Terrorised Britain : Protected By The Best Of Its Citizens, Governed By Its Worst
By Graham Vanbergen: One day to the election and it is shrouded in the dark veil of death and destruction. It has become clear, according to the authorities themselves that Britain is now under siege and that they have lost all control. They have confirmed that in just under eight weeks, there have been eight genuine attempts of terrorism to kill innocent bystanders in Britain – three were succesful. At a 37 per cent success rate, many thousands are going to die on the streets of Britain in the coming months and years. This was just as predicted by Max Hill, the government’s own independent reviewer of terrorism legislation. Last February, Hill warned that Britain can expect an ISIS led terror campaign to match that of the IRA’s campaign that killed thousands on the mainland. We were warned.
Theresa May has some serious questions to answer. She voted five times between 2002-3 for war in Iraq, three times for military action against in Iraq and Syria in 2014-15 to back the folly of American foreign policy. She voted in 2011 for a no-fly zone in Libya and air strikes in Syria that has left the major powers of the world in a face-off style confrontation. She supported David Cameron’s illegal actions of extra-judicial killings of British citizens without court approval. None of these actions by the government, Washington or Theresa May herself has ended well. The only real conclusion we can arrive at, is that the disaster of Britain’s foreign policy decisions has led directly to what looks like a never-ending death toll back home.
Today, the Telegraph’s headline is “Special Branch monitored Jeremy Corbyn for 20 years amid fears he was undermining democracy.” With a large dose of irony, this is supposed to somehow frighten voters that Corbyn is a danger to Britain. The illegal imprisonment of Julian Assange by Home Secretary Theresa May and now Amber Rudd has cost tens of millions and diverted the attention of many police officers. The Metropolitan police commissioner says preventing escape of Wikileaks founder from Ecuadorian embassy is ‘sucking resources’. To date, the police have been forced to waste about £20 million to provide round the clock surveillance. Clearly, the police commissioner had better things to do than pander to government officials personal ambitions of sucking up to one of America’s great sources of embarrassment. Theresa May should be ashamed.
Whilst politician’s grandstand for election, bombs are going off, people are being stabbed and mown down and dying by the dozen. Whilst politician’s remind us all of their petty squabbles and emphasise their truly appalling standards of ethics and morality we are being told to believe that we will be safer with one or the other.
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Whilst hundreds of billions of badly needed taxpayers cash has been wasted killing other people in far off lands, maiming countless more and causing the greatest migration that the human species has ever witnessed, we are supposed to believe these half-wits – who are clearly not in control of anything whatsoever, that austerity is a legitimate economic model.
In the meantime, Theresa May’s only response will be to control the internet, control social media, shut us out of human rights laws designed to protect us from government, spy on us all and blame everyone else. ISIS do not want us to have free speech, human rights and civil liberties, so they are winning those battles emphatically as Theresa May continues to destroy these values in the name of security. “Together we stand, divided we fall” were the words from one of America’s Founding Fathers John Dickinson in his pre-Revolutionary War song “The Liberty Song” – the irony is lost on politicians both sides of the Atlantic.
Writing in the Sun, Douglas Murray called for an end to “large-scale Islamic immigration,” the “permanent closure” of mosques “caught hosting anti-British views,” “imprisonment of everyone known to have connections with extreme organisations” and the deportation of dual nationals “caught associating with designated groups.” The Mail editorialised, “We need action—now. There is a war being fought on our streets and it’s time to deploy all the weapons at our disposal.”
These are the words of dangerous fanatics, sounding more and more like the voices of extreme American neo-conservatives – also known to the rest of us as racists and fascists, and yet, they are the headline makers of today in Britain.
John Ward: “Like the City and its bankers, MI5, MI6 and GCHQ are above the law. In theory they are answerable to Westminster (and dependent upon the legislature for their budgets) but the theory is really a chimera. At least half the time, MPs themselves are under surveillance, and should any legislator turn sniffy about bankrolling the spooks’ latest jaunt, it is an easy job to blackmail them. When GCHQ’s massively up-weighted snooping capability was floated in 2008, Labour Home Secretary Jacqui Smith told Commons MPs that it was a “two billion Pound test operation”. In fact, it was a £13.2 billion national project for which all the monies had been approved, although oddly enough no MP anywhere seemed to recall approving it. It had, however, been made clear to Smith that she had no option but to lie to the House.”
Chris Marsden: The list of those involved in terrorist outrages known to the police and secret services gets longer: Mohammed Sidique Khan, who led the July 7, 2005 bombings in London; Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby in 2013; Khalid Masood, who in March carried out a similar vehicle/knife attack on Westminster Bridge; and Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi. In all cases, the official explanation is that they were not considered to be a real threat.
Even more exposed is Prime Minister Theresa May. She declared Sunday, “Enough is enough,” and demanded stepped-up action against suspected terrorists—above all by strengthening the police and security services. But her bellicose rhetoric cannot conceal the fact that Manchester bomber Abedi has been exposed as one of a family of Libyan Islamists who were protected assets of MI5 because they were involved in the campaign of destabilisation and military intervention to bring down the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
Indeed, the only real way of lessening the terror threat would involve closing down the Islamist networks sponsored and protected by the British state to be deployed in regime-change operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.
For May, this is a particularly explosive question. She was home secretary in the government of Prime Minister David Cameron when, in 2011, the Abedis and many others were released from the control order restrictions on them so they could take part in fighting in Libya. So exposed is she that after she suggested the recent attacks should lead to a review of Britain’s counter-terrorism strategy, Steve Hilton, who worked for Cameron until 2012, tweeted that she was “responsible for security failures of London Bridge, Manchester and Westminster Bridge.” She should “be resigning not seeking re-election. Her spin doctors attack MI5, but she was in charge of them for years.”
The overall impression for all voters from the past seven weeks is of a nation that is protected by the best of its citizens, and governed by its worst.