The CIA warned MI6 that al-Qaeda was planning an attack 18 months ago, but withheld detailed information because of concerns it would be released by British courts.
British intelligence agencies were subsequently forced to carry out their own investigations, according to Whitehall sources.
Several potential terrorists were identified with links to a wider European plot, but it is still not known whether the British authorities have uncovered the full extent of the threat.
All of this was fed to a credulous reporter by a very serious looking man who had his fingers and toes crossed.
The breakdown in relations came after the release of US intelligence in the case of Binyam Mohamed, a former Guantánamo Bay detainee who took legal action over his incarceration. The Government was subsequently forced to pay millions in compensation to him and other detainees.
Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Secretary, yesterday warned that unless judges were allowed to hear evidence from MI5 and MI6 officers behind closed doors, lives would be put at risk.
He said: “The Americans have got nervous that we are going to start revealing some of their information, and they have started cutting back on what they disclose.
“I’d love open justice but let’s have some common sense here. Open justice cannot be at the expense of lives being lost.”
And you\’ve just proven that you\’re unfit to be Justice Minister Kenny Boy.
Yes, open justice is more important than lives being lost. You know, that water the tree of liberty with blood shit? Or perhaps you\’d prefer that standard o0f the English idea, better than 100 guilty go free than that one innocent be jailed?
Or perhaps we should just point to the really basic idea here. Justice, this open courts stuff, knowing and being able to challenge the evidence against you, representation in court, presumption of innocence, all this malarkey. Why is it there? No, BZZZZZT!, it\’s not to protect the guilty from their righteous and just punishment. It\’s to protect us, the citizenry, from the whispers of the secret police into the ears of the justice system. From the crushing of liberty by State power.
And if some die as a result of that maintenance of liberty then so be it: for certainly some will die as we rise up to massacre those who would steal our liberty from us.