Washington Babylon — April 9, 2009, 7:56 am

Britain’s Counterterror Chief: Quick but not swift

From the New York Times:

Britain’s most powerful counterterrorism officer resigned on Thursday, a day after being photographed carrying a document that outlined details of a major antiterrorism operation in northwest England and was clearly marked “Secret.”

The officer, Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick of the Metropolitan Police Department, said: “I deeply regret the disruption caused to colleagues undertaking the operation.” The airing of the document, visible to waiting reporters and photographers as Mr. Quick walked to Downing Street for a security briefing, provoked a hasty flurry of arrests and raids on properties by hundreds of antiterrorism officers around Manchester, Liverpool and Lancashire late on Wednesday.

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