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The Real Spooks - 2 of 2.mp3
The Real Spooks - 1 of 2.mp3
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The Real Spooks - Britains Security Services - BBC Radio Documentary - cheops
BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera looks into the shadowy world of Britain's security services, forced into radical change after 9/11.
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, only one plane was allowed to fly from Britain to the US. On board were Britain's top spy chiefs, including Eliza Manningham-Buller, then number two at MI5, and soon to become the director general. They dined for an hour-and-a-half with a handful of American counterparts at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and offered their unqualified support. Their long journey was appreciated by their American counterparts. "They didn't have to do that. They could have called," remembers one of the CIA officials present.
Back home, the atmosphere was less than calm amidst fears of a hit on the UK. "The atmosphere was very frenetic back then in September and October - it felt like trench warfare," Ms Manningham-Buller later told parliamentarians. As one observer put it: "After 9/11, they were chasing everything under the sun."
It was a dramatic turnaround for MI5. After the end of the Cold War, there were questions about whether MI5 was really needed any more. In the 1990s, it wrested control of dealing with terrorism from Northern Ireland from the Police Special Branch and moved into fighting organised crime. But it was only with 9/11 that its new role became clear - and even then it was not clear just how dramatic the transformation would be, a change which included being thrust in the public spotlight...
Two episodes of 45 minutes each.
Episode 1: Trench Warfare
A look at what MI5 actually does, its response to the events of 9/11 and how it has adapted to the latest terrorist threat.
Episode 2: What We Fear
Was the service ready for the events of 7/7 and what is it doing to prevent another terrorist attack?
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