Introduction — Oct 29, 2017
Actually, this is entirely consistent with the West’s campaign against Islamic militants. Because far from fighting them the West actually used the terrorists in a failed attempt to oust Syrian President Assad.
Were it not for Russian and Iranian intervention that might even have succeeded. Prior to their intervention, America had been fighting a half-hearted campaign against ISIS and the militants had been steadily gaining ground.
The supposed U.S. campaign in Syria against ISIS was simply for show. For example early in 2015 it was reported that:
Exclusive: ISIS Gaining Ground in Syria, Despite U.S. Strikes
American jets are pounding Syria. But ISIS is taking key terrain—and putting more and more people under its black banners.
While the U.S. bombed empty parts of the Syrian desert the Gulf emirates and especially Saudi Arabia were bankrolling the militants. Although this was all strictly under the radar, as the British government was helping to prevent the release of papers exposing how the Saudis were funding Isis.
Israel was involved too. In providing medical care for militants wounded in fighting against the Syrian Arab Army and by providing the militants with their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a Mossad trained double-agent.
It was all part of a phoney war against Islamic militants
Briton and America played their part in other ways too. Not only did MI5 helpprotect militants from prosecution, the U.S. was actually instrumental in creating ISIS in the first place.
Of course this was before Russia’s dramatic intervention in Sept 2015, which sent the militants in retreat.
So given the history the West has with Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) militants it’s to be expected that ‘former’ members born in the West will be given preferential treatment on their return home. That could soon include subsidised housing and counselling too.
Seriously, if we want to effectively fight terror we shall first have to deal with those in the Western establishment who are helping to cultivate it. Giving subsidised housing to returning terrorists is part of that. Until that fact is recognised and acted upon terrorism will only get worse. Ed.
Council house ‘bribes’ for UK terror suspects: Returning ISIS fighters are to be offered taxpayer-funded homes and counselling to stop them carrying out attacks in Britain
Abul Taher and Martin Beckford — Mail on Sunday Oct 29, 2017
Terror suspects including jihadis returning from fighting in Syria are to be offered taxpayer-funded homes, counselling and help finding jobs to stop them carrying out attacks in Britain.
The top-secret Government strategy, codenamed Operation Constrain, could even allow fanatics to jump to the top of council house waiting lists.
Official documents seen by The Mail on Sunday reveal that up to 20,000 extremists previously investigated by MI5 will be targeted with what critics last night described as ‘bribes’ aimed at turning them away from extremism.
The highly contentious nationwide programme is due to start next year, with police and cash-strapped councils hoping the Home Office will pay for it out of its £900 million counter-terrorism budget.
Last night, terrorism expert Professor Anthony Glees, of Buckingham University, said: ‘You can’t bribe people not to be terrorists.’
And Tory MP Andrew Bridgen added: ‘This sounds like a reward for being on a list of potential terrorists. You can’t buy people’s loyalty to this country.’
The move comes amid growing concern at the huge number of radical Islamists living in Britain who the security services are unable to track effectively.
Fanatics who had been under surveillance by MI5 in the past were among the perpetrators of the two terror attacks in London and one in Manchester this year that left 35 people dead.
The intelligence agencies fear as many as 20,000 former ‘subjects of interest’ – people who had been monitored but later dropped off the radar – could be plotting fresh atrocities. It is this group that will be targeted by the new scheme.
A fierce debate has also raged about how to deal with the estimated 360 battle-hardened jihadis who have returned to Britain after fighting with Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and the ones who may come back now after the fall of the so-called caliphate.
Terror law watchdog Max Hill QC caused a storm earlier this month when he said ‘naïve’ teenagers should be allowed to reintegrate into society, while Foreign Office Minister Rory Stewart said most followers of IS’s ‘hateful doctrine’ posed a ‘serious danger’ to the UK and should be killed.
But the MoS can reveal that the Home Office, police and local authorities have been secretly drawing up plans for a massive increase in attempts to turn vulnerable individuals away from terrorism.
Under the existing deradicalisation programme Prevent, teachers, doctors and social workers can refer people they fear may turn to extremism. The new Operation Constrain scheme, however, will involve police and social workers contacting people already on MI5’s databases to assess what danger they pose and what it would take to integrate them into society.
A Whitehall source said: ‘We are planning a number of pilots to explore the best way to diverting such people from terrorism and extremist activity.’
In hotspots for terror suspects such as Birmingham, Manchester and London, local police will be handed details of potential terrorists by counter-terrorism police and MI5 and will visit them in person. A local panel will then decide what interventions could work.
If the extremists do not have suitable accommodation, the council’s housing department will try to put them in social housing and may pay their rent if they are poor. They could also be given priority on waiting lists.
If the terror suspect is unemployed or lacks qualifications, they could be helped into education or training, then found a job with public bodies or charities.
And if they have mental health problems they will be referred to appropriate charities or the NHS.
Sources said the interventions will mean police and Prevent officers being able to send back assessments about the risk the extremists pose.
But critics are likely to question the value of Operation Constrain, given that many known terrorists already enjoyed generous benefits or came from comfortable backgrounds, even using state welfare payments to fund their plots.
The Home Office said: ‘We are reviewing our counter-terrorism strategy to make sure we respond to the evolving threat in the most effective way we can.’