JIHADI JOHN – the Making of a Terrorist

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A BRITISH TERRORIST who beheaded western hostages had a broken heart and blamed the security services for his lost loves, a television documentary claims.

Mohammed Emwazi, nicknamed Jihadi John, believed he was dumped by two women because western spy agencies were intent on ruining his personal life. When he married an Isis bride he let his guard slip and it led to his death.

Emwazi, who was killed aged 27 in 2015, became notorious for murdering hostages for Isis at the pinnacle of its reign of terror in Syria and Iraq.

He had long been identified as a potentially dangerous radical by the security agencies. Emwazi, from Queen’s Park, west London, first went to Africa in 2009 to volunteer as an Islamic fighter but was thrown out.

The author Robert Verkaik tells The Hunt for Jihadi John, “Emwazi has been through quite an ordeal. When he finally gets back to London, still smarting from the indignities of the interrogations and detentions, he then discovers that his fiancée’s family received a visit from the security services.”

Emwazi’s voice is heard in the documentary recalling a conversation with a British spy: “He said to me, ‘Well we spoke to a certain person.’ This person I was going to get married to and they spoke to this person and I told them, ‘How, how on earth do you know about this person?’ They even said the name cos obviously the only way they can find out about that is through listening to my phone conversations cos I’ve never met them before. He laughed and said, ‘Yeah well it’s our job.’ ” Emwazi’s family arranged for him to travel to Kuwait and stay with his grandmother. He met another girl whom he also wanted to marry. Emwazi returned to Britain for dental treatment. “Unfortunately,” Verkaik said, “he learns that Kuwaiti security services have visited his Kuwaiti fiancée’s family. They have introduced the idea that he may be linked to terrorism. Again the family call the wedding off.”

After becoming a killer in Syria, Emwazi knew he was a target and took great care not to be tracked. But he was unwilling to go without seeing his Isis bride in Raqqa. Security services found him by monitoring his family. Emwazi was killed by a drone in November 2015.

Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman said: “He was very careful about his actions but you know what? They all slip up eventually. And when they do, we kill them.”

The Hunt for Jihadi John is on Channel 4 at 9pm on Monday.




Inside the ticking mind of the suicide bomber.

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The martyrdom mindset: What leads people to decide to become suicide terrorists?

AMONG THE multitude of videos uploaded to the internet in the early years of the war in Syria, it is hard to forget the smiling face of Abdul Waheed Majeed, pictured chatting with his friends before calmly climbing into the cab of an armour-plated lorry.

Forty minutes later, the home-made film picks up the Mad Max-style adapted vehicle trundling along the main road, heading straight for the front gates of Aleppo prison where hundreds of opponents of the Assad regime are being held.

Bullets bounce off the truck’s armour as the guards suddenly realise Majeed’s true intention. But their efforts are to no avail. A few seconds later a huge explosion rocks the landscape and the prison walls are breached, allowing dozens of jihadi prisoners to escape.

In Crawley, West Sussex, where Abdul Waheed Majeed, a 41-year-old father of three, had lived before leaving to join Isis, his family was inconsolable. Why did this peaceful father, son and brother leave his home in 2014 to become the first British suicide bomber in the Syrian conflict?

Perhaps only Majeed will ever be able to answer this question.

Taxpayers spend £250m sending army officers’ children to elite public schools including Eton and Harrow

TAXPAYERS spent £246 million in the last three years subsidising the private education of officers’ children attending elite schools such as Eton, Harrow and Gordonstoun. In the last year alone just eight leading public schools received nearly £2 million under the Ministry of Defence scheme which helps servicemen and women pay school fees. Tony Blair‘s old school Fettes was paid £441,027 and Eton, which has educated nineteen prime ministers including David Cameron, was given nearly £270,000. While the overall annual figure of £80 million remains almost unchanged, Eton, Harrow (£183,000), Marlborough College (£346,000) and Shrewsbury School (£231,000) all enjoyed bumper years, seeing increased MoD payments.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/news/education/eton-harrow-army-officers-children-taxpayer/

LIST OF TOP SCHOOLS AND FEES PAID BY MOD (from my Freedom of Information Request).

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Many of the guests who enjoyed the hospitality of the now notorious Presidents Club annual charity dinner are also paying members of London’s popular gentlemen’s clubs.

It is easy to see how the sexist and secretive culture of some of these institutions influenced a groupthink according to which it was OK to set up an event that has reportedly evolved into some kind of gropefest.

The London gentlemen’s club scene grew out of a need for aristocrats and the wealthy middle-classes to come together in smoke-filled, female-free dining rooms in pursuit of exclusively male pleasures.

They quickly descended into dens of iniquity where drinking, gambling and prostitution were all part of the club’s lively entertainment.

One of the most fashionable was Brooks’s in St James’s Street in the West End. Its gambling excesses are legendary, culminating in a story of how in 1785 Lord Cholmondeley placed a bet with Lord Derby that he would win 500 guineas “whenever his lordship [fornicates with] a woman in a balloon one thousand yards from the Earth”.

Today these clubs, whose entry is still strictly controlled by the black ball, continue to honour some of their very un-PC traditions. The well-trodden route to membership is public school and university societies such as the Bullingdon and the Piers Gaveston.

Women are often unwelcome and in at least three well-known clubs they are barred from admission. One of them is Brooks’s. Another is David Cameron’s former club, of which his father was chairman, White’s, where Prince Charles held his stag night before his marriage to Diana.

But the third is perhaps the most curious of them all, raising questions about the clubs’ crossover into public life.

The little-known Beefsteak Club, located in Irving Street in Leicester Square, is fiercely men-only.

In an earlier incarnation, its motto was “Beef and liberty!” and members swore an oath of secrecy to the effect that “what happens in Beefsteak stays in the Beefsteak”. A similar aura of secrecy surrounds the club today. According to Who’s Who, among its members are the disgraced former MP Brooks Newmark (also a member of White’s) and the minister Rory Stewart. The Daily Mail reported that the foreign secretary’s father, Stanley Johnson, was a member and blocked Michael Gove, now the environment secretary, from joining. An online version of Who’s Who dated 1 December 2017 tells us that William Shawcross, the chair of the Charity Commission since 2012, is also a member, but the commission says this is incorrect.

These bastions of masculine entertainment can pose a danger to open democracy. It is the gentlemen’s clubs of London where politicians, bankers and hedge-fund managers meet to do deals and form secret alliances. Because membership lists are not disclosed to the public it is impossible to tell when a minister proposes a policy that favours the interests of members of his club. Neither is the public privy to the terms of the sacred oaths they may have sworn. And in a court of law shouldn’t the ordinary litigant know whether a judge is a member of the same club as the opposing party? There are a myriad of potential conflicts of interest rooted in the secret membership of gentlemen’s clubs.

In the City and among our professions, where senior offices are dominated by privately educated bankers, hedge fund managers, lawyers and accountants, such clandestine meetings and associations create perceptions of injustice.

So what can be done? In Britain it is legal to form a private members’ club whose membership is based on restrictive characteristics. There are women-only and ethnic-minority clubs which do not admit men or those of a different ethnicity. The government’s own guidance on the Equality Act says that while it is unlawful for a private club to discriminate against, harass or victimise an existing or potential member it is lawful to restrict membership to people who share a particular characteristic. This is not true for political parties, which cannot block membership on the basis of race or sex.

What is required is the compulsory publication of a register of members so that the public can be confident that the business of government and justice is not being done in the secret smoke-filled dining rooms of gentlemen’s clubs. A more transparent approach might also open up some of these gentlemen’s clubs to more adult attitudes towards women.

 Robert Verkaik is a freelance journalist



The reality of McMafia in London – from Russia with extortion

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Vladimir Putin and his cronies in the Kremlin will no doubt dismiss the plot behind the new BBC thriller, McMafia, as a sensational piece of Western propaganda.  But for Bill Browder, the British based financier dubbed ‘Putin’s no 1 enemy’, the reality is even worse. Browder believes that Russian crime gangs now treat Britain as their jurisdiction of choice for laundering both their money and their reputations.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/news/world/russian-crime-london-mcmafia/