Files on Al Qaeda sympathisers in Ireland handed to police

I noted Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s comments on Al Qaeda sympathisers in Ireland previously. But the Irish Eagle had more background to those comments – pointing to an Sunday Independent report on 3 July that quotes a US Department of Justice statement to US broadcaster NBC’s Dateline programme. The Irish Examiner has the latest – “Gardaí and the military have confirmed they passed on the files of at least 40 al-Qaida sympathisers in Ireland to the British police”
.. and the Irish Labour Party has called on the Government last night to deport known al-Qaida activists.

From the Sunday Independent report –

The statement [from the US Department of Justice] went on to defend Ireland’s record in dealing with international terrorism, pointing to new legislation that provides for greater powers.

“We feel it is very important to point out that the vast majority of people of Islamic faith and culture living in Ireland are extremely law-abiding and do not have any terrorist ideation. The person cited by NBC is of known militant background and is closely monitored. A relatively small number of other people of like disposition who live in Ireland are subjected to close monitoring and ongoing investigation by the gardai.”

In the Irish Examiner, Defence Minister Willie O’Dea defended the extent of the monitoring –

Mr O’Dea insisted that none of the al-Qaida sympathisers pose a security threat and he said they are under intense scrutiny with their phone, faxes and mail under constant surveillance.

“There is no evidence now that they pose a security threat, but if the situation changes and they do, we will deport them,” said Mr O’Dea.

But this proposal is barely believeable –

While he said a terrorist attack remains a low risk, Mr O’Dea is to seek Cabinet approval for a booklet to be sent to every household with information on what emergency plans are in place if one did arise.

A booklet?..

  • T.Ruth

    Would have been wonderful if the authorities in the republic had been so effective in responding to IRA terrorism
    T.Ruth

  • barney

    T.Ruth

    Let’s not stray from the dreary spires. It would be a real shame if the world was to move on and neglect wee norn iron’s self absorbtion.

  • DCB

    Barney – well said.

    I think there should be an award for the most creative way in which any world event can be turned back into ussuns and themus

  • bertie

    The ability to connect the implications from one situation to another, pointing up the similarities and the inconsistancies of application of principles is a skill to be encouraged.

  • kevser

    At the moment, I would judge the gardai to be a bigger risk to life and liberty in the republic than any Al-Queda sympathiser.

    Maybe the government will hand out a book on how to protect yourself from the guards?

    Joking aside..

    Anyway what i want to say is the whole muddle between Islam and Islamic militant activism is indicitive of western bigotry/racism.
    I mean there are so many examples that it seems almost stupid to point it out, but here goes:

    Reports of Moslems fearing a backlash because of the bombings last week.
    What about reports of white english people fearing a backlash because of the foreign policies persued by their chosen warmonger Tony “trust me” Blair?
    What about interviewing people who live close to Blair and Hoon and asking them whats their reaction to the killing of 100,000 Iraqis in a war of choice?

    Kids get killed in Baghdad and its plastered on every page because it was caused by an insurgent attack. Collateral damage anyone?
    The hypocricy, racism, chauvanism and general lack of debate is truely monstrous.

  • D’Oracle

    Theres a rumour about that each booklet will be issued with a crayon to write Help messages and will come a pair of Joe Jacobs date-expired Sellafield iodine pills per average household (3 people.)

    Whos watching Willie and how closely ?

  • Fobo

    “What about reports of white english people fearing a backlash because of the foreign policies persued by their chosen warmonger Tony “trust me” Blair?”

    I don’t know many English people who are of the view that British foreign policy should be dictated by Islamic fundamentalists who will murder our citizens if we don’t do what they tell us to.

    “Kids get killed in Baghdad and its plastered on every page because it was caused by an insurgent attack. Collateral damage anyone?”

    Plenty of newspapers have covered collateral damage, tried picking up a copy of the Guardian or Independant?

    The incident you are refering to was one of pure evil, why on earth shouldn’t it be reported? Are we supposed to pretend that the terrorists in Iraq are noble individual that place a high value on human life? It should be reported if only to show the kind of people we would be leaving Iraq to the mercy of if we withdrew and left teh government to collapse.

    “The hypocricy, racism, chauvanism and general lack of debate is truely monstrous.”

    Racism = Ever heard Islamic fundamentalists go on about the Great Satan? How about those that see the world as divided between that of dar al-harb and dar al-Islam?

    Chavaunism = You do know the penalty for a Muslim converting to another religion is under Sharia law? Very tolerant lot those Muslim fundamentalists.

    Lack of debate = Have you ever read a newspaper or watched a current events program in the last few years?

  • fra

    You know what I would like? I would like for some one to realy blow the island of Ireland off the map. You jackass’s really don’t have a clue. To try and label the rest of the western world as rasist’s is laughable coming from the likes of the idiots who litter this blog with their “idiology”. Ireland, and especially N.Ireland is the most racist environment on the planet. The savagery of a thousand years of barbaric behaviour doesn’t just go away because you came into some money about 15 years ago. The neo-socalist rants that appear daily are so childish and naive, but then I remember that it wasn’t all that long ago that this place was a third world economy, that is now propped up by the EU and promises wrenched from global giants by Bill Clinton etc., and the hopes of a legacy.
    Get real people.

  • Wichser

    fra

    I can fully understand and appreciate what you’re trying, vainly as it happens, to say, but in the final analysis, kindly take my advice and butt out and instead enjoy your evening in Burgertown, Nowhereville, Complacent Stutters of Murrikuh, saying or doing nothing of any consequence to anyone anywhere,like, planet-wide.

    Okily dokily ?

    Thanks bud.