Britain’s law-enforcement agencies did well to uncover a terror plan aimed at killing thousands. But the conviction of the plotters has raised questions about whether police missed a chance to prevent the 7/7 mass-transit attack of 2005.
The convictions should have been an unqualified victory for Britain’s intelligence and police agencies. Five British men were sentenced to life imprisonment after a jury found them guilty of planning to use one or more homemade fertilizer bombs to kill thousands in a public shopping mall or nightclub in 2004. Instead of bolstering confidence in British intelligence and security efforts, however, the yearlong trial–which, at a cost of