More empty bluster? Maybe. We have seen a string of empty threats here since the site opened. But maybe not. From The Telegraph, with thanks to Anthony:
A secret intelligence report has revealed that security chiefs believe al-Qaeda may target New Year celebrations across Britain, The Telegraph has learned.
The document, which has been distributed to every military base in Britain warns that “crowded places or events” are under “a severe threat” of attack from terrorist bombers. The report, which is marked “restricted”, is understood to have been compiled by military intelligence specialists, MI5 and Special Branch officers.
Under the heading “International Terrorism”, the report warns that military personnel and establishments within the Government Security Zone in central London, which includes Horse Guards in Whitehall, and Buckingham and St James’s Palaces, face a “substantial” threat of attack. It says military bases across the country are also facing a similar threat.
The report, which is part of a monthly security update for the armed forces, adds that the threat “comes from al-Qaeda and associated terrorist groups”. It continues: “Targeting against US and UK interests both at home and abroad remains a priority for al-Qaeda. Their attacks – including the Madrid train bombings in March – have been against soft targets with the aim of creating as many casualties as possible.”
The report says that on November 18, the general threat to central London was reduced, but it adds: “It is emphasised that crowded places or events… that draw large numbers of people will still attract a severe (general) threat.”