Should governments be sued for failing to protect citizens from known terrorists?
The story of the newest alleged terror attack in London has made news not because of what the terrorist did, but because of what the government failed to do.
The alleged ISIS ‘foot soldier’ is another of those cases where the government, including intelligence agencies, had the suspect on a black list, but incredibly allowed him to attack people in central London.
Most so-called terrorism experts agree that it is hard to prevent attacks where ‘terrorists’ use conventional tools such as knives and cars. Evidently, it is not possible to ban all knives and cars.
According to authorities, the author of the terrorist attack in London yesterday is British and had been followed by British intelligence for his alleged connections with extreme violence. These details were revealed by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, in the House of Commons.
May described yesterday’s attack, where four people were killed including the attacker, as an “attack on all free people”. She added that the UK’s response should be to show that “we are not afraid”.
In other words, the Prime Minister asks that people ignore their government’s incapacity, despite the implementation of major surveillance practices, to protect and defend them from what has been called terrorism.
Yesterday’s attack is not the first in which the attacker is well-known to authorities, or someone who has been followed in the past. Yet, time after time, those same authorities fail to properly connect the dots which would help prevent alleged terror attacks.
So far there have already been eight arrests of people who may be related to the terrorist, but the investigation remains open. It is unlikely that any of these people will remain detained or that any of them will provide any significant information.
Numerous arrests are the result of government reactive actions that are intended to show competence, but that only seek to mask incompetence to protect and defend the citizenry.
The identity of the man who hit dozens of people at the Westminster Bridge has not yet been published, but May claims he was a familiar face to British Police and MI5 Intelligence.
But May strangely contradicted herself by saying that no intelligence existed on the suspect’s intentions to carry out the attack.
“He was an isolated figure. His case is not part of any current intelligence gathering. There was no intelligence prior to this of attack,” said the Prime Minister before the House. This statement is rather strange. If he had been investigated or followed by MI5, how is it that May says that there was no intelligence gathering on him?
Another revealing fact that has provided Theresa May is that the attacker acted alone. In addition, “there is no reason to think” that more attacks have been planned against the population. The questions here is then, why have authorities detained people in relation to the attack?
At the hearing, May said that there were 12 Britons, three French children, two Romanians, four South Koreans, two Greeks, one German, one Polish, one Irish, one Chinese, one Italian and one American, who were victims of the attack.
“We gather here in the oldest of all parliaments because we know that democracy and the values it entails will always prevail,” added May.
“These values, freedom of expression, human rights, the rule of law, are embodied here, in this place, and are shared by free people from around the world,” she added.
“This has been an attack,” she said, “against free people everywhere and, on behalf of the British people, I would like to thank our friends and allies around the world who have made it clear that they are with us at the moment,” she added.
Earlier, British Defense Minister Michael Fallon said the government and security forces work on the grounds that the attack is “linked to Islamist terrorism.”
In the attack, the assailant drove his car over pedestrians walking down Westminster Bridge, then crashed into the gate surrounding Parliament and was shot several times after stabbing one of the policemen who guarded the building.
Four people were killed in the bombing, including the attacker, a 48-year-old British policeman, Keith Palmer, another male between 40 and 50 years old, and 43-year-old Aysha Frade, who had British nationality but was of Galician origin.