May 23, 2013
Anjem Choudary, described as a “hate preacher” by The Daily Mail, has called the alleged Woolwich killer Michael Adebolajo a man of “impeccable character” and has warned there will be more “lone wolf” attacks so long as British troops remain in Afghanistan.
“That is the presence of British forces in Muslim countries and the atrocities they’ve committed, and how the Muslim community in this country are under pressure due to draconian laws which have tried to silence them,” Choudary said following the attack near the Woolwich Barracks. He said he knew Adebolajo and had once attended the same mosque with him.
Choudary, along with Omar Bakri Muhammad, led the Islamic organization al-Muhajiroun. The group was proscribed under the UK Terrorism Act 2000 along with Islam4UK, another group led by Choudary.
Prior to the July 7, 2005 bombings in London, Bakri admitted to journalist Ron Suskind that he worked for British intelligence. Prior to the Suskind revelation, Roland Jacquard, a French counterterrorism expert and government adviser, said that “every al-Qaeda operative recently arrested or identified in Europe had come into contact with Bakri at some time or other.”
Bakri’s background is similar to another British intelligence plant, Abu Hamza al-Masri. The London-based imam worked with two branches of the British security services, the Special Branch of the British police and MI5, beginning in 1997.
Another radical Muslim imam, Abu Qatada, began cooperating with MI5 agents in 1996. Qatada was allegedly on al-Qaeda’s fatwa committee and videos of his sermons were discovered in suspected 9/11 hikacker Mohamed Atta’s Hamburg apartment. Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui were reportedly Abu Qatada converts.
Anjem Choudary’s shady connection to radical Muslims linked to British intelligence reveal that his commentary on the murder may be part of a larger script. It likely includes further enlargement of Britain’s terror laws which are invariably expanded after sensationalistic attacks. The Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 was introduced after the September 11 attacks in the United States and the Terrorism Act 2006 was enacted after the London bombings. British citizens should expect additional legislation rolling back their civil liberties following the latest incident.