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calendar   Tuesday - June 26, 2012

the front page today

I suppose in one sense this might affect America as well as the UK, taking past history into account.  We can be sure that the TSA has taken note. 

I’m not even dressed for the day yet.
Came down for something I can’t even remember now.  Was going back to bed for an hour but first, since I was downstairs I thought I’d take the papers off the front porch.

This is the first thing I saw. 

Normally, a headline like this would not surprise me if it was splashed across the Daily Mail front page.  But I do open both eyes when it’s on the Telegraph.
But then, I’m meant to.  Aren’t I?

I am not making light of this threat.  But to be honest, I’m still concerned for lots of reasons, about the subject of Drew’s last post re. court ruling against Arizona.
Who knows. Perhaps the subjects of this headline may start coming in through Mexico, since since the court jesters have decided that states are not as sovereign as originally thought or meant to be.

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By Tom Whitehead, Security Editor
Jonathan Evans said the terror network has taken advantage of the unstable region, in the wake of last year’s revolutions, to spread its influence and create new bases for attacks.

British would-be jihadis are known to be receiving training in the likes of Libya and Egypt, mirroring what has already happened in the Yemen and Somalia.

And they could return to attack the UK in what is a “new and worrying development”, he said.

Mr Evans, the Director General of MI5, warned of the emerging threats in a rare speech, his first in almost two years. In his talk he also:

: Revealed that the intelligence services and police are preparing for a potential threat from extremists and even lone wolf terrorists should the Eurozone collapse.

: Warned State-sponsored and criminal cyber attacks risked “real world damage” including one British company which has suffered estimated losses of £800m after being hacked.

: Suggested a potential return to State-sponsored terrorism by Iran.

: Said it would be “extraordinary and self-defeating” if the Government’s proposed new email and phone snooping powers did not go ahead.

Popular revolts across Arab nations were last year welcomed around the world and resulted in, among others, the end of Hosni Mubarak’s reign in Egypt and Muammar Gaddafi regime in Libya.

Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, described events at the time as “incredibly exciting”.

But in the inaugural Lord Mayor’s Annual Defence and Security Lecture in London last night, Mr Evans warned a new terror threat has emerged from an “Arab world in radical transition”.

He said while the events offered long term hope there was a “more immediate problem” as al-Qaeda has returned to its native home.

“Today parts of the Arab world have once more become a permissive environment for al-Qaeda.

“This is the completion of a cycle – al-Qaeda first moved to Afghanistan in the 1990s due to pressure in their Arab countries of origin. They moved on to Pakistan after the fall of the Taliban.

“And now some are heading home to the Arab world again. And a small number of British would be jihadis are also making their way to Arab countries to seek training and opportunities for militant activity, as they do in Somalia and Yemen.

“Some will return to the UK and pose a threat here. This is a new and worrying development and could get worse as events unfold.”

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/26/2012 at 01:47 AM   
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