Miliband: Turn young from terror

Miliband: Turn young from terror

Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for a de-radicalisation programme to turn potential terror recruits

The rising alert means that a terrorist attack is "highly likely", although Theresa May stressed that there is no information to suggest an attack is imminent

Prime Minister David Cameron said the intelligence and security services believe that at least 500 Britons had gone to fight in Syria and potentially Iraq

Home Secretary Theresa May has said the Government has raised the threat level posed to the UK by international terrorism to "severe"

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Labour leader Ed Miliband has said the Government should take action to stop young Britons being drawn to extremist ideology, with tougher measures to prevent would-be jihadis travelling to join Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq and Syria.

He suggested a mandatory programme of de-radicalisation for those involved on the fringes with IS and called for ministers to revisit the decision to scrap the control orders regime for terror suspects.

His comments came as David Cameron prepared to set out the steps he would take to tackle the threat posed by IS extremists after experts warned that a terror attack on the UK was "highly likely".

The Prime Minister will make a statement in the Commons on Monday, spelling out the extra powers after acknowledging there were "gaps in our armoury" which needed to be filled.

Writing in The Independent, Mr Miliband stressed the need for a "multilateral alliance" combining political, diplomatic and humanitarian action to counter the "perverted mission" of IS in the Middle East.

In the UK, he said, "we should act with clarity and determination" to tackle the threat from extremists.

"Such action must include an overhaul of the Home Office Prevent programme to equip communities with the tools to stop young people being sucked into extremist ideology," he said.

"We should also do more to prevent potential fighters from travelling to the region, and promote an effective, mandatory programme of de-radicalisation for anyone who is drawn into the fringes of extremism in Syria and Iraq."

He highlighted concerns raised by David Anderson, the independent reviewer of counter-terrorism legislation, about the terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims).

Mr Anderson has recommended stronger measures to restrict the movements of people subject to Tpims, including powers similar to those under the scrapped control order regime allowing the authorities to relocate a terror suspect to another area.

Mr Miliband said: "For the most serious and high-risk cases, as the independent reviewer on terrorism has recommended, the Government should strengthen existing powers, including revisiting the case for control orders."

At a Downing Street press conference Mr Cameron insisted there would be no "knee-jerk response" to the events in the Middle East, and insisted people should continue to "go about our daily lives in our normal way".

But as the terrorist threat to the UK was raised from substantial to severe, the Prime Minister warned that extremism in Iraq and Syria posed a greater danger to Britain than al Qaida.

Mr Cameron, police and intelligence officials have been concerned for months about the threat to the UK posed by British jihadis returning to the UK after travelling to Syria or Iraq.

In a Downing Street press conference Mr Cameron h ighlighted the danger of extremists returning to Britain and said the "scale of this threat is growing".

"I said very clearly last week that there would be no knee-jerk response," he said. "But we have to listen carefully to the security and intelligence officers who do so much every day to keep us safe.

"It is becoming clear that there are some gaps in our armoury, and we need to strengthen them.

"We need to do more to stop people travelling, to stop those who do go from returning, and to deal decisively with those who are already here.

"I will be making a statement in the House of Commons on Monday.

"This will include further steps to stop people travelling, with new legislation that will make it easier to take people's passports away."

The Prime Minister said the gruesome murder of US journalist James Foley, apparently by a British jihadi, was "clear evidence - not that any more was needed - that this is not some far off (problem), thousands of miles away, that we can ignore".

The threat level was raised from substantial to severe by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) due to fears about British jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria.

The change means a terrorist attack is considered "highly likely", although Home Secretary Theresa May stressed there was no specific intelligence.

"The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West," Mrs May said. "Some of those plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have travelled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts."

Speculation is mounting that the Government could bow to pressure for Tpims to be beefed up. There have been calls for powers to impose "internal exile" on suspects, a key part of the old control orders regime, to be restored.

Mr Cameron is to push for more co-ordinated European action to track jihadists at a summit in Brussels.

The UK wants to revive a directive that would enable police and security services across the EU to share passenger records.

National leaders have signed off the arrangements - but they have stalled in the European Parliament after MEPs expressed concern about civil liberties and privacy.

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5:28pm Fri 29 Aug 14

cosmick says...

He also advised everyone to vote UKIP saying its our only hope.
He also advised everyone to vote UKIP saying its our only hope. cosmick
  • Score: -1

4:04am Sat 30 Aug 14

wavettore says...

Since 9/11 it's the War on Terror
One "false flag" attack so called by error
Blair, Bush and Israel had a Pact in store
Their next surprise is knocking at your door
A hidden vile Idea from those who want "more"
will use you and your Belief for the next World War
As "chosen people" gain while Humankind loses
Greed wins not by the swords but by the words of Moses
Daring is to tell you when, better then to tell you rhymes
could not side with either one to get ready for our times
to look beyond and past today to seek for a solution
one only hope is there for you and spells Wavevolution

…………

US president Barack Obama knows too well who is behind ISIS and the revolution in Ukraine. Yet he cannot explain it to the public. While he wants to protect the US interests the president has to deal with the traitors in his own Government like John MC Cain and Lindsey Graham (who replaced Joseph Lieberman in his role) who just like the media have the single purpose to cover the interests of Israel. But no one can speak openly about Israel in public.

One should ask how was it possible for ISIS to grow so rapidly, so organized and well-armed without having a State behind as sponsor. The chief of ISIS is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who spent some time in a US detention camp before being released in 2009. In a World without coincidence, the sponsor can only be one. The task force of the Zionist counter terrorism to generate the type of conflict that Israel would want. There is no doubt that the Zionists have all the means to pay for mercenaries of any Country and Islamic extremists without having to disclose who is paying for their bill. Surely, it must have been child play for some cover agents to divide the farmers in Ukraine and to instigate them into a civil war.

At the present time the strategy of the conspirators seems to be destined to succeed as all politicians, including the same US president Barack Obama, have their hands tied. The many secret agencies of State working covertly in almost every Country act independently and are on payroll of the Zionists who among other things can afford to pay more.

The Zionists want the next World War at all costs and believe they would know how to control it and come out unblemished.

The conspiracy is not a theory.

http://www.wavevolut
ion.org/en/humanwave
s.html
Since 9/11 it's the War on Terror One "false flag" attack so called by error Blair, Bush and Israel had a Pact in store Their next surprise is knocking at your door A hidden vile Idea from those who want "more" will use you and your Belief for the next World War As "chosen people" gain while Humankind loses Greed wins not by the swords but by the words of Moses Daring is to tell you when, better then to tell you rhymes could not side with either one to get ready for our times to look beyond and past today to seek for a solution one only hope is there for you and spells Wavevolution ………… US president Barack Obama knows too well who is behind ISIS and the revolution in Ukraine. Yet he cannot explain it to the public. While he wants to protect the US interests the president has to deal with the traitors in his own Government like John MC Cain and Lindsey Graham (who replaced Joseph Lieberman in his role) who just like the media have the single purpose to cover the interests of Israel. But no one can speak openly about Israel in public. One should ask how was it possible for ISIS to grow so rapidly, so organized and well-armed without having a State behind as sponsor. The chief of ISIS is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who spent some time in a US detention camp before being released in 2009. In a World without coincidence, the sponsor can only be one. The task force of the Zionist counter terrorism to generate the type of conflict that Israel would want. There is no doubt that the Zionists have all the means to pay for mercenaries of any Country and Islamic extremists without having to disclose who is paying for their bill. Surely, it must have been child play for some cover agents to divide the farmers in Ukraine and to instigate them into a civil war. At the present time the strategy of the conspirators seems to be destined to succeed as all politicians, including the same US president Barack Obama, have their hands tied. The many secret agencies of State working covertly in almost every Country act independently and are on payroll of the Zionists who among other things can afford to pay more. The Zionists want the next World War at all costs and believe they would know how to control it and come out unblemished. The conspiracy is not a theory. http://www.wavevolut ion.org/en/humanwave s.html wavettore
  • Score: -4

7:03am Sat 30 Aug 14

Rita Jelfs says...

Loony conspiracy and vile rhetoric that they're too gutless to put their names to. Must have forgotten to take their logic pills?
Loony conspiracy and vile rhetoric that they're too gutless to put their names to. Must have forgotten to take their logic pills? Rita Jelfs
  • Score: 2

8:09am Sat 30 Aug 14

jimmysmith says...

These people are traitors to this country and all it stands for .Their british citizenship status should be scrapped and they should be refused re-entry .this country is being run by fools and the labour party is no different either .im voting UKIP before this country is over run by these terrorists because this is a reality and we are going to see atrocities like you couldnt imagine being committed on our shores before to long .and lunatics like that woman MAY suggest asbos . God help us
These people are traitors to this country and all it stands for .Their british citizenship status should be scrapped and they should be refused re-entry .this country is being run by fools and the labour party is no different either .im voting UKIP before this country is over run by these terrorists because this is a reality and we are going to see atrocities like you couldnt imagine being committed on our shores before to long .and lunatics like that woman MAY suggest asbos . God help us jimmysmith
  • Score: -1

8:33am Sat 30 Aug 14

Counterview says...

cosmick wrote:
He also advised everyone to vote UKIP saying its our only hope.
Where have I seen this comment before?
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: He also advised everyone to vote UKIP saying its our only hope.[/p][/quote]Where have I seen this comment before? Counterview
  • Score: 2
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