Inside the Crevice: Islamist terror networks

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Inside the Crevice: Islamist terror networks

Bridget
Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

19 Sep 2007, 10:40 #1

Whose Security?  What Intelligence?

The Need for an Independent Public Inquiry
into the 7/7 London Bombings

Public launch of new report

"Inside the Crevice: Islamist terror networks
and the 7/7 intelligence failure", by Nafeez Ahmed


6.30-9pm Weds 3 October 2007

at Garden Court Chambers, Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2 (Holborn tube station)

Chair: Frances Webber Garden Court Chambers

Speakers include:

Nafeez Ahmed Institute for Policy Research & Development (IPRD)

Detective Superintendent (ret.) Des Thomas former Deputy Head, CID Constabulary, Hampshire

Les Levidow CAMPACC

Rachel North 7/7 survivor, author, Out of the Tunnel

James Oury Oury Clark Solicitors, representing the 7/7 Inquiry Group


Why was London attacked on 7th July 2005? Why were the attacks not prevented? Initial government responses claimed the Islamist terrorists were 'clean skins', previously unknown to the security services; therefore more staff and more severe anti-terror measures are needed to prevent future attacks. But there are great discrepancies in the government's account of events leading up to 7/7, in particular Operation Crevice.  Moreover, British 'security' policies at home and abroad have systematically undermined public safety for over the last decade.  Meanwhile, 'anti-terror' powers are serving to divert attention and resources from real threats of terrorist attacks in this country.

This critique has been developed in a parliamentary briefing paper, Inside the Crevice.  In August 2007 it was circulated to members of several UK parliamentary committees, including the Intelligence & Security Committee, Home Affairs Committee, Defence Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee, Joint Human Rights Committee, and Communities & Local Government Committee, as well as ministers and government officials.


The report is cited in the pre-action protocol letter drafted by Oury Clark Solicitors on behalf of the 7/7 Inquiry Group, sent to the Home Secretary. It is also cited in their application for judicial review of the government's decision not to hold an inquiry into the London bombings. Key themes and questions raised in the report, which calls for radical reform of British security policies, will be discussed at this event.


Co-Sponsored by

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC;

Institute for Policy Research & Development [IPRD] www.globalcrisis.org.uk;
Campaign Against Criminalising Communities [CAMPACC] www.campacc.org.uk;
Garden Court Chambers, www.gardencourtchambers.co.uk;
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, www.haldane.org



For full text of  report go to  www.globalcrisis.org.uk

Information:

Nafeez Ahmed e-mail nafeez@globalcrisis.org.uk Tel 07860 825 735 or

CAMPACC e-mail estella24@tiscali.co.uk Tel 020 7586 5892


Institute for Policy Research and Development

www.globalcrisis.org.uk
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The Antagonist
Joined: 25 Nov 2005, 11:41

19 Sep 2007, 12:32 #2

Anyone that's read Nafeez's book will be pleased to learn:
This report draws significantly on research originally intended for publication in the book The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry (Duckworth, 2006), but which was deleted from the text due to sub-judice rules regarding the Crevice trial. The close of the trial means that these censored extracts can now be freely produced, and they are supplemented below with additional data and analysis.
PDF here:
September 2007
Inside the Crevice

By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed; Foreword by Detective Superintendent Des Thomas (ex-CID chief)

http://www.globalcrisis.org.uk/main/PDF ... revice.pdf
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The Antagonist
Joined: 25 Nov 2005, 11:41

19 Sep 2007, 14:24 #3

Al K Myst on Nafeez:
Nafeez appears to be trying to be all things to all men and is getting a reputation for agreeing with whomever he happens to be speaking with. From sharing a drink with the lovely Rachel North and reportedly agreeing with her concerns, vis a vis the conspiraloons; to telling Keith Mothersson that he wanted to use the term alleged bombers in his recent book, only to be over-ruled by his publishers!
Nafeez in his new report intended for consumption by the ruling classes*, Inside the Crevice:
The London bombers belonged to the same network as those who were partially arrested in March 2004 under Operation Crevice. || Among the five escapees was chief bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan who was on a Scotland Yard “target list” of suspected terrorists for 15 months.
One might be inclined to ask, given that there is no 'publisher' other than Nafeez's own organisation for this paper, why he has refrained from using the term 'alleged' this time around too.



* "This briefing report has been prepared primarily for the attention of several key UK parliamentary committees, especially the Intelligence & Security Committee, Home Affairs Committee, Defence Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee, and Communities & Local Government Committee. The issues raised therein are of relevance to all the aforesaid."
"The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you." -- Immortal Technique

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -- Malcolm X

"The eternal fight is not many battles fought on one level, but one great battle fought on many different levels." -- The Antagonist

"Truth does not fear investigation." -- Unknown
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Sinclair
Joined: 24 Jan 2006, 22:57

19 Sep 2007, 20:04 #4

From Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed's Inside the Crevice paper (page 49), an overarching summary of the [US &] Britain's role for 'Islamic terrorism' in the ongoing 'Great Game'



The evidence indicates that recruitment and liaison with Islamist extremists in the UK for domestic and international intelligence purposes has been extensive...

1) The “Covenant of Security” Between the British Government and Extremist Islamism: Its existence has been confirmed by former senior intelligence analyst Lt. Col. Crispin Black, who notes that British security services permitted Islamist extremist networks to operate freely in the UK, even to use the UK as a base of operations for recruitment, financing and planning of terrorist attacks abroad – as long as they did not target British interests at home. <snip> [Londonstan]

2) Geopolitical Expansion in Regions of Strategic and Economic Interest in the Balkans, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe: Throughout the post-Second World War period, notwithstanding some exceptions, the trajectory of British foreign policy has developed according to the strategic vision of the United States. But what is this vision? In September 1999, Graham Fuller, former Deputy Director of the CIA’s National Council on Intelligence, advocated using Islamism to promote US interests and counter Russian and Chinese influence: “The policy of guiding the evolution of Islam and of helping them against our adversaries worked marvellously well in Afghanistan against [the Russians]. The same doctrines can still be used to destabilize what remains of Russian power, and especially to counter the Chinese influence in Central Asia.” The policy that “worked well” in Afghanistan and which Fuller argues in late 1999 should be transplanted to counter Russian and Chinese influence (i.e. in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia) is precisely the sponsorship of al-Qaeda as a mercenary force to conduct US covert operations. British policy toward Islamist terror networks in the Balkans in the post-Cold War period, discussed briefly above, suggests that Britain has actively participated in exactly the strategic vision outlined by Fuller (also see Appendix).


The [British] government appears unable to fully extract itself from these strategic interests, continuing to tolerate Islamist extremist networks in the UK, including successor organizations to al-Muhajiroun, and showing an inexplicable unwillingness to investigate them; displaying ongoing reluctance to arrest and prosecute leading extremists despite abundant evidence of their incitement to terrorism, murder, violence and racial hatred (with serious action delayed until public pressure is brought to bear); and refusing to investigate key al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist suspects based or formerly based in the UK connected to 7/7 and other terrorist attacks. [Whilst incarcerating young (Muslim) people on the apparent flimsiest of (thoughtcrime) evidence.]
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numeral
Joined: 04 Dec 2005, 17:55

19 Sep 2007, 20:09 #5

Nafeez is skilled at writing to an audience. While casting doubt on whether Khan et al. did 7/7 would not play well, the following would cause some cognitive dissonance:
We now know that this covert policy was intensified through 2006, and is
currently being applied across the entire Middle East, albeit focusing on Iraq,
Lebanon and Iran. Recent terror plots and incidents, such as the failed attempts in
London and Glasgow in May 2007, cannot be fully understood in abstraction from
this geopolitical context. On CNN last year, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative
journalist Seymour Hersh summarized his latest exclusive on the strategy. Hersh’s
discovery was that the Bush administration is actively sponsoring al-Qaeda affiliated
groups across the entire Middle East, with a focus on Lebanon, to counter regional
Shi’ite Iranian influence. Moreover, much of the finances for these covert operations
are being funnelled by Saudi Arabia through Iraq, with US connivance:

&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; This administration has made a policy change, a decision that they are going to
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; put all of the pressure they can on the Shiites, that is the Shiite regime in Iran,
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; the Shiite - and they are also doing everything they can to stop Hezbollah -
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; which is Shiite, the Hezbollah organization from getting any control or any
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; more of a political foothold in Lebanon.
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; ... we are interested in recreating what is happening in Iraq in Lebanon,
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; that is Sunni versus Shia... we have been pumping money, a great deal of
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; money, without congressional authority, without any congressional oversight,
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia is putting up some of this money, for covert
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; operations in many areas of the Middle East where we think that the - we
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; want to stop the Shiite spread or the Shiite influence.
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; They call it the ‘Shiite Crescent.’ And a lot of this money... has gotten into the
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; hands - among other places, in Lebanon, into the hands of three - at least
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; three jihadist groups. There are three Sunni jihadist groups whose main
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; claim to fame inside Lebanon right now is that they are very tough. These
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; are people connected to al Qaeda who want to take on Hezbollah...

&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; My government, which arrests al Qaeda every place it can find them... is
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; sitting back while the Lebanese government we support, the government
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; of Prime Minister Siniora, is providing arms and sustenance to three
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; jihadist groups whose sole function, seems to me and to the people that talk
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; to me in our government, to be there in case there is a real shoot-‘em-up with
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Hezbollah...
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; ... So America, my country, without telling Congress, using funds not
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; appropriated, I don't know where, by my sources believe much of the money
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; obviously came from Iraq where there is all kinds of piles of loose money,
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; pools of cash that could be used for covert operations... We are simply in
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; a situation where this president is really taking his notion of executive
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; privilege to the absolute limit here, running covert operations, using money
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; that was not authorized by Congress, supporting groups indirectly that
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; are involved with the same people that did 9/11, and we should be
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; arresting these people rather than looking the other way...106

Hersh’s reporting makes it difficult to avoid the inference that al-Qaeda
remains a nominally useful mercenary outfit for Anglo-American regional
geostrategy, this time not in Afghanistan as during the Cold War, but instead in the
Middle East. Moreover, the international structure of state-sponsorship has not
significantly changed, with the US at the helm, Saudi Arabia providing the funds, and
Pakistan providing military intelligence support.

&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; In March 2007, Hersh reiterated this conclusion in the New Yorker magazine,
citing White House insiders and other US government officials, all confirming in
perhaps the clearest terms possible that the US was deliberately attempting to control
al-Qaeda terrorist activity through Saudi Arabia (among others) to be re-directed
against Iran:

&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; The ‘redirection,’ as some inside the White House have called the new
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; strategy, has brought the United States closer to an open confrontation with
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Iran and, in parts of the region, propelled it into a widening sectarian
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; conflict between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Lebanon, the Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government,
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; ... The clandestine operations have been kept secret, in some cases, by
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; leaving the execution or the funding to the Saudis, or by finding other ways
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; to work around the normal congressional appropriations process, current and
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; former officials close to the Administration said.
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; ... Flynt Leverett, a former Bush Administration National Security Council
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; official, told me that ‘there is nothing coincidental or ironic’ about the new
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; strategy with regard to Iraq. ‘The Administration is trying to make a case that
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Iran is more dangerous and more provocative than the [al-Qaeda] Sunni
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; insurgents to American interests in Iraq, when—if you look at the actual
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; casualty numbers—the punishment inflicted on America by the Sunnis is
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; greater by an order of magnitude,’ Leverett said. ‘This is all part of the
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; campaign of provocative steps to increase the pressure on Iran. The idea is
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; that at some point the Iranians will respond and then the Administration
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; will have an open door to strike at them.’
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; ... This time, the US government consultant told me, Bandar and other Saudis
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; have assured the White House that ‘they will keep a very close eye on the
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; religious fundamentalists. Their message to us was ‘We’ve created this
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; movement, and we can control it.’ It’s not that we don’t want the Salafis
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; to throw bombs; it’s who they throw them at—Hezbollah, Moqtada al-
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; and Iran’.

Finally, Hersh repeated his findings on CNN in May 2007, the same month as
the London and Glasgow incidents:

&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; “The key player is the Saudis. What I [Hersh] was writing about was sort of a
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; private agreement that was made between the White House, we’re talking
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; about Richard—Dick—Cheney and Elliott Abrams, one of the key aides in the
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; White House, with Bandar [Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi national
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; security adviser]. And the idea was to get support, covert support from the
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Saudis, to support various hard-line jihadists, Sunni groups, particularly in
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Lebanon, who would be seen in case of an actual confrontation with
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Hezbollah—the Shia group in the southern Lebanon—would be seen as an
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; asset, as simple as that. We're in the business now of supporting the
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Sunnis anywhere we can against the Shia... Civil war. We’re in a business
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; of creating in some places, Lebanon in particular, a sectarian violence..”107
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Bridget
Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

19 Sep 2007, 20:17 #6

p 15:
2.3 MI5 officers confirm they were diverted from surveillance of Khan
Not only Khan and Tanweer, but all four London bombers had been under
MI5 surveillance and were placed on a list of 100 key UK-based Islamist terrorists
,
along with a hitherto unidentified “fifth man” who fled Britain just before 7/7
This is the first time I've ever heard of Lindsay and Hussain being under surveillance.
�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti
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numeral
Joined: 04 Dec 2005, 17:55

20 Sep 2007, 03:05 #7

Bridget @ Sep 19 2007, 08:17 PM wrote: p 15:
2.3 MI5 officers confirm they were diverted from surveillance of Khan
Not only Khan and Tanweer, but all four London bombers had been under
MI5 surveillance and were placed on a list of 100 key UK-based Islamist terrorists
,
along with a hitherto unidentified “fifth man” who fled Britain just before 7/7
This is the first time I've ever heard of Lindsay and Hussain being under surveillance.
Rebekah Wade, MI5 and the G8 bombings - an hypothesis

[1. I've mentioned this Wade thing before but feel it needs its own, expanded entry.&nbsp; 2. I've come to think of the July 7th bombs as the 'G8 bombings', for they appear to have been timed to coincide with start of the G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland.]

On Thursday 3rd November, 2005, the Daily MIrror ran an important story.

&nbsp; &nbsp; FEARS were last night growing over the ability to stop terror attacks after the security blunders that let the London bombers slip through the net. [sic]

&nbsp; &nbsp; The four men who brought carnage to streets of the capital on July 7 were watched by intelligence officers a year before they killed 52 people on Tube trains and a bus.

&nbsp; &nbsp; But security chiefs called off the operation after it was decided the gang posed no threat. Last week the Mirror revealed how 30-year-old ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan was filmed with a terror suspect last year and spotted chatting to an al-Qaeda fixer. No action was taken against him.

&nbsp; &nbsp; And last night a police source said the other three bombers - Shehzad Tanweer, 22, Jermaine Lindsay, 19, and Hasib Hussain, 18 - were also being tracked.

&nbsp; &nbsp; They were on a list of up to 100 people throughout the country feared to be Islamic fanatics.

&nbsp; &nbsp; A fifth man, thought to be an al-Qaeda operative, was being watched.&nbsp; He is on the run, believed to be in Pakistan, and could return to attack Britain again.

&nbsp; &nbsp; Field agents kept an eye the men's behaviour for several weeks but decided there was nothing out of the ordinary and pulled the plug.

&nbsp; &nbsp; The police source said the four "did not fit the preconceived terrorist profile". [my emphases]

So, all four (or five) G8 bombers were under surveillance by MI5 as potential terrorists until about July 2004.&nbsp; Then, Able-Danger-like, MI5 loses all interest in and stops watching them.&nbsp; Of all the fewer-than-100 fanatics under MI5's surveillance, it's those very four (or five) who will bomb London 12 months on.&nbsp; The Mirror's story, if true, looked very bad for MI5 -&nbsp; MI5 was shown to be utterly incompetent, or worse.&nbsp; It was a story that ought to have got a lot of attention.&nbsp; But then the Rebekah Wade affair happened.

Even I, who would never read buy the Sun and have never watched an episode of Eastenders, was transfixed by the 4am arrest of the Sun's editor for spousal abuse.&nbsp; I had glanced at the Mirror's scoop on the web that morning, and had thought it important, but then my mind was so distracted by the unfolding Rebekah Wade drama that I forgot even to bookmark the story.&nbsp; As things got ever more surreal, when Ross Kemp's - Mr Wade's - on-screen brother's ex-girlfriend slapped the latter around, a la Wade, thoughts about MI5 incompetence and/or skullduggery were nearly banished completely.&nbsp; As Max Clifford said:&nbsp; "You couldn't make it up. One story like this is big, but two stories on one day about two actors who play brothers on one of the country's biggest TV shows is massive."

Wade and Kemp had been, the previous evening, consoling David Blunkett on his second resignation from the Cabinet in a year.&nbsp; That afternoon, at his parting press conference, Blunkett had been asked if he believed he had ever been bugged.&nbsp; He sighed and smiled and said, "On my walks in Derbyshire I have even suspected at times that the birds in the trees were wired up."&nbsp; I don't think he was referring only to the press when he made his remark - I suspect Blunkett suspects that MI5 had a hand in his downfall.&nbsp; Be that as it may, Wade and Kemp returned home after midnight.

Sometime around 3am, a 999 call is placed from within their house.&nbsp; The cops arrive, Kemp has a minor facial wound, and Wade is nicked.&nbsp; Who placed the call?&nbsp; Kemp has a split lip and he calls 999 to get his wife, the Sun's editor, arrested for spousal abuse?&nbsp; Did he fear for his life?&nbsp; If not, why wasn't he arrested for wasting police time?&nbsp; Why would Kemp want to ruin his wife's public reputation?&nbsp; The story of how Wade came to arrested doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

If my theory holds, MI5 pulled the Rebekah Wade stunt in order to distract attention from the Mirror's embarrassing scoop.&nbsp; I wonder what Wade may have done to piss off MI5 - was it her friendship with Blunkett, or something that she had previously published, or was her record irrelevant compared to the burning need, perhaps at only several hours' notice, to create a diversion from the Daily Mirror exclusive that morning?&nbsp; And I also wonder at the role of Max Clifford, his part in Blunkett's, and others', downfall, and his role on November 3rd, 2005 - might there be more to Max Clifford than meets the eye?
EXCLUSIVE: TERROR COPS TRACKED ALL 7/7 BOMBERS
Furious MPs demand new terror security shake-up
By Bob Roberts And Graham Brough 03/11/2005

FEARS were last night growing over the ability to stop terror attacks after the security blunders that let the London bombers slip through the net.

The four men who brought carnage to streets of the capital on July 7 were watched by intelligence officers a year before they killed 52 people on Tube trains and a bus.

But security chiefs called off the operation after it was decided the gang posed no threat. Last week the Mirror revealed how 30-year-old ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan was filmed with a terror suspect last year and spotted chatting to an al-Qaeda fixer. No action was taken against him.

And last night a police source said the other three bombers - Shehzad Tanweer, 22, Jermaine Lindsay, 19, and Hasib Hussain, 18 - were also being tracked.

They were on a list of up to 100 people throughout the country feared to be Islamic fanatics.

A fifth man, thought to be an al-Qaeda operative, was being watched. He is on the run, believed to be in Pakistan, and could return to attack Britain again.

Field agents kept an eye the men's behaviour for several weeks but decided there was nothing out of the ordinary and pulled the plug.

The police source said the four "did not fit the preconceived terrorist profile".

A year later, the gang travelled to London from Yorkshire carrying their deadly cargo of explosives in rucksacks and blew themselves up in the morning rush-hour.

Angry MPs last night called for an overhaul of the surveillance system for suspected terrorists.

Shadow homeland security minister Patrick Mercer said: "These men appear not to have been as unknown to the security services as was first thought.

"If this is true, it suggests there are many more questions that need to be asked about our intelligence preparations prior to July 7. We will be demanding that these questions are answered." And Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Mark Oaten said the blunder shows the need for more cash to carry out surveillance operations properly.

The MP said: "This shows the importance of giving our intelligence services more resources and more people on the ground so they have the manpower they need to do their job.

"The Government should learn protecting this country from terrorists is not just about new laws, it is about money as well." The police source also said there were no suspicions about the men's behaviour in the immediate run-up to the attack.

Tanweer was filmed arguing with a cashier about being short-changed at a petrol station hours before he blew himself up.

He was also seen playing cricket with friends the night before the attacks on the capital.

The source added: "The Russell Square bomber (Hussain) is actually seen going into shops and bumping into people."

It is known a fifth man must have been involved with all four suicide bombers.

Police found an unused explosive rucksack in the men's car which was abandoned at Luton.

Metropolitan Police chief Sir Ian Blair has warned more terror attacks are being planned.

He said: "The sky is dark. Intelligence exists to suggest that other groups will attempt to attack Britain in the coming months."
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