Four UK terror suspects on the loose after violating control order

posted at 12:04 pm on May 26, 2007 by Allahpundit

One of them’s a suspected associate of Zarqawi’s. What’s a control order, you ask? Rusty analogizes it to probation, leading one to wonder why four suspected terrorists would be allowed out in public instead of locked away. Answer: because they haven’t been tried or convicted of anything. Control orders are actually a hybrid legal device that lets the Brits impose certain legal disabilities on people — electronic tags, limitations on freedom of movement, mandatory check-ins with the police, etc. — if they’re suspected of jihad but there’s not enough evidence to prosecute. Needless to say, they’re highly controversial and highly ineffective: this isn’t the first time a suspect’s skipped out.

The real answer here is to do away with control orders and have MI5 surveil people like this, but they’re overwhelmed with other jihadi plots as it is. They’d better start hiring.

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The real answer is to deport anyone you might otherwise surveil, assuming their not natives, and then task your agents with surveiling those you can’t deport. The Brits still haven’t done basic cleanup of immigrant communities out of a sense of MC or PC or whatever. They’re hiring as fast as they can and large proportions of uni students aspire to MI5 or some other agency, but in the mean time they need to get overly harsh with deportation orders as a means of prioritizing threats.

That plus arrest folks sooner than they like too. I understand the strategic interest in surveiling until just before the execution of a plot and then nabbing the bad guys, but when the virus is spreading as quickly and in as many places as it is in the UK today different methods are required.

The Apologist on May 26, 2007 at 12:21 PM

The real answer is to deport anyone you might otherwise surveil, assuming their not natives

The problem is, in the British case, many of them are natives.

Allahpundit on May 26, 2007 at 12:25 PM

The problem is, in the British case, many of them are natives.

Yes but deporting foreign nationals would be a start and would reduce MI5′s workload.

aengus on May 26, 2007 at 12:58 PM