Former Intelligence Informants To Be Extradited
After years sitting behind red-tape wrapped bars, a couple of familiar faces in the dubious extremist Islam community may now be extradited to the United States on terrorism charges.
The European court of human rights has now given the green light for former Imam of the Finsbury Park Mosque Abu Hamza and possibly his close ally Haroon Aswat, to stand trial for numerous charges including trying to establish a terror training camp in the state of Oregon in the 90s.
One may ask why is it that known extremists and suspected terrorists have been kept in this country for so long, yet the likes of Richard O’Dwyer, a 23 year old who is alleged to have committed copyright infringement even though his specific actions were carried out in Britain and aren’t a crime in Britain , was green-lit within months, and Christopher Tappin, the victim of a crude entrapment operation by US Homeland Security  is rotting in a New Mexico prison while waiting for his trial, which will consist of evidence not even presented to British officials. Not that sitting in Belmarsh is any fun, but at least friends, family and MPs  could visit Hamza.
However that hypocrisy aside, one lesson that should be learned from this news about the extradition of terror suspects, is that cooperating with the security services doesn’t always buy freedom.
Although never mentioned in the mainstream media, as covered in WideShut Documentary 7/7: What Did They Know? Hamza, the preacher that helped radicalize a generation (including the Shoe Bomber Richard Reid and some of the alleged 7/7 bombers) far from being a prime target of the police, actually worked directly with Special Branch and MI5 as an informant under the UK’s Covenant of Security, a bizarre policy that permitted extremists to operate in Britain without apprehension.
Special Branch, the intelligence-gathering arm of Scotland Yard, had been talking to Abu Hamza since early 1997, when he was still preaching in Luton. In the classified records of the meetings he is referred to by the codename ‘damson berry’. Unknown to the police, MI5 had also begun meeting Abu Hamza at the behest of French intelligence; he was given the MI5 code number 910…Confidential memos of meetings between the imam of Finsbury Park and his MI5 and Special Branch contacts reveal a respectful, polite and often cooperative relationship. There were at least seven meetings between Abu Hamza and MI5 officers between 1997 and 2000.
- The Suicide Factory, page 229.
It’s one of the big head scratchers of the war on terror, even before it was officially called that. Allow the radicals to operate, then drum up fear about radicals operating. Maybe they wouldn’t be operating if the authorities didn’t allow them to operate?
Haroon Aswat who was allegedly sent by Hamza to the US to open the training camp is strongly suspected as being a former MI6 informant. As documented in the film Aswat re-entered Britain shortly before 7/7 despite being wanted in the United States. He was not monitored because he was considered too low risk, but after the bombings intelligence sources fingered him in the media as the mastermind, citing still undisclosed phone records allegedly connecting him to the bombers in the days and hours before the attacks. A US Federal Prosecutor and French Intelligence sources later claimed he was working with the British Security Services the whole time, explaining why he may not have been initially apprehended. All of these allegations were soon expunged without any further clarification.
Today the mainstream media are reporting that Aswat is suffering from schizophrenia, which may impact on his particular extradition, and no doubt prevent any further probing in to the mastermind or informant claims.
Others given the green-light for extradition include Syed Talha Ahsan, who is charged with conspiring to support terrorists via the internet, 36-year-old Babar Ahmad, accused of running websites to raise money, appeal for fighters and provide equipment, Khalid al-Fawwaz, a Saudi citizen, and Adel Abdul Bary, who is Egyptian, are both wanted over the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.
Ironically at the time President Clinton infamously retaliated with his own act of terrorism, bombing a civilian medicine factory in the Sudan , while simultaneously supporting Muslim extremists in the fight against Milosevic in the Balkans , before later backing the NATO obliteration of the region with Blair.
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