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Sharing Intelligence

June 17, 2006
Before you read the rest. I think that the idea is stupid and shows absolutely no intelligence at all!

Police may let Muslims see terrorism intelligence

· Move to repair relations after Forest Gate raid
· Review of operation ready by end of month

Vikram Dodd
Saturday June 17, 2006
The Guardian

The police are considering a proposal to let selected British Muslims examine the intelligence used to mount anti-terrorism raids before they take place, the Guardian has learned.

While I’m sure that the “selected British Muslims” will be adequately vetted, where will this stop? Do the Met intend to show selected British drug addicts the intelligence on potential raids on dealers? Will they be discussing the Real IRA with selected British Irish people?

(Before any of you criticise, I am not suggesting that all British Muslims are likely to be subject of a raid. I know what some of you are thinking, but I’m just trying to make a point?

You can see where I’m going with this, but I really can’t see where the Met are going, other than to hell in a handcart!

Complete and utter madness, especially when you consider that this intelligence is not even available to the officers undertaking the raids. All they know is that there is a door to kick in and people to take out. If ordinary members of the public are allowed to know the intelligence, why can’t those tasked with following up on it make an assessment of it before deciding whether they want to take part?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mystic mog permalink
    June 18, 2006 02:42

    This could be a “cunning plan” Have you not read Tom Clancy? where they produce a lot of copies all slightly different to give to the people – so if one gets out they can tell WHO DUN IT
    clever aint it – Far too clever for this Goverment !!
    but hey

  2. lee permalink
    June 18, 2006 10:59

    I really hoped you were making this up….

    I despair…

    So what happends when one of these raids take place, and god forbid one of us gets killed or injured (again).It is then disclosed that the intelligence was made public to “selected” individuals beforehand I know what I’d be doing to the met.
    Can you see the Americans doing this? or any European country for that matter.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    June 21, 2006 20:45

    I very much doubt that any of the British Muslims will actually be police officers. I’m sure that even the Met could find a handful.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    June 21, 2006 22:14

    The Met is trying to find a way out of the mess they put themselves in. After de Menezes and now shooting a member of a Police-friendly Muslim family, they know that they have to pull out all the stops to have any chance of continuing to receive intelligence from the Muslim community. They have little choice – receiving that intelligence is essential.

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