23 January 2010
Election Threat Raised To 'Severe'
The Guardian explains that the terror threat has been raised from substantial to severe by Alan Johnson.
"Johnson said the change was not specifically linked to the increased threat from international terrorism following the failed Detroit plane bombing on Christmas Day or to any other incident.
He said the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (Jtac), a unit within MI5, had taken the decision based on a broad range of factors, including the intent and capabilities of international terrorist groups in the UK and overseas.
Johnson said: "We still face a real and serious threat to the UK from international terrorism, so I would urge the public to remain vigilant and carry on reporting suspicious events to the appropriate authorities, and to support the police and security services in their continuing efforts to discover, track and disrupt terrorist activity."
He said the public should be reassured by the UK's "very adept and very focused counter-terrorism" services."
This has got nothing to do with the general election; this has got nothing to do with the forthcoming election campaign.