'We need to deport suspected extremists to protect Britain', says former Cobra intelligence chair

'We need to deport suspected extremists to protect ourselves', says Colonel Richard Kemp

Vigils were held for the victim's of the Manchester attack

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

All suspected extremists should be deported and those who are British citizens should be stripped of their citizenship, according to a member of the Cobra emergency taskforce.

He made the comments after the UK terror threat was raised to critical, in the wake of the Manchester terror attack.

Richard Kemp chaired the Cobra intelligence group, responsible for coordinating the work of the national intelligence agencies, and commanded British forces in Afghanistan. He explained that the critical terror threat means the police and government think the terrorist was working as part of a network, or they don't have enough evidence to prove he wasn't.

Kemp continued by telling Julia that it is expensive to monitor all suspects, so mass deportation is the more effective solution, and expressed the belief that those who have been to other countries to fight with Islamic State should not be allowed to return to the UK.

The interviewee said he would rather infringe on human rights, and risk deporting the wrong people, than see teenagers dead on our streets. To avoid lengthy court cases, he says we should leave the European Court of Human Rights.

Listen to the full interview above