No surprise here. Given the dogmatic insistence at the highest levels that Islam is a Religion of Peace, MI5 probably wouldn’t even have known the proper questions to ask in order to try to determine if recruits had such sympathies, and if they did know those questions, political correctness would have made them not dream of asking them.
“Al-Qaeda supporters ‘joined MI5,'” from the BBC, August 1 (thanks to Stday):
A senior Tory MP has asked the home secretary whether al-Qaeda sympathisers were mistakenly recruited by MI5.
Patrick Mercer, chairman of the Home Affairs counter-terror sub-committee, said he was told six recruits were ejected after worries about their past.
Two allegedly attended al-Qaeda training camps while the others had unexplained gaps in their CVs, Mr Mercer told the Daily Telegraph.
A Home Office spokeswoman declined to comment on the claims.
Mr Mercer said he had learned that MI5 had dismissed the six recruits some time between 2005 and 2007.
The MP said he feared that, in the aftermath of the bombings on London’s transport network in July 2005, the security services had rushed to try and take on Muslim recruits, and that had potentially allowed al-Qaeda sympathisers to infiltrate the security service.
He has written to the Home Secretary Alan Johnson asking for further details….