The news that the CIA has more undercover agents operating in the UK to stop Islamic terrorism than in Pakistan, Iraq or Afghanistan shows us that diversity does not mean strength , diversity = danger.
UK terrorists plan new 9/11 attack on US?
Sun, 08 Feb 2009 19:31:24 GMT
The CIA has launched a large-scale espionage operation to prevent a suspected terror attack, believed to be brewing in the UK, on US soil.
American spy chiefs believe a British-born Pakistani extremist entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program is likely to be the source of another 9/11-style attack.
During recent intelligence briefings US President Barack Obama was warned by the CIA about the growing threat posed by British "Islamist extremists" to US homeland security.
The CIA has informed the newly-installed US president that it has planted record numbers of informants in Britain's Pakistani community to monitor the 2,000 terrorist suspects identified by MI5 -- the British Security Service.
A former CIA officer and an advisor to President Obama, Bruce Riedel, told The Sunday Telegraph that "The British Pakistani community is recognized as probably al-Qaeda's best mechanism for launching an attack against North America."
Riedel, who has worked as a Middle East expert on the White House National Security Council for three presidents, added, "President Obama's national security team are well aware that this is a serious threat."
"Around 40 per cent of CIA activity on homeland threats is now in the UK. This is quite unprecedented," said the British intelligence source.
The CIA's sharp focus on suspects in the UK comes as Director-General of MI5 Jonathan Evans admitted in January to the lack of enough resources in his agency to keep a close watch on all its suspects.
Riedel said that the CIA chiefs' decision to allocate more resources to the UK is based on the argument that the US is not prepared to see American citizens die as a result of MI5's inability to keep tabs on suspects.
Britain's transatlantic intelligence cooperation with the CIA has so far helped foil several terrorist plots, including locating Rashid Rauf, a British-born al Qaeda operative involved in a plan to explode airliners over the Atlantic.