FBI agents to guard UK airports against jihadi fanatics
… the big irony is requesting U.S. assistance while the U.S. has not been able to control its own southern border.
EXCLUSIVE: FBI agents to guard UK airports against jihadi fanatics
From: Sunday Express – www.express.co.uk
By: Caroline Wheeler & Amardeep Bassey, August 24, 2014
DOZENS of FBI agents are to be posted at UK airports amid fears that Britain’s anti-terrorism efforts are failing to keep track of jihadi fanatics.
Three US officers from a specialist FBI counter-terror unit are expected to land at Heathrow on Tuesday, with another 10 arriving within the week and dozens more over coming months.
They will monitor suspect passengers as well as investigate “terror hot-spots” across Britain in the wake of the beheading of American James Foley in Iraq. Last night, however, critics claimed their arrival was an admission that cuts to police and the UK Border Force had left Britain out of its depth and overwhelmed in the war on terror.
Officially, US officers who have been monitoring terrorist activity ever since the 9/11 attacks in 2001 will liaise with the Metropolitan Police’s secretive SO15 counter-terrorism command and MI5.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: We’re still waiting to see additional confirmation on this and note that the “Express” is considered tabloid and has run conspiracy articles in the past. That aside, in theory, a multi-national task force approach should have a positive impact for both countries.U.S. anti-terror efforts have been extremely effective since the 9/11 attacks, however the U.K. environment and demographics are not even close in comparison. It’s a safe bet that should this agreement be valid, it is a result of U.S. official pressure from the murder of a U.S. journalist by a British citizen who joined ISIS/IS (Islamic State). Of course the big irony is requesting U.S. assistance while the U.S. has not been able to control its own southern border.