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‘Obsession’ with catching “far-right” extremists to ‘appease the left’ in Britain is diverting police, MI5 agents and public money away from stopping dangerous jihadis, intelligence expert warns

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‘Obsession’ with catching far-right extremists to ‘appease the hard left’ in Britain is diverting police, MI5 agents and public money away from stopping dangerous jihadis, intelligence expert warns

  • Colonel Richard Kemp said: ‘The authorities know full well that the far-right extremism is not a major threat in the UK’
  • Nigel Farage says problem of right-wing extremism is used as a ‘diversion’
  • Libyan suspect Khairi Saadallah was on the radar of MI5 before Reading murders
  • He had just been released from jail – similar to past two terror attacks in London

By Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter and Dan Sales For Mailonline, 22 June 2020

An obsession with catching far-right extremists in Britain is diverting police, MI5 agents and public money away from stopping more dangerous jihadis, a leading intelligence expert warned today.

Colonel Richard Kemp told MailOnline he thought the counter-terror focus has lurched too far towards the far-right and is a ‘pretence’ to ‘appease the sort of people that do want to damage the UK such as Islamic terrorists and the hard-left’.

Libyan suspect Khairi Saadallah is believed to have been on the radar of MI5 because of a tip-off that he wanted to join Islamic State and is alleged to have carried out the three murders in Forbury Gardens in Reading on Saturday night just 16 days after being released from prison.

Saadallah is believed to be among 43,000 people in the UK that MI5 is aware of who pose a potential terrorist threat to the UK, of which around 4,000 are linked to right-wing extremism compared tens of thousands of potential jihadis.

Britain’s top anti-terror cop Neil Basu has repeatedly said that right-wing extremism poses the fastest growing terror threat to the UK while Home Secretary Priti Patel told the Commons this afternoon that since 2017 they have foiled 25 terrorist plots – with just eight driven by right-wing ideologies.

Colonel Kemp has said that this focus on the far-right is a ‘false emphasis’ by police and the security services.

He said: ‘The authorities know full well that the far-right extremism is not a major threat in the UK. The reason that it is often spoken about and discussed is that is because it’s a way of appeasing the sort of people that do want to damage the UK, like Islamic terrorists and to a lesser extent the hard left.

‘Obviously we have seen far-right people doing some terrible things, but it’s not any way comparable to Islamic jihad or similar to that.
Libyan suspect Khairi Saadallah was on the radar of MI5 because of a tip-off that he wanted to join Islamic State
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Colonel Richard Kemp told MailOnline he thought the counter-terror focus has lurched too far towards the far-right
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Libyan suspect Khairi Saadallah was on the radar of MI5 because of a tip-off that he wanted to join Islamic State and Colonel Richard Kemp told MailOnline he thought the counter-terror focus has lurched too far towards the far-right
Britain’s top anti-terror cop Neil Basu has repeatedly said that right-wing extremism poses the fastest growing terror threat to the UK
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Britain’s top anti-terror cop Neil Basu has repeatedly said that right-wing extremism poses the fastest growing terror threat to the UK

‘There is a pretence put up that it is. The authorities know it isn’t and I am concerned that because they have this narrative in Government far-right extremism is a danger resources are diverted to it when they shouldn’t be.

‘It obviously does need to be monitored but it shouldn’t cause resources to be diverted from more important priorities.

‘Resources are going to be very, very stretched and that is then compounded by this false concentration on far-right. I am not saying far-right isn’t a threat and of course resources have to be given to dealing with it, but it should not be done at the expense of other extremism’.

Nigel Farage told MailOnline the focus on right-wing extremism can be considered a ‘diversion’ from the thousands of dangerous extremists on Britain’s streets.

He said: ‘I abhor violence of all kinds – but we do have a jihadi problem in the country and I lay the blame at the Government’s door. We have an immigration policy and are bound to the human rights act that leaves us impotent. Boris Johnson mumbles on about learning lessons and I’m sick of it’.


The third victim of the Reading terror attack was today named as David Wails
Joe Ritchie-Bennett
A family handout of James Furlong

The third victim of the Reading terror attack was today named as David Wails. Joe Ritchie-Bennett (centre), 39, from Philadelphia in the US, had been sitting in Forbury Gardens in Reading with his friends, including fellow victim James Furlong (right), 36, when they were attacked

One onlooker, Lawrence Wort (in blue), said he saw the man stab three men ‘in the neck and under the arms’ before turning around and running towards him. He and his group fled and the attacker then tried to stab another group sitting down. Two of the three victims, Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, and James Furlong, 36, are also pictured above (in green)

Before Saturday’s atrocity, jihadis have murdered 64 people and injured 212 others in attacks using cars, knives and bombs in Westminster, at the Manchester Arena and twice on London Bridge.

Nikita Malik, the Director of the Centre on Radicalisation and Terrorism (CRT) at the Henry Jackson Society told MailOnline the far-right figures in relation to Prevent may be higher because it is easier to spot

In the same period there have been two killings carried out by far-right terrorists in the UK – the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by neo-Nazi Thomas Mair in 2016 and Darren Osborne’s killing of a Muslim man outside the Finsbury Park mosque in 2017.

Police and security services have foiled 25 terror attacks since March 2017, with just eight relating to right-wing terrorism.

The murders, which are now being treated as terror-related, are feared to be the third Islamist-inspired attack since November involving extremists who knifed their victims.

Yet the Home Office claimed in December that the number of referrals of potential far-right terrorists now outnumbers possible jihadists – despite violent Islamist extremists still murdering and maiming significantly more people on British soil.

This was based on referrals to the Government’s anti-radicalisation scheme Prevent, which aims to stop terrorists before they offend, which said 561 people were found to be at ‘risk of radicalisation’ in the year to March – with 254 classed as holding far-right views and 210 classed as suspected Islamists.

Nikita Malik, the Director of the Centre on Radicalisation and Terrorism (CRT) at the Henry Jackson Society told MailOnline the far-right figures may be higher because it is easier to spot.

Sudesh Amman launched a knife attack in Streatham just after leaving prison in February while Usman Khan was attending an event as part of his parole conditions when he murdered two on London Bridge last November

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