The Colonel’s controversial statements yesterday posed the argument that 3,000 known jihadists in the UK should be deported and that those on terrorist watch lists who were British citizens should be interned without trial in order to prevent horrific attacks such as the bombing in Manchester on Monday.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain hosts Kate Garraway, 50, and Ben Shephard, 42, today, Colonel Kemp stuck by his proposal, stating that it would of course need legal clearance through parliament and would require a derogation from European human rights legislation before such measures could be put into action.
“The fact that problems exist don’t mean to say we shouldn’t try and do something to prevent people being killed on the streets of our cities,” he said.
Kate then questioned him about the potential costs of interning or deporting people of interest, saying: “If we locked up everyone on the terror watch list, it would cost £97.3 million. It’s an enormous amount of money.
“Could you be confident that if all those on the terror watch list were locked away there wouldn’t be someone else cropping up here and there. I guess it’s, how effect a use of that amount of money is this?” she asked.
“It’s a balance that has to be struck,” Colonel Kemp replied, before arguing that the cost of keeping those individuals under 24-hour surveillance would be even higher.
“I think I’ve seen estimates that it costs £500,000 per year to monitor one subject around clock,” he added. “And if you monitor that by whatever number that the security services are currently concerned about then that adds up to a great deal more. What is the cost of a human life? What is the worth of a human life?”
The former Head of Cobra went on to state that the perpetrator of almost every terrorist attack in Britain and Europe had been known to be involved with terrorism by the authorities, but were not high enough on the priority list to be placed subject to control or monitoring.
Brigadier Paul Gibson, the former director of counterterrorism for the UK Ministry of Defence, joined Ben and Kate in the studio to counter Colonel Kemp’s proposals, branding them “blunt”.
“What’s been proposed here is a very, very blunt instrument,” he said, “That I think would fundamentally undermine the way we in Britain operate as a liberal society where we absolutely put the rule of law at the front of everything we do.”
Brigadier Gibson also pointed out that the people in question were only of interest and that the intelligence and security services did not have sufficient evidence to prosecute them through the justice system, maintaining that, as a society, Britain operates on the principal of innocent until proven guilty.
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