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New York Times – June Report Led Britain to Lower Its Terror Alert: Less than a month before the London bombings, Britain’s top intelligence and law enforcement officials concluded that “at present there is not a group with both the current intent and the capability to attack the U.K.,” according to a confidential terror threat assessment report. The previously undisclosed report was sent to British government agencies, foreign governments and corporations in mid-June, about three weeks before a team of four British suicide bombers mounted their July 7 attack on London’s public transportation system.
AFP – British MPs criticised after only 30 turn up for terrorist drill: British lawmakers faced criticism from their own number after only 30 – less than five percent of the total – turned up for an anti-terrorism drill in parliament. The exercise took place Tuesday morning, when the chamber and galleries of the House of Commons were cleared after a planned “interruption” from one of the galleries. However, of 646 MPs, only 30 decided to attend, with Leader of the House of Commons Geoff Hoon saying “obviously” he would have liked more people to be at the pre-arranged exercise.
So when it comes to ‘protecting’ Parliament by keeping protestors at bay, they pull out all the stops, but when a single practical exercise is called for, nobody can be bothered. Interesting, no?