London , England
LONDON , March 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following are the prepared remarks of Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey at the London School of Economics:
Good afternoon, and thank you for inviting me to speak with you. This is my first trip to London as Attorney General, and although I'm only here for a short time, I've met with a number of people, including the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith , the Justice Secretary Jack Straw , the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, and officials from the Metropolitan Police Service, among others.
I was grateful for the chance those meetings gave me to learn not only about what your law enforcement has been doing but also how it has gone about it, and to have some frank discussions about ways our two countries have been working together and can work together in the future.
In each of those meetings, I was also able to thank the representatives of law enforcement in the United Kingdom for their cooperation on the full range of issues, from organized crime, to counter-narcotics, to fraud, to counter-terrorism. The work they do, and the work we do together, protects the safety and security of all our citizens.
In the next several minutes I will try to tell you a bit of what we do together with our colleagues in the United Kingdom , discuss some of the ways we have tried to adapt to the threat we face while preserving the rule of law, and then take some of your questions and perhaps even answer a few of them.
The United States and United Kingdom historically have had a special relationship, not the least in our law enforcement efforts. In training, intelligence sharing, investigations, and prosecutorial support, the United Kingdom and United States stand together, working cooperatively toward the same goal of keeping our nations safe from crime.
Law enforcement officers and prosecutors on both sides of the Atlantic benefit from our liaisons in Washington and London . In the U.K., the United States has a strong law enforcement presence, with representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service, Internal Revenue Service, Diplomatic Security Service, a lawyer from my Department's Criminal Division, and soon an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
In Washington, the U.K. has law enforcement officers in various agencies and a liaison prosecutor at the British embassy. Through these officials, and through relationships that have been cultivated through years of cooperation, our nations have benefited and been made safer.
On an investigator-to-investigator basis, our relationship is strong and successful.
Choose any type of transnational criminal conduct, and there are examples of cooperation between our nations. In counter-terrorism, one important case run jointly by the United States and the United Kingdom was known by the codename Operation Rhyme. In that case, Dhiren Barot, a British national with links to Al Qaeda, and seven co-conspirators were convicted of plotting: to detonate car bombs and a dirty bomb; engage in other attacks on civilians in the United Kingdom ; and detonate bombs at financial centers in the United States , including the New York Stock Exchange and the World Bank.
Barot traveled freely between our two countries and enrolled in a university in the United States under a student visa. He exploited the convenience of our open borders and our friendly relations in order to try to kill American and British civilians alike. We were able to thwart his plans only through the close cooperation of our law enforcement agencies.