…not when that crisis can potentially help you clamp down a bit tighter on freedom:
Baroness Neville-Jones, a former security minister and chairman of the British Joint Intelligence Committee, and Colonel Richard Kemp, a former Army commander and terrorism expert, said the security services need to focus on the “inspiration” that comes from internet hate preaching.
But hang on! Aren’t they still in the dark about….
The police and security services are still attempting to establish a motive for the brutal killing of a soldier in south east London by two Islamic extremists yesterday afternoon.
Ah. Thought so.
I mean, we all can guess the real motive, but whether they ever watched a bit of YouTube? Unlikely.
Not that that’s going to stop these two:
Lady Neville-Jones told the BBC Radio Four Today programme that internet hate preaching could have inspired the two terrorists.
Well done, Lady Neville-Jones – your political masters will thank you. Who’s going to remember if you’re wrong? No-one. Let’s get those restrictions on that pesky internet floated as a plausible course of action now!
Col Kemp, who commanded all British troops in Afghanistan, said it would be “wrong to now suggest we live in a state of fear of this type of attack” .
He said that “one of the biggest priorities” for the security services should now be looking at the role the internet plays in “motivating people” to commit terrorist attacks.
How about we see if it did first, before we assume? After all, we’ve had terrorists for far, far longer than we’ve had the internet…
“I think it is possible that it will be further attacks will be inspired by this attack,” he said.
“One of the biggest priorities for the services is to look at the role of the internet in motivating people and look very carefully at which radical sites should be suppressed on the internet as well as of course more direct preaching in some of the mosques in this country which has caused some people to turn to radicalism and terrorism before.”
I get the feeling the former – because it’s easier and less likely to throw up awkward questions – will be taking up most of the State’s attention. Don’t you?