Intelligence-led Counter-terrorism Operations in the UK Summer 2006: Issues and Consequences

Gregory, Frank (2006) Intelligence-led Counter-terrorism Operations in the UK Summer 2006: Issues and Consequences. Elcano Newsletter (29). 8 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

The pre-emptive element has become an important part of the UK’s national counter-terrorism strategy. The UK domestic counter-terrorism operations in August and September 2006, against a suspected Islamist terrorist plot to bomb transatlantic airliners and against suspected terrorist training activities, are important examples of the pre-emptive element of the UK’s national counter-terrorism strategy. This resource-intensive strategy, in terms of the demands it makes on the intelligence services and the police, places great emphasis on maximising public protection by early intervention action. The alleged airliner bomb plot is believed to have been based upon the use of the easily obtained, though volatile when mixed, components for peroxide-based explosives. Such explosives pose major challenges to airline transport security arrangements, with the need to balance more intensive screening processes with the necessity to process passengers as rapidly as possible. The terrorist training case offers further potential evidence of the need for Western Europe to be alert to the domestic element within current Islamist terrorist activities. Finally, the analysis illustrates the utility of recent UK terrorism law changes in the Terrorism Act 2006, such as a longer pre-charge detention period.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Terrorismo Internacional / Seguridad y Defensa
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > DEFENCE POLICY.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > TERRORISM.
INFORMATION; DOCUMENTATION > INFORMATION > INFORMATION SERVICES
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2012 19:27
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2012 19:27
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/1090

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