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Andy Hayman, Anti-Terrorism Cop – The Interview – listen now

Posted in Book Review, Crime, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , on 11/22/2009 by securityscene

Andy Hayman - The InterviewAndy Hayman joined the police force as a Police Constable as soon as he left school back in 1978.  Serving with the Essex Police force Hayman was quickly raising through the ranks, later moving to the Metropolitan Police in London.

He was later promoted to the position of Chief Constable of Norfolk before returning to the Met in 1995 to take up the post of assistant commissioner of Special Operations based at head quarters, New Scotland Yard. Andy was in overall charge of the Counter-Terrorism command and Special-Branch and was the UK’s national counter-terrorism co-ordinator.

Hayman was the UK’s top anti-terrorism cop and before his recent retirement he worked on a number of high profile terrorism cases including the London bombings of 7th July, failed bombings of the 21st July, shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes and even the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.

Along with Margaret Gilmore, Andy has written a book “The Terrorist Hunters: The Ultimate Inside Story Of Britain’s Fight Against Terror”. A book that covers the investigations, stresses and politics of maintaining security of a country at the very highest level. This is certainly a book worth buying for anyone with an interest in security, terrorism or police matters – click here for details.

On Saturday 22nd November 2009, Andy Hayman took park in the BBC World Service show The Interview. To discuss the time when he was informed that there was a plot to bring down seven aircraft flying from the UK to the US, sparking the biggest terror investigation of all time, round the clock surveillance ending with the conviction of three British men earlier this year, saving the lives of many in what could have been an attack on the scale of or bigger than 9/11.

On The Interview Andy Hayman gives Carrie Gracie his inside view of how the terrorist threat is bring handled and where the dangers lie today.

Click here to listen to The Interview with Andy Hayman.

The Terrorist Hunters: The Ultimate Inside Story Of Britain’s Fight Against Terror

Posted in Book Review, Crime, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/15/2009 by securityscene

The Terrorist Hunters by Andy HaymanBy Andy Hayman with Margaret Gilmore

Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman, CBE, QPM, was in overall command of the UK’s national counter-terrorism offensive, at the centre of every major terrorist investigation – overt and covert – of the past five years.

He handled the Metropolitan Police’s response to 7/7 and dealt with the politically explosive murder of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko.

Based at New Scotland Yard, in charge of thousands of Special Branch and counter-terrorism officers in the UK and across the globe, deciding strategy, working directly with the Prime Minister with a budget of GBP500 million, Hayman is able to give unprecedented insight into key top-level crisis meetings he attended with intelligence chiefs and political leaders worldwide.

In an inspirational and at times heart-breaking account, he describes how he led a dedicated team of men and women, committed to protecting the UK from dangerous enemies. Hayman lived through the pain and soul-searching when terrorists did succeed – and the pride when intelligence officers prevented attacks.

Andy Hayman leaves no holds barred in his analysis of the way law enforcers tackle terrorism. He outlines his radical blueprint for the future to protect the public, in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games and beyond.

If you thought you knew the stories behind the news, you’ll realise you didn’t until you read this book.

Five days after The Terrorist Hunters was released it was banned by the High Court at the request of the Attorney General for England and Wales. All copies were withdrawn from sale. It is now republished and available in its full original text.

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The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5 – Reviews

Posted in Book Review, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 11/14/2009 by securityscene

The Defence Of The Realm : The Authorized History Of MI5By Christopher Andrew

To mark the centenary of its foundation, the British Security Service, MI5, has opened its archives to an independent historian, the first time any of the world’s leading intelligence or security services has taken such a step.

The Defence of the Realm, the book which results, is an unprecedented publication. It reveals the precise role of the Service in twentieth-century British history, from its foundation by Captain Kell of the British Army in October 1909 to root out ‘the spies of the Kaiser’ up to its present role in countering Islamic terrorism.

It describes the distinctive ethos of MI5, how the organization has been managed, its relationship with the government, where it has triumphed and where it has failed. In all of this, no restriction has been placed on the judgements made by the author.

The book also casts new light on many events and periods in British history, showing for example that through well-placed sources MI5 was probably the pre-war department with the best understanding of Hitler’s objectives, and had a remarkable willingness to speak truth to power; how it was so astonishingly successful in turning German agents during the Second World War; and that it had much greater roles than has hitherto been realized during the end of the Empire and in responding to the recurrent fears of successive governments (both Conservative and Labour) and or Cold War Communist subversion.

It has new information about the Profumo affair and its aftermath, about the ‘Magnificent Five’ and about a range of formerly unconfirmed Soviet contacts. It reveals that though MI5 had a file on Harold Wilson it did not plot against him, and it describes what really happened during the failed IRA attack in Gibraltar in March 1988. When Rab Butler was appointed Home Secretary with responsibility for the Security Service in 1957 he didn’t even know where its headquarters were.

The Defence of the Realm now describes this previously extremely secretive organization more fully than any previous book – and identifies all its main buildings on the end papers.

Buy Defence Of The Realm for the amazing price of £14.99 inc p&p – Usually £30!!

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The British War On Terror : Terrorism and Counterterrorism on the Home Front Since 9-11 – Reviews

Posted in Book Review, Crime, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , on 11/07/2009 by securityscene

The British War On Terror By Steve Hewitt

Since the attacks of 11 September 2001, the topic of terrorism has been almost continually front-page news in the United Kingdom. The subsequent ‘war on terror’, including the invasion of Iraq, has only heightened interest in the matter. With the London bombings of 7 July 2005, Britain became a frontline in international terrorism and counter-terrorism. This reality has only been heightened by failed attacks in London on 21 July 2005, and through a series of high profile arrests in Forest Hill, in Birmingham in connection to a beheading plot, the arrests of NHS staff in connection to failed attacks in London and Glasgow, and the attempted arrest of Jean Charles de Menezes, which had tragic consequences. In this illuminating and fascinating look at an often misunderstood world Steve Hewitt offers a balanced, measured, and informed examination of recent events and offers a historical and contemporary context to this new threat, and how we are dealing with it.

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