Major Fuck-Up

The Bush Assministration’s eagerness to frighten everyone before the fifth anniversary of 9/11 really fucked-up British antiterrorism efforts and allowed one group of alleged plotters to roam free.

A team of suspected terrorists involved in an alleged UK plot to blow up trans-atlantic airliners escaped capture because of interference by the United States.

An investigation by MI5 and Scotland Yard into an alleged plan to smuggle explosive devices on up to 10 passenger jets was jeopardised in August, when the US put pressure on authorities in Pakistan to arrest a suspect allegedly linked to the airliner plot.

As a direct result of the surprise detention of the suspect, British police and MI5 were forced to rush forward plans to arrest an alleged UK gang accused of plotting to destroy the airliners. But a second group of suspected terrorists allegedly linked to the first evaded capture and is still at large, according to security sources.

The escape of the second group is said to be the reason why the UK was kept at its highest level – “critical” – for three days before it was decided that the plotters no longer posed an imminent threat.

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The operation was one of the largest undertaken by the police and MI5, yet two counter-terrorism sources suggested that the intervention of the Americans was due to “inexperience and naivety” and that they were after a “short-term success”.

Hat-tip to mmm-sultry.

2 thoughts on “Major Fuck-Up

  1. And is anyone really surprised? Didn’t we all talk about this at the time?
    More to the point, this is part of a continuing series of events which demonstrate that the Bush Administration’s determination to use “terror terror terror” as a political weapon has caused other countries to be unable to perform the kind of police work necessary to take the actions that actually jail terrorists and break up terrorist plots. I’m sure everybody remembers Condoleeza Rice’s babbling about a British effort to break up a terrorist network a year or two ago, which blew the undercover efforts to the point where the major players were able to get away to plot again.
    And that’s not even mentioning the fact that our anti-civil-rights efforts to get the bad guys have made it impossible for other nations, which still observe the rule of law, to cooperate with us in terms of allowing people they have captured to be sent to the US for questioning and/or testimony.
    Heckuva job, Bushie.

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