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Jihadi John 1) Cameron defends security services efforts

140115 Cameron on Marr“Angry David Cameron has branded claims that MI5 pushed Jihadi John into Islamic State’s arms as “completely reprehensible”. Controversial campaign group Cage blamed our spooks for inadvertently radicalising Mohammed Emwazi when they hauled him in for a grilling before he went to Syria in 2013. ..Hitting back, the PM’s spokeswoman said only the terrorists themselves should be blamed for the “brutal murders” they committed. ..Speaking on a visit to Wales, Mr Cameron also heaped praise on MI5’s officers, insisting they were “extraordinary men and women”.” – The Sun(£)

  • Cameron pledges to put the likes of Mohammed Emwazi “out of action” – The Guardian
  • Terrorists former teachers questioned this week – Daily Mail

Jihadi John 2) Boris says scrapping Control Orders was a mistake

“Boris Johnson, the Conservative mayor of London, who said that the work of the police and intelligence agencies had been made more difficult by the abolition of control orders. Mr Johnson said: “The difficulty with the Tpims was that you weren’t able to relocate people, which is the essential thing you need to do to dislocate people from their networks of supporters. “I hope people understand that it is no infringement of basic human rights to give the security services the ability to surveil and monitor email traffic, mobile communications traffic between these people.” – The Times(£)

Jihadi John 3) Call for charities to end funding for ISIS apologists

mailjihad“Politicians said Cage had acted reprehensibly in describing knife-wielding fanatic Mohammed Emwazi as a ‘beautiful young man’.  The group, led by former Guantanamo Bay inmate Moazzam Begg, has been propped up largely by grants of £305,000 from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. Another charity, set up in memory of Body Shop tycoon Anita Roddick, has handed over £120,000 to Cage.” – Daily Mail

  • “CAGE director Asim Qureshi, 32, was filmed urging Muslims to support jihad in Iraq and Afghanistan.” – The Sun(£)
  • An odious press conference, apologists for terror and the do-gooders who fund them – Daily Mail
  • Terrorist given succour by fellow travellers in Britain – Leader The Times(£)
  • Jihadi John’s friends in Britain – Douglas Murray Daily Express
  • Did Jihadi John slip out of UK with fanatic rapper? – Daily Telegraph

Jihadi John 4) He hated Britain and was always ready for war

“Two British trainee medics who say they met “Jihadi John” in Syria said he hated Britain and was “always ready for war”. The men claimed they met Emwazi when he visited friends in a hospital they worked in months before his alleged role in Islamic State execution videos emerged. They said he wore full combat gear at all times, even in safe areas during the full heat of summer, and earned his high-ranking position through his aggressive behaviour.” – Daily Telegraph

Devolution for Wales could lead to income tax referendum

Welsh Conservatives“A new devolution package for Wales has removed “the last remaining barriers” to an income tax referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron said. Alongside Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, Mr Cameron said the further powers were a “clearer, stronger, fairer” deal. They include guaranteed minimum funding for the Welsh government, control of fracking and more energy projects.” – BBC

  • Wales gets right to ban fracking – The Times(£)
  • Devolution powers “third rate” – The Guardian
  • Welsh votes could determine the General Election result says Cameron – Wales Online

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