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IS bride may face arrest if she comes to UK and begs courts to restore her citizenship

Shamima Begum: set to be arrested?

It seems Shamima Begum is likely to have her wish to live back in the UK after all – as a criminal serving a prison sentence for terror crimes.

The Home Office announced its disappointment that the Court of Appeal had allowed her to come home to beg for the return of her UK citizenship, and said it would appeal against the ruling.

Well, it seems someone has come up with this in the meantime.

Interestingly, a (non-scientific) poll of This Site’s readers has shown (at the time of writing) that roughly three-fifths of those who voted favoured returning her citizenship, against 40 per cent who did not.

So it seems she may have her citizenship restored – only to spend the next few years enjoying it in a prison cell.

Here’s LBC:

Richard Walton, who led Scotland Yard’s counter terrorism unit between 2011 and 2016, said that Shamima, now 20, who fled the UK as a schoolgirl to join IS in Syria, is likely to face arrest and a subsequent terror trial if she takes up the opportunity to return to the UK.

Mr Walton said he believes the appeal court had made a mistake in its judgement yesterday and that the ruling “undermines” the ability of elected officials to keep the public safe.

Mr Walton said: “I think the court of appeal has made a profound mistake. It will set a dangerous precedent.

“Frankly it is alarming to see the court of appeal taking over the Home Secretary’s responsibility of who should be allowed in the UK.

“It has opened the door for her return to Britain and has undermined a statutory power of parliament.

“She is highly likely to be arrested… but it is almost impossible to gather sufficient evidence from war zones.”

It seems to This Writer that, if Ms Begum is indeed arrested on her arrival in the UK, then it presents an opportunity for our security forces.

As a commenter on This Site’s previous story wrote: “If she was a child that was groomed, as some are saying, then we need to know who has been doing the grooming.”

Exactly. Let’s find out who has been encouraging teenagers to betray their country, track them down and bring them to justice.

I think that should be something we can all support.

Source: Isis bride Shamima Begum ‘highly likely’ to face arrest on her return to UK – LBC News

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Boris Johnson is a liar – according to the BBC, after it fact-checked his interview

Boris Johnson: The lies keep coming.

Boris Johnson – what a miserable, fake excuse for a politician!

First he ducked out of the interview he had promised the BBC, after he saw Andrew Neil pressing Jeremy Corbyn hard (but not too hard for the Labour leader, who remained calm and clear throughout).

Then he used the atrocity of the terror attack on London Bridge to press the Corporation into allowing him to be interviewed, not by Andrew Neil but by Andrew Marr – and for 15 minutes, not 30.

That interview was broadcast on Sunday (December 1) – and Johnson lied through his teeth from start to finish.

How do I know? Simple.

The BBC fact-checked it.

Here are some highlights:

1. Mr Johnson said his government is putting £160 million of extra money into counter-terrorist policing – but in fact it had promised only to increase funding in line with inflation. The £160 million was the difference between spending plans announced in 2015 and the figure eventually spent in 2019-20. Lie.

2. Mr Johnson claimed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had said he would disband MI5 – but there is no evidence to support it. Lie.

3. Mr Johnson said the Queen’s Speech – the programme for the new Parliamentary session he had demanded – had been blocked by Parliament. In fact it had been passed, on October 24 – by 16 votes. Lie.

4. Mr Johnson said his government was already considering ending the policy of automatic early release for serious and violent offenders – but the ‘Sentencing Bill’ in the Queen’s Speech would have only changed the automatic release point from halfway to two-thirds of the way through a sentence. Offenders considered “dangerous” are already not considered for release until they have served two-thirds of their sentences. Lie.

5. Mr Johnson said his government would make the largest investment in the NHS in modern memory – but the £34 billion he quoted, in real terms, came to 3.2 per cent per year, only slightly more than half the six per cent average achieved by Labour governments between 1997 and 2010. Lie.

Source: General Election 2019: Boris Johnson’s interview with Andrew Marr fact-checked – BBC News

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Jeremy Corbyn could do with more hecklers like this – they make his case for him

A heckler who asked Jeremy Corbyn if the UK’s prime minister should be a “terrorist sympathiser” was himself linked to racist and homophobic comments on Twitter.

People like Church of Scotland minister Reverend Richard Cameron do excellent work in clearing the air of these poisonous, false suggestions by being highly questionable themselves.

Here’s the incident, caught on video:

The reference to an “Islamic jihadi” scarf was insensitive, as Mr Corbyn was wearing a scarf gifted to him by care charity Who Cares? Scotland, and had been explaining what it meant to him when Mr Cameron interrupted:

He went on to ask, “Are you invited to the funeral?” – believed to be a reference to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was recently killed by US forces. The radio station LBC has also tried to kick up a stink about this, but has been accused of misleading the public (more about this in another post).

Then he asked whether Mr Corbyn thought the UK’s prime minister should be a terrorist sympathiser, and “Who’s going to be the first terrorist invited to the House of Commons when you’re prime minister?”

Of course we know that Mr Corbyn doesn’t sympathise with terrorists; any such accusations have been proved unfounded.

But Mr Cameron’s own Twitter account makes very clear indications of his own sympathies.

Consider this tweet:

https://twitter.com/thebiblestrue/status/898246099944837120

Some of his tweets seem to have disappeared from his timeline but Indy100 has kindly supplied examples to the world. This one shows support for Boris Johnson’s brand of Islamophobia:

And here’s one that suggests he is homophobic as well:

Finally, it seems Mr Cameron is also anti-Semitic, which tends to scuttle claims that Jeremy Corbyn is of the same persuasion:

What a charmer.

When people with such obvious prejudices attack a politician like Mr Corbyn, they make it clear that it is their opinions that are at fault – not his.

Mr Corbyn walked away, showing he wants nothing to do with people like this.

I’m with him – wouldn’t you be?

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Was Derry car bomb a reaction to Tory arrogance?

Fireball: The explosion on Bishop Street, Londonderry was caught on camera.

Terrorism has reared its ugly head again in Northern Ireland, it seems – although interestingly the mass media are steering away from the word.

A car bomb – in a hijacked pizza van, we’re told – exploded outside a courthouse in Londonderry at around 8.10pm on Saturday (January 19).

Police were informed at around 8pm, leaving less than 10 minutes to evacuate people from neighbouring buildings which included a hotel, Freemasons’ hall, and a youth club. There were no casualties.

The lack of notice has led police to describe the attack as “unbelievably reckless”, and it is these words that the mainstream media have adopted, rather than referring to terrorism.

In fact, there seems a strong attempt to play down the incident:

But investigations have centred on the New IRA, one of a handful of republican groups that have rejected power-sharing and the Good Friday Agreement, and which makes a point of targeting police and courts.

Two men have been arrested. But the incident raises an important question:

Why now?

The timing seems significant as not only has the power sharing system brought about after the Good Friday Agreement stalled, but it seems Theresa May is determined to sideline the needs of Northern Ireland in her Brexit deal with the European Union.

There has been no government in Stormont since early 2017, after a row between Sinn Fein and the DUP over a botched renewable energy scheme.

And of course Brexit has revived concerns over the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, and over NI’s constitutional status.

The Conservative government in Westminster seems conspicuously relaxed about both situations.

Doesn’t the attitude of Theresa May and her government seem deliberately provocative to people in Northern Ireland who were unhappy with the peace process in the first place? I’m not suggesting she is responsible for the actions of other people, but she certainly has a responsibility to prevent any return to the so-called “Troubles”.

Aren’t the delay over restoring the government in Stormont, and the failure to overcome the border controversy, an opportunity for such republicans to claim the peace process has failed and go back to violence?

Isn’t that what happened in Derry on Saturday night?

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BBC displays Islamophobia in report of attack on Muslims

Police presence: A police car outside the Islamic centre.Isn’t it incredibly hypocritical that an incident in which a Muslim crashes a car into pedestrians outside Parliament is an act of Islamic terrorism, but the same organisation can’t bring itself to label one in which a driver crashes a car into pedestrians outside a Muslim centre – shouting Islamophobic slogans – as an act of anti-Islamic terrorism.

What gives, BBC?

You reported that the police were treating it as a hate crime. Explain why you didn’t report it as a terrorist attack. I really want to know, and I don’t think I’m the only one.

Remember, terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims” – and I think the fact the perpetrator(s) shouted Islamophobic slogans shows a political aim.

Here‘s the story:

Three men were hurt when a car struck several people outside a north London Islamic centre.

Witnesses described hearing the driver “shouting anti-Islamic taunts” at the Muslim prayer centre in Cricklewood.

The Met Police said it was being dealt with as an Islamophobic hate crime but is not thought to be terrorist-related.

The driver of the car failed to stop and two men were taken to hospital following the incident at about 00:35 BST.

It happened at the Al-majlis Al-Hussaini centre at the junction of Oxgate Lane and Edgware Road.

One witness said the driver “was trying to kill people”.

And here are the responses:

And here’s the context:

This is the nub of the matter.

The Conservative government is a racist, Islamophobic organisation, therefore it does not acknowledge attacks on Muslims as racist or Islamophobic, let alone terrorist.

Does anybody, in all seriousness, need me to provide examples of Tory racism when Boris Johnson and Theresa May are still in public life?

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‘British Jews’ documentary triggers death of a cherished anti-Corbyn LIE

All smiles for the camera: The participants in the BBC documentary We Are British Jews.

It seems it was too much to ask that We Are British Jews could be a balanced documentary, but at least it has helped kill the vicious lie that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a friend of terrorists.

The BBC promised us that the programme broadcast on BBC2 at 9pm (BST) yesterday (September 4) would document the genuine life experiences, attitudes and reactions of eight Jewish citizens of the UK at this time.

To This Writer’s jaundiced eye and ear, it seemed dangerously one-sided – against Mr Corbyn and the Labour Party, at a time when it is fighting off a manufactured “anti-Semitism” crisis.

You see, during the documentary, someone raised the claim that the Labour leader was a friend of people in the terrorist organisations Hamas and Hezbollah.

I was live-tweeting on Twitter at the time, so I broadcast the fact that the claim wasn’t true – and bedlam ensued.

I had to clarify this, as I had intended to say that it was a myth that these people were his friends. He was using diplomatic – some say Parliamentary – language, and rightly so – you don’t get what you want from somebody by insulting them, after all.

You can draw your own conclusions about the people who responded from their words:

Important point, there: The claim was that Mr Corbyn only spoke with terrorists from Hamas and Hezbollah but the fact was that he had spoken with the Israelis as well.

Did this revelation lead to more rational discussion? No.

This one shows the attitude of these people – even when a claim has been disproved, they keep pushing it. Because if you repeat a lie often enough, people start believing it again?

How about this?

He didn’t need to be in government to get peace. All he needed to do was try to bring people together.

https://twitter.com/stevencarrwork/status/1037091678102933504

https://twitter.com/Cotswold/status/1037103746269028352

Isn’t this a false equivalence? Mr Corbyn applauded the Good Friday Agreement which he supported to the hilt. But it is will known that he disagreed with Tony Blair on a huge number of issues over the nine years of Blair government that followed, so it is no wonder he did not share a platform with that gentleman in 2016. These issues are different.

And by the way (apologies for the profanity in this one):

https://twitter.com/HarryIsHome/status/1037102433254748160

Let’s get back to the abuse:

https://twitter.com/Cotswold/status/1037103746269028352

Oh really?

So it turns out that one peace negotiated by Mr Corbyn, “like the Good Friday Agreement”, was the Good Friday Agreement.

Mr Corbyn acted as a go-between – exactly as I had suggested – on behalf of the Labour government of the time, and sorted out details that made the Northern Irish peace process possible.

He did it by visiting just one side of the conflict – and you can be sure he used diplomatic language.

And I would not have been able to bring this to you without the help of all the haters whose words appear above – and many more who didn’t make the edit.

The conclusion is clear:

Jeremy Corbyn is not a friend of terrorism. He is a friend of peace. Ask yourself why anybody would want to deny that and you’ll be able to think of your own name for his critics.

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Theresa and the terrorists: She supports them in the Middle East but what did she think of Mandela?

Theresa May in Nelson Mandela’s cell: She should have been locked in and left there.

Tories and terrorism – they’ve got a real problem, haven’t they?

On one hand, they firmly – and wrongly – denounced the late Nelson Mandela as a terrorist for many years.

On the other, they have merrily provided weapons to those inflicting terror on others in the Middle East – in Israel, and to Saudi Arabia for its war on the Yemen, for example.

Theresa May is currently in South Africa, and visited the Robben Island prison cell in which Mr Mandela was incarcerated for decades.

Interviewed before the visit, she refused point-blank to deny that she had supported Margaret Thatcher’s claim that Mr Mandela was a terrorist and deserved to be in prison:

Notice that Mr Crick asked if she had been arrested outside the South African embassy for protesting against apartheid. We know somebody who was, don’t we?

Contrast this with the Conservative government’s support for suffering in the Middle East.

Consider Israel. Earlier this year, I wrote:

In the same month the Israel Defence Force killed dozens of people and injured thousands more, it turns out the UK has increased its sales of arms to that country by more than £140 million.

Our exports of deadly weapons to the country that has terrorised, mutilated and killed weaponless people… nearly tripled.

Consider Saudi Arabia and its war on Yemen.

Arms sales to Saudi Arabia from the UK totalled around £1.1 billion in 2017, and Theresa May laid on a lavish welcome for Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman when he visited this country in March.

But Labour pointed out that these arms were being used to kill civilians in Yemen – and the government was even providing military personnel who were offering advice on targeting:

Corbyn urged the prime minister to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia over its intervention in Yemen, which has killed thousands of civilians and worsened a humanitarian catastrope, and take the crown prince to task on human rights.

Speaking after PMQs, Corbyn’s spokesman expanded on Labour’s position, saying arms sales and the involvement of British military personnel provided a level of complicity over the situation in Yemen.

“Britain has not only increased arms supplies to Saudi Arabia dramatically since the start of the war, not only supports the war, as Theresa May said in the chamber just now, but British military personnel advise the Saudi air force and military on targeting – and so there is a direct involvement in the conduct of the war,” he said.

“Which as we know has led to very large numbers of civilian casualties and very clear evidence of the targeting of schools and hospitals. Very large numbers of children have been killed.”

We know Theresa May is a racist – we have her “hostile environment” policy and the resulting Windrush scandal as evidence of that. And her government has not condemned the “Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people” law which confirms that country as an apartheid state. So her refusal to deny believing that a black man who opposed apartheid was a terrorist is understandable.

And before anyone tries to suggest that she can’t be a racist because of her relationship with the Arabs of Saudi Arabia, I offer just one word in explanation:

Money.

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White terrorist described as ‘loner’ by mainstream media. Propaganda?

Forensic officers at the scene of the attack [Image: Victoria Jones/PA].

“Black = criminal

“Muslim = terrorist

“White = mental health issues

“Darren Osborne is a terrorist radicalised by the media and right wing groups.”

I can’t help but agree.

An unemployed “loner” intent on spilling as much blood as possible ploughed a hire van into a group of Muslims after becoming radicalised by far-right material within just a few weeks.

Darren Osborne, 48, deliberately mowed down worshippers outside two mosques in north London, shortly after 12.15am on June 19 last year, killing Makram Ali, 51, and injuring 12 others.

A jury of eight women and four men took one hour to convict the father-of-four, who was seen smiling and blowing a kiss to angry bystanders in the moments after the terror attack, of murder and attempted murder.

Osborne, who had denied both charges, nodded and looked around the courtroom as the verdicts were delivered at Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday.

The attacker admitted he had initially hoped to “plough through” as many people as possible at the pro-Palestinian Al Quds march in central London, previously attended by Mr Corbyn.

But after driving a hire van from Cardiff to London on June 18, road closures thwarted Osborne’s plan.

Instead he travelled across London in hunt of a mosque, eventually ending up in Finsbury Park.

Source: Far-right ‘loner’ guilty of London mosque attack murder


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Repost: ‘Enough is enough’, says Theresa May. Yes, we’ve had enough – OF HER

Reposted to support Fourth attack this year hits UK after Theresa May cut police counter-terror capability

The ongoing row over Tory underfunding of police and intelligence services should be the final nail in the coffin of Theresa May’s political career – and of Conservative government.

It is now clear that Mrs May and the Conservative Party that she wants to form the UK government for the next five years has crippled our ability to detect terrorism on UK soil, and to prevent attacks such as those in Manchester and London.

Not only that, but her claim that “enough is enough” is laughable. Is she trying to fool us into forgetting that she has been responsible for this decline? “Enough is enough” means we should say we’ve had enough of herShe is responsible.

Barry Gardiner has it right here, attacking Theresa May on her failures to support British policing:

https://twitter.com/ToryFibs/status/871672639462531072

Mrs May’s response to the row has exhibited the weakness that we now know is typical of her approach to government. She is not a stateswoman. Watch how she ignores a question about her cuts to policing, delivering waffle instead:

In the same press conference, she lied about Tory support for police numbers. Peter Stefanovic straightens the record here:

Here are the facts – her actual record show that she has cut the number of police officers in England and Wales – massively:

Here are the same figures, put slightly differently:

Mrs May has been called out as a hypocrite for attacking Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party (Mr Corbyn has made manifesto pledges to restore policing and intelligence to pre-Tory levels):

For the record, you can compare Mrs May and Mr Corbyn on their anti-terror voting record. She doesn’t come out of it very well!

Put succinctly, this row has show that Theresa May is a threat to national security. We cannot tolerate such a threat continuing as prime minister:

She has a serious question to answer:

And her record speaks against her:

Yesterday, there were calls for Mrs May to resign, endorsed by Mr Corbyn. He later rowed back on that, saying there was no point in demanding her resignation now, when she’ll be removed from office by the voters on Thursday. Good point.

It was supported by journalist Paul Mason, who put a call for us to vote Mrs May out in order to show we don’t want support for terrorism in our government:

And what about the Brexit angle? Mrs May called the election, intending to make it entirely about her claim that the Conservatives were the strongest party to negotiate the terms of the UK’s departure from the European Union. In fact, she has turned out to be so weak that she must not get anywhere near the negotiating table with her team of flunkes – BoJo the International Clown, David Davis and Liam Fox:

Meanwhile the Tories have been attacking Jeremy Corbyn, alleging he has links with terrorism – and getting slammed for it:

https://twitter.com/AWatkins2007/status/871768356365500416

In fact, Corbyn warned May in 2015 that her cuts would affect the UK’s anti-terror response:

And despite being reviled for bringing questions from the public to Prime Minister’s Questions, this, from 2016, seems timely:

We have learned that the recent terror attacks could have been prevented – but weren’t:

And the public response has been exactly what it should have been:

The moral of this tale is twofold. Firstly:

But this is also important:

It seems the decades-long marriage between the police and the Conservative Party is ending in an acrimonious divorce.

What would this mean, if the Tories were to form another government on Friday?

It is best not to find out.

There is no reason to vote Conservative on Thursday. None at all.

They have failed in their prime duty to protect the citizens of the UK.

Their domestic policies promise more punishment for ordinary people, in order to provide even more luxurious lives for the idle rich.

In the end, it seems our choice on Thursday is no choice at all.

The only practical way to vote is to vote Labour.

 

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May and Rudd ‘stripped anti-extremism unit to focus on Brexit’ | The SKWAWKBOX

Amber Rudd and Theresa May.

Is this more irresponsibility from the least responsible UK government ever?

Theresa May stripped the UK’s police of their ability to handle terrorist attacks (as we saw in the aftermath of the Manchester bombing).

Now, it seems, we are finding that she stripped the country of its ability to anticipate attacks such as that at Manchester.

All because she didn’t have enough resources to handle Brexit properly – probably because of her own party’s cuts to the public sector.

And how’s Brexit going?

The Home Office has a department named the Extremism Analysis Unit responsible, as its name suggests, for identifying and analysing potential extremist groups and individuals in order to identify the most serious threats to the safety of UK citizens.

And a civil servant close to the unit alleges that Theresa May, along with her successor Amber Rudd, intentionally moved resources away from it in order to increase resources available to Brexit teams.

Source: Exclusive: May, Rudd ‘stripped anti-extremism unit to focus on #Brexit’ #GE17 | The SKWAWKBOX


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