|It's a good job Charles Clarke has sprung into action here. I mean what kind of havoc would they have inflicted had they not made it to his list?
The home secretary last night moved to ban 15 more international "terror organisations" with alleged links to al-Qaida, including some which are believed to have members living in Britain.
The list mainly covers Pakistani radical Islamist groups but also includes Ansar al-Islam, a radical Sunni Salafi group active in northern Iraq, the largest militant Islamist organisation in Somalia and a Moroccan Islamist group.
The ban was proposed last night by the home secretary, Charles Clarke, and could be law by Thursday, when he will ask both houses of parliament to debate and approve a draft order proscribing these organisations in one day as a matter of urgency. A ban will not only mean that the police and security services can move against those it claims are members of illegal organisations but will also trigger powers to freeze and seize any assets belonging to these groups in Britain.