Andrew Parker.

This is more likely to be scaremongering to keep us all in our place, rather than MI5 saying it wants more powers, as some critics have claimed.

This Blog has argued before that the major powers seem more concerned – not about keep us safe, but about keeping us down.

You are strongly encouraged to read the article and draw your own conclusions.

Islamic State terrorists are planning mass casualty attacks in Britain the head of MI5 has warned.

Andrew Parker, director general of the security agency, said threats from homegrown jihadis who want to fight for the militant movement showed no sign of abating.

He also publicly admitted for the first time that MI5 had to carry out computer hacking attacks against terror networks to crack their communications.

Delivering the Lord Mayor of London’s annual defence and security lecture, he said the current level of threat was the highest he had seen in a career spanning 32-years. In the past 12 months his agency has thwarted six terror plots in the UK and another seven abroad.

Defending the agency’s ability to access communications data, he said: “We use these tools within a framework of strict safeguards and rigorous oversight, but without them we would not be able to keep the country safe.

“As I have said before, we do not, and could not, go browsing at will through the lives of innocent people.”

Source: Islamic State planning mass attack on Britain, warns head of MI5 – Telegraph

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