(QC is a quaint British and Canadian designation for a lawyer of great reputation who has earn the right to bear the initials, Queen’s Council)
- David Anderson says security services are intervening before London 2012 to avoid another 7/7 or 9/11
PUBLISHED: 15:46 GMT, 9 July 2012 | UPDATED: 15:48 GMT, 9 July 2012
Police are trying to arrest as many suspected terrorists as possible to ‘clear the decks’ before the Olympics, one of Britain’s top QCs said today.
David Anderson, the UK’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, says the security services are ‘defending further up the field’ to avoid any 7/7 or 9/11-style attacks when London hosts the Games later this month.
‘What one may be seeing as the Olympics approach is a willingness to try and clear the decks in some respects,’ Mr Anderson told BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House programme.
‘We’re a long way from zero risk, we probably always will be, but the police are getting to hear about things long before they used to and I think that gives them choices which perhaps they didn’t have before.
‘Do they let things run, just keeping an eye on it, picking up evidence with a view to a criminal prosecution? Or do they move in earlier to disrupt it?
‘The Olympics are potentially a major target and you are seeing the police, perhaps in a marginal case what they might do is decide to intervene a little bit earlier.’
Some 14 suspected terrorists were arrested last week, but he added: ‘We shouldn’t lose sight of the big picture, which is that things were a good deal worse six or seven years ago than they are now.’