According to the left, the blame for the London Bridge stabbings rests not with the Islamic perpetrator who committed them or the U.K. officials who released him from prison early but rather with current Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a conservative.
Why him? Because during his former stint as a member of Parliament, he refused to prioritize the so-called “de-radicalization” of terrorists …
This particular claim has been trotted out by both Nazir Afzal, the former chief prosecutor for North West England, and deceased Islamic perpetrator Usman Khan’s attorney.
In June of 2016, Afzal spoke with Johnson about the problem of terrorists being released “whilst ostensibly rehabilitated but still radicalised,” according to The Independent.
When he then reportedly told him that more resources were needed for the British government to de-radicalize terrorists, Johnson said there wasn’t enough money.
“Back then, he hadn’t found the ‘money tree’ so he frustratingly said there was no money,” Afzal has reportedly claimed.
De-radicalization is indeed costly — as well as largely unsuccessful.
Exclusive: The most authoratitive evaluation of its kind shows vast majority of deradicalisation programmes are ineffective, raising serious concerns about the Government’s Prevent programme https://t.co/EluAdM0QYv
— Fiona Hamilton (@Fhamiltontimes) June 6, 2018
“More than 95 per cent of deradicalisation programmes are ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that raises questions about the government’s Prevent programme,” The Sunday Times confirmed last year.
So why do so many officials across the globe, including in the U.K., keep pursuing such efforts? Because they genuinely believe that “we cannot arrest or kill our way out of this problem,” as stated two years ago by Daniel Koehler, the director of the German Institute on Radicalization and De-radicalization Studies.
Johnson does not appear to share this perspective and has spent recent days lambasting the U.K. government for having released the London Bridge attacker from prison early.
Khan was reportedly convicted in 2012 for taking part in a plot to both bomb various targets in the U.K. and reportedly assassinate Johnson.
Despite initially being hit with an indeterminate sentence, meaning the British government could have held him for as long as it deemed him to be a threat, his sentence was reduced to only 16 years a year later. And then earlier this year he was released after only serving eight of those 16 years.
This news has not pleased Johnson, who’s responded by vowing to crack down on this widely-panned practice, which he’s claimed is the result of the Labour Party’s shenanigans. FYI, the Labour Party is essentially the U.K.’s Democrat Party.
We will end the automatic early release system for serious and violent offenders so they serve their full term in prison. pic.twitter.com/FjCYXmQQUQ
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) December 1, 2019
In 2008 Labour introduced the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. This removed the requirement of Parole Board approval. This meant that, for EPPs after 2008, release would be automatic at the halfway point – no matter how dangerous the criminal (5/16) pic.twitter.com/mHrMVrrXMZ
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) December 1, 2019
He’s specifically cited a bill that was introduced and enacted by the Labour Party under the premiership of then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown, a member of said party.
But such facts appear to be falling on deaf ears, including those of the deceased perpetrator’s attorney, who’s also taken to blaming Johnson for his client’s actions.
“He requested intervention by a de-radicalizer when he was in prison,” Khan’s attorney, Vajahat Sharif, bloviated over the weekend to The Guardian. “The only option was the probation service and they cannot deal with these offenders. He asked me on the phone to get assistance from a specific de-radicalizer.”
He added, “He asked [me] once or twice before he was released in 2018. Probation does a good job with conventional offenders but they can’t deal with ideological offenders.”
Yet after his release, Khan returned to his old ways.
“I’ve no idea what happened after his release, that is what is shocking. Maybe he was not ideologically robust enough to resist the radicalizing groomers — I thought he was a reformed character,” Sharif maintained.
Was it truly that shocking, though? Whether released by British officials or American officials, Islamic terrorists tend to almost always return to terrorism.
122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2017
Ergo why Johnson is fervent in his believe that they must stay incarcerated.
“I have long said that this system simply isn’t working. It does not make sense for us as a society to be putting people convicted of terrorist offenses out on early release. And we argue that people should serve the term of which they are sentenced,” he said during a visit to the London Bridge on Saturday.
(Source: Daily Mail)
Jeremy Corbyn, the socialist leader of the Labour Party, appears to disagree. Speaking with Sky News on Sunday, he defended the habit of releasing terrorists from prison early.
“I think it depends on the circumstances, it depends on the sentence but crucially depends on what they’ve done in prison,” he reportedly said.
According to Khan’s attorney, he was a model prisoner. But that didn’t appear to stop him from returning to terrorism and killing two people.
Nor has Khan’s own rhetoric. In 2008, years before his conviction, he threw a fit after anti-terror police raided his home.
“I’ve been born and bred in England, in Stoke-On-Trent, in Cobridge, and all the community knows me and they will know, if you ask them, they will know like these labels what they’re putting on us, like terrorist, this, that, they will know I ain’t no terrorist,” he angrily said to the BBC at the time.
Even his neighbors were fooled by his rhetoric and demeanor.
“Neighbours who watched Khan grow up today said they were shocked at how he changed from a ‘lovely young lad’ to a terrorist in the space of a few years,” the Daily Mail confirmed.
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