UK Raises Terror Threat Level To 'Severe'


Locutus
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Britain's government has raised the country's terror threat level to "severe," Home Secretary Theresa May said Friday. It's the fourth-highest of five potential threat levels. According to the U.K. government, it means an attack is "highly likely." But there is no intelligence to suggest an attack is imminent.

May said the threat level was raised in general because of the deteriorating situation in Iraq and Syria, where extremist militants from the group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL). May said, however, that there was no specific threat to Britain that caused the raise in the terror level.

"The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West. Some of these plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have travelled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts," May said.

"The first and most important duty of government is the protection of the British people. We have already taken steps to amend our powers and increase our capabilities for dealing with the developing terrorist threats we face. That process will continue and the British public should be in no doubt that we will take the strongest possible action to protect our national security."

Prime Minister David Cameron is making a statement on the increase in the terror threat level at 9:45 a.m. ET.

This is the first time Britain's terror threat level has been raised since January 2010, when it was ticked up from "substantial" to "severe." It was subsequently lowered in July 2011.

The West — particularly the U.S. and U.K. — have increased their warnings about ISIS in the wake of the group's brutal murder of American journalist James Foley last week (external - login to view). A 23-year-old former British rapper is considered a prime suspect in Foley's beheading (external - login to view).

At least 400 people from Britain have traveled to Middle Eastern regions to join ISIS, according to Prime Minister David Cameron. Western officials have warned about the possibility of ISIS fighters holding Western countries' passports traveling back to those countries to plan and possibly launch attacks.


UK TERROR THREAT LEVEL 'SEVERE' - Business Insider (external - login to view)
 
B00Mer
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UK raises terror threat to 'severe', Cameron says 'attack likely'



ISIS poses a “greater and deeper threat to our security than we’ve seen before” said Prime Minister David Cameron. His statement follows a decision to raise the UK's terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe" over events in Iraq and Syria.

Fighting the Islamic State is “a generational struggle” against a “poisonous ideology” Cameron said, adding the UK “must respond calmly and with purpose” to a “greater and deeper threat to our security than we’ve seen before.”

Cameron said the root cause of the terrorist threat is “the poisonous narrative of Islamist extremism.”

He stressed a distinction must be made between the Islamic faith and extremist political ideology, which he said must be defeated at its root.

The Prime Minister explained he would be making a statement in parliament on Monday detailing measures to remove the citizenship of those who travel to fight with the Islamic State. He said there are “gaps in our armory” that would need to be filled with new legislation “to keep our people safe” and tackle extremism.

He said an “intelligent response” was needed combining military, diplomatic and humanitarian aid. He also reiterated his support for US airstrikes.

Cameron stressed the need for the UK to work with its allies – by providing intelligence for the US, delivering aid supplies to those in need, supporting a united Iraqi government and arming Kurdish forces who are fighting against IS militants in Iraq.

A response is needed urgently, said Cameron, as the UK and its allies “could be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean bordering a NATO member.”



Britain’s terror level threat has been officially raised from “substantial” to “severe”, Home Secretary Theresa May confirmed earlier.

May stipulates UK intelligence have not gleaned information pertaining to an imminent attack, but the upgraded alert level indicates a prospective attack is “highly likely”.

Britain is thought to be facing an acute risk of such a terror attack in light of ongoing bloodshed and carnage in Iraq and Syria. This threat level is the second most serious the state can announce from a range of five separate levels.

The upgraded alert was put in place by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) - a subset of Britain’s Security Service (MI5) dedicated to analysing intelligence relating to global terrorism.

According to MI5, Britain has not faced such a serious risk of terrorist attacks since 2011.

In a public statement, the Home Secretary said that each threat level dictates a multi-pronged state response, informing “security professionals across the public and private sectors as they make decisions about the appropriate level of protection in place across the UK”.

JTAC’s judgements are dependent on the most up-to-date intelligence gathered by Britain’s Security Services and are independent of Ministers, according to May.

May said on Friday the “increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West”.

“Some of these plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have travelled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts”, she added.

In an effort to assure the public the UK government is employing the most comprehensive action possible to protect the British populace, May said the government has “already taken steps to amend our powers and increase our capabilities” for dealing with “developing terrorist threats we face”.

“That process will continue and the British public should be in no doubt that we will take the strongest possible action to protect our national security”, she added.

The Home Secretary insists Britain faces a “real and serious” threat from international terrorists. She has urged the wider public to remain vigilant and to immediately report suspicious activity to the police.

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darkbeaver
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That's terrible, how can limeys the live with the tension and fear? Cameron is an expert in international terrorism,he knows what he's talking about. Putin controls ISISes every move. The alcohol tax in Britin shuld of course be suspended for the period of the threat, this will lesson the chance panic stampede into the sea. Maybe. They might plug the chunnel.
Last edited by darkbeaver; Aug 29th, 2014 at 11:28 AM..
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

Putin controls ISISes every move..



...and these idiot walk among us.
 
B00Mer
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Oh crap my bad Loc... just noticed your thread.. please combine them.

forums.canadiancontent.net/ne...at-severe.html (external - login to view)
 
gore0bsessed
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I heard Boris Johnson had a nasty fart that created a smell over most of the UK, they raised the alert believing it was a chemical attack..
 
mentalfloss
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Their security alertness scale is:

It's OK
Oh ****
Holy ****
Jesus Christ
OMFG
 
Cliffy
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gopher
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Looks like Cameron is making up "threats" in order to stir up pro war sentiment in Parliament.
 
Grievous
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OMG!


Run for your lives.


What a bunch of crap.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by GrievousView Post

OMG!

Run for your lives.

What a bunch of crap.

BREAK NEWS:: UK Subway just bombed!!! (external - login to view)
 
B00Mer
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They are referring to Cameron like Winston Churchill, and Obama waiting for another Perl Harbor before he acts.
 
Tonington
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

They are referring to Cameron like Winston Churchill, and Obama waiting for another Perl Harbor before he acts.

Pearl harbour is an odd choice as an analog, why not another 9/11?
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by ToningtonView Post

Pearl harbour is an odd choice as an analog, why not another 9/11?

I think they are trying to compare it to how Britan acted against Hitler, and the US waited till attacked before they entered..

I know silly analogy, but CNN and FoxNews and using it now..

Also, what's the deal with CNN, they were suppose to be Liberal talking heads.. now they are almost like FoxNews.

Hitler being the Islamists, at least they got that right.
 
coldstream
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The U.S. finally dumped their colour coded threat level instituted after 9/11 after so many years of 'crying wolf' it became almost totally ignored.

It seems the British are following the same example.. percieving a 'climate' of 'potential' threat without any specific intelligence. And it seems it will be headed for the same oblivion in public credibility.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by coldstreamView Post

The U.S. finally dumped their colour coded threat level instituted after 9/11 after so many years of 'crying wolf' it became almost totally ignored.

It seems the British are following the same example.. percieving a 'climate' of 'potential' threat without any specific intelligence. And it seems it will be headed for the same oblivion in public credibility.

The difference between the US and the UK, terrorism happens more often..

From buses being blown up..



Nut jobs killing in the name of Islam..



Subways being blown up



Maybe it's because they have more out spoken nut jobs in the UK that support hate and ignorance.




George Galloway


Anjem Choudary

I know, if your a Liberal... it's just work place violence
 
gopher
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Grozny:














shock and awe:







Abu Ghraib:













{Ahem} - Who threw the first punch? Who was the first to drop bombs on innocents? Whose foreign government is occupying territories overseas?




Don't want trouble with Muzzies? All you need do is to stay out of their territory. After all, they didn't start any of this.

Stop with the WMD lies - stop pretending ''enemies'' are in every street corner - stop making enemies - take all the profit out of war. Then we will have Peace.
 
Cliffy
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MHz
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I think the common theme is 'Better there than here.' and 'Why here and not over there.?'
 
taxslave
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Who exactly is the UK capable of terrorizing?
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Who exactly is the UK capable of terrorizing?

Luxemburg.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

What treehugger besides suzuki and a few second rate actors can afford a $5000 suit?
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by gopherView Post

{Ahem} - Who threw the first punch?



USS Cole


Terrorist Attacks in the U.S. or Against Americans | Infoplease.com (external - login to view)
 
darkbeaver
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Americans? Attack America? It's bigger than you think. Are two continents thretened ? We'll be suspecting you should anything happen.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Luxemburg.

Until somebody let the cat out of the bag.
 
Nuggler
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CODE RED
CODE ORANGE

Ah yes, memories of Georgie boy and his minions; grown rich(er) and fat(ter) off the terror they propagated.

fun times.
 
DaSleeper
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

What treehugger besides suzuki and a few second rate actors can afford a $5000 suit?

A filmmaker like Joseph?
 
Blackleaf
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This is hardly big news. Or, at least, it shouldn't be.

Back in the Eighties, in the days when Britain's biggest threat came from Paddy terrorists rather than Muzzie terrorists, Britain's threat level was also "severe" but it was never reported in the media. Throughout virtually the whole of that decade, Britain's terror threat was "severe", yet it was never even mentioned to the public. It's only in recent years have the government decided to tell the British people what the "terror threat" is.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

This is hardly big news. Or, at least, it shouldn't be.

.

Can you think of a more terrifying headline in the West?
Putin Urges Kiev Cease Hostilities, Start Restoring Infrastructure in East Ukraine | World | RIA Novosti (external - login to view)

Our share of this would be what in terms of money vs jobs created?
NATO to Set Up Another 5 Military Bases in Eastern Europe | World | RIA Novosti (external - login to view)
 
tay
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