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UK’s top counter-terror officer says “Islamist” and “far right extremists” should have their children taken away

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This is how quickly the UK is ceasing to be a free society and is rapidly descending into totalitarianism. The “far right extremists” to which Rowley refers are simply people who don’t want to see their country subjugated and islamized, and who have spoken out against this happening. The UK doesn’t face a “far right” terror threat that is anything like the jihad terror threat. The “far right” is not a global movement of terrorists who have vowed to take over Britain. For the most part it is just patriotic Britons who have been unjustly tarred with this label. Sure, ther are some violent thugs among them, and they should be prosecuted as is warranted, but the idea that they pose a threat equivalent to that of the jihadis is UK government propaganda.

“Islamist and Far Right extremists should be treated like paedophiles and have their children taken away, says Britain’s top counter-terror officer,” by Chris Greenwood, Daily Mail, February 26, 2018:

Violent Islamists should be treated like paedophiles and have their children taken away from them, Britain’s top counter terrorist officer said last night.

Mark Rowley called for police, social workers and family court judges to step in and protect the vulnerable families of twisted extremists.

The Scotland Yard chief officer said terrorist propaganda and sexual abuse were ‘equally wicked’ forces for children.

But, he warned, extremists were often left to care for impressionable youngsters despite convictions for violence and spreading hate.

In a keynote speech, Mr Rowley also warned against underestimating the threat of the Far Right as he revealed four plots were foiled last year.

Delivering a comprehensive assessment of the enduring terrorist threat on the eve of his retirement, the top police officer:

Called for the British Islamic State killers dubbed ‘The Beatles’ to face justice, adding: ‘Locking them up and throwing away the key would be a good idea.’
Urged web giants to do more to stop terrorists plotting attacks, spreading vile propaganda and hiding behind the anonymity of the dark web.
Branded Far Right and Islamist extremists a ‘toxic combination’ who feed off each other to spread hatred and division.
Painted a stark picture of the challenge facing police and MI5, with more than 600 ongoing investigations into at least 3,000 suspects.

Mr Rowley is stepping down from the Metropolitan Police just months after leading the nation’s response to five catastrophic terrorist attacks.

The Assistant Commissioner paid tribute to his emergency service colleagues and members of the public who acted with ‘compassion, determination and heroism’.

But he warned that the threat of Islamist terrorism was here to stay despite IS’s loss of huge swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.

Speaking ahead of a valedictory speech to the Policy Exchange think-tank, he said terrorist arrests increased by a third last year.

Mr Rowley criticised pro-Islamist groups, including Cage, and admitted the authorities have sometimes been too ‘tolerant of intolerance’.

He warned that firebrand Islamists and a resurgent Far Right often want to sow the same division, fear and mistrust.

Mr Rowley compared the danger the children of some Islamists face to that of paedophiles, saying more could be done to protect them.

He said around 100 children have been safeguarded since the start of the conflict but the system must be improved.

‘The police, social services and the courts have a lot of experience of safeguarding work and taking cases through the family courts where there are paedophile parents,’ he said.

‘If we have got parents showing propaganda material does that pose a risk to children that should be treated in the same way as parents of paedophiles? It is the level of risk.

‘If you know parents are interested in sex with children, or if you know parents believe that people of their faith or their belief should hate everybody else and corrupt children for it, for me those are equally wicked environments to expose children to.’

Turning to the fate of ‘The Beatles’, Mr Rowley said they must be put on public trial but declined to say in which country….

Mr Rowley said: ‘The people that have done the most gravest things overseas, the ones that do not fight to the death, we would all like to see them never able to do anyone any harm ever again.

‘Locking them up and throwing the key away would be a great idea, it depends on the jurisdiction’s legal framework, whether there is evidence to meet everyone’s assumptions.’ Mr Rowley said the ability of extremists and terrorists to ‘ply their trade through the internet’ remains a matter of ‘grave concern’….

Mr Rowley called on the public to join the struggle against terrorism, saying there are a ‘million things’ people can do to counter extremist views.

‘It is about being tolerant and united members of society, not falling for some of the nonsense with which others try to create fear and discord’ he said….

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