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Monday, April 19, 2004



Endless plots - world-wide festivities

The UK police appears to be very active on the anti-terror front these days. Not long ago a bunch of plotters with explosives were arrested in and around London (which triggered an arrest in Canada as well which proved valid - a world-wide plot, no less, and we are growing used to such). And now this. Quite more spectacular than anything I've heard from the US homeland police lately (maybe they're more secretive? or maybe they can't find people to arrest? dunno):
LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) - British police foiled a series of suicide bomb attacks at a Manchester United soccer match with the arrest of 10 people in anti-terror raids on Monday, the Sun newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The paper quoted an unnamed police source as saying the suspects had bought tickets for seats around the club's 67,000-capacity stadium for their premier league match against Liverpool on Saturday.

"The plot involved several individual bombers in separate parts of the stadium," the source told the paper. "If successful, any such attack would have caused absolute carnage."


Ten people were held under anti-terror laws in a series of dawn raids involving 400 police across northern England on Monday.

Police and the Home Office (Interior Ministry) declined to comment on the Sun's report.

"We cannot get into a running commentary on the intelligence and information behind police and security service operations," a Home Office spokeswoman said.

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Whatton, of Greater Manchester Police, said he was aware of "extensive speculation about possible targets."

"As with any counter-terrorist operation, we will not confirm or deny any targets," he said in a statement.

The Sun said the arrests were made after months of eavesdropping on mobile telephone calls and surveillance by British and American authorities.

Anyone planning an attack at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium would have risked being frisked by security guards or police on their way into the ground.

An attack during the match -- one of the biggest games in the English soccer calendar -- would have been broadcast live around the world. The clubs are third and fourth in English soccer's top league.

Britain is on high alert for attacks after the Madrid train bombings which killed 191 people on March 11.

London police chief Sir John Stevens has repeatedly said an attack, most likely a suicide bombing, is inevitable.

Police arrested eight men and seized half a tonne of fertiliser often used in bomb-making in raids across southern England on March 30.

04/19/04 19:25 ET
Goddam intense struggle out there. The Brits (MI5) are in serious negotiations with moderate leaders of the Muslim community to help them unravel these plots - they really need some massive cooperation on the inside now.

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And in the meantime - remember in those Madrid arrests, some of the plotters blew themselves up while being surrounded in an apartment building? Well, one policeman died in it as well. And the incredible thing is what's been reported lately: that some local terrorist-sympathizing fucks exhumed the cop's body, dragged in through the fucking cemetery and set it ablaze - in a sort of mini-rehearsal of Fallujah. The difference being that it happened in Spain.

The Spanish should really crack down on those fucks in their country - too many Maroccans doing whatever they want out there. The UK is doing good, but Spain must do better - at least to protect their own cops after burial :-0

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Which actually reminds me: here in Canada we also have those freshly arrived arab radicals and these guys are burning Jewish schools and giving a bad name to this stupid country here - out local neo-nazis pale by comparison. The police should really do something special to focus on these guys and stamp them out. Not to mention that we have so many Al-Qaeda cells here it almost looks like Hamburg.

I do believe we have a world-wide war on terror going on. And for some unspecified reason none of this is originating from Iraq - on the contrary, it seems radicals are actually diverting their energies to go and fight there, instead of flocking to Europe in throves. Pretty absurd.





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