The British transport authorities have warned England’s aviation officials that al-Qaida is considering an attack against an English airport or other airline industry target in a threat described as credible, which BBC also reported on Friday 07 01.10
The warning, delivered in a letter, went on to say that no changes to security will be made and the planned method of attack is unclear.
An American official said that the British authorities had warned their U.S. counterparts of a possible terror threat to planes flying through England.
The official told the London Times but would not give the full details, but indicated that British authorities have said they were monitoring all forms of transit in England out of caution. He insisted on anonymity to discuss the classified matters.
The heightened awareness came from increased "chatter" among suspects under surveillance by the authorities, a British government security official said, also speaking on condition of anonymity. But he added that no threat was imminent as yet.
The report comes amid increased concerns at airports and railway stations. British Transport Police declined to comment on the deployment of officers and said the public would not notice significant changes. However, the police have denied a Sky News report that officers had been ordered to cancel days off.
The British government said the overall threat level from international terrorism remains at "severe" the second-highest level, meaning an attack is highly likely. The level has not changed since January 2010.
Britain's Home Office said that any imminent, serious threat to public safety would prompt a change in the overall threat level and would see it raised to "critical," the highest point on the system's five point scale.
Minor day-to-day revisions of policing are standard practice to handle a threat from terrorism British Prime Minister David Cameron said “is as serious today as it ever has been."
The British move comes after France and Germany increased security after warning of a heightened threat of terrorist attack. In October, the U.S. State Department advised American citizens living or traveling in Europe to be wary amid reports that terrorists were planning a "Mumbai-style" attack on a European city.
The next month, German authorities ordered increased security measures, including a beefed-up police presence in railway stations, airports and other public places. France is also especially vigilant on terrorism-linked matters following warnings in the last few months that French citizens were targets for al-Qaida. France's terror alert status is at its second-highest level.
It seems these days that we are all a target of some terrorist or terror attack or other raving loony or lunatics with psychiatric disorders.
European officials have been jittery in recent weeks, especially after Iraqi officials claimed last month that captured insurgents believed militants planned a series of Christmas season attacks against European targets, of which a botched Dec. 11 suicide bombing in Stockholm was one.
But European officials said they knew of no specific terror plots against Europe over the holiday season.
Nigerian man with explosives taped to his underwear tried to blow up a plane on Christmas Day as it approached Detroit and you have to ask with all this hi-tec security we have these days how was it even possible for him the pass the security point checks and not be founds out?.
"There is a continuing need for everyone to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police," the Home Office said in a statement.
BAA (British Airports Authorities), which runs Heathrow and five other terminals, said security at its airports, remained at a high level and that the company is vigilant at all times.
Last month, nine men suspected of plotting attacks on the U.S. Embassy London and the London Stock Exchange were charged with terrorism offenses, following the largest anti-terror raid in two years.
In July 2005, four British suicide bombers killed 52 commuters on London's transport system, and numerous other terrorist plots have been linked to England.
Taimour Abdulwahab, who blew himself up on a busy street in Stockholm, last month injuring two people, had lived and studied in Luton, only about 34 miles North West of London, for years before killed himself in the attack we have to start thinking just how many more like him are in our country of England that hold the English people to blame for what the British do?.