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Butt was seen as a heavyweight figure…..
Soon after the attack in Manchester, the UK government went back to its “encrypted communications are the problem” script, which it has rolled out repeatedly in the past. But it has now emerged that the suicide bomber was not only known to the authorities, but that members of the public had repeatedly warned about his terrorist sympathies, as the Telegraph reports:
Counter Terrorism agencies were facing questions after it emerged Salman Abedi told friends that “being a suicide bomber was okay”, prompting them to call the Government’s anti-terrorism hotline.
Sources suggest that authorities were informed of the danger posed by Abedi on at least five separate occasions in the five years prior to the attack on Monday night.
Following the more recent attacks on London Bridge, the UK prime minister, Theresa May, has gone full banana republic dictator, declaring herself ready to rip up human rights “because terrorism”. But once more, we learn that the attackers were well known to the authorities:
London attack ringleader Khuram Butt was identified as a major potential threat, leading to an investigation that started in 2015, UK counterterrorism sources tell CNN.
Butt was seen as a heavyweight figure in al-Muhajiroun, whose hardline views made him potentially one of the most dangerous extremists in the UK, the sources said Tuesday. The investigation into Butt involved a “full package” of investigatory measures, the sources told CNN.
Butt was filmed in a 2016 documentary with the self-explanatory title “The Jihadis Next Door”, in which a black flag associated with ISIS was publicly unfurled in London’s Regent’s Park. Even though police were present during the filming, they did not follow up that incident,