The Telegraph reported today:
Max Hill said Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) was planning “indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians” on a scale similar to those perpetrated by the IRA 40 years ago.
He told The Sunday Telegraph that Islamists were targeting UK cities and said there was an “enormous ongoing risk which none of us can ignore”.
Mr Hill was unveiled on Monday as the new watchdog, taking over from David Anderson in a role that dates to the height of the IRA threat.
• Expressed “enormous concern” at the imminent return of hundreds of British jihadists who have been fighting for Isil in Syria;
• Warned that British teenagers as young as 14 are being radicalised by extremist videos and hate speech online;
• Promised to stand up to Theresa May if he believes her administration’s policies will harm British society;
• Defended ministers who approved a reported £1 million compensation payment to Ronald Fiddler, the Guantanamo Bay detainee who this month carried out a suicide bomb attack in Iraq;
• Pledged to review Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures amid concerns they are an “extraordinarily serious infringement” on freedom.
“It’s an enormous concern that large numbers – we know this means at least hundreds of British citizens who have left this country in order to fight – are now returning or may be about to return,” Mr Hill said.