TV discussion: Britain raises terrorism threat assessment to “severe”
Many British Muslims are now fighting in Syria and Iraq for a range of organisations.
The Government considers their return a threat.
Others downplay this risk.
This TV discussion covers the general threat assessment as well as the risks returnees might pose.
Transmitted 2 September 2014. Posted 6 December 2014.
“The Report” is the Islam Channel’s daily current affairs programme. On 2 September 2014 it featured a discussion regarding the news that the UK had raised the assessment of the threat of terrorism to “severe.”
One of the other speakers had downplayed the risk relying upon the fact that of the 66 previous actual or attempted terrorists in the UK, only two had received experience in a combat zone. I pointed out that circumstances were different since at that time few Muslim Britons were actively going to such combat zones, unlike the situation today with Syria and Iraq.
Any action the UK takes must comply with international law. For example we cannot make individuals stateless.
The threat level is set by the intelligence agencies based upon the information they have. The presenter and the other panellists were in no position to second-guess that any more than I was.
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