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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Outsourcing intelligence checks

and other problems in Britain. I'm not sure of the trustworthiness of the various London newspapers, then again, our media hasn't been all that impressive lately, except at undermining the war and national security. This story does raise concerns if it's accurate. It should serve as a warning that our enemy is unrelenting and working to take advantage of every aspect of our societies as they seek for ways to bring death and destruction into our daily lives.

The headline certainly doesn't shy away from being bold.

Eight Al Qaeda fanatics working for the police (but they don't dare sack them)

Up to eight police officers and civilian staff are suspected of links to extremist groups including Al Qaeda.


Their names feature on a secret list of alleged radicals said to be working in the Metropolitan and other forces.

Lists don't do much good when one doesn't act accordingly.

Astonishingly, many of the alleged jihadists have not been sacked because - it is claimed - police do not have the "legal power" to dismiss them.


Classified intelligence reports raising concerns about police staff's background cannot be used to justify their dismissal, sources said.

And now the outsourcing debacle.

But sources said it is often impossible to carry out satisfactory checks on recruits who were raised overseas or who have spent considerable periods out of Britain before applying to join the Met.

In such cases, the Met has to rely on overseas agencies to carry out intelligence checks on their behalf. Privately, officials doubt whether certain countries in Africa, Middle East or the Indian sub-continent are able to carry out meaningful vetting.

Take a little multi-culturalism, with it's timidity at calling a jihadist a jihadist, stir in with fearing lawsuits more than terrorists, add a dash of bureaucratic bungling and you just might get a kaboom, that you foolishly didn't expect.

The article adds the concern that such individuals may tip jihadists to emergency procedures that then will be used to increase the carnage. There is suspicion that the London car bomb gang may have had and used such information.

I'm willing to bet it's easier to fire someone for making a crude sexual joke than to fire people with ties to radical groups that practice and support terrorism. Would we or anyone else have ever won any war fighting with our hands tied behind our backs with such foolishness? The West will lose this war if we don't get over our timidity at facing down this threat and put at least a little common sense into our priorities.


Filed under: Terrorism -- News

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