Comment at end
28th December, 2009
BUSY LITTLE TERRORS …TERRORISTS
It’s been a busy time for terrorism headlines recently.
On 10th December, three British citizens were found guilty of terror charges. The cell was led by Abdullah Ahmed Ali, (here for that Sep 2008 conviction) convicted of plotting to blow up transatlantic passenger airliners.
A week or so before Christmas, 19th December we had these two pictured below convicted for 10 years (for one of them, humourously described as “life”!? That’ll make him just 43 when he gets out of jail.)
And now, on Christmas day (no hidden meaning there, then?) we had a former British student of Nigerian nationality failing in his attempt in the skies over Detroit to attend the 70 virgins awaiting his pleasure; he and a plane-load of innocent people. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, attended university in London between 2005 and 2008, and applied for a visa to return to a non-existent university (oh, there are/were scores of them, didn’t you know?) in London several months ago. The request was turned down. Why… I ask myself in my logical confusion … why was he not investigated more seriously after this “application” in the first place?
PLANE TERRORIST (not JUST a “suspect”) CAUGHT RED-HANDED
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian arrested after the failed bomb plot
The Independent: ‘Nigerian in aircraft attack linked to London mosque’. Headline:
‘Probe into bomber’s contact with UK radical groups and visits to East London mosque / Suspect had attempted to obtain British visa in time for potential Christmas attack.’
Melanie Phillips: “Londonistan still the weakest link”. Excerpt:
“But the deeper and more urgent issue for Britain concerns the key role this country has once again played in a Muslim’s trajectory to radicalisation and terror. Abdulmutallab, who claims to have been working for Al Qaeda, was an engineering student at prestigious University College London for three years until 2008.
He was actually refused an entry visa to Britain earlier this year, but only because the institution at which he said he wanted to study turned out to be non-existent.
How, people might well ask, could such a radical have been educated in Britain without the authorities jumping on him? Did MI5 know anything about him – especially since he was on a U.S. terrorism watch-list for two years?
As yet, we still don’t know much about this man’s history. It appears he became a religiously extreme Muslim at a school in Togo, but was further radicalised while studying in London before apparently going to Yemen and linking to Al Qaeda.
Who can be surprised? After all, this is ‘ Londonistan’ — the contemptuous term coined by the French security service back in the Nineties as they watched Britain become the central hub of Islamic terrorism in Europe.”
NOTE: I AM NOT CONVINCED, MR JOHNSON
If Phillips is right, and she often is, the Home Secretary Alan Johnson cannot claim brownie points for Abdulamutallab’s exclusion from Britain. It seems it was only because, belatedly, the government had realised that there were numerous bogus (non-existent) universities in London – simply breeding grounds for terrorists. He was not excluded on terrorism fears but only on the fake university issue. The bigger question is the state of shared intelligence between EU countries, the USA and other allies. With that in place as it should have been, the Dutch authorities would have stopped this terrorist at the airport in Amsterdam.
Private Investigator Bill Warner On The Al-Muhajiroun Group In London and Queens NY And Links to Terrorists Like Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab
‘Terrorist Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab spent at least 3 years in London and lived in a posh West London neighborhood, he attended the University College London and studied mechanical engineering there between September 2005 and June 2008. The problem of radical Islam on British university campuses is entrenched, and any attempts to address the problem are met with whines of “Islamophobia” from Muslims and leftists. In October 2006, a lecture was held at Staffordshire University, entitled “The true word of God – the Koran or the Bible.” The lecture was given by a former member of Al-Muhajiroun.
The London School of Economics was a locus for Islamist terror recruitment yet London universities are now rife with individuals who do not seek to share common values of liberty and democracy. In July 2005, it was reported by the National Union of Students that Al-Muhajiroun and Hizb ut-Tahrir members were still trying to recruit members from Scottish universities, using “front” names to avoid detection.
On August 10, 2006, it was revealed that a massive plot, involving about twenty British Muslims, had been halted. This plot had involved a plan to smuggle liquid explosives onto several US-bound airlines. These were to be reassembled into bombs on board flights, in the manner first outlined by Ramzi Yousef in 1995, in his notorious “Operation Bojinka”. One of the suspects in this plot was 22-year old Waheed Zaman from Walthamstow, north-east London, who was head of the Islamic Society at London Metropolitan University, more from this source.
‘Al-Muhajiroun are still a threat because Bakri’s followers continue to operate under different names giving leaflets out at mosques and universities,’ said Dr Irfan al-Alawi, director of the Centre for Islamic Pluralism. ‘Bakri continues to preach his sermons via an internet chatroom from his exile, which means his evil ideology is still being practised by his followers.’
Exclusive: Al Muhajiroun – Vigilantes of Islam, Adrian MorganAl-Muhajroun has an Internet presence, it is called “Islam 4 UK.” At the end of May this year (2009), this group made an announcement on its website: “…For almost a decade it struggled in its quest to re-establish the mighty Islamic State and moreover see the black flag of Islam fly high over 10 Downing Street; it also strived to confront the ills of society and invite the masses to the Deen of al-Islam as a complete way of life, and was extremely successful in doing so….. However, we would like to declare that after almost 15 years since the establishment of Al-Muhajiroun, and 5 years since its disbandment, Al-Muhajiroun is to be re-launched in the United Kingdom and to resume its activities as normal…” (terrorism).
WASHINGTON; An official briefed on the attack on a Detroit airliner by Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab said Saturday the U.S. has known for at least two years that the suspect in the attack could have terrorist ties (Al-Muhajiroun).
The official told The Associated Press that the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, has been on a list that includes people with known or suspected contact or ties to a terrorist or terrorist organization (Al-Muhajiroun).
The Nigerian man arrested Friday for trying to destroy Northwest Airlines Flight 253, Umar Farouk Abdul Mattallab, is being investigated by London authorities. Officers from the Metropolitan Police — the force is involved in most of the major terrorism investigations in Britain — went in and out of an imposing white stone apartment block in a well-to-do area of central London. A police spokeswoman said the force was carrying out searches in connection with the incident in Detroit, but would not say if the searches at the building were connected.
The seven-story building in a posh West London neighborhood where Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab lived is a stone’s throw from London’s busy Oxford Street shopping area. It was adorned with ornate carvings on its facade and antique lamps flank an imposing front door.
A spokesman at London’s Central Mosque, one of London’s largest, said Mutallab was not known in the mosque. Britain has been at the center of several international terror plots since 2005 and has been a recruiting hotbed for militants (Al-Muhajiroun).
Al-Muhajiroun became the incubator of a global terror network that played a decisive role in radicalising the five ‘fertiliser bomb’ plotters jailed for life for planning a multiple bombing campaign at targets that included the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London and Britain’s domestic gas network.
The deadliest attack occurred in 2005 when four suicide bombers killed themselves and 52 rush hour commuters. Three of the bombers — Europe’s first suicide attack — had Pakistani origins while another was a Muslim convert with ties to Jamaica.
Mohammed Siddique Khan, an al-Muhajiroun convert and the ringleader of the 7/7 plot that killed 52 people in London, learnt his murderous skills at the Malakand training camp hidden in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.
But the thwarted plot in London that has been hardest felt around the world has been the trans-Atlantic airliner attack. Several men were recently convinced in London in the 2006 plot that was intended to rival the Sept. 11 attacks (all linked to Al-Muhajiroun).
The men tried to smuggle explosives through security in soft drink bottles. Massive disruptions were caused around the world and a ban on taking liquids through airport security still exists.
Rohan Gunaratna, an al-Qaida expert, said Friday’s thwarted attack appeared to be a copycat of the trans-Atlantic technique. “What is surprising is that this man is Nigerian,” he said, noting that recruiting in that country has not been the norm, and is more common in major European capitals like London. “Yemen and Somalia have been the two most important terrorism theaters developing, although it seems clear that Mutallab was recruited in London — probably not at a mainstream mosque but on the sly with militant groups (Al-Muhajiroun).”
Posted by pibillwarner
- ‘Al-Muhajiroun are still a threat, Britain has been at the center of several international terror plots since 2005 and has been a recruiting hotbed for militants (Al-Muhajiroun).
- Islamic Society at London Metropolitan University
- National Union of Students that Al-Muhajiroun and Hizb ut-Tahrir members were still trying to recruit members from Scottish universities
- Private Investigator Bill Warner On The Al-Muhajiroun Group In London and Queens NY And Lnks to Terrorists Like Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab.
- The London School of Economics was a locus for Islamist terror recruitment
- The problem of radical Islam on British university campuses is entrenched
- Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab said Saturday the U.S. has known for at least two years that the suspect in the attack could have terrorist ties (Al-Muhajiroun)‘
Just as a by the way – Michael Savage on Winston Churchill and the Threat of Radical Islam
From Mosque Watch on Michael Savage’s “The Savage Nation”
The excerpt below is from Churchill’s speech in 1899, full speech here, which I used some time ago. Even if you say that was then, this is now, we are no longer a colonising power, it’s still worth a read. If only for those of us who keep accusing recent British leaders of having no historical understanding of regional significances.
A further excerpt from Churchill’s book, with resonance perhaps today: (my bolding)
“The long story now approaches its conclusion. The River War is over. In its varied course, which extended over fourteen years and involved the untimely destruction of perhaps 300,000 lives, many extremes and contrasts
have been displayed. There have been battles which were massacres, and others that were mere parades. There have been occasions of shocking cowardice and surprising heroism, of plans conceived in haste and emergency, of schemes laid with slow deliberation, of wild extravagance and cruel waste, of economies scarcely less barbarous, of wisdom and incompetence. But the result is at length achieved, and the flags of England and Egypt wave unchallenged over the valley of the Nile.
At what cost were such advantages obtained? The reader must judge for himself of the loss in men; yet while he deplores the deaths of brave officers and soldiers, and no less the appalling destruction of the valiant Arabs, he should remember that such slaughter is inseparable from war, and that, if the war be justified, the loss of life cannot be accused.
For something less than two and a half millions sterling active military operations were carried on for nearly three years, involving the employment –far from its base–of an army of 25,000 disciplined troops, including an expensive British contingent of 8,000 men, and ending in the utter defeat of an enemy whose armed forces numbered at the beginning of the war upwards of 80,000 soldiers, and the reconquest and re-occupation of a territory measuring sixteen hundred miles from north to south and twelve hundred from east to west [Lieut.-Colonel Stewart’s Report: Egypt, No.11, 1883], which at one time supported at least twenty millions of inhabitants.
But this is not all. Of the total EP2,354,354 only EP996,223 can be accounted as military expenditure. For the remaining EP1,358,131 Egypt possesses 500 miles of railway, 900 miles of telegraph, and a flotilla of steamers. The railway will not, indeed, pay a great return upon the capital invested, but it will immediately pay something, and may ultimately pay much. The telegraph is as necessary as the railway to the development of the country; it costs far less, and, when the Egyptian system is connected with the South African, it will be a sure source of revenue. Lastly, there are the gunboats. The reader cannot have any doubts as to the value of these vessels during the war. Never was money better spent on military plant. Now that the river operations are over the gunboats discharge the duties of ordinary steamers; and although they are, of course, expensive machines for goods and passenger traffic, they are by no means inefficient. The movement of the troops, their extra pay, the supplies at the end of a long line of communications, the ammunition, the loss by wear and tear of uniforms and accoutrements, the correspondence, the rewards, all cost together less than a million sterling; and for that million Egypt has recovered the Soudan.
A great, though perhaps academic, issue remains: Was the war justified by wisdom and by right?
If the reader will look at a map of the Nile system, he cannot fail to be struck by its resemblance to a palm-tree. At the top the green and fertile area of the Delta spreads like the graceful leaves and foliage. The stem is perhaps a little twisted, for the Nile makes a vast bend in flowing through the desert. South of Khartoum the likeness is again perfect, and the roots of the tree begin to stretch deeply into the Soudan. I can imagine no better illustration of the intimate and sympathetic connection between Egypt and the southern provinces. The water–the life of the Delta–is drawn from the Soudan, and passes along the channel of the Nile, as the sap passes up the stem of the tree, to produce a fine crop
of fruit above. The benefit to Egypt is obvious; but Egypt does not benefit alone. The advantages of the connection are mutual; for if the Soudan is thus naturally and geographically an integral part of Egypt, Egypt is no less essential to the development of the Soudan. Of what use would the roots and the rich soil be, if the stem were severed, by which alone their vital essence may find expression in the upper air?
Here, then, is a plain and honest reason for the River War. To unite territories that could not indefinitely have continued divided; to combine peoples whose future welfare is inseparably intermingled;to collect energies which, concentrated, may promote a common interest; to join together what could not improve apart–these are the objects which, history will pronounce, have justified the enterprise.
The advantage to Great Britain is no less clear to those who believe that our connection with Egypt, as with India, is in itself a source of strength. The grasp of England upon Egypt has been strengthened twofold by the events of the war. The joint action and ownership of the two countries in the basin of the Upper Nile form an additional bond between them. The command of the vital river is an irresistible weapon. The influence of France over the native mind in Egypt has been completely destroyed by the result of the Fashoda negotiations; and although she still retains the legal power to meddle in and obstruct all financial arrangements, that power, unsupported by real influence, is like a body whence the soul has fled, which may, indeed, be an offensive encumbrance, but must ultimately decompose and crumble into dust.
But, apart from any connection with Egypt, Britain has gained a vast territory which, although it would be easy to exaggerate its value, is nevertheless coveted by every Great Power in Europe. The policy of acquiring large waterways, which has been pursued deliberately or unconsciously by British statesmen for three centuries, has been carried one step further; and in the valley of the Nile England may develop a trade which, passing up and down the river and its complement the railway, shall exchange the manufactures of the Temperate Zone for the products of the Tropic of Cancer, and may use the north wind to drive civilisation and prosperity to the south and the stream of the Nile to bear wealth and commerce to the sea.”
Tags: "was it worth it?", Al Qaeda, Bill Warner, Londonistan, Melanie Phillips, Nigerian bomber was a student in Britain, plane scare over Detroit, Private Investigator, Soudan, Sudan, Terrorism, terrorists, The River War, Tony Blair, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Winston Churchill