Azara Blog: Head of MI5 complains about all the terror plots in the UK

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Date published: 2006/11/10

The BBC says:

MI5 knows of 30 terror plots threatening the UK and is keeping 1,600 individuals under surveillance, the security service's head has said.

Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller warned the threat was "serious" and "growing".

She said future attacks could be chemical or nuclear and that many of the plots were linked to al-Qaeda.
MI5 has increased in size by nearly 50% since 9/11 and now stands at roughly 2,800 staff.

But according to Dame Eliza the current terror threat will "last a generation" and her concern is that even with MI5's rapid growth, the security service will not be able to investigate nearly enough of activities it deems to be suspicious.
Dame Eliza, who rarely speaks in public, gave a speech to a small audience on Thursday, detailing what she believes her organisation and the UK is facing.

She said that, since the 7 July bombings, five further major conspiracies in the UK had been thwarted.

"Today, my officers and the police are working to contend with some 200 groupings or networks, totalling over 1,600 identified individuals - and there will be many we don't know - who are actively engaged in plotting, or facilitating, terrorist acts here and overseas," she said.

Considering that this speech was given to a "small audience" it certainly has been well trailed in the media. Given her status, no such speech would be given for no reason, so you have to wonder if she gave it because she wants to:

Needless to say, the biggest reason that the UK is now getting so much attention from the nutters and terrorists is because of Tony Blair's folly in Iraq. Perhaps she was just pointing out that her job would be a lot easier if it weren't for Tony Blair.

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