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Sunday, 30 July 2006
Yard quizzes three Muslim officers in hunt for terrorist sleepers
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Coming fast on the revelations about the Foreign Office (a very strange establishment, whose recruitment policy is an enigma and a conundrum even by the standards of the Home Civil Service) chief advisor on Islamic affairs is this article from The Times about possible "terror sleeper cells" within the Metropolitan Police.

SCOTLAND YARD has placed one of its Muslim officers on restricted duties while it investigates intelligence that he may have attended a terror camp linked to Al-Qaeda in Pakistan.

The policeman — who firmly denies the allegations — is said by police sources to be one of three Muslim officers questioned in a Yard search for terror “sleeper cells” in its ranks.  The move follows disclosures earlier this month that Islamic terrorist sympathisers had attempted to infiltrate the intelligence services by applying for jobs in MI5.

It raises the risk of terrorist “fifth columnists” passing on information about secret operations and compromising the identities of undercover agents. During an interview with the Yard’s secret vetting unit, which works closely with MI5, it was suggested he may have attended or associated with people at an Al-Qaeda training camp. The British-born officer, whose parents are from Pakistan, denies knowingly meeting terrorists.

During an interview with the Yard’s secret vetting unit, which works closely with MI5, it was suggested he may have attended or associated with people at an Al-Qaeda training camp. The British-born officer, whose parents are from Pakistan, denies knowingly meeting terrorists.

It won't just be the Met at risk;  I anticipate that South Yorkshire Police,  West Yorkshire Police and the Lancashire Constabulary will be taking an interest.

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Posted on 07/30/2006 3:00 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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