Here’s a rarity of rarities: a mainstream media story about terror plots that actually uses the word “Muslim,” rather than just speaking about vague “extremists,” “youths,” “Asians,” or “males.”
“Terror plots accelerating, warns police chief,” from the Telegraph, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
Anti-terrorist police are tackling an “accelerating” number of plots by violent Muslim Jihadi extremists, according to Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer.
Scotland Yard anti-terrorism branch is involved in an “unprecedented” 70 investigations, Peter Clarke the head of the Metropolitan Police Anti-Terrorist Branch and national co-ordinator for anti-terrorist investigations, warned yesterday. More than 60 people are facing trial on terrorist allegations. Two-thirds of those have been charged since last July.
In one of the most sombre and detailed statements yet on the threat to Britain from Islamic extremist terrorists, Mr Clarke, who is heading the inquiry into last year’s July 7 bombings said the intelligence picture includes some “sinister” threats. “There are some 60 individuals awaiting trial in the UK for terrorist-related offences. This is unprecedented and the flow of new cases shows no sign of abating – if anything it is accelerating,” he said.
“Some of the cases relate to individuals; some to networks. Even more alarming than the gravity of the allegations are two other factors: that the majority relate to the activities of British citizens against their fellow countrymen; and the extreme youth of some of those charged.”…
Mr Clarke said that the picture of radicalisation of Muslim youths in the UK was “very diffuse and diverse”.
He said there were features which led to a sense of grievance and alienation but the involvement of troops in Iraq did not appear to have a greater effect than others. Anti-terrorist officers have frequently noted that those under investigation had links to “Jihadi campaigns” in Afghanistan and elsewhere.