So what happens when you exploit alleged terrorist plots for short-term political gain? You endanger national security by interfering in ongoing inve
November 24, 2006

britpolice.jpg So what happens when you exploit alleged terrorist plots for short-term political gain? You endanger national security by interfering in ongoing investigations, allowing suspects to escape.

From the UK Independent:

A team of suspected terrorists involved in an alleged UK plot to blow up trans-atlantic airliners escaped capture because of interference by the United States, The Independent has been told by counter-terrorism sources.

An investigation by MI5 and Scotland Yard into an alleged plan to smuggle explosive devices on up to 10 passenger jets was jeopardised in August, when the US put pressure on authorities in Pakistan to arrest a suspect allegedly linked to the airliner plot.

As a direct result of the surprise detention of the suspect, British police and MI5 were forced to rush forward plans to arrest an alleged UK gang accused of plotting to destroy the airliners. But a second group of suspected terrorists allegedly linked to the first evaded capture and is still at large, according to security sources. Read more...

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