UK’S Image Problem in Dealing with Terrorists
London: The British government has a major image problem when it comes to fighting terrorism, something Sri Lanka has been aware of for years with the existence of LTTE offices, their so-called charities and various groups linked to the LTTE who set up their base camps in the UK - even while being officially banned by the Home Office, the British interior ministry.
The government official position is here: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/counter-terrorism/proscribed-t...
The reality is frightening: 40 out of the 48 proscribed international terrorist groups have interests inside the UK while raising funds; for about terrorist acts committed abroad, you only have to talk with diplomats from the affected countries s, based in their respective embassies in London, who have details of cases on both Islamic and non -Islamic groups . They operate major crime rings inside the UK.
Since 9/11, however, things have changed - when the UK got a ‘taste’ of terrorism itself. Then, spies from foreign intelligence services, who keep spying on these groups, have had help from the anti-Jihad movement in exchange for their help and experience in dealing with non-Islamic terrorist organisations .
Meanwhile, street movements and internet users have fought their own battle where the British government did fail in. In my case, I placed over 200 newspaper stories about Al-Qaeda operating inside the UK and several diplomats have tipped off their counterparts in the British intelligence Services. Having taken a break with tradition - spying on Al-Qaeda and other groups - I still come across good men and women who are fighting not against all terrorist groups, just the Islamic terrorists groups. (continue reading...)