Great Britain recently raised its terror alert to “severe” following reports that al-Qaeda was plotting new attacks, but Britain is facing an even greater threat from within — one the British government helped to create.
CBN News recently traveled to London to interview a number of leading Islamic radicals who have settled there with the full knowledge of the British government.
Just one year before attempting to blow up an airliner over Detroit, Christmas Day bombing suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab studied engineering at University College London. Abdulmutallab is just one of many Islamic terrorists with ties to London. Some live there with help from the state.
One example is Yasser al-Sirri, who faces a death sentence in Egypt. Then there is Anjem Choudary. To date, he has not been charged with terrorism, but his pro-jihad views have led some to call him Great Britain’s most hated man.
So how did this happen? During the 1980s and 1990s, British authorities granted asylum to a number of Islamic terrorists wanted in their home countries. “All of this happened under the assumption that if you allowed these people to operate in London, if you allowed them to do whatever they wanted to do, they would not be attacking Britain,” terrorism expert Peter Neumann explained. Neumann is author of the book Old and New Terrorism and heads the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization in London.
On July 7, 2005, explosions proved the British government’s open door strategy horribly wrong, as al Qaeda-linked terrorists killed 52 people in a series of bombings against London’s mass transit system. One year later, London was the staging ground for a massive al Qaeda plot to blow up 10 transatlantic airliners.
“Only then did the policy change,” Neumann said. “However, the seeds of the radical Islamists’ activity had already been sown.”
Aaad al-Faqih is wanted in his native Saudi Arabia for allegedly seeking to overthrow the Saudi regime. He was designated by the U.S. and U.N. as a global terrorist in 2004 for alleged links to al Qaeda but maintains his innocence.
He believes there will be more confrontation between the West and the Muslim world, including terrorist attacks “even bigger than in 2001.”
British officials have pushed to deport men like al-Faqih and Yasser al-Sirri back to their home countries. But the European Union and a number of British judges have blocked these efforts over human rights concerns. (Apparently, they only are concerned with the human rights of terrorists) READMORE: CBN NEWS
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