Anti-Terror Fight Leaving UK Open to Espionage
The country's ability to withstand a chemical or biological attack came under question as MPs warned the fight against terrorism had left Britain more exposed to foreign spies, it emerged last night.
The Commons Intelligence and Security Committee said resources were diverted from combating spying to tackle terrorism but questioned whether massive increases in the counter-terrorism budget would improve the UK's defences.
The committee's annual report, published yesterday, warns that if terrorists became 'better able to use' chemical or biological weapons 'the threat to the UK, its citizens and its interests would escalate and our ability to cope with such attacks …
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Publication information: Article title: Anti-Terror Fight Leaving UK Open to Espionage. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales). Publication date: June 30, 2004. Page number: 4. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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