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Could 7/7 have been prevented?
Peter Taylor uses interviews and dramatic reconstruction to ask whether or not the London terrorist attacks of July 2005 could have been prevented. He describes how MI5 tracked the eventual perpetrators in Operation Crevice in 2004 and liaised with the FBI. The main argument is that there was a lack of communication between MI5 and West Yorkshire Police. As a result of this, the threat posed by Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer was not fully recognised. The British security services are defended by one of the interviewees.First broadcast on 'The Secret War on Terror' on BBC Two in March 2011.
Students could have the opportunity to record and evaluate the efforts of the British security services to monitor and prevent terrorist activity sanctioned by al-Qaeda. This gives an insight into the difficulties of tracking and prioritising intelligence on terror activities. This tackles an emotive issue which remains current and will need careful introduction. Take time to view the section of the documentary beforehand and set it within the context of the overall context of the topic being taught. Be aware of pupils who might have a connection with the incidents described.
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