Britain’s Labour party has joined with a group of US 9/11 survivors in demanding UK Prime Minister Theresa May release a government report detailing the flow of money from Saudi Arabia into extremist groups in the UK. After several months of heated debate, Home Secretary Amber Reid announced that the study would not be made public “because of the volume of personal information it contains and for national security reasons.”
The report, commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron, has been in May’s possession since late last year – with both the Labour and Green parties repeatedly demanding it’s release.
Green party co-leader Caroline Lucas ripped into the Prime Minister – asking “will she explain if her refusal is simply because the contents of the report would embarrass the government’s friends in Saudi Arabia? Or is it because ministers care more about arms sales to Riyadh than they do about public safety?”
May shot back, “There is certain confidential information in the reports, which means that it would not be appropriate to publish it,” adding that the report could be seen by government officials on a privy basis.
In early July, Lucas questioned the delayed report, stating “To defeat terror it’s vital that politicians have full view of the facts, even if they are inconvenient for the government.”
Lucas’ comments on arms sales to Saudi Arabia reference the £5.6 billion in weapons sold between 2010 and 2016 – a period in which Hillary Clinton sent a 2014 email to John Podesta revealing Saudi “clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region.”
Of note, the UK’s estimated 3 million Muslims are majority Sunni, including a reported 23,000 ‘jihadist extremists’ according to a May report by the Times of London.
Pandering to Islam
May’s decision to withhold the report is viewed by some as part of wide scale government efforts to normalize and defend Islam in the UK, given the religion’s growing population which has doubled in size since 2001. Under current British rule, criticism of negative Islamic values are considered hate speech, and Muslim criminals claiming cultural ignorance are often granted extreme leniancy when compared to native citizens.
This, despite 11,000 reported cases of Islamic “honor crimes” within the UK from 2010-2014, ranging from abductions, beatings, and murders – typically to women over perceived harm she has caused her family’s reputation.
“Unfortunately they [the figures] do not show the real extent of the problem. So many crimes are unreported because the perpetrators are often the victim’s own family.
“We need a national strategy for all agencies – including police forces, courts, and schools – to be trained and to work together to end this problem.” –Diana Nammi, Director Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization
If the report Theresa May is withholding reveals that that Saudi Arabia has been providing “clandestine and logistic support” to Islamic extremist groups operating within the UK, the implications will be far reaching – especially when one ponders the Arab nation’s recently acquired seat on the UN Human Rights Council, or their March commitment to help eradicate ISIS alongside Israel and the United States.If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter