‘Don’t let British Conservatives abolish human rights’

This British Labour Party video says about itself:

Jeremy Corbyn | Labour’s Offer To Britain

6 June 2017

It’s time for a change.

From the Daily Mirror in Britain, 6 June 2017:

Theresa May, who as home secretary falsely claimed she’d been prevented from deporting a man because he had a cat, has admitted she’ll stop at nothing to be able to deport anyone she wants to.

And if it’s illegal, she’ll just have to change the law.

Speaking in Slough tonight, she threatened to tear up human rights laws if they got in the way of her crackdown.

Add that to her pledges to censor the internet, block communications that the government can’t snoop on and make it harder to vote, and you paint a pretty dark picture of Britain’s future.

From the (Conservative) Daily Telegraph in Britain, 7 June 2017:

Labour has refused to back Theresa May’s plans to tear up human rights laws if they get in the way of tackling terror.

Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary and former Director of Public Prosecutions, said human rights legislation is not a barrier in the fight against extremism.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn said terrorism would not be beaten by “ripping up our basic rights and our democracy”.

Mrs May said she would toughen anti-terrorism measures and not let human rights laws stand in her way in the fight against terror.

Terrorism, a pretext for undermining civil liberties in various European countries: here.

This 6 June 2017 video from Britain is called Jeremy Corbyn visits Birmingham to amazing crowds.

GUNMEN LAUNCH SIMULTANEOUS ATTACKS ON IRANIAN PARLIAMENT AND MAUSOLEUM “Attackers raided Iran’s parliament and set off a suicide bomb at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran on Wednesday, killing up to seven people in a twin assault at the heart of the Islamic Republic, Iranian media reported.” The Islamic State has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks, which would be the first time ISIS has struck inside Iran’s borders. [Reuters]

‘Bush, Blair, Trump, ISIS godfathers, recruiting sergeants’

This video from the USA says about itself:

Lawyer for Tortured Detainees: U.S. Created ISIS Through Misguided Detention, Interrogation Policies

5 June 2017

We speak with Shayana Kadidal, senior managing attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, about an often overlooked footnote in the history of ISIS. Kadidal says the group’s mix of people with religious and battlefield experience was “pulled together in Camp Bucca“, which once hosted thousands of prisoners in Iraq without charge. Many alleged they suffered of torture and abuse by U.S. guards while held there. “We made this. We created this movement and its leadership with our own misguided and amateurish detention and interrogation policies“, Kadidal says, and argues that by keeping Guantánamo open and speaking approvingly of torture, President Trump is running a “longstanding commercial for ISIS“.

Conservatism and terrorism in Britain

This video from Britain says about itself:

John Pilger on Theresa May’s Manchester Connection & Tories’ former Vice Chair on UK election

3 June 2017

We speak to the former vice chair of the Conservative Party about the dangers of foreign policy, the PM supporting a comeback and John Pilger on MI6‘s connection to the Libya-Manchester atrocity. Plus we uncover the stories that fell between the cracks in this week’s Buried News.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

May Uses Terror to Try to Boost Flagging Polls

Monday 5th June 2017

PM breaks no-campaigning pact with shameful stunt

THERESA MAY violated an agreement yesterday to suspend election campaigning, made out of respect for those killed and injured in Saturday’s London Bridge attacks, with a heavily politicised speech on terrorism.

All parties except Ukip had promised to pause campaigning until last night after seven people died from the attack and 21 people had been put in intensive care out of 48 people injured in total.

On Saturday night at about 10pm the driver of a hired van steered onto the pavements of London Bridge and hit pedestrians before three men with long knives got out of the vehicle and started stabbing people.

The three were shot dead by police within eight minutes of the first 999 call. They were found to be wearing fake suicide vests.

Ms May accused big internet companies and apps such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp of giving terrorist ideology “the safe space it needs to breed” through encrypted and anonymous messaging services.

She echoed the Tory manifesto pledge to have stricter regulation of the internet to clamp down on terrorism — an idea dismissed by experts as “politically convenient” and “lazy.”

Speaking outside Downing Street, Ms May called for international agreements to curb freedom of internet use and claimed they would “prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning.”

But International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) director Peter Neumann used a series of posts on Twitter to criticise Ms May’s speech.

“Few people radicalised exclusively online. Blaming social media platforms is politically convenient but intellectually lazy.

“In other words, May’s statement may have sounded strong

According to British daily Metro: ‘The new Tory ‘strong and stable’ slogan appeared in Hitler’s Mein Kampf‘.

but contained very little that is actionable, different or new.”

Ms May’s speech did not address allegations that in 2011, while she was home secretary, Libyan Islamists previously under surveillance in Britain were given back their passports and helped by the government to fly to Libya to fight Muammar Gadaffi’s regime.

Nor did she say why the government is refusing to publish a report on jihadist funding — allegedly because it fingers Saudi Arabia, Britain’s arms industry’s biggest customer.

And former Metropolitan Police officer Peter Kirkham told Sky News that Ms May’s six years as home secretary had resulted in heavy cuts to the number of vital police officers needed to properly control the threat of terror.

He said: “We hear of extra police officers on the street, they’re not extra.

“They are officers that have had their rare leave days cancelled, they have 12-hour shifts routinely extended to 16 hours, they have been drawn from other areas.”

He added that Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was wrong to claim that there are more armed police officers on the streets than ever before.

Mr Kirkham said: “The people that are alleging that are lying.”

Head of counter-terrorism Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said 12 people have been arrested in connection with the atrocity after an armed raid in Barking, east London, and police activity in East Ham.

He added that “significant progress” had been made in identifying the attackers. Mr Rowley said that the white Renault van used to target pedestrians on London Bridge had been “recently hired” by one of the terrorists.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “My thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have died and the many who have been injured. We will all grieve for their loss.

“I would like to thank the police and emergency services for their bravery and professionalism in acting to save lives and deal with these appalling acts of terrorism, as well as NHS staff and members of the public who sought to protect others.

“The Labour party will be suspending national campaigning until Sunday evening, after consultations with other parties, as a mark of respect for those who have died and suffered injury.

“Those who wish to harm our people, divide our communities and attack our democracy will not succeed.”

Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Harun Khan said he strongly condemned the attacks.

He added: “Muslims everywhere are outraged and disgusted at these cowards who once again have destroyed the lives of our fellow Britons.

“That this should happen in this month of Ramadan, when many Muslims were praying and fasting only goes to show that these people respect neither life nor faith.

“My prayers are with the victims and all those affected. I commend the work of our emergency services working hard to keep us safe and cope with the ensuing carnage.

“As ever, we urge everyone to assist the authorities so that these criminals can be apprehended and brought to justice.”

This terror attack, the second in England within two weeks, and the third within three months, puts a lot of pressure on the psyche of Western countries. (Granted, that psyche is a bit selective, when 90 dead in Kabul were only worth one day of news coverage (and no tweet [by Donald Trump]), and when stabbings by a man named Christian in peaceful Portland, Oregon, are, unlike the attacks committed by Muslims, viewed as unfortunate isolated event.): here.

By John Pilger:

The unsayable in Britain’s general election campaign is this. The causes of the Manchester atrocity, in which 22 mostly young people were murdered by a jihadist, are being suppressed to protect the secrets of British foreign policy.

Critical questions – such as why the security service MI5 maintained terrorist “assets” in Manchester and why the government did not warn the public of the threat in their midst – remain unanswered, deflected by the promise of an internal “review”.

The alleged suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was part of an extremist group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, that thrived in Manchester and was cultivated and used by MI5 for more than 20 years.

The LIFG is proscribed by Britain as a terrorist organisation which seeks a “hardline Islamic state” in Libya and “is part of the wider global Islamist extremist movement, as inspired by al-Qaida”.

The “smoking gun” is that when Theresa May was Home Secretary, LIFG jihadists were allowed to travel unhindered across Europe and encouraged to engage in “battle”: first to remove Mu’ammar Gadaffi in Libya, then to join al-Qaida affiliated groups in Syria.

‘Terrorism Has No Religion:’ Muslims Across The UK Slam London Attackers. “It shouldn’t even have to be said, but this is not Islam,” one Islamic charity group wrote: here.

London’s mayor has fired back after President Donald Trump criticized his response.

United States nazi terrorists not terrorists?

This video from the USA says about itself:

Neo-Nazis explain why they like Donald Trump

8 November 2016

Four days before the US presidential election, white supremacists gathered for a rally in Pennsylvania.

On November 4, 2016, the National Socialist Movement gathered for a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The event was four days before the US presidential election and featured speeches given by NSM commander Jeff Schoep and National commander of the America First Committee, Arthur J. Jones Jr. At the rally, leaders discussed how Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has brought white supremacism into the mainstream and legitimized their beliefs. Mark Potok from the Southern Poverty Law Center contextualizes the event with his discussion of how Trump has created political space for extremists by courting the support and validating the beliefs of groups on the alt-right. The rally closed with discussion of how the neo-Nazi groups plan to organize a show of force on Election Day.

By Mehdi Hasan in The Intercept:

The Numbers Don’t Lie: White Far-Right Terrorists Pose a Clear Danger to Us All

May 31 2017, 7:34 p.m.

O Sean Duffy, where art thou?

Back in February, the Republican congressman from Wisconsin told CNN’s Alysyn Camerota that white terrorists of the far-right variety did not pose the same level of danger to Americans as so-called “Islamist” or “jihadist” terrorists. Why? “I don’t know, but I would just tell you there’s a difference,” proclaimed Duffy, who went on to dismiss as a “one-off” the attack on a mosque in Quebec by a Trump-supporting white nationalist, in which six Muslim worshippers were killed.

This problem is hardly just one Republican Congressman. It is Donald Trump’s Republican administration.

One-off? Seriously? Has Duffy been reading the news in recent days? On May 20, Richard Collins III, a black, 23-year-old U.S. Army second lieutenant, was murdered while visiting the University of Maryland by a member of a Facebook group called “Alt-Reich: Nation.” According to University of Maryland police chief David Mitchell, the group promotes “despicable” prejudice against minorities “and especially African-Americans.”

On May 26, 53-year-old U.S. Army veteran Rick Best and 23-year-old recent university graduate Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche were murdered, while 21-year-old poet Micah David-Cole Fletcher was severely injured, by a knife-wielding white supremacist when the three of them tried to prevent him from harassing a Muslim woman in a headscarf on their commuter train in Portland, Oregon.

Why isn’t Duffy back on CNN decrying the threat posed by such vile domestic terrorists? Why aren’t the Republican political and media establishments loudly alerting voters to the white-skinned far-right menace in their midst?

Can you imagine the tweetstorm from President Donald Trump if two U.S. soldiers — one serving, one a veteran — had been killed on U.S. soil by Islamist terrorists in the space of a single week? Can you imagine the rolling coverage on Fox News if it had been a ranting Muslim man who had slashed the throats of three Good Samaritans trying to protect two women on a train in Portland?

For far too long, those of us who have warned of the threat from far-right, white supremacist terrorists have been accused of trying to shift attention away from the threat of ISIS and Al Qaeda — of acting as Muslim apologists.

For far too long, a veritable industry of politicians, pundits, and self-styled security “experts” have strived to minimize the domestic terror threat from far-right groups while inflating the threat from foreign jihadists.

Compare and contrast: Islamist terrorists are depicted as wild-eyed fanatics driven to kill by their religious faith or ideology, while far-right terrorists — be it the shooter of two Hindus in a bar in Kansas in February, or the killer of nine black worshippers in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015, or the murderer of six Sikh worshippers in a temple in Duffy’s own state of Wisconsin in 2012 — are almost always “mentally ill.” After the recent double murder in Oregon, it didn’t take long for Portland police spokesperson Pete Simpson to announce: “We don’t know if [the suspect] has mental health issues.” (Isn’t it weird how we Muslims seem somehow immune to “mental health issues”? Mashallah.)

‘ONE OFFICIAL TRIED TO WARN US ABOUT THE ATTACKS LIKE PORTLAND. HE WAS PUSHED OUT.’ “Eight years ago, working in the department’s now-defunct Extremism and Radicalization Branch, Daryl Johnson authored a memo intended to warn law enforcement about the threat posed by right-wing extremists… Under political pressure, the administration backed away from the memo. They dismantled Johnson’s team. He left the government.” [HuffPost]

NOOSE FOUND IN D.C. AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM EXHIBIT It’s the second time in a week that a noose has been found on the grounds of a Smithsonian museum. [HuffPost]

5 People Were Just Shot To Death In Florida. But Don’t Worry, It Wasn’t Terrorism. One of the deadliest mass shootings of 2017 happened on Monday, and you might not have even heard about it: here.

NATO helps Saudi monarchy, cause of terrorism

This video from the USA says about itself:

What Do ISIS & Saudi Arabia Have In Common?

9 February 2015

Saudi Arabia’s new king has strong ties to a version of Islam called Wahhabism. ISIS also claims strong ties to Wahhabism. So, what is Wahhabism, and how does it affect this region?

By David Lowry in Britain:

The West refuses to face up to this perverse reality

Monday 29th May 2017

Empowering the Saudi regime is the root cause of Islamist terrorism, says DAVID LOWRY

DURING his press conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Jerusalem last Tuesday, US President Donald Trump offered these words to the people of Manchester: “I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack, and to the many killed, and the families — so many families — of the victims.

“We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom. So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life.

“The terrorists and extremists, and those who give them aid and comfort, must be driven out from our society forever. This wicked ideology must be obliterated — and I mean completely obliterated — and innocent life must be protected.”

Three days earlier in Saudi Arabia’s capital city Riyadh, Trump signed off a $110 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia — effective immediately — which could expand to $350 billion over 10 years. The deal includes tanks, combat ships, missile defence systems, radar and communications, and cyber-security technology.

On the same day Trump, without any apparent irony, jointly established with the Saudis a new Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology.

He told political leaders at the Arab Islamic American Summit: “This groundbreaking new centre represents a clear declaration that Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combating radicalisation, and I want to express our gratitude to King Salman for this strong demonstration of leadership.”

How is the record of the Saudis in combating extremism?

In October 2014, Britain’s Major-General Jonathan Shaw (who retired as assistant chief of defence staff in 2012) told the Daily Telegraph that Qatar and Saudi Arabia were “primarily responsible for the rise of the extremist Islam that inspires [Isis] terrorists.”

The newspaper added that “the two Gulf states have spent billions of dollars on promoting a militant and proselytising interpretation of their faith derived from Abdul Wahhab, an 18th-century scholar, and based on the Salaf, or the original followers of the Prophet.”

General Shaw emphasised: “This is a time bomb that, under the guise of education, Wahhabi Salafism is igniting under the world really. And it is funded by Saudi and Qatari money and that must stop.”

He forcefully added that the British and US air campaign against Isis would not “stop the support of people in Qatar and Saudi Arabia for this kind of activity,” stressing “it’s missing the point.”

Nearly a year later, Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, Saudi ambassador in London disingenuously wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “Saudi Arabia has also had to contend with disingenuous allegations concerning the kingdom’s role in the war against terrorist groups such as so-called [Isis] and al-Qaida.

“The fact is that no nation is more invested in the struggle against extremism than the kingdom, which remains the primary target of such organisations, even more so than Western nations.”

This naivety was also the line taken by foreign office minister Tobias Elwood in a written answer to veteran Labour backbench MP Paul Flynn in September 2015, when he asserted: “We work closely with countries in the Gulf, including Saudi Arabia, to counter the threat from terrorists and extremists across the region.

“Saudi Arabia is a key partner on a broad range of counter terrorism questions. The Saudi government is acutely aware of the threat from terrorist groups such as al-Qaida and [Isis] to their own and global security, and have been at the forefront of efforts to combat them.

“Saudi Arabia has a comprehensive set of laws in place to prevent terrorist financing, which we assess that it vigorously enforces.”

Saudi Arabia is a huge purchaser of British weapons as well as US military hardware in multi-billion pound deals.

Is this the reason ministers refuse to face up to the perverse reality of Saudi support for terrorism, both against Iran-backed Shia muslims in Syria and Iraq over the past decade, and innocent concert goers in Manchester this week, when murderously attacked by an Isis-supporting suicide bomber, whose very ideology is exported from, and funded by, the Saudis?

Dr David Lowry is a senior research fellow for the Institute for Resource and Security Studies.