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First broadcast June 8th, Inside Track #20 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show featured the song, Rip It Up, by Orange Juice.
Sadly, the show opened with our focusing on yet another terror attack, this time on London Bridge and Borough Market. As we noted, one of the attackers, Khuarm Shazad Butt, was featured in a 2016 Channel Four documentary, The Jihadis Next Door, in which he unfurled an ISIS flag in a park. Butt had been reported to the authorities on at least two occasions. One of the attackers was unknown to the authorities, while another, Youssef Zaghba, was an Italian national of Moroccan descent, who had previously been prevented from flying to Syria. When asked by Italian officials why he wanted to travel to Syria, Zaghba is reported to have replied, “I’m going to be a terrorist”. Italian police say that a dossier on Zaghba was sent to the UKG in April 2016. UK authorities, however, claim Zaghba was ‘not a person of interest’.
We looked at Saudi Arabia once again this week; we noted that the government appears to have gone back on a promise to Tim Farron to publish a report on UK terror funding that is said to implicate the Saudis. We also made reference to the bribery scandal surrounding the Al-Yamamah arms deal between BAE and Saudi Arabia. A Serious Fraud Office investigation into the deal was killed by Tony Blair in 2006, amid threats from the Saudis of ‘another 7/7‘. After the collapse of this investigation, US authorities opened their own investigation, and in 2010 BAE agreed to pay a USD$400 million fine.
First broadcast June 1st, Inside Track #19 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show had some technical problems that we apologize for. It also featured a reference to the David Cronenberg movie, Scanners.
On this show we discussed Salman Abedi and his links with a Libyan terrorist group, the LIFG (Libyan Islamic Fighting Group). Firstly, we discounted the oft-cited cry after such attacks, that the Muslim community didn’t do enough to alert the authorities of an attacker’s intentions. In fact, the authorities were warned on SIX occasions, five warnings were from members of the public, while the sixth was from the FBI, in January of this year. Tom Clark, of Another Angry Voice has come up with a list of 13 questions that would be worth hearing answers to regarding this attack… many of the questions centre on why Abedi and others like him were able to pass so easily through UK airports on their way to Libya (Abedi also spent time in Syria). Middle East Eye reports that MI5 gave their blessing to UK Libyans going out to fight in the coup against Gaddafi. The Guardian reports that Abedi acted, ‘largely alone‘, which is misleading, given the decades-long context of the Libyan extremist community he had grown up in the UK, and the fact that MI5 knew all about these individuals for many years. The Burning Blogger of Bedlam has a long post about this history, and has even written a free book about the Libyan coup of 2011. Lastly, any lessons to be learned are unlikely to include punitive measures against any of the spooks involved, as, in true British fashion, inquiries into any potential wrongdoing by MI5 will be carried out by… MI5.