Post by Farmer Giles
"The alleged suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was part of an extremist group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, that thrived in Manchester and was cultivated and used by MI5 for more than 20 years.
The LIFG is proscribed by Britain as a terrorist organisation which seeks a "hardline Islamic state" in Libya and "is part of the wider global Islamist extremist movement, as inspired by al-Qaida"."
Because MI5/MI6 are not police forces but intelligence gathering agencies. In order to gather intelligence, there necessarily has to be an element of infiltration and association with the targets.
In fact even the police and H.M. R&C investigators operate covert operations.
Such a practice is no doubt risky but nevertheless essential if the lid has to be kept on things.
Occasionally things do go unpredictably wrong.