MI5: 20 “major” terrorist plots in Britain

posted at 2:41 pm on May 29, 2006 by Allahpundit

And those are just the ones they’ve discovered:

Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan police commissioner, has said previously that security services have foiled three attacks by Al-Qaeda terrorists since the July 7 suicide bombings. Reid may also have been including at least three more alleged plots where charges are current.

That still appears to leave a further 13 current Islamist plots which, on Reid’s account, are under investigation.

Earlier this month, MI5 estimated the number of terrorists inside the UK at 700. ToL says the new figure is 1,200. The AP says it’s a continental problem and, worse, that the suspects are mostly homegrown freelancers not operating within networks, which makes them that much harder to detect.

“There is no profile; they come from everywhere,” said Manfred Murck, deputy director of the German Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which tracks extremist activity in the northern city of Hamburg, home to three of the four Sept. 11 suicide pilots. “You can’t concentrate on certain targets, you can’t concentrate on certain persons … Everything is possible, anything goes, and you just have to try and be as close as you can to the whole group.”

How bad is it?

In France, authorities have blocked at least a dozen attacks in the past decade, said Louis Caprioli, the former assistant director of the DST, the country’s main counterintelligence agency. Tore Bjoergo, a terrorism expert at the Norwegian Police University College, put the number of thwarted attacks throughout Europe at 30 to 40 since 9/11.

With this as backdrop, Chomsky recently turned up on Lebanese TV to weigh the comparative value of America’s and Israel’s policies versus those of, say, Hamas. He’s not a fan of any of them, but if you forced him to choose… Well, just click the image to watch.


Update: A deputy director of Canada’s CIA says they’ve got their hands full too.

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If you want to read who Noam Chomsky is, and more precisely WHAT he is, navigate to this URL:


Read especially the final three (3) paragraphs on the page.

ForYourEdification on May 29, 2006 at 2:55 PM

OK, I read it. And I wonder why anyone with a brain would listen to this idiot with any sense of history?

And, for what it’s worth, exactly WHO determines a jerk like this, or anyone, is an “intellectual”? To me, he just seems apologist and stupid, the opposite of intellectual, and doesn’t face the truth. Maybe in his little leftist corner of the planet reading a lot of books and making inane commentary on the world at large qualifies you, but to me he’s not worth the energy to look at. Much less listen to. He also gives ammunition to anyone who ever thought “intellectuals” had anything worth saying to anyone.

He should go back to Berkeley and retire in a life of leftist luxury, until someone disagrees with him and gives him the same going away Lenin gave Trotsky. That would be the ultimate irony.

clyde on May 29, 2006 at 3:50 PM

One final note: I find it interesting that idiots like Chomsky never go live in the worker’s paradises they see in faraway lands. Wouldn’t they be more comfortable? Of course, there’s the little matter of free speech, personal choice, and some other things like money and luxury he might miss, but, after all, he could intellectualize it to himself for the rest of his days.

clyde on May 29, 2006 at 3:52 PM

“He should go back to Berkeley and retire in a life of leftist luxury, until someone disagrees with him and gives him the same going away Lenin gave Trotsky.”

Don’t you mean ‘Stalin’ gave Trotsky?

Carvin Guitar Man on May 29, 2006 at 4:19 PM

I thought Lenin ordered the hit. Apparently I stand corrected, like Trotsky stands dead.

Maybe I need to sign up for Axehandle 101 at Berkeley, audit the course as a refresher.

clyde on May 29, 2006 at 4:51 PM

It’s a good thing those borders are enforced, huh?

j.d. on May 29, 2006 at 7:08 PM

Through no fault of yours, A, I subjected myself to Chomsky, and am temporarily stupider for the effort.

I need to go find a reminder of why anyone would presume a dissembling linguist should be the source of any form of political wisdom.

Cute trick, though – if he can get his audience to leave the blatant falsehoods unchallenged, he makes a certain amount of sense.

Patton on May 29, 2006 at 8:59 PM


Newsflash from the Islamic World!

We’ve found one stiff, wobbly, pompous, old white man who agrees with us!!

Huzzah!! Kill the infidels!! Huzzah!!

venmax on May 30, 2006 at 12:00 AM

It’s bound to happen when your whole country embraces Dhimmitude. If the English had the “bottle”, as they say, to stand up for themselves they wouldn’t have this problem or a lot of others they have. The time to stand for themselves was when their gun control laws were being voted on, now they are helpless and can be treated however these invaders choose to treat them.

Duty, Honor, Country
(in THAT order)

Rowane on May 30, 2006 at 8:03 AM