“It is understood that attempts are being made by British counter-terrorism units to place AY under renewed round-the-clock surveillance. But, without the legislative framework of a TPIM in place to support such an operation, it is thought their efforts are being undermined by budgetary constraints and issues surrounding his human rights.”
Well, they’re cutting the counter-terror budget, so it is no surprise that they’d be feeling budgetary constraints in tracking jihadis. And as for the concern for the jihadi’s human rights, it is good that when the jihad mass murder jihad attacks start coming thick and fast in Britain that British officials can sleep soundly, knowing that they didn’t place a jihad terrorist under surveillance out of respect for his human rights.
A Birmingham jihadi so dangerous that he was once monitored 24 hours a day by police is feared to be involved in the recruitment of young Britons into terror group ISIS.
The 32-year-old father-of-two who, for legal reasons, can only be referred to as ‘AY’, is suspected by the US of enabling many of the 400 young Britons thought to be fighting in Iraq.
The revelation comes as ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) has just released a recruitment video featuring foreign fighters including three Brits.
One of the trio appears to speak in a Midland accent as he urges fellow British Muslims to follow in his footsteps and join a terror group that even Al Qaida disowned for being too extremist.
FBI agents constantly studying hundreds of thousands of similar social media postings by suspected extremists are understood to have told the UK authorities that AY is still “esteemed and influential.”
It is thought he is a link between radicalised Muslims here and senior ISIS recruiting officers in Syria.
He is believed to inspire youngsters using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and is instrumental in spiriting many away from their families and over the Turkish border via Frankfurt and Amsterdam.
Once there, they are trained in terror at remote ISIS camps, often posting photographs of themselves brandishing AK-47 machine guns and boasting of their actions.
On Twitter, many create false names using the suffix Al Britani to denote they are British.
In January, a two-year, round-the clock Government monitoring order against AY, known as a TPIM – Terrorism Prevention Investigation Measure – came to an end.
Since then, the ranks of ISIS have been swollen by radicalised UK nationals who have left their families here to fight for its extremist cause.
An FBI source with close working links to the British security forces told the Sunday Mercury last night: “We have asked our UK counterparts to pay particular attention to AY because we have legitimate fears that he is facilitating and inspiring British jihadis to connect with ISIS.
“We first raised concerns with the British government when AY was released from his TPIM restrictions in January. We believe he is an influential figure in jihadist circles. He’s the poster boy for British fighters.
“The situation in Iraq and Syria is what guys like him have been waiting for all their lives. There is no doubt he is playing his part. He may have been out of the loop for a while but he is now an esteemed and influential character.
“He is popular within UK jihadist circles because of his working class background and ability to identify with raw, young recruits from the UK and across Europe. Certain phrases and slang words used in texts and communication intercepts show that he knows how to talk to young Brits in their own language.”
It is understood that attempts are being made by British counter-terrorism units to place AY under renewed round-the-clock surveillance.
But, without the legislative framework of a TPIM in place to support such an operation, it is thought their efforts are being undermined by budgetary constraints and issues surrounding his human rights….