Blair Calls in Security Chiefs for Cabinet Crisis Talks; Terror War on US: Politics - Terrorism USA

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Blair Calls in Security Chiefs for Cabinet Crisis Talks; Terror War on US: Politics - Terrorism USA


Hennessy, Patrick, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY

TONY BLAIR today chairs a second meeting of the Cabinet's crisis committee to review security measures and discuss military support for the US in the wake of yesterday's terrorist assault.

The Prime Minister reconvenes the Civil Contingencies Committee after the same body last night imposed emergency security procedures amid fears Britain could also be a target.

Today's Downing Street meeting includes Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, Home Secretary David Blunkett, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon, Chancellor Gordon Brown and Defence Chief of Staff Admiral Sir Michael Boyce, plus the highest-ranking intelligence officers from MI5 and MI6.

Immediately after the talks, Mr Straw will travel to Brussels to meet his European counterparts to discuss an EUwide response to terrorism and measures to help America.

Mr Blair spoke overnight to a number of leaders, including German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder, French President Jacques Chirac and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

High on the agenda at Downing Street will be a review of the flight restrictions placed over London. No plane can now fly over over the centre of the capital while, in a separate move, all today's flights between Britain and the US have been cancelled.

Equally important will be to discuss the military help Britain can give to America in the wake of President Bush's clear signal that states sponsoring those responsible for yesterday's attacks would face retribution. …

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