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UK terrorist threat level raised to 'severe' from 'substantial' watch

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    I did a search and had a quick look and haven't seen any mention of this. (If there is a thread, just flame me etc etc)

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8476238.stm

    "The UK terror threat level is being raised from "substantial" to "severe", Home Secretary Alan Johnson has said."

    So after the level being lowered to Substantial a while back, and now being raised back up again, does anybody think it actually means anything? I was quite used to it being at Severe before and have kind of become numb to threat levels. But since it was lower before now, and they've put it up, could it be important?

    What are your thoughts on the threat system and the current raising of it? :eek3: or :rolleyes: or :confused:
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    for years my dad worked in london at a department office and the level was always quite high (black, the second highest to red) yet there was never a terror attack on their building (or any govt department) as such I dont really take notice of such a thing.
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    They wont want to scare the public without some kind of benefit to them. I am guessing they are going to pass some more criminal anti-terror laws and want us to accept them out of fear.
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    Bugger all
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    They want us living in fear.
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    Don't really get the point.
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    Don't they do this so they can have more powers to handle a potential situation?
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    Will a small group of domestic terrorists where terrorist activities happen rarely need £100bns of taxpayer money?
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    It's a pretty pointless system, there's no chance it will ever hit "low" because attackers will just assume your guard is down.
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    only on military bases may you see a difference, and that will probbably be having someone actually look at your ID and stuff and not just wave you if you turn up looking vaguely military-ish
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    now now everyone, remember, the real threat is the right-wing :mmm:
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    An alternative take on the situation:

    The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved."

    Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies all but ran out.

    Terrorists have been categorised from "Tiresome" to a "Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was during the Great Fire of 1666.

    The Scots raised their threat level from "P**s Off" to "Let's get the B*****s" They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line in the British army for the last 300 years.

    The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide". The only two higher levels in France are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively paralysing the country's military capability.

    It's not only the French who are on a heightened level of alert. Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout Loudly and Excitedly" to "Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels remain: "Ineffective Combat Operations" and "Change Sides."

    The Germans also increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to "Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They also have two higher levels: "Invade a Neighbour" and "Lose".

    Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual, and the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels .

    The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

    Americans meanwhile are carrying out preemptive strikes, on all of their allies, just in case.

    New Zealand has also raised its security levels - from "baaa"to "BAAAA!". Due to continuing defence cutbacks (the air force being a squadron of spotty teenagers flying paper aeroplanes and the navy some toy boats in the Prime Minister's bath),

    New Zealand only has one more level of escalation, which is "S**t I hope Australia will come and rescue us".

    Australia , meanwhile, has raised its security level from "No worries" to "She'll be right, mate". Two more escalation levels remain, "Crikey!', "I think we'll need to cancel the Barbie this weekend" and "The Barbie is cancelled". So far no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.

    Canadians are holding a public enquiry on the matter, have hired federal teams of bilingual grief counsellors and are controlling the situation through pieces of carefully-worded legislation which are currently on hold as the House is not sitting.

    not mine, I hasten to add
 
 
 
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