The security Service (MI5) website announced on Friday 22nd January 2010:
The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has changed the UK threat level from international terrorism from SUBSTANTIAL to SEVERE. The current threat level means that the threat of a terrorist attack is considered to be highly likely.
The Home Secretary said in a statement:
"The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has today raised the threat to the UK from international terrorism from SUBSTANTIAL to SEVERE. This means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but I should stress that there is no intelligence to suggest than an attack is imminent."
To find out more about the UK's threat level system, see "Threat Levels" on the Security Service's website
We ask, yet again, as we do whenever this "terror alert level" status changes - what exactly are we meant do now, that we were not already doing,in terms of vigilance against suspicious people or objects or events ?
Why is there no mention of the increased threat from "domestic" terrorism, in Northern Ireland, and from crazed racist or animal rights fanatics etc. ?
Will there now be the usual Whitehall and Police "anonymous briefings", as there were in the run up to the last General Election ?
We still remember this scandalously NuLabour biased, scientifically inept, scaremongering nonsense, during the actual General Election campaign in April 2005: