MUSLIM HATE IN ENGLAND!
Cops shoot 2 as 'soldier is beheaded' in suspected terrorist attack
By KAREN MORRISON, HARRY HAYDON and JO SAYER
Published: 22nd May 2013
CHILLING footage has emerged of a man with bloodied hands armed with knives speaking into a camera phone - just minutes after a soldier was allegedly beheaded.
The tall black man talks brazenly with a London accent to the shocked onlooker who filmed the knifeman making a series of twisted rants after the terrorist attack.
The knifeman and his accomplice are believed to have killed serviceman in the brutal knife attack after ramming the victim - who was wearing a Help For Heroes t-shirt - with a car.
two suspected terrorists were then shot when cops arrived. They were
then taken to hospital, one of them in a serious condition.
Police confirmed one man has died who is believed to be the soldier.
David Cameron vowed Britain would “never buckle” in the face of terrorism and condemned the "absolutely sickening" attack.
In footage, obtained by The Sun, one of the terrorists speaks directly in to the camera bragging about the horrific attack boasting the public and their "children" were targets of extremists.
He says: "We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you...Your people will never be safe.
“In our land our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe.
"Remove your governments they don't care about you.
think David Cameron is going to get caught in the street when we start
busting our guns you think politicians are going to die? No it's going
to be the average guy, like you, and your children.
"So get rid of them. Tell them to bring our troops back so can all live in peace.”
The victim – who was wearing a Help For Heroes t-shirt – was said to have been attacked by men armed with knives, including a meat cleaver.
Eyewitnesses said the two men - suspected Islamist terrorists - were “hacking” at the victim “like a piece of meat”.
A number of witnesses have told how a blonde woman got out of her car and ran towards the suspects confronting them to stop attacking.
The attackers were then shot after trying to attack police responding to the barbaric incident.
Senior Whitehall sources said the attackers are thought to have tried to film their attack whilst shouting "Allahu Akbar" - God is Great. The men were said to have been of Muslim appearance.
David Cameron has confirmed Home Secretary Theresa May will chair an emergency COBRA meeting - reserved for times of national crisis.
He said: “Tonight, our thoughts should be with the victim, with their family, with their friends.
“People across Britain, people in every community, I believe, will utterly condemn this attack.
“We have had these sorts of attacks before in our country and we never buckle in the face of them.”
Cameron was speaking at a Paris press conference with French president
Francois Hollande but confirmed he would cut short the visit to return
to the UK tonight.
Cops sealed off parts of Woolwich close to the Royal Artillery Barracks after two men in a blue Vauxhall car rammed into a man on John Wilson Street.
Witnesses said the attackers, both black, then jumped out of the car and started attacking the victim with meat cleavers.
police were called to the scene and shocking claims say cops then fired
at suspects alleged to have carried out the attack.
When cops arrived one the suspects tried to attack them and was gunned down by a woman police officer, said an eyewitness.
London Ambulance Service confirmed a man was found dead at the scene, while two other men were taken to hospital, one of them in a serious condition.
A witness told LBC radio that the attackers were "chopping this guy to pieces, literally hacking at something like it was a piece of meat".
Huseyin, 32, who lives in a block of flats close to where the incident
happened said: “I was at home and heard a big bang. I looked out of the
window and saw a car had crashed.
“Then two black guys got out of the car dragging a white guy across the road towards the wall.
“One of the guys had a knife that looked about a foot long and a machete and the other bloke had a gun.
“They started slashing him up with the knife and hitting him in the stomach with the machete.
“I don’t think it took long before he was dead. “There were people passing by who were screaming and running away. I’ve never seen anything like it.
“When he was dead, they dragged him out into the road and left him there. It was strange, they didn’t run off, they just stood there as if they were waiting for the police.
“It must’ve taken about 20 minutes for the police to arrive, I think it must’ve been because they were waiting for armed police.
“The police officers got out of the car and the two black men ran towards them with the gun. The police shot them.
“They fell to the ground."
Lou Peluola, 53, arrived on the scene shortly after the incident when he saw one attacker standing over a body before the police arrived 20 minutes later.
He said: "People were afraid asking: ‘where are the police?’ They took a long time to arrive.
"I panicked, rang the police and ran away."
Peluola saw the victim bent over on the floor with the attacker standing over him holding a 20inch knife.
He described the attacker as a "huge man, black".
Dee, a rapper claiming to have seen the whole incident, tweeted live
from the scene. He said: "I just see a man with his head chopped off
right in front of my eyes!"
Eyewitness reports said a machete may have been used in the incident.
A London Air Ambulance spokeswoman said: "We were called today at 2.20pm to reports of an incident at John Wilson Street, SE18.
"We sent two responders in cars, three ambulance crews, two duty officers and London Air Ambulance to the scene.
“We still have staff on scene.”
John Wilson Street is currently shut in both directions between Artillery Place and New Ferry Approach.
Birmingham men guilty of mass bomb plot
21 February 2013
Three would-be suicide bombers who plotted to carry out an attack to rival the 7 July and 9/11 atrocities have been found guilty of terrorism charges.
Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, from Birmingham, were found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of being "central figures" in the plan.
Jurors were told they planned to set off up to eight bombs in rucksacks, using timers to detonate the charges.
Police described the men as "committed, passionate extremists".
The trio were arrested in 2011 amid fears an attack was imminent.
Detectives believe it is the most significant terror plot to be uncovered since the 2006 conspiracy to blow up transatlantic airliners using bombs disguised as soft drinks.
Khalid even boasted that the attack was "another 9/11" and "revenge for everything".
three men were found guilty of 12 counts of preparing for acts of
terrorism between December 2010 and their arrest in September the
The jury heard that Naseer and Khalid had received training from al-Qaeda contacts in Pakistan - and had recorded martyrdom videos there before returning to the UK.
Having recruited others, the group posed as legitimate charity workers on the streets of Birmingham and collected thousands of pounds from unsuspecting members of the public.
Naseer played a key role in sending four other Birmingham men to Pakistan to receive training. All of these have already pleaded guilty to preparing for acts of terrorism: Ishaaq Hussain, 21, Shahid Khan, 21, Naweed Ali, 25, and Khobaib Hussain, 22.
Two other Birmingham men who were part of Naseer and Khalid's plans, Rahin Ahmed, 27, and Mujahid Hussain, 21, have also pleaded guilty to terrorism charges.
The judge told the men they would all face life in prison when they were sentenced in April or May.
Mr Justice Henriques told Naseer he had been convicted on "overwhelming evidence" and that he faced "a very long minimum term".
said: "You were seeking to recruit a team of somewhere between six and
eight suicide bombers to carry out a spectacular bombing campaign, one
which would create an anniversary along the lines of 7/7 or 9/11. It's
clear that you were planning a terrorist outrage in Birmingham."
BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani said the convictions represented a major success for counter-terrorism officers in the West Midlands who, along with MI5, ran one of the largest undercover operations in recent years to identity the plotters and stop them.
Nine men in all have been convicted as a result of the investigation.
The jury heard that the security services had the men under such close surveillance that they recorded them laughing and joking about their plans and how they did not need to worry about their car's MOT, because they would be dead by the time it expired.
The men were arrested after recorded conversations revealed Naseer's depth of knowledge about bomb-making and the three discussed time frames for attacking targets.
They had discussed targets while under surveillance but had not settled on a final plan. During his police interview, Ali told detectives that they wanted to wear explosive vests and had considered attacking British soldiers.
trial heard the men were inspired by sermons of US-born Islamist cleric
Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in Yemen in September 2011.
'Maim and kill'
Karen Jones, specialist counter-terrorism prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "These men had dangerous aspirations and whilst the precise targets remained unclear, the potential for damage and loss of life from their plot should not be underestimated.
evidence we put to the court showed the defendants discussing with awe
and admiration the attacks of 9/11 and 7/7. These terrorists wanted to
do something bigger, speaking of how 7/7 had 'gone a bit wrong'."
Detective Inspector Adam Gough of West Midlands Police led the investigation into the men.
"There's no doubt whatsoever that they were the real deal," he said. "They are committed, passionate extremists. They had a real stated intention to kill and maim as many people as they possibly can. More than that, they not only had that intention, but they had the capacity and training to make that intention a reality.
"Naseer is a very devious and calculating man. He is someone who had a real hatred of western values, someone who wants to bring his influence to others and a compulsive liar. A very dangerous man."
Irfan Naseer told the trial that the hours of secret recordings of him talking about terrorism and bomb-making were all nonsense.
said he had pretended to be a terrorist because he wanted to end
rumours in his local community that he was a Pakistani spy. Ashik Ali
denied wanting to be a terrorist. Irfan Khalid did not give evidence in
Islamic teacher under fire for calling on Welsh muslims to support fight for sharia law abroad
by James McCarthy
Apr 22 2012
An Islamic teacher whose group was at the centre of an anti-terror raid on a Cardiff community hall has come under fire for calling on Welsh muslims to “physically” support the fight for sharia law abroad.
Abu Hajar, of Grangetown, Cardiff, is one of the leaders of the Islamic group Supporters of Tawheed, which on its website says its core belief is the “domination of the world by Islam”.
group – which according to its website also rejects democracy and
freedom, describing them as “false deities” – hit the headlines in
January when one man arrested during a raid on a meeting in the city’s
Canton Community Hall told an officer “I will chop your head off”
before shouting “I’m going to shoot you with a machine gun”. Mohammed
Abdin, 21, was subsequently jailed for eight months for the threats.
It is understood the raids were prompted by members of the Muslim community, who feared the meeting was providing a place for radical Islamists to network.
Hajar has previously said the group is simply interested in spreading
the message of Islam and does not preach violence or extremism.
In a video posted last month on YouTube called “Support the Muslims of Syria”, Mr Hajar said muslims should: snub western help abroad; demand an “Islamic solution” to problems in the Middle East; and impose sharia law there.
In the 14-minute video he addresses the people of Syria, saying: “Our money is with you and, if need be and if we are able to, our muslims will come and respond to your call physically as well.
“So we call upon the muslims to be steadfast in this struggle, to call for sharia, to call for an Islamic solution...to continue rising up against [these] regimes, whether that be in Tunisia, in Syria, in Egypt, even in Saudi Arabia, even in Yemen.
“The muslims in Jordan need to rise up and we the muslims will respond to your call.”
he hit out at Western involvement in the region, adding: “We are not
here to call upon freedom, to call for democracy, to call for human
rights. Remember these words are very establishments, these are the
very causes of the oppression that has taken place in these muslim
The UN estimates about 9,000 people have died in Syria since protests against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011, prompting a brutal Government crackdown.
And on Friday Syrian troops shelled a rebel-held area of Homs and sent reinforcements to border areas as the opposition called for fresh protests after the United Nations accused President Assad of failing to honour a peace plan which went into effect a week ago.
The video is posted with the text: “For far too long the Ummah [the global community of Arab nations] has been in crisis, facing oppression, injustice and betrayal by our leaders but we need to ask ourselfs what will it take for us to act? how many Muslims need to be killed before we realise our responsibilities?”
And adds: “We will all be held accountable about what we did to help our brothers and sisters all over the world who? are undergoing distress at the hands of the kufaar [nonbelievers].”
Monmouth MP David Davies said fundamentalism was “unacceptable in our community”.
He said: “They [fundamentalists] have a rather warped interpretation of the Koran that seems to have taken hold of a worrying number of people across the world who follow Islam.
“That particular interpretation is incompatible with the principles of equality for men and women and democracy we take for granted.
“For some people a literal interpretation of the Koran is that all laws are handed down by God and that man does not have the right to change and alter laws.
“That is incompatible with a democracy.”
He said Britain was “more enlightened” and we should not apologise “for our own culture”.
The MP claimed our culture was often wrongly put on an equal footing with those holding fundamentalist values. “Our values are better than other peoples,” he said.
“We believe in equal rights for men and women, and do not discriminate against gays, and believe everyone should be free to practise religion – but that the government should be separate.
“These are values that are incompatible with extreme values in Islam.”
Saleem Kidwai is chairman of the Muslim Council of Wales. He claimed if Hajar wanted change he would have to be “part of the system.”
“You can make as many videos and shout as much as you want but it won’t make any difference,” he said.
“If you’re a citizen of this country then you have to be an active member of the political process.”
Several attempts were made to reach Abu Hajar but he was unavailable for comment.
South Wales Police declined to comment on the matter.
Militants Admit Plan to Bomb London Stock Exchange
By JOHN F. BURNS and ALAN COWELL
February 1, 2012
The New York Times
LONDON — Four Islamic militants, all British citizens, admitted involvement on Wednesday in a conspiracy inspired by Al Qaeda to place a bomb in the toilets of the London Stock Exchange, with the hope that the multistory building would catch fire. Five other men involved in the plot pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
Prosecutors said the plot was foiled by the arrests of the nine men, all with family origins in Bangladesh or Pakistan, in December 2010 at their homes in London, Cardiff and the Midlands town of Stoke-on-Trent. They said the men’s plans were discovered after undercover counterterrorism officers tailed them as they surveyed London tourist attractions and tracked their conversations through secret electronic monitoring devices planted in their homes, cars and computers.
Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the United States Embassy were among the targets scouted or considered by the men, the court was told. Others included the homes of the London mayor and the American ambassador, two rabbis and the London Eye, a 440-foot Ferris wheel towering above the River Thames.
The case was part of Britain’s long-running battle against homegrown terrorist plots involving militants born or living in Britain since the bombings on July 7, 2005, that killed 52 people on three London subway trains and a bus.
The outcome was taken by British counterterrorism experts as a triumph for the elaborate electronic surveillance techniques deployed by the country’s web of intelligence and security agencies. But the case also served as a warning of potential threats as London prepares a security force of nearly 25,000 men and women, including troops, to protect the 2012 summer Olympic Games, which begin in July.
The nine men had been set to plead innocent to terrorism charges but changed their pleas to guilty at the last minute when the judge warned them of the heavy sentences, including up to 13½ years for the man suspected of being the ringleader, if the case went to a prolonged trial. By pleading guilty, legal experts said, the men made themselves eligible for a “discount” of as much as 10 percent in their prison terms when sentenced next week.
For years, Britain’s top counterterrorism officials have been warning of what they called a widespread network of Islamic terrorist cells across the country, and saying that the security agencies, despite major increases in financing and staff, lack the resources to track them all. Bob Quick, a former head of counterterrorism at Scotland Yard, said in a BBC radio interview that the plot “serves to remind us that there are still people out in the country contemplating and capable of carrying out terrorist attacks on innocent people.”
But other experts said that the arrests and convictions of the men showed the vast improvements in British methods of hunting down would-be terrorists.
Alexander Carlile, a member of the House of Lords and formerly the government’s independent reviewer of counterterrorism legislation, said the tracking of the militants in the stock exchange plot had been “an excellent example of the surveillance and interception capabilities of British intelligence, as good as and probably better than any other country in the world.”
But he added, “We must not cease for one moment to be vigilant about the dangers of terrorism, particularly in this Olympic year.”
Much of Britain’s covert electronic listening, code-breaking and surveillance is conducted by an institution called Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, run in close collaboration with the National Security Agency in the United States. GCHQ is one of three British intelligence agencies, along with the domestic MI5 security agency and the overseas MI6 secret intelligence service. GCHQ’s operations are conducted mainly from its headquarters at the entrance to the spa town of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, where most of the agency’s 5,500 staff members work, according to its Web site.
The militants involved in the case that went to court on Wednesday met through their affiliations with Islamic groups, prosecutors said, and communicated via Internet and cellphone. They also met in public places, like parks, where they believed official surveillance would be more difficult, unaware that undercover agents were scrutinizing their movements.
Mohammed Chowdhury, 21, and Shah Rahman, 28, both of Bangladeshi descent and from London, together with two militants from Wales, Gurukanth Desai, 30, and Abdul Miah, 25, admitted planning to plant a bomb at the London Stock Exchange “with the obvious attendant risk but without any intention to cause death or even injury but with the intention to terrorize, damage property and to cause economic damage,” said Christopher Blaxland, a lawyer acting for Mr. Chowdhury.
Counterterrorism officials arrested the nine before they had set a date for attacks or built bombs, the prosecution said. The men, though not members of Al Qaeda, were inspired by the anti-Western tirades of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American jihadist killed by an American drone strike in Yemen in September, said Andrew Edis, a prosecution lawyer.
Counterterrorism officials found the men in possession of a Qaeda magazine containing an article titled: “Make A Bomb In The Kitchen Of Your Mom,” the prosecution said.
MUSLIM FANATICS FAIL TO SAY SORRY OVER COURT RANT
Anglians’ homecoming marred by violence
Nicky Reilly, Muslim convert, jailed for 18 years for Exeter bomb attack
Adam Fresco, Crime Correspondent
January 31, 2009
A vulnerable Muslim convert who was persuaded by extremists to attempt a suicide bomb attack was jailed for a minimum of 18 years yesterday.
Nicky Reilly, 22, who has Asperger’s syndrome and a mental age of 10, was described by his lawyer as the “least cunning” person ever to have been charged with terrorism.
He was directed online to build nail bombs, which he tried to set off at the Giraffe restaurant in Exeter in May.
The devices went off prematurely and he was the only person injured. At his trial in October last year Reilly, from Plymouth, Devon, who appeared in court as Mohamad Abdulaziz Rashid Saeed, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and preparing an act of terrorism.
Sentencing him to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey yesterday, Mr Justice Calvert-Smith said that although the attack was “an unsophisticated attempt”, Reilly was a “significant risk” to the public.
After his conviction, counter-terrorism officials said that extremists had taken advantage of his low IQ to groom him.
Reilly, who has an IQ of 83, had first been taken to see a pyschiatrist when he was 9 and tried to take an overdose at 16. Kerim Faud, representing him, said: “He may comfortably be deemed to be the least cunning person ever to have come before this court for this type of offence.”
He is thought to have met British-based Muslim radicals in internet cafés near his council home, which he shared with his mother.
Security sources said that radicals encouraged him to visit internet chat rooms and other websites, where he encountered men based in Pakistan who helped to mould a violent hatred of the West. He discussed with the men what his targets should be and they directed him to bomb-making websites.
In a suicide note left in his home he paid tribute to “Sheikh Osama” (bin Laden) and called on the British and US governments to leave Muslim countries. He said that Western states must withdraw their support of Israel, and that violence would continue until “the wrongs have been righted”.
On May 22 Reilly put his plan into action. He left his home with six bottles in his rucksack filled with paraffin, caustic soda and nails. When he arrived at the Giraffe restaurant he ordered a drink and sat for ten minutes before heading to the lavatory to make the bombs.
Fortunately for the 24 customers and 11 staff in the restaurant and the 20 more people lunching outside, the bombs exploded in the cubicle.
Mr Justice Calvert-Smith said yesterday: “I am quite satisfied that these offences are so serious that only a life sentence is appropriate. This defendant currently represents a significant risk of serious harm to the public.
“The offence of attempted murder is aggravated by the fact that it was long planned, that it had multiple intended victims and was intended to terrorise the population of this country. It was sheer luck or chance that it did not succeed.”
He accepted that the attack was unsophisticated but added: “Those who attempt to commit suicide and in doing so murder other people are almost invariably unsophisticated in many aspects. That lack of sophistication saved many Londoners on July 21, 2005.”
Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, said: “This case demonstrates that the threat to the UK from violent extremists remains real and serious.” Reilly was the 86th person to be convicted in a significant terrorist case since 2007, she added.
London a Longtime Haven
for Radical Muslim Figures
By Patrick Goodenough
CNSNews.com International Editor
July 08, 2005
(CNSNews.com) - Terrorism experts have long warned that Islamists espousing violence enjoy a haven in London, an assertion that has come into sharp focus again with Thursday's bombings in the British capital.
For years, Britain tolerated the presence of high-profile and outspoken Islamic clerics whose fiery sermons frequently extolled jihad against the West. Since 9/11, however, anti-terror legislation has been tightened, some groups have been outlawed, terror rings have been broken and some controversial figures have been arrested.
One of them, Egyptian-born Abu Hamza al-Masri, went on trial this week at London's Old Bailey courthouse, where he faces more than a dozen charges include inciting terrorism and racial hatred.
Al-Masri was formerly the imam at a North London mosque linked to confessed al-Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and Richard Reid, who tried to blow up a U.S.-bound flight from Europe with explosives hidden in his shoe.
He also is wanted in the United States and Yemen on terror-related charges.
For years before his May 2004 arrest al-Masri used the Finsbury Park mosque as a base to speak for what he insisted were political causes.
Despite his radical rhetoric and close links to a group that claimed responsibility for attacks including the Oct. 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, it was only in 2003 that the authorities acted against him, stripping him of his British citizenship and barring him from preaching at the mosque.
Al-Masri then took to addressing his followers -- mostly young British- and foreign-born Muslims -- on the street outside the building.
Britain also detained another London-based extremist cleric, Abu Qatada, whose sermons were found in the 9/11 hijackers' apartment in Germany.
But other radical leaders remained free, among them Omar Bakri Mohammed, a Syrian-born cleric who has promoted and praised violence against Israel, America and Britain for years.
Yael Shahar of the Israel-based International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) said that although London had been a center for Islamic extremism for years, the British security services only started taking the threat seriously after 9/11.
Before that, Shahar said, "the firebrand clerics who preached jihad and hatred of the West were dismissed as 'armchair warriors' by British intelligence."
Even since 9/11, however, critics have questioned Britain's apparent tolerance for highly-controversial Muslim figures.
As recently as last year, the government allowed a visit by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a Egyptian cleric who has publicly voiced support for suicide bombers. London's leftwing Mayor Ken Livingstone, who has called al-Qaradawi a "man of peace," welcomed him as an honored guest.
In 2000, Bakri told Cybercast News Service in an interview: "We will use your democracy to destroy your democracy."
Britain's legal system and its willingness late last century to offer asylum to figures like Bakri, al-Masri and Abu Qatada made it a magnet for exiled radical organizations.
"In the past decade, the United Kingdom's undisputed political, economic, and cultural center has also become a major world center of political Islam and anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and anti-American activism," writes Hebrew University of Jerusalem academic Robert S. Wistrich, in online excerpts of an article to be published soon.
"Through its Arabic-language newspapers, magazines, and publishing houses, not to mention its flourishing network of bookshops, mosques, and community centers, radical Islam has taken full advantage of what British democracy has to offer for its anti-Western goals, reaping the benefits of London's significance as a hub of global finance, electronic media, and mass communications technology."
Osama bin Laden himself laid the groundwork for a London-based network, according to terrorism researcher Yossef Bodansky.
In his biography on bin Laden, written before 9/11, Bodansky wrote that the al-Qaeda leader based himself in the London suburb of Wembley in 1994. By the time he left, after the Saudis began demanding his expulsion, "he had consolidated a comprehensive system of entities" in the city.
In Nov. 1998, Bakri hosted a conference in London called Western Challenge and Islamic Response, attended by more than a dozen extremist groups. At the gathering, Bakri voiced support for Osama bin Laden's jihad and said recent anti-U.S. attacks such as those in Saudi Arabia and East Africa were "legitimate acts."
Following 9/11, Bakri was one of the first Islamist figures to publicly applaud the attacks.
Since then he has spoken often of his support for violent jihad, even admitting to signing up recruits for Islamist campaigns in places like Kashmir and Israel.
A number of governments -- including those of India, Algeria, Sri Lanka and Egypt -- have long complained about the presence in Britain of groups connected to violent campaign in those countries.
Extremists recruited in Britain for terrorist acts abroad include "shoe bomber" Reid, eight men involved in kidnappings in Yemen, and two men who carried out a deadly suicide bombing in Tel Aviv in 2003.
Bakri insisted that fighters were never recruited to carry out violent acts inside Britain itself, although he did say it was his dream to see the Islamic banner flying over Downing Street.
After the fall of the Taliban and its al-Qaeda allies in Afghanistan in late 2001, a member of Bakri's organization, Hassan Butt, told the BBC from Pakistan that British Muslim volunteers who had been fighting in Afghanistan would return to Britain where they would "strike at the heart of the enemy."
In an interview with a Portuguese magazine in April 2004, Bakri said attacks on London were "inevitable."
One "very well organized" group in London called itself al-Qaeda Europe, he said. "I know that they are ready to launch a big operation."
THE BOMBINGS IN LONDON
Diligent, Tolerant, Targeted
London has a reputation as both a bastion in the war on terrorism and a haven for extremists.
By Greg Miller and Ken Silverstein
Times Staff Writers
July 10, 2005
LONDON — The bombings in London last week may mark the first strike by Osama bin Laden's terrorist network on a city that had already served as a catalyst and crossroads for Al Qaeda operatives involved in plots targeting the United States and other nations.
Radical members of London's large Muslim population have been linked to a series of plots, including the Sept. 11 attacks, the attempted shoe bombing of a transatlantic flight to Miami in December 2001 and last year's deadly train bombings in Madrid.
When Washington raised the U.S. threat level last August, it was after authorities acquired evidence that an Al Qaeda operative captured in Britain had conducted extensive surveillance of targets in the U.S., including Citigroup Center in New York and the World Bank offices in Washington. One of the suspect's aliases was "Al Britani."
And though Britain has passed aggressive anti-terrorism measures in recent years, allies have been frustrated by the country's seeming inability to detain or extradite Islamic firebrands. Spanish officials, for example, have criticized Britain for its refusal to extradite an extremist cleric known as Abu Qatada, described by a Spanish judge as Al Qaeda's spiritual leader in Europe.
As a result, Britain's counter-terrorism approach is described in somewhat contradictory terms. U.S. officials and experts praise the country's cooperation and capabilities, even while describing London as a haven for extremists.
"It's the paradox of the United Kingdom," said Roger Cressey, a former White House counter-terrorism official in the Clinton and Bush administrations. In Britain, Cressey said, "you have some of the most sophisticated law enforcement and intelligence operations. At the same time, London is easily the most important jihadist hub in Western Europe."
The classic trade-off between intelligence work and crime prevention also played a role in thwarting efforts to combat attacks. Britain's powerful spy agencies found North London's Finsbury Park Mosque a valuable surveillance post for watching Al Qaeda's web of contacts despite complaints of investigators in mainland Europe that London was a headquarters for directing attacks elsewhere, experts say.
Authorities have not yet determined who was responsible for Thursday's bombings. A group calling itself the Secret Organization of Al Qaeda in Europe claimed responsibility on a website. And investigators are increasingly focused on a theory that the strikes were the work of a homegrown terrorist cell that, at the least, was inspired by Al Qaeda.
British authorities disclosed Saturday that the three subway bombs went off within seconds of one another, suggesting a level of sophistication and coordination that has become a hallmark of Al Qaeda's attacks.
London's reputation as a haven for Islamic radicals has emerged over more than a decade, fueled by policies that included granting asylum to Muslim dissidents who were likely to be prosecuted in their home countries.
Saad Faqih, the controversial head of the London-based Saudi opposition group Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia, praised the British government and people for being "very, very tolerant." Faqih is precisely the kind of dissident who has benefited from London's policies; he would be jailed in Saudi Arabia, and Washington considers him a terrorist. But in London, he runs a radio station and lives and works freely.
In an interview, he said the tolerant British were finally attacked to force them to divorce themselves from Washington. "They [the attackers] wanted to send a message, not just to England but to all of Europe, to disassociate itself from America," Faqih said.
Among radicals tolerated and even granted citizenship in Britain is Abu Hamza al Masri, who openly celebrated the destruction of the World Trade Center and preached hatred of the West from Finsbury Park Mosque — all while living on social welfare payments.
The British government incarcerated him last year and is now trying to revoke his citizenship, which could lead to his extradition to the United States, where he is under an 11-count indictment charging him with terrorism-related crimes.
But other foreign radicals deemed dangerous by the government were released from prison after Britain's highest court ruled late last year that foreigners considered a security risk could not be imprisoned indefinitely without trial, a major setback to an emergency anti-terrorism law put in place by Prime Minister Tony Blair's government after Sept. 11.
Lord Leonard Hoffman, one of the judges on the court, said at the time that the law itself might constitute more of a threat to the British way of life than terrorism. "It calls into question the very existence of an ancient liberty of which this country has until now been very proud: freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention," he wrote.
Even those wanted by other nations for alleged involvement in terrorist attacks have sought protection from Britain's legal system. Mohammed Gerbouzi was convicted in absentia in Morocco for his role in planning the May 2003 suicide bombings that killed 45 people in Casablanca. But the British government does not have an extradition treaty with Morocco and has refused to turn over Gerbouzi, who lives in an apartment in north London.
Britain's approximately 2 million Muslims represent nearly 4% of the country's population. The vast majority live in its capital city, earning it the derisive nickname Londonistan. Only a small fraction of the nation's Muslims are considered radical, but even so, British counter-terrorism officials say the number of Al Qaeda sympathizers exceeds 10,000.
While France has been more aggressive in deporting imams who preach violence, Britain has traditionally considered even the most vitriolic rhetoric protected speech. As a result, the city has been a haven to radical imams whose mosques were frequented by followers who went on to play key roles in Al Qaeda plots.
One of those who attended Al Masri's Finsbury Park Mosque was Zacarias Moussaoui, who faces charges in the United States in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks.
Another extremist who frequented the mosque was Richard Reid, convicted in the United States of trying to ignite a bomb in his shoe on a Paris-to-Miami flight in 2001.
The country's ability to identify extremists and potential terrorists within its Muslim population is complicated by extraordinary diversity. Moussaoui is a French citizen of Moroccan descent. Reid is a British citizen of Jamaican background. Other disrupted plots have involved operatives from Pakistan, Algeria and elsewhere.
"You can't even profile the demographic characteristics of the potential bombers, given the diversity of the network in Britain," said Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Rand Corp. in Washington. "You have this wide array of potential suspects, not just stereotypical Middle Easterners."
Hoffman said one factor that might help explain why the United States has escaped attack since Sept. 11 is that "we don't have this radical infrastructure that has existed in Britain for many years. We don't have a Finsbury Park Mosque."
Before last week, Britain's accommodation of radical Muslims had been seen by some as a source of protection — a belief that radical imams would not encourage violence against a country that allowed them to live in peace.
But any such balance, tacit or otherwise, may now be shattered. Muslim officials and experts had suggested that an attack in London was inevitable, given the building anger among young recruits, especially after the government's support for Washington's war in Iraq.
"We have been warning the government for two years that it put the country in danger" by supporting the Iraq war, said Azzam Tamimi, a senior member of the Muslim Assn. of Britain. "We hoped nothing like this would happen, but unfortunately it has. There will always be crazy people who do things like this."
Others have speculated that the attacks last week were an attempt to shatter any unspoken arrangement between the British government and radical Muslims. An Italian law enforcement official said in a telephone interview Saturday that he believed the bombings might have been carried out by a new generation of homegrown jihadists who do not respect tacit deals struck by their elders.
British security agencies have thwarted at least half a dozen plots on Heathrow Airport and other prominent targets in recent years. And despite Britain's internal threats, experts said the country in some ways has better defenses than the United States and other allied nations.
Britain's intelligence and law enforcement agencies are seen as more integrated than the far-flung federal, state and local agencies of the U.S., leading to better intelligence-sharing, experts said.
Britain also has long-standing experience combating terrorism as a result of its conflict with the Irish Republican Army.
"British intelligence has a phenomenal track record" of preventing terrorist attacks, said Daniel Byman, director of the security studies program at Georgetown University and a former CIA analyst. "But you can't expect perfection."
Miller reported from Washington and Silverstein from London. Also contributing to this report were Times staff writers Tracy Wilkinson and John Daniszewski in London and Sebastian Rotella in New York.
UK Muslim Cleric Blames British People For Bombings July 23, 2005 12:39 p.m. EST
Douglas Maher - All Headline News Staff Reporter
London, England (AHN) - Although he receives government annually and is currently claiming weekly income support, a British Muslim cleric says the citizens of Great Britain got what they deserved with the recent bombings that ravaged the city of London.
Omar Bakri Mohammed, 45, was borin in Syria, but resides in northern London. His assistant cleric, Anjem Choudary, says, “Nobody has yet pointed the finger at Tony Blair for his nasty policies in Iraq. If they continue the same foreign policy, we can expect more of the same."
Mohammed says, "I blame the British government and the British people. The Government has said, ‘You are with us or with terrorism’. I don’t think that is the way forward. The British people showed Tony Blair full support when they elected him again after he waged the latest Iraq war.”
He continues by saying, “We’re going to incite people to do jihad (Holy War). We will conquer the White House. It will be no surprise that we will be in charge and Muslims will control the earth. Let your death occur in the battlefield. If you make yourself available to Jihad, He will accept you as Shaheed (a martyr).”
British politicians and citizens are calling for Mohammed's immediate deportation back to Syria.
Labour MP Andrew Dismore tells The Sun, “His presence is not conducive to the public good.”
Muslim Murderers: Kill British Queen
by J. Grant Swank, Jr.
Nov 14, 2005
The Queen of England is "an enemy of Islam," according to Al-Qaeda. She, like all other infidels, must be slain.
According to "Mohammad Sidique Khan, ringleader of the London bombings that killed 52 commuters from Mohammad Sidique Khan, ringleader of the London bombings that killed 52 commuters," all non-Muslims must be slaughtered. That is reported by Abul Taher in Times On Line.
Khan states: "'It is very clear, brothers and sisters, that the path of jihad and the desire for martyrdom is embedded in the holy prophet and his beloved companions.
"'By preparing ourselves for this kind of work, we are guaranteeing ourselves for paradise and gaining the pleasure of Allah.
"'And by turning our back on this work, we are guaranteeing ourselves humiliation and the anger of Allah. Jihad is an obligation on every single one of us, men and women.'"
There you have it. It is the Islamic call to worldwide rule in the name of the Koran's Allah. In order to rule, Muslims must have no planetary inhabitants but themselves, cowardly Muslims excluded by being executed along with the non-Muslims.
This Khan mandate is stated in the context of cowardly Muslims in England giving allegiance to the Queen rather than bowing down solely to the Islamic deity. That is abhorrent to the likes of Khan; therefore, the Muslims now residing in England must be taught a lesson. They must fall in line with killing off non-Muslims, which would include the Queen, and thus set up Islamic rule in all of England. The Queen must go. Allah must rule from her throne in her place.
Al-Qaeda has gone so far as to state that the Queen is the "severest enemy of Islam." This is broadcast in a video message "justifying the July bombings in London."
Here and there across the globe, insane Muslims are corralling their own cultists into killing off the masses. These crazies then move into such Muslim nations as Jordan to press the point. They move into a Muslim wedding feast to underline their ambition as being supreme.
This is World War III. It is held in various unpredictable locales. It is seen through by warriors dressed in wedding attendees' garb. It is a whole different mode of combat. Nevertheless, it is just as real and deadly.
Finally, with the Jordanian massacre, the Muslims leaders such as the Jordanian King are castigating their own. It is time, long overdue time. Far past real-time in real-life. Nevertheless, peace-peoples are happy that at last somebody belonging to the Islamic clique is speaking out against Islamic killers international. Time will tell if their voices increase in volume and number. Don't count on it being a wild surge for peace. Nevertheless, in these confusing times anything is possible.
Obviously with the Queen of England under attack, every democracy leader of every freedom-based country is under attack. It is merely a matter of time until there is an assassination and then a number of them dominoing the hellish craze of Islamic slaughterers who thrill at blood in the streets.
That is why France is wise to inform the public that Muslim rioters will be deported promptly. The British lawmakers were amiss in not supporting British Prime Minister Tony Blair in his efforts to corral the social destroyers by putting them away for at least a 90-day period while investigations were undergoing.
The United States has been walking the fine line in not wanting to incite Muslim riots and at the same time having the President refer to Islam as "an ideology of hate." Blair has called it an "evil ideology." Yet on the other hand, Mr. Bush placed the Koran in the White House library for the first time at which time he invited Muslims to a dinner in the White House. Laura Bush met in another room with Muslim women to celebrate the occasion.
So it appears that national leaders don't know what to do to stave off the Muslim killers. They placate them. They threaten them. They deport them. They tolerate them. They pat them on the back. They smile at them. They scowl at them.
All the while the Queen sits upon her throne - in danger.
Angry Blair wants Muslim radicals out
August 6, 2005
BY MARA D. BELLABY
LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair proposed strict anti-terror measures Friday that would allow Britain to expel foreigners who preach hatred, close extremist mosques and bar entry to Muslim radicals. ''The rules of the game are changing'' after last month's bomb attacks, he declared.
The proposals, which also target extremist Web sites and bookshops, are aimed at excluding radical Islamic clerics accused of whipping up hatred and violence among disenfranchised Muslim men.
''We are angry. We are angry about extremism and about what they are doing to our country, angry about their abuse of our good nature,'' Blair said. ''We welcome people here who share our values and our way of life. But don't meddle in extremism because if you meddle in it ... you are going back out again.''
Also Friday, police charged three men with failing to disclose information about the whereabouts of a suspect in the failed July 21 London bomb attacks. Police did not name the suspect. The wife and sister-in-law of Hamdi Issac, a suspected July 21 attacker, face similar charges, as does another man.
The July 7 suicide attacks on London's transit system and the failed July 21 attacks raised fresh concern about the freedoms Britain offers to individuals and groups known for extremist activities. Blair said the focus of the proposals was on foreigners because authorities think ''the ideological drive and push is coming from the outside.''
Some members of Britain's 1.8 million-strong Muslim community expressed concern that moderate Muslims would be subjected to new prejudices and restrictions.
Closing the door to militants
Britain has been criticized for lagging its neighbors in responding to terrorism. Since last month's attacks, France has expelled two extremist Muslim prayer leaders and plans to ship home eight others. Italian authorities deported eight Palestinian imams.
Blair said the government was prepared to amend human rights legislation if legal challenges to his proposals proved insurmountable.
Under the proposals, anyone who preaches hatred or violence could be deported, those linked to terrorism would be automatically refused asylum, and steps would be taken to make it easier to strip naturalized citizens of their British citizenship if they preached violence.
The government also will consider a request from police and security services to hold terror suspects for three months without charge. The limit is 14 days. The measures also would extend the use of home arrest for Britons who cannot be deported.
New powers would be created to allow the closure of mosques that foment extremism.
Authorities will draw up lists of radical preachers who will not be allowed to enter Britain, and a list of radical Web sites and bookstores. Any foreigner who ''actively engages'' with those places could face deportation. Membership in extremist Islamic groups would also become a crime.
Islamic extremist rally calling for Islamic Britain is banned
Thursday, 17th November 2005, 14:31
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Leaflets showing a Muslim fighter holding a rocket launcher outside 10 Downing
Street are being probed by detectives amid claims they are linked to exiled
preacher of hate Sheikh Omar Bakri.
The sickening pamphlets shows a black Islamic flag flying over Parliament and invite people to a rally in east London.
But shocked council officials and police discovered that the hall booked for the meeting was made under a false name apparently to celebrate the religious festival of Eid.
And officers revealed that the man behind the meeting is Abdul Muhid, a leading member of the Saviour Sect set up by Omar Bakri after his group Al-Muhajiroun was disbanded.
The group has justified the suicide terror attacks on July 7 in which 52 people were murdered as they were not innocent because they did not follow Islamic law.
The group had booked a community centre in Walthamstow claiming they wanted to celebrate the religious festival of Eid, but the leaflets declared "it is only a short matter of time before the black flag of Islam flies high above 10 Downing Street."
Muhid, 23, has twice been arrested over violence at rallies over the past year and now faces a police probe into the distribution of the flyers.
The leaflet for the banned rally on November 6 which was to have been held at The Asian Centre in Walthamstow had the headline "Islamic State for Britain. There can be no negotiations."
The leaflets go on to claim with 2,000 mosques, countless Madrassahs, Muslim Schools, Halal butchers and restaurants up and down the country, "Britain is already on the verge of becoming an Islamic State."
"The revival of Islamic awareness amongst the Muslims in the UK is at its fastest pace and more and more Muslims and non-Muslims are realising that there can be no negotiations with Islam, no negotiations with the implementation of the Khalafah and the Shari'ah law, it is an absolute inevitable."
Muhid, from Stoke Newington, east London, was last arrested when he was part of a group of 50 men using loud hailers to berate passer-bys in Southall on May 1 this year.
When police arrived to disperse the group, a scuffle broke out with some of the supporters.
He was arrested for violent disorder and assaulting a police officer in Chingford on July 13 and quizzed, but charges were dropped because of lack of evidence.
And he was arrested for inciting racial hatred after a man complained of homophobic and racist comments made when Muhid was in a group of eight manning a religious stall in Walthamstow on September 14 last year.
He appeared at Waltham Forest Magistrates Court and bailed, but again charges were dropped by the CPS.
A police source said: "Muhid is always in possession of the leaflets and he has only ever been seen with a loudhailer or distributing the leaflets at market stalls. We don't know if he is making them but we assume he is because he is always at the centre of things."
A police spokeswoman confirmed the group was now under investigation over the controversial flyers.
She said: "The first we heard about the event was from the council on October 23.The Asian Centre was booked for 2.30pm on Sunday November 6 and the booking was subsequently cancelled.
"An investigation is on-going into the printing and distribution of the leaflets but at this stage there has been no arrests."
A Waltham Forest spokeswoman said: "A booking had been made at the Asian Centre for a private party to celebrate Eid.
"In light of new information, the Council acted responsibly and cancelled the booking. It is clear that the centre was misled over the details of the booking and what is planned is a rally that is open to the public.
"Waltham Forest has a long history of good community relations and the Council takes it duty to promote good relations between people of different racial groups seriously.
"We became very concerned that allowing this event to go ahead could lead to a breakdown in community relations.
"It is a testament to the close partnership working that exists in the borough that this information was identified and was quickly acted on by both the Police and the Council."
Blair’s ban fails to silence Muslim preachers of
The Sunday Times November 20, 2005
Al Qaeda was behind 'plot' to behead soldier
A foiled plot to kidnap, torture and behead a British Muslim soldier was orchestrated by Al Qaeda, police sources have said.
Officers suspect the mastermind behind the appalling attempt to bring the horrors of Baghdad to the streets of Britain is a senior Al Qaeda terrorist with close links to Osama Bin Laden.
The alleged plan was to abduct a Muslim soldier, mirroring the murders of British hostages Ken Bigley and Margaret Hassan.
The victim would have been made to plead for his life to Tony Blair, denounce the war and ultimately be executed - all on film.
In a move which would have caused unprecedented terror and revulsion, images of his death would have been posted on the Internet, security sources said.
The alleged plot follows an appeal by extreme Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed last summer for fanatics to kidnap a British soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan - branding all Muslims who serve with the coalition troops as "non-believers".
A senior security source said: "The plot involved a ruthless gang who regard British Muslim soldiers who serve in Iraq or Afghanistan as traitors for killing fellow Muslims.
If they had not found a suitable Muslim soldier to kill, it is quite possible they would have plucked an innocent member of the public off the streets and beheaded him.
"They wanted to scare British Muslims into leaving the military and also send a message of revenge to Downing Street for sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan."
Other targets could have been civil servants or anyone seen to be collaborating with the Government.
It has emerged that the Ministry of Defence has identified one individual soldier as the most likely potential victim.
The man, understood to be a regular soldier rather than a reservist, was said to be in a safe location.
Security sources said that at least one other British Muslim - on a hit-list of 25 potential targets - had also been identified as being in "imminent danger". He, too, was being kept safe.
It is understood that a tip-off from a trusted informant last summer sparked the dramatic events in Birmingham when nine men suspected of being members of the terror cell were arrested in a series of raids across the city.
During a six-month, £10million surveillance operation involving 250 police officers and MI5, cameras, telephone taps and surveillance teams had been used to monitor the group's movements.
Officers had hoped to keep the men under surveillance for a further two months to gather further intelligence but sources said the operation was brought forward following "clear indications" that the gang were making final preparations to enact their murderous plan.
One said: "Police had no choice but to carry out the arrests."
Eight men were arrested in raids at 4am while a ninth was held on a motorway in the afternoon.
Those arrested included businessmen, a teacher and a father-of-four on benefits. All are British of Pakistani descent.
The nine men were arrested on suspicion of the 'commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism' under the Terrorism Act.
The scale of the operation, which involved hundreds of officers, prompted a protest from some local Muslims, who accused police of over-the-top tactics.
West Midlands Police said 12 addresses had been sealed off in the Sparkhill, Washwood Heath, Kingstanding and Edgbaston areas of Birmingham.
They included an Islamic bookshop which was co-founded almost a decade ago by Moazzam Begg, who was captured and imprisoned in the Guatanamo Bay camp in Cuba before his controversial return in 2005.
Police also searched a grocery store run by a respected Asian businessman.
One arrested man was named locally as 29-year-old Amjad Mahmood.
His brother Zair said: "The police won't let me know where he is. His wife and kids are very distressed. My mother and father are very distressed."
Local councillor Ansar Ali Khan said he had spoken to the father of the arrested man who, he said, was "in shock to know that his son had been arrested".
He described him as "a very hard-working businessman", adding: "He has served the community for 30 years and he is proud to be British. He cannot imagine his son having any link to this sort of activity."
The brother of Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi, 24, the first British Muslim soldier to be killed on active duty in Afghanistan, spoke of his fears that his hero brother may have unwittingly inspired the plot.
Corporal Hashmi was labelled a "traitor to Islam and professional terrorist" in a vicious internet hate campaign following his death.
His brother Zeeshan Hashmi, 27, himself a former soldier who is now studying Arabic at Cambridge University, said: "It would have been a horrendous crime had it taken place. My brother would have felt exactly the same."
The plot to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier is further evidence that fanatics in Pakistan are actively planning atrocities in Britain, sources said.
The London bombings on July 7 2005 and last summer's alleged airline terror plot were both masterminded in Pakistan, investigators believe.
It is believed anti-terrorist officers are liaising with their counterparts in Pakistan in the hunt for the mastermind of the Birmingham plot.
There have been claims that the raids had been exploited by the Government following days of damaging stories about fundraiser Lord Levy, casinos and turmoil in the Home Office.
A source at West Midlands Police said: "There is widespread fury that Whitehall officials have been briefing sensitive details of this operation.
"This terror raid has come at a very convenient time for the Government as it has taken a number of embarrassing stories off the news agenda.
"But it must be stressed that the timing of the operation was an independent police decision."
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome."
SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL
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