Never Say!So the London terrorists were caught bilking the British out of £500,000 in welfare benefits?
What can I say but: Snort. Yeah, that was bound to happen.
It's been widespread among the hawkish blogosphere for quite a while that British Islamist extremists were intentionally pursuing a policy of receiving welfare payments, even as they worked against the state to which that they had emigrated. It's probably even written up as a required item in The Al Qaeda Instruction Manual for Jihadist emigrants to Britain and other Western Countries ripe for Conquest.
I certainly hope that after this, the British get wise and start cracking down on this scheme...
Okay, that comes off prima-donna-ish and with a bit of a superior, I-told-you-so air, but it would be nice to believe our chief ally in this war was watching its own back.
Unfortunately, when I read interviews like the following, which took place on Fox news, 7/29/05, I kind of doubt that:
JOHN LOFTUS [terrorism expert and a former prosecutor for the Justice Department]: Aswat [the terrorist picked up in Zambia] is believed to be the mastermind of all the bombings in London.As they say, read the whole thing.
JERRICK [moderator]: On 7/7 and 7/21, this is the guy we think.
LOFTUS: This is the guy, and what's really embarrassing is that the entire British police are out chasing him, and one wing of the British government, MI6 or the British Secret Service, has been hiding him. And this has been a real source of contention between the CIA, the Justice Department, and Britain.
JERRICK: MI6 has been hiding him. Are you saying that he has been working for them?
LOFTUS: Oh I'm not saying it. This is what the Muslim sheik said in an interview in a British newspaper back in 2001.
JERRICK: So he's a double agent, or was?
LOFTUS: He's a double agent.
JERRICK: So he's working for the Brits to try to give them information about Al-Qaeda, but in reality he's still an Al-Qaeda
LOFTUS: Yeah. The CIA and the Israelis all accused MI 6 of letting all these terrorists live in London not because they're getting Al-Qaeda information, but for appeasement. It was one of those you leave us alone, we leave you alone kind of things.
[Hat Tip on the article about welfare fraud: LGF]