As reported in the Guardian with headline: "Lee Rigby murder could have been prevented if online exchange revealed"
"The brutal murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby could have been prevented if an
internet company had passed on an online exchange in which one of the
killers expressed “in the most graphic terms” his intention to carry out
an Islamist jihad attack."
Really, what are the Guardian saying here?
Yes, if every communication is scrutinized, and every letter that is sent opened and checked, I am sure lots and lots of crimes could be prevented. Heck, if everyone was kept under house arrest, or locking in a prison for their own safety, we'd make this a much safer place.
This report is nonsense. Why would an ISP be looking at the exchange in question?
“There is then a significant possibility that MI5 would have been able to prevent the attack,” the report says.
Lets reword that:
If MI5 had somehow had the clairvoyance to know that this was going to happen (and evidence of reasonable suspicion) they could have used existing laws under RIPA to request monitoring of this suspect and seen the exchange in question - MI5 did not do that, what a surprise. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Indeed, they say that, which rather defeats the headline suggesting that "it could have been prevented":
“By contrast, Michael Adebowale was never more than a low level SoI and
the Agencies took appropriate action based on the rigorous threshold set
down in law: they had not received any intelligence that Adebowale was
planning an attack and, based on that evidence, more intrusive action
would not have been justified.”
So the only way that this would have been handed over by the ISP is if everything was monitored. Who wants to live in a police state where everything we do is monitored?
I am at a loss for words.
Then we have phrases like:
“We also found that none of them [US based ISP] regard themselves as compelled to
comply with UK warrants obtained under the Regulation of Investigatory
Powers Act 2000."
Why would any non UK company feel they are compelled to comply with a UK warrant when obviously, they are not compelled to as they are not in the UK! Duh!
Let's reword that headline for the Guardian shall we...
"Murder could have been prevented if we knew who was going to do it and when and where, in advance"