This one is pretty much takes the cake, I have to say. I’m not even an anti-government assistance person. In fact, I think it’s often vital to provide such benefits. It’s also vital to monitor these programs for abuse. When they’re being used to fund suicide bombings that kill your own people, that’s obviously a problem that goes far beyond your standard benefit fraud case. Also, we have to take into account the fact that Salman Abedi, the scumbag Manchester bomber, had already been identified as a potential terror threat.

This is something that definitely needs to be looked at in the future.

From The Telegraph…

The Manchester suicide bomber used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, police believe.

Salman Abedi is understood to have received thousands of pounds in state funding in the run up to Monday’s atrocity even while he was overseas receiving bomb-making training.

Police are investigating Abedi’s finances, including how he paid for frequent trips to Libya where he is thought to have been taught to make bombs at a jihadist training camp…

Abedi’s finances are a major ‘theme’ of the police inquiry amid growing alarm over the ease with which jihadists are able to manipulate Britain’s welfare and student loans system to secure financing.

One former detective said jihadists were enrolling on university courses to collect the student loans “often with no intention of turning up”.

Abedi was given at least £7,000 from the taxpayer-funded Student Loans Company after beginning a business administration degree at Salford University in October 2015. 

It is thought he received a further £7,000 in the 2016 academic year even though by then he had already dropped out of the course. Salford University declined to say if it had informed the Student Loans Company that Abedi’s funding should have been stopped.

Separately, the Department for Work and Pensions refused to say if Abedi had received any benefits, including housing benefit and income support worth up to £250 a week, during 2015 and 2016. It would only say he was not claiming benefits in the weeks before the attack.

Perhaps there needs to be some kind of extra oversight here, especially since this guy was already flagged. I’m not sure how the logistics of that would be setup, but something needs to happen. Everything possible should be done to prevent government assistance from being used to fund terror attacks.

  1. and they wonder why people think that they (the government) let this tragedy happen! and then they have a go at us who are stuck with the consequences of there inaction.

  2. Seems they’re hellbent on everyone participate in society except law abiding citizens.

    Terrorist gets welfare bucks, felons get voting rights…

  3. So wait, Britain’s government doesn’t issue student loan money to schools semi directly through a bureaucratic process to ensure it’s going where it’s supposed to? It’s just all on the honor system? You just say “I are student give me munny” and the state hands you a check for thousands of pounds you can go cash at the nearest bank?

    That’s nuts.

  4. Even though he was a threat we all know why he kept getting handouts. Political Correctness is more important to political elitists than law abiding citizens. This monster could have announced his plans in a Facebook video and still receive his handout.

  5. These Islamofascists are like AIDS, won’t go away without a drastic behavioral change

  6. Jesus talk about a post overload – it’s been like a week since I saw any updates and then BAM, like 3 dozen. Must have been something wrong on my end.

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