New York - The CEO of the FBI has praised an innovative UK surveillance program that tracks potential terrorists with spyware fixed to high-rise construction cranes following the arrest of four suspected jihadis in London.
"Of course we sold them the hardware," Director James B Comey said today describing the spying package as a mix of high definition telescopes, military ultrasound, wi-fi decoders, telecoms bugs plus face and voice recognition trackers.
"The beauty of it is construction crews use tower cranes to lift stuff like steel, concrete, acetylene torches and generators plus all the usual heavy building materials just as MI5's spooks hitch a ride to generate vast reams of captured data."
The statement comes amid reports that several top flight City of London human frights lawyers have been put under 24/7 watch via rigged construction stacks in a fast-moving operation to weed out jihadis.
A number of foreign high rollers from Middle Eastern states that bankroll Islamic State terror are also thought to be in the frame along with their bankers, bag men and gofers.
Up to 200 Central London tower cranes are believed to be part of the scheme forming an spy-in-the-sky matrix that bypasses existing high tech wizardry.
The network is thought to have been wired up gradually to avoid detection by IS apologists 'like Prince Charles' whose legendary paranoia about personal surveillance has reached psychotic levels.
The erection of a 500-foot tower crane opposite the British Parliament is likely to be completed before the weekend.