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Terrorist in London Stabbing Attack Had Just Been Released From Prison

Posted on | February 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Terrorist in London Stabbing Attack Had Just Been Released From Prison


Just another random coincidence:

A man shot dead by police after he stabbed people in south London had been released from prison in January.
Sudesh Amman, 20, was released about a week ago after serving half of his sentence of three years and four months for terror offences.
He was under active police surveillance at the time of the attack on Streatham High Road, which police believe to be an Islamist-related terrorist incident. . . .
Streatham MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy said: “He [Amman] was under surveillance quite soon after being released which begs the question, why was he released so soon?”
Treasury minister Rishi Sunak said “the police are obviously doing absolutely everything they can to keep people safe”.
He said new measures to toughen terrorism laws — already announced by the PM after last November’s attack near London Bridge — will give the police “more powers and resources to do that as well”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government would announce further plans for “fundamental changes to the system for dealing with those convicted of terrorism offences” on Monday. . . .
Sudesh Amman pleaded guilty in November 2018 to six charges of possessing documents containing terrorist information and seven of disseminating terrorist publications. . . .
Amman was first arrested in north London in May 2018 by armed officers on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack.

Here’s the thing: Under our Constitution, any American has a First Amendment right to possess “documents containing terrorist information.” The British have no such protection, and are suppressing liberty in the name of security. Why? Because they don’t have a Second Amendment that would allow citizens to defend themselves. You see how these two basic liberties are related. There will always be bad people in the world who wish to do harm to the innocent, but it is foolish — indeed, dangerous — to seek protection against bad people by disarming the law-abiding citizen and forbidding the publication of bad ideas.

Consider that the principle that would allow prohibition of radical Islamic “terrorist information” could also be used to criminalize any expression of “Islamophobia.” Indeed, there are many in America who would prohibit “hate speech” critical of U.S. immigration policy. If disagreeing with liberals is “racist,” then liberals would be able to destroy our First Amendment freedom in the name of suppressing “hate speech.”

The knife attacker’s parents are from Sri Lanka, and while it may be true that the vast majority of Sri Lankan immigrants to the U.K. are decent hard-working people, it is predictable that some of their children will grow up to be alienated and anti-social, prone to radicalization:

Sudesh Amman, the man shot dead by police in what officials described as a terrorism incident in south London, had been jailed for promoting violent Islamist material and had encouraged his girlfriend to behead her parents. . . .
He was 17 and living at home with his mother and younger siblings when he first began committing terrorism offenses, according to authorities. Police became aware of his activities in April 2018 and he was arrested by armed officers in a north London street a month later.
When officers examined his computers and phone, they found he had downloaded material about making explosives and carrying out terrorist attacks, according to police.
Messages showed that he had discussed with his family, friends and girlfriend his extreme views and desire to carry out an attack, often focused on using a knife, police said.
In December 2017 Amman posted a picture of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed during a U.S. raid in Syria in October, and told his brother in a message that “the Islamic State is here to stay.”
He also described Yazidi women as slaves and said the Koran made it permissible to rape them, and in another message he encouraged his girlfriend to behead her parents.
Police said he had shared an online al-Qaeda magazine with his family and while in a discussion about school with a sibling he wrote he would “rather blow myself up”.

British immigration policy has caused this terrorist problem, yet in England, as in America, those who criticize immigration policy are accused of promoting “hate.” However, the preservation of liberty requires that a nation must defend its borders against foreign invasion.



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