A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

At Least Four Major Plots Foiled

LONDON, England (CNN) -- Terrorists are "highly likely" to mount another attack on Britain, the country's interior minister warned Sunday as police were questioning 23 men held over a suspected plot to blow up trans-Atlantic airliners.

Home Secretary John Reid said that although he believed the main suspects in the latest plot to smuggle liquid explosives on board jets had been apprehended, it was feared other potential attackers were at large.

"It is highly likely there will be another terrorist attempt," he said. "The threat of a terrorist attack in the United Kingdom is still very substantial."

Reid said that Britain has foiled four major terrorist plots since the July 7, 2005 bombings on London's transit system, adding that police were conducting at least 24 anti-terrorist investigations.

I'm tickled pink to see that British authorities are making good use of their intelligence agencies to take out terrorist cells. Although eliminating governments that sponsor terrorism is one facet of striking at Islamofacism, the crucial front in this war is being fought by western intelligence communities. After all, the foiling of the UK plot came about because a British agent infiltrated the terror cell and peeked at their playbook. This kind of humint is critical in infiltrating terrorist movements.

Unfortunately, while their use of technology to gather intelligence is second to none, the United States intelligence community doesn't exactly have a stellar record when it comes to the use of humint. But as these recent arrests show, western intelligence agencies are proving that they do indeed have the capability to adapt to and counter the tactics of Islamofacist extremists.

So the next time an odd-smelling, doofus college student with an out-of-control beard asks you, "but are we safer now than before September 11th?", keep news like this in mind.

And then promptly smack him as hard as you can. At least that's what I did. But you know, whatever works for you, right? Everyone has their own style.

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