Posted by: tristar3research | March 8, 2009

UK Publishes its Intelligence and Security Committee Annual Report-finally

Interesting that the ISC report was delivered to the PM on December 16, 2008- something might have happened during the “hols” after all, but the public “got it” on March 5th. They’re just now getting around to assessing who was behind the horrific 7/7/05 attacks in London! But, ” it has not yet been possible to publish.” Pleeeeeze…

The PDF is actually very interesting reading:

INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY COMMITTEE ANNUAL REPORT (2007-2008)
The Intelligence and Security Committee’s Annual Report for 2007-2008 was laid before Parliament today by the Prime Minister. Commenting on the Report, which was delivered to the Prime Minister on 16 December 2008, Dr. Kim Howells MP, Chairman of the Committee, said:

“Over the past year the Intelligence and Security Committee has held 26 formal meetings and 25 other meetings, and undertaken a number of visits. Our most time-consuming task during this period has been the completion of our Review of the Intelligence on the London Terrorist Attacks on 7 July 2005. This is the subject of a separate, detailed report, which, for legal reasons, it has not yet been possible to publish. We have also during 2008 begun investigations into a number of other areas, which we refer to in this Report but do not comment on in detail since we are still conducting our enquiries. “The focus of this Report is the administration, policy and finance of the Agencies and issues concerning the wider intelligence community. “There continue to be a wide range of threats to the UK, both terrorist and non-terrorist.”

The current threat to the UK from international terrorism is assessed as ‘Severe’. This means that there is a continuing high level of threat to the UK and, in particular, that there is a high likelihood of a terrorist attack in this country. “The threat of international terrorism comes from a diverse range of sources, including al Qaeda and associated networks, and those who share its ideology but who do not have direct contact with them. Al Qaeda and related terrorist groups have shown an exceptional level of ambition and willingness to carry out indiscriminate terrorist attacks, and the threat they pose is likely to persist for a considerable time.

Binnys got to be dead by now??

Binny's got to be dead by now??

From the annual report, “The current threat to the UK from international terrorism is assessed as “Severe”.” You can bet that the main concern U.K. intelligence officials have related to bioterrorism and other mass casualty attacks like 7/7/05.  The UK ISC claims to have been engaged in 15 significant terrorism cases during 2008- pre-hols. The whole Abu Qatada affair was handled, as the Brits might say, “rather badly“. Abu Q’s enjoying living on the public dole in West London…since his “lawyers” have, so far, prevented from being deported to Jordan where his terrorism conviction awaits. Pleeeze, send him packing!

The threat
17. There continues to be a wide range of threats to the UK, both terrorist and nonterrorist. The Government’s National Security Strategy outlines the breadth of those threats.

18. The current threat to the UK from international terrorism is assessed as “Severe”. This means that there is a continuing high level of threat to the UK and, in particular, that there is a high likelihood of a terrorist attack in this country. The threat has not fallen below this level since July 2005, and has been described as “on a scale not previously encountered”.

19. The threat of international terrorism comes from a diverse range of sources, including al-Qaeda and associated networks, and those who share its ideology but who do not have direct contact with them. Al-Qaeda and related terrorist groups have shown an exceptional level of ambition and willingness to carry out indiscriminate terrorist attacks, and the threat they pose is likely to persist for a considerable time. This places considerable pressure on the intelligence and security agencies – working with the police, government departments and other key partners – which are working to find those who are planning an attack and prevent them from carrying it out.

20. As at the end of September 2008, the Security Service was undertaking approximately *** major investigations, of which around *** represented a high level of threat. So far in 2008, 46 people have been convicted in 15 significant terrorism cases.

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