MI5 failed to alert America to intelligence highlighting the extremist links of the Detroit plane bomber because of concerns about breaching his human rights and privacy.
The spy agency withheld its files on Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from Washington until after the near-catastrophic Christmas Day attack because of guidance from its legal department. MI5 has privately conceded that as early as 2006 its surveillance operations had picked up “multiple communications” between the 23-year-old Nigerian student and suspected terrorists in Britain.
Can you imagine the furore if it had been the other way about. Worse still if the bastard had succeeded in blowing the plane up. HUMAN RIGHTS? These fuck-wits aren't HUMAN and therefore don't have rights!