NOW THIS - UK GUARDIAN: US considers tighter travel rules for European visitors
US homeland security head Michael Chertoff is concerned at the terrorist threat from European travellers and is looking for ways to vet visitors more effectively.IT'S NOT JUST UK'S AQ CELLS; IT'S THE FACT THAT THE CELLS HAVE WHITE EUROPEAN MEMBERS - MANY OF THEM NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS - WHO MIGHT MORE EASILY BLEND IN.
Europeans travelling to America could face travel restrictions because of concerns about terrorism, the US head of homeland security said today, amid reports of discussions about the formation of an al-Qaida cell in Britain.
Michael Chertoff told the BBC that the US increasingly saw Europe as a "platform" for a terrorist attack and he blamed the current visa waiver programme for European citizens as a reason for America's vulnerability.
His remarks came as the BBC reported a posting to a known Islamic extremist website which talked about founding a branch of al-Qaida in the UK.