Thursday, August 11, 2011

Between counter terror and the London riots

"Preparing for the consequences
9. The PREPARE strand is concerned with ensuring that the UK is as ready as it can be for the
consequences of a terrorist attack. The key elements are:
 Identifying the potential risks the UK faces from terrorism and assessing their impact;
 Building the necessary capabilities to respond to any attacks; and
 Continually evaluating and testing our preparedness – e.g. by frequently exercising to
improve our response to incidents and learning lessons from incidents that do take
place.
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RESPONDING TO A DEVELOPING THREAT
10. Within this framework, as this paper describes, a great deal of work has been done since
2003 to develop and implement plans and programmes to strengthen counter-terrorism
capabilities at all levels of Government, the emergency services, business and the wider
community. Parliament has legislated to support this effort. Terrorist activity has been
disrupted, including through a number of successful prosecutions in the courts.
11. While good progress has been made, at the same time the threat has grown and it has
changed in character. It has both domestic and international dimensions. The terrorist attacks
in London on 7 July 2005 brought home the risk of suicide attacks by British citizens.
Following those attacks, the Government has worked with others to step up and deepen the
counter-terrorism effort.
12. The Prime Minister set out a twelve point action plan on 5 August 2005 principally focused
on strengthening powers to tackle those committed to facilitating and promoting terrorism and
on strengthening community integration. A widespread consultation exercise was launched
with the Muslim community. Other steps have been taken to accelerate the development of
counter-terrorism capability.attacks in the United Kingdom in July 2005, when nearly simultaneous
explosions on the Underground network and a bus in London killed 52 innocent people and
injured over 700 others.
33. Second, the threat comes from a variety of groups, networks and individuals. These range
from larger groups organised around clear hierarchic and bureaucratic structures, to much
looser and smaller groups of like-minded individuals. These different elements often cooperate
and assist each other, but often also pursue separate goals.

49. The first area of action to counter radicalisation lies in addressing structural problems in
the UK and elsewhere that may contribute to radicalisation 

In particular, we are working with communities to help them discourage susceptible
individuals from turning towards extremist activity.

Our understanding of the new terrorist networks continues to improve. Since September
2001 there has seen a significant shift of Government resources into the business of gathering
and analysing information on the threat and configuring departments and agencies in the most
effective way to address it. While we are taking action to build an ever better picture of
extremist activity within the UK, our understanding of the threat still remains inevitably
imperfect.

Public safety is the top priority for the Government, the police, and the intelligence
agencies.

96. The PREPARE strand of CONTEST is concerned with ensuring that the UK is as ready as
it can be for the consequences of a terrorist attack.
97. Achieving this involves developing the resilience of the UK to withstand such attacks. This
means improving the ability of the UK to respond effectively to the direct harm caused by a
terrorist attack, and in particular to those individuals affected by it; to recover quickly those
essential services which are disrupted by an attack; and to absorb and minimise wider indirect
disruption. We will measure our success by whether we reduce the impact of terrorist attacks
on British citizens and our way of life.

99. The key elements of PREPARE are: identifying the potential risks the UK faces from
terrorism and assessing their impact; building the capabilities to respond to them; and regularly
and honestly evaluating and testing our preparedness, including through identifying lessons
from exercises and real-life events. "

 The content was taken from: http://www.iwar.org.uk/homesec/resources/uk-threat-level/uk-counterterrorism-strategy.pdf 

Countering International Terrorism: The United Kingdom's Strategy.

So let review this Strategy:

"Building the necessary capabilities to respond to any attacks; and Continually evaluating and testing our preparedness ."

  1. I think that the riots can simulate multiple terror attacks. The aftermath in terms of damages and lost of  public trust is even worth. As for public opinions, while it easier for the public to accept the aftermath of a terror attack and cooperate with the authorities, in this case the public witnessed helplessness and lost the trust they had in them , if at all.

  2.  "Continually evaluating and testing our preparedness"?

  3.  ..."when nearly simultaneous
    explosions on the Underground network and a bus in London killed 52 innocent people and
    injured over 700 others". - simultaneuos attacks..... are we prepared for them, and all we have seen during the last days were only riots....

  4.  ..."the threat comes from a variety of groups, networks and individuals" - who missed these networks and individuals? Did anyone missed a threat?

  5. "The first area of action to counter radicalisation lies in addressing structural problems in
    the UK and elsewhere that may contribute to radicalisation" - you can figure it out by yourself...

  6. "In particular, we are working with communities to help them discourage susceptibleindividuals from turning towards extremist activity"  - maybe we worked with the wrong communities?

  7. "Since September 2001 there has seen a significant shift of Government resources into the business of gathering and analysing information on the threat and configuring departments and agencies in the most
    effective way to address it" - this business failed, only it was using tax money we are paying....

  8. "Public safety is the top priority for the Government, the police, and the intelligence
    agencies."
    - Does anyone feel safe now?

  9. "The key elements of PREPARE are: identifying the potential risks the UK faces from
    terrorism and assessing their impact; building the capabilities to respond to them; and regularly
    and honestly evaluating and testing our preparedness, including through identifying lessons
    from exercises and real-life events" - very interesting....








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