The Woolrich Terrorist Attack

No Police?

The Woolrich Terrorist Attack


By Michael Shrimpton

Once again questions are being asked about official and police protection of terrorists, following the outrageous murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, South-East London on Wednesday.   It took 14 minutes for armed officers to respond to a terrorist attack in broad daylight, within a couple of miles of two police stations.  You try pulling a gun or waving a machete on a street in London and see how long it is before the ‘rozzers’ roll up with guns of their own.
The two suspects, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, were both known to MI5.   One of them, absurdly, was provided with consular assistance by the Foreign Office after being arrested on the border with Somalia.  Since both are dual British/Federal Republic of Nigeria nationals the UK was not obliged to provide consular assistance at all, let alone to Islamic radicals.  We need to put tough new rules in place permitting the deportation of dual nationals on national security grounds.  Never mind where they were born.  If they hold the nationality of another state and get involved in terrorism they should be deported to that other state.
Once again the Coalition Government and the media, neither of whom get terrorism, have obsessed on the motives of the individual terrorists, instead of asking who set up the attack and why.  Clearly neither Adebolaja or Adebowale were able to give themselves a window of opportunity to complete their grisly task and make good their escape by delaying the police response.
Only G02 could do that.  Every major terrorist incident in the UK since the 1950s has been sponsored by GO2, the covert German operation in London.  I make no apology for hammering the point home.  Until we shut GO2 down we are helpless.  The only positive to emerge from this fiasco, apart from the fact that the suspects survived being shot, so there is some possibility of obtaining an intelligence yield from them, is that the assistance given by the Metropolitan Police to the terrorists was so obvious that even the media have started to ask questions.
GO2 assets in the Cabinet Office wasted no time in giving aid and comfort to the terrorists by pushing the ridiculous notion that the Armed Forces should cower in the face of the terrorist threat by not wearing uniform off base.  Thankfully that notion appears to have been quashed by the Prime Minister, although it remains to be seen if he can impose his will on the Cabinet Office.  Coalition police appears to be dictated to the government by the unpopular Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, not the other way round.  Clearly we need a new Cabinet Secretary (no offense) as well as a new government.
We also need a new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, again no offense.  Not only was this a spectacular failure, which happened on his watch, but he is closely associated with the risible CONTEST counter-terrorism ‘strategy.’  It’s an excuse for a policy, not a policy.   Since the police and Home Office do not understand that terrorism is a state-sponsored phenomenon any ‘strategy’ they come up with is bound to be intelligence illiterate. The collapse of CONTEST was inevitable.
The Armed Forces should be allowed to go back to the World War II rules on wearing uniform off base.  They have become almost invisible.  They are a part of our society, indeed apart from the Royal Family, they are the part of which we are most proud.  Not only should they be allowed to wear uniform they should also be permitted to carry side-arms.  The ban on guns off-base betrayed Drummer Rigby.  It meant that when he was confronted with an armed terrorist on London’s mean streets he could not fight back.
The same theme – protection of terrorists by law enforcement – can be seen across the Atlantic, in Boston.  It has now emerged that Boston Police think the terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev was involved in a drugs-related treble murder in 2011, along with Ibragim Todashev, the guy who committed suicide by cop down in Florida.  With respect I see where they’re coming from.   So who blocked them from arresting Tsarnaev?   Looks like those orders came from the top.
Obama’s weak prosecution of the War on Terror was reflected in his silly announcement this week on scaling back America’s commitment.  The new rules on UCAV attacks are absurd.  We’ll hardly have any dead terrorists at all.  If they’d been applied during World War II the USAAF wouldn’t have been allowed to bomb Schweinfurt, never mind Berlin.  Of course the fewer civilian casualties the better, but collateral casualties in war, sadly, are unavoidable.
It looks as though Obama backed drone attacks in his first term in order to win a second term.  With the election won he has now pretty much dropped the policy.  What he should be doing of course is going after Pakistan, which is sheltering the Taliban.  The time to end the Global War on Terror is after the West has triumphed over the Forces of Evil.

Author Details
Michael Shrimpton is a barrister, currently suspended of course, called to the Bar in London in 1983. He is a specialist in National Security and Constitutional Law, Strategic Intelligence and Counterterrorism. He has wide ranging connections both in Western Intelligence agencies and amongst ex-Soviet Bloc agencies. The late Generaloberst Markus Wolf, of the Stasi and DVD, was one of his contacts. Michael has earned respect in the intelligence community for his analysis of previously unacknowledged post-WWII covert operations against the West by the German DVD organization based in Dachau, near Munich, Germany, and its British, French and American client agencies. These continue to the present day, as politicians and the media are too nervous of standing up to them.

Michael was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Intelligence Studies in the Department of National Security, Intelligence and Space Studies at the American Military University, teaching intelligence subjects at Masters level to inter alia serving intelligence officers. He has represented US and Israeli intelligence officers in law and briefed in staffers on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9-11. In the wake of that murderous attack he addressed panels on terrorism in Washington DC and Los Angeles organized by the respected Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Fellow panelists included a former head of Special Operations Command and a former Commander of the US Atlantic Fleet.

Michael’s active assistance to Intelligence and Law Enforcement agencies in the Global War on Terror produced some notable successes, including the exposure of the Abu Ghraib ‘hood’ photograph as a fake. His work on strategic intelligence took him to the Pentagon and he has also met with senior advisors to the President of the Russian Federation, in Moscow, in November 2005. He participated in the Global Strategic Review conference in Geneva in 2005 and was a speaker at both the Intelligence Conference (Intelcon) in 2005, and the Intelligence Summit in 2006, each at Crystal City.

In 2006 he was flown out to, and flew off from, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), as part of the US Navy’s Distinguished Visitor Program. She was then working up her air group off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, before operational deployment to the Persian Gulf. It is comparatively unusual for a foreign civilian to complete a carrier landing and launch cycle.

Michael’s ground-breaking, 700 page intelligence text “Spyhunter: The Secret History of German Intelligence” was published in England by June Press in April 2014. It features on a number of intelligence syllabuses, as does intelligence analysis prepared by Michael, e.g. on the brutal 2003 assassination of British weapons scientist Dr David Kelly CMG.

In their unlawful raid on Michael’s home in Wendover, Buckinghamshire in April 2012 Thames Valley Police officers seized the manuscript of Spyhunter and all of Michael’s onshore backups. Publication was only possible because the draft had been backed up offshore. The police hung onto the seized copies long after it was decided not to use them as evidence.

In November 2014 Michael was convicted at Southwark Crown Court by a tampered-with jury panel on two bogus bomb-hoax charges. Prior to bringing in the police the British Ministry of Defence, after consulting with the Cabinet Office, destroyed their recordings of Michael’s initial contact and qualified intelligence briefing re a DVD operation to target the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics using a stolen Russian SS-N-19 warhead.

Happily the NSA intercepted both Michael’s call to MOD and their call to him (on a number he had provided) and the intercepts are now in the hands of MI5.

As Michael’s distinguished Veterans Today colleagues Gordon Duff and Ben Fulford have confirmed on this website, his intelligence briefing to MOD was substantially correct and two warheads, both off an SS-19, were recovered by the US. After inspection the Department of Energy estimated their yield at 20KT.
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