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Blunkett holds terrorism talks

Home Secretary David Blunkett is in the United States to finalise plans for a US-UK simulated terror attack. He will meet President Bush’s senior security adviser, Gen John Gordon, at the White House. British and American authorities decided last year to hold a major exercise on both sides of the Atlantic, probably in 2005. Mr Blunkett will also give a speech in Boston on the challenge of balancing anti-terror laws with human rights. Both the UK and US are keen to prepare for the possibility of a co-ordinated simultaneous terrorist attack. Mr Blunkett told BBC News it was necessary to test out the destabilising effects of a dual attack. “I think that it’s wise to be really ahead of this rather than waiting until something really tragic happens and then asking questions,” he said. The home secretary is also expected to urge the US to join forces with Britain in shutting down violent pornographic sites on the internet. Another topic on the agenda will be UK plans for an FBI-style organised crime agency. Full Story

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