We’ve seen two more “Known Wolf” terror attacks in the West, and yet Western government authorities seem unwilling to acknowledge, let alone begin to address, the “Known Wolf” terror problem.
I first identified the “Known Wolf” terror trend and coined the term in October 2014 here at PJ Media, noting that many, possibly most, Islamic terrorists who actually committed terrorism in the West were already known to Western law enforcement, national security agencies, and intelligence services.
Yet sufficient action was not taken to prevent them from conducting terror attacks:
— PJ Media (@PJMedia_com) October 24, 2014
Since then, I’ve chronicled (in nearly two dozen articles) the continuation of the “Known Wolf” terrorism trend, including the Berlin Christmas market terrorist that killed 12 and wounded 56 others:
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) December 21, 2016
In September, I noted that 12 of the 14 Islamic terror attacks in the U.S. during the Obama administration were by suspects already known to authorities:
— PJ Media (@PJMedia_com) September 29, 2016
Earlier today, British Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that yesterday’s still-unnamed Westminster terror killer had already been investigated by MI5 over his extremist views:
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 23, 2017
The same is true for the Paris Orly airport attacker this past weekend, who was also already known to French authorities:
Paris airport attacker previously suspected of having radical Islamist views https://t.co/7VxmrWinJf
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 18, 2017
Paris prosecutor: 39-year-old suspected Orly attacker who was shot dead by police was known to authorities for suspected Islamic extremism
— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) March 18, 2017
Paris Orly airport attacker was on terror watch list, same man as suspect involved in earlier shooting – officials https://t.co/T4386p2hAo
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 18, 2017
What’s the use of having a “terror watch list” if all Western authorities are going to do is watch them kill the citizens they are paid to protect?
Even right now, British authorities are invoking the long-discredited “lone wolf” terrorism theory to explain yesterday’s Westminster attack, including British Defense Minister Michael Fallon:
Fallon says 'this is a lone wolf' attack
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) March 23, 2017
Meanwhile, in a series of raids, British authorities are arresting a number of people in connection with yesterday’s attack:
Naturally, many have had enough of the “lone wolf” myth and would prefer to hear the truth:
8 arrests in connection with the Westminster Bridge massacre … but the terrorist was a "lone wolf," nothing to see here, folks, move along
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) March 23, 2017
If Western authorities continue to ignore the “Known Wolf” terror problem, they will continue to lose legitimacy with the citizens they serve. And some will consider taking matters into their own hands. That’s dangerous for everyone.
Has any Western politician been forced to resign? Has any law enforcement or intelligence official ever been fired for failing to prevent a “Known Wolf” terror attack? How many more citizens need to be killed before Western authorities acknowledge and take action in response to the growing “Known Wolf” terror problem?
If the reaction to the Orly and Westminster attacks in the past week are any indication, the answer to that last question is apparently “more.”
Below, find Poole’s prior coverage of the “Known Wolf” scandal:
Dec. 15, 2014: Sydney Hostage Taker Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome
June 26, 2015: France’s Beheading Terrorist Was Well-Known By Authorities