UK 'faces continued terror threat'
Published 11/09/2011 | 00:22
Former home secretary John Reid has warned that the passage of time since the September 11 attacks "should not blind us to the continuing threat from terrorism".
Lord Reid of Cardowan released a statement ahead of the 10th anniversary of the attacks in New York and Washington.
The 9/11 attacks killed nearly 3,000 people, including the loss of 67 British lives. The vast majority of the dead were civilians, including nationals of over 70 countries.
Lord Reid said: "The anniversary of 9/11 will naturally re-awaken sad memories of the awful loss of life, not least because the loss of British lives on 9/11 was greater than in any other terrorist attack before or since. We recall with profound sorrow all those who died then and in other terrible attacks of terrorism including on 7/7 here in the UK.
"Throughout the last decade our safety and security has not been preserved easily; it has often involved difficult, and sometimes controversial measures; above all, it has been maintained by the commitment of all those who have risked - and sometimes sacrificed - their lives to preserve safety and security for all of us."
He continued: "The time of remembrance should also be a time of recommitment to those efforts. The passage of time since 9/11 and our own 7/7 should not blind us to the continuing threat from terrorism. We would be wise to recognise that despite the relative success of these efforts over the past decade, there is absolutely no room for complacency.
"At a time like this it is worth reminding ourselves that the price of our safety is constant vigilance. That is an inherent part of the legacy of 9/11."
Lord Reid was home secretary from 2006 to 2007 while Tony Blair was prime minister.