More knee-jerk terror laws threatened

26th Sep 2014

The British Government is yet again introducing a new round of terrorism laws. The proposals are timed with the Government raising the domestic terror threat level from substantial to severe. This comes eight months before the next general election. It coincides with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil/Isis).

The aim is to make it easier for the Government to seize the passports, particularly at borders, of suspected mercenaries from Britain travelling to Iraq and Syria. The plan, announced by Prime Minister, David Cameron, is also to give police and intelligence agencies the power to impose greater restrictions on the movement of terrorist suspects within Britain.

Under changes to terrorism prevention and investigation measures, suspects could be excluded from entering certain buildings or areas, or moved to locations outside their communities. The changes were greeted with loud jeers in the House of Commons from the opposition Labour Party. It had already provided such powers under previous legislation, which were subsequently amended by the coalition Government in 2012.

Cameron claimed that “Isil is a greater threat to our security than we have seen before.” The intelligence and security services believe that at least 500 Britons have gone to fight in Syria and potentially Iraq. He stressed that there was still “gaps in our armoury” that the Government needed to fill.

As has become norm, because of the sensitivity, he remained in denial that the terrorist threat had political causes. It was “not created by the Iraq war 10 years ago. It existed even before the horrific attacks on 9/11,” he insisted. “This threat cannot be solved simply by dealing with perceived grievances over Western foreign policy. Nor can it be dealt with by addressing poverty, dictatorship or instability in the region – as important as these things are.”

While many have questioned the legitimacy of revoking passports and trying to remove citizenships, former counter-terrorism chief at MI5 and MI6 Richard Barrett has suggested that Cameron should be doing the reverse and that Britain should encourage mercenaries fighting in Syria and Iraq to return.” “It would seem sensible to encourage British and other foreign fighters who have joined the Islamic State or other extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, and now realise this was wrong, to come home. “These are the people who can expose the true nature of the Islamic State and its leadership,” Barrett said.

“Their stories of brutality and the motives behind it will be far more credible and persuasive than the rhetoric of men in suits. These repentant fighters need a way out, and although the law must take its course, they need to know there is a place for them back at home if they are committed to a non-violent future.” He added that the most successful people in undermining the terrorist narratives were themselves “ex-extremists” and that they can “explain why going abroad to fight is a very bad idea.”

Former MI6 chief, Sir Richard Dearlove, has also previously warned that the Isil threat had been exaggerated and said that the Government and the media should not offer “oxygen of publicity”. He suggested that it was more of a Middle Eastern issue and that people should instead turn their focus towards the growing threat of Russia and China. He pointed the finger at the Wahabbi Saudi leadership that was “deeply attracted” towards militancy and suggested it was a source, though not necessarily the regime, of bankrolling the rise of the Isil.

One Response to “More knee-jerk terror laws threatened”

Iftikhar AhmadSeptember 27, 2014

Quran is not the religion of hatred as perceived by the west for the following reasons:
1)It demands muslims to suppress their temper in adversity. Besides, it demands muslims to pardon people. The following are the extracts:

Aal-e-Imran, Chapter #3, Verse #134, “Those who spend (in Allah’s Cause) in prosperity and IN ADVERSITY, WHO REPRESS ANGER, AND WHO PARDON MEN; verily, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (THE GOOD-DOERS). (Mohsn Khan’s translation) As the phrase, in adversity, is mentioned above with the phrase, repress anger, it demands muslims to suppress their temper even if they are in adversity with non-muslims.

Aal-e-Imran, Chapter #3, Verse #134, “Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity, or IN ADVERSITY, WHO RESTRAIN ANGER, AND PARDON (ALL) MEN;- for Allah loves those who DO GOOD;- (Yusuf Ali’s translation)

2)Quran demands muslims to be patient at the time of anger and to excuse those that treat them badly. The following is the extract:

Fussilat, Chapter #41, Verse #34, “The good deed and the evil deed cannot be equal. Repel (the evil) with one which is better (i.e. Allah orders the faithful believers TO BE PATIENT AT TIME OF ANGER, and TO EXCUSE THOSE WHO TREAT THEM BADLY) then verily he, between whom and you there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a close friend. (Mohsin Khan’s translation) As the phrase, to excuse those who treat them badly, is mentioned above, it demands muslims not to retaliate and be patient with non-muslims.

Fussilat, Chapter #41, Verse #34, “Nor can goodness and Evil be equal. Repel (Evil) with what is better: Then will he between whom and thee was hatred become as it were thy friend and intimate! (Yusuf Ali’s translation) The phrase, between whom and thee was hatred become as it were thy friend, as mentioned here implies turning those that have hatred against muslims to be their friends.

Most global jihadis are not illiterates raised in poor slums, but from well-off families and with advanced education degrees. “Most of the danger comes from them,” Young people being educated at “elite” schools and colleges were joining the extremists, he said.
“Terrorists are not just from slums – statistically, a disproportionate number of global jihadis come from a higher education background,” said Nawaz, who was formerly a member of the Hizbut Tahrir (HT). He quit the group to found Khudi, which works to counter extremism

Europe is still racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic. It is unable to forget and forgive the seige of Vienna in 1683.

I fully understand the FEAR & THE INFERIORITY COMPLEX Factor among some Christians / Jews & the Hindu Groups/Individuals when dealing with the subject of ISLAM.

Today the followers of All the Religions in the World are talking Only about ISLAM, because, it is understandable that You will only talk about SOMETHING WHICH IS TRULY HUGE / GIGANTIC & TREMENDOUSLY SUCCESSFUL, when compared to
ALL the other religions.

We will NEVER like to discuss about anything which is INSIGNIFICANT, but ISLAM
IS HUGELY SIGNIFICANT as the Fastest Growing Religion in the entire World, not
only Europe or America or Africa or Asia or Australia. ISLAM as a religion is Growing
Everywhere, by the Grace of the Almighty Allah.

This is not there in the case of other religions, because THEY ARE ALL OBSOLETE NOW. Only ISLAM is the One and Only LIVE/TRUE religion in this World, hence SPREADING.


Please do not Demonise ISLAM, Read the Noble Quran to understand what ISLAM really is.


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