Any guesses on how the terror ploy was foiled by the British? It’s one word Intelligence.
All I could think about yesterday was how grateful I was that the British discovered the plot and intercepted the terrorists before they could kill hundreds, if not thousands of innocents. The next thought was that the British were obviously tracking money, calls, e-mails, and travel of the terrorists to figure out the network of insanity. Turns out the British were doing such things, in conjunction with the U.S. and Pakistan. British antiterrorism chief Peter Clarke said at a news conference that the plot was foiled because “a large number of people” had been under surveillance, with police monitoring spending, travel and communications.”
As I was thinking about all the intelligence work that must have been done to get to the point of arresting 24 people in Britain and 5 in Pakistan (at least 2 were arrested about a week ago) I thought about the cries of civil liberties here at home. I understand the concerns. I’m even sympathetic to those concerns. Yet, the world is different than it was 30 years ago. The fact that most men now have the passing thought about mustering up the courage to fight a takeover of the plane while boarding a plane is but one example of this.
We need intelligence. To get that, data mining is necessary. I do not understand why that lesson has not been learned.