UK government funded 'Muslim task force' attacks Anti terror laws - says they 'will cause radicalisation' concludes Iraq war caused London bombings
UK anti terror laws "chilling" to Muslims
Under Blair Plan Brits Turn Security over to Islamists
November 11, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews - In another case of multicultural diversity run amok, the UK government has funded a consortium of radical Muslims to act as a "police and security working group."
This task force has authored a controversial statement ripping Britain's anti-terror laws as being excessive and specifically objecting to new prohibitions against "incitement to violence," claiming that this would hamper Muslim free speech.
They expressed concern that their member's support of suicide bombers would be mischaracterized and criminalized, "creating a criminal offence of glorifying terrorism could stifle legitimate support for self-determination struggles around the world."
The group is warning that stronger anti terror laws would "drive the terrorists underground" - seemingly a veiled threat that they will not work with law enforcement - and claims that the causative factor for Muslim unrest is the "inherent injustices" in British foreign policy which are a contributory factor in triggering "radical impulses" among British Muslims.
Members of the task force want to reserve the right for Muslim's to continue to advocate violence, clarifying their objection to the new laws on the grounds that "a speech on jihad could easily be misunderstood as glorifying terrorism, and the "extremely thin line" between empathizing with the Palestinian cause and justifying the actions of suicide bombers could not be drawn with any legal certainty."
In furtherance of this group's attempt to scuttle what to most seem a sensible response to Britain's recent Islamist sponsored bombings, this group is organizing a road show to challenge the laws headed by the likes of Sheikh Yusuf al Qaradawi who has issued a fatwa condoning suicide bombings by women.
Responding to that imminent campaign, the apparently clueless UK Home Office Minister explained, "The roadshow might include controversial figures such Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, but Ms Blears said it was important to have people who were trusted in the Muslim community or it would be a sham."
MIM comment: More outrageous then Blear's justification of the Muslims inclusion of Qaradawi,( who was dubbed the 'Theologian of Terror') in a government funded anti extremism initative, is her praise for the Muslim fifth columnist attack on the government and it's policies, since according to her:
"...They are telling the Government some fairly challenging things and not just telling the Government what they think we wanted to hear..."
Terror bill chilling for Muslims, Blair warned
The fears were voiced by the Muslim community working groups set up by the Home Office to prevent the growth of extremism after the July terror attacks. The warning centres on the remaining provisions in the proposed legislation - such as the ban on the "glorification" of terrorist acts - that are likely to become the next focus of parliamentary dissent after Tony Blair's defeat on holding terrorist suspects for 90 days without charge.
The Muslim community's police and security working group report makes clear that many believe the present anti-terror regime is already excessive, and that the measures risk provoking further radicalisation of young British Muslims.
It says the proposal to make "inciting, justifying or glorifying terrorism" a criminal offence "could lead to a significant chill factor in the Muslim community in expressing legitimate support for self-determination struggles around the world". It could also lead to a fear of using "legitimate concepts and terminology" because of the anxiety of being misunderstood by authorities ignorant of Arabic/Islamic vocabulary. For instance, a speech on jihad could easily be misunderstood as glorifying terrorism, and the "extremely thin line" between empathising with the Palestinian cause and justifying the actions of suicide bombers could not be drawn with any legal certainty.
It fears that a proposed Foreign Office database of "foreign extremists" and a Home Office list of extremist websites, bookshops and organisations of concern will lead to a clampdown that will be seen as "censorship of all those who might criticise British foreign policy or call for political unity among Muslims: 'This is disingenuous to say the least, carrying the dual risk of radicalisation and driving the extremists further underground'."
The reports published by the Home Office yesterday said British foreign policy had been "a key contributory factor" in driving extremist groups, and perceptions of injustices inherent in western foreign policy were triggering "radical impulses" among British Muslims.
Ifath Nafwaz, the deputy convenor of the security and policing working group, said: "There is huge concern about the anti-terrorism legislation - that it is excessive and is going to drive people underground. We ask for a dialogue to be opened up with the community."
The anti-terrorism minister, Hazel Blears, admitted that the Muslim community was telling the government "some fairly challenging things", but insisted that the legislation was aimed at terrorists and not at the Muslim community. Ministers this week strengthened the test necessary to bring a prosecution for "glorifying terrorism", with prosecutors now having to demonstrate "reckless intent" to make a charge stick. It is expected that this will prove the main battleground when the terror bill goes to the Lords in 10 days' time.
Blair's Muslim task force attacks terror crackdown
Tony Blair's counter-terror crackdown came under fire yesterday from a Muslim task force set up by the Home Office to combat extremism.
group of Islamic experts appointed after the July 7 suicide attacks in London said the measures risked alienating law-abiding Muslims and driving fanatics underground.
They were especially critical of plans to outlaw groups such as Hizb-ut-tahrir and al-Muhajiroun.
The report concluded that British foreign policy was a "key contributory factor" in spurring British Muslims to extremism. Ifath Nawaz, the deputy convenor of one of the seven working groups, said: "There is huge concern about the anti-terrorism legislation, that it is excessive and it is going to drive people underground. We have expressed concern and ask for a dialogue to be opened up."
Leading Muslims want a public inquiry into the July attacks that they believe will expose a deep well of resentment at Government policy in Iraq and the Middle East. A Home Office spokesman said the request was still under consideration.
The report argued that radical impulses among the Muslim community were often triggered by "perceptions of injustices inherent in western foreign policy". It added: "British foreign policy - especially in the Middle East - cannot be left unconsidered as a factor in the motivations of criminal radical extremists. We believe it is a key contributory factor."
Other measures in the Terrorism Bill, including plans to compile a list of extremist Muslim websites, bookshops and centres, could be perceived as "censorship of those who might criticise British foreign policy or call for political unity among Muslims".
The report denounced the Bill's plan for a new offence of "glorifying terrorism".
It said: "The proposal... could lead to a significant chill factor in the Muslim community in expressing legitimate support for self-determination struggles around the world, and in using legitimate concepts and terminology because of fear of being misunderstood and implicated for terrorism by authorities ignorant of Arabic/Islamic vocabulary.
"This would not only result in an inappropriate restriction around the practice of Islam but also its development in the present context."
Government plans for a new police power to close mosques being used by Islamic extremists were criticised as arbitrary and open to abuse.
"The proposal on closing certain mosques rather than simply prosecuting the criminality in those mosques could deprive a whole congregation," the report said.
Hazel Blears, the Home Office minister, said: "People will disagree with decisions that the Government takes but the way of changing that in a democracy is through the democratic process."
The task force proposed a number of initiatives, including a national tour by mainstream imams to preach against extremism and a British-Islam website to counter fanatical Muslim sites.