Saturday, February 24, 2007

ETA: Estimated Threat from al-Qaeda?

"Extremist Threat Assessment" is the name of the secret British intelligence report the Telegraph of London outlines on Sunday.
The terrorist threat facing Britain from home-grown al-Qaeda agents is higher than at any time since the September 11 attacks in 2001, secret intelligence documents reveal.


The document, which has been circulated across Whitehall to MI5, Scotland Yard's Counter Terrorist Command, the Home Office, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence, also reveals that al-Qaeda has grown into a world-wide organisation with a foothold in virtually every Muslim country in North Africa, the Middle East and central Asia.

(emphasis mine)
I misunderstood. When George and Tony talked about fighting the global war on terror (GWOT), I didn't know they meant to both create a global terrorist movement and fight it too.

I know job security is not what it once was, but figured that in government service at least you were secure enough that you didn't need to create the problem your job description says you're there to solve.

But the good news in England is at least someobody in government will tell you the truth (off the record, of course):
A senior political source said the picture painted by the document was "particularly bleak and unlikely to improve for several years".

He said: "The Security Services have constantly warned that the task of countering Islamist terrorism is a daunting one. There will be more attacks in Britain."
And they can't even vote for Democrats.

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