Choudary’s connections

Well at least it’s clear that Anjem Choudary was in no sense a joke. The Daily Express reports that Scotland Yard wanted to arrest him for years but MI5 said no.

Counter terror officers believed they had enough evidence to build a case against the radical Islamic State sympathiser but were reportedly blocked from doing so because he was a vital part of MI5’s ongoing investigation.

Serious questions were raised as to why Choudary was allowed to continue spreading his Islamist poison across Britain for more than 20 years, but now a counter terror source has said MI5 were responsible.

Following his conviction of inviting support for ISIS it emerged Choudary was involved in at least 15 terror plots dating back as far as 2001.

Police also believe he has connections to around 500 of the 850 young British Muslims who have left the country to join-up with ISIS jihadis.

You can see how he would be a useful source of information, but you can also see how he was, not to put too fine a point on it, dangerous.

Raffaello Pantucci, a terrorism expert at the Royal United Services Institute, said: “Intelligence officers have to generate leads somewhere, so if you have got a kind of honeypot that is Anjem Choudary and every nutter in the UK is gravitating towards him and from there you just trail them and follow them, you can see how it’s doing your job for you in some ways.

“There is undoubtedly an element of security folk who work in the intelligence side who would probably see this as something that is potentially quite useful.”

Well yeah.

I’m seeing headlines saying he’ll be in solitary when he is banged up, so that he won’t be able to share his wisdom with the other prisoners.

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