The first definitive inside account of the key terrorist events of our generation.
This is the first definitive inside account of the key terrorist events of our generation. It is the story of how UK police are hunting a new and lethal threat. Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman, CBE, QPM, was in overall command of the UK's national counter-terrorism offensive, at the centre of every major terrorist investigation -- overt and covert -- of the past five years. He handled the Metropolitan Police's response to 7/7 and dealt with other threats like the chilling and politically explosive murder in London of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko.
Based at New Scotland Yard, in charge of thousands of Special Branch and counter-terrorism officers in the UK and across the globe, deciding strategy, working directly with the Prime Minister, Hayman is able to give unprecedented insight into key top-level crisis meetings he attended with intelligence chiefs and political leaders worldwide.
In an inspirational and at times heart-breaking account, he sheds new light on the July 7, 2005 bomb attacks in London, and the relationship between police and the victims. He describes how he led a dedicated team of men and women, committed to protecting the UK from dangerous enemies. Hayman lived through the pain and soul-searching when terrorists did succeed -- and the behind-the-scenes pride when intelligence officers prevented attacks.
Andy Hayman leaves no holds barred in his analysis and his criticism of the way politicians and law enforcers tackle terrorism. He outlines his radical blueprint for the future to better protect the public, not least in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games and beyond. If you thought you knew the stories behind the news, you'll realise you didn't until you read this book.