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    UK: Police-state terror against Muslims escalates again Thu Feb 28, 2008 http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/28/uksecurity.islam The latest fascist
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2008
      UK: Police-state terror against Muslims escalates again
      Thu Feb 28, 2008

      The latest fascist initiative from the British government includes:

      * Plans to profile entire areas as extremist hotbeds
      * Attempts to force parents to censor children's political internet
      use (probably under threat of arrest for allowing "extremism")
      * Possible gleichschaltung of schools and colleges, with imposition of
      an "anti-extremist" agenda. Does this mean loyalty oaths for teachers
      and academics, and a McCarthyite berumsverbot against hiring radicals?
      Or maybe compulsory indoctrination courses as in China?
      * An attack on the rights of Muslim prisoners, which will probably
      involve separation from other prisoners to avoid political influence
      * Security think-tank promotes racist ideas of monoculture and tries
      to incite "wartime mentality" (racist terrorism)

      On the plus side is a move towards police training in cultural
      sensitivity towards Muslim communities, so as not to misidentify usual
      orthodox actions for "extremism". This is simply a strategic concession.

      A recent study shows that British Muslims do not trust the police and
      that the police are well down the list of agencies they might contact
      if they had concerns about "extremism".

      And quite right too. The police cannot be trusted to refrain from
      using a generic suspicion to stitch people up for non-existent
      conspiracies. To report someone to the police for anything related to
      political Islam in Britain is probably a violation of international
      human rights standards as such people are at risk of political
      frame-ups through unfair trials, detention without trial, torture,
      cruel and inhuman treatment, political imprisonment and other human
      rights violations.


      New strategy to stem flow of terror recruits

      Senior police officers have drawn up a radical strategy to stop
      British Muslims turning to violence which will see every area of the
      country mapped for its potential to produce extremists and supporters
      for al-Qaida. The 40-page document, marked restricted, was approved by
      a top-level police counter-terrorism committee on Monday, and is
      expected to be formally adopted within weeks.

      The Association of Chief Police Officers hopes it will help to stop
      al-Qaida's ideas gaining hold in primary schools, colleges, the
      internet and prisons. Other initiatives in the strategy include:

      *· *guidance to parents on how to stop children searching for
      extremist websites

      *· *an anti-extremism agenda to be included in "all state-maintained
      educational establishments from primary schooling through to
      universities" by 2008/9

      *· *intervening to stop convicted al-Qaida terrorists and supporters
      from spreading extremist ideology in prison.

      Acpo's plans have been prompted by a realisation that new recruits are
      being attracted to violent extremism despite scores of convictions,
      arrests and the disruption of plots. The country's most senior
      counter-terrorism officials believe the level of threat has remained
      severe and sustained since the July 2005 attacks on London killed 52

      More effort and new approaches will be made "to stop people becoming
      terrorists or supporting terrorism and violent extremism", the
      document says.

      Though the document does not mention the Iraq war, it accepts that
      foreign policy can trigger a sense of grievance that can lead to
      violence. It urges officers across England and Wales to "effectively
      address grievances", and says: "This objective is not for the police
      alone. Some grievances will be international in dimension."

      It includes a stark assessment about how far police have to go in
      building trust with Muslim communities. "Research last year revealed
      that the police service would be very low on the list of agencies that
      the Muslim community would turn to if they had concerns about a member
      of their community who embraced violent extremism ... the police
      service has a long way to go in building a relationship of trust
      around these issues..."

      It cites the example of drug use, saying that in the 1980s people
      would not tell the police about those close to them who were using
      illegal substances. Now that reticence has lessened through intensive
      work by officers.

      The new strategy will be rooted in "neighbourhood profiling". "This
      will allow us to connect with all groups and to understand what is
      normal and what is unusual," it says. "We need to continually improve
      our knowledge about communities and how they function both in a social
      and religious context."

      A senior source with knowledge of the discussions leading up to the
      writing of the document said mapping was important: "You have to
      assess where the need is greatest. Just relying on the census data for
      the number of Muslims in an area is not detailed or sophisticated enough."

      The plan also calls for guidance for parents about how to manage the
      use of the web by their children. "The internet is a potential area
      where a tendency towards violent extremism can be exploited ...
      Parents and carers have a need for advice on how to control access for
      their children and to understand what defines the legal/potentially
      illegal divide."

      The document says there is a "pressing need to develop the growing
      relationships between the police and the education sector at every
      level with regard to preventing violent extremism".

      With more terrorists and supporters being jailed, the document says
      those convicted must also be stopped from indoctrinating other inmates.

      The senior source added that the plans were a radical change for the
      police: "It's a recognition that it is a major and important new area
      of work and the police should see it as a mainstream area of work."


      New police anti-extremist strategy

      Every part of Britain will be mapped for its potential to produce
      violent Muslim extremists under a new strategy drawn up by senior
      police officers, it has emerged.

      At its counter-terrorism conference in Brighton this week, the
      Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) approved a blueprint for
      how to prevent al Qaida recruiting fresh supporters.

      The 40-page document aims to stop extremist ideas gaining hold in
      schools, colleges, prisons and over the internet. It includes advice
      for parents on how to stop their children searching for jihadist websites.

      "The internet is a potential area where a tendency towards violent
      extremism can be exploited," it reads. "Parents and carers have a need
      for advice on how to control access for their children and to
      understand what defines the legal-potentially illegal divide."

      The strategy also outlines details of an anti-extremist agenda to be
      included at every level of state-maintained education from primary
      school to university by 2008-09.

      It speaks of a "pressing need" to develop relationships between the
      police and the education sector "at every level" with regard to
      preventing violent extremism.

      The strategy will be rooted in "neighbourhood profiling" to establish
      what is normal and what is unusual behaviour.

      An unnamed senior source told The Guardian newspaper that it was
      important to map areas of the country for their tendency to produce

      The source said: "You have to assess where the need is greatest. Just
      relying on the census data for the number of Muslims in an area is not
      detailed or sophisticated enough."

      The document has not yet been published.


      Deference to multiculturalism undermines those fighting extremism,
      generals warn


      Britain is becoming a soft touch and a "fragmenting, post-Christian
      society" with a "misplaced deference to multiculturalism" undermining
      the fight against extremists, a security thinktank says.

      The warning is published today by the Royal United Services Institute,
      Rusi, a thinktank at the heart of Britain's defence and security

      "Some may believe that we are already at war; but all may agree that
      generally a peacetime mentality prevails," it says. In "our social
      fragmentation, the sense of premonition and the divisions about what
      our stance should be, there are uneasy similarities with the years
      just before the first world war", it adds.

      It continues: "The country's lack of self-confidence is in stark
      contrast to the implacability of its Islamist terrorist enemy."

      Although written by Gwyn Prins, professor at the London School of
      Economics, and Lord Salisbury, scion of a leading Tory family and a
      former cabinet minister, Rusi says the paper reflects a consensus that
      emerged from a series of private seminars involving a group of former
      senior military and intelligence officers.

      Our military and security services are fighting against "active
      forces" at home and abroad, the paper, published in the Rusi Journal,
      says. It adds: "Islamist terrorism is where people tend to begin. The
      United Kingdom presents itself as a target, as a fragmenting,
      post-Christian society, increasingly divided about interpretations of
      its history, about its national aims, its values and in its political

      The problem, it argues, "is worsened by the lack of leadership from
      the majority which in misplaced deference to 'multiculturalism' failed
      to lay down the line to immigrant communities, thus undercutting those
      within trying to fight extremism. The country's lack of
      self-confidence is in stark contrast to the implacability of its
      Islamist terrorist enemy, within and without."

      "Fractured institutional integrity" means that when the unexpected
      occurs, the response is likely to be "incoherent and ad hoc,
      short-termist and uncertain", says the Rusi paper. Uncertainty
      "incubates the embryonic threats these risks represent. We look like a
      soft touch. We are indeed a soft touch, from within and without."

      The paper says the July 2005 London bombings "exposed the weakness of
      the 'multicultural' approach towards Islamists". It proposes the
      setting up of two new bodies - a cabinet committee of ministers and
      officials, and a joint committee of MPs and peers - to counter what it
      calls "flabby and bogus strategic thinking" which it describes as "a
      fundamental source of damage to Britain's security". The problem is
      compounded, it says, by the "wider muddling of political
      responsibilities between Westminster and Brussels". The UN, Nato, and
      the EU have all lost their way, it adds.

      The paper refers to the fierce criticism of the government by five
      former defence chiefs in the Lords last November. Their pleas for more
      military spending "suggests an atmosphere of chronic disrepair".

      Rusi, Britain's oldest military thinktank, said it was an "independent
      institution [providing] a forum to debate the full spectrum of defence
      and security issues". It added: "Rusi's tradition for nearly two
      centuries has been to promote forward thinking, free discussion and
      reflection on defence and security matters."

      Prins told the Guardian: "We are simply saying we are in a hell of a
      mess. Our view is that the problem fundamentally is how risks turn
      into threats."

      The concerns aired in the paper expressed a consensus of a number of
      influential people who met over the course of 18 months, Rusi said.
      Participants in the private seminars which led to today's paper
      included Sir Mark Allen and Lady Park, both former senior MI6
      officers, Field Marshal Lord Inge, a former chief of defence staff,
      General Sir Rupert Smith, a former commander of UN forces in Bosnia
      and Nato deputy supreme commander, and Hew Strachan, Chichele
      professor of the history of war at Oxford University.

      Majority opinion in Whitehall would probably say the Rusi paper
      exaggerates the threat to Britain's security and social cohesion posed
      by Islamist extremism. However, the paper does reflect concern in
      military circles about pressure placed on Britain's armed forces and a
      belief that the government does not appreciate the importance of the
      values it stands for and is supposed to defend.

      Separately, a report by the centre-right Centre for Policy Studies
      called on the government to take up the example of the Troops to
      Teachers programme in the US where it had proved an "outstanding
      success". Former soldiers should be encouraged to retrain as teachers,
      bringing a taste of military discipline to tough inner-city schools,
      its says today.

      The proposal was strongly supported by the former chief of defence
      staff, Lord Guthrie, who says in a forward to the report that it could
      offer an antidote to some of the problems of youth knife crime, drugs
      and violence. "This will not, of course, solve all the problems of the
      inner city. But it will help," he said.

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