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UK security services face "7/7" criticism

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UK security services face "7/7" criticism


Almost a year after July bombings in London, serious questions are being asked over whether the plan could have been stopped. Recent claims that police failed to follow up clues and suggestions that the bombers were already being monitored have led to criticism of security services.

John Connor, a former Metropolitan Police commander, defends the authorities. He said: “It points to people acting in a way that was anti-American or anti-British. They were promulgating that kind of propaganda but so were thousands of other people. So why particularly highlight them? Bear in mind we’d never heard of home-grown suicide bombers in those days.”

But the new claims are increasing calls for a public enquiry into security services’ handling of intelligence information.
Computer expert Martin Gilbertson supposedly told police about his concerns over the behaviour of two of the bombers in 2003. He claims no action was taken. A police tracking device was allegedly found in a car belonging to the group’s leader just days after July 7th.

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