He’s autistic, you see, so this is just more of the global outbreak of mental illness. His autism made him “something of a loner and someone more easily impressed by the things [he] read on the internet,” you see. The judge seems sure that this convert to Islam was “radicalized on the Internet,” and no one seems to be considering the possibility that he was turned toward jihad by those who brought him into Islam and taught him the religion. Even considering that possibility would raise questions that are too uncomfortable for British authorities.
“Lloyd Gunton locked up for Bieber terror plot,” BBC, March 2, 2018 (thanks to Robert):
A 17-year-old boy who was “hours away from committing an act of atrocity” in Cardiff has been detained indefinitely and must serve at least 11 years.
Lloyd Gunton was arrested after researching the security arrangements of a Justin Bieber concert, Birmingham Crown Court heard.
The jury was told he plotted to commit mass murder in an Islamic State-inspired vehicle attack.
Police investigated after he uploaded terror-related social media posts.
Gunton, from near Llantrisant, south Wales, was arrested after he uploaded social media content to photo-sharing social media site Instagram in late June 2017 which promoted jihad and supported al-Qaeda.
The former A-level student, who has an autism diagnosis, had published images of terrorists, as well as pictures of the so-called Islamic State flag, and photos encouraging a terrorist attack in Cardiff.
Police found the password for the account was “truck attack”.
One post read: “May Allah bring terrorism to Cardiff on 30th June.”
He had researched how to carry out a vehicle ramming attack and how to stab and kill and had also looked into the security arrangements of the Justin Bieber concert in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
His internet history included searches for “Isis beheading video”, “how to create a terror attack” and “what does getting shot feel like”.
When arrested, the teenager was found with a gutting knife and a hammer in his school rucksack, and the “martyrdom letter” said he was a “soldier of the Islamic state” and “more attacks will follow”.
He was found guilty of one charge of engaging in the preparation of a terrorist act, two charges of encouraging terrorism, and a further two charges of possessing terrorist information….
The judge said Gunton’s diagnosis of autism made him “something of a loner and someone more easily impressed by the things you read on the internet”….