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Sunday, 14 May 2006

Muslim recruits suspected

TERRORISTS from al-Qaeda have infiltrated Britain's security services, the Sunday Mirror can reveal.

Bosses at M15 believe they unwittingly recruited the Muslim extremists after the July 7 suicide bombings in London last year which killed 52 people.

They were signed up as part of a drive to find more Muslims and Arabic speakers to work as spies to help prevent future attacks by Osama bin Laden fantatics.

Spymasters found some of the agents in Britain's universities and colleges and persuaded them to pass on information about suspected terrorists.

But a senior ministerial source has told the Sunday Mirror: "The truth is that it has now been discovered that some of those people have strong links with al-Qaeda.

"There was always a risk that with such a speedy and widespread recruitment some would turn out to be bad eggs.

Haven't they been warned about this for several years?  Why have they overlooked the wisdom of recruiting Hindu or Sikh speakers of Urdu, Jewish and Christian speakers of Arabic? Call themselves an "intelligence" service!

But MI5 director-general Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller is masterminding a campaign to hire hundreds more intelligence officers to the service. 

She is looking for IT experts, technicians and language specialists to help monitor "traffic" via emails and phone calls between al-Qaeda terror cells across the world. 

MI5 is also offering £27,000 a year for "mobile surveillance officers" to follow targets who are part of "national security investigations". 

But the service warns that its strict vetting process means it takes up to eight months to consider applications.

View of Thames House looking upriver Thames House, MI5's headquarters. I knew the building when it was the Head Office of ICI. I went for an interview there then, but didn't get the job.  Security has been stepped up since. The road between the two halves of the building under a beautiful arch has been blocked by the entrance to an underground car park.  Anti ramming bollards have been built all round.  And that's just what is obvious to the casual eye.  So why give moles passes and encourage them inside?

Posted on 05/14/2006 1:37 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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