Security 'not at fault' on 7th July
''They did not look carefully enough at the sort of people who might be tempted into becoming terrorists''
Professor Anthony Glees, Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies.
'Counter-terrorism officials say lead bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan, who prior to 7 July was suspected of petty fraud and not terrorism, was considered a low priority to whom it was not worth diverting resources. ' ( BBC)
Since when did M15 bug 'low priorities?' For months?
'They are not pointing the finger of blame at anybody'
Frank Gardner BBC security correspondent
It's not about blame.
It's about saving lives.
More on ''the unprecedented threat''
UPDATE: More about this report on the BBC World Service Newshour
BBC WORLD SERVICE NEWSHOUR QUOTE OF THE DAY
''I don't think it's fair to say: 'It's ok, don't worry, nobody is to
blame, there were no failures of intelligence...' Because it strikes me that if
you had this mass-murderer in your sights, and you let him go on to kill people,
then there has been a failure of intelligence.''
By the 10pm news, on BBC1 ( featuring fellow KCU member Kirsty!), the fact that Khan had been bugged, then let go, going on to suicide-bomb people, was the main story, with the emphasis subtly changed from 'M15 not to blame' to 'M15 taken off bombers trail'. And that he had consorted with *other terrorists who were deemed a more imminent threat. And Frank Gardner, the BBC Security correspondent said it was a compelling case for a public/independent inquiry. As did Patrick Mercer of the Opposition.
*There will be more on the implications of this later...
I wonder when this trial ( codenamed' Operation Crevice') will conclude? And what will happen when it does? Quite a lot, I should imagine. Meanwhile...
UPDATE 2: ( 31/3/06)
The Independent 'July 7 leader slipped out of intelligence net'
The Mirror 'THE SPIES WHO FAILED US'
The Sun 'SPOOKS 7/7 BLUNDER RAP'