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I’ve spent years conducting research in devout Salafi communities. Theresa May’s focus on ideology as a means of tackling terror could backfire

Source: Religious conservatism doesn’t make a terrorist. But crime and exclusion can | Z Fareen Parvez | Opinion | The Guardian


“We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are,” she said. “There is — to be frank — far too much tolerance of extremism in our country.”

Source: London Bridge Attack: 12 Arrests as PM Theresa May Vows To Get Tough – NBC News


The photos released by Greater Manchester Police of a mustachioed Abedi was taken from security footage on the night of the deadly attack.

Source: Manchester Bombing: British Police Release New Photos of Suspect Salman Abedi – NBC News


Surely at this late stage Tony Blair can be convicted of some offence for his lying behaviour while he was Prime Minister.

Stop Making Sense

Jon Schwarz reports for The Intercept:

TOPSHOT - Emergency response vehicles are parked at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has yet to say anything about Monday’s heinous, nihilistic suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. According to current reporting, the attack has been claimed by ISIS and was carried out by a 22-year-old man born in Manchester to Libyan refugees.

But when Blair does speak, we can be certain he won’t mention one key fact: Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq led by the U.S. and U.K., he was forcefully and repeatedly warned by Britain’s intelligence services that it would lead toexactly this type of terrorist attack — and he concealed these warnings from the British people, instead claiming the war would reduce the risk of terrorism.

We know this because of the Chilcot Report, the seven-year-long British investigation of the Iraq War released in 2016. The report declassifies numerous internal government documents that…

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Hoping for a just outcome in that Blair should be brought before the courts to be held to account.

ukgovernmentwatch

”On Tuesday the high court will consider arguments for reversing that ban and for keeping it.

The attorney general, the government’s top law officer, wants the ban upheld and also to join the case.

The current controversy revolves around Blair’s decision when prime minister to take Britain into the invasion of Iraq in 2003, which was led by the United States and sparked huge opposition.”

”The lawyers behind the private prosecution attempt include Michael Mansfield QC and Imran Khan, who fought a long battle for justice for the family of Stephen Lawrence.” https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/16/tony-blair-iraq-war-prosecution-attempt-goes-back-to-court?CMP=share_btn_fb

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Tony Blair, a bad penny, which will not go away, he may be down to is last £million and wishes to refurbish his money chest.

So Blair as now resurfaced but is this good or bad news for the Labour Party, will he attract or lose votes.

He defends his record, but was this good or bad, for do not we all remember him for his disastrous war in Iraq and the so called ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’.

We will have to wait and see, but either way he will feel he is a success.

Stop Making Sense

Tony Blair is coming back to politics because of Brexit[…] However, those worried the original Blairite will grab control of the Labour party need not worry – for now.

He told the tabloid that he has no current plans to return to frontline politics or become an MP, but it appears he could be laying the groundwork for a new political party or movement.

Nigel Farage, for example, has never been elected as an MP but lead the Brexit movement with Ukip.

“It is not frontline politics in the sense I am not standing for parliament,” Mr Blair explained.

“I am not sure I can turn something into a political movement but I think there is a body of ideas out there people would support.”

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Donald Trump has warned about a “major, major conflict” between the US and North Korea, saying a catastrophic confrontation with the isolated state was “absolutely” possible. In an interview ahead of his 100th day in office, the President said he was committed to resolving the diplomatic crisis peacefully.

Source: Donald Trump warns ‘major, major conflict’ with North Korea is ‘absolutely’ possible | The Independent


Is there an element of more could have been done to minimise the resentment that was created within Khalid Masood.

Yes, the UK could have decided not to become involved with the Middle East conflicts, but that could still cause resentment to the parts of the Middle East who were suffering before the UK and the Wests involvement.

Should there have been a better plan or even a plan on how to relate and deal appropriately with the resulting aftermath.

Should the views and thoughts of the respected areas within the UK and other Western countries have been obtained and given serious consideration, for the days of ‘Gunboat Diplomacy’ are long gone, something which is outside the thought process of many of our politicians, especially President Donald Trump.

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The last message left by the killer Khalid Masood on the WhatsApp messaging service, revealing his motivation for the lethal attack in Westminster, has been uncovered by the security agencies, The Independent has learnt.

Source: Last message left by Westminster attacker Khalid Masood uncovered by security agencies | The Independent

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The last message left by the killer Khalid Masood on the WhatsApp messaging service, revealing his motivation for the lethal attack in Westminster, has been uncovered by the security agencies, The Independent has learnt.

Source: Last message left by Westminster attacker Khalid Masood uncovered by security agencies | The Independent


In this current climate security is a very major factor, however, no matter how good your security systems are the percentages for someone being able to conduct an attack will always be greater than the security forces being able to deter.

With radicalisation being a major factor this means the likelihood of someone who is born in a particular country to succumb to radical propaganda is far greater than it was years ago. As previously it was believed that probable terrorists would infiltrate from other countries.

The UK decided not to have open borders, unlike many of the other countries within the EU, so the likelihood of persons coming in is reduced slightly, but not fully.

So it could be assumed to say the the security threats within the UK are slight less than in the rest of Europe. However, this also needs to reflect the capabilities of the persons on the borders checking who is coming in to the UK and who is going out, for it is not possible to fully check everyone.

If we believe the reports about GCHQ then they could be more robust that some of their European counterparts, but again this does depend on the extent of sharing intelligence, as good, if not excellent intelligence sharing is essential.

The public is reliant on what we are being told.

The best way to reduce terrorism is to be open about the causes and then mitigate the reasons why people are being radicalised, to just assume it is not the fault of the respective countries to some degree is not is a wrong path to take.

To look at the UK, many of the current Tory policies in force and also probably still to come are causing considerable resentment to large section of the UK population. But that is not to say everyone who feels resentment will turn to terrorism, but it should create an atmosphere for the Governments of today and those to come to question their policies and assess the resentments they are creating.

Much of this is down to trust and many within the UK do not trust any politicians of any party. For when it suits your MP will say they are following the will of the majority of their constituents, but then at the bequest of their party leaders they could then discount their constituents and follow their party line. So just whose MP are they their constituents or the party for in many respects they can not be both.

So all countries need to seriously look inward and be objective whether the paths they are choosing to go down have some serious bearing on persons being open to be radicalised for borders whether they are open or closed or the effectiveness of the security operations are but only two of the many reasons for radicalisation to occur.

More can always be done, do not rest on your laurels.

ukgovernmentwatch

Belgian policemen walk in a street during a police action in the Molenbeek-Saint-Jean district in Brussels,

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/salah-abdeslam-isis-suspicious-pizza-order-led-police-to-paris-attackers-hideout-at-molenbeek-flat-a6941111.html

Diamond-Jim
So Cameron says our security would be better in the EU. You have to be seriously demented to believe that after the c/ups reported here. Far more to the point the EU needs us more in this field thanks to GCHQ; an organisation that the Europeans cannot match and that is linked to the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the major players in western SigInt.

Intelligence is passed on to EU countries when and where it is specific and relevant, but not on a regular basis as it would be on the bad boys desks within 24 hours. Who needs enemies with friends like that

herman
So this guy is able to drive to Paris with a car full of guns drive unchallenged back to Brussels where he, the most wanted…

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