The British Home Secretary Theresa May has raised the nation’s terror level to severe.
May and the British government did not cite a specific threat.
“The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West. Some of these plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have travelled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts,” May said.
The fourth-highest of five possible potential threat levels was declared ahead of the United Kingdom instituting new laws “to tackle Islamist militants at home and to stop them going abroad to fight,” the Irish Times reported on August 23.
The new restrictions are “designed to restrict the militants’ behavior, ban involvement in groups preaching violence and require prisons, broadcasters, schools and universities to take a greater role in combating the radicalization of Muslims,” in short, the laws will allow the British government to decide what is appropriate behavior, what groups Britons may join, what can be broadcast over the media and discussed in schools and universities.
The proposed law will augment Britain’s Section 44 Terrorism Act. It allows police to decide who is a terrorist and grants them the authority to search and detain citizens. The law is used on a regular basis against peaceful and lawful protesters.
May mentioned the new restrictions as she announced the elevated terror threat.
“The first and most important duty of government is the protection of the British people. We have already taken steps to amend our powers and increase our capabilities for dealing with the developing terrorist threats we face. That process will continue and the British public should be in no doubt that we will take the strongest possible action to protect our national security,” the Home Secretary said.
The new laws and the threat level increase follow the supposed beheading of American photojournalist James Foley.
Forensic analysis of a video attributed to ISIS reveals the video was staged using “camera trickery and slick post-production techniques.”
The individual acting as executioner in the video is Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, is a former rapper from a wealthy family who left London to fight in Syria.
“Bary fits the profile of an informant for British security services,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote on June 25.