London Attacker Was UK-Born, Previously Investigated By UK Spies Over "Violent Extremism", May Says

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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May told British lawmakers that one attacker was responsible for the deadly Westminster terror incident in London on Wednesday, and that the attacker had been investigated by security services in the past.  “It’s still believed that this attacker acted alone,” May told lawmakers in the House of Commons.

May said that a British-born man inspired by Islamist ideology, who had been previously investigated by MI-5 is responsible for the attack.

"His identity is known to the police and MI5 and, when operations allow he will be publicly identified. He was British born and some years ago he was investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism," May said.

She added, however, that he was not part of current invetigations and had been regarded as a “peripheral figure.”

The UK Prime Minister also said that a total of 12 people, inluding 9 foreigners, are victims of the Westminster attack and added that the UK terror level is "severe" as there is no information of a specific threat. May said she will have more security meetings after the London attack.

She said the Lond attack was "an attack on people everywhere. and vowed that terrorists will be defeated. May refered to the Westminster attack as an act trying to silence democracy, adding that "we are not afraid."

Earlier in the day Police arrested eight people in the investigation into a lone-wolf attacker who killed three people and injured 40 before being shot dead by police near parliament in London, Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer said on Thursday.

"We have now made a total of eight arrests as part of the ongoing Counter Terrorism operation," the police said on Twitter.

The Metropolitan Police said on Thursday that they searched six addresses overnight in Birmingham, London and other parts of the country in connection with the investigation. Mark Rowley, acting deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, confirmed that 29 people were treated in hospital after the attack and seven people remained in critical condition. This was a revision from Wednesday night, when he said that five people had died in the attack, including three members of the public.

Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, told the BBC that the “working assumption” was the attack is “linked to Islamic terrorism in some form”. “So we’re dealing with an enemy, a terrorist enemy that is not making demands or holding people hostage but simply wants to kill as many people as possible. So this is a new element to international terrorism,” he said.

Fallon added: “London has seen this before and is taking this on the chin, and I do want to reassure you that the police and security forces are doing everything possible to make sure that people can go about their daily life as safely as possible.”

The prime minister on Wednesday night described the assault as “sick and depraved” in a statement outside Number 10 after chairing a meeting of Cobra, the government’s high-level emergency committee. May said the nation’s threat level would remain at “severe” and warned terrorists that efforts to undermine Britain’s values were “doomed to failure”.

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small towel's picture

'Inspired by" - Stop using the language of appeasement.

Looney's picture

 

This is just another confirmation that the total surveillance on both sides of the pond is NOT against the terrisss – its only purpose is to keep us all on the leash.

1984 was a romantic novel compared to this shit.  ;-)

Looney

NoDebt's picture

The families of the dead will be so relieved to know that you knew who he was and had previously investigated him.  

Bay of Pigs's picture

The leaders in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, France the USA and elsewhere that have allowed this shit are completely insane.

eforce's picture

Wouldn't be suprised if MI5 gave him a little 'encouragement' after their 'investigation'.

Wonder what Terror laws we have to look forward to now...

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

"New element to international terrorism"?

Where the fuck has this guy been?

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Reporters have confirmed that he was “Asian” (probably from China). We need to immediately halt immigration from South East Asian countries like China, Japan and South Korea until we figure out how to vet these people! The Asian crime epidemic is getting out of hand!

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Bad Attitude's picture

Of course the attacker was muslim. The only unknown in these kinds of attacks is how long it will take the "authorities" to admit to it. And of course, the attacker is also always a "lone wolf" until the reports start appearing that there have been a series of arrests of accomplices. These prevarications don't fool anybody. 

It is long past time for the politicians and press to stop trying to hide the fact that islam is a barbaric genocidal political ideology, and admit that islam is incompatible with western civilization.

Forward (over the cliff)!

NUFCrichard's picture

In the UK the term 'Asian' generally means from the Indian Subcontinent.

Look at the photo, he isn't Chinese.

Motasaurus's picture

>terrorist drives car into people in London
>only kills foreigners
>europe forced to be sympathetic to UK as Brexit negotiations start
>UK citizens increasingly redpilled because they're targets and are willing to put up with a little economic pain to stop Islam

Well played UK, well played 

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Motasaurus Mar 23, 2017 7:05 AM

Well, all that, & they do drive on the wrong side of the road & have the steering wheel over on the passenger side.

Rubicon's picture

There is a reason for that.

eforce's picture

"In the past, almost everybody travelled on the left side of the road because that was the most sensible option for feudal, violent societies. Since most people are right-handed, swordsmen preferred to keep to the left in order to have their right arm nearer to an opponent and their scabbard further from him."

So basically right side is for lefties and other scum.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) eforce Mar 23, 2017 7:31 AM

FFS ~ what the hell kinda horseshit explanation is that?

 

OK ~ I'll make the case for being right handed... In America ~ they had to fight Indians on horseback and needed to put the stock against their right shoulder to shoot, or, draw a bow with their right hand...

 

So I guess when I'm in England ~  I'll just mount scythes on my passenger side wheels, drive in reverse and stay on the right side of the road to protect me from all the queens knights, swordsmen & skirmishers walking around on bridges.

Diatom's picture

So... Let me get this strait:

These days, Mosul is being leveled to a pile of ruble and thousands are being killed by

US/UK... London attack is allover the news...

Smokes and mirrors to keep the agenda going....

The attacker was known to the secret service. My guess is that he was being

nurtured by the secret service... Psi ops... These types of people are valuable assets...

lucitanian's picture

And I'd like to read the autopsy report including the part about drugs in his blood stream.  

Isn't it strange that the German Christmas truck killer was a user and dealer of drugs, (cocaine and ecstasy) and used alcohol, according to German authorities knowledge of him already and based on the Italian autopsy. Same with the French and Belgian "terrorists". Not normal for a Muslim fanatic seeking his eternity with Allah. 

And, I'd like to see Teresa May spent as many crocodile tears on the millions of innocents killed by her and her friends' governments, in Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Gaza etc by state "terrorism". Or, were their lives any less valuable.

Kobe Beef's picture

In Islam, killing a bunch of Infidels is the prescribed path to redemption. Every jihadist goes straight to heaven, sayeth the Pedophile (shit be upon him).

So when these gang-raping, drug-dealing, "European" Muslim welfare parasites wanna "come to Jesus", they do it at high velocity and with hostile intentions.

Death to Islam.

Ghordius's picture

read again. he was born in the UK

meanwhile, we have Muslims (yes, Muslims) that are enraged, and committing acts of terrorism

some of them even came from Russia to Syria in order to enroll in the "Islamic State"

again. Enraged Muslims. now, I remember an explanation from the US: "They hate us because of our freedoms"

well, no. some of them resented troops in Saudi Arabia. some, in Iraq. some, Afghanistan. others, in Syria

one Turkish policeman assassinated a Russian ambassador because of ceasefire tricks in Syria, or at least that's what he was shouting while waiting to die

others are mad about Gitmo. and others about Yemen. who is bombing Yemen, and why?

go on, believe that it's "because of our freedoms". believe that it's because of recent events totally not connected to the destabilization of a dozen+ countries. believe that it is because of Sweden, for example

can I have a sidedish of Freedom Fries to that?

Herodotus's picture

Prime Minister Atlee let his grandparents into the country.

ich1baN's picture

It's not b/c of our freedoms and anyone with a shred of intelligence knows that is the case. It's b/c Islam has a large cohort teaching and following Imams that teach the Koran in its current form and use verses as idedological support to convert those into supporting Sharia Law as well as implementing Jihad under the Caliphate. This isn't the equivalent to the RCC and the Pope, the Caliphate is established as a political and religious leader with ABSOLUTE rule and authority to direct its adherents to any direction, and this is what ISIS established and has primarily focused on the destruction of the West by any means possible... ISIS and adherents like it would exist whether there were attacks in Yemen or bases set up in Saudi Arabia or not... Islam has been seeking the destruction of the West since 600 AD and subjugating women as property forever.... it also throws homosexuals off rooftops to their deaths for simply being homosexual... it's no wonder we have events like Orlando that kill 50 homosexuals by a crazed Islamist.

Do you really think that the 2,000% increase in rape in Sweden is related to the immigrant Muslim Swedeish population taking revenge for Sweden being neutral in WW2? What is your line of reasoning here, is it b/c Sweden is a part of Nato? 

Justin Case's picture

The corporations are well protected by copy rights and enforced by the CIA,NSA,FBI.
Peter Sunde, the co-founder of the BitTorrent caught and arrested.
Also the co-founders of file-sharing website the Pirate Bay Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm,Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij.

They caught Kim Dotcom as well but he's a slippery fish, that is fighting back extradition, so when the alphabet organizations are finished with these copy right terrorists, they'll have some time to work on protecting citizens from ISIS terrorists. Maybe, if the corporate establishment they work for allows them.

Thoresen's picture

This will be used as evidence for more funding of the police etc even though in reality we need to change cultures.
Changing cultures might mean doing something about removing religions based on hate.

Ghordius's picture

so we have to remove Christianity from the whole billion of believers just because a very small percentage of them think religious war is necessary?

and of course we have to remove the Jewish faith from Jews because again a small percentage of them practice religious war?

finally, the same with Islam, where again only a very small fraction of the one billion believers foment religious war?

it sounds like having to remove Atheism from Atheists because some of them are warmongers and haters

perhaps, just perhaps, you might want to look again at your broad generalizations

ich1baN's picture

The problem is that it's not just a small percentage in Islam that believe in Jihad... it's been estimated up to 15-20% (that's more than 200 million people at a minimum that believe in the death of everyone in the world but their own) of the entire religion believes and/or sympathizes with Jihad. The Koran also has open ended proclamations to bring believers into war with non-believers whereas the Bible's proclamations for war are constrained in a historical context, such as God commanding Joshua to wipe out specific tribes at that time versus the Koran's open ended statements that are NOT constrained by any context of history or time:

Quran (2:191-193) - "And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing... but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. 

Quran (2:244) - "Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things."  

Quran (3:151) - "Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority". This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be 'joining companions to Allah').

Quran (2:216) - "Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not." 

Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot. 

Furthermore, there are entire countries like Saudi Arabia that fund and preach Wahhabism/Salafism which uses these verses above and many more to spread its ideology globally... there is no such movement in any other religion that requires such widespread hate... Islam is the religion of hate and total subjugation of women.

Ghordius's picture

and I am the scion of a long line of crusaders and "extirpators of heresy"

DEUS VULT = The Almighty Wants It (war, of course)

there is enough in the old testament, starting with "an eye for an eye" to provide for a fig leaf for any hate and warmongery

sympathizing is not acting on that sympathy, or engaging in acts of violence because of hate and warmongery

nope, I don't see why we have to throw away the baby/billion with the dirty water of... hate and warmongery

ich1baN's picture

Sympathizing/condoning of something evil is in itself a form of belief; of course there are varying degrees of sympathizing but those numbers are staggering. Likewise if you look at polls of those who believe in Sharia Law throughout muslim countries it's even far worse than anyone thought... Sharia Law condones all forms of subjugation of women, preventing them from voting or driving cars or having equal rights of men and no not the sort of unequal rights of men in western nations such as the myth of wage disparities, but those of not being fully sovereign (i.e. not able to vote or drive); plus homosexuals are murdered for their lifestyle... they are simply thrown off rooftops in Saudi Arabia and Iran; is this really an equal culture to that of the West that deserves similar inclusiveness or is it something that deserves more scrutiny before we continue to commit cultural genocide like your European bretheren have already done? There is no such comparable theology or proponents of such mass scale death of the entire world in any other religion, anywhere. Only in Islam is it acceptable to commit Jihad. Islam has been at war with the West since 600 AD and almost conquered the West on more than a few occasations, but was stopped short had it not been for Charles Martel... I like how you ignored the main crux of my argument as well, that being in the Koran there are open ended verses to murder, there is no such verse in the entire bible, including "an eye for an eye" which you use as a strawman.

You also onveniently ignore Matthew (5:38-42) where in the New Testament, Jesus repudiates even that notion. "Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

The concept of “an eye for eye,” sometimes called jus talionis or lex talionis, is part of the Mosaic Law used in the Israelites’ justice system. The principle is that the punishment must fit the crime and there should be a just penalty for evil actions: “If there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise” (Exodus 21:23–25). Justice should be equitable; excessive harshness and excessive leniency should be avoided.

We have no indication that the law of “an eye for an eye” was followed literally; there is never a biblical account of an Israelite being maimed as a result of this law. Also, before this particular law was given, God had already established a judicial system to hear cases and determine penalties (Exodus 18:13–26)—a system that would be unnecessary if God had intended a literal “eye for an eye” penalty. Although capital crimes were repaid with execution in ancient Israel, on the basis of multiple witnesses (Deuteronomy 17:6), most other crimes were repaid with payment in goods—if you injured a man’s hand so that he could not work, you compensated that man for his lost wages.

Besides Exodus 21, the law of “an eye for an eye” is mentioned twice in the Old Testament (Leviticus 24:20Deuteronomy 19:21). Each time, the phrase is used in the context of a case being judged before a civil authority such as a judge. “An eye for an eye” was thus intended to be a guiding principle for lawgivers and judges; it was never to be used to justify vigilantism or settling grievances personally.

In the New Testament, it seems the Pharisees and scribes had taken the “eye for an eye” principle and applied it to everyday personal relationships. They taught that seeking personal revenge was acceptable. If someone punched you, you could punch him back; if someone insulted you, he was fair game for your insults. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day ignored the judicial basis of the giving of that law.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus counters the common teaching of personal retaliation: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you . . .” (Matthew 5:38–39). Jesus then proceeds to reveal God’s heart concerning interpersonal relationships: “Do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you” (Matthew 5:39–42).

In giving this “new” command, Jesus is not nullifying the Old Testament law (Matthew 5:17). Rather, He is separating the responsibility of the government (to punish evildoers justly) from the responsibility we all have on a personal level before God to love our enemies. We should not seek retribution for personal slights. We are to ignore personal insults (the meaning of “turn the other cheek”). Christians are to be willing to give more of their material goods, time, and labor than required, even if the demands upon us are unjust. We should loan to those who want to borrow, love our enemies, and pray for those who persecute us (verses 43–48). Enforcing “an eye for an eye” is the magistrate’s job; forgiving our enemies is ours. We see this played out today every time a victim stands up in court to publicly forgive a convicted criminal—the forgiveness is personal and real, but the judge still justly demands that the sentence be carried out.

Jesus’ limiting of the “eye for an eye” principle in no way prohibits self-defense or the forceful protection of the innocent from harm. The actions of duly appointed agents of the government, such as police officers and the military, to protect citizens and preserve the peace are not in question. Jesus’ command to turn the other cheek applies to personal relationships, not judicial policy. The principle of “an eye for an eye” is meant as a judicial policy, not as a rule for interpersonal relationships. The believer in Christ is guided by Jesus’ words to forgive. The Christian is radically different from those who follow the natural inclination to respond in kind.
 
https://www.gotquestions.org/eye-for-an-eye.html 

Thoresen's picture

Religion is behind most terrorism and war, even if it is just an excuse to justify it.
I haven't seen any atheist 'bibles' where war justification can be picked out selectively from a text.

The Gun Is Good's picture

This shit is getting SOOOOO old. "Previously investigated" by ____ (FBI/MI-5) = groomed, cultivated, and run as an asset more often than not these days....

And you're right. The .gov solution = moar funding for the traitorously disingenuous .gov agencies involved (never mind more Orwellian laws for "our protection").

(I wonder if there was a drill on-going, too? Fuck this BS.)

ich1baN's picture

This guy is supposed to be of Asian descent? WTF?! This guy looks 100% Middle Eastern; I've lived in Japan and China, he is not of Asian descent.... what next, Osama Bin Laden has the likeness of John Wayne?

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Political Correctness and a lack of understanding of Islamic Ideology will be the DEATH OF THE WEST and its CULTURE.

"May said that a British-born man inspired by Islamist ideology, who had been previously investigated by MI-5 is responsible for the attack."

http://www.ltw.org/watch/special-broadcasts/the-barbarians-are-here

Remember, GOD does not reward people for being STUPID!!

lucitanian's picture

The British use the word "Asian" (correctly) to mean anything starting East of the Bosphorus strait. That's in Turkey, in case you didn't know.

ich1baN's picture

The problem is that even though it may be correctly used, it's absurd to call someone with obvious Arab ethnicity of Asian descent, you call him Arab... so even though it's theoretically correct from a global perspective it is used as PC cover so not to offend the real offenders... otherwise calling him Asian, also implicates 1.3 billion Chinese, 1.5 billion Indians, 100 million Japanese, and the rest of Southeast Asia as possible suspects... this is a case where specificity is better used, not ignored.

It would be like calling a suspect in a crime that was from Eastern Russia and had the likeness of someone as white European as Putin of Asian descent, although you'd be technically correct in calling him Asian, it would still be absurd to call him such. Had the man looked like someone from Kazakhstan (a muslim majority nation yet of Asian origins) then yea I'd be fine with calling him of Asian descent b/c well they are of Asian ethnicity.

logicalman's picture

Obvious Arab Ethnicity???

Looks Pakistani to me, not Arab.

Remember, Pakistan was the world's first Islamic state.

 

ich1baN's picture

Yea I could agree with you there, I could see Punjabi and/or Middle Eastern/Arab... from the sideview he fits either of those descriptions. He doesn't however look like Mr. Ying that cooks my chicken dumplings down the street at Ming Tree restaurant.

justinius1969's picture

Yes.. But "inspired by" what exactly?

Well BBC Radio 4 gladly informes us that he was "inspied by ... international terrorism!!!"  WTF.. what is the matter with these liberals..  

quadraspleen's picture

"known to security services" Again. Colour me shocked.

No passport yet? Unusual. Perhaps he's a real terrorist

halcyon's picture

".. previously mind-programmed and entrapped by the MI6 operatives working deep undercover within ISIS.

He had completed all the MkUltra3 and MkUltra4 training camps and was very psychologially pliable for any kind of soft target operations.

Because he turned out so well and was considered a useful assett, he was allowed to roam freely and was not actually called in for real questioning ever.

In the end, he carried out his patritioc duty to strike fear into the the hearts of sheeple population by terrorising ordinary citizens in public place where the media and cameras were readily waiting."

thecondor's picture

And yet, they let him walk the streets.  This is moar evidence that this is what these ''leaders'' want.  They like to see white europeans being kiled as does the media. 

debtor of last resort's picture

'Give him a cheap loan to buy a SUV', maybe he'll stir things up a bit.

BritBob's picture

UK spies are the best in the world.

Interesting to note that Snowden revealed that the UK was keeping an eye on Argentina and her Malvinas aspirations. But what is the strength of Argentina's Falklands' claim?

 

Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina:

https://www.academia.edu/31111843/Falklands_Never_Belonged_to_Argentina

 

You can now kick what Wikipedia and what Argentine politicians have said into touch.

NoDebt's picture

Hey, Bob- we had a discussion about you the other day here.  We decided you are a radicalized Hindu.  You like to sit on big rocks near bodies of water all day, every day and say the same chants over and over.  Just wanted to bring you up to speed on that.

 

Cardinal Fang's picture

Bob, do you know what a non-sequitur is?

It's sorta like a haiku, only it makes less sense.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non_sequitur_(logic)

Cognizant Millennial's picture

I see you've dropped Gibraltar from your spam, reassured by my claim that I've won it's safety dozens upon dozens of times, in real life war simulator Overwatch. It's a great map for McCree, a true American hero.

 

Nice to know you're capable of learning.

jamesmmu's picture

The same usual 'attack on democracy' script is being reeled out in the wake of the latest London terror attack

http://investmentwatchblog.com/the-same-usual-attack-on-democracy-script...