What’s the point of having an intrusive national security state and deadly, expensive military industrial complex if they can be closely monitoring a radical, militant terrorist like those responsible for the attack in London on Saturday, know that he represents a credible and violent threat to these innocent people, and then just allow them to go out and attack and murder innocent people like this?
The really crazy thing about this is that this isn’t some wild-eyed conspiracy theory with no evidence, cooked up by an unhinged Alex Jones for a rabidly and willingly excitable audience of people who love that kind of stuff. This is a report from as mainstream and establishment a news source as you can possibly get, The Daily Telegraph.
What did they report?
London terrorist had twice been referred to police over his extremist views
“One of the three jihadists who murdered revellers in central London on Saturday had been reported to the anti-terror police on at least two occasions, it has been claimed…
A neighbour also claimed she had contacted police in Barking, east London, after the suspect tried to convert her children to Islam and radicalise them. The man is not being named at the request of the police.
A former friend of the terrorist, who was shot dead by police along with two accomplices, claimed he had been radicalised while watching YouTube videos and said he contacted the authorities after becoming concerned over his friend’s extremist views.
A neighbour also claimed she had contacted police in Barking, east London, after the suspect tried to convert her children to Islam and radicalise them. The man is not being named at the request of the police.”
But that’s just a start. It gets so much worse than that. You see these reports to police had apparently not gone unheeded. Another report from The Daily Telegraph says that counter terrorism officers had been monitoring the terror cell that committed this heinous act for the last month and had even recorded them planning out a the van and knife attack!
“Counter-terrorism officers secretly recorded an alleged Isil-inspired terror cell in Barking last month discussing how to use YouTube to plot a van and knife attack in London, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.
The investigators were monitoring the alleged extremist cell in the east London borough weeks before Saturday night’s attack in the capital, which left seven dead and 48 injured. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
On Sunday police arrested 12 people, among them seven women – all of them in Barking and other parts of east London, where at least one of Saturday’s killers was believed to have lived. Those arrested were aged from 19 to 60.”
So what the hell were counter terrorism authorities doing the day the attack was carried out? Did they just go ahead and stop watching these guys? Did they take a break? Right when the terrorists were planning to strike?
When they have all the manpower in the world to stop and scan every last baby carriage and nun strolling through the airports? When they’ve got the manpower to stop and frisk every person of color on the street and lock them away for years for having a little bit of marijuana in their pocket?
When they’ve got the manpower to build a vast digital spying apparatus that records your phone calls and emails? And they don’t have the manpower to continue monitoring a terrorist attack in progress and for once actually stop a single terrorist attack from happening?
These people are either criminally incompetent, or criminally… competent, at allowing terrorist attacks to happen and continuing to draw their hundreds of billions of dollars in budgetary allocations every year.