One of the obstacles to the public’s understanding of the war is the widespread belief that because the terrorists are brutal and cruel as well as contemptuous of modernity that they are somehow unsophisticated and thus not as dangerous as they have repeatedly declared themselves to be. Not even the appearance of a neurosurgeon among their number makes much a dent on this view.
Here’s an important article from the Daily Mail on the sophistication of the attackers behind the London and Glasgow plans, and the concern that they have friends on the inside of the police departments of Great Britain. Key graphs:
MI5 has warned in the past that suspects with “strong links” to Osama Bin Laden’s killers have tried to join the British security services and, in January, exiled radical Omar Bakri claimed that Islamic extremists were infiltrating the police and other public sector organisations.
Suspicions are growing that the gang behind the failed London bomb attacks could have received inside information about rescue procedures in the aftermath of an atrocity in the capital.
The Daily Mail can reveal that the second device parked near Haymarket was left at a designated “evacuation assembly point” where civilians and the emergency services would have gathered had the first bomb gone off.
Investigators are trying to establish whether the bombers knew the significance of the location.
Sources said it is unlikely that the Met is the only force which may have been infiltrated by Al Qaeda sympathisers.
Omar Altimimi, a failed asylum seeker jailed for nine years yesterday for hoarding manuals on how to carry out car bombings, had applied to work as a cleaner for the Greater Manchester force.
In a separate development, it is understood that a policeman was removed from his post after concerns about his conduct in the aftermath of a major anti-terrorist operation in the past two years.
For legal reasons, the Mail cannot reveal any more about the case.
The MI5 list of suspected Islamists working in the police is said to have been drawn up in the aftermath of the 7/7 terror attacks in London.
If terrorists haven’t penetrated Western security services, expect that they will try to do so. The same caution applies to the southern border: If they haven’t already crossed illegally into the U.S., be certain that they will try to do so.