July 06, 2012

UK: Seven Men Arrested in Anti-Terror Raids

Add seven more to the eight DMartyr posted on yesterday

BBC

Seven men have been arrested by police in anti-terror raids after weapons were found hidden in a car, police say.

Six men from the West Midlands and one from West Yorkshire were detained over three days, West Midlands Police said.

They said the car was stopped on the M1 in South Yorkshire on Saturday - a search later found firearms, offensive weapons and other material inside[...]

Three men aged 23, 26 and 27 from Sparkhill, Birmingham, were arrested on Tuesday morning.

A 22-year-old from Alum Rock, Birmingham, a 24-year-old from Moseley and a 22-year-old from Smethwick, West Midlands, were arrested on Wednesday evening.

A 43-year old man from Kirklees, West Yorkshire, was arrested on Thursday.

I wonder if any of those arrested were on benefits.

Update: Interesting article at The Spectator regarding these arrests:

Prevent strategy still needs political will

West Midlands Police have just announced seven arrests as part of an investigation into alleged terrorist activity. This follows the detention of six individuals on similar charges across London yesterday. Together, they reveal just how active the Islamist network in the UK remains and the potency of its ongoing threat.

One of those arrested in London yesterday, a convert, Richard Dart (also known as Salahuddin al-Britani) first came to prominence last year when his step-brother featured him in a documentary called ‘My brother the Islamist’. It offered a rare observational view on the inability of one family to comprehend the militancy and millenarianism of their son[...]

Cameron made it clear in Munich that he regards Islamist extremism tout court as the problem, and not just violent extremism. Labour had previously concerned itself with only the latter formulation, while some Whitehall mandarins are known to have pushed back vociferously against Cameron’s desire to broaden the counter-terrorism remit.

Money quotes:
Recalibrating the theory behind Prevent has been an uphill battle for Cameron. Too many reputations across Whitehall are staked on its success and mandarins have been reluctant to admit its shortcomings. That fight may have been won, but not enough of its outgrow has yet been translated into active policy on the ground.

The corollary is that – just as it was under Labour – extremists are free to continue their activities with relative impunity until someone strays into committing offences that attract police attention. Cameron committed himself to changing that and to intervening much further upstream. He now needs *someone in government willing to take it up and see it through.

*Reminds you of someone/something? Work place violence at Ft Hood come to mind? Or, Overseas Contingency Operation. How about man-caused disasters? Islamists?

h/t Sam W

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