Of course. To put him under surveillance would have been “Islamophobic.”
“Could MI5 have prevented murder of Lee Rigby?,” by Tom Whitehead for the Telegraph, December 19 (thanks to Inexion):
MI5 was still in contact with Islamist fanatic Michael Adebolajo just months before he murdered soldier Lee Rigby, it has been claimed.
The Telegraph can also disclose there were no controls on his movements or activities when he was returned from Kenya in 2010 where he had been caught trying to join the al-Shabaab terror group.
Adebolajo said members of the Security Service were contacting him “earlier this year” in the hope of turning him into an informant, according to sources close to his defence team.
The revelations pile pressure on the spy agency over exactly what it knew of Adebolajo and how much contact it had with him prior to the outrage.
It also raises questions about whether the security services could have done more to spot the growing threat that Adebolajo and Adebowale posed.
However the truth may never been known because a report by the parliamentary body examining MI5 dealings with him is expected to be redacted when it is published next year.
The men have been found guilty of murdering Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich in May this year after running him over with a car and hacking him to death.
Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons home affairs select committee, said: “There are questions to be answered.
“I am very concerned about this whole issue of people who go from out country whether to be involved in political or, in some cases, terrorist activities and what seems to be some kind of obligation on the British authorities to bring them back to our country against their wishes.
“In this case it may be that the reason the security service wanted him back was because they wanted to elicit information from him that would be helpful to them
“If that was the case, they should be open and transparent to us. There are a number of questions.”
Yes, there are, but Keith Vaz is part of the problem. He was instrumental in getting the British government to ban Pamela Geller and me from the country. So he postures today about stopping Adebolajo while demonizing those who really stand up against jihad terror.