As the British establishment mounted its usual stonewall against all criticism of the conduct of its intelligence and security services regarding the London bombings of July 2005, The Times reported that a rebellion is brewing inside MI5, whose agents leaked yet another top secret document, and this despite the severity of the sentences handed down to other whistleblowers:
A leaked "top secret" document published in The Sunday Times yesterday indicated that there was intelligence on one of the July 21 suspected bombers. One of them was reported to have been subjected to a short-term intelligence operation. It has already been admitted that MI5 had two of the July 7 bombers under surveillance a year before the suicide attacks in London that killed 52 people last year.
The Times's revelation that MI5 had known about a third July 2005 bomber and did nothing about any of them highlighted once again the British refusal to recognize, much less to correct, the widely-known benevolence of its intelligence and security services towards wahhabi/salafi terrorists that earned London the nickame "Londonistan" long before 7/7.
The notorious "Finsbury Park imam" Abu Hamza al-Masri was allowed by the British to send terrorists and bombers, including his sons, to Yemen (at exactly the time of the USS Cole bombing, as chance would have it), to Algeria, to Paris, and to the US, in the person of the "20th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui. Yet, Abu Hamza was allowed to act freely until his arrest in 2004 - merely for inciting terrorist violence, not for murder and kidnapping. Even after the British Muslim community banned him from preaching, he kept on whipping up Jihadi fervor on the sidewalk outside the Finsbury Park mosque, protected by a police cordon.
When Britain was asking who the bomb-maker of 7/7 was and the FBI and MI5 were clumsily trying to pin it on an Egyptian biochemist, nobody took the trouble of glancing even briefly at Abu Hamza's hook arm and glass eye, souvenirs of his bomb-making days in Afghanistan for the CIA jihad, for which he received training at the British military academy of Sandhurst (Hamza's cover story is that the former night club bouncer from Cairo entered Sandhurst as a "civilian engineer" and lost his limbs "clearing mines").
So when terrorism expert and former US prosecutor John Loftus revealed that Abu Hamza's close buddy Haroon Aswat, who phoned the 7/7 bombers repeatedly just before the London attack, was an MI6 agent, there was still nobody there to connect all the dots.
Aswat . . . is said to have entered the UK by ferry a fortnight before the first wave of bombings.
Searches of mobile phone records by British anti-terrorist police and secret service agents are understood to have found that he made numerous phone calls to the four suicide bombers.
American authorities have revealed they have been hunting the man for several years. They claim he master-minded the London horror although Scotland Yard has refused to confirm that theory.
And here's what John Loftus said about Aswat:
Back in 1999 he came to America. The Justice Department wanted to indict him in Seattle because him and his buddy were trying to set up a terrorist training school in Oregon... we've just learned that the headquarters of the US Justice Department ordered the Seattle prosecutors not to touch Aswat... apparently Aswat was working for British intelligence.
The supreme irony is that while Abu Hamza has been let off the hook (excuse the pun) from a life sentence in the US and deportation to a US torture Gulag, two MI5 agents who were tailing another jihadi firebrand cleric, Abu Qatada, are rotting in the Gitmo Gulag after being fingered by MI5 to the CIA. This is hardly a fluke. Another informant, Reda Hassaine, who risked his life spying on Abu Hamza for Scotland Yard's Special Branch and MI5, was similarly betrayed by the British authorities.
As for Abu Qatada, considered "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe," whom Mohammed Atta came to Spain to meet one month before 9-11, he was recently a guest, along with his family, in an MI5 safehouse while the British Police were looking for him.
BBC 8 July, 2002
A senior al-Qaeda leader is reportedly being looked after by British intelligence at a safe house in northern England - but security sources are denying the claim.
Abu Qatada is accused by the United States, Spain, France and Algeria of being a key influence in the 11 September attacks on the US.
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In April the Sunday Times said Mr Qatada had turned "supergrass" for MI5 - a theory fuelled by the arrests of several Muslim extremists in Germany who had met him.
No wonder there's a mutiny at MI5