On the plus side with the British, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown has plans to form a National Security Council modeled on ours in America.
This is part of Brown’s overhaul of the counter-terrorism work at Whitehall, giving the Prime Minister more control over Britain’s fight against terrorism –a country that has seen deep, pervasive infiltration by radical Islam.
MI5 is currently shadowing and bugging about 2,000 current Islamist extremist suspects. I heard that when I was in London recently and Jonathan Evans, the new director of MI 5 (who took the place of the wonderfully smart and able Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, who retired) confirmed it in a speech the other day. At any given time, MI 5 has more than 30 "active" terrorist cells under observation.