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  • 'Spooks'/'MI5' the movie is happening

    11/03/2013 11:33:05 AM PST · by the scotsman · 9 replies
    Radio Times ^ | 1st November 2013 | Susanna Lazarus
    'Spooks fans rejoice – the rumoured big-screen outing for the MI5 spies is happening, with a director and star on board, a filming schedule in place and some plot details having been released... Peter Firth will reprise his role as MI5 chief, Harry Pearce, with production set to begin in early 2014. It's business as usual with original series director Bharat Nalluri set to take charge behind the camera for the feature penned by regular writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent. Spooks: The Greater Good sounds as suspenseful as ever as terrorist Adam Qasim escapes from under MI5 noses during...
  • Former MI5 head calls for people to spy on their neighbours following London beheading

    05/28/2013 9:05:46 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | May 28, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    They want people to spy on the neighbors. Why? So they'll be charged with racist-islamophobia-anti-muslim-bigotry? The London beheader was on British intel's radar for two years; what good did that do? The Brits arrested a couple of people for "anti-Islamic" tweets in the wake of the beheading. What rational person would come forward to turn in a devout Muslim? Scores of young non-Muslim British girls who were raped and sold like meat by Muslim gangs repeatedly went to law enforcement and the law did nothing. EDL members protest against Islamic supremacism and get arrested. EDL leaders Tommy Robinson and Kev...
  • Woolwich attack: Cameron under fire as MI5 terrorism blunders emerge

    05/26/2013 6:26:18 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 16 replies
    The Telegraph (England) ^ | May 26, 2013 | By Steven Swinford, and Christopher Hope
    David Cameron visited MI5 headquarters to thank spies for their work on the Woolwich terror case a day the after murder of Drummer Lee Rigby despite concerns about the failings of security services.
  • Jetliner Bomb Plot Is Foiled

    05/07/2012 10:30:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 30 replies
    WallStreet Journal ^ | By SIOBHAN GORMAN, LAURA MECKLER and EVAN PERE
    The U.S. thwarted a bomb plot by al Qaeda's Yemeni branch aimed at bringing down a jetliner with a more advanced version of an underwear bomb used in a failed 2009 Christmas Day attempt, officials said Monday. The Central Intelligence Agency, working with foreign security services, was able to seize the bomb—which they believed was intended for a U.S.-bound flight—before the would-be suicide bomber was able to move ahead with his plot, officials said. Because the plot was headed off in its early stages, officials said the effort never represented a threat to Americans or to U.S. allies, nor did...
  • Al-Qaeda Infiltrator’s Cover Blown…But Where Is The Media Hysteria?

    05/17/2012 8:02:22 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-16-12 | Curt
    Do you recall a time, a few years back, when the media wouldn't shut up about a supposed outing of an agent? Yup, the left and the media were pissed. I bet you could just imagine the firestorm of coverage that would result if instead of a former Secretary of State leaking a name it was our President....right? Guess not: Just a week ago the establishment media was aflutter with news that a CIA double-agent had thwarted a new type of underwear bomb attack targeting U.S. flights in a plot devised by al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula. But as...
  • White Muslim One of Six Arrested Over ‘Terror Plot'

    07/05/2012 10:26:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05 Jul 2012 | Tom Whitehead, Martin Evans and Sam Marsden
    White Muslim convert Richard Dart and a former police community support officer were among six people arrested for allegedly plotting a terror attack in Britain.Richard Dart, who was radicalised by the cleric Anjem Choudary, was held following police raids in east and west London. A former PCSO and two of his brothers, who were living just over a mile from the Olympic site in Stratford, were also among those detained during the police and MI5 operation to prevent a suspected terror assault. One of the brothers was Tasered by officers. Counter-terrorism police had first searched their home last November. The...
  • BOMBSHELL: Al-Qaeda Infiltrator was not CIA, Cover Blown for Election Year Politics

    05/15/2012 9:36:45 AM PDT · by wildbill · 49 replies
    P.J. Tatler ^ | 5/15/2012 | Patrick Poole
    Just a week ago the establishment media was aflutter with news that a CIA double-agent had thwarted a new type of underwear bomb attack targeting U.S. flights in a plot devised by al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula. But as the week progressed, a developing bombshell story got buried under President Obama’s gay marriage announcement. Not only is the supposed CIA asset not a CIA asset at all, but the entire operation was exposed prematurely and the double-agent’s life was immediately threatened by an intelligence leak that very well may have come out of the White House for political gain. As...
  • Don't tell anyone, but that al Qaeda mole op had zero to do with the Obama administration

    05/15/2012 4:36:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 15, 2012 | ANDREW MALCOM
    Here's a disturbing update to last week's amazing story about the U.S. mole who infiltrated al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and thwarted an airliner attack with a more sophisticated underwear bomb. Someone in Washington whose boss stood to gain from an election year story about alert intelligence operatives successfully protecting American voters at great personal risk leaked the heroic story to the Associated Press. The AP held the story until Obama administration sources said the CIA operative was safe. But, it turns out, the mole was not a CIA operative. The Obama administration had nothing to do with the...
  • Officials: Al-Qaida bomber was CIA informant

    05/08/2012 3:29:05 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | MAY 7, 2012 | EILEEN SULLIVAN, MATT APUZZO and ADAM GOLDMAN
    U.S. and Yemeni officials say the supposed would-be bomber at the heart of an al-Qaida airliner plot was actually an informant working for the CIA. The revelation, first reported by The Los Angeles Times, shows how the CIA was able to get its hands on a sophisticated underwear bomb well before an attack was set in motion. Officials say the informant was working for the CIA and Saudi Arabian intelligence when he was given the bomb. He then turned the device over to authorities. Officials say the informant is safely out of Yemen. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity...
  • Olympic missile defences (located at a cafe) under threat from the Corky-Fruited Water Dropwort

    03/10/2012 5:32:56 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 18 replies
    DailyMail.uk ^ | 10 March 2012 | By Glen Owen
    Plans to use surface-to-air missiles to protect the skies over London during the Olympics could be thwarted – because they will disturb the habitat of a rare wild flower.
  • Suspected Russian Spy Admits Affair With Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock [Oh..it get's better!]

    10/18/2011 2:00:22 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 28 replies
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 10.18.2011 | Gordon Rayner, and Duncan Gardham
    Russian woman accused of being a spy has admitted having a four-year affair with the Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock while she worked as his parliamentary researcher Katia Zatuliveter, 26, told a tribunal that the married 65-year-old MP tried to seduce her the first time they met, and later gave her a job in his parliamentary office where she had access to sensitive defence documents through his position on the defence select committee. She also admitted that before meeting Mr Hancock she had affairs with a Nato official and a Dutch diplomat. Miss Zatuliveter was arrested last year on suspicion...
  • Olympics- Cyber attack seen as emerging threat for London 2012

    07/28/2009 1:52:49 AM PDT · by Cindy · 47 replies · 883+ views
    REUTERS.com ^ | Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:48am EDT | Avril Ormsby
    LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) - Olympic organisers are "very alive" to the threat of a cyber attack on the London 2012 Olympics, made more challenging because of its evolving nature, senior Interior Ministry officials said on Tuesday. Ticketing systems, the transport network and hotel bookings as well as security are among potential targets. Olympic security officials are also planning for the possible diversion of aircraft to protect airspace around the venues from terrorist attacks, the officials said. The greatest threat to security at the Games is international terrorism, the government's latest "Safety and Security Strategy" report said.
  • APNewsBreak: Mich. Dem. switches to GOP House race

    09/21/2011 1:45:41 PM PDT · by Baladas · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 21, 2011 | KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former Democratic state lawmaker is switching to the Republican Party and will launch a campaign Wednesday for U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee's seat, The Associated Press has learned. Ex-Rep. Jim Slezak of Genesee County's Davison Township says in a release that he's making the switch to the GOP and kicking off his campaign Wednesday for the 5th District seat that Kildee, a Democrat, has held for more than three decades. The AP was given an advance copy of the release and an early look at Slezak's announcement video.
  • War on drugs has failed, say former heads of MI5, CPS and BBC

    03/22/2011 9:54:51 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 60 replies
    Telgraph.Co.UK ^ | 03/21/2011 | Martin Beckford
    The "war on drugs" has failed and should be abandoned in favour of evidence-based policies that treat addiction as a health problem, according to prominent public figures including former heads of MI5 and the Crown Prosecution Service. Leading peers – including prominent Tories – say that despite governments worldwide drawing up tough laws against dealers and users over the past 50 years, illegal drugs have become more accessible. Vast amounts of money have been wasted on unsuccessful crackdowns, while criminals have made fortunes importing drugs into this country. The increasing use of the most harmful drugs such as heroin has...
  • THE THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY [Speech by Johnathan Evans, UK]

    09/17/2010 2:28:59 AM PDT · by Cindy
    Mi5.gov.uk - Speech ^ | September 16, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.mi5.gov.uk/output/the-threat-to-national-security.html THE THEAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY Address at the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals by the Director General of the Security Service, Jonathan Evans. 16 September 2010 1. Thank you very much for the invitation to speak at the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. 2. I would like to take this opportunity to provide some comments on the national security threats as we currently see them, not least so that those with responsibility for managing risks to their businesses – or even in their private lives – can do so on an informed...
  • MI6 'halted bid to arrest bin Laden'

    11/09/2002 6:34:08 PM PST · by ds2000 · 4 replies · 123+ views
    Startling revelations by French intelligence experts back David Shayler's alleged 'fantasy'about Gadaffi plot Martin Bright, home affairs editor Sunday November 10, 2002 The Observer British intelligence paid large sums of money to an al-Qaeda cell in Libya in a doomed attempt to assassinate Colonel Gadaffi in 1996 and thwarted early attempts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. The latest claims of MI6 involvement with Libya's fearsome Islamic Fighting Group, which is connected to one of bin Laden's trusted lieutenants, will be embarrassing to the Government, which described similar claims by renegade MI5 officer David Shayler as 'pure fantasy'. The...
  • Murdered Spook Was a Cross Dresser

    08/26/2010 10:26:04 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The SunUK ^ | 08/26/2010 | ANTHONY FRANCE, JOHN KAY, GUY PATRICK and EMILY NASH
    MURDERED MI6 worker Gareth Williams was a secret transvestite who may have been killed by a gay lover, detectives said yesterday. His body lay undiscovered for TWO WEEKS after he was killed and his remains stuffed into a suitcase in his bath. Cops found women's clothing that would fit him at his Pimlico flat in central London, a short distance from MI6's HQ beside the Thames.
  • 82 police injured in Northern Ireland's 2 nights of Catholic riots; politicians plead for calm

    07/13/2010 10:24:53 AM PDT · by Stayfrosty · 276 replies · 1+ views
    FOX News ^ | July 13, 2010 | NA
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland leaders condemned Irish nationalist rioters Tuesday who wounded 82 police officers during two nights of street clashes sparked by the province's annual parades by the British Protestant majority.
  • Car Bomb At Barracks In Belfast - Police

    04/11/2010 5:59:11 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 50 replies · 1,146+ views
    Sky News ^ | April 11, 2010 | Andy Jack
    Police say a car bomb has exploded outside a British Army barracks in Northern Ireland. The blast was behind Palace Barracks in Holywood, Belfast, at 12.24am and is described as "ongoing". Reporting from the scene, Sky's Ireland correspondent Vicky Hawthorne said: "Police are not confirming this but there are unconfirmed reports of some injuries on the ground.
  • THREAT LEVELS [MI5 - UK]

    01/22/2010 2:05:44 PM PST · by Cindy · 16 replies · 562+ views
    MI5.gov.co.uk ^ | Updated January 22, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THREAT LEVELS Members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321. If your information does not relate to an imminent threat, you can also contact the Security Service via the How You Can Help us page. Current threat level The current threat level is assessed as SEVERE (as of 22nd January 2010 - see threat level history for previous changes). This means there is a strong possibility of future terrorist attacks and...
  • Downing Street blunders over Detroit plane bomber ( forced to retreat from its claim ....)

    01/05/2010 9:02:44 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 599+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | January 5, 2010 | Philip Webster, Political Editor, Giles Whittell in Washington and Jenny Booth
    Downing Street was today forced to retreat from its claim that MI5 warned US intelligence over the alleged Christmas Day plane bomber – in the face of a blunt denial from America. No 10 had ignored usual diplomatic protocols by disclosing that it shared intelligence information with the US about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the British-educated Nigerian who tried to blow up a plane bound for Detroit. The Prime Minister's spokesman indicated yesterday that Mr Abdulmutallab was sufficiently under suspicion in Britain to have been named in a file of people based in the UK who had made contact with radical...
  • New SHOCKER: The British Told Us All About The Underwear Bomber Over a Year Ago

    01/04/2010 8:24:43 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 11 replies · 604+ views
    The Lid/UK Telegraph ^ | 1/4/10 | The Lid
    With each passing day we learn about a new hole in our defenses that allowed the Underwear Bomber on to Northwest Flight 253, with the purpose of scattering bit and pieces of airplane and human across the city of Detroit. On Saturday Newsweek revealed that on December 22nd, three days before the attempted underwear bombing, the President was warned that an attack might be imminent. Sunday saw the revelation that counterterrorism adviser John Brennan was briefed that al Qaeda was sending out terrorists with bombs in their briefs, and that one had almost blown up a Saudi prince. Today the...
  • MI5 told US about Detroit bomber's terror links a year ago

    Britain told American intelligence agents more than a year ago that the Detroit bomber had links to extremists, Downing Street has announced. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was named in a file of people based in Britain who had made contact with radical Muslim preachers. The file was sent to the US authorities in 2008. The disclosure will embarrass President Barack Obama, who is already under pressure after failures by US intelligence to identify the bomber. It will also add to concern over the state of the “special relationship” between Downing Street and the White House following last year’s dispute over the...
  • MI5 knew of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s UK extremist links

    01/02/2010 5:59:39 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 2 replies · 398+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | Jan. 3, 2010 | David Leppard
    The security services knew three years ago that the Detroit bomber had “multiple communications” with Islamic extremists in Britain, it emerged this weekend. Counterterrorism officials said Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was “reaching out” to extremists whom MI5 had under surveillance while he was studying at University College London. Officials said the 23-year-old Nigerian was “starting out on a journey” in Britain that culminated in his attempt to bring down flight 253 as it prepared to land in Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day. None of the information was passed to American officials, which will prompt questions about intelligence failures prior to the...
  • Detroit terror attack: bomber linked to Muslim extremist (by MI5 in 2005 in London)

    12/29/2009 11:25:54 PM PST · by SmartInsight · 4 replies · 477+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | Dec 30, 2009 | Duncan Gardham and Richard Spencer
    The Detroit bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was linked to a Muslim extremist under surveillance by MI5 while he was living in Britain, it has emerged. The connection was discovered after record checks by MI5 following the attempted suicide bombing on Christmas Day by Abdulmutallab on a US-bound plane. It is feared he had been involved with other extremists while he was a student at University College, London between 2005 and 2008. It has also emerged that the bomber wrote of his desire for Muslims to “rule the whole world” by carrying out a “great jihad” in internet postings four years...
  • Spycatcher Was Mentally Ill (Said Former MI5 Chief Was Russian Spy; Conspiracy Theorist)

    10/05/2009 5:56:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 1,014+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 06, 2009 | Peter Wilson
    PETER Wright, the British agent whose publication in Australia of Spycatcher was a victory for free speech, has been slammed in a new history of MI5 as a dangerous conspiracy theorist, whose work in the intelligence service was as damaging and distracting as that of some traitors. Christopher Andrew, the leading historian who has had unprecedented access to MI5 files to write the first official history of the secret service, concluded that while he was an active officer Wright's "conspiracy theories arguably did as much damage to the service as the treachery" of traitor Anthony Blunt. The Cambridge University historian...
  • MI5 hiring Asian teenagers to fight cyber terror

    09/21/2009 7:03:25 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 544+ views
    HINDUSTAN TIMES.com ^ | Last Updated: 02:44 IST(21/9/2009) | n/a
    “MI5 hiring Asian teenagers to fight cyber terror” London, September 21, 2009 First Published: 00:09 IST(21/9/2009) Last Updated: 02:44 IST(21/9/2009) SNIPPET: “MI5 head Jonathan Evans has told his staff that the recruits were essential to combat cyber terrorism which has been traced to China, Russia and Pakistan — the hackers have also intercepted messages from terrorists in Belmarsh maximum security prison, the newspaper said. In a report to Lord West, the Security Minister, Evans has revealed that during the summer over 1,000 hits were made on computers in Whitehall. Other targets have been air traffic control, power stations and the...
  • MI5 targeted by Islamic extremists in rushed recruitment drive after July 2005 attacks on London

    08/01/2009 1:38:12 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 544+ views
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | Published: 11:00AM BST 01 Aug 2009 | By Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor and Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent
    "MI5 targeted by Islamic extremists in rushed recruitment drive after July 2005 attacks on London" SNIPPET: "MI5 is facing questions over whether it recruited up to six al Qaeda sympathisers in the rush to find Islamic recruits in the wake of the worst terrorist attacks on mainland Britain for a generation." SNIPPET: "In 2007 it emerged that up to eight police officers and civilian staff were suspected of links to extremist groups including al-Qaeda. Some are even believed to have attended terror training camps in Pakistan or Afghanistan. Their names featured on a secret list of alleged radicals said to...
  • Did MI5 kill Dr David Kelly?

    07/16/2009 10:20:15 AM PDT · by 1066AD · 8 replies · 1,563+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 7/16/2009 | Sue Reid
    Did MI5 kill Dr David Kelly? Just another crazy conspiracy theory? But, amid claims he wrote tell-all book that vanished after his death, it's one that refuses to go away By Sue Reid Last updated at 11:40 AM on 16th July 2009 The day Dr David Kelly took a short walk to his death in the Oxfordshire countryside, an unopened letter lay on the desk of his book-lined study. Sent from the heart of the British Government, the pages were marked 'personal' and threatened the world-renowned microbiologist with the sack if he ever publicly opened his mouth again. The letter...
  • MI5 linked to arrest of Britons in Syria

    05/16/2009 2:12:57 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 487+ views
    GUARDIAN.co.uk ^ | Thursday 14 May 2009 10.52 BST | Ian Cobain
    "MI5 linked to arrest of Britons in Syria Spy agency investigated woman accused by Damascus of sending UK money to al-Qaida offshoot, says Labour peer" SNIPPET: "Relatives of Maryam Kallis and Yasser Ahmed say they have not been told the reasons for their arrests two months ago and are concerned they may be suffering severe mistreatment. The Syrian embassy in London has alleged that Kallis received funds from an individual "who resides in the UK" and conveyed them to "a terrorist network related to al-Qaida". The assertion suggests that the individual would have been investigated by MI5." SNIPPET: "Kallis, 36,...
  • British Spy Loses Top Secret Information in a Handbag

    04/26/2009 1:12:36 PM PDT · by Redbob · 19 replies · 1,007+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | Sunday, April 26, 2009 | Isabel Oakeshott and David Leppard
    A British agent left top secret information about covert operations on a bus in South America when she lost her handbag while on assignment. The MI6-trained agent left her handbag on a transit coach at El Dorado airport in Bogota, Colombia. Intelligence chiefs were forced to wind up operations and relocate dozens of agents and informants amid fears the device could fall into the hands of drugs barons. The incident, which was hushed up by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), the agent’s employer, is an embarrassment for the government.
  • [UK PM] Edward Heath ordered MI5 to watch school revolutionaries

    04/13/2009 12:11:14 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies · 346+ views
    The Times ^ | 4/13/2009 | David Brown
    With their long hair, loose ties and flared trousers, the Pupil Power radicals wanted to overthrow the oppression of the cane and the conformity of school uniforms. Special Branch and the Government saw them as pawns in a communist plot to undermine the nation between double maths and PE. Confidential police and Whitehall papers released under the Freedom of Information Act show the official concern at the rise of subversive pupil groups in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Thousands of boys and girls were recruited to the movement, leading to classroom strikes and violent protests. The Schools’ Action Union...
  • 'We've got the terror gangs in check', says casually-dressed MI5 head in first-ever interview

    01/06/2009 5:44:37 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies · 548+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | January 7, 2009 | Benedict Brogan
    The number of terror plots targeting the UK has dropped over the past 18 months and the threat must no longer be 'hyped up', the head of MI5 said last night. In the first ever interview with a serving head of the Security Service, Jonathan Evans warned there was no room for complacency in the fight against Islamist extremism. But he claimed a series of high-profile convictions in the courts has had 'a chilling effect' on would-be terrorists. 'They are keeping their heads down,' he said. When Mr Evans started work as a spy 30 years ago, MI5 was a...
  • Car bomber Bilal Abdulla was known to MI5[UK]

    12/17/2008 8:07:26 AM PST · by BGHater · 1 replies · 293+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 17 Dec 2008 | Duncan Gardham
    British-born NHS doctor Bilal Abdulla launched car bomb attacks on London and Glasgow despite having been identified as a terror suspect by MI5, it can be disclosed today. The 29-year-old, an Iraqi doctor born in Aylesbury, Bucks, plotted to bring murder and mayhem on an "indiscriminate" scale to London's West End and Glasgow airport. He was found guilty yesterday of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions. However, it can be disclosed today that the Security Service had earlier identified Abdulla following a surveillance operation based around another group of radicals. Security sources said they had a name for...
  • Report identifies UK terrorist enclaves ("Restricted" leaked document on terrorism threat)

    11/08/2008 11:43:26 PM PST · by Stoat · 5 replies · 282+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | November 8, 2008 | Sean Rayment
    The document, which was drawn up by the intelligence branch of the Ministry of Defence, MI5 and Special Branch, states that "some thousands" of extremists are active in the UK. They are predominantly UK-born and aged between 18 and 30, and many are believed to have been trained in overseas terrorist camps. Under the heading "International Terrorism", the report, which is marked "restricted" states: "For the foreseeable future the UK will continue to be a high-priority target for international terrorists aligned with al-Qaeda. It will face a threat from British nationals, including Muslim converts, and UK-based foreign terrorists, as...
  • WHY NICKY REILLY MATTERS

    10/21/2008 3:30:23 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 741+ views
    S.O.F.I.R. - The Society for Internet Research ^ | October 20, 2008 | A. Aaron Weisburd
    ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Successful counter-terrorism can be described as a non-event. Nothing happens because we are successful in identifying people who are intent on committing an act or acts of terrorism, and manage to somehow intervene to prevent them from doing so. When we fail to identify and focus our efforts on the right people, however, bad things happen."
  • Response to 9/11 was 'huge overreaction' - ex-MI5 chief

    10/17/2008 6:55:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies · 873+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | October 18, 2008 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    A former head of MI5 today describes the response to the September 11 2001 attacks on the US as a "huge overreaction" and says the invasion of Iraq influenced young men in Britain who turned to terrorism. In an interview with the Guardian, Stella Rimington calls al-Qaida's attack on the US "another terrorist incident" but not qualitatively different from any others. "That's not how it struck me. I suppose I'd lived with terrorist events for a good part of my working life and this was as far as I was concerned another one," she says. In common with Dame Eliza...
  • Government will spy on every call and e-mail (UK)

    10/05/2008 6:29:55 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 17 replies · 1,176+ views
    Times Online ^ | 10/5/08 | David Leppard
    Ministers are considering spending up to Ł12 billion on a database to monitor and store the internet browsing habits, e-mail and telephone records of everyone in Britain. GCHQ, the government’s eavesdropping centre, has already been given up to Ł1 billion to finance the first stage of the project. Hundreds of clandestine probes will be installed to monitor customers live on two of the country’s biggest internet and mobile phone providers - thought to be BT and Vodafone. BT has nearly 5m internet customers. Ministers are braced for a backlash similar to the one caused by their ID cards programme. Dominic...
  • Britain 'recruiting gay spies'

    08/17/2008 10:04:36 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 48 replies · 430+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 18 August 2008
    BRITAIN'S domestic intelligence agency MI5 is actively recruiting gay spies and wants its staff to be more open about their sexuality, the Financial Times has reported. The chief executive of Stonewall, a gay rights lobby group, told the business paper it had been hired by the Security Service - better known as MI5 - to help the agency encourage more gay applicants for positions. "Historically, public services were delivered by the man from the ministry, who was white and heterosexual and got the 4.30pm (train) back to Tunbridge Wells every afternoon,'' Ben Summerskill said. "This (move by MI5) is recognition...
  • UK spying chief emerges from coma

    07/11/2008 9:22:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 273+ views
    BBC ^ | 10 July 2008
    British spying chief Alex Allan, the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, has regained consciousness having been in a coma for 10 days. Mr Allan's committee collates information from MI5, MI6 and GCHQ and briefs the prime minister, ministers and officials on intelligence assessments on issues such as security, defence and foreign affairs.
  • British spy chief in coma as Yard denies assassination claims

    07/09/2008 5:52:28 PM PDT · by RDTF · 18 replies · 253+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | July 4, 2008 | Benedict Brogan
    The head of the Government's top spy committee is in a coma in hospital after falling mysteriously ill, it emerged today. Alex Allan, who chairs the Joint Intelligence Committee, was found collapsed at home on Monday and his condition is said to be critical. Scotland Yard denied speculation that he may have been the victim of an assassination attempt aimed at the heart of Britain's intelligence community. -snip- Mr Allan, who is responsible for assessing material produced by the UK's three main spy agencies, is one of Whitehall's most senior civil servants. As a close adviser of the Prime Minister...
  • Children aged 13 groomed for terror

    06/07/2008 11:35:49 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 11 replies · 177+ views
    UK Sunday Telegraph ^ | June 8, 2008 | David Leppard
    SCHOOLCHILDREN as young as 13 are being "groomed" for terrorism by Islamic extremists in the heartland of the 7/7 suicide bombers, according to Britain's most senior police officer charged with countering radicalisation. Sir Norman Bettison, chief constable of West Yorkshire, said some bright children entering secondary school were picking up extremist messages from internet chat rooms and people who wanted to turn them into terrorists. His force has now identified at least 10 youngsters - including two 13-year-olds - as "vulnerable" and formally referred them to a programme to wean them away from radicalism. ..... "They are not picking up...
  • 'Russian spy poisoned me' says former double agent Gordievsky

    04/06/2008 5:13:30 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 519+ views
    scotsman.com ^ | 07 April 2008 | Paula Fentiman
    AN ALLEGED attempt to kill a former Russian spy who defected to Britain was being investigated by police last night. Oleg Gordievsky was admitted to a hospital in Guildford after falling ill in November last year. And yesterday he claimed he had been poisoned with the highly toxic metal thallium in a botched assassination attempt. Gordievsky, a KGB double agent who spied on Russia for British intelligence during the 1980s, claims he was targeted by a Russian assassin who visited him at his safe house in Surrey. The 69-year-old was unconscious for 34 hours after falling ill last year and...
  • MI5 investigating Al-Qaeda attempt to infiltrate British labs, get killer viruses

    03/30/2008 9:15:48 PM PDT · by LJayne · 10 replies · 499+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | Robert Spencer
    Watch for the howls of protest to come, in which the possibility of Al-Qaeda's actually obtaining such viruses will be lost amid cries of "racism" and infringement of privacy, etc. "M15 in terrorist checks on 800 killer virus labs," by Jason Lewis in the Daily Mail (thanks to Sr. Soph):
  • MI5 Targets Four Met Police Officers "Working As Al Qaeda Spies"

    03/09/2008 7:08:43 AM PDT · by Fennie · 54 replies · 2,158+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | March 9, 2008
    Four police officers in Britain's top force are reportedly under close secret service surveillance after being identified as Al Qaeda spies, it emerged today. MI5 are said to have homed in on the sleeper agents passing secrets from Scotland Yard to the terror group only in recent weeks. The suspected spies are believed to have used methods similar to those employed by the IRA in the 1970s as they infiltrated the police and the Army in Northern Ireland. All four are understood to be Asians living in London and are feared to have links both with Islamic extremists in Britain...
  • Does AQ have moles in British police forces?

    03/09/2008 1:33:13 PM PDT · by jdm · 11 replies · 546+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 09, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    According to a new report out of London, British domestic intelligence service MI-5 has begun investigating four potential al-Qaeda sleeper agents in high positions with Scotland Yard. The four men from southwest Asia have had access to very sensitive information on national-security efforts, including raids on suspected terrorist cells. MI-5 now suspects that they have kept AQ in the loop on British intel initiatives: All four are understood to be Asians living in London and are feared to have links both with Islamic extremists in Britain and worldwide terror groups - including al-Qaeda training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan.MI5 chiefs...
  • Al Qaeda Spies Believed to Have Infiltrated British Police Force

    03/09/2008 1:21:49 PM PDT · by Joiseydude · 12 replies · 601+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | Sunday, March 09, 2008
    Four British police officers are under surveillance after being identified as possible Al Qaeda spies, it is being reported. MI5 — Britain's equivalent to the CIA — discovered that the so-called "sleepers" — or agents under deep cover — were planted to keep Al Qaeda abreast of anti-terror raids planned by London's Metropolitan Police, According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail newspaper. Investigators are said to be closing in on the agents — believed to be of Asian descent and living in London — only in recent weeks. The suspects are said to have links to Islamic extremists in Britain and...
  • Al-Qaeda's white army of terror (MI5 Source: up to 1500 white Britons radicalized to Islamofascism)

    01/13/2008 2:09:20 PM PST · by Stoat · 15 replies · 699+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | January 13, 2008 | Richard Elias
    Al-Qaeda's white army of terror         Two and a half years on from the 7/7 attack on London, MI5 has identified a worrying new trend in Al-Qaeda recruits Picture: Phil Wilkinson     HUNDREDS of British non-Muslims have been recruited by al-Qaeda to wage war against the West, senior security sources warned last night. As many as 1,500 white Britons are believed to have converted to Islam for the purpose of funding, planning and carrying out surprise terror attacks inside the UK, according to one MI5 source. Lord Carlile, the Government's independent reviewer of anti-terrorism legislation,...
  • New intelligence chief reveals all on website (Is Deadhead)

    11/16/2007 8:04:44 PM PST · by AKSurprise · 44 replies · 147+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 11/16/07 | Robert Winnett
    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,...
  • Clear and present danger (Islamofascism: Even Bono gets it!)

    11/07/2007 11:29:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 146+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | November 7th 2007
    When the top spymaster at Britain's supersecret MI5 comes out from the shadows to warn that things are dire and getting worse in jihadland, it's prudent to be very afraid of what tomorrow may bring. Jonathan Evans, in an extraordinary public appearance, reports his outfit is watching more than 2,000 terrorism supporters in the U.K., homegrown and otherwise, a number that is up exponentially over a year ago. And building. It's clear, Evans says, that Al Qaeda masterminds are recruiting hordes of disaffected youngsters and have "a clear determination to mount terrorist attacks." Pooh, predictably yawns a member of Britain's...