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Reader comment on item: [London Terrorism:] British "Covenant of Security" with Islamists Ends

Submitted by Craig (United States), Jul 9, 2005 at 22:46

I navigated over here after watching Mr Pipes on Tucker Carlson's show. I am a Briton now resident in the US and I have to say that I totally agree with Mr Pipes on the matter of Britain's lax attitude towards Islamic extremists based in London. I moved to London from Scotland in the mid-1990s. At weekends I used to walk in Hyde Park and I usually dropped by Speaker's Corner. My childhood memories of the place were of rumpled English eccentrics on their soapboxes. The reality circa 1995 was radical Islamic preachers - including Abu Hamza, now the subject of extradition proceeding by the U.S - delivering anti-Western screeds to large crowds of young Muslim men. The atmosphere was one of threat and intimidation. Just by being a fairly regular visitor over several months to what is supposedly a London tourist attraction I was by 1996 at the latest aware of a radical Islamist program that included advocating attacks on America and Americans, advocating the overthrow of the British government in favour of an Islamic republic and the introduction of Sharia law in Britain. That sounds like sedition to me. And if I was aware of it, then it's a fair bet British intelligence knew it. But what did they do about it?

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