Muslim oversight of Brit counter-terror ops?

June 17, 2006

Now, this is the height of politically correct absurdity.  From the Guardian via LGF:

The police are considering a proposal to let selected British Muslims examine the intelligence used to mount anti-terrorism raids before they take place, the Guardian has learned.

. . . A senior police source with knowledge of the issues involved said: "We are working on sharing more information with the community before, during and after events so they understand as much of the context as we can provide."

. . . Any British Muslims shown intelligence would be security vetted but would not have a veto on the raid.

Well, thank goodness for small miracles.

If the goal is to enhance, or provide perspective, on intelligence then shouldn't law enforcement have some Muslims or Islamic experts on staff? 

Otherwise, including non-law-enforcement, 'community groups' is either political correctness gone nuts or an attempt to defuse blame should another raid turn up nothing.  Either way this would appear to be a dangerous precedent and a total waste of time.

Update: Sister Toldjah has similar thoughts.


Brits get terror bust wrong

June 10, 2006

The Telegraph in the UK is reporting that:

Scotland Yard was facing fierce criticism last night after two brothers arrested in a high profile anti-terrorism raid in east London were released without charge.

Mohammed Abul Kahar, 23, and Abul Koyair, 20, were freed a week after being arrested at their house in Lansdown Road, Forest Gate.

Thus giving Muslim groups ammunition and eroding the trust and support of law enforcement in the larger Muslim community . . .

 . . . Massoud Shadjareh, the chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, said: "This is another indictment of police and intelligence service anti-terrorist policy.

"This policy is criminalising and victimising a community that is running out of patience. The only criteria for suspicion it appears is the suspicion that you might be or are a Muslim."

I support law enforcement and I recognise that intelligence collection and counter-terror operations are tricky business, but either these two guys were guilty and the MET police couldn't make their case so they had to release terrorists back onto the streets of east London. 

Or, these two guys were innocent and they had SWAT teams storm their home, terrorise their families and accidentally shoot one of them. 

Either way, this mistake and the one where they shot the Brazilian guy in the head, is not helpful in fighting the broader war on terror. 

I thought the Brits were suppose to be good at this sort of thing, with all their colonial and Northern Ireland experience.  Maybe they should take a page from the RCMP's book.