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Stop the War Coalition’s John Rees Links Charlie Hebdo Slaughter to ‘Security Service Behaviour”.

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Qureshi, Rees and Bullivant at Cage Press Conference

National Stop the War Coalition Officer with Cage Campaign

John Rees was in pensive mood a few days ago.

As I chaired yesterday’s press conference about the revelation that ‘Jihadi John’ was Kuwaiti born West Londoner and college graduate Mohammed Emwasi, I found myself thinking that few other events could as effectively illustrate the gaping chasm between the establishment approach to the war on terror and the facts.


Rees found himself thinking (if that’s the word) about a list of ‘facts’: He was stopped from leaving the country to go and marry his fiancé in Kuwait, he was physically assaulted by police, MI5 tried to turn him into an informant, His fiancé was told by security officers not to marry him as he was a terror suspect, He was never charged and no evidence was ever given for these accusations.is attempts to use the press complaints process and the diplomatic services of the UK government to free himself from what he regarded as ‘imprisonment by the security services’ all ended in failure.

The great Thinker comments,

This case is probably the best documented study we have ever had of why a young, bright man becomes an Islamic State killer. The fact that our own security services and the insane assumptions of the ‘war on terror’ mindset played their part in this transition should be pause for thought.

Ample comments has been made about this, and other remarks from the so-called human rights group Cage, during his  contact with the human rights group CAGE between 2010 and 2012.

Yet this remains intriguing – or disgustingly foul:

Moreover, this is now an emerging pattern of security service behaviour: they tried to recruit the killer of Lee Rigby and both Charlie Hebdo killers and the perpetrator of the recent attacks in Denmark were known to the security services.

This should at least raise questions about whether the security services are contributing to the very terror they are supposed to be preventing.

So the deaths of our beloved martyrs at Charlie – no mention of the Hyper-Cacher – raise “questions” about the security services which may have been “contributing “ to them.

The very fact that the ‘security services’ were interested, or even there,  seems to be the “evidence”.

It would be interesting to know the source of Rees’s extremely serious allegation.

He does not give one.

It is the first I’ve heard of any parallel between the relations between the relations between the British security services and Mohammed Emwasi and the French security services Chérif and Saïd Kouachi – apart from the fact they were on the ‘radar’ of concern.

Time for Rees to put that Thinking Cap on again……


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  1. Various things strike me. This bloke was approached by the spooks long after he’d expressed an interest in violent jihadism, so even if this approach spurred him on, he was well on the road to violent action. I think that using this as a reason for his behaviour is rather scraping the barrel of excuses.

    More broadly; there have long been suspicions about violent jihadists and intelligence services (not just British ones). Seeing that the big powers have used jihadists as adjuncts on many occasions, there would be links between them. Why were various violence-promoting imams allowed to operate in Britain for years? Had he been off to Libya a couple of years back, perhaps our ‘Jihadi John’ would have been an asset rather than an enemy?

    As for JJ’s escape to the Middle East, might this have been permitted as there’s a pretty good chance he’ll come to grief out there?

    There’s also a chance, albeit a slim one, that ISIS might end up ‘on-side’ if its services become required for some reason or another. Then he may have his uses. Far-fetched? After all, that Belhadj bloke in Libya was in a group that was hired back in the 1980s by Britain to blow up Gaddafi, and was only turned over to Libya after it was allowed into the ‘international community’. Belhadj is now in a Libyan government that is recognised by Britain. His politics, no different to JJ’s, haven’t changed throughout.

    Dr Paul

    March 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm

  2. Which is why it is only the international workingclass that can deal with these brutes; the imperialists and ‘democrats’ have no intention of so doing.

    Sue R

    March 1, 2015 at 8:11 pm

  3. Sue R – I wish it were true, that ‘ the international working class’ will deal with this problem. I think John Rees and co. are teaming up with Islamicists because they have so little support amongst the working class in general.

    It seems to me that these kinds of alliances are taking place because of the failure of the marxist movement in almost all its forms, trotskyism or stalinist around the world.

    I wonder if you’ve ever read Tariq Ali’s novel Redemption?

    ie i wouldnt get angry with Rees for supporting Islamicists but rather for being what he always way; a complete opportunist.


    March 3, 2015 at 1:13 am

  4. You’ve piqued my interest, Patrick. What is it that you think ‘Redemption’ has to offer?

    Sue R

    March 3, 2015 at 9:13 pm

  5. “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

  6. Sue R – In Redemption, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there is a meeting of all the Trotskyist leaders and they decide that Islam is the next thing they need to jump on.

    Redemption is now out of print, but a brilliant satire on the trotskyist movement and its opportunism. worth a read.


    March 5, 2015 at 11:51 pm

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