islamist sleeper cell in scotland yard?
from sydney morning herald: Scotland Yard refuses to comment on a report that an al-Qaeda sleeper cell has infiltrated London’s Metropolitan Police headquarters. The News Of The World published a story yesterday stating Britain’s domestic intelligence agency, MI5, had identified four London police officers who were passing on Scotland Yard secrets to Islamic fundamentalists… The paper stated MI5 believed the four had been planted in Scotland Yard as sleepers to keep al-Qaeda informed of anti-terrorism raids.
crime pays for the prison industrial complex
from afp: The United States leads the world in the number of people it incarcerates and government figures show the country’s prison population grew by three percent to a record 2.3 million inmates in 2006. Harsher sentencing policies have put more criminals behind bars and prison management firms such as the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and The GEO Group are racing to build new jails or expand existing facilities to house more convicted felons.
british troops overrun town for training exercise
from lawrence journal-world: Thursday may have seemed like any other day for most in Leavenworth, but for about 180 British officers, an enemy was on the loose threatening civilians. Tactical forces were moved in, and soldiers took their positions outside schools and churches preparing to isolate the terrorist activity. While it may have been a fictional enemy in theory, for visiting officers with the United Kingdom’s Intermediate Command and Staff Course who were roaming the streets of Leavenworth, the tactical solutions they used to end the threats were real.