UK: Police-state terror against Muslims escalates again
- 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
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
*· *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
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
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,
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
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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