FORMER HEAD OF MI5 PROPOSES WE WALL SPY ON OUR NEIGHBOURS – Dame Stella Rimington, former head of MI5 proposes that each and every citizen should monitor neighbours they suspects as being involved in terrorism. Dame Stella gave a stark message “the enemy is everywhere”.
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Should we monitor our neighbours or will this simple create of state of paranoia in the UK? Have your say… leave your comments below.
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that last week’s murder of Lee Rigby, by Islamic terrorists, is the worst terrorist incident we’ve witnessed since the 7/7 Muslim terrorist bombings in London back in 2005.
The mood of the British people is understandably one of shock and complete horror due to the heinous method in which Lee Rigby was brutally murdered.
The suggestion by Dame Stella is an old one and goes back to the Second World War where it was the responsibility to each and every member of the public to be vigilant of those around us; just in case they were German spies.
I am sure, considering the constraints our Police and Armed Services are under, that on the whole they do a remarkable job and are often used as scapegoats by our incompetent Government when things go wrong.
The truth is that our security services simply cannot monitor everyone nor can it prevent every crime – there simply is not sufficient manpower to achieve such a thing.
Could our security services be better at protecting us? Yes is the obvious answer but that requires more personnel, more specialised training and help from the public; as Dame Stella rightly points out.
There are some that feel this could lead to a state of paranoia where every Muslim becomes the target of suspicion. While the Muslims may feel this is simply racial profiling they have, to a large extent, brought this upon themselves.
It doesn’t matter what atrocity is undertaken by Muslim terrorists the so-called ‘peaceful’ Muslims hit every available news slot condemning such an act of violence; but how often do they prevent such atrocities.
There are those who have helped our security services and yet we hear nothing of it in the news. This is often due to the fact that these Muslims need to have their identities kept secret so that they do not become targets for terrorist retribution.
MI5 remains under the spotlight for failing to prevent Lee Rigby’s murder after it was discovered that MI5 had Michael Adebolajo under surveillance for 10 years as a possible Islamic terrorist. Again I would suggest that we do not judge our security services to harshly considering their workload and there is only so much that can be done.
I have heard the usual comments that MI5 should have acted and arrested Michael Adebolajo but unfortunately this was not possible as it would have been viewed as an act of racism and against Michael Adebolajo’s human rights.
The enemy is within and if we want to prevent further terrorist acts in the UK then we must all be vigilant and carefully observe those around us and report any suspicious activity to the authorities.
I have been asked if I feel that people should take the law into their own hands, as the English Defence League wanted to do the night Lee Rigby was murdered. The answer is NO, we simply cannot run around in a vigilante way taking out those we suspect are terrorist – this would simply make us terrorists and therefore no better than those who wish to eradicate our democratic freedoms.