Brits Disrupt Terror Plot

From The BBC 

A plot to blow up planes in flight from the UK to the US and commit “mass murder on an unimaginable scale” has been disrupted, Scotland Yard has said.

It is thought the plan was to detonate explosive devices smuggled in hand luggage on to as many as 10 aircraft.

Police are searching premises with 21 people in custody after arrests in London, High Wycombe and Birmingham.

High security is causing delays at all UK airports. The threat level to the UK has been raised by MI5 to critical.

According to MI5’s website, critical threat level – the highest – means “an attack is expected imminently and indicates an extremely high level of threat to the UK”.

Three US airlines are believed to have been targeted.

According to BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera new intelligence was received in the last five days which led to the decision for police to act as soon as possible.

In other major developments:

  • The US Department of Homeland Security increased the threat level applied to US-bound commercial flights originating in the UK to “red” – the first time it has done this for flights coming in from another country
  • The Home Office confirmed there had been meetings overnight and on Thursday morning of the Cabinet’s emergency committee, Cobra, chaired by Home Secretary John Reid, to discuss the terror alert
  • A spokesman for Number 10 said Tony Blair had briefed US President George Bush on the situation during the night

BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said he did not think the police believed an attack was imminent now there had been arrests.

Today is August 10th, Considering Madrid was bombed on March 11th, and we had our own Sept 11th… Bin Laden and company seem to have some fascination with the 11th of the month…

10:15 AM… Massachusets Gov Activates Guard to provide additional level of Security at Logan Intl Airport. 

Others Blogging on this:   Well everyone but here are a few I have been reading..

Captains Quarters, Blogs of War, Outside The Beltway, Michelle Malkin, The Florida Masochist, Stop the ACLU, Sticky Notes, Assorted BabbleCounterterrorism Blog, Right Truth, Amy Proctor 

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  1. Amazing efforts by all on this coverage. I wonder if Lieberman feels slightly vindicated today?

    Add to this, the missing Egyptians and the arrest in Ohio of those “kids” with the phones and cash.

  1. 1 The Florida Masochist

    Stopped Terror plot and a practical concern…

    Off the top of my head I can think of two substances needed for some airline travellers. No not Starbucks coffee(Cue the sarcastic laughter)

    1 Insulin
    2 Baby Formula. Or even breast milk. Some moms pump and store. For obvious reasons most mothers…..

  2. 2 Assorted Babble by Suzie

    Mass Murder Planned by Terrorists for US and UK…

    My heart races this morning as I publish this information. I have been to Heathrow Airport in London many times and was stranded in Italy during 9/11, so this seems to hit home with me in a way hard to describe. It is pure terror and thank God we hav…..

  3. 3 Amy Proctor: Bottom Line Up Front

    Invasion of Jihadists’ Privacy Foils Mid-Air Terro

    An invasion of personal privacy? Perhaps, but what good is personal privacy if one is too dead to enjoy it?




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