
I am a big Van Morrison fan, his song book is 300 strong, I have seen him probably 8 times over the span of 35 years. But to go to a performance three, four times in a week requires a level of dedication that is hard to fathom.
I saw him once in SF, on a Friday, the on Sunday when he recorded "A night in SF". I only went the second night because I was comped some tickets. But it was enjoyable.
Another dopey baby-boomer.... Another feckless unserious man....
Moot? Hardly. Todays citizens who have no plans can change into people who do have such plans. Its not static. You seem to miss that for some reason.
This mandarin bureaucrat will have to go to a safe house and abandon his family , who also are NOT safe, WHEN ( notice I do not say if, but WHEN) wholesale social disorder hits Britain, which will be soon. His conduct puts his whole family at risk of kidnapping, assasination and worse, not to mention that he will not be able to do the job he is charged to do. He is nothin' but a skank AH in my book.
You have no freekin' idea, obviously.
We do not live in a Utopia, and no Utopian musings will solve what a few extremist Islamofascists can do. As a matter of fact, such thinking as yours brought two full airliners into the twin towers. But of course that was so long ago, was a fluke, never happen again.
If you think that Islamofascists in Britain are not makin a list of kidnap victims and checkin it twice, findin out who is naughty and nice, then please take some wake up pills.