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Blanket7 - real?

In Rakehell, agents like John Caul operate under what is known as a ‘Blanket7’, referring to Section 7 of the Intelligence Services Act of 1994, which gives immunity from prosecution in the UK to agents of the crown for crimes committed overseas.

In Caul’s world this is a wide-ranging immunity which technically is not supposed to exist and is, in effect, a license to kill. It basically means that the agent has been given in advance the right to take the assumptions of Section 7 to their maximum logical conclusion.

So, is it real? Yes and no. There is no Blanket7 as such referred to in the ‘real’ world operations of the Secret Service. But if there were a world in which the UK habitually sent agents like Caul to solve problems internationally through the use of fists and guns, the Blanket7 is not an unreasonable stretch in understanding of the real terms of Section 7 of the Intelligence Services Act.

So what does Section 7 actually say?

The meaning is that, in essence, if we have a Secretary of State who approves of our agents killing in the name of Queen and Country, this is the law that would prevent them for ever being prosecuted for it in the UK. It is not simply a license to kill, but a license to commit any crime abroad, and receive immunity for it at home. Clearly, if they are caught abroad that is a very different case...

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