UK: Counter-terrorism top dog says that the fastest-growing terror threat is from “far right”

This would be a lot easier to take seriously were it not for the fact that UK authorities routinely smear completely peaceful and accurate analyses of the motivating ideology behind jihad terrorism as “far right extremism.” The situation is further complicated by the fact that so much of police time, attention and resources in Britain is now being taken up by hunts for and investigations of people who have committed “hate speech,” which often consists of nothing more than that accurate analysis of the jihad threat. Is that “hate speech” a “right-wing” terror plot?

Note also this: “Mr Basu, Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, said some of the right-wing plots they disrupted were designed to kill people.’”

Anyone who is plotting to kill people should be prosecuted, but what exactly does Neil Basu mean here? Only “some” of the “right-wing plots” were “designed to kill people.” Virtually all Islamic jihad plots are “designed to kill people,” so it’s unclear what other objective these “right-wing plots” that aren’t designed to kill people have. Are they just more speech to which the British government objects? Does Neil Basu see the “right-wing” terror threat growing rapidly because he sees all criticism of Islam, jihad violence, and Sharia oppression as “hate speech,” which he considers equivalent to violence?

“Fastest-growing UK terror threat ‘from far-right,’” BBC, September 19, 2019:

The fastest-growing terror threat in the UK comes from far-right extremism, police have said.

Neil Basu, the UK head of counter-terrorism, said seven of the 22 plots foiled since March 2017 have been linked to the ideology.

He said far-right terrorism had gone from 6% of the caseload two years ago to 10% today, adding: “It’s small but it’s my fastest-growing problem.”

But, he said, the biggest threat still came from jihadists.

Mr Basu, Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, said some of the right-wing plots they disrupted were “designed to kill people” – and methods mimicked those seen in jihadist attacks, with some even using Islamic State materials.

Speaking at a briefing on Thursday, Mr Basu said about 10% of around 800 live terror investigations were linked to right-wing extremism….

“Despite the increases, right-wing terrorism remains a relatively small percentage of our overall demand, but when nearly a third of the plots foiled by police and security services since 2017 relate to right-wing ideology, it lays bare why we are taking this so seriously,” he said.

“As a proportion of our overall threat it’s definitely increasing, whereas the Islamist threat is staying the same, albeit at a very high level.”

Mr Basu added young people and those with mental health issues were particularly vulnerable to becoming radicalised….

Asked whether the police’s approach to right-wing threats has changed in recent years, he said: “I would say that some of the criticism that we did not look at white supremacist, right-wing violence as terrorism in the past is probably justified.”…

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