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Al Qaeda attack now "highly likely" in Britain

And I thought the jihadists would embrace the West once Obama was in power:

The threat of a terrorist attack has been raised to "severe" amid fears that al-Qaeda is planning a wave of attacks following the Detroit bombings.

The decision follows analysis by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC), a unit within MI5, and indicates an attack is now "highly likely."

It was made following briefings to the Prime Minister by the heads of the security services MI5, MI6 and GCHQ and a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee.

The move comes as foreign ministers are preparing to meet in London next week to discuss the threat of terrorism in Yemen and Afghanistan.

Those present will include Hamid Karzai, the Afghan President, Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Sources said the Detroit attack on Christmas Day, which demonstrated a new methodology and increased threat, was "one of the factors" but said the decision is taken after looking at intelligence "in the round."

MI5 is watching around 2,000 individuals across Britain although the activity among domestic extremists is not thought to have risen significantly in recent months.

Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary said: "I should stress that there is no intelligence to suggest than an attack is imminent.

"JTAC keeps the threat level under constant review makes its judgments based on a broad range of factors, including the intent and capabilities of international terrorist groups in the UK and overseas.

"We still face a real and serious threat to the UK from international terrorism so I would urge the public to remain vigilant and carry on reporting suspicious events to the appropriate authorities and to support the police and security services in their continuing efforts to discover, track and disrupt terrorist activity."

Report suspicious events but please don't in any do anything that would in any way upset the Islamists who've made their home in Britain. 

We wouldn't want to enflame sensibilities now would we?



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Comments (5)

I don't see how this is pos... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

I don't see how this is possible. Britain has gone out of their way to be accomodating to even the most radical mosques and imams who preach daily for the destruction of the infidel. What else can they do to show their tolerance?

Maybe we should send Obama over there to give them all a great big hug for us. Individually. There are only a couple million of them in Britain now, just take your time, Barry, no rush.

Sob! Where's the LOVE, Bar... (Below threshold)

Sob! Where's the LOVE, Barry? Where's the LOVE?

This man in the White House... (Below threshold)

This man in the White House is unfit to be the American president. Due to his life's history, his family, relatives, family friends, the one common thread is they are almost all uniformly left-wing radicals, anarchists, communists, moooslims, etc.

We will be attacked here on the homefront before this year is out. Will there be pitchforks marching on the White House, I wonder?

"We will be attacked here o... (Below threshold)

"We will be attacked here on the homefront before this year is out. Will there be pitchforks marching on the White House, I wonder?"

Another attack on US soil, and Mr Obama is going to be told to sit in the White House, STFU! and don't come out until January 2012 to greet your REPLACEMENT. As for his pals in Congress, they won't be there anymore.

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Reports started coming across the wire earlier this morning that a flight out of LaGuardia Airport was being diverted to Philadelphia due to a bomb scare involving a passenger "who has wires strapped to his head and fingers." Turns out, there wasn't really a bomb on board, instead the plane was diverted because "an orthodox Jewish male put on customary 'tefilin' (sic) straps for his morning prayers."

Tefillin are a set of black leather boxes containing religious verses that some observant Jewish men place on their heads and tie to their arms during weekday morning prayers. According to the Jewish Virtual Library, tefillin comes from scripture urging Jews to "take to heart these instructions...bind them as a sign on your hand and let them serve as a frontlet between your eyes." CBS reports that Chautauqua Airlines flight 3079 from LaGuardia to Louisville was diverted to Philadelphia after a flight attendant spotted a 17-year-old male putting on the tefillin after takeoff.

A US Airways flight made an emergency landing when passengers and crew feared a 17-year-old boy wrapping himself in phylacteries (also known as tefillin), a Jewish prayer garment. Traditional Jewish men place this black box, filled with prayer scrolls, between their eyes while wrapping another similar box around their arm with the attached leather straps. Men perform this ritual of wrapping tefillin during their morning prayer service six days a week, not wearing them on the Sabbath. The ritual serves as a reminder that God helped the Jews escape slavery in Egypt.

When the young man, attempted to wrap the phylacteries while on his US Airways flight from LaGuardia to Louisville, passengers and crew mistook the small boxes for a bomb, and the plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The 17-year-old could not convince the crew or pilots of the innocence of his actions thus causing the unscheduled landing.

Was the decision to land in reaction to the tefillin a necessary precaution or an unwarranted mistake?






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