Compiled by Cem Ertür
1) ‘Mumbai-style terror plot’ against UK uncovered (29 September 2010)
2) UK Prime Minister Cameron took part in an anti-terror drill in London (30 September 2010)
3) IHRC Chairman: Baseless terror claims “further demonise a community under siege” (29 September 2010)
excerpt from: ‘Mumbai-style terror plot’ against UK uncovered
by Matt Dickinson, Independent, 29 September 2010
Intelligence officials have intercepted a credible Islamist-linked terror plot against Britain, it emerged today.
The threat is one of “a succession” of terror operations the country has been dealing with over the past weeks, a government official said, although the UK’s terror alert status has not been raised from “severe”.
The planned attack would have reportedly been similar to the deadly commando-style raids in Mumbai, India, two years ago, with other European cities, in France and Germany, also targeted.
Last night the Eiffel Tower in Paris was evacuated following a bomb threat called in from a telephone booth. It was the second such alert at the monument in two weeks.
One UK government official told the Associated Press (AP) news agency: “There have been a succession of terror operations we’ve been dealing with over recent weeks but one to two that have preoccupied us.
“Still, it hasn’t been to the degree that we have raised the threat level.”
Another British official would not confirm the plot was “al-Qa’ida inspired” but told AP there was an “Islamist connection” and that the plots were in an early stage. No other details were given.
A Home Office spokesman said it was unable to comment on security matters, but confirmed the country’s terror threat was unchanged.
Yesterday French police closed off surroundings to the Eiffel Tower, France’s most visited monument. Officers pulled red-and-white police tape across a bridge leading over the Seine River, and stood guard.
Bomb experts combed through the 324m (1,063ft) tower and found nothing unusual, Paris police headquarters said. Tourists were let back inside about two hours after the structure was emptied.
German officials denied yesterday they had intercepted threats, saying there had been no change to the country’s threat level.
excerpts from: PM and cops’ Mumbai terror dummy-run
by Simon Hughes and John Kay, The Sun, 30 September 2010
David Cameron responded to the threat of a Mumbai-style terror attack by secretly taking part in a full-scale dummy-run, it emerged last night.
The Prime Minister ordered the operation to ensure elite cops and Special Forces are as prepared as possible.
He moved after US intelligence warned of an al-Qaeda plot to unleash marauding gunmen in a British city before Christmas. France or Germany were other possible targets. [...]
It is understood that, in the wake of the unprecedented operation in London, there will be extra training for both firearms cops and SAS.
Mr Cameron called in senior police officers, including Met counter terror commander John Yates, and senior military and security figures. [...]
A number of lethal scenarios were examined at locations thought to include railway stations and hotels – targets in Mumbai two years ago.
IHRC Chairman: Baseless terror claims “further demonise a community under siege”
Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) press release, 29 September 2010
Speaking after recent reports that security services had foiled plans to launch “Mumbai-style” terror attacks in UK cities, Massoud Shadjareh, the Chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), has called on the media to treat such claims with scepticism.
He called the claims “politically motivated” and warned that they served to “further demonise” a Muslim community that is already suffering hate crimes and feeling marginalised and under siege.
“The latest claims of ‘Mumbai-style’ attacks having been foiled by US drone strikes in Pakistan need to be treated with a great deal of scepticism. The recent front page stories of an Islamic plot to assassinate the Pope in London, which turned out to be completely baseless, show how easily stories can be created out of nothing. We also have a long series of incidents in which stories apparently originating with the police or security services have turned out to be completely false or grossly exaggerated, from the supposed plot to blow up Old Trafford to the ‘Ricin’ chemical attack plot.
“It is widely recognised that people and organizations of all kinds often have ulterior and self-interested motives for placing and exaggerating certain stories. Sadly, the police, politicians and security services are no exception. The problem with stories like the ones this morning is that there is no-one offering sceptical, balancing counter-arguments, with the result that any claims, however outlandish, are treated as facts.
“But the people who make such claims, and the media sources who uncritically parrot them, have a responsibility for their consequences. We now have a community of nearly 2 million Muslims, including some of the most deprived and needy people in Britain, who feel marginalised and demonised; who are regularly discriminated against and treated with suspicion and contempt because of stories like this.
“The Islamophobia which is being fed by stories such as this is reflected as much in the statements of some MPs, and the columns of some newspapers, as in the thuggery of groups like the English Defence League. The increasing number of hate-crimes against Muslims is a result of this criminalization of the community as a whole.
“Muslims are now suffering a level of persecution comparable to that once suffered by Jews in Europe. We all look back to those days with abhorrence and disbelief at the levels of hatefulness that apparently reasonable people were capable of.
“It would be good if people could recognise the reality of the situation Muslims now face, and act to prevent it getting worse, instead of looking back in regret in a few decades time, when the lives of tens of thousands of people will already have been ruined.”
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Foreign Office warns of high terror threat in France and Germany
Daily Telegraph, 3 October 2010
Britain followed the US in upgrading its travel advice for Europe today following a series of terror alerts.
US issues warning against travel in Europe
Daily Telegraph, 3 October 2010
America’s State Department has issued an alert to warn American tourists of the potential for attacks by al-Qaeda and other groups in Europe.
SAS officers warn that Britain is unprepared for a Mumbai-style attack
by Sean Rayment, Sunday Telegraph, 3 October 2010
Two former senior commanders of the SAS have warned that Britain’s security forces would be unable to cope with a Mumbai-style terrorist attack in central London.
GCHQ found British terror plotters
by David Leppard, Sunday Times, 3 October 2010
The government eavesdropping centre GCHQ identified some of the terrorists planning a Mumbai-style attack on London by intercepting telephone calls made from jihadi training camps in Pakistan and matching their voices against a secret database.
Britons training in Pakistan for UK terror attacks
by Rob Crilly, Duncan Gardham, Ben Farmer, Daily Telegraph, 29 September 2010
NATO expands Afghan war into Pakistan
by Rick Rozoff, Dandelion Salad, 28 September 2010
from the archives:
Police need more powerful weapons to combat ‘Mumbai-style terror attacks’ says police chief
Daily Mail, 15 April 2010
Police expect Mumbai-style terror attack on City of London
by David Leppard, Sunday Times, 20 December 2009
UK “Terror Plot”: Gordon Brown points finger at Pakistan
Dandelion Salad, 11 April 2009
British hotels put on alert over Mumbai-style terror attack
Dandelion Salad, 23 March 2009
Miliband: The security situation in Pakistan is fuelling terrorist plots in Britain
Dandelion Salad, 7 March 2009
Pakistan ‘linked to 75% of all UK terror plots, warns Gordon Brown
Dandelion Salad, 15 December 2008
Creating an “arc of crisis”: The destabilization of the Middle East and Central Asia
The Mumbai attacks and the “strategy of tension”
by Andrew Gavin Marshall, Dandelion Salad, 7 December 2008
India’s 9/11. Who is behind the Mumbai attacks?
Washington is fostering political divisions between India and Pakistan
by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 30 November 2008
“A Second 9/11″: An integral part of US military doctrine
by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 31 October 2008