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The Independent: MI5 head warns of up to 30 terror plots at work in Britain

There are up to 30 alleged "mass casualty" terror plots in operation in Britain, as well as hundreds of young British Muslims on a path to radicalisation, the head of MI5 has said.

In an unprecedented public announcement yesterday, the MI5 director general, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, revealed that the caseload of the Security Services had risen by 80 per cent since January, and that the counter-terrorism agency was fighting to keep the rapidly growing threat under control

Describing the scale of the home-grown terrorist problem, she said MI5 and the police were tackling 200 groups or networks totalling more than 1,600 identified individuals in the UK who were "actively engaged in plotting or facilitating terrorist acts".

Islamic militants linked to al -Qa'ida were recruiting teenagers to carry out attacks using chemicals, bacteriological agents, radioactive materials and even nuclear technology.

Rien ne réussit comme le succès.
by marco on Thu Nov 9th, 2006 at 11:48:22 PM EST
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Yes, but how many of these groups are really dangerous, and how many of them think they can just whip up a batch of TATP in 2 minutes in the can aboard a commercial aircraft?


The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Fri Nov 10th, 2006 at 03:35:11 AM EST
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No doubt this would have been higher if only they foiled the plots in Forest Gate, surrounded Heathrow with tanks, shot Jean charles de Menezes and the  attack on Man Utd.

And of course, I am reassured about their assessements when we discover their primary intelligence on the Middle East seem to come from undergraduate theses over a decade old.

The politics of fear lost on tuesday. It's over. Shut up already.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 10th, 2006 at 05:39:28 AM EST
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