On March 22, 2017, there was the Westminister attack where Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British man, born in Kent as Adrian Elms, drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before crashing the vehicle into the Palace of Westminister perimeter. Later, he fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot himself. Six, including the perpetrator and the officer, were killed in the incident, and 49 people were injured. On May 23, 2017, at a UK Manchester concert arena, there was an explosive blast that killed 22 attendees including children along with 59 injured. On June 3, 2017, there was another terrorist attack by vehicle and knife stabbings on the London Bridge and Borough Market where 7 were fatally wounded and 48 injured with over 20 being in critical condition. So in three months there have been three terrorist attacks by Muslims in the UK with the weapons of choice being a vehicle, knives and explosive material.
So far, the culprits have been mostly homegrown idiots who have been radicalized and not refugees from the countries listed on President Trump’s travel ban. None of these tragedies would have been prevented by the US republican President Donald Trump’s travel ban being challenged in the US court systems.
Below, there are links to the latest data, some background details and my thoughts about detecting a pattern with these terrorist assaults.
.As per the June 6, 2017 Guardian report, “by Robert Booth, Vikram Dodd and Stephanie Kirchgaessner, “The third London Bridge attacker has been named as Youssef Zaghba, a 22-year old son of an Italian mother and Moroccan father who was reportedly stopped at Bologna airport in 2016 bound for Syria via Turkey.” London attack: third attacker named in Italian media as Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba – live”
“According to reports in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra, he had been recently working in a restaurant in London. He was reported to have been on Italy’s list of persons at risk.”
“Police sources said he was not on the radar of counter-terrorism investigators, but the paper reported that Italian authorities had alerted British and Moroccan authorities about his frequent movements.”
As per the June 5, 2017 DailyMail.co.uk news report, “The London Bridge killer slipped through the net despite being reported to the police twice for extremism including trying to twist the minds of children he bribed with sweets and cash, it was revealed today.”
“The security services face difficult questions because 27-year-old Muslim ringleader, Khuram Butt (UK citizen, Pakistani born) known to friends as ‘Abz’, even appeared in a Channel 4 documentary last year about British jihadists and unfurled an ISIS-style flag in Regent’s Park.”
“He was also caught on camera alongside two notorious preachers who were well known to police and intelligence officials because of their extremist views.”
“A friend of Butt called the anti-terror hotline because he became obsessed with watching hate preacher videos on YouTube and police were later warned he was trying to radicalize children in a local park and giving them treats to listen to him”.
“Another of the friends has been named as Rachid Redouane (Morrocan-Lybian background) – believed to be a pastry chef living in Ireland having married a Scottish wife – who was not on anyone’s radar as a terrorist and also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, claiming to be six years younger. ”
On 6/4/17, Leon Watson and Helena Horton of Telegraph penned the following report, “London Bridge attack latest: Theresa May says ‘enough is enough’ after seven are killed.”
- Death toll has risen to 7, Met boss confirms
- 48 injured, 21 fighting for their lives, NHS says
- Armed police make 12 arrests in Barking, east London
- Theresa May warns that ‘terrorism breeds terrorism’
- London Bridge attack: everything we know
- How the London terror attack unfolded
- Major parties suspend election campaigning
- Londoners offer shelter and rides
- Who are the suspects behind the attack?
- Who were the London attack victims?
- How newspapers around the world reacted
“Theresa May has warned that Britain is in the grip of a spate of copycat terror attacks in the wake of the London Bridge atrocity.”
“The Prime Minister delivered a stark assessment of the threat facing the UK after seven people were murdered and dozens more injured by three terrorists on Saturday night.”
“It was the third terrorist outrage to hit the country this year following the Westminster and Manchester attacks.”
“Speaking outside Downing Street, Mrs May said that although there was no direct link between the three incidents, “terrorism breeds terrorism”.
“Earlier, Scotland Yard revealed the death toll from the terrorist attack in London Bridge has risen to seven and almost 50 were injured.”
“Attackers brought carnage to the streets of the capital, stabbing a police officer and revelers with 12-inch knives, reportedly shouting “this is for Allah”.
“Police were called at around 10.08 pm to reports of a vehicle striking pedestrians on London Bridge.”
“The white van then continued to drive to Borough Market. Three men then left the vehicle and began to stab people, including a British Transport Police Officer.”
“The suspects were confronted and shot by police at Borough Market within eight minutes of the first call being made.”
“In addition to seven fatalities, 48 people are being treated in hospital after being injured in the attack.”
“It is the third terrorist atrocity in Britain in less than three months after the Westminster and Manchester attacks in March and May.””
I AM DETECTING A POSSIBLE PATTERN. In England there have been 3 forms of terrorism utilized over 3 separate events within 3 months, the knife, the vehicle and the explosion.
This is also true in the USA. Within the past few months, there have been acts of terror with the explosion, the vehicle and knife stabbings.
In the USA, the terrorist group of choice is the White Supremacist. IN Europe, the terrorist association of choice is ISIS. Yet, in the USA, the republican President Donald Trump refuses to treat the White Supremacists as a terrorist group even though its members have been guilty of numerous hate crimes/ acts of terrorism.
The terrorist choice for messaging on the internet for a version of twitter is the “telegram,” a Russian company based in Germany.
The following write up is based on a 2013 Techcrunch.com article:
Created by the founders of Russia’s biggest social networking platform, Telegram is a new messaging app that offers speed, security and features such as secret chats with end-to-end encryption and self-destructing messages.
Brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov, who launched VK (originally called VKontakte) in 2006, began working on Telegram 18 months ago as a research project because they wanted to create something that was “really secure and fun at the same time.” The importance of Telegram was underscored when Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA and PRISM were first made public in June.
This is from 2014 FreeBeacon.com blog:
Propaganda and media accounts associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) are now being hosted by a Russian social media platform after the terror group was thrown off U.S. sites such as Twitter, according to a new intelligence report.
At least 18 official ISIL accounts responsible for disseminating the group’s violent propaganda, including two videos of Americans being beheaded, are currently being hosted by the VK website, Russia’s largest social network, according to an intelligence brief released by the SITE Intelligence Group.
VK, which resembles Facebook, has upwards of 250 million subscribers and is known for hosting the social media site of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who, along with his brother Tamerlan, executed the April 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon.
ACCORDING TO A 2015 Atlantic report, these sites are now also favored by White Supremacist groups.
Both these Russian entities have claimed that groups like ISIS are being kicked off, but credible watchdog groups give both above described Russian systems, failing or very poor grades.
The question I am asking, are there investigation teams in the UK or the USA following these social internet sites?
Are these social internet sites psychologically warping the users to act out to commit acts of terror? Is it possible that the actors of terror are somehow being encouraged by Russian operatives? What better way to sow chaos, discord, fear etc than by inciting these terrorist group members? Could this be an attempt to influence UK’s election’s outcome? Has anyone else picked up on a possible pattern?