MI5 blocked arrest of ISIS-supporting radical preacher Choudary for years

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[ Editor’s Note: My first Press TV Debate show with a major jihdai was with Britain’s Anjem Choudary back on October 21, 2013. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It was great fun, as was hearing about his recent conviction for supporting the Islamic State.

I will shed no tears for his conviction for aiding and abetting IS, but the big story in all this is why was he allowed to funnel large numbers of British jihadis into their ranks so MI-5 could gather Intel… on what at that cost?

What Intel could that be for allowing such a large “aiding and abetting” operation to go on, the classic “the cure is worse then the disease”?

Cutting off the head of a snake usually produces quick and positive results. His underlings would fill in behind him, providing a new stream of jihadi recruiters to monitor, so it’s not like Choudary’s arrest would have caused lay offs at MI-5. Missing in the equation is the carnage that those Choudary-facilitated ISIS (their name in 2013) recruits inflicted on the Syrian people.

Or was it because they were fighting Assad, and that was considered a good use of British Jihadis, including getting some of them killed. But what about the hard core veterans who return to Britain? Where did that future threat weigh in on the equation?

One thing you can be sure of, MI-5 will never tell you. One of the major things Top Secret is used for is hiding major screw ups to protect the reputations of those making them and their post government employment opportunitiesJim W. Dean ]

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“Bye, bye Anjem, so long and good riddance.”  ~ Jim W. Dean

– First published  …  August  21, 2016

The cops were watching, but were they using him as a magnet?
The cops were watching Choudary, but were they using him as a magnet?

Counterterrorism officers were repeatedly blocked by British security service MI5 from pursuing criminal investigations against Britain’s highest-profile radical preacher, Anjem Choudary, it has been claimed.

Last week, Choudary was found guilty of supporting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), which seized territory in Iraq and Syria and inspired terrorist attacks across Europe.

Following his conviction, it was revealed that the 49-year-old former lawyer had been linked to at least 15 terrorist plots since 2001. Police also believe he has connections to as many as 500 of the 850 young British Muslims who have traveled abroad to join IS.

According to the Telegraph, counter-terrorism officers often felt they had enough evidence to build a case against the cleric, only to be told to hang fire by MI5 because he was crucial to one of their ongoing investigations.

The situation led to a build-up of tension between the two sides, with police feeling “frustrated” that Choudary was not being brought to justice, a source told the newspaper.

He was eventually prosecuted after swearing an oath of allegiance to IS and posting YouTube videos in which he praised the group. One counterterrorism source says the decision not to prosecute him earlier came from MI5.

“I am gobsmacked that we allowed him to carry on as long as he did. He was up to his neck in it, but the police can’t do full investigations on people if the security service say they are working on a really big job, because they have the priority,” he told the Telegraph.

“That is what they did constantly. While the police might have had lots of evidence, they were pulled back by the security service because he [Choudary] was one of the people they were monitoring.

“It was very frustrating and did cause some tension, but we were told we had to consider the bigger picture.”

Security expert Will Geddes said while police and security services had a good record of working together, there was often a difficult balance to strike between prosecuting evidence and gathering intelligence.

“Whilst the cops always want the collars the spooks want the information and it is a challenge getting the right balance.

“Choudary was certainly clever and knew where the line was, and that was part of the reason it took so long to get him. But it was certainly possible that MI5 wanted to continue to monitor him because he was the focal point of so much,” Geddes told the Telegraph.

“Given how influential he was in terms of setting up the forums for those guys to get inspired, it made perfect sense for the intelligence agencies to say ‘we haven’t exhausted this yet.’

“In the end though he got caught because he believed his press too much and he got carried away by his own media profile.”

Choudary faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on September 6.

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Jim W. Dean is managing editor of Veterans Today wearing many hats from day to day operations, development, writing and editing articles.

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Jim comes from an old military family dating back to the American Revolution. Dozens of Confederate ancestors fought for the South in the War Between the States. Uncles fought in WWII and Korea. His father was a WWII P-40 and later P-51 Mustang fighter pilot. Vietnam found several uncles serving, a cousin, and brother Wendell as a young Ranger officer. His mother was a WWII widow at 16, her first husband killed with all 580 aboard when the SS Paul Hamilton, an ammunition ship with 7000 tons of explosives aboard, was torpedoed off the coast of Algiers.

He has been writing, speaking and doing public relations, television, consulting and now multimedia work for a variety of American heritage, historical, military, veterans and Intel platforms. Jim's only film appearance was in the PBS Looking for Lincoln documentary with Prof. Henry Lewis Gates, and he has guest lectured at the Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Gordon.

Currently he is working to take his extensive historical video archives on line to assist his affiliated organizations with their website multimedia efforts, such as the Military Order of World Wars, Atlanta, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans , Assoc. for Intelligence Officers, the Navy League, Georgia Heritage Council, National Memorial Assoc.of Georgia.

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  1. Talk about deja vu all over again. I was just watching the new Sherlock last night where the older Holmes was apologizing for letting Moriarity play MI5 to the hilt and then get clean away. Interesting how fiction sometimes presages events eh?

  2. Telegraph, bollocks. They used this prick to recruit. If I ran Syrian MI, I’d have sent someone to kill him. Really, what is wrong with these Syrians? It can’t just be that Assad is a softie. They knew perfectly well what Choudhary was up to. Blind Freddy knew. The stinking Khazars would have had a kidon on him in an eye-blink. Christ.

  3. Does not government secrecy, imposed by the full military force and power of government, defeat every basic principle of humane treatment of people and all the basic rights provided to them in our Constitution and Bill of Rights? Do we want a Hillary Clinton or Obama secretly ordering the murder of people in secret, as our representatives? Does not this simply reduce us back to the dark ages of “an eye for an eye” or “the ends justifies the means” days? Have we not risen above all that after all the efforts of the Founders and blood spilled by good American soldiers defending these basic principles all over this planet? I will take the risks for truth over secrecy any day. Secrecy is the antithesis of truth. Secrecy prevents the truth from being known and exposed as in the Sandy Hook Hoax for example.

  4. There was a time when VT wasnt doing any work with PressTV because of editorial differences ….as of late Mr. Duff and yourself took part in a lot of appearances on Press TV, What changed? I figured I ask you, Gordon scares me…

    • And to stay on topic, ye the guys a provocateur. Keeping up the muslim threat at home, while at the same time actually recruiting the manpower for the foreign wars.

    • Often staff changes are the cause. When Emadi had the website added to his news room responsibilities one of the first things he did was kill the Viewpoints commentary section which we had helped build up during the worst of the media sanctions times from nothing over two years with a huge readership. They never gave a reason. He got fired for sexual indiscretions where the lady had taped his phone calls. So things have changed with new people in charge. One of the keys to VT’s success, and our people individually, is that we just out last everybody else, and we keep evolving, which in the Intel biz you have to or you are only valuable as a historian. The hard part is finding young people who are worth the time risk to train, because it our ages we sip it carefully.

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