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Minister warns of new terrorist plot
10-14-2008, 08:30 PM,
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Minister warns of new terrorist plot
Quote:A major terrorist plot is being investigated by the authorities, the counter-terrorism minister warned today.

Lord West, the former head of the Royal Navy, warned of the plot during a House of Lords debate on the counter-terrorism bill.

He told peers that one terrorist plot had been foiled, which had damaged al-Qaida. "However, another great plot is building up again, which we are monitoring," he said.

Despite anti-terror measures put in place over the past 15 months, Britain could not be considered safe, the minister said.

"The threat is huge. It dipped slightly and is now rising again within the context of 'severe'. There are large, complex plots." He gave no further details of the threat.

His comments come a day after the Lords forced the government to abandon plans to allow police to detain terrorism suspects without charge for up to 42 days.

The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, dropped the measure from the counter-terrorism bill after it was defeated in the upper house by 191 votes. She warned critics they were exposing the country to a greater risk.

Lord West repeated the home secretary's emergency statement last night, setting out her plans to keep the 42-day proposals in a separate piece of legislation to be introduced if needed in an emergency.

He assured peers the government had plans in place in the event of a terrorist attack to protect water supplies, resilience, underground trains and communications. "We have done all the things that we need to do, but the threat is building - the complex plots are building," the minister said.

The threat level in the UK is assessed officially as "severe" - the second highest rating.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/oc...terrorism-lords


Thats a a bit funny as Jacqui Smith said this today about the 42 day limit bill

Quote:The Home Secretary said the one-line bill could be rushed through Parliament in a matter of hours in the event of a terrorist attack.
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