August 7, 2005

NICE TO KNOW, BUT...:

Saudis warned UK of London attacks (Martin Bright, Antony Barnett and Mohammed Alkhereiji, August 7, 2005, The Observer)

Saudi Arabia officially warned Britain of an imminent terrorist attack on London just weeks ahead of the 7 July bombings after calls from one of al-Qaeda's most wanted operatives were traced to an active cell in the United Kingdom.

Senior Saudi security sources have confirmed they are investigating whether calls from Kareem al-Majati, last year named as one of al-Qaeda's chiefs in the Gulf kingdom, were made directly to the British ringleader of the 7 July bomb plotters.

One senior Saudi security official told The Observer that calls to Britain intercepted from a mobile phone belonging to Majati earlier this year revealed that an active terror group was at work in the UK and planning an attack.

He also said that calls from Majati's lieutenant and al-Qaeda's logistics expert, Younes al-Hayari, who was killed in a separate shoot-out just four days before the 7 July bombings, have also been traced to Britain.

The Saudi official said: 'It was clear to us that there was a terror group planning an attack in the UK. We passed all this information on to both MI5 and MI6 at the time. We are now investigating whether these calls were directly to the London bombers. It is our conclusion that either these were linked or that a completely different terror network is still at large in Britain.'


The question ends up being the same as the 9/11 question: what use is it for a free society to have a generalized knowledge that an attack is imminent? It's not like we';re going to shut everything down and hide until after it occurs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 7, 2005 10:13 AM
Comments

What they want is to scare us into becoming like the once proud Vikings, cringing and wringing their hands while savages rape their wives and daughters and lay waste to their culture.

Ain't gonna happen here even though, to Arabs all us westerners may look the alike, we aren't all Euroweenies.

Posted by: erp at August 7, 2005 6:43 PM

Erp. I must be missing something in history. Please enlighten me.

Posted by: Genecis at August 7, 2005 7:47 PM

Genecis:

She's talking about modern-day Norwegians, and gangs of non-assimilated Muslim immigrants.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at August 8, 2005 4:42 AM

Thank you Michael.

Genecis, check in on fjordman once in a while and you'll be astonished at what's going on under the radar of media attention in Scandinavia.

Posted by: erp at August 8, 2005 9:21 PM
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