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MI5 rebels expose Tube bomb cover-up
David Leppard The Sunday Times - February 26, 2006
MI5 is facing an internal revolt by officers alarmed about intelligence failures and the lack of resources to fight Islamic terrorism.
To illustrate their concern, agents have leaked more topsecret documents to The Sunday Times because they want a public inquiry into the "missed intelligence" leading up to the July attacks in London.
They believe ministers have withheld information from the public about what the security services knew about the suspects before the bombing of July 7 and the abortive attacks of July 21.
The documents include an admission by John Scarlett, head of SIS, the secret intelligence service (also known as MI6), that one of the July 21 suspects was tracked on a trip to Pakistan just months before the attempted bombings.
Until now it was not known that any of the July 21 suspects, who are awaiting trial, were familiar to the intelligence services. It has been disclosed that MI5 had placed two of the July 7 bombers under surveillance before their attack, but judged them not to be a threat.
The new documents show that MI5, which is responsible for national security, allowed the July 21 suspect to travel to Pakistan after he was detained and interviewed at a British airport. Once in Pakistan he was monitored by SIS, which gathers intelligence overseas.
MI5 then conducted what the leaked memo says was "a low-level short-term investigation" into the suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons. It stopped monitoring him because it said "the Pakistani authorities assessed that he was doing nothing of significance".
Scarlett revealed details of the operation to the parliamentary intelligence and security committee (ISC) last November. The committee, comprising MPs and peers picked by Tony Blair, is conducting a secret inquiry into the "lessons learnt" from the July attacks. It is due to be completed in April. The Scarlett memo - marked top secret - was leaked by the dissident officers who want a public inquiry similar to that undertaken in America after the 9/11 attacks. They believe it would highlight the need for MI5 and SIS to be given more resources to deal with Al-Qaeda. They are critical of Blair, who has ruled out an inquiry saying it would distract the security services from fighting terrorism.
The leaked memo refers to Scarlett as C - the traditional codename for the head of SIS. It states: "On the events of July itself, and the question of whether intelligence was missed, C noted that SIS had previously been involved in an earlier investigation of one of the July 21 (suspects) in Pakistan.
"This had been at the Security Service (MI5)'s behest and should be discussed with MI5."
Another document, MI5's November 2005 memo The July Bombings and the Agencies' Response, has also been shown to The Sunday Times. It names the suspect who was the subject of the 2004 investigation and shifts responsibility for the decision to stop monitoring him to the Pakistani intelligence authorities.
"(The suspect) had been the subject of a low-level short-term investigation concerning a visit he made to Pakistan after he was interviewed on departure from the UK," it states.
"However, the Pakistani authorities assessed that he was doing nothing of significance in a terrorist context."
The assessment echoes a decision by MI5 to halt surveillance on two of the July 7 bombers 16 months before the attacks. Both were filmed and taped by MI5 agents as they met two men allegedly plotting to carry out a terrorist attack in England.
After making what an official called "a quick assessment", MI5 concluded Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer were not immediate threats. As the MI5 memo puts it: "Intelligence at the time suggested Khan's purpose was financial crime rather than terrorist activity."
David Davis, the shadow home secretary, said: "These leaks show that the need for an independent inquiry is incontrovertible."
There is a growing consensus in Whitehall that the intelligence services will be seen to have made critical errors in failing to assess adequately the threat from at least three of the July suspects.
Scarlett conceded to the ISC that his agency had reacted too slowly. "Summing up the position before July 2005, C noted SIS were conscious of the size of the target, but equally conscious of what we did not know; we were thinly spread in North and East Africa; we were looking at new ways of increasing our reach; and we had sought funding to grow as fast as we thought feasible.
"Turning to the lessons learnt, C noted that SIS had understood the nature of the threat and that there was a great deal that we did not know. SIS had developed strategies to meet this threat. "The attacks had shown that our strategies were correct, but needed to be implemented more extensively and more quickly," the memo noted. Scarlett said that even before the attacks, SIS had planned to expand overseas. "C concluded by explaining how post-July SIS were speeding up implementation of the pre-July strategy." He said the agency did not want more money for staff.
The dissident officers believe the buck-passing revealed in the memos demonstrates that there should be closer co-operation between the agencies. They support calls for a unified department of homeland security, along the lines suggested by Gordon Brown, the chancellor, this month.
MI5 cleared of 7/7 intelligence failures
By Sam Knight
A parliamentary investigation panel with access to highly-classified material has cleared the police and intelligence services of any serious lapses in the run-up to the July 7 bombings in London, according to a leaked report.
But the Intelligence and Security Committee, a cross-party panel of MPs that reports to the Prime Minister, expressed concern that Mohammad Sidique Khan, the leader of the bombers, was not properly investigated despite being known to police.
MI5 had Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, another of the four suicide bombers, under partial surveillance for a year before the attacks that killed 52 people. Neither was judged a serious enough threat to justify a comprehensive surveillance operation.
Khan, 30, blew himself up in a train near Edgware Road station and killed seven people. Tanweer, who was 22, detonated a bomb in his rucksack at Aldgate and killed eight.
According to a leak of the report obtained by the BBC, the committee also questioned the general quality of intelligence about the activities of British extremists in Pakistan.
Khan travelled to northern Pakistan in late 2003. He returned with Tanweer in November 2004. Little is known about their visits although Khan is believed to have learned how to use explosives at a terrorist training camp.
The BBC reported that the committee, chaired by Paul Murphy, the former Northern Ireland Secretary, also criticised Britain's terror alert system for being unclear and difficult to understand. The national threat level was lowered from "severe, general" to "substantial" just before the bombings. Although the MPs decided that the change in status had no effect on the ability of the police to prevent the attacks, they said that the system should be modified to be more easily understood by the public.
The Intelligence and Security Committee has questioned dozens of police and security officers, including Dame Eliza Manningham Buller, the Director-General of MI5, to prepare its report, which it is expected to deliver to the Prime Minister next month. An edited version will then be made public.
The investigation has run alongside the Home Office's compilation of an official "narrative" of the attacks. Last year, Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, ruled out a public inquiry into the July 7 bombings, saying that the atrocity was still under police investigation and that information gathered after the attacks was expected to be used in upcoming court cases.
David Davis, the Shadow Home Secretary, said today's leaked details were sufficient to show that the Government should now order a larger inquiry into the bombings. "This raises serious questions about the monitoring of terror suspects," he said. "The Government should now answer our call for an independent inquiry so that the lessons of the July bombings can be learnt." "This report also reinforces our call for a clearly understandable and public system of alert and threat levels, like they have in America."
Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said report appeared to be "a helpful guide for improvements in our internal security arrangements which we can only hope will be adopted by the security services." - timesonline.co.uk
Khan travelled to northern Pakistan in late 2003.
He returned with Tanweer in November 2004.
Little is known about their visits although Khan is believed to have learned how to use explosives at a terrorist training camp.
according to this Time report Tanweer first visited Pakistan in 2003, Khan in 2004
Khan and Tanweer arrived together in Karachi on Nov. 19, 2004. About a week later, the two boarded an overnight train to Lahore. They then went on to Faisalabad, and thence to Pervaiz's house. According to Pervaiz, Khan used the house as a base, frequently leaving it ostensibly on visits to his own family in Rawalpindi. Tanweer stuck close to home, reading books, chatting to his cousins and other locals. He also prayed five times a day, fasted once a week and often led the Friday prayers at the local mosque. Yet Pervaiz says that neither his religious devotion, his praise for bin Laden nor his support for the attacks on the U.S. of Sept. 11, 2001, hinted at his intentions. Tanweer "embraced life," says his uncle. "He never talked about getting involved himself."
Tanweer told his uncle that he had come to Pakistan to learn more about his roots. Some investigators believe that his visits - he made at least two, the first in 2003 - radicalized him. Musharraf dismissed that idea in an address last week, saying "Three [of the bombers] are from Pakistani parentage, [but] they had been born, bred and educated in England." Indisputably, Britain's large Muslim community has proved fertile recruiting ground for al-Qaeda. Since 2001 hundreds of young British Muslims have gone to Pakistan, where they have received training by extremist groups. Activists in Britain keep a watch in mosques and community centers for young men to join the cause. "It's very discreet," a militant in the outlawed group Jaish-e-Muhammad tells Time. "The recruiters are ordinary white-collar people. When the volunteers start working they don't know they're working for al-Qaeda. They just think they're working on behalf of Muslims."
Tanweers Uncle Pervaiz, who told Time Magazine: "He was a shy and simple guy who would never be involved in a heinous crime like a suicide bombing."
November 11, 2002
Passengers' identity system installed
By Our Reporter LAHORE, November 11, 2002 : Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider on Monday inaugurated the Personal Identification Secure and Comparison Evaluation System (PISCES) at the Lahore airport, terming it inevitable for the national security.
The system has already been installed and become operational at the country's two other international airports in Karachi and Islamabad.
The function of the PISCES, completed at a cost of Rs300 million, is to computerize the record of passengers travelling into and out of the country to check the movement of suspected terrorists and illegal immigrants.
The system will be transferred to the new airport terminal which is expected to be inaugurated in January next.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said the launch of the PISCES would help improve the security system. Such systems would also be installed at the Peshawar and Quetta airports next week and at the remaining airports and exit points by March next. All intelligence agencies and police would benefit from it in solving criminal cases, he added.
Mr Haider said over two million illegal immigrants lived in Karachi which reflected weakness of the country's immigration system. The name of the national airline, he said, had also been tarnished at the international level because of the immigration officials' inability to check illegal immigrants travelling by it due to loopholes in the exist system.
The minister said a Machine Recordable Project (MRP) was in the pipeline and would be installed at all airports in a couple of months. Terming the project of international standards, he said, it would cost Rs2.8 billion.
To improve the security and check the illegal immigration at the country's western borders, a sum of Rs5 billion had been allocated, he said. He said about $13 million were also allocated to improve policing in the country. He asked police to change their culture and enhance efficiency.
Mr Haider assured that these projects would be completed within two years. The new government would also continue implementation of these projects, he added. Later talking to reporters, he denied press reports that the PISCES was being connected with the FBI. He said Pakistan only provided information to the FBI about suspected terrorists. Replying to a question that the PISCES was funded by the FBI, he said Pakistan was a partner of the international coalition against terrorism and there was no harm in taking funds for such projects.
He said Dr Amir Aziz was in the custody of the intelligence agencies and was not being handed over to the FBI. He said he had arranged a telephonic conversation between him and his family and the matter would be resolved in a week. He said Dr Amir's name had surfaced after the arrest of the suspected Al Qaeda men from Pakistan. The presence of FBI officials in Pakistan was always in single digit and it was authorized to arrest any one from Pakistan. He suggested that politician should sit together and form government with consensus. He ruled out chances of re-elections, saying huge money was needed for it and the country could not afford it.
Earlier, FIA director general Mohib Hasan said the PISCES would make the country a more orderly state. The PISCES was initiated in 1998 and new recruitments in the FIA would ensure the success of this programme. He said the PISCES would help detect those who travelled on illegal documents, and suspected terrorists and others who were required in criminal cases would be arrested easily. He said the new system was inter-linked with all FIA offices in the country.
Project director Amad Jaffery said the PISCES was linked to the country's entry and exit points. The system had two stages. At the primary stage, the passengers would be required to provide their travel history to immigration officers at the time of their arrival and departure at the city's international airport. And if any of the passengers was found suspected, he would have to get through the second stage in which finger prints, digital photography and other scanning would be done. - www.dawn.com
PISCES is a LIVE mainline to the CIA/FBI
In bits and Pisces US has Pakistan in its grip
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 08:43:03 am
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NEW DELHI: There is nothing in history like a hurt and humiliated Super
Power. In case you don't have any idea, just look across the border to
As its global blitzkrieg against terrorism continue to
throw up unexpected results, United States of America has tightened its
vice-like grip on its frontline ally, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
possession of documents, detailing the unshakeable grip of a million American
tentacles that have an all pervading grip on Pakistan's present and
The documents reveal how the US has mapped Pakistan's
year-wise targets, details of various schemes that would give the global
superpower an unhindered influence over General Musharraf's Pakistan. Put
together, they read like the British crown's annual plans for one of its
colonies from a bygone era.
No indigenous ability to effectively screen individuals
entering or departing Pakistan
Pakistan installs PISCES automated border control system at
five major airports (Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta and
Federal Agency designated by the president as spearhead
for terrorism investigation
Installs of PISCES at all entry and exit points in Pak
PISCES fully operational and integrated with National Crisis
Management Cell’s intelligence and investigative database
Pakistan assumes responsibility for continued operation of
Source: US Mission
Performance Plan FY 2004
Investigations reveal that US has a free run
over almost every aspect of Pakistan's national life, including sensitive
national records and data.
The US has Pakistan all wired up in a
highly sophisticated network of software systems, with direct access to
information including that of every one entering or leaving
The Personal Identification Secure Comparison Evaluation
System (PISCES), an automated border control system, is being implemented in 20
ports of immigration in Pakistan.
According to latest information,
all points of entry and exit in Pakistan would have PISCES system by Dec 31,
Believed to have been developed
by Virginia-based consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton for CIA before 9/11,
PISCES uses biometric details to match facial images, fingerprints and
biographical descriptions with the CIA data bank in the US.
at Pakistani ports is believed to be linked to a central server in the US
through high-speed network where American officials monitor and analyse details
of passengers, matching them with suspects' data.
In November 2001, a
few months after 9/11 attacks, at the behest of the US government, Karachi
International Airport became the first Pakistani port to implement
PISCES is being installed in over a dozen high risk countries
of the world at America's instance. However, in Pakistan's case,
has detailed American
plans showing that PISCES is being linked up to Pakistan's internal national
information making the situation much more complex.
According to the
Mission Performance Plan set by the US embassy in Islamabad, America is
presently involved deeply in prodding and forcing Pakistani authorities to
develop national intelligence and criminal databases which did not exist till
Surprisingly this database is linked to the PISCES border
control system which is in the hands of US officials.
In the mission
document targets, by 2004 end the PISCES system would be "fully operational and
integrated with National Crisis Management Cell's intelligence and investigative
In 2003, the US embassy was aiming to develop "fully
functional intelligence and investigative database" link between provincial
Crime Investigation Departments and National Crisis Management
And in 2003 itself, the American plan reveals: "intelligence
and investigative database linked with other similar programs, including PISCES
border control system."
Startlingly, only in 2005 will Pakistan
assume "responsibility for continued operation of PISCES system."
Till then, the US counter-terrorism officials would have control
over the sophisticated system that not only records details of every person
leaving or entering Pakistan, but would also transmit these details to the
central servers of FBI and CIA back in the US.
Details of PISCES
installation are detailed in the Mission Performance Plan for 2004, prepared
about a year after 9/11 in 2002, and in possession of
Besides PISCES, thousands of
closed circuit television networks are being installed across
Over the last two years US policies regarding Pakistan have
been unfolding as scripted in the Mission Performance Plan for 2004.
Several of the targets detailed in the plan have been met, some
chunk of the arms and military wares listed for supply have already been
delivered, and funding programmes are already on course.
area where the US is going slow is in re-imposing democracy, and that is
understandable given their over-dependence on General Musharraf.
is not just in the virtual networks that America has Pakistan in its grip, it
stretches beyond. Some of it is positive in the long run for Pakistan, like the
modern road networks that are going deep into the under-developed Federally
India said no to PISCES - security system would be "available live to the US."
India turns down US PISCES
from FAIZUL HAQUE NEW DELHI - Fearing compromise on its sovereignty, India has rejected an American offer for installation of its surveillance system PISCES, already operating in Pakistan since 2003.
Despite being considered "very effective," it was unacceptable to India as it involved "opening up" Indian security to American agencies like Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation, said an Indian newspaper Daily News and Analysis with reference to highly placed sources in country's intelligence and security apparatus.
An official told the Indian daily, "we wouldn't install it" because by doing so Indian security system would be "available live to the US."
According to the report, the US had approached over 60 countries for installation of the Personal Identification Secure, Comparison and Evaluation System (PISCES) which was proved useful in tracking London bomber's Pakistan trip.
Around the world, in over a dozen countries the PISCES system is installed. In many countries like Malta it has created much controversy by giving the US remote control of the system.
The newspaper Daily News and Analysis has also claimed that it possesses a secret document of the US Embassy in Islamabad called mission performance plan for financial year 2004. The document has said that the PICSES system was installed in all major entry and exit points particularly Pakistan's five major airports in 2003. Actually, it was to be installed in Pakistan in 2002.
According to the document, the newspaper said, the system was to be handed over to the Pakistanis only in 2005. However, the newspaper wonders that how much the US controls the system, especially after it is handed over to security officials.
An Indian official told the newspaper that the PISCES "is the most critical" but hidden hand of anti-terror operations of the US in Pakistani soil unleashed after 9/11. He also said, it is "purely the US system" with "live controls" available with US agencies such as CIA and FBI.
The PISCES is developed by Virginia based cosultancy Booz Allen Hamilton for the CIA. The consultancy works extensively with the US government. The US State Department describes this system as "a software application, tailored to each country's specific needs." It is critical component of terrorist interdiction programme, launched by the US administration's co-ordinator for counter-terrorism.
The Indian daily has said that it was the PISCES that helped confirming the London bomber's visit to Pakistan. "The PISCES system had collected details of the three including their photographs and biometrics," said the newspaper adding that they matched with the details sent by London investigators.
so is the following report is a cover up
of what US intelligence REALLY knew
Pak concedes UK bomber visited country
July 15, 2005 10:27 IST
One of the men who carried out last week's serial bombings in London had visited Pakistan twice and spent a total of four months there, officials said.
However, they have so far not been able to pinpoint the movements of the bomber Shehzad Tanweer in the country or say who he met. According to his uncle in Islamabad, Tanweer had been to Pakistan and attended a madrassa or Islamic school.
Quoting knowledgeable sources, BBC said Pakistani intelligence and investigation agencies are working flat out to accommodate British demands for leads on any of the three London bombers of Pakistani descent.
The sources said Tanweer first visited Pakistan possibly at the end of 2003, then for a longer period later. His entries were tracked by a system called Pisces in which everyone who comes into Pakistan legally, via any port of entry, is photographed.
Agencies in Pakistan are still trying to trace Tanweer's movements inside the country. The other two bombers of Pakistani descent had not been picked up on the Pisces system. So if they did enter Pakistan after 2002, when the system was introduced, they did so illegally.The sources said little was known about the bombers in Pakistan, but more may be known about the people they may have been in contact with.
That, and efforts to ascertain whether there was a Pakistan-based mastermind, will be the focus of investigations in the coming days and weeks, the report said.
This picture published in Pakistan's Daily News shows Mohammad Siddique Khan, one of the four London bombers, standing at the immigration counter on his departure from Karachi airport. Three suspected suicide bombers involved in the London attacks entered Pakistan through Karachi 2004, immigration officials told Reuters on Monday.
Three London bombers visited Pak: officials
K.J.M. Varma tribuneindia.com Islamabad, July 18
Three of the four suspected London bombers had visited Karachi in Pakistan, apparently to undergo training at a seminary, investigators said here claiming to have strong leads in the serial blasts that killed 52 persons.
Shezad Tanveer and Muhammad Siddque Khan, two suspected bombers of the Pakistani origin, arrived in Karachi on November 19, 2004, by Turkish Airlines from Istanbul and stayed in the country for three months. They returned to London by the same airline in February 8, 2005, immigration officials said.
The other suspected bomber Hasib Hussain arrived in Karachi by a Saudi airliner from Riyadh on July 15, 2004, but no records were available about his return, they said.
Staff of over a dozen seminaries in the rural areas of Islamabad and Rawalpindi was being interrogated in the probe into the London blasts, said Saood Aziz, the District Police Officer (DPO) of Rawalpindi.
Pakistani officials swooped on some madarsas, run by banned terror outfits Lashker-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, even as British investigators examined the details of the calls made by some of the bombers from London to Pakistan, Geo TV reported.
Intelligence agencies were checking hotels where the suspects were believed to have stayed, it said, adding airport officials were looking into the records about who had received them.
The three reportedly visited Lahore and Faisalabad and went to a madarasa where the investigators were looking into the records, the TV report said. - PTI
'Intelligence on militants travelling to Pak. was not good'
London, March 30 (PTI): A cross-party committee of MPs probing last year's London transit bombings has said intelligence gathering on British militants travelling to Pakistan was not as good as it should have been, and questioned why the lead bomber was not fully investigated.
The Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) blamed British intelligence's lack of resources, rather than any error of judgement, for the failure to prevent the July 7 bombings that killed at least 56 people.
Committee members are concerned that intelligence- gathering on British militants travelling to Pakistan was not as good as it should have been, BBC reported.
Mohammad Sidique Khan, the lead bomber who killed six people when he blew himself up at Edgware Road Tube station and other members of his cell are thought to have linked up there with extremist radicals, possibly al-Qaeda recruiters.
But the committee believes it was only after the London bombings that British investigators got full co- operation from their counterparts in Pakistani intelligence. ISC also has questioned why Khan, who was known to the intelligence services before July, was not fully investigated.
The MPs have accepted the official explanation that Khan was suspected of petty fraud not terrorism, so he was not considered a high priority.
Whitehall officials have admitted they had eavesdropped on telephone conversations made by Khan but that he was not the focus of their investigation, which was centred on an imminent terrorist plot involving others. They say no intelligence came to light to suggest Khan was plotting an attack. - hindu.com
according to frontline magazine in 2005
Although nothing has come to light about the links of the London suicide bombers with any of the Pakistani militant outfits, it should come as no surprise if any such connections are established. After all, Pakistan and subsequently Afghanistan have been the recruiting ground, until at least 9/11, for holy wars waged in so many parts of the globe since the late 1980s. Investigations till date have proved that three of the four British men identified as the London bombers were in Pakistan this year. Shahzad Tanweer, 22, and Mohamed Sidique Khan, 30, two of the bombers of Pakistani descent, flew to Karachi on November 19, 2004, on a Turkish Airlines flight and remained there until February, according to Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency. Tanweer, an avid sportsman, had apparently told his family he was going to Pakistan to study religion. Investigators are trying to determine whether he and Sidique Khan met in Pakistan with Hasib Hussain, 18, another of the bombers, who was already there. Hussain arrived in Karachi from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on July 15, 2004. It is not known exactly when he left Pakistan, but he appeared to have returned home to Britain about the same time as the other two. Pakistani authorities released photographs of the three that were taken when they arrived at the Karachi airport. The photographs were taken by a U.S.-developed security system installed after 9/11, which photographs all passengers as they present their passports when arriving at or departing from Pakistani airports.
Pakistani intelligence agents are reportedly investigating whether Tanweer visited the Manzoor-ul Islam madrassa in Lahore, with links to the banned militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad. The madrassa's leaders have denied that Tanweer attended the school. Adding to the woes of the military, Pakistan's prestigious English monthly Herald ran a cover story days before the London carnage on the revival of terrorist camps in the country. It quoted an unidentified top manager of the training camp in Mansehra, saying that all the major organisations, including the Hizbul Mujahideen, Al-Badr Mujahideen and the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, had begun regrouping in April and renovating training facilities that were deserted in 2004. The magazine said that at least 13 major camps in the Mansehra region were revived during the first week of May. These are located in the areas of Pano Dheri, Jallo, Sufaida, Oghi, Khewari, Jabba, Batrasi, Naradoga, Akherilla, Hisari, Boi, Tanglaee and Achherian.
The magazine report has baffled political and diplomatic observers in Pakistan. The consensus among observers is that if the report is correct, there is no way the camps could restart operations without the knowledge, if not consent, of the military establishment. A magazine like Herald would not have run the risk of carrying such a sensitive report without checking and cross-checking facts. Did somebody in the establishment give the information to the magazine in the hope of sending a message to India on the urgent need for the resolution of the Kashmir issue? After all, no one had anticipated London and its fallout.
No Al Q links to London bombers?
No al-Qaeda link to London bombs: report
April 9, 2006 - 9:29AM
A government inquiry into London's terrorist attack on July 7 last year will say there was no direct support from al-Qaeda, even though two of the bombers had visited Pakistan, The Observer newspaper reports.
The first forensic account of the attack, ordered by Britain's Home Office, will say the attack was the product of a "simple and inexpensive" plot hatched by four British suicide bombers bent on martyrdom, the newspaper says.
The attack was the work of four bombers who had scoured terrorist sites on the internet, not an international terrorist network, the inquiry will reportedly say when it is published in the next few weeks.
It will also discount initial suspicions that a fifth bomber may have escaped after the attack, or that an al-Qaeda fixer helped plan the attacks, the Observer says.
The bombings on underground trains and a bus killed 56 people, including the four British bombers, and wounded hundreds. It was the worst terrorist attack on British soil and the first by suicide bombers. Three of the four bombers were of Pakistani descent, and two had travelled to Pakistan before the attack.
Foreign Criminals crisis = psyops for the 777 cover up - & the continuing merger of the concepts of
Natonal Identity & National security
foreign = criminal = terrorist
is nearly complete
first off ...we have another total lack of respect for the victims of 777...anyone who thinks this is to keep us safe is living in dreamland
Government rules out July 7 inquiry
12 May 2006 - This is London
Downing Street has again ruled out a public inquiry into the July 7 bombings, despite calls from some survivors and relatives of victims.
Prime Minister Tony Blair's official spokesman said that the call for public scrutiny had to be balanced with "the need not to distract from the ongoing work of the security services and agencies".
It came as an official report into the attacks concluded that the chances of preventing the July 7 atrocities could have increased if extra resources had been in place sooner.
The cross-party Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) said two of the four bombers - Mohammed Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer - had been looked at by the Security Service MI5 a number of times but not fully investigated.
It also emerged for the first time that British spies had basic records on a third member of the terror cell before July 7. The report said that, after the attacks, MI5 discovered a telephone number for King's Cross/Russell Square bomber Germaine Lindsay in its files.
In a key passage of the report, the committee said: "The story of what was known about the July 7 group prior to July indicates that if more resources had been in place sooner the chances of preventing the July attacks could have increased. Greater coverage in Pakistan, or more resources generally in the UK, might have alerted the agencies to the intentions of the July 7 group."
The chances of preventing the July 7 attacks might also have been greater had different investigative decisions been made by MI5, the report said. But the MPs on the committee insisted the decisions not to prioritise Khan and Tanweer were "understandable".
It also warned that there would be an "inevitable" rise in intrusive activity by security services in the face of the terror threat.
The report recommended a more transparent threat level and alert system, and called for improvements to the way the Security Service MI5 and Special Branches tackle "home-grown" terrorism. The members said they were "concerned that more was not done sooner" about the terror threat from UK citizens.
ISC chairman Paul Murphy said on possible al Qaida links: "My instinct is that these were homegrown plots and that the links, which are still being looked at, are not as great as some people may have thought in the past. In some ways that is very worrying - that these plots could be hatched in our great cities in England."
so... after Charles Clarke has been sacked for ignoring so-called requests to deport foreign criminals after they have served their jail sentences...we see that the terrorist bogeyman takes the foreign criminals place and 777 is used to ramp it all up
since when did being a suspect make you a terrorist?
900 terrorist suspects in Britain leave MI5 and police unable to cope
JAMES KIRKUP POLITICAL EDITOR - news.scotsman.com
Sheer quantity of terror suspects has overwhelmed security services
Numbers involved in possible plots have trebled in last five years
At least one 7/7 bomber was not under surveillance due to other priorities
Key quote "Yes, MI5 is expanding, but the nature of the threat means that you'd need an organisation with a staff the size of a small town to monitor everyone all the time." - A Whitehall official
THERE are now so many terror suspects in Britain that the police and security services are unable to monitor them all, counter-terrorist officials have warned. The Scotsman has learned that anti-terrorism police and MI5 have identified as many as 900 people in Britain whom they suspect could be linked to potential terrorist plots. The figure has more than trebled in the past five years, and represents a dramatic increase on a previously reported estimate which put the number of suspected extremists at 400.
The terrorist threat facing the country is now said by Whitehall officials to be at least as high as at the time of last July's London's bombings. The sobering assessment of Britain's security has been revealed as the government prepares to publish two official accounts of last year's attacks.
The exact number of suspected extremists - who include people thought to be inspiring, financing and physically planning attacks - could be revealed publicly for the first time today when John Reid, the new Home Secretary, presents the government's official "narrative" of the 7/7 bombings.
In a separate report, parliament's intelligence and security committee, which has access to confidential intelligence material, will issue its annual report, including its verdict on the July attacks.
Although the committee report is expected to reject suggestions that there was an "intelligence failure" that led to the July attacks, the intelligence agencies are still braced for political criticism following today's reports.
In a rare public speech last autumn, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, the head of MI5, said she and her service were "bitterly disappointed" that the bombers were not stopped.
At least one of the 7/7 bombers, Mohammed Siddique Khan, was known to MI5 before the attacks, but was not kept under surveillance because other counter-terror operations were given priority.
The parliamentary investigation is likely to conclude that a lack of resources was a crucial factor in the failure to intercept the July bombers.
And even though MI5's budget and staffing levels are rising sharply - the service will have 3,500 staff by 2008 - security sources say that it is still not possible to constantly track all the people who cause concern.
"Yes, MI5 is expanding, but the nature of the threat means that you'd need an organisation with a staff the size of a small town to monitor everyone all the time," said one Whitehall official.
Monitoring a suspected terrorist is a labour-intensive task. At the upper extreme, a 24-hour physical surveillance operation can require up to 40 operatives working in shifts to plan and execute successfully. Even monitoring telephone and electronic communications can soak up relatively scarce resources such as translators and intelligence analysts.
MI5 prides itself on its counter-terrorism record, having foiled at least three planned attacks since last June and "many" more beforehand.
But government officials with access to MI5 intelligence reports say the security service is resigned to being unable to track every suspect or prevent every attack. "The fact is that successful counter-terrorism in this country now means stopping most of the plots, not all of them," said the Whitehall official.
Meanwhile, Mr Reid could announce details of extra compensation for the survivors of the July bombings as soon as today.
suprise suprise! Lack of resources cited in fight against terror...exactly the same as the 911 report found that the intelligence agencies needed to be re calibrated...that means new tougher laws and a new mandate for secrecy...all very useful!
July 7 reports - main findings
The main findings of the cross party intelligence and security committee's report into the London terrorist attacks of July 7 2005 and the main points of the Home Office's narrative of events leading up to the bombings.
David Batty Thursday May 11, 2006 guardian.co.uk
The cross party intelligence and security committee's report into the London terrorist attacks of July 7 2005 has found no evidence of an "intelligence failure that could have prevented the bombings", but did identify "intelligence gaps". The main findings of the report are:
* A lack of resources hindered the chances of the security services preventing the attacks.
* The chances of uncovering plans for the attack and preventing the bombings might have been greater had MI5 taken different decisions between 2003 and 2005.
* The bombers ringleader, Mohammed Sidique Khan, was under surveillance but was not fully investigated because MI5 officers were diverted to another anti-terrorist operation.
* There was a lack of co-operation between Britain and Pakistan over visits by two of the 7/7 bombers to Pakistan to contact extremist groups and attend training camps.
* Security services have discounted the theory that a terror mastermind fled Britain shortly before the attacks.
* A more transparent threat level and alert system should be introduced to warn of potential terrorist attacks.
* There is "no evidence" of direct links between the July 7 attacks and the attempted bombings on July 21.
* There will be an "inevitable" rise in intrusive activity by security services due to the increased terror threat.
* Three terrorist plots have been disrupted by the security services since July 2005.
The Home Office "narrative" of the London attacks sets out the actions of the four suicide bombers in the run up and on the day of the terrorist attacks:
* The bombs were constructed using readily available materials that required "little expertise" to turn into bombs.
* The group began planning the suicide attack shortly after their return from Pakistan in February 2005.
* The bombers were indoctrinated by "personal contact and group bonding". One, Germaine Lindsay, was strongly influenced by a known extremist preacher.
* They were motivated by "fierce antagonism to perceived injustices by the west against Muslims" and a desire for martyrdom.
* There was "no evidence" to suggest that there was a fifth bomber involved in the attacks.
* There was "no firm evidence" to back up the claim of al-Qaida's deputy leader, who stated that the terror network launched the attacks, or of any al-Qaida support.
* Four men fitting the descriptions of the bombers were seen hugging at around 8.30am at King's Cross station, just 20 minutes before the blasts. They appeared "happy, even euphoric" before splitting up.
* After three bombs went off on three different trains, the fourth bomber, Hasib Hussain, appeared at King's Cross station.
* He tried in vain to contact the other bombers by mobile then went to buy a battery, perhaps indicating his bomb did not work. He then went to a McDonald's. Seemingly relaxed and unhurried, he then got on the number 30 bus, detonating his bomb at Tavistock Square.
* The "best estimate" for the cost to the bombers of the attacks was less than £8,000 overall.
MI5 must pay for a scandalous error
By Con Coughlin (Filed: 12/05/2006) - telegraph.co.uk
MI5 knew the identities of two of the London bombers a full two years before they launched their suicide attacks on the capital's transport system last July, killing 52 innocent people. But the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), the parliamentary body that is supposed to scrutinise the work of the various agencies responsible for protecting us from attacks, yesterday said that MI5 could not be blamed for failing to prevent them.
The 10 committee members responsible for drafting this latest Whitehall whitewash have drawn an astonishing conclusion in their report into the 7/7 attacks. Although MI5 twice deemed it necessary to target Mohammed Siddique Khan, 30, the acknowledged ringleader of the London bombers, and Shazad Tanweer, his 22-year-old accomplice, the decision by Security Service chiefs to divert their resources to other more pressing matters was, in the words of the report, "understandable".
British security officers even had a photograph of Siddique Khan which, had they bothered to show it to terror suspects held in Pakistan following the overthrow of the Taliban, would have revealed that he was a known Islamic radical who had spent time training with al-Qa'eda sympathisers in Pakistan as far back as 2003.
Siddique Khan and his accomplices were similarly known to detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, but no one thought to do even the most rudimentary checks with American officials about the terror threat in our midst until after London had been attacked. Then, as The Daily Telegraph reported earlier this year, Guantanamo detainees were able to provide detailed information not just about Siddique Khan, but also about other members of the group.
MI5's pathetic excuse for allowing the Siddique Khan trail to go cold is that it had insufficient resources to pursue him because it was busy following a number of other, more important leads. In the words of the report, MI5 had more "pressing priorities".
Just what could be more pressing than a plot to blow up London's transport infrastructure we are not told - for legal reasons. Nor are we allowed to know whether MI5's resources were being properly managed, because key information has been removed from the report by government lawyers.
British taxpayers spend billions of pounds each year funding this country's intelligence and security apparatus, whose primary task it is to protect the public from attack, whether by enemy powers or fanatical terrorists.
More than £1.5 billion is spent on funding MI5, MI6, and the high-tech GCHQ base at Cheltenham, and billions more are spent on the nation's police forces, which include Special Branch and the Anti-Terrorism Branch.
But all this money - and all the "resources" that it buys - counts for nothing if our security chiefs can't be bothered to carry out even the most rudimentary identity checks on potential terror suspects, the kind of checks the police are only too ready to conduct for the most inconsequential traffic infringements.
For had any serious effort been made to check the identity of Siddique Khan between 2003 and 2004 then, as the report makes clear, other intelligence material from Pakistan, which clearly identified him as a major terror threat, would have persuaded even MI5's security chiefs to channel their precious resources in the right direction.
The picture of MI5 that emerges from a careful reading of the ISC report is of an organisation that feels at ease with its own complacency.
This, after all, is the same organisation that, in the 1990s, allowed London to become a world-renowned centre for Islamic extremists, earning the capital the unwelcome soubriquet "Londonistan". It was here that the Paris Metro bombings in 1995 were masterminded, and most of the key figures responsible for planning the 9/11 attacks had strong ties with the British capital.
The terror cell that carried out the London bombings, it is true, is not the only radical Islamic group to target Britain since 9/11, and MI5 and its sister agencies have been successful in thwarting a number of potentially deadly attacks against the British public - many of the details of which remain sub judice.
But the fundamental task of intelligence is to prevent terror attacks, and the fact that London was devastated by a carefully co-ordinated series of suicide bombings last July means that this country's intelligence and security apparatus palpably failed in its duty under the Intelligence Services Act (1994) to protect the British public.
This is not an argument that seems to have made any headway with the ISC members, who appear to have swallowed whole the excuse provided by Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, MI5's director-general, that her department simply did not have sufficient resources to track the bombers - and this despite MI5 receiving 73 per cent of the extra funds made available by Gordon Brown in 2004 to prosecute the global war on terrorism.
But we have been here before. Arguably, the greatest intelligence failing of all time was MI6's assessment that Saddam Hussein had active stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The ISC was just one of numerous government and quasi-judicial bodies that conducted exhaustive inquiries into the failure of British intelligence to realise that Iraq's psychotic leader was engaged in a dangerous game of bluff, but, by and large, all the senior intelligence officers at MI6 responsible for misleading both the Government and the British public on Iraq emerged unscathed.
Whether Mrs Manningham-Buller succeeds in pulling off a similar feat of escapology for herself and her senior officers will depend on the ability of the justifiably outraged survivors of the London bombings, and the victims' families, to insist that the Government now sets up an independent public inquiry.
Certainly it could be argued that the failure of senior MI5 officials to subject Siddique Khan and his accomplices to basic surveillance is far worse than the Home Office allowing hundreds of convicted rapists and armed robbers to escape deportation. That scandal cost Charles Clarke his job.
But Tony Blair has always appeared to be more tolerant of the failings of his intelligence services than those of his ministers, and it will take more than mere parliamentary scrutiny if our security chiefs are ultimately to be held accountable for their inaction.
Human rights law may be altered for public safety
By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - Scotsman.com
Britain is considering introducing legislation to prevent the country's human rights laws endangering public safety, the country's highest-ranking judicial official said on Saturday.
Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer told BBC Radio that recent cases of murders committed by dangerous prisoners released early from jail had raised concerns about how the act was working in practice.
"There needs to be public clarity that the Human Rights Act should have no effect on the public safety issues -- public safety comes first," he said.
The human rights law has come under fierce criticism this week following two unrelated cases involving a murder committed by a released sex attacker and a court decision on the right of a group of Afghan plane hijackers to stay in Britain.
A report by Chief Inspector of Prisons Andrew Bridges on Wednesday said too much attention had been paid to the human rights of convicted sex attacker Anthony Rice who went on to kill a 40-year-old mother after being let back into the community.
"The chief inspector of probation made clear that a human rights culture might have undermined people's views about public safety," said Falconer.
"The report appears to be suggesting that in some cases officials are more worried about what may happen in court than reaching the right conclusion on public safety.
"We need to scotch that as soon as possible," Falconer said.
He said Britain was not leaving the European Convention on Human Rights, but needed to make clear how human rights law should work in practice.
That might involve introducing new legislation to say "public safety comes first", Falconer said, rather than amending the Human Rights Act itself.
The act came into force in October 2000, making rights from the European Convention enforceable in British courts.
On Wednesday Tony Blair called a High Court ruling an "abuse of common sense" after a judge said the government had abused its power by refusing to allow nine Afghan hijackers to remain in Britain as refugees.
The Afghans had hijacked a Boeing 727 plane in February 2000 after it left Afghanistan's capital Kabul and ordered the pilot to fly to Stansted airport.
Judge Jeremy Sullivan criticised the government for failing to implement a 2004 appeal panel decision that, under human rights law, the nine could not be sent home because their lives would be at risk.
dramatic rise in potential terror suspects...
again! since when did being a suspect make you a terrorist???
Number of Islamic terror suspects in UK rise by 50%
London, May 14: The number of Islamic terror suspects being targeted by Britain`s security service M15 has increased by 50 per cent since the London bombings last year, according to intelligence sources.
"The number of Islamic terror suspects in Britain being targeted by the security service MI5 has soared to 1200, a 50 per cent rise since the London suicide bombings last July," the senior intelligence source was quoted as saying by The Observer newspaper.
In a warning about the threat posed by Islamic radicals living in Britain, the source told the paper that some of the public and politicians were failing to realise the risk facing the UK.
"In July 2005 we had 800 targets. I wish it was still at that level. MI5 had identified another 400 targets since the bombings, suggesting that, rather than the threat to security from British-based terrorists being reduced, it had escalated since the attacks which killed 52 people," the source said.
He said the threat posed by Islamic radicalisation was "current, relentless and increasing".
In September 2001, the security services estimated the number of UK-based terror suspects posing a `risk to national security` at around 250, a figure that now stands almost five times higher.
The revelation of this dramatic rise in potential terror suspects comes as it emerges that the radical imam who played a critical role in influencing one of the 7/7 bombers is to walk free from prison within weeks.
Abdullah al-Faisal was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2003 after being convicted of inciting murder and racial hatred.
MI5 missed six chances to stop 7/7 bombings
JAMES KIRKUPPOLITICAL EDITOR - scotsman.com
MI5 OFFICERS had to pass up several chances to thwart the 7 July suicide bombers because they lacked the necessary staff and resources, an official inquiry found yesterday.
With greater resources, the Security Service would have had an "increased" chance of stopping the attacks that killed 56 people, the parliamentary intelligence and security committee (ISC) found.
And despite massive increases in funding, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, the head of MI5, has admitted the service is now more stretched than last July and will be unable to prevent future terrorist attacks in Britain.
The inquiry paints an alarming picture of four young men who planned and executed the atrocity with a few thousand pounds, some household goods and only minimal support from terror groups such as al-Qaeda. Most worryingly, the four men underwent "radicalisation" far more quickly than police or MI5 analysts had previously thought possible.
The parliamentarians, who had access to classified material and intelligence chiefs, identify several opportunities MI5 had to apprehend at least two of the bombers before the attacks.
Mohammed Siddique Khan, the plot's leader, became known to the service as an associate of suspected terrorists in 2003. In 2004, he appeared again as a contact of another suspect. Khan's contact from 2004 is now the subject of a continuing terrorist court case, and cannot be identified for legal reasons. A second July bomber, Shazad Tanweer, was also known to be an associate of the 2004 suspect.
Surveillance operations on the two men were not initiated because MI5 judged they were "peripheral" to the operation that led to the ongoing trial. Evidence available did not suggest either was planning attacks against Britain.
The parliamentary investigation also found that in early 2004, information from suspected terrorist detainees held by unidentified foreign governments was passed to MI5 referring to a British man who had travelled to Pakistan seeking to make contact with al-Qaeda leaders. Only after the July bombings was it established that the man in question was Khan.
A similar report reached MI5 last February referring to a British man using a false name who had travelled to Afghanistan in the late 1999s. It was only after last July's attacks that he was revealed to be Khan. In 2004, MI5 officers showed a picture of Khan to informers and prisoners held abroad. But the image was not shown to a man in US custody who, following the July attack, was able to identify the British bomber as having attended meetings with al-Qaeda associates in Pakistan.
And as part of earlier operations, MI5 records held telephone numbers registered to Khan and to Jermaine Lindsay, another bomber.
Despite all the questions the report raises, however, it concludes that the failure to stop the bombings was inevitable and understandable, given the service's limited resources. Given the other urgent anti-terror operations MI5 was undertaking, the committee says, the decision not to pursue the leads on Khan and Tanweer was understandable.
"The story of what was known about the 7 July group prior to July indicates that if more resources had been in place sooner, the chances of preventing the July attacks could have increased," said the committee.
But despite their broadly sympathetic conclusions, the MPs also suggest that there are serious limitations in British intelligence about extremist activities in Pakistan and about the potential use of suicide tactics.
The report into the attacks reveals some worrying gaps in Britain's defences against terrorism, especially security officials' understanding of the radicalisation process that transforms ordinary people into fanatical bombers. Underlining the potential risks from terrorists acting in the name of Islam, the inquiry heard that some of the bombers had been radicalised far more quickly than police and MI5 analysts had previously thought possible.
The implication for future operations is that "the window of opportunity for identifying and disrupting potential threats could be very small," the committee concludes, warning that the entire British intelligence community urgently needs a "better understanding" of the radicalisation process.
Taking evidence from intelligence chiefs, the ISC also heard that even with the security budget rising dramatically, the threat from home-grown terrorists was such that some attacks were inevitable.
In one evidence session, Dame Eliza said that even with its increased resources, the security service could not have stopped the four 7/7 bombers. "I think that position will remain in the foreseeable future. We will continue to stop most of them, but we will not stop all of them," she told the committee. MI5, she added, is "carrying more risk now than on 7 July, 2005, in terms of the stretch on resources and the amount of worrying activity."
The ISC report confirms that, as The Scotsman revealed yesterday, the number of terror suspects in Britain is now more than 800, too many for MI5 to be able to monitor them all.
John Reid, the Home Secretary, echoed the warnings, telling MPs: "Even if there was infinite resources, the fact of the matter is that we can never be 100 per cent certain - there is not 100 per cent security." Dr Reid said the government accepted the committee's broad conclusions that the security service was not at fault over the July attacks, which killed 56 people including the four bombers.
That position was yesterday attacked by opposition parties and the survivors of the bombings. Many say only a full public inquiry will satisfy them.
Nader Mozakka, whose wife, Behnaz, was killed in the bombings, said the government was "acting as judge and jury" over the attacks. "People are being radicalised left, right and centre - I'm not saying I know the answers, but let somebody have a look at security policy and what happened on 7 July," he said.
Michael Henning, a stockbroker who was eight feet from Tanweer when he detonated his bomb, called the suggestion that more resources could have prevented the attacks a "scandal".
In the Commons, the opposition parties kept up their calls for a statutory inquiry.
David Davis, for the Conservatives, said yesterday's reports raised more questions than they answered and demanded "a fully resourced independent inquiry into what was clearly a major failure of our intelligence systems".
Nick Clegg, for the Liberal Democrats, said some of the most important questions "remain unanswered."
Replying to those calls in the House of Commons, Dr Reid said the ISC inquiry and a separate government account had answered all relevant questions.
A statutory inquiry, he said, would force MI5 and the police to devote staff time to preparing evidence. "That diversion of resources could truly put others at risk," he added.
in Bizzarro world
EXCLUSIVE: MI5 INFILTRATED BY AL-QAEDA
Muslim recruits suspected
By Vincent Moss Acting Political Editor - 14 May 2006sundaymirror.co.uk
TERRORISTS from al-Qaeda have infiltrated Britain's security services, the Sunday Mirror can reveal.
Bosses at M15 believe they unwittingly recruited the Muslim extremists after the July 7 suicide bombings in London last year which killed 52 people. They were signed up as part of a drive to find more Muslims and Arabic speakers to work as spies to help prevent future attacks by Osama bin Laden fantatics. Spymasters found some of the agents in Britain's universities and colleges and persuaded them to pass on information about suspected terrorists.
But a senior ministerial source has told the Sunday Mirror: "The truth is that it has now been discovered that some of those people have strong links with al-Qaeda.
"There was always a risk that with such a speedy and widespread recruitment some would turn out to be bad eggs. "But the recruitment has meant we are now in a much better position to stop al-Qaeda attacks than we have ever been before. Several planned attacks have already been stopped thanks to the high quality of our intelligence." But the disclosure that suspected terrorists have infiltrated the security services will be a further embarrassment to Government Ministers.
They came under ferocious pressure last week after an official report claimed MI5 had failed to follow up vital leads before the July 7 bombings.
The report from the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) said greater coverage by M16 - Britain's overseas spies - in Pakistan and more manpower "might have alerted the agencies to the intentions of the July 7 group".
But MI5 director-general Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller is masterminding a campaign to hire hundreds more intelligence officers to the service.
She is looking for IT experts, technicians and language specialists to help monitor "traffic" via emails and phone calls between al-Qaeda terror cells across the world.
MI5 is also offering £27,000 a year for "mobile surveillance officers" to follow targets who are part of "national security investigations". But the service warns that its strict vetting process means it takes up to eight months to consider applications.
The ISC report last week found that two of the July 7 bombers - Mohammed Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer - were known to the security services. But they were not seen as a high priority and M15's manpower was diverted to investigate other suspects. The pair were among the four suicide bombers who detonated their homemade devices on three Tube trains and a bus in the worst terrorist attack in British history.
SECRET HISTORY OF CENTURY OF SPYING
MI5 was founded in 1909, but its title then was the Home Section of the Secret Service Bureau. IT wasn't until 1916 that it was called MI5, standing for Military Intelligence Section 5, although its official title is the Security Service. MI5's primary role is to gather intelligence on those posing a threat to homeland security. MI6 keeps tabs on Britain's enemies abroad.
the story below is presumably because MI5 was so infiltrated by Al Queda that they kept the bombers secret in order to ...er hang on! some needs to be fired here...surely?
MI5 kept Parliament in dark over 7/7 bombings
Report by Michael Evans and Sean O'Neill - May 15, 2006 Times
Calls intensify for an independent public inquiry after key information is withheld from Intelligence and Security Committee
THE full extent of what was known about the July 7 bombers was not disclosed to the parliamentary committee that investigated intelligence failings in the run-up to the suicide attacks.
MI5 is alleged to have kept back material from bugging operations and data gleaned from computer analysis of the bomb cell from the Intelligence and Security Committee before its critical report last week.
Doubts have also emerged about when the identity of Mohammad Sidique Khan, the ringleader of the gang, became known to intelligence services.
The omissions have intensified calls for an independent inquiry into how Britain's security machinery failed to thwart the bombings that killed 52 Tube and bus passengers.
David Davis, the Shadow Home Secretary, said last night that there was a need for an independent inquiry headed by a senior judge. "If it is the case that information has been withheld from the ISC then that is a scandalous situation which undermines the whole basis of the committee's judgment and reinforces the requirement for an independent inquiry," he said. "The issue at stake is the safety of the public and it is necessary that we do everything possible to improve the performance of our security services."
Three areas of concern have emerged since the publication last Thursday of reports on July 7 by the ISC and the Home Office.
The ISC concluded that it was "understandable" that MI5 and other agencies had not pursued inquiries about Khan and his accomplice Shehzad Tanweer after they emerged as "peripheral" figures in a separate anti-terrorist investigation. The committee said that it had been told that there was "no evidence that they (Khan and Tanweer) were connected to planning terrorist acts".
The ISC members did not appear to be aware of bugged conversations in which Khan discussed a bomb plot with other terrorist suspects.
The ISC also accepted MI5's assertions that although Khan had appeared on the intelligence radar, it was not until after the July 7 bombings that he was positively identified. But the Home Office narrative of events suggests that Khan's name was already in the intelligence records. That report reveals that Khan was identified at 23.59 on July 8 as the account holder of a credit card found at the Edgware Road bomb scene.
The Home Office account adds that "in reviewing records" the next day Khan's name appeared as having "been picked up on the periphery of another investigation".
There are also concerns about how much the ISC was told about Tanweer's activities.
Sources have indicated that two weeks before July 7 he had logged on to a militant website to download information about explosives. It is believed that the website was under observation, possibly by a foreign intelligence agency.
The ISC report does not mention Tanweer's online activities while the Home Office account claims that he was not a heavy internet user.
ISC members declined to comment but some privately expressed reservations that they may not have seen all the material relevant to their inquiry. Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman, said that it would be "extraordinary" if MI5 and other agencies had not revealed everything to the watchdog committee. He said: "The ISC report was always rather limited in its remit, but frankly I don't think we had any idea that it was as limited as it now appears to be. The Government's position on resisting an inquiry is becoming unsustainable."
Security sources insisted last night that all material asked for by the ISC had been handed over and claimed that there was no surveillance material to indicate that Khan was caught up in any terrorist plotting.
But Crispin Black, a former government intelligence officer, said that he was concerned that members of the ISC had been working "blind", relying on the security services to tell them what they needed to know but not coming up with penetrating questions.
1. Khan was captured by PISCES when he entered Pakistan - July 2004
2. PISCES is a defacto Big Brother tool run by and for the CIA via a compliant anti-terror ally The Mushareff Junta
3. Khan apparently visited Parliament in ...drumroll...!....July 2004! did MI5 vet him?
Mohammad Sidique Khan: Aged 30, from Beeston, Leeds, moved to Dewsbury, married with baby. ID found at Edgware Road blast site.---above is the PISCES record of his visit to Pakistan.July 2004..
London bomber visited Westminster as MP's guest
15/07/2005 - 18:40:31 - One of the London bombers visited the Houses of Parliament as a guest of an MP, the British Labour Party confirmed tonight.
Mohammad Sidique Khan visited parliament in July 2004 in his capacity as a learning mentor at Hillside Primary School in Leeds.
The bomber, who was responsible for the Edgware Road blast, met Labour MP Jon Trickett. Mr Trickett, whose wife Sarah is headteacher at Hillside, spoke today of his shock. He said: "I was shocked to learn that someone who had grown up in the area of Beeston where I lived and which I represented on Leeds City Council for 12 years should turn out to be one of the London bombers."
It was also confirmed that Khan visited Mr Trickett and his wife at their home.
In July last year, the MP's wife took a number of her schoolchildren on a trip to London and Khan accompanied the party as a member of school staff. The school group visited a number of attractions including the London Eye and St James's Park.
During the visit, Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn joined the group in Portcullis House to talk about his role as their local MP and answered the children's questions. They then met Mr Trickett who accompanied the group on the rest of their visit around the Palace of Westminster.
As soon as Mr Trickett realised this man was one of the London bombers he informed the Chief Superintendent in charge of Commons security, the British Labour Party said. - IOL
"The number of unfounded claims and people coming into this country since 1997 . . . are down. Each of them now is fingerprinted and identity cards given out to them . . ." "It is necessary we control illegal immigration better. There are two things we need to do. Firstly, we need to introduce the electronic borders, which we have introduced now for some 26 routes . . . Secondly, we need identity cards both for foreign nationals and for British nationals"
- Tony Blair, speaking in the House of Commons May 17, 2006