posted on Jan, 8 2011 @ 07:23 AM
reply to post by martin3030
Currently the threat level to the UK is at severe, the second highest level meaning a attack is highly likely based on current intelligence. This
warning system is part of the CONTEST stagey and is issued by JATC who collect intelligence on the threat of terrorist attacks against the UK to
advise government and issue a threat level. As a result of this government bodies such as the police, fire and rescue, NHS, local counsel’s, and
even the military and business’s prepare for possible attacks including airlines.
What JATC don’t do for obvious reasons is tell us is specific intelligence that directs the threat level. It is possible that just now the security
services have a few ongoing investigations indicating that there are terrorist groups in the UK who have the intent and recourses to carry out a
terrorist attack on UK soil and therefore an attack is “highly likely”. But for obvious reasons they are not going to post on their website “the
threat level is sever because Omar down the road has just got back from Pakistan and has 4 tons of industrial fertiliser in his shed and a couple of
detonators.” Also the threat level is always higher at this time of the year, more people travailing, more targets, bigger public gathering and
psychological significance means that an attack is more likely, and that is without access to JATC’s intelligence.
Also in your thread you said the threat level was “critical” this is not true, its “Severe” overall. A few days ago the threat level to the
London transport net work was increased but not the overall threat level to the UK which remains at Severe. You also said there was a level above
“critical” you called “imminent” this is not true, the highest level is critical meaning that attack is imminent.
You said you thought this was because it benefited the Airlines having a higher security level, which is not true. It costs Airlines more when the
threat is sever, impacts on their overall shear price, might even put off passengers form flying if they think they are about to be blown out of the
sky. I remember after the volcanic ash could in the UK an airline boss saying that the threat level was hitting possible airline profits because of
the additional resources that have to be implemented to respond to this threat level.