MI5 lists UK al-Qaeda 'targets'
[June 6, 2002] MI5 has drawn up a secret list of more than 350 key British institutions considered potential terrorist targets in the wake of the threat posed by al-Qaeda forces. Key government buildings and installations vital to the economy are on the “critical national infrastructure” list. All the sites have had their security profiles reassessed with the aim of maintaining basic national services in any attack, The Times reports. The move comes in the wake of the 11 September attacks on America, for which Osama Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network are held responsible. The Houses of Parliament are considered to be among the places at risk, the newspaper reports. In the event of any such an attack, there are plans in place to move the government and civil service out of the city into underground bunkers to maintain a skeletal administration. BT’s Telecom Tower is seen as a ‘key military point’ and the military would seize control of its protection in an attack to maintain communications. Full Story