Playing roulette with lives GB News host slams Patel on wrong anti-terror plans
GB News host says anti-terror plans ‘playing roulette with lives’
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GB News presenter Patrick Christys has accused the Government of getting their counter-terror policy “all wrong”, blaming Priti Patel out for “playing roulette with innocent people”. Speaking on GB News, Mr Christys urged for stricter anti-terror laws.
He said: “So a report has come out, claiming that 70% of people referred to the Counter Terror Prevent Scheme may have mental health issues.
“By definition, if you’re a violent extremist, I think it’s fair to say that you’re probably mentally unwell, but our Prevent scheme is a bit of a joke–kids have been referred to it for vocalising their support for UKIP for example.
“Now, whatever your views are on that party that literally saw the candidate in the London mayoral election with the surname Gammons with no hint of irony whatsoever. I don’t think supporting UKIP makes you a terror threat.”
He went on: “We’ve got our counter-terror policy all wrong in this country. We’re referring kids for supporting UKIP but at the same time, we let known violent Jihadists out of prison to go to slaughter people on the streets of Britain.”
Mr Christys then gave an example of the terrorist Sudesh Amman.
This terrorist was imprisoned for numerous terror offenses and he said he wanted to kill the queen while in jail.
He was let out later and was put on a 24-hour surveillance. But he still stabbed two people in 63 seconds after stealing a knife from a shop.
Mr Christys continued: “He was shot dead, but 63 seconds is all it took to stab two innocent people.
“Now, of course, people with mental health issues or vulnerabilities are more susceptible to radicalisation, there’s no disputing that and we shouldn’t use as an excuse or justification for not being tough enough on terror.
“The primary role of a state is to protect its own citizens. And all too often in this country, we prioritise the human rights of the vital jihadists, instead of the rights of the people like you and me not to be killed as we go about our daily business.”
He added: “It’s all well and good reporting children’s the authorities, if we think there’s an issue there, but the fact is we’re not dealing with actual known terrorists, people who’ve moved beyond being a potential threat and have actually become a threat.
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“I’m sick and tired of hearing the phrase, ‘the terrorist was known as all authorities’- I don’t personally believe that somebody can be deradicalised.”
National Police Chiefs’ Council’s lead for Prevent has said that Up to seven out of ten people referred to the government’s counterterrorism programme might have a mental illness or other problem that could make them vulnerable to radicalisation.
Simon Cole tole the Guardian: “If a person is vulnerable for whatever reason, they might find the sort of ideologies around radicalisation something that they feel gives them some measure of value.”
The scheme aims to stop people being drawn into terrorism.
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