After another fatal terrorist attack swept through the streets of Britain late Saturday, lawmakers and leaders were scrambling to take back the reins and foil any more tragedies.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking Sunday after a conference of the government’s COBRA emergency committee, claimed there was “too much tolerance” of Islamist extremism in the U.K. and firmly insisted that the country’s counterterrorism method would be reviewed.
While such evaluations remain in preliminary stages, a British intelligence source told Fox News that it is an “all hands at the pump”method, with Joint Intelligence Operations to be performed collaboratively with M15, Scotland Backyard and the Army’s Special Air Service (SAS )all involved.
The points of focus include: recruiting and releasing even more counterterrorism officers, and pushing through brand-new laws to “round up” thought terrorists and, if convicted, stripping them of their citizenship as a deterrent.
“There is also early talk that things could go as far as banning the burka,” the source said.
The burka dispute has, for more than a decade, divided much of the British community. In 2006, MP and government minister Jack Straw initially promoted assistance for such a restriction in the media, however a number of years later apologized following the reaction. Neighboring European nations such as France, Austria, Germany and Belgium have, throughout the years, carried out different degrees of legislation to limit the using of full-face veils.
“It is just whispers at the moment, but if that goes live, one would think that it will be enforced across the U.K.,”
the source noted.
Furthermore, the U.K. federal government is stated to be preparing the best ways to take apart the pockets of extremism and implement better system for community integration.
“There are a lot of Muslim strongholds in the U.K. from London and Luton to Birmingham, Burnley and Blackburn,” added the intel source.
“Right now, through weak policies, we have allowed the fundamentalists to spoil it for the majority.”
British authorities likewise are stated to be looking at methods to “force large Internet companies to ban extremist material on their search engines and additionally report any content that they find.
In her address Sunday, May pledged that the Internet could no longer work as a “safe space” for jihadism. Another intelligence source verified that May’s focus is really much on the role of the Web– restricting and keeping an eye on– in the quest to infiltrate where cells congregate and how they communicate.
Seven individuals passed away and 48 were injured– several critically– when three masked foes plunged a van into pedestrians on London Bridge. The assailants, likewise donning phony suicide vests, then embarked on an on-foot stabbing spree at a near-by bar and were quickly shot dead by police.
Tony Schiena, creator and CEO of Multi Operational Security Agency who has actually been in contact with officials, that the vests were “stab proof,” but not even bullet proof.
Authorities revealed Sunday that raids were under way and that 12 individuals had actually been arrested in connection with the current attacks. Saturday’s attack marks the third to have taken place in the U.K. in 2017 alone.