One of several extraordinarily brave citizens who helped to disarm attacker (pictured left holding knife in his right hand) before police neutralised threat, when the police discovered attacker was wearing a suicide vest. The improvised explosive device (IED) was later deemed to be faux. The individual weapons attacker killed two and wounded three others, before being shot and killed by special operations armed police.
- Suspect died on scene, after killing two and wounding three others in random knife attack -
A Metropolitan Police dispatcher received an emergency call describing an active knife attack in the area between Borough Market and the London Bridge at 13:58 GMT. When roving armed-police officers assigned to Special Operations arrived on the scene at 14:03, several members of the public had already subdued the suspect and wrestled an eight-inch blade knife from the attackers hands.
As the police officers began to effect an arrest, a scuffle ensued during which the attacker opened his jacket revealing an improvised explosive vest strapped to his chest.
At this point protocol, policy, training and experience is relied upon. Protocol demands that the responding officers give their utmost attention to act in a way that will respect their duty to the preservation of human life, which is why their first attempt was to subdue the suspect in an attempt to arrest him.
Once the existence of the so-called suicide vest was factored into the equation, the police followed a British police policy not to allow the wearer of the suicide vest to detonate the device, if at all possible. After requesting that all the civilians in the immediate vicinity of the incident withdraw, two officers tried to hold the arms of the suspect, a third officer used lethal force.
When those officers involved return to their respective posts, they will be relieved of their weapons and an investigation of the entire incident, from the emergency call to the neutralising of the suicide vest-clad suspect will take place.
This constitutes the orderly internal processes of a highly disciplined police force, when any of its officers employs lethal force that results in either injury or the loss of life.
And, part of that investigation will consider whether or not members of roving armed special operations units should have in their arsenal, a device, a sniffer as it were, that can detect the presence of any chemical or explosive material on a suspect or to which a suspect has been exposed, in a matter of seconds.
As will be discussed, as the investigation into the background and associations the suspect had prior the incident, the ability to capture perpetrators and interrogate them, is preferred. If, capture and arrest can be accomplished without endangering the officers themselves or other members of the public, which the officers first duty is to protect.
After the fact, it is evident that in this specific case, such a device would have preserved an important material witness to this incident, that is, the suspect himself.
In addition, authorities will be called upon to explain why, given recent events in Syria and knowing the rather large number of UK sympathisers for the recently slain leader of ISIS, the terror alert level had been reduced before this latest attack on the iconic London Bridge.
Remembering that the past is prologue, the preservation of important evidence is still our best guide to the prevention of future attacks.
The airways are full of terrorism experts explaining the difficulty in finding the few who commit the kinds of terror acts with which we are presently concerned. They present a good case and are the darling experts paraded on broadcast news programs. The problem is there are not a few, but there are very many such incidents, including those self-recruited through interaction with the murky internet.
The failure to include all incidences of random attacks by those who for reasons of ilk are striking out at the enemies of those to whom they feel allegiance, tells us that in scientific investigative terms these kinds of attacks are similar enough to study as an integral group. That is to say that the synagogue shooting in Pittsburg, the Mosque shooting in Quebec and the attacks on the London Bridge are parts of the same parcel.
The number of white nationalist terror incidents, dwarfs the number of other acts of terror by a myriad of groups, by at least an order of magnitude. London and El Paso are the outgrowth of a high level of resentment, one religious the other racial.
And, given the high level of both religious and racial resentment resident within both the upper echelons and senior management of the intelligence, security and police forces themselves, they will continue the ignore the forest and look only at a few trees. Spurred on by the resentment harboured within the titular heads of the counter terrorism and security forces, which currently occupy 10 Downing Street and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The former, withholding the results of an investigation into Russian meddling in the Brexit vote in the UK during a national election, and the latter, facing impeachment and removal from office for trying to cover up the aid he received from Russian intelligence to win his own national election.
In both cases, Russian intelligence, aware of the high level of religious, racial and anti-immigrant resentment in the UK and the United States, used their knowledge of English-nationalism to drive a wedge into the heart of European cooperation, Brexit, to weaken that association. And to help elect a white-nationalist president of the United States, who ran an anti-immigrant campaign, which the so-inclined population of the United States, embraced.
And now Russian intelligence has turned its attention to Canada, and Wexit.
Consider, if you will, the explanation the young female reporter, who Stephen Miller recruited to write anti-immigrant and racist literature for the far-right publications with which Miller is associated.
Her explanation ought to send a chill up the spine of every right-thinking person on this planet.
When asked why she wrote such racist and anti-immigrant stories, she stated, that she did not see anything wrong with it, when Miller asked her to do it, because what she was asked to write, 'was just what she heard in talk in her own home, all the time.'
Which begs the question, why is Stephen Miller still in the White House?
The full-field investigation into the latest terror attack on London Bridge, with all its rather obvious limitations, is now underway.
And, yet again, the public is about to discover that the perpetrator in this latest incident was not a lone wolf, but a known wolf, who until recently was serving time for a past terrorism related conviction.
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