And the jihad murderers of Lee Rigby were known to security services, but not deemed a threat. You can’t blame those security services — they have been taught that jihad is an internal spiritual struggle, so when the future murderers of Rigby started talking jihad, they probably thought, “Oh, how nice.”
Maybe if the Cameron government bans a few more foreign counter-jihadists and destroys the lives of a few more domestic ones, the jihadists will be mollified and end the jihad in Britain. Or maybe not, but the government will try it anyway.
Imminent Demise of Britain Update: “Only a fraction of terror suspects can be watched 24/7,” by Tom Whitehead and Christopher Hope, the Telegraph, November 24, 2014 (thanks to all who sent this in):
MI5 can monitor fewer than 50 terrorist suspects around the clock, it can be disclosed, ahead of a report into the Lee Rigby murder that will highlight the limitations in watching terrorists in Britain.
Restricted resources mean only a fraction of the hundreds of suspected Islamist extremists at large can be subject to intensive 24/7 surveillance at any one time.
It comes as a parliamentary investigation ordered by David Cameron into the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby by two Islamist fanatics is expected to conclude there is little MI5 could have done to prevent his death on the day.
The 25-year-old, who had a son, was run down and hacked to death by Michael Adebolajo, 29, and his accomplice, Michael Adebowale, 22, near his barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, in May last year.
The killers chose him at random after driving around the area looking for a soldier.
It later emerged that both men had been known to the security services for many years and Adebolajo had been approached as a possible informant, which he rebuffed.
He was approached on several occasions after 2010 when he was caught in Kenya trying to cross the border to Somalia to join the terrorist group al-Shabaab.
He appeared in court but was not charged. The intelligence and security committee report is expected to disclose clues in Adebolajo’s online activities which may have pointed to his intentions, but MI5 was unaware of them until after the killing.
The material was held by internet service providers in America which had not raised the alarm, possibly because they were not aware of it themselves.
The committee is understood to have accepted that neither man was assessed as a serious enough risk to have legally justified more intensive surveillance which may have found those clues….