DAN WOOTTON: On the Liverpool suicide bomber, undocumented migrants

DAN WOOTTON: The atrocity Liverpool so nearly suffered, the thousands of undocumented migrants hitting our beaches every month and the Establishment conspiracy of silence that puts us all at risk

I can’t get out of my head how close we came to a tragedy of unimaginable proportions in Liverpool on Sunday – and how little most of the media and our leaders seem to want to talk about it.

If terrorist Emad Jamil Al Swealmee had been able to emerge from hero cabbie Dave Perry’s car and enter Liverpool Women’s Hospital and if he’d been a better bomb-maker the loss of life to mums, their newborn and NHS staff would likely have been catastrophic.

Or, if he’d got just around the corner to Liverpool Cathedral, where he had previously converted to Christianity – perhaps in a bid to fool us all – as veterans and their families were marking Remembrance Day, the carnage would have been equally devastating.

But he didn’t.

The moronic monster, who arrived in the UK from the Middle East seven years ago, became the latest terrorist on British shores to kill himself and no one else, meaning our woke, well-meaning Establishment can avoid the politically incorrect but completely necessary conversations our country must have.

Meanwhile, as familiar pictures of dozens of migrants crammed into inflatables show today, up to a thousand more illegal and undocumented migrants – the vast majority young men from who knows where – stream across the Channel every day to join our asylum system and, in most cases, never leave again.

It’s impossible not to link the inability of the government to stop the boats – and now the jet skis – on the Channel to their inability to keep us safe from domestic terrorism.

More than 22,000 illegals have entered the country this year – many destroy their passports, throw their phone into the sea and tear up any other paperwork, meaning we have no idea of who we are letting in from France.

I can’t get out of my head how close we came to a tragedy of unimaginable proportions in Liverpool on Sunday – and how little most of the media and our leaders seem to want to talk about it. Above: Emad Jamil Al Swealmeen, 32 was killed after a homemade ball-bearing device exploded inside a taxi he rode to Liverpool Women’s Hospital

This is the moment the taxi carrying the suicide bomber exploded outside a Liverpool hospital in what police and MI5 are now probing as a Poppy Day terror attack. Experts fear he was copying an ISIS attack on a maternity hospital in Kabul

If terrorist Emad Jamil Al Swealmee had been able to emerge from hero cabbie Dave Perry’s (pictured left) car and enter Liverpool Women’s Hospital and if he’d been a better bomb-maker the loss of life to mums, their newborn and NHS staff would likely have been catastrophic

Astonishing footage revealed by MailOnline today showed two 50ft long inflatable dinghies being loaded with around 40 migrants each, mainly from Iraq and Syria, after our reporter witnessed lifejackets being openly handed out at a makeshift migrant camp in Grand Synthe near Dunkirk.

Meanwhile, at a similar moment on a neighbouring beach at Fort d’Ambleteuse a MailOnline photographer witnessed another 50ft long black inflatable boat being carried down by a group of around 50 migrants.

These are professional operations being run by inhumane people smuggling criminal gangs who are humiliating the UK and undermining our legal migration system on a daily basis.

The horrifying reality is that some of the people on these boats may already be operating within terror cells. At least, they are ripe for radicalisation when their dream life in the UK turns out to be less than idyllic.

The government wants us to turn a blind eye to this problem because they cannot seem to solve it, no matter how much tough talk comes from the mouths of Boris Johnson and Priti Patel.

Disturbingly, the media and the Opposition prefer that scenario because they prize social cohesion and woke policies accepted by the London metropolitan elite above the need to talk about the very real threat Islamic extremist terrorism poses to our lives.

But we must no longer accept a conspiracy of silence around these two intertwined problems because any government’s prime duty is to protect its citizens safe from unnecessary threats.

The story of Al Swealmee provides the starkest warning yet that our terrorist prevention programmes are not fit for purpose.

Despite being arrested for ‘waving’ a ‘large knife’ in public and setting up a bomb factory in rented accommodation, he was unknown to MI5 by the time he let off that car bomb in Liverpool.

That’s despite seven years of failed bids for asylum – and attempts to convince the authorities by converting to Christianity and changing his name to Enzo Almeni.

He claimed he had arrived in the UK from Syria and had Iraqi heritage, but authorities believe he may have been Jordanian.

Until his death on Sunday, he was one of over 40,000 asylum seekers waiting to be deported.

Friends said Almeni was born Emad Jamil Al-Swealmeen to a Syrian father and an Iraqi mother, and is believed to have spent a large part of his life in Iraq


The horrifying reality is that some of the people on these boats may already be operating within terror cells. At least, they are ripe for radicalisation when their dream life in the UK turns out to be less than idyllic. Al Swealmeen arrived in the UK several years ago, and mostly lived in Liverpool, where he was being supported by Christian volunteers from a network of churches who help asylum seekers,  it is understood

They are using the lengthy appeals process to stay in the country; 47,000 failed asylum seekers and foreign criminals were deported in 2013 but just 8,000 were sent home by last year.

I have been horrified by the complicity of the Westminster media in failing to hold the government to account over why this attack happened.

During two prime ministerial press conferences – on Sunday evening, over six hours after the bomb went off, and Monday afternoon, just after the UK’s terror threat level was increased from substantial to severe, meaning another attack is considered ‘highly likely’ – not one question was asked by British broadcasters of Boris about the Liverpool incident or general issues of terrorism in the UK.

It reminds me of the bizarre scenario after the killing of the Conservative MP David Amess last month, treated by police as a ‘terrorist incident’ where the media and politicians wanted to discuss online safety, civility in politics and the way we treat our MPs, rather than terrorism.

It’s impossible not to link the inability of the government to stop the boats – and now the jet skis – on the Channel to their inability to keep us safe from domestic terrorism

While I appreciate a police investigation into Sunday’s car bomb explosion is in its early days, I can think of many pressing questions the PM must answer.

What is being done to check the identities of the illegal migrants arriving across the Channel to ensure they have no terrorist links?

Is the Prevent programme fit for purpose and properly funded?

If not, how was Al Swealmee completely missed by authorities?

Who is behind the radicalisation of lone wolf bedroom terrorists like Al Swealmee?

Is there more social media and tech giants need to be doing to help the UK government stop terrorists?

Are there specific home-grown terrorist threats against the UK, sparking the increase in the terror threat level? What can the public do to be vigilant and try to spot bedroom terrorists before they launch attacks?

And please do not try and tell me that if a car bomb had exploded outside the houses of parliament on Sunday afternoon, Westminster journalists would have spent two press conferences quizzing the PM on Tory sleaze, Covid booster jabs and why he wasn’t wearing a mask at a hospital a week ago.

All those subjects might be easier to discuss; they won’t see you accused of islamophobia or hectored as being heartless about the plight of illegal Channel crossing migrants (who I must remind you are already safe in France).

But the only heartless thing is to continue to ignore policy failures that are resulting in the threat of deadly terrorism on our shores.

It’s our responsibility to have these uncomfortable conversations and refuse to look away.

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