Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Airline bombers’ conviction: Locked down | The Economist

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    • British efforts to clamp down on jihadist terrorists are showing partial success
    • The police and intelligence services launched an enormous investigation to prevent the attacks, employing 200 people to provide round-the-clock surveillance. Operation Overt was cut short when Rashid Rauf of Birmingham, believed to be an al-Qaeda link man for the plotters in Pakistan, was arrested there, allegedly at American instigation. This caused the British to close in earlier than planned, perhaps at the cost of gathering more explicit evidence.