KATIE HOPKINS: No wonder they didn’t want us to know who the London Bridge Butchers were. The more we find out, the more ineffectual the people who are supposed to protect us from the killers look
I commend Piers Morgan. There’s something I never thought I would hear myself say.
I watched him interview Sadiq Khan on GMB this morning and he was 100% more professional than I would ever have been.
I can imagine coming round to find Sadiq lying on the floor with camera three lying across his limp body, and me wild-eyed, legging it down the South Bank.
He appears to show no conception of the horror our capital city is facing, keeps repeating London is the safest city in the world, and refuses to connect the glaringly obvious dots between Islamic Extremism and the attacks on our children.
One has to understand that Sadiq Khan is a Muselman. He is one of them. He is not one of us. Therein lies the rub.
Khan would not answer why we did not do more to the lock up the attacker Khuram Butt (pictured), who went on to be the Butcher of London BridgeKhan says everyone has a role to play to tackle terrorism in UK
He would not answer why we did not do more to the lock up the attacker – Khuram Butt – who went on to be the Butcher of London Bridge because the police operation was still live.
It’s a mantra we keep hearing from any of the people who are supposed to be keeping us safe. The Met Commissioner said it yesterday. Boris Johnson repeated it this morning.
Well I’m calling them on this.
I’d like to believe there are good operational reasons for taking over two days to tell us who the killers were.
But I can’t help suspecting that it’s more about dodging difficult questions and managing the flow of news that is bound to make people bloody angry.
Waiting until our initial horror and rage at the original attack dissipates before releasing information that will make us furious all over again.
And giving themselves time to get their stories straight before the sh*t hits the fan.
Similarly, whenever I hear a top cop or a politician start an interview with a paean of praise to the courage of the rank-and-file officers who helped stop Saturday’s massacre, I can’t help feeling they are being treated as human shields.
I’d like to believe there are good reasons for taking over two days to tell us who the killers were – but I can’t help suspecting that it’s more about dodging difficult questions
Nobody admires our ordinary police officers more than me and the courage of those who faced down the three maniacs in Borough Market – armed sometimes with just a baton – leaves me in awe.
This is not about the brave officers on the ground. Uniformed, on duty or off. Changing into riot gear on the sidewalk behind their vans. Dancing with our little girls to bring some reassurance to our fear. They are warriors. They should be rewarded. One and all.
But equally if the people at the top were doing their jobs properly, the brave bobbies on the street wouldn’t need to be quite so much in harm’s way. Sadiq Khan, the investigating officers, MI5, Theresa May – I’ve lost confidence in all of them.
As a twitter user – Sam White commented; ‘Jihadis are cleverly evading the authorities by appearing in documentaries about jihadis with the word jihadi in the title’.
We now know the London Bridge, Manchester and Westminster attackers were all known to counter-terrorism agencies.
The mostly recently named of the three attackers on London Bridge, Youssef Zaghba – even told the Italian authorities why he was flying to Turkey in 2016. ‘I’m going to be terrorist,’ he said. Police were called and he was prevented from flying.
Authorities confirm complete dossier on him would have been forwarded to MI5 in April 2016 after he travelled to the UK.
His London accomplice Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, a British citizen of Pakistani descent, was well known to authorities and reported repeatedly by members of the public, now frustrated nothing was done.
Theresa May said ‘enough was enough’. But nothing she has said or done since makes me think she begins to understand the scale of what needs to be done to change things
I see Sadiq sitting there on the GMB sofa. Cold. Emotionless, in the face of my empathetic colleague. And I want to make him feel some of our pain
It would be laughable if it weren’t so brutally tragic. Watching the truly lovely Mary Nightingale choke back tears to share the haunting burial of Eilidh MacLeod aged 14 on the island of Barry whilst we all sobbed in our homes was too much. Grief is just behind our eyes.
The senior echelons of intelligence and investigation appear utterly incompetent. They give endless press statements and tweets, parading leaders of community faith groups in the name of diversity, but still they fail to take action.
The West Midland Police have just admitted that their Head of Counter-Terrorism Unit has classified and highly confidential papers stolen from a car he was using on May 15.
A force spokesman said: ‘An investigation has been launched after items were stolen from a West Midlands Police officer’s unmarked car.
‘A number of personal items were taken during the theft along with a locked metal box that contained documents relating to police matters. The box was locked in the boot. The officer remains at work.’
At a time when our terror threat was heading from Severe to Critical – the head of counter-terrorism has highly classified papers nicked from his car? Are we leaving paperwork in parked cars now?
My shenanigans detector is flashing red. It’s not adding up.
Incidentally, why three days on, can the police still not give the anguished families of suspected victims the certainty of knowing their loved ones are gone? This is not 9/11
Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, a British citizen of Pakistani descent, was well known to authorities and reported repeatedly by members of the public, now frustrated nothing was done
Why WERE individuals from the Jihadi Next Door documentary still roaming free?
As the poor mother of the missing Australian nanny drags herself to an airport to fly across the world in search of her daughter – I ask you, can it be possible someone close to power does not know where she is?
We would not be this cruel to animals.
Then I see Sadiq sitting there on the GMB sofa. Cold. Emotionless, in the face of my empathetic colleague. And I want to make him feel some of our pain. Like I would take my dog, wipe its face in its own mess, the mess it made.
Respect for brave police running towards danger must not stop us asking the difficult questions.
Why WERE individuals from the Jihadi Next Door documentary still roaming free?
The best we could muster was taking the program off Netflix. That is not a solution. That is PR management.
Why round up and arrest 12 suspects since Saturday only to release them all when the cameras face away? It’s a pattern repeated after every incident, part of the procedure for making us feel something is being done.
Perhaps we need more resource for MI5/Special branch. But money does not fall from some golden goose in the sky.
Can they tell us what decision process made them arrive at the conclusion that I professed supporter or ISIS, who’s also been turned in by his neighbours was NOT a risk? Would more money have made a difference?
Sadiq Khan SHOULD be ashamed; a man who referred to moderate Muslims as ‘Uncle Toms’
Or is it a change in mentality we need? Less diversity training maybe at £75,000-a-head the leads to police pussy-footing about for fear of causing offence?
Our police forces have already become politically-correct bureaucracies where promotion relies on saying the right platitudes and attending the right courses rather than necessarily being any good at, say, actually catching crooks and killers.
Is that’s what happened to our much more shadowy secret services too? Who’d bet against it?
It is all very well calling for more officers, but even the ones we have are prevented from working effectively by their bosses complicit in the silencing of the truth.
I received this information from a serving police officer in confidence.
‘I work in Birmingham City Centre. Birmingham Central Mosque is a no go area for West Midlands Police officers. We are told by the management and senior officers that we are not to go there and certainly not, under any circumstances, to go in. This is not for our safety but because of an agreement with the Mosque and the West Midlands Police HQ.
Only two officers – both who had to be approved and agreed by the Inman / Mosque are allowed to go to the Mosque.
All officers think this is a disgrace. They clearly do not want us there to witness the many clerics and speakers spreading hate.’
Do you see the trouble we are in?
Mary Nightingale choked back tears as she shared the haunting burial of Eilidh MacLeod aged 14 on the island of Barry whilst we all sobbed in our homes. Grief is just behind our eyes.
Eilidh MacLeod was just 14 years of age when she was killed in the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena
The former Chief Prosecutor for North West England was also silenced after the Manchester Terror attacks. He was banned from any press or media.
He resigned in order to go on to BBC Question Time to speak out about the failure of our approach to tackling terror.
Tell me. Do you still believe this is sensitivity towards ongoing investigations. Or suppression of information to manage senior officers reputations and avoid a public backlash?
If we are not going to incarcerate the watch list, then let’s at least go back to Control Orders and keep them bottled up at a house of our choosing, far from their Muslim-only gyms and Saudi-funded mosques.
Ask a serving police officer what we need and they will tell you we need the old Control Orders back in place.
They were introduced under Tony Blair in 2005 as a form of house arrest for people suspected of radicalised behaviour. If there wasn’t evidence to convict, you could at least secure these pests.
Control orders provided curfews, ankle tags, restriction on association, passport surrender and being able to move someone to a different town, away from trouble.
In 2011 as Home Secretary Theresa May ordered these to be watered down and renamed Tpims.
She told Parliament it would ‘restore our civil liberties while still allowing the police and security services to protect us’.
Thanks to Miss May, suspects under TPIM still live at home and stay there overnight. They can apply to the courts to stay elsewhere if they prefer and suspect is allowed to use a mobile phone and the internet, to work and study.
There are only seven of these pathetic diluted control orders in place. They have about as much control as a liberal parents in Waitrose.
The Jihadist Next Door: The best we could muster was taking the program off Netflix
Why round up and arrest 12 suspects since Saturday only to release them all when the cameras face away? It’s a pattern repeated after every incident, part of the procedure for making us feel something is being done
Theresa May also voted against 90-day detentions and 14-day detentions and the carrying of I.D. Cards.
Why are the civil liberties of extremists even a concern?
You will remember back in March this year, the Home Office were so desperate to go on the diversity offensive and to perpetuate the narrative that white people were terrorists too, they produced shocking headline headline statistics asserting one in three terror suspects arrested in Britain last year was white.
Did you get that? One in three?
But if you read between the lines there are real truths concealed.
The two thirds who identify as non-white make up just 10% of the UK population. So two-thirds of all terror suspects arrested are from just ten percent, a tiny fraction, of our population. The non-white population.
So why was the Home Office so desperate to make white people the fear? Why the inference that the rise in the far right is just as big a threat as Islamic extremism, when all evidence is to the contrary?
And how much of our precious ant-terror budget are we spending on it?
The former Chief Prosecutor for North West England Nazir Afzal was silenced after the Manchester Terror attacks. He was banned from any press or media
The endless drive towards diversity and cultural sensitivity has contaminated our policing and our intelligence services
All of this rhetoric enabled Sadiq Khan to commit £1.7 million to his new Online Hate Crime Unit which is quick to respond to reports about individuals such as myself. I wonder how much it has cost the taxpayer to have me investigated, repeatedly. Or interviewed under caution by the Major Crime and Homicide Command?
I am right here. A proud Brit and a mum of three, with half a skull and a network of keen gardeners, I do not believe I am the biggest threat we face in the UK today.
Donald Trump is right. Sadiq Khan SHOULD be ashamed; legal representative for man who denounced white people as ‘devils’, a man who referred to moderate Muslims as ‘Uncle Toms’.
The endless drive towards diversity and cultural sensitivity has contaminated our policing and our intelligence services.
On Sunday Theresa May said ‘enough was enough’. But nothing she has said or done since makes me think she begins to understand the scale of what needs to be done to change things.
The only thing I can say in her favour is that at least she isn’t Jeremy Corbyn or, worse, Diane Abbott.