Saturday July 21, 2018
What happens to the real terrorists while the 'intelligence' services chase trade unionists and political activists
Case Study: Ahmed Hassan
Arriving in Britain from Calais hidden in a lorry, in 2015, Ahmed Hassan told immigration officials he had been kidnapped by ISIS and "trained to kill".
On September 25, 2017, Hassan left the home of his foster parents with a shopping bag containing 400 grammes (about a pound) of an explosive called TATP, also known as the 'mother of satan', surrounded by shrapnel. He covered the bag with an old pair of trousers to hide the explosives. In his pocket he had an initiator designed to detonate the device and a timer. Hassan was no suicide bomber.
There are believed to have been 93 people in car six of the District Line train at Parsons Green when the timer triggered the device. The bomb did not work as designed. Instead of an explosion, a fireball ripped along the carriage ceiling. 23 passengers were burned and 28 were injured from the crush. Many were showered with glass.
Hassan used a £20 voucher he won at Brooklands College in Surrey as "student of the year", to buy the chemicals he needed to make the bomb. He told a teacher who saw the text message "IS has accepted your donation" on Hassan's phone, that it was his "duty to hate Britain".
During his trial at the Old Bailey, prosecutors alleged he blamed Britain for the death of his father, who was killed in an explosion during the invasion of Iraq by American and British troops.
Jailing him for life Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said Hassan was motivated by "a mindset of ISIS extremism"- a hatred of Britain and America.
Hassan destroyed a phone and a laptop in order to conceal evidence. Clearly if GCHQ's Tempora system, designed to extract all phone and internet traffic, had been tracking terrorists instead of trade unionists and political activists, it would have been possible to prevent the incident taking place.
This blog is based on a report in the Independent newspaper: Lizzie Dearden Friday, 23 March, 2018. Posted by Jonathan Brind.
Saturday July 21, 2018