Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Christmas terror

Looks like I'm not the only person rattling the tip jar at Christmas. French and American security services are warning of an imminent attack on the Channel Tunnel, saying the threat-level is "sky high". I guess they must want a large budget increase, a further erosion of civil liberties, and some shiny new gadgets under the tree.

Seriously, given the number of times these people cry wolf, it is very difficult not to be cynical about them.


seriously, the number of times you claim that dealing with terrorism is a matter of policing and intelligence rather than of military operations doesn't quite gel with the number of times you slag off at the police and security services.

It's difficult not to be very cynical about your Goldilocks views.

Posted by Anonymous : 12/26/2006 11:59:00 AM

Last week Sir Ian Blair, the head of the Metropolitan Police, described 'the threat of another terrorist attempt' as 'ever present' adding that 'Christmas is a period when that might happen'.

'It is a far graver threat in terms of civilians than either the Cold War or the Second World War,' he said. 'It's a much graver threat than that posed by Irish Republican terrorism.'

Good to see someone putting the horrors of Nazi occupation and the prospect of a global nuclear apocalypse into perspective.

The next-to-last plot the British Police foiled involved a plan to blow up airliners, carried out by people who didn't have passports using a 'liquid explosive' bomb that all the experts assured us couldn't exist.

Maybe this time a tetraplegic with no drivers license was going to drive a car full of 'antimatter' down to Folkstone.

Posted by danyl : 12/26/2006 05:02:00 PM

It's been nearly a week and the tunnel remains intact.

Incidentally, the various Alpine tunnels like the Mt. Blanc and Gotthard tunnels have no security screening (you just pay and drive through, or catch a normal train). If, as the UK government frequently claims, Britain's belligerence doesn't make it a terrorist target, why wouldn't the Al attack the Alpine tunnels instead?

Posted by Rich : 12/29/2006 01:41:00 PM