It’s being claimed intelligence obtained through torture was used to foil an al-Qaeda plot to bring down two planes and intercept a bomb at East Midlands Airport.
The discovery at the airport was only possible because British officials in Saudi Arabia were in communication with a team believed to have been using torture on a member of terror group al-Qaeda, a report on the Mail online states.
A major security alert was launched after plastic explosives concealed inside inkjet printer cartridges were discovered on two cargo planes travelling from Yemen to the US in October 2010.
A bomb found on a cargo plane at East Midlands Airport was timed to detonate over the eastern seaboard of the US.
The Mail online article claims British authorities intercepted the airport bomb after being 'tipped off' by Saudi Arabian security forces, reportedly following the interrogation by torture of an al-Qaeda operative.
A group called Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) later took responsibility for the plot.
The claim comes as former MI5 head Sir John Sawers said torture does produce 'useful information' and can be 'effective in the short term.'
Intelligence obtained via torture was reportedly used in a 'Jack Bauer real-time operation' , says the Mail online.
It quotes an intelligence source who told Jamie Merrill, James Hanning, Mark Leftly and Nick Clark at The Independent On Sunday: “The people in London went back on the phone two or three times to where the interrogation was taking place in Riyadh to find out specifically where the bomb was hidden.
“There were two Britons there, in immediate communication with where the interrogation was taking place, and as soon as it happened, they were in touch with the UK. It was all done in real time.”'