Paris terror attack: Britain to hire 2,000 new spies


Paris terror attack: Britain to hire 2,000 new spies

The number of spies will rise by 15 per cent in what is expected to be the biggest expansion of the security services since the 7/7 terror attacks in London in July 2005

MI6 Building at Vauxhall Cross
An additional 2,000 spies will be hired at MI5, MI6 and GCHQ to fight those "who would destroy us and our values" in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, David Cameron has said.
The number of spies will rise by 15 per cent in what is expected to be the biggest expansion of the security services since the 7/7 terror attacks in London in July 2005.
The Prime Minister will also say that the budget for security at foreign airports should double
£18 million a year after a Russian passenger plane was apparently destroyed by a bomb earlier this month.
Mr Cameron said: "Our intelligence agencies work round the clock behind the scenes and as the threat has grown so they too have risen to the challenge.
"Much of what they do cannot be seen by us or talked about but their courageous and determined efforts allow us to go about our daily life.
“This is a generational struggle that demands we provide more manpower to combat those who would destroy us and our values."
The new cash for the security and intelligence agencies to provide for an extra 1,900 officers - an increase of 15 per cent - at MI5, MI6 and GCHQ to respond to the increasing international terrorist threat, more cyber-attacks and other global risks. The three agencies currently have a staff of around 12,700.
Extra aviation security experts will be deployed to provide regular assessments of security at airports around the world, with the capacity to ‘surge’ as necessary in response to the Russian her attack as part of a "step change" in Britain's approach to airport security.
There are just currently 20 Government aviation security liaison officers of whom eight are based overseas.
Thames House, the headquarters of the British Security Service (MI5)
Thames House, the headquarters of the British Security Service (MI5)
The Prime Minister said: “We will also step up our efforts on aviation security, helping countries around the world to put in place the tightest security measures possible so that we can continue to enjoy places like Egypt and Tunisia and continue with our way of life we hold so dear.
"Economic security goes hand-in-hand with national security. Since 2010 we have taken the tough decisions necessary to restore our economic strength and we now have one of the fastest growing developed economies.
“That means we can now invest more in our national security and I am determined to prioritise the resources we need to combat the terrorist threat because protecting the British people is my number one duty as Prime Minister."
The National Security Council will meet on Tuesday to discuss the Government’s policy on aviation security.
The Prime Minister has ordered a rapid review of security at a number of airports around the world in the wake of the Sinai disaster with aviation specialists expected to conduct assessments over the next two months at locations in the Middle East and North Africa in particular.
Additional security measures were put in place by the UK and US at a number of potentially vulnerable airports over the past year, andthese will now be reviewed to check whether they go far enough.
Britain will also offer more advice, training and equipment for other countries to increase security at airports in vulnerable countries and increased research into screening technology and to detect new threats.
The airport security assessments are likely to focus on the nature and scale of the threat and the measures in place to reduce vulnerabilities, for example passenger screening; physical security at the airport and hold baggage and freight screening


CULLED FROM REUTERS