British jihadists ‘walk through’ airports

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  1. david says:

    Our (UK) border security has never been perfect since 1945 I suspect. There were “holes” during the Cold War in NW Scotland, with visiting Soviet trawlers which had minimal or no reception upon landing for example.

    ‘Persons of interest’ we know can enter and leave the UK without being stopped, whether by UK Border Force, Ports (SB) police officers and others. This happens even with the much criticised E-Borders programme and the alerts issued by the National Border Taregeting Centre (successor to JBOC).

    In theory NBTC / JBOC can issue alerts for embarkation and arrival. Whether there is enough information to intercept (if desirable) a ‘person of interest’ or to undertake other action is a moot point.

    Looking for performance data I found this: ‘NBTC results for alerts issued to the border agencies (Border Force, Police and SOCA) and resultant arrests include a total of 4,900 alerts between week commencing 9 December and 13 January 2013, resulting in 237 arrests’.

    See:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/311126/PartnerBulletinFebruary.pdf

    I think border security should be thought about, rather than a simple call to be strengthened – with what? Some routes and points of entry are higher risk. Do we need a cruise liner, full of senior citizens to be examined?

    Jihadists invariably remain covert, although anecdote suggests some are stopped at the borders (with Schedule 7 stops).

    Our borders are not water-tight, they are part of our defences; they may provide an opportunity to act.

  2. david says:

    Our (UK) border security has never been perfect since 1945 I suspect. There were “holes” during the Cold War in NW Scotland, with visiting Soviet trawlers which had minimal or no reception upon landing for example.

    ‘Persons of interest’ we know can enter and leave the UK without being stopped, whether by UK Border Force, Ports (SB) police officers and others. This happens even with the much criticised E-Borders programme and the alerts issued by the National Border Taregeting Centre (successor to JBOC).

    In theory NBTC / JBOC can issue alerts for embarkation and arrival. Whether there is enough information to intercept (if desirable) a ‘person of interest’ or to undertake other action is a moot point.

    Looking for performance data I found this: ‘NBTC results for alerts issued to the border agencies (Border Force, Police and SOCA) and resultant arrests include a total of 4,900 alerts between week commencing 9 December and 13 January 2013, resulting in 237 arrests’.

    See:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/311126/PartnerBulletinFebruary.pdf

    I think border security should be thought about, rather than a simple call to be strengthened – with what? Some routes and points of entry are higher risk. Do we need a cruise liner, full of senior citizens to be examined?

    Jihadists invariably remain covert, although anecdote suggests some are stopped at the borders (with Schedule 7 stops).

    Our borders are not water-tight, they are part of our defences; they may provide an opportunity to act.

  3. lambtonwyrm says:

    David Cameron talks of 450,000 British fighting in Iraq for ISIS. It is ridiculous that we cannot account for nearly half a million people leaving for this cause.
    Border security is a joke.

  4. lambtonwyrm says:

    David Cameron talks of 450,000 British fighting in Iraq for ISIS. It is ridiculous that we cannot account for nearly half a million people leaving for this cause.
    Border security is a joke.

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