USA had “Reds under the bed” apparently we’ve got “Terrorist policemen under the bed”.
MI5 warned Scotland Yard that policemen in its ranks were suspected of attending terrorist training camps.
The policemen lost their jobs when their security clearance was revoked by senior officers after checks were carried out because of fears of “sleepers” in the ranks.
The Sunday Telegraph have disclosed today the identity of one of the policemen suspected of being at a terror camp in 2001. Abdul Rahman had been a constable for almost three years when MI5 warned that he might have visited a training camp in Pakistan when he travelled there.
He resigned rather than be dismissed from the force and is now suing Scotland Yard for compensation. He says he is entirely innocent and has never been to a terrorist training camp. His lawyers say he has never been questioned, arrested or charged under terrorism legislation.
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The hunt for the so called ‘Reds under the beds’ during the Cold War was regarded as “reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations, as well as public attacks on the character and/or patriotism of political opponents”. However the release of classified documents reveals that Joseph McCarthy was right after all about the extent of Soviet infiltration into the highest reaches of the U.S government.
After the public release of top secret FBI decryptions of Soviet communications, as well as the release under the fifty year rule of FBI records and Soviet archives, it is now known that the Communist spying McCarthy fought against was extensive, reaching to the highest level of the State department and the White House.
Many of McCarthy’s anticommunist investigations were in fact spot on. His fears about the effect Soviet infiltration might be having on US foreign policy, particularly in the Far East were also well founded.