Better late than never

GCHQ, the signals intelligence agency, are now in a position to monitor terrorist operations like Omagh. according to a Guardian story which includes the byline of their highly regarded security correspondent Richard Norton- Taylor. But can they listen into networks across the border?

In an effort to clear the UK’s secret listening post of failing to prevent the 1998 bomb attack that caused the biggest massacre during the Troubles, sources close to the security services revealed that they now have the capability to track mobile phones in cars being driven in rural as well as urban areas – technology they insist GCHQ did not possess a decade ago.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London