Suspect’s online activity may be most relevant factor in stabbing

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off the list of concerns for security features The fact that Ali Herbie Ali’s conduct was once so disturbing to him that he was referred to as a teenager. Stop radicalization plan, yet later deemed so harmless that it has never been implemented Mi5List of topics of interest.

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The Prevent scheme is voluntary and much has been said about it being no risk. The long gap between Ali’s referral and Friday’s attack – with no clear indication extremism In between – this means that even if he had a different assessment in his teens, it is unlikely that he would still have been on MI5’s radar, given the number of other people at greater risk.

This makes his activities potentially the most relevant factor behind what happened online. Reports already suggest that his juvenile views were influenced by hate speech on YouTube, including inflammatory material posted by convicted IS sympathizer Anjem Chowdhury, and that police will search the suspect’s accounts to see if bigotry has been committed during the lockdown. Apprehensions, which had been warned earlier by both MI5 and senior counter-terrorism officials, were born in this case. Phone and computer analysis will also make it clearer whether social media companies may have been able to detect extremist activity, which they could have done more to flag or block.

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There are other mysteries as well, including: Sir David Amesey Was targeted specifically because of his ties to Qatar – although there appears to be no evidence – or simply because he was an MP.

The reality is that crude knife attacks are difficult to prevent because weapons and targets are readily available and police and detectives do not have the resources to keep a close watch on even the most freed terrorist convicts, nor others whom they should be taken seriously. There is concern, but there is insufficient evidence to prosecute. .

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Nor does every terrorist fit into an easily identifiable profile. The murder of Sir David is the latest in a series of horrific atrocities but sadly perhaps not the last.

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