The latest Islamist terrorist attack in London, albeit botched, and the arrest of four soldiers and a civilian Ministry of Defence worker for alleged far-right “terrorist” connections has once again thrust the threat from terrorism into the national headlines.
And the liberal establishment and media are very keen to develop a story that equates Islamist terrorism with so-called ‘far-right’ terrorism, despite some obvious facts standing in their way.
For the record, two of the soldiers were subsequently released without charge, while the other three individuals arrested have been charged with supporting a ‘proscribed’ group called National Action, largely on social media and internet forums, a small nationalist group, which during its short history, never actually committed any acts of terrorism.
And the number of people arrested for Islamist terrorism-linked offences in the UK rose 68% to a record 379 in the twelve months to June this year, one of the most active periods for terrorist attacks in recent history.
The Home Office said it was the highest number of terrorist arrests in a year since records began in 2001. They included twelve arrests linked to the Westminster attack in March this year, twenty three connected with the Manchester Arena suicide bombing in May, twenty one arrests following the London Bridge attack in June and one in relation to the Finsbury Park van attack, attributed to the so-called ‘far-right’, despite the individual concerned having no record of political involvement at all, shortly afterwards. And a further six terrorist plots, all Islamist, had been prevented since the Westminster attack in March this year.
The Home Office also said that 123 of those arrested were charged – 105 with terrorism offences – and 189 were released without charge. The rest were either bailed pending further investigation of faced alternative action. So far, thirty two of the 105 who have been charged with terrorist offences have been prosecuted and found guilty and sixty eight are awaiting prosecution.
The number of terrorist prisoners in British jails has also risen in the past year, by 35% to 204.
And further sinking the liberal efforts to create a false terrorist dynamic, urged on fake left ‘anti-fascists’ who want to hype up the threat from the so-called ‘far-right’, the Home Office revealed that 91% of those in prison on the 30th of June this year held Islamist views, while only 5% had so-called ‘far-right’ views.
No doubt, the police and security services will be doing their best to even up those numbers over the coming months and years.
In the meantime, the Home Office seems to be having difficulty working out what “extremism” means and how it relates to its counter-terrorist policy.
Read more about the paralysis at the heart of UK counter-extremism policy.