This commie is completely nuts. And of course, strongly supported by the Muslim community.
Labour grandee criticises Jeremy Corbyn for voting against Al Qaeda ban before 9/11
Charles Clarke says Mr Corbyn and other left-wing Labour MPs who blocked move in 2001 to ban 21 militant groups were giving them ‘tacit support’.
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By Ben Riley-Smith, Political Correspondent
12:53PM BST 30 Mar 2016
Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of once giving “tacit support” to Al Qaeda by a leading Labour grandee after it emerged he voted against banning the group from Britain just six months before 9/11.
Charles Clarke, a home office minister at the time of the move in early 2001, said the Labour leader and other Left-wing MPs had “given comfort” to those groups facing a ban by blocking the proposals.
Mr Corbyn, then a backbencher, voted against listing 21 militant groups from around the world as terrorists and banning them from entering Britain.
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Al Qaeda, which had already attacked the American embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998 killing more than 200 people, was among the groups listed.
Just six months after the March 2001 vote the group, headed by Osama bin Laden, orchestrated the 9/11 attacks on New York’s World Trade Centre and the Pentagon in Washington DC, killing almost 3,000 people.
Also on the proposed list were ETA, the Basque separatist group, the Tamil Tigers, who seek to create a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka, as well as Hamas and Hezbollah.
Mr Corbyn said at the time: “Twenty-one organisations are due to be banned from operating in this country, causing a great deal of disquiet in the Islamic, Turkish and Tamil communities.
“That is not because people support terrorism, but because they want to encourage a peace process. They recognise that some of the organisations are currently engaged in ceasefires in their own countries, and are actively engaged in the search for long-lasting peace that will bring about the resolution to conflict.”
He was one of just 17 MPs who opposed the move. Others included John McDonnell, now Labour’s shadow chancellor, and Diane Abbott, the party’s shadow international development secretary.
Speaking about the vote, Mr Clarke told the Evening Standard: “It must have given comfort to the proscribed organisations that people like Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott and John McDonnell were giving them tacit support.”
John McDonnell leaving Broadcasting House earlier this year.
He added: “Proscription was and is a very important weapon against those organisations which are trying to attack us and our society.
“We never took any decision to proscribe lightly, but only on the basis of a very considered assessment.”
Jack Straw, who was home secretary at the time of the vote, also told the paper: “The power to proscribe terrorist organisations was and is extremely important. Without it terrorist organisations could get funds and canvass support with impunity.”
A spokesman for Mr Corbyn declined to comment on the vote or Mr Clarke’s remarks.
A spokesman for Mr McDonnell said he voted against the measure because it meant another group, the Sikh Youth Federation, was proscribed.
He said: “John had many members of the Sikh community in his constituency who were members of the group and were rightly shocked to be on such a list.”
“There was no way the list could be amended. It was a take it or leave it vote. And if anything John has subsequently been proved to be right in the end by the fact that this government’s recent review has lifted this unjust ban on the [Sikh] group.”
Ms Abbott has been approached for a comment.