“Our vetting procedures have to be toughened before it’s too late.” Yes, but soothing talk about Islamic terrorism as “anti-Islamic activity” won’t do that. And identifying “ethnic people” as the problem, as if a Hindu from the subcontinent were just as likely to go to work for a terror group as a Muslim from the subcontinent, is just more of the unreality and inability to face the problem of the Islamic jihad ideology that got them in this fix in the first place.
“MI5 targets four Met police officers ‘working as Al Qaeda Spies,'” from the Daily Mail (thanks to Sr. Soph):
Four police officers in Britain’s top force are reportedly under close secret service surveillance after being identified as Al Qaeda spies, it emerged today.
MI5 are said to have homed in on the the “sleeper” agents passing secrets from Scotland Yard to the terror group only in recent weeks.
The suspected spies are believed to have used methods similar to those employed by the IRA in the 1970s as they infiltrated the police and the Army in Northern Ireland.
All four are understood to be Asians living in London and are feared to have links both with Islamic extremists in Britain and worldwide terror groups – including al-Qaeda training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
MI5 chiefs reportedly believe the suspected moles have been planted as sleepers – agents under deep cover – to keep al-Qaeda informed of anti-terror raids planned by London’s Metropolitan Police.
They are said to fear the four could have already accessed sensitive information about secret operations to root out terror cells planning further attacks in the UK.
The police source said: “The IRA tried to infiltrate and they succeeded to a certain extent.
“By just slipping under the radar it takes suspicion away from you.
“If you are a young Pakistani of English origin and you feel you want to do something for the cause of Islam, what better way than to join the enemy and attack from within?”
MP Patrick Mercer, Tory terrorism advisor, said: “This discovery by MI5 comes as no surprise to me.
“Recruiting ethnic people into key public sector organisations – in place to protect us – is a risk.
“Our vetting procedures have to be toughened before it’s too late.”