Blair Appoints Chief of Homeland Security

From Times Wire Reports

Britain is adopting the U.S. anti-terrorism model by putting a new security chief at the heart of government to counter the threat of major attacks like those of Sept. 11.

Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office said in a statement that Sir David Omand, a former senior Defense Ministry official, would become Britain’s security and intelligence coordinator in August.

Omand will coordinate the work of Britain’s domestic and foreign intelligence services, MI5 and MI6, and have a key liaison position at the center of government within the Cabinet Office.

The appointment signals Blair’s determination that the government should be alert to any security threat to Britain.