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Annie

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Sad thing is, probably the least problematic in Western Europe:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060902/ts_afp/britainattackspolice
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British anti-terror police probing 'thousands' of suspects

1 hour, 36 minutes ago

British police are currently trying to monitor "thousands" of potential security suspects, the head of the anti-terrorism unit at London's Metropolitan Police said in an interview to be broadcast Sunday.

In an interview recorded in July, before the arrest of more than two dozen people on suspicion of an alleged plot to blow up US-bound aircraft, Peter Clarke said Britain was facing an increasing threat from homegrown extremists.

He refused to give an exact figure about how many people he said were either directly or indirectly involved in plotting atrocities on British soil but said the number ran into four figures.

"I don't want to go down the numbers game, I don't think it's helpful," he told a BBC television programme entitled "Al-Qaida -- Time to Talk?"

"All I can say is that our knowledge is increasing and certainly in terms of broad description, the numbers of people who we have to be interested in are into the thousands."

He added: "That includes a whole range of people, not just terrorists, not just attackers, but people who might be tempted to support or encourage or to assist."

Clarke highlighted the potential for home-grown terrorism in Britain since the September 2001 attacks on the United States, implicitly citing the July 2005 London bombings carried out by four British Muslim suicide bombers.

"What we've learnt since 9/11 is that the threat is not something that's simply coming from overseas into the United Kingdom. What we've learnt, and what we've seen all too graphically and all too murderously, is that we have a threat which is being generated here within the United Kingdom."


BBC investigators uncovered a route for suicide bombers from Britain to Iraq by following a French Algerian jihadist who lived in the northern English city of Manchester and is thought to have died in a suicide bombing in Iraq.

Asked if there was a "pipeline" to carry young British Muslims to the strife-torn country -- where 7,200 British troops are still on active duty -- Clarke said: "What we do see is individuals who, with connections, managed to facilitate people's travel.

"There's probably a collection of individuals who are happy to try to organise the travel of others.

"We know who some of them are. We investigate, we carry out surveillance on a lot of people, but I'm not going to say exactly who."

In August, Home Secretary John Reid said the police and the security services were aware of about 24 "major conspiracies", with another 50 peripheral inquiries related to fundraising also being conducted.
 

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If you believe that, you are a bigger more ignorant fool than I take you for, the uk is the biggest hive of activity for these animals outside of the middle east.
 
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If you believe that, you are a bigger more ignorant fool than I take you for, the uk is the biggest hive of activity for these animals outside of the middle east.
Perhaps you mean like this? You may be correct, I wonder though, if UK is better at uncovering these types of plots? Seems France and others, would rather believe they've 'recovered' since a year ago.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060902/ap_on_re_eu/britain_terror_arrests

14 arrested in U.K. anti-terrorism raids

By BETH GARDINER, Associated Press Writer 17 minutes ago

Fourteen people were arrested in London overnight on suspicion they were involved in training and recruiting for acts of terrorism, police said Saturday.

Police said the arrests were not linked to last month's alleged plot to bomb U.S.-bound passenger jets or to the July 2005 attacks on London's transport network.

Twelve suspects were arrested at a Chinese restaurant in south London that caters to Muslims, the British Broadcasting Corp. said.

About 40 officers raided the restaurant shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, when it was packed with diners, the BBC said. Police would not comment on the report but said the raids followed months of surveillance and investigation.

They said the arrests stemmed from an investigation into terror training and recruitment but declined to elaborate.

The 14 suspects were being held in central London, police said.

The raids came less than a month after the Aug. 9-10 arrests of 25 people in an alleged plot to bomb as many as 10 planes flying from Britain to America. Fifteen of those have since been charged, five have been released and five are being held without charge.

Peter Clarke, head of Metropolitan Police anti-terror efforts, said police and intelligence agents were now attempting to track thousands of people believed to be directly or indirectly involved in terrorism, according to comments made public Friday.

The threat from homegrown terrorism is increasing in Britain, he told the BBC in an interview to be broadcast Sept. 3, an advance transcript said.

"What we've learnt since 9/11 is that the threat is not something that's simply coming from overseas into the United Kingdom," Clarke said. "What we've learned, and what we've seen all too graphically and all too murderously, is that we have a threat which is being generated here within the United Kingdom."
 

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It's a damn good job we are uncovering these plots.Now if we only had the balls to deport them all along with their families.
 

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It's a damn good job we are uncovering these plots.Now if we only had the balls to deport them all along with their families.
Exact-a-mundo!!!!!!! Same thing here in the States for illegal aliens.
 

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