“British men and women, many in their teens, are being radicalised to the point of violence within weeks, MI5 warned yesterday.” Why is it so easy for these young Muslims to be “radicalised to the point of violence within weeks”? Why does the peaceful, tolerant Islam that UK officials are so unshakably confident is taught in mosques all over the country so easily break down in the face of this “radicalising”? “Investigators have also detected a significant overlap between Islamist suspects and those suffering mental health problems.” Has anyone attempted to account for this alarming prevalence of mental illness among young Muslims in the UK? Or is this a Stalinesque attempt to ascribe unwanted views to mental illness, rather than face the reality of how this ideology actually grows and spreads?
“Three thousands terror suspects plotting to attack UK,” by Sean O’Neill, The Times, September 18, 2015:
MI5 and anti-terrorism police are monitoring more than 3,000 homegrown Islamic extremists willing to carry out attacks in Britain, security sources have told The Times.
British men and women, many in their teens, are being radicalised to the point of violence within weeks, MI5 warned yesterday.
Investigators have also detected a significant overlap between Islamist suspects and those suffering mental health problems, leaving them vulnerable to grooming. The NHS now has fulltime staff attached to the anti-extremism Prevent programme who try to identify signs of extremist behaviour.
Although more than half of Islamists on terrorist watchlists live in London, especially in the capital’s east and west, there are other hot spots in the southeast, West Midlands and Manchester.
The scale of the domestic threat was revealed after Andrew Parker became yesterday (Thursday) the first MI5 director-general in the agency’s 106-year history to give a live broadcast interview. Intelligence officials had foiled six plots in the past year, he said, calling on internet giants to help in the fight.
Mr Parker told BBC Radio 4: “Most of the people who try to become involved in terrorism in this country are people who were born and brought up here, have come through our education system, and have nonetheless concluded that the country — their home country and the country of their birth — is their enemy.”
The new analysis of jihadist activity suggests that the number of violent suspects being monitored has risen by more than 50 per cent since 2007, when the security agencies had a list of 2,000 people seen as active supporters of al-Qaeda. The number has surged in the past two years with the rise of Islamic State in Syria. Most of those under suspicion have never been to Syria but have fallen under the influence of the organisation’s online propaganda.
About 1,000 Britons are thought to have joined jihadist groups in Syria, 300 have returned and 70 have been killed fighting in Syria and Iraq since 2011….