American spy chiefs have told the President that the CIA has launched a vast spying operation in the UK to prevent a repeat of the 9/11 attacks being launched from Britain.
They believe that a British-born Pakistani extremist entering the US under the visa waiver programme is the most likely source of another terrorist spectacular on American soil.
Intelligence briefings for Mr Obama have detailed a dramatic escalation in American espionage in Britain, where the CIA has recruited record numbers of informants in the Pakistani community to monitor the 2,000 terrorist suspects identified by MI5, the British security service.
A British intelligence source revealed that a staggering four out of 10 CIA operations designed to thwart direct attacks on the US are now conducted against targets in Britain.
And a former CIA officer who has advised Mr Obama told The Sunday Telegraph that the CIA has stepped up its efforts in the last month after the Mumbai massacre laid bare the threat from Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group behind the attacks, which has an extensive web of supporters in the UK.
The CIA has already spent 18 months developing a network of agents in Britain to combat al-Qaeda, unprecedented in size within the borders of such a close ally, according to intelligence sources in both London and Washington
Information gleaned by CIA spies in Britain has already helped thwart several terrorist attacks in the UK and was instrumental in locating Rashid Rauf, a British-born al-Qaeda operative implicated in a plot to explode airliners over the Atlantic, who was tracked down and killed in a US missile strike in November.
But some US intelligence officers are irritated that valuable manpower and resources have been diverted to the UK. One former intelligence officer who does contract work for the CIA dismissed Britain as a “swamp” of jihadis.
The British government openly works with the Muslim Brotherhood. For decades, diplomats from Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and other countries have complained about Britain’s willingness to offer shelter and welfare benefits to known extremists.
When the economy faltered, Gordon Brown accused Iceland of being a terrorist state and begged the hub of world terrorism, Saudi Arabia, for a loan. The current British government is more closely allied to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and all sources of petrodollars and “Islamic finance” cash than they are to us – and some media sources reflect this. The BBC and the ‘conservative’ Economist are more pro-Wahhabi than al Jazeera.
The British government has been feeding Islamist extremism for years. It’s not a surprise to see that it’s growing.