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COUNTER TERROR OPERATION HAS GROWN BEYOND RECOGNITION

(PAN) Since the July 7 attacks Britain has become in many people’s eyes the number one target for al Qaida. Senior police officers endlessly repeat the mantra that the threat from terrorism “is real, it is here, it is deadly and it is enduring”. If prior to July 2005 the security services were on their guard, today they are under no illusion that extremism poses a greater threat than ever before. The events of last weekend in London and Glasgow were a shocking reminder, if any was needed, that an attack can occur anywhere and at anytime. They also highlighted that soft targets, busy public areas including bars and shopping centres, are as much at risk as Government buildings and transport links. The scale of counter terrorism operations has grown beyond recognition with more than 100 people awaiting trial for terrorism offences. Last year, MI5’s then head Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller estimated there were 30 major plots under way and that an attack was “highly likely“. In the wake of the July 7 and July 21 attacks on the London public transport network, several plots have been brought to trial. These have given an insight into the possible places – landmark buildings, shopping centres and nightclubs – that may be targeted. The methods of terrorists have been thrown under the spotlight, from rucksack devices and fertiliser bombs to vehicles packed with petrol and gas canisters. Eleven people are yet to be tried over an alleged plot to blow up several transatlantic airliners with bombs that would be assembled on board. In response to the continued and evolving threat, the authorities developed a new model for fighting terrorism. Ministers pushed through law changes that expanded the range of criminal offences tied to terrorism and enhanced police powers. Emphasis was put on the importance of community relations and partnership work with moderate Muslim groups to mitigate the effects of hard-line policing. As when the IRA were bombing mainland UK, people are again sharply aware of the need to be alert and cautious about suspicious people, buildings and bags. Over the past seven days “vigilance” has become a buzzword for Government ministers and police officers addressing a worried nation. Despite this, terrorism expert Dr George Kassimeris, of the University of Wolverhampton, said last weekend’s attacks restored an atmosphere of fear and trepidation. He said that many Britons still remember the IRA bombing campaign on the UK mainland, but the threat of Islamic extremists is harder to understand. “The IRA attacks were not so regular and they had a political agenda to promote. These people are out to get you and that can only provoke unease,” he said. Dr Kassimeris said interfaith relations have improved since July 2005, thanks to work from across the religious and political spectrum to isolate fanatics. But he said concern remains that the police are reacting to events, rather than proactively flushing out those that threaten our lives. He said: “In our changing situation the most recent events have out us back to square one in many ways.”

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July 6, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

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