...and here's the link to the Grauniad article, which reads: The threat to the UK from international terrorism was tonight raised from substantial to severe - meaning an attack is "highly likely". Home secretary Alan Johnson said although the threat had increased, there was no intelligence to suggest an attack was imminent. He said: "The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has today raised the threat to the UK from international terrorism from substantial to severe. "This means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but I should stress that there is no intelligence to suggest than an attack is imminent. "JTAC keeps the threat level under constant review and makes its judgments based on a broad range of factors, including the intent and capabilities of international terrorist groups in the UK and overseas." What the terror threat levels mean â¢ Low - an attack is unlikely â¢ Moderate - an attack is possible, but not likely â¢ Substantial - an attack is a strong possibility â¢ Severe - an attack is highly likely â¢ Critical - an attack is expected imminently So. There's no Intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent, yet the likelihood of an attack has gone from 'a strong possibility' to 'highly likely'. You'd think that the fuck-up over dodgy dossiers would have taught these silly shits to avoid spin and doublespeak in these matters. This is merely another indication that they're way, way up shit creek and their paddle has dissolved. Yes, I know that committees frequently decide to warn the public that they've had a brainfart, and can't release the information on which it's based (see most OSAC warnings), but there are forms of words which can be used which make them look less like the prats they are, and give us confidence that the security of the nation is in sound hands. Too late now, of course.