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Editor's update: The first of Eliza Manningham-Buller's first Reith Lecture is now available as a transcript and as a podcast to download - PM.

Tomorrow Radio 4 broadcasts Eliza Manningham-Buller's first Reith Lecture, Terror, at 09.00 BST. It will be repeated on Saturday 10 September at 22.15 BST.

On the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the United States on 11 September, the former director-general of MI5 reflects on the lasting significance of that day. Was it a "terrorist" crime, an act of war or something different? She offers a unique perspective on the event, its impact on the world and the repercussions which are still being felt today.

After the Tuesday transmission, you will be able to download the programme as a podcast and read a transcript on the Radio 4 website.

During the broadcast we will be tweeting links to useful relevant content from the @BBC_Reith twitter account, and will share some highlights via the @BBCRadio4 twitter account. Please include the hashtag #Reith if you would like to join the debate. You can also share your thoughts and reaction to the lecture here on the blog.

In the meantime, you may enjoy the range of "Reith Extra" programmes which we have been podcasting via Radio 4's Documentary of the Week podcast. These include histories of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, and a special programme from 2005, How Islam got Political, in which Frank Gardner traces the rise of political Islam in Britain and around the world.

You can also listen to many of these and other programmes from Radio 4's 9/11 coverage here. Radio 4's controller Gwyneth Williams has also written about the station's coverage on the Radio 4 blog.

Radio 4 has also recently published the Reith archive, and you can explore more than 60 years of lectures on the Radio 4 website, where you can listen to the programmes and read the transcripts. You can download the previous Reith Lectures via the two archive podcasts 1948 to 1976 and 1977 to 2010.

Jennifer Clarke is senior multiplatform producer, Radio Current Affairs

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by ADDrian

    on 20 Sept 2011 22:52

    it means that grammatically, and according to proper convention - certainly in her circles, the phrase is incorrect and I did give the correct phraseology

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by ADDrian

    on 20 Sept 2011 22:49

    An eloquent clear speaker, she then says "I used to teach English.." but goes on to say "me and my team .." (or was it "unit" whatever...) instead of, of course, "my team and I..."!!

    We're all human but I find that surprising from such an eminent lecturer...

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by GREY-OWL

    on 7 Sept 2011 10:26

    (with apologies)

    CORRECTION
    The sentence in my earlier comment - 9. At 15:47 6th Sep 2011:

    “It has been said that if you are going to tell a lie, then tell a big one, because it will be so fantastical that no-one will ever believe it.”

    SHOULD HAVE READ

    “It has been said that if you are going to tell a lie, then tell a big one, because then everyone will believe it.”


    Apparently this quotation was by Joseph Goebbels and there are multiple variations (source – wikiquote)

    (multiple variations) If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. // If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. // If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. // If you repeat a lie long enough, it becomes truth. // If you repeat a lie many times, people are bound to start believing it.

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by barriesingleton

    on 7 Sept 2011 09:25

    SHREWD OBSERVATION BUT (#10)

    I do not write exactly as I speak, and EMB strikes me as a 'constrained' type.
    I would guess that 'try to' is correct English as taught to ladies.

    Your observation, nevertheless, shrewd and admired.

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by barriesingleton

    on 7 Sept 2011 09:17

    WHEN A TOP SPOOK "NOTICES NOTHING ODD" . . .

    Ordinary folk are left to join her dots.

    This is the Age of Perversity.

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by FreemanCol

    on 7 Sept 2011 06:34

    It is very heartening to see that some people have the intelligence to see through the 11/9 charade. If the evidence and testimonies were to be interpreted impartially, we would see a very different picture of 11/9. Too many loose ends here that do need tying up. It would please me if Auntie used her investigative power to get at the truth of it all. But there is no hope of that as Auntie is a very good girl and does what the puppet masters tell her. 11/9 was almost certainly an inside job. If you weigh the world situation up and the way that the US and UK governments are surreptisiously going, 11/9 was inevitable. Why? The people of this world see that their wishes count for nothing and are being bulldozed to a reality that is very scary. Where they have no say and only exist to serve the system. We have seen the blooming of population control in this country and many others. Look at the legislation that has been introduced to control what you say, think and do. So the PTB invent an outrage that is so heinous that the people can do nothing but take note. Then let them give the guilty party a name, the name of a database, Al Qaeda. Great. Now lets us attach a label, Terrorism. And with mainstream media reinforcement, we now have the pieces in place. We have now successfully diverted attention from the problems we are all facing by virtue of oppressive government to Al Qaeda and a terrorist war. We are all scared now and government puts in place tons of repressive legislation to keep us safe. Legislation that straight jackets us all. So by virtue of a fabricated event, we are now even more under the cosh of state control. And who is behind 11/9? Now we are in the realms of conspiracy theory. I suggest the proponents of The New World Order are well at work here.

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by Greg Smith

    on 7 Sept 2011 05:00

    Thank you, Steve: that's what I meant to say!

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Steve_Parker

    on 7 Sept 2011 04:13

    What utterly abstract and revisionlist nonsense from Charlie Wolf suggesting that the US invaded Iraq in order to fight Al Qaeda on a 'ground of [their] own choosing' - as though the densely-populated urban areas of downtown Baghdad or Basra would ever be the ground of choosing for any military commanders or planners, unless they were suicidally-devoted exponents of the 'Stalingrad Academy of street-fighting'. If they wanted a ground of their own choosing they already had a far better one in Afghanistan, not least because that's where Al Qaeda actually were at that point. What Mr Wolf's ill-considered abstractions actually amount to is the suggestion that the US decided to invade Iraq, not to fight the then-existing Al Qaeda (who weren't even there), but to inspire the formation of various related groups and do battle with them in the swarming civilian areas of Iraq. It's so absurd as to be laughable. What's the time, Mr Wolf?

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Greg Smith

    on 7 Sept 2011 03:24

    A couple of things: is it not generally accepted that the invasion of Iraq was planned long before 9/11, so 'fighting Al-Quaeda on America's chosen ground' doesn't hold true? If it were true, then the enormous cynicism of inflicting thousands of casualties on civilians in Iraq in order to pursue Al Quaeda, in addition to the effects of sanctions, should surely give that American apologist pause as a 'justification' for America's foreign policy in this regard. Even on the horrible logic of 'an eye for an eye' there is no justification for the carnage of America's bombing and invasion.

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by elizabeth morley

    on 6 Sept 2011 16:49

    Towards the end of her lecture Eliza Manningham-Buller expressed the hope that in future we may see less al-Qaeda related terrorism. She proceeded to give a lop-sided list of reasons for hope, focusing mainly on the changing politics of the Middle East. Earlier on in the lecture she acknowledged that much anti-western Moslem terrorism sprang from the will to avenge the plight of the Palestinians, so I found it strange that her list lacked something along these lines: that maybe, just maybe, our own more enlightened policies - particularly as regards the need to render justice to the Palestinians - might lead to a diminution of terrorism against us.

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