Andrew Parker, the director-general of the British Security Service MI5, has warned that a terrorist attack in the UK remains “likely” as 418 convicted terrorists have served their sentences and will be returning to the streets of Britain. Some of the men that were released were involved in the 7/7 suicide bombing that occurred in London in 2005. Parker told reporters:
“There will be terrorist attacks in this country. The threat level is severe and that means likely”
Many of the terrorists that are being released hold the same views they had when they were arrested. Nearly two thirds of the men refuse to participate in de-radicalization programs designed to monitor and correct their extremist views and behavior.
Parker claims that MI5 has stopped 12 planned terror attacks since June, 2013. He states that many of these attacks were related to ISIS. The men released from prison were affiliated with al-Qaeda. He believes that monitoring these two factions simultaneously will make it extremely difficult for British national security agents to do their job effectively.
Hanif Qadir, a reformed former jihadi that now runs a counter-extremism outreach program, confirmed Parkers fears. He said that the prison de-radicalization program offered to released terrorists is “failing miserably.” He said:
“At the moment the prison imams, God bless them, they’re not adequate and they’re not experienced enough to tackle the problem of radicalization within prisons.”
Despite evidence that these de-radicalization programs are failing dozens of other terrorists are scheduled to be released within the next year.