Khan, 23, was yesterday convicted of three counts of possessing articles for terrorism but the jury was not told he was part of a network of international terrorists in Europe and North America.
It can now be revealed that Khan was closely connected to the alleged leader of a group of men currently awaiting trial for plotting an attack.
\’Ee\’s a bad \’un for sure. Look, he knows this other bloke as yet convicted of nothing.
And, of course, this conviction will be used to justify the conviction of the other.
He added: "Let there be no doubt, these are dangerous individuals. These men were not simply in possession of material which expressed extremist views. They were also in possession of material that was operationally useful to anyone wishing to carry out an act of violence or terrorism."
Aabid Hussain Khan, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, had compiled pictures, maps and details of the opening hours of official residences from information available on the internet.
There were also details of London landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and the underground as well as the New York and Washington metros and a home-made video of the Washington Memorial and World Bank in the US.
This could be useful for terrorism, yes. I-t could also be a holiday video and the research for a project on how much the Royals costs us.
The problem I\’ve got here (not that my problems are all that important) is that thie blokle may well have been a would be terrorist. It\’s just that with the information presented so far (and of course I didn\’t see what was presented in court) I\’ve no way of knowing.
Operation Praline, run by the Counter-Terrorism Unit in Leeds, was sparked when police, acting on intelligence, stopped Khan at Manchester airport as he returned from Pakistan.
Officers found two computer hard drives, DVDs, forged currency, false identification papers, handwritten notes and correspondence.
Forged currency and ID papers? That\’s very definitely a crime. Why not prosecute for this rather than use the list of opening times as evidence of terrorist plots?
There\’s one other possibility here: that I\’ve been made so cynical by the security theatre, made so blase about the threat of terrorism as a result of the way that all and sundry tell us we must be investigated, detailed, ID\’d, unliberated, that I don\’t believe them when they find a real one. And even that, the best explanation for my unease, isn\’t really a very hopeful one is it?