It won’t flood, says the guy who built it. Not unless they’re planning to use a lot of explosives.
Which doesn’t mean they couldn’t still kill boatloads of people.
The plan, which the French DGSE foreign intelligence service became aware of earlier this year, is revealed in a secret report to the French government on threat levels. The report, dated December 19, indicates that the tip-off came from the American CIA. British and French intelligence agencies have run a series of checks of the security system protecting the 31-mile tunnel but the threat level, the DGSE warns, remains high. British security services remain on high alert throughout the holiday period.
According to the French sources, the plan was put together in Pakistan and is being directed from there. The plotters are believed to be Western Europeans, possibly Britons of Pakistani descent. The DGSE say that levels of ‘chatter’, the constant communication that takes place between militants, has not been so high since 2001…
American security sources told The Observer that the threat was ‘sky high’.
Thanks to Gateway Pundit for the tip. The Observer’s got a companion piece today on Blair’s failed effort to ban the “nonviolent” Islamic supremacist group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, because, after all, “[i]t is not an offence to hold extreme views.” Which is true for the moment, but only for the moment.
The news comes as the Conservatives expressed fresh concerns that Britons determined to martyr themselves in the name of jihad are being released into the community because police lack powers to prosecute them.
Up to a dozen people suspected of being en route to join the fight against British forces in Iraq or Afghanistan, or to become suicide bombers overseas, have been detained by one major police force alone in the past year. But because evidence gained by covertly intercepting conversations by phone or email is not admissible in British courts, they could not be charged with any serious offence. Patrick Mercer, the Conservative homeland security spokesman, said he was told by Greater Manchester police there was now a persistent pattern of such suspects causing serious concern.
‘They were graphically described to me as men who have come to terms with death, who are then going back into the community,’ Mercer told The Observer. ‘The police are convinced that these are the sort of people who will pull an incident, probably in Manchester but maybe in London or Birmingham or elsewhere.’
Eventually the Brits will relax their evidentiary standards for terrorism charges and pass the religious hate-speech bill that was defeated earlier this year. Neither one of which will be something to celebrate, but both of which will be inevitable after one of these savages they released for want of admissible evidence turns around and blows up a bus. If you thought the Patriot Act was bad, wait until you see where the Brits are headed.