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.