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Britain has grown increasingly worried about the number of British citizens becoming radicalized with the intention of returning home to carry out attacks.
Speaking about the "poisonous ideology of Islamic extremism," Cameron said at least 500 people have traveled from Britain to Syria and Iraq to fight with militant groups.
The highest level is "critical"- meaning an attack is expected imminently. Officials have twice put the country on such an alert - in 2006 after the discovery of liquid bombs aimed at airliners and then the following year when extremists attempted to bomb Glasgow Airport and London's West End.
In other words - if security chiefs had knowledge of a clear threat they could not contain, the level would already be one notch higher.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Teye22
Here is the really stupid thing about this. The government know the names and faces of every person who has left the country with the intention of adding their strength to the ISIS jihad against... Everything.
Therefore, when they arrive home, it should be no problem to simply detain them the second they get back here, silently, quickly, and with no messing about. All it takes, is for the security services to post a unit of intelligence officers and Special Branch or whatever they are called these days, at each airport terminal, whose sole job would be to ensure that if any single one of these radicalised persons returns home, that they do not even get out of the connecting tunnel which links the plane to the terminal, without being clapped in irons.
It's a no brainer, it is not difficult. So why the bloody drama?
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Briles1207
That excuse will not wash when the names and faces of these people are KNOWN to the intelligence services as being jihadist fighters. No amount of community noise will counter actual intelligence confirming the presence of these individuals in the ranks of ISIS and other radical organisations. For the government to be able to say that there are 500 people from the UK, out in the Middle East fighting on behalf of barbaric militant groups, they must have data on every single one of those five hundred, otherwise they would not risk saying it at all.
Personally speaking, I believe that the entire EU should ban travel to and from the entire Middle East, until these IS nut cases have been expunged.
Last February, Canadian Security Intelligence Service director Michael Coulombe testified before the Senate national security and defence committee hearing that an estimated 130 Canadians had joined terror groups in Syria, Yemen, Somalia and north Africa. Coulombe estimated that 30 of them had left to join groups like ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Many experts estimate that number is now much higher.
originally posted by: Shuye
a reply to: TrueBrit
What if the threat is not only these 500 people that may or may not come back to the UK?
How many Muslims are there in the UK?
How many of them are possibly Jihadists?