Governments go to bat for jihadists on both sides of the pond

January 22, 2010

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is lobbying in behalf of the removal of several individuals’ names from the United Nations terrorist blacklist and for the Bank of England to “un-freeze” their assets.

The only problem is that the individuals in question are known jihadists who have participated in plots against the West.  One of them was even convicted by Morocco for involvement in the 2003 Casablanca bombings.  From the Telegraph:

The seven men were placed on the United Nations list because they were suspected of having links with al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

As a result they have been barred from leaving Britain and their assets have been frozen by the Bank of England and HM Treasury.

They include individuals who were:

  • convicted of involvement in the 2003 Casablanca bombings and of possessing terrorist documents in the UK,
  • accused of assisting the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa and of being an associate of Osama bin Laden,
  • found guilty by a military court of plotting terror attacks.

But an attempt by the men to have their names removed from the UN list has now won the backing of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

The FCO has insisted that it is acting because it has reviewed the men’s cases and does not think they are dangerous.

In another example of government naïveté, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has granted a waiver to allow Professor Tariq Ramadan—who is known to have donated money to the terrorist organization Hamas—to travel into the United States.  From the Houston Chronicle:

NEW YORK — Two prominent Muslim scholars once accused of having ties to terrorism can reapply to travel to the United States now that the State Department has concluded they pose no danger to the country, federal spokesmen said Wednesday.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has signed orders enabling the re-entry of professors Tariq Ramadan of Oxford University in England and Adam Habib of the University of Johannesburg in South Africa once they obtain required admittance documents, department spokesman Darby Holladay said.

Clinton “has chosen to exercise her exemption authority for the benefit of Tariq Ramadan and Adam Habib,” Holladay said. “We’ll let that action speak for itself.”

One comment

  1. >>The FCO has insisted that it is acting because it has reviewed the men’s cases and does not think they are dangerous.

    dangerous in what sense ? financial or humanist ?

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