In­ter­net gi­ants who aid and abet ter­ror

Scottish Daily Mail - - Comment -

It’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to imag­ine how any­one could be so twisted as to ca­su­ally plant a bomb and walk away know­ing that it could kill dozens of in­no­cent peo­ple, as hap­pened at Par­sons Green tube sta­tion yes­ter­day.

But we know from all too bit­ter ex­pe­ri­ence that such de­hu­man­ised peo­ple ex­ist in our midst. In the per­verted minds of the men of ter­ror, ev­ery­body in this coun­try is a le­git­i­mate tar­get.

Re­cent vic­tims have in­cluded tourists on West­min­ster Bridge, chil­dren at a Manch­ester con­cert hall and peo­ple en­joy­ing an evening out in fash­ion­able Bor­ough Mar­ket.

the prob­lem is that, step by bloody step, we are be­com­ing in­ured to this evil.

Last week, scot­land Yard re­vealed that 19 plots have been foiled in the past four years and de­tec­tives are ar­rest­ing an av­er­age of one ter­ror sus­pect every day.

Both sto­ries made lit­tle im­pact in the me­dia. And things aren’t likely to get bet­ter in the fu­ture. In a blunt as­sess­ment of the threat level over the next five years, Deputy As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Neil Basu said: ‘It’s not go­ing to change.’

Yes, in­evitable ques­tions will be asked about this lat­est out­rage and what we can do to pre­vent fu­ture tube at­tacks.

should sep­a­rate car­riages, which would con­tain a fire­ball, be brought back on all tube trains? On yes­ter­day’s ev­i­dence, open-plan trains al­low an ex­plo­sion to shoot through the whole train in an in­stant, burn­ing or chok­ing ev­ery­one in its path.

But the real scan­dal that needs to be ad­dressed ur­gently by the Gov­ern­ment is that of the shame­less so­cial me­dia gi­ants who al­low ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda and bomb­mak­ing in­struc­tions to wash across the in­ter­net with im­punity.

It took Mail re­porters just sec­onds to find dozens of web­sites giv­ing child­like, step-bystep guides to mak­ing im­pro­vised bombs, in­clud­ing one man­ual which was first put on the in­ter­net – ap­par­ently by Al Qaeda – in 2010 and still hasn’t been taken down.

though we don’t yet know the iden­tity of the Par­sons Green bomber, the over­whelm­ing prob­a­bil­ity is that he made his explosive de­vice us­ing one of these on­line guides.

All at­tempts at per­suad­ing Google, Face­book and the rest to ban­ish this vile ter­ror­ist ma­te­rial vol­un­tar­ily have failed. the time for pre­var­i­ca­tion is now over.

Aid­ing and abet­ting ter­ror­ism is a crim­i­nal of­fence. It’s time these reck­lessly ir­re­spon­si­ble firms were sub­jected to the full force of the law.

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