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Al-Qaeda have infiltrated the British police, says UK press

While investigations are still under way about the British doctor’s plot – as many as 45 Muslim doctors and medical staff are involved according to the Daily Telegraph – al-Qaeda supporting extremists have infiltrated the U.K. police too, according to a report in today’s Daily Mail.

The paper says it has seen a secret dossier drawn up by MI5 which has so far identified eight police officers and civilian police staff suspected of links to extremist groups including al-Qaeda. Some are believed to have attended terror training camps in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

The Mail adds:

Astonishingly, many of the alleged jihadists have not been sacked because – it is claimed – police do not have the “legal power” to dismiss them: We can also reveal that one suspected jihadist officer working in the South East has been allowed to keep his job despite being caught circulating Internet images of beheadings and roadside bombings in Iraq. He is said to have argued that he was trying to “enhance” debate about the war.

Meanwhile, I wonder whether the British National Health Service, employer of most of the medical terror suspects, now regrets these kind of ads they put up on the NHS website:

There are numerous careers in over 70 professions within the NHS – this means there is something for everyone. The NHS is also anxious to reflect the local population it serves. To this end, it actively encourages applicants from a range of backgrounds, regardless of gender, age, religion or race, to apply for jobs. Applications are particularly welcome from professionally qualified Healthcare staff from outside the UK.

It seems like al Qaeda have been reading the NHS website.

Tom GrossTom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.


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