UK too soft to send al-Qaeda terrorists packing

Posted on: 20 May 2010 by Gareth Hargreaves

Why are two al-Qaeda members who pose significant and lasting threat allowed to stay in the UK?

Last year, the police were forced to act on surveillance of a group of Pakistani students who had been studying at a UK university. Arrests were made in connection with possible terrorist attacks – a leak had occurred when the Head of Counter Intelligence inadvertently showed a document detailing the plans of the raid and the press published it. The intelligence officer resigned.

A raid took place and arrests made but there were no prosecutions. The police, convinced of the threat, although unproven in a court of law, deported two of the suspects – a third went back to Pakistan on his own accord. Two remained, Abid Naseer and Ahmad Faraz Khan, and have successfully appealed against deportation. Therein lies the rub; Justice Mitting accepted that the pair were, indeed, al-Qaeda members and posed a significant risk to UK citizens, but said, 'there is a long and well-documented history of disappearances, illegal detention and of the torture and ill-treatment of those detained, usually to produce information, a confession or compliance.' So he has let them stay, so that there human rights aren't violated.

He should be fired. There is an equally long and well documented history of terrorist attack and murder, which, strictly speaking, infringes the victims' human rights – but say it quietly, we don't want to upset anyone, do we?
No doubt we, the taxpayer paid for the lawyers who defended these students and will now pay while police time is spent monitoring them as they live in our community. This is incomprehensible stupidity.

If someone comes to this nation as a guest and puts our society and citizens at risk, then they should be summarily kicked and sent back to their own country - irrespective of whether they are at risk themselves. Tough luck if they are tortured or killed - it’s their own fault. If you can’t do the time, then don’t do the crime.

I wonder whether these guardians of justice would so eagerly defend potential terrorists if they had lost or had maimed one of their family in a terrorist attack – somehow I think not!

Theresa May, the new Home Secretary, has moved and announced she will bring in measures to correct this madness. Well done her – had we still had a Labour government they would more than likely have housed them 'for security' in a five bedroom mansion in Chelsea.

Short selling causes pain for Euro!

Regular readers of this blog will remember that I flagged the high risk there was of Spain and Portugal running into the same debt problems as Greece. Well it’s started and is likely to run for a long time. Angela Merkel has brought in legislation to prevent banks and dealers selling short ‘sovereign debt’ (government borrowing to you and me) in the hope the currency will fall in value. It’s expected that other Euro zone countries will follow. Whether this will save the the single currency from further losses is anyone's guess. It may arrest the slide and signal to the global banking community that the game has changed and this sort of practice will not be tolerated. That said, there will be plenty of countries where these trades can still be made.

There is much more pain to come for Europe, as member states wrestle with their massive debts. We have our own problems and hopefully we will get a Budget in a couple of weeks that will at least give us a plan to get out of the mess the last Labour government left us.

As I have said many times – it ain’t over yet!

The ‘New Order’ of Society!

Today will be interesting, as the next ‘Coalition Document’ is published by  Downing Street. This will give an insight into how Cameron and Clegg intend to ‘re-engineer the country’ over the next five years.
Yesterday, Nick Clegg announced radical plans to free us of lots of stupid, costly, time consuming and downright unjust laws that are on the statute! Good for him – now do the same for the bureaucracy that surrounds business.
Keep ‘rock-n-rollin!’ boys – I like the show so far!

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