With love and tears for Saskia Johns and Jack Merritt, I would like to share some thoughts:
New personal data sharing concent form has kicked in. People in certain circumstances should now on agree (roughly quoted) that their personal data might be shared with third parties, including third parties outside the EU, including third parties in the US of America, including US Defence and based on US Commercial regulations.
This fact together with the heartbreaking events last Friday, make picture the following scenario:
A year ago, upon his release from prison, the murderers's (I won't mention his name in the same piece of writing as the names of his victims) life has looked different to him. Efficient and successful, the deradicalisation programs have given him notion of sense and direction. The positive efforts of professionals and volunteers have inspired into him a little, tiny sparkle of hope that a future is possible for him after all.
He gets out. He looks forward. He participates in fuether activities, responds to invitations for various reformative initiatives (As said above, I speculate, trying to picture what I don't know). Then, two weeks ago, within yet another initiative, he is asked to sign yet another personal data sharing consent form. He has signed so many of those through the years that he notices the amended last paragraph immediately. "What is this?", he asks the professional/volunteer working with him pointing at the innocent paragraph mentioning US Defence and US Commercial Code/Regulation. She/he professional/volunteer cannot answer. She/he has downloaded and printed the form as usual, unaware of the amendment made to the consent. None has informed her/him about the amendment. Non has explained what does it imply. "Oh", she/he says, "I have no idea. I have to go back and ask my manager/coordinator. You don't have to sign it now. You can sign it later, when we know more".But the (so far future) murderer is disturbed. He things "Is she/he kidding me? Not aware of the amendment?". Then he looks in the honest eyes facing him and the fear kicks in: "Oh, It's even worse, she/he is not lying; it means she/he is so insignificant that nobody cared to update her/him on the amendment. It's even worse, what we are doing here is absolutely insignificant and inconsequential. What we are doing here won't take me nowhere".
For the (so far future) murderer doesn't know what the amended last paragraph might imply for him. Innocent as it might be, the amendment looks menacing to him - it is one thing his personal data to be shared within the structures of a socially positive conglomeration of countries like the EU, within a regulation and legislation system that he is already familiar with; but he fears it would be something entirely different for his personal data to be shared with the intelligence and defense structures of a country known to him with its Crackdown on Terrorism, Guantanamo and the wars on Muslim countries around the glob with or without good reason. The less he knows the more he fears.
I don't want to be devil's advocate by soliciting empathy with the murderer, but I can imagine the fear : today he is a terrorist under UK and EU legislation and regulations. Tomorrow he is terrorist under unknown UK and US legislation and regulations. He is afraid that all his efforts and the efforts of those around him will go in vain. Now THEY got him. With THEY being also uncertainty, fears and desperation. Those kick in stronger than ever before.
The murderer's solicitor might have been right. Probably the murderer has been fine upon his release of prison; it is only that so much has changed in the meantime.
Now forgive me if I missed something, but nobody mentioned the murderer shouting "Allahu Akbar" during the attack. I am thinking what if it has been a "secular" non "religious" suicide? A suicide like in "No, future for me" rather than "Tonight I will lie down eight of my thirty three houris".
And as in this dark pre-election season pointing the finger at a presumed responsibles is fashionable, I won't make acception and say:
If it weren't for Brexit and Dominic Cummings to make the Leave vote successful; and if it weren't for all those who voted for change, oblivious of the fact that every revolution - including administrative or ink revolutions as in the Brexit case - is blood thirsty; and if it weren't for everybody else who was taking the luxury and glory of living in a stable ordinate country for granted; so if it wasn't for all those aka if it wasn't for all of us; then small administrative, institutional and technical changes - invisible for most, but scarring the hell out of the marginal and those in particular circumstances - wouldn't have happened and this innocent blood wouldn't have been spelt.
There, the children's blood staines the hands of us all.
What will happen next?
I will speculate that the terrorist detained in British prisons might be sent to offshore prisons (why only banks? We might stock all sorts of things ofshore) as we don't have successful decriminalisation programs here... We are already ofshoring some terrorists, their wives and their children in Syria and Turkey for example.
Or we could contract a private American company with expertise detaining terrorists. Probably the one that ran Guantanamo could register in the UK under the same or different name. Actually as things stand at present, the company might even successfully register as "Guantanamo Ltd" and be welcomed.
When in obscure times we investigate the darkness within and around ourselves, may the memory of Saskia Johns and Jack Merritt be a guiding light.
This writing is based on the following personal experience: last Tuesday, 26 November, I upgraded my Samsung. Two days later, I saw the mentioned above amended personal data sharing consent form for a first time. The amendment made such an impression on me and messed with my brain in a way that for seven days I couldn't download Arabic language on my phone. What initially, on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28, I was perceiving as a mare technical clumsine of my behalf; gradually turned itno slight paranoia on Thursday which increasrd after the Truely Black Friday. Thus, on Friday, I was thinking that Samsung has made Arabic less easy to install than other languages. While on Sunday, 1 Dec I was already convinced that under the alien US Commercial Code/Regulator Samsung UK has taken Arabic off its software completely. On Monday I called my father "Dad, new American commercial regulations have taken Arabic of their handsets in UK". "Don't be silly milly", my good old father replied "Arabic is one of UN's five official languages". "I am not saying Arabic has been taken off UN's official languages, I am saying US Commercial Regulator has taken it off Samsung. And they will take it off the UN next". No power on earth was able to convince me otherwise. Not even my English manfriend's rational attempts to reason me. (Mind you, an English manfriend empowers you by talking sense to you while leaving you to deal with your technical problems on your own).
Only this morning, a week later, the impression of the alien amendment had worn out sufficiently so that I may think of the simple thing called a google search. Type "Download Arabic for Galaxy text messages" and watch about five seconds of the video before remembering how easy it is to download Arabic on an Android.
Fear kills rationality. Thus much I learned during this difficult week and as a reslut of the Truely Black Friday.
And yes, obviously, the murderer might have been simply a deranged jihadist with or without Allahu Akbar on mouth. In which case folded tousand times upon himself in his tiny as a particle of dust place in جـهنــم he will be watching the two beloved, innocent souls assending into جنـة carried by feather winged رضـوان.