Britain`s ability to prevent terrorist attacks is hampered by outdated laws that are "no longer fit for purpose", a former MI5 chief said in an interview published on Sunday, as the government considers new powers to monitor the Internet.
London: The al Qaeda network is plotting a terrorist strike in Britain to inflict mass casualties similar to the newsroom massacre at a satirical French weekly that killed 12 people, Britain's spy chief has warned.
British spies are allowed to intercept communications between lawyers and their clients, which are generally protected by strict rules of confidentiality, according to previously secret documents published on Thursday.
The British government has blocked a parliamentary panel from questioning the head of domestic spy agency MI5 about the Edward Snowden leaks, the committee chairman said today, branding the decision "not helpful".
Speaking to the Royal United Services Institute in London, the intelligence chief said “thousands of Islamist extremists in the country who regard the public as "legitimate targets", and defended the use of snooping technology.”
A British parliamentary committee will examine whether the country`s intelligence service failed in assessing the threat posed by two apparent Islamists who butchered a soldier on a London street last week.
Britain has seen a credible terrorist attack plot about once a year since the September11 attacks, a worrying pattern as security officials brace for an array of threats ahead of next month`s summer Olympics, the head of the country`s domestic spy agency says.