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CIA: Biggest Terror Threat Comes From UK

From the UK’s Telegraph:

CIA warns Barack Obama that British terrorists are the biggest threat to the US

Barack Obama has been warned by the CIA that British Islamist extremists are the greatest threat to US homeland security.

By Tim Shipman in Washington
07 Feb 2009

American spy chiefs have told the President that the CIA has launched a vast spying operation in the UK to prevent a repeat of the 9/11 attacks being launched from Britain.

They believe that a British-born Pakistani extremist entering the US under the visa waiver programme is the most likely source of another terrorist spectacular on American soil.

Intelligence briefings for Mr Obama have detailed a dramatic escalation in American espionage in Britain, where the CIA has recruited record numbers of informants in the Pakistani community to monitor the 2,000 terrorist suspects identified by MI5, the British security service.

A British intelligence source revealed that a staggering four out of 10 CIA operations designed to thwart direct attacks on the US are now conducted against targets in Britain

The CIA has already spent 18 months developing a network of agents in Britain to combat al-Qaeda, unprecedented in size within the borders of such a close ally, according to intelligence sources in both London and Washington.

Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who has advised Mr Obama, told The Sunday Telegraph: "The British Pakistani community is recognised as probably al-Qaeda’s best mechanism for launching an attack against North America

"Around 40 per cent of CIA activity on homeland threats is now in the UK. This is quite unprecedented." …

Information gleaned by CIA spies in Britain has already helped thwart several terrorist attacks in the UK and was instrumental in locating Rashid Rauf, a British-born al-Qaeda operative implicated in a plot to explode airliners over the Atlantic, who was tracked down and killed in a US missile strike in November.

But some US intelligence officers are irritated that valuable manpower and resources have been diverted to the UK. One former intelligence officer who does contract work for the CIA dismissed Britain as a "swamp" of jihadis

The dramatic escalation in CIA activity in the UK followed the exposure in August 2006 of Operation Overt, the alleged airline bomb plot.

The British intelligence official revealed that CIA chiefs sent more resources to the UK because they were not prepared to see American citizens die as a result of MI5’s inability to keep tabs on all suspects, even though the Security Service successfully uncovered the plot.

MI5 manpower will have doubled to 4,100 by 2011 but many in the US intelligence community do not think that is enough.

For their part, some British officials are queasy that information obtained by the CIA from British Pakistanis was used to help target Mr Rauf, a British citizen, whom they would have preferred to capture and bring to trial

Probably none of this should have been made public.

Still, it sure is chilling. Though it is not any too surprising, given recent history both here and over there.

Hopefully, the ACLU and CAIR will ride to the rescue of these innocents. And protect them from the CIA and their detestable racial profiling.

After all, protecting the enemies of our country is their job.

(Thanks to Canary for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, February 8th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

33 Responses to “CIA: Biggest Terror Threat Comes From UK”

  1. Alice L. says:

    Melanie Philips calls London “Londonistan”. The jihadists are supported by the vile George Galloway and despicable Lord Ahmed who call for violence against British Jews while the police wring their hands and have done nothing. The Archbishop of Caterbury says that sharia law must be accepted in Great Britain and Prince Charles wants to be known as the “Defender of all Faiths” rather than the “Defender of the Faith”. Great Britain has turned int a nation of wusses that will not defend itself against the Islamic tide that has overtaken them. The anti-Israeli demonstations are filled with signs calling for another Holocaust and celebutards Bianca Jagger and Annie Lenox attend these vile hate fests. The time for the Brits to crack down was yesterday.

  2. Smart Power says:

    The head wrap should go straight to jail or to visit Allah would be even better.
    What remains to be seen is if Obama will tolerate these street scenes here
    in the US. We are already seeing some of it over Gaza.
    No one should be covering their face and making threats in this country.

  3. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Sharia law might find it’s way into Britain, given its do nothing citizenry against these islamic extremists. Thankfully it’ll never happen here because sharia and the constitution are totally incompatible to each other. Yeah I know, all seems dark for the moment because liberalism appears to be gaining momentum. But there is always a remnant that defies their oppressors. In the face of tyranny a man will do one of two things. He’ll either cower and submit, or he’ll stand up and shake his fist at the dictator and taunt him to come closer if he dares.

  4. sheehanjihad says:

    “What remains to be seen is if Obama will tolerate these street scenes.”

    Trust me, whether or not Obama tolerates it or not is irrelevant. What is important is that “WE THE PEOPLE wont tolerate it at all. Our government is too busy shoring up their power and control for their own greed to pay attention to this kind of thing.

    And like any population that is governed by greedy and power mad idealogues, we will step up and do what they fail to do. Protect our society, and our Constitution. And they will discover all too soon what their failure to lead has cost them: The very power we allowed them to have.

    Sharia law will not be tolerated here. Nor will socialism. Just wait and see.

    • brad says:

      Our government is designed to protect itself. The claim “Mushroom clouds over Washington!” if we don’t give up our rights and money. I say, “Yeah, so…..why should Americans care about that?”

      Conservative should not be duped into thinking that islamicists are out to get US, they are out to get our lawyers….in Washington….. so we need to put away the knee-jerk 911 anger, and remember that

      Our enemy’s enemy is our friend.

  5. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    sheehanjihad, people who expect the government to step up and do what’s right and necessary are the same people who believe that it’s the policeman’s job to protect him 24/7. Thankfully there still is a demographic of Americans who will stand up against evil and ask nothing of the government except for them to leave them the hell alone.

  6. Smart Power says:

    In looking at these head-rapped people with their signs – is there a law against appearing in public or
    a business in the US with a full black Burka with only slits for the eyes? I would like to know since I’ve seen it
    and it gave me such a chill that the hair stood up on my body.This occurred in a small town in UpState NY in
    a Wal-Mart!

    • brad says:

      Many states have an anti-KKK act in which you can’t be cloaked or disguised at rallies. The same law should affect muslims who are in effect wearing the same uniform.

  7. Helena says:

    This little factoid is the most disturbing IMHO:

    “MI5 manpower will have doubled to 4,100 by 2011 but many in the US intelligence community do not think that is enough.”

    You mean to say they have fewer than that now? That seems completely crazy. Maybe the Brits should knock a few thousand illegal immigrants (from Pakistan) off the dole and use that money to hire the protection they obviously need. Better yet, BHO should knock several thousand illegal immigrants off OUR dole, and send the money to beef up the beefeaters. This is our defense at steak (couldn’t resist), too.

  8. VMAN says:

    In a recent speech the O hole in chief said something to the effect that there is no world religion whose basic principles are based in hate. What a load of crap!!! These people hate, their religion is based on hate and they even hate each other. The fact that liberals even give these people a second thought is absolutely amazing given that their beliefs are 180 degrees from the libs. Come on all you libs stand up and cheer for homosexual execution, female mutilation, cutting off the hands of shop lifters and death penalty for rape victims.

    • 1republicanscientist says:

      Pretty sickening. I know this is cliche, but put a few white Christians on a street corner and call for the beheading of the muslims. How long would that last? The truth of the matter is this: the libs cannot defeat their most hated, the Christians, so they are relying on these rock tossers to do it for them. Then, when the job is done, the libs think they can PC these jackasses into submission just like they have been doing to the Christians, and finally begin to rule the world. The only difference is the islamists will turn on them next, they will not stop until every “infidel” either submits to their law, or are beheaded. Very simple.

    • brad says:

      Christians and Conservatives need to stop getting in the way of Extremist Islamists, and Extremist Liberals. Both groups are salivating at the prospect of destroying each other.


      Republicans, moderates, level-headed Christians and the like, are stepping in the middle and getting beat down by both extremist groups. THE ANSWER?

      Let the Islamists destroy Godless marxism and communism.
      Let the Islamists destroy abortion.
      Let the Islamists stamp-out homosexual rallies.
      Let the Islamists fight the feminists.
      Let the Islamists crush animal rights activists.
      Let the Islamists stick their religion into the face of the liberals at their work place, schools, library, gov’t offices, let them argue with each other.

      The 2 extremes hate each other, why are we moderating this inevitable fight? We should be helping 1 antagonize the other.

  9. proreason says:

    I’m just surprised that The Moron had a meeting with the CIA. What for? He already knows everything.

  10. Confucius says:

    This shouldn’t be too surprising with the Telegraph exposing covert operations, MI5 being incompetent and the bobbies being easily frightened.

    Geez, sounds almost like us.

  11. joeblough says:

    I keep telling any European that will listen, particularly Brits, that the mohammedan takeover in Europe will have military implications for the US.

    It’s serious. Is an ally that is taking orders from an enemy still an ally?

    I’m not saying that the relationship is over. But the logic of the situation will force the US to consider other elements and influences than our traditional friendship and preferences.

  12. Reality Bytes says:

    “The Hell with Freedom”…”Just Words”, President Barack Hussein Obama? Please remember us after you’ve gotten a million or so of us killed, will you?

  13. jrmcdonald says:

    Europe needs a ‘reverse’ Ellis Island. Some place to drop these useless people off at.

  14. canary says:

    It appears that Obama is to busy to take a breath and focus on the real threat to this country. We are going back to the Clinton era, in which the CIA complained profusely that Clinton would not meet. The terrorists grew, Clinton covered up the middle eastern backing the OKC bombing. With all the criminal and sexual crims the Clintons were involved in, the FBI and CIA were last people Clinton wanted anything to do with. Bush and America were blindsided, since there was no accountability while Clinton, who continues to recieve donations from the Middle East, something that Obama has allowed to continue, inspite of Hillary’s appointment. And then this article in Austrailia 5 days ago, shows terrorisim is everywhere. A 7 month trial, isn’t too bad compared to our trails taking years, and God help us if the terrorist prisoners from Guantanamo Bay are brought to this country where it will costs billions. Republican Senator Inhofe from Oklahoma has an amendment in, to disclude the paying of these trials for terrorists from the 800 billion spending. Noticed along with the sweat beads during Obama’s speech at the Demo Party Retreat party, Obama made a bizarre chesture with that Clinton pointing finger, which ended with his chewing his nail.


  15. caligirl9 says:

    What scares me most about this whole thing is (as far as I know) it’s pretty easy to get into Canada from the UK.

    And we do underestimate the dangers that can come in from the northern border. I know I rant and rave about the southern border, which of course costs the U.S. millions of dollars in services for illegals. But it sure looks like the real threat to national security could come from Canada if it fails to properly check out everyone trying to get in …

    Someone please call me crazy!

    • Right of the People says:

      I worked for the Border Patrol for quite some time, all on the northern border. Here are some scary stats to ponder. Approximately 95 – 98% of the illegals who come from Mexico and points south are just people doing it for economic reasons, either looking for work or welfare with the remainder being criminal aliens, smugglers, muggers, thuggers, murderers and thieves. The northern border is the exact opposite. Nearly 98% who cross illegally are criminals including terrorists. The northern border, although they are spending considerably more than before, still is understaffed and under funded.

      Callgirl9, you are correct, since Canada is still part of the “British Empire” what little remains of it, you don’t need a passport to go from one part of the “empire” to another. Until the commies took it over, Hong Kong was part of the empire and we used to get bunches of illegals who would first travel legally to Canada from HK then slip over the border. It was a real problem until the commies stopped the travel. The jihadis in the UK scare the crap out of me. Here in Vermont, you see more and more middle eastern faces when even ten years ago, they were a rarity and I know they aren’t here for the skiing. Lock and load, its going to get worse before it gets better. 10-7

  16. heykev says:

    One of the things we need to be aware of with Muslims (and our media) is that of Taqiyya ― Islamic Principle of Lying. Seems unlike Christianity where ANY type of lying is wrong. Muslims believe it’s of to lie and do often, because Mohammad did…


  17. canary says:

    Outrage over the Retreat Obama party retreat held at. Photo.
    Obama was too busy complaining about staying in hotels. This is no hotel. Plane flights, costs. This is no hotel. They made religious comments all day about “Love they Neighbor” . Now I understand all that poetic lushing on the wind blowing in her hair, b.s. Check this out. Our tax dollars. Flights, etc. No wonder they all appeared to be high on something.


  18. yellarcan says:

    Folks, the simplest way to put it for us Americans, “we in some deep shit now”! I’m not sure who coined this phrase first but it seemed appropriate for this article. This photo shows that we the people have been “too secure” the past 7-1/2 years and with good reason. Now our security blanket is gone and we’ve been covered with a fishnet. Remember how everyone was after 9/11? Up until the attacks, we were “happy go lucky” with not much to worry about. Then came the attacks. We were ALL SCARED, then we got mad, then we got extremely cautious, then back to happy go lucky. It is time to be extremely cautious again. I’m no soothsayer and I’m not saying danger’s just around the corner but I think it could be up the road a ways. These guys won’t stop trying if we are “happy go lucky”.

  19. Rusty Shackleford says:

    CIA: Mr President, we have it on good authority that the most dangerous threat from terrorists will come from the UK

    Bo-Bo: Whutchu be talkin’ bout. Day ain’t no terrists….Day be hawt wukkin foke….lahk me.

    CIA: Mr President, there have been many threats made and we think they mean it.

    Bo-Bo: Whutchu meen “Day meens it? Sheeeit (golly), Brutha be all up in it day stawt sum shit heah. Day ain’t nuffin. Day be so scart, day MOMMA’s be runnin’. An’ sidz dat….Ah be in chawg….I won. Day can’t do nuffin’ now.

    And so it goes…..

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Hey Rusty – there’s a lot to dislike about Obama, but you may wan to lay off the Amos n Andy racism. Me, I don’t care, but it’s not entirely fair to SG in my opinion. (then again, after the late term abortion defense of Obama, I did come up with the nickname, Barackula – I think I can defend that just fine). Just be a little careful is all. Thanks

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Reality-Point well-taken. You’re right. No need for me to lower myself to their level.

    • proreason says:

      Take the high-road as I do Rusty.

      Keep your comments laser focused on policy, historical precedents, free-market economic theory…..and drooling.

  20. yellarcan says:

    Unfortunately for the American people you are probably right as rain. I love the way you laid it out there and the problems Bo-Bo WILL be facing in the not to far off future. Bo-Bo, we do got some um them thar terrists. Get off your ass.

  21. artboyusa says:

    And besides, everyone knows President La Bamba doesn’t do street talk. When he’s not reading from the teleprompter he normally…ah ah ba ba… talks… ah ah uh uh um ah… like… ah ah ba ba …this…we’re so lucky he’s not an inarticulate word mangler like Bush.

  22. sheehanjihad says:

    Rusty, leave all the gaffes to me…I am professional!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Sheehanjihad, I gladly defer to your expertise.

      In one sense, I feel a little bit bad for my phonetic phrasing but on the other hand I was trying, perhaps in a very weak way, to make a bigger point. I’ll leave it alone.

      Suffice to say, as Reality very nicely put it, there are bigger ways and bigger reasons to skewer this new manifestation of simmering ignorance. I could only watch “the press conference” (pronounced “heavily staged embarrassment”) for only seconds tonight and it only served to prove that what appeared to be missing was about 150 used cars.

      And, why did the anointed one feel so compelled to get on national TV and sell something that, for all intents and purposes, is a done deal anyhow?

      Now that the bill will be passed, I’m kind of ticked because I think Walmart will be out of brown shirts before I can get there. I was too slow to realize and I may now be left out of “the party”.


      Oh well…no matter…..I can order a Rosetta Stone disc for learning Arabic and maybe that will save me in the not-too-distant future, eh?

  23. sheehanjihad says:

    well put Rusty….Reality had a good point, otherwise I would be going full tilt myself! lol. Fret you not my friend, you are in good company here regardless.

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