UK government name surveillance operation after Radiohead’s ‘Karma Police’

Operation Karma Police allegedly collects information of internet use

It has emerged that the British Government Communications Headquarters, a UK security and intelligence agency, has named a surveillance operation after Radiohead song ‘Karma Police’.

The Intercept reports that Operation Karma Police launched some time between 2007 and 2008 “without any public debate or scrutiny”. It allegedly collects information of internet use, accumulating 50 billion records daily since 2012.

The band, critics of government surveillance in the past, have yet to comment on the revelations.


Listen to ‘Karma Police’, from 1997’s ‘OK Computer’, below.

Meanwhile, Radiohead are currently in the studio working on their latest album. Studio photos recently emerged showing the band at work on the LP.

The group’s upcoming ninth album will be their follow-up to 2011’s ‘The King Of Limbs’, with guitarist Jonny Greenwood recently confirming that they’re working in the studio “in periods” and that restarting the process “took a lot of time”.

Drummer Phil Selway also stated that work on the album would “become a full schedule” during September and that the band are “back into” working on the LP.

In addition to this, Yorke recently revealed that he will compose new music for an upcoming production of Harold Pinter’s Old Times in New York.