July 07, 2015

Former UK anti-terror boss suggests putting would-be jihadis on ‘charter flights’ to Syria

Rebel Staff

One of the UK’s former anti-terror chiefs has suggested would-be jihadis should be permitted to surrender their British passports and travel to the Middle East. 

Robert Quick, head of special operations (counter-terrorism) for Scotland Yard from 2008-09, said Britons who wish to go to ISIS-held territory should be allowed to do so.

Mr. Quick told the Guardian: “You have to think how do you confront it, if you have hundreds or thousands who want to go there and live that life? We should try and convince them not to go. [But] if they want to go, you have to ask the question, are we better off, if they surrender their passports and go? It’s better than them festering away here.”

Proposing a somewhat radical solution, Mr. Quick continued: “Should we say we’ll lay on charter flights to Syria; turn up with your passport and if you’re over 18, if this is the life you want, then go?”

The ex-cop’s comments come as the UK marks the 10-year anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in British history on July 7, 2005, in which 52 people were killed and more than 700 injured when suicide bombers detonated their explosive devices on three tube trains and a bus in central London.

Provoking soul searching about Britain’s progress, or lack thereof, when it comes to combatting the threat from international terrorism, the milestone is a staunch reminder of the ever-worsening struggle facing the security services of Western nations.

“We’re in a worse place [now], in a more precarious place than ever,” Mr. Quick told the Guardian.

“Ten years ago, we were dealing with relatively small numbers, who travelled mainly to Pakistan. They were engaged in conspiracies that were quite elaborate, involving plotting and communications that could be intercepted.

“Now we are dealing with large numbers, who have travelled to Syria - we don’t know how many will come back with horrible intent - and the homegrown extremists who are here. We are in a less safe position than we were then […] There are more people who are motivated, inspired or encouraged to mount these attacks.”

According to the security service, the current threat level to the UK from international terrorism is sitting at “severe”, meaning an attack is “highly likely”, and as many as 700 Britons have fled to territory controlled by the self-declared “Islamic caliphate”.

Closer to home, Global News have reported the federal government’s claims that some 150 Canadians have travelled abroad to join ISIS.

But, citing security concerns, National Defence Minister Jason Kenney refused to say exactly how many of those recruits have returned to Canada.

In light of recent terror attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France, however, Mr. Kenney has stressed to Canadians that the government will do their utmost to flush out and subdue “jihadist violence”.

In a recent radio interview, Mr. Kenney told the CBC: “Every intelligence agency is working very intently right now in determining whether there are other potential threats associated with these attacks. If there’s an elevated threat assessment, obviously out national security infrastructure will respond.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government recently announced in April’s federal budget that it will allocate an extra $292.6 million over five years to Canada’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies, including the Mounties, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), to combat terrorism and terrorist fundraising.

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commented 2015-07-08 22:02:35 -0400
Noel Grassy, I think you are quite right. I don’t believe we should anachronistically, with hindsight, deny a real fear that existed after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
We have been infiltrated by how many of our enemies?
It is quite conceivable that such camps could become necessary again.
commented 2015-07-08 16:06:01 -0400
maybe the Japanese internment camps weren’t such a bad idea, after all. But, how would you sell that now?
commented 2015-07-08 10:05:42 -0400
What, no Jimmy or Terry commenting that we’re just a bunch of callous, insensitive, prejudicial extreme-right-wing nutbars???
commented 2015-07-08 00:28:33 -0400
I like this idea…and since the aircraft contains avowed enemy soldiers but Linda’s suggestion is flawed in that crew of the aircraft would be collateral damage and you would not get volunteers…..I say let them be target practice for A-10 Warthog ground attack aircraft the moment they are on the road from the airfield. Give the little shits a gauntlet to run.
commented 2015-07-07 22:08:19 -0400
Not a bad idea.
There was this South American country which took its undesirables for a flight out into the Atlantic, and dropped them off in flight.
commented 2015-07-07 21:55:08 -0400
It would be a lot better to put all Muslims on Charter Flights and send them back to the Hell Hole they come from. Moderate Muslims do not exist, that is Political Bull. Any Canadian who goes to fight for the Muslims, should have His/Her Citizenship rescinded. I do not include the Kurd’s in my statement.
commented 2015-07-07 21:24:04 -0400
I favour Linda’s solution the best of those so far proposed on this thread. However, I think even Linda is too kind.

Sadly, I don’t think it is appropriate for us to send our psychopaths abroad to kill innocent Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and moderate Muslims.

What to do? We have the law, now, to arrest people based on suspicions of terrorist interests. Put them in re-education camps. Trudeau will be green with envy.
commented 2015-07-07 19:50:22 -0400
Sounds good, we should try to convince the Canadians who want to go there to not go but make sure they know that they will be carefully watched if they stay here. Should they finally decide to go, take their passport from them and send them on their way. Bye! Don’t get yourself killed, now!
commented 2015-07-07 18:25:45 -0400
It would be a safer world if they charetered these flights not to Syria, but out across the Indian Ocean with insufficient fuel to land on any soil.
commented 2015-07-07 18:02:04 -0400
Not a bad idea. Could work similarly here. In effect, “There you go. Off with you, and have fun! Oh, and by the way, you’re not coming back…”