posted on Jul, 20 2005 @ 11:53 AM
For the first time in Four years, the British Government downgraded the Terrorist threat assessment warning by one level, less than a month before the
attacks on the 7th of July. Authorities based the decision after a terror threat assessment by the Joint Terrorist Analysis Centre concluded that
there were currently no groups with the intent or capability to pull off a Terrorist attack on British soil.
NEW YORK - Britain’s top intelligence and law enforcement officials concluded less than a month before the London bombings that there was no group
with current intent and the capability to attack the United Kingdom, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing a confidential intelligence
The Times said authorities made their conclusion in the wake of a terror threat assessment by the Joint Terrorist Analysis Center, which includes
officials from Britain’s top intelligence agencies, as well as Customs and the Metropolitan Police.
The Times said the tersely worded threat assessment was particularly surprising because it stated that terror-related activity in Britain was a direct
result of violence in Iraq.
“Events in Iraq are continuing to act as motivation and a focus of a range of terrorist related activity in the U.K.,” said the report, a copy of
which was made available by a foreign intelligence service and was not disputed by four senior British officials who were asked about it, the Times
said in its article.
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I know what people will think, the fact that the Terror alert was only downgraded one level from "severe defined", to "substantial" makes this a
bit of a no issue, but the fact that the alert remained at a constant level for a considerable amount of time and was only downgraded a month before
the attacks is unusual to say the least. Could a genuine error have been made? Or was something more sinister intended? I mean, it's a pretty big
mess up by the Joint Terrorist Analysis Centre to state there are no groups able to attack at this time, since it contains the highest officials from
British Police, Intelligence agencies, and Customs. Time will tell with this story.
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[edit on 20-7-2005 by MERC]