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Terran1212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:22 PM
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"Al Qaeda" cleric exposed as double agent for british MI5
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-3-10501...

Al-Qaeda cleric exposed as an MI5 double agent
By Daniel McGrory and Richard Ford
Allies say warnings were ignored





ONE of al-Qaedas most dangerous figures has been revealed as a double agent working for MI5, raising criticism from European governments, which repeatedly called for his arrest.

Britain ignored warnings which began before the September 11 attacks from half a dozen friendly governments about Abu Qatadas links with terrorist groups and refused to arrest him. Intelligence chiefs hid from European allies their intention to use the cleric as a key informer against Islamic militants in Britain.

Abu Qatada boasted to MI5 that he could prevent terrorist attacks and offered to expose dangerous extremists, while all along he was setting up a haven for his terror organisation in Britain.

Among the scores of young militants who came to visit him in London was the chief suspect in the Madrid train bombings. His followers also included people who wanted to be suicide bombers for al-Qaeda, such as Richard Reid, the shoe bomber.




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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:26 PM
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1. yeah, right... next they'll be tell us that UBL was one of ours.....
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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:27 PM
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2. that's preposterous!!!
:spray:
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:02 PM
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5. UBL is one of ours. n/t


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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:34 PM
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7. whoops!
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ret5hd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:30 PM
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3. hmmmm...so cointelpro takes a new twist.
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Terran1212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:33 PM
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4. I myself was part of simulation for Homeland Security
Where agents dressed up as interns, pedestrians, and other public figures.

Of course, the fiery Al Qaeda cleric is a new one to me.

And probably to my sister, who works with homeland security weekly (she's an intern).
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:23 PM
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6. It's a very misleading headline
If you read the full story (not sure if you can - The Times has in the past been unavailable without a subscription outside the UK), you find that MI5 had talked to him, and he'd promised them he'd report anyone planning terrorism. But he didn't, the article says, he recruited people for terrorism.

The Times is calling that being a 'double agent'. I wouldn't - a double agent feeds bad information to a side that thinks he's working for them, and/or tells his real masters the inside secrets of their opposing organisation. Neither happened in this case.
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