Homeland Security in the UK: Government Preparations for by Paul Wilkinson

By Paul Wilkinson

This ebook is an in depth exam of no matter if household security features are impressive a suitable stability among native land protection and civil liberties within the post-9/11 period. Professor Paul Wilkinson and the opposite individuals investigate the character of united kingdom responses to terrorism via key public and private-sector our bodies, highlighting how those enterprises can hinder, pre-empt, counter and deal with terrorist assaults by utilizing a matrix of things resembling sorts of terrorist networks, strategies and pursuits. the amount additionally compares and contrasts the UK's reaction with cognate states in other places within the european and with america. whereas better intelligence has helped hinder an enormous Al Qaeda assault, the authors finish that there's nonetheless a ‘major query mark’ over even if the rustic is sufficiently resourced to house an emergency scenario, rather in significant towns except London. The ebook additionally confirms that whereas the united kingdom faces a ‘real and critical’ hazard of terrorist assault by way of Al Qaeda, it really is larger ready for an assault than different european member states. native land protection within the united kingdom should be crucial examining for all scholars of terrorism reports, safeguard reports and politics, in addition to through specialist practitioners and well-informed normal readers.

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Characterised by terrorist groups that are inherently transnational in nature, utilise sophisticated communications and financial structures, seek mass casualties without necessarily claiming responsibility, and seriously entertain the possibilities of using CBRN weapons, 38 Tamara Makarenko the emerging terrorism necessitates a dramatic refocus of the predominant British view that it is not in the interest or remit of foreign-based groups to conduct major acts of terrorism within their borders.

Whitehall sources are also reported to have been told, that in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan, US troops found an Al-Qaeda biological weapons laboratory. Although suicide car and truck bombings and shooting attacks are likely to remain the standard tactics of Al-Qaeda it is only a matter of time before it carries out a chemical attack or possibly a ‘dirty bomb’ combining radioactive isotopes with high explosives. 19 It has by this means been able to adapt despite losing its state sponsor, the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

In brief, the UK already had in place, by the turn of the century, a comprehensive body of anti-terrorism legislation which was compatible with the Human Rights Act, and which could deal with the growing challenge of terrorism from an extreme radical Islamist network waging a global jihad. The structure of this book This multi-authored study deals with the complex problems of assessing the major types of terrorist threat faced by the UK. It opens with the editor’s assessment of the changing threat posed to the UK by the Al-Qaeda network of networks, its 20 Paul Wilkinson cells and affiliates (Chapter 2).

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