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    UK Imams may be forced to preach in English

    The latest counter-extremism proposals by the British Government are reportedly going to include forcing Imams to preach in English.

    Whilst some may naively accept the argument that living in an English speaking society should mean that all citizens should try their best to speak in English, the reality is that such proposals are exclusively designed to target the Muslim community who continues to be viewed through the lens of the “war on terror.”

    Akin to autocratic regimes such as Russia, China and tyrannical States in the Muslim World, the UK is now also heading towards state controlled policing of the Muslim community. The first clause of the Magna Carta says ‘The English Church shall be free, and shall have its rights undiminished, and its liberties unimpaired’, so does not apply to the Muslim community, once again proving there is a parallel system of rights and justice.

    It is of course a lie that secular states are neutral to religions. Rather it imposes laws on religions to achieve the aims of its own way of life.

    Such policies are no surprise for those who understand that Islam poses an ideological challenge to the secular way of life and hence lies about pluralism and freedom to worship don’t apply to Muslims.

    Such measures are a continuation of a reformation agenda to reform Islam into a ‘British Islam’ that interprets this way of life in a secular manner and not as a holistic way of life. We can imagine what type of Islam they wish to see being taught; one which abolishes Allah from life’s affairs; which sees all religions as being essentially the same, none being ‘true’; one that reduces the status of Messengers such that they can be mocked; one where any sexual relationships are a valid lifestyle choices etc. This is in addition to being taught that there is no political system in Islam nor that the Muslims here are apart of the global Ummah, or that the ultimately loyalty is not to Allah but to the secular state.

    Ironically it is not Islam they are damaging through such proposals but the values they claim to uphold.


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    Media blaming it on any Muslim name they could find before getting the actual facts.

    London Attacker Was Reportedly Identified As Abu Izzadeen, But There's A Problem: He's Still In Jail

    by Matt Vespa - Mar 22, 2017

    London has been attacked in what appears to be a terrorist [crime] incident-and British law enforcement is investigating it as such. Scotland Yard said that four people have died, including a police officer and the attacker, with 20 others being wounded. The injuries have been described as catastrophic. Katie wrote about how the assailant plowed through pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge near Whitehall, exited his vehicle in his attempt to enter the Palace of Westminster, where he was shot three times by police. A police officer was stabbed in the attack.

    The attacker was allegedly identified as Abu Izzadeen
    (aka Trevor Brooks), a British native and second generation Jamaican, by Channel 4 News. Izzadeen has been in trouble with the law for his advocacy of radical Islam. In 2005, he refused to condemn the July 7 London bombings:

    British-born Abu Izzadeen, a spokesman for the group al-Ghurabaa [the Strangers] has declined to condemn the 7 July London bombings.

    He told BBC2's Newsnight the bombings were "mujahideen activity" which would make people "wake up and smell the coffee".

    In 2008, he was found guilty of inciting terrorism and given a four and a half-year prison sentence.

    Over the past few years, Izzadeen has been in and out of UK's legal system for his radical views. In 2015, he was sent to jail for failing to notify police of his address change, while in early 2016-he landed himself in hot water again for leaving the country without telling British authorities, according to the BBC. And here is the problem: he was given a two-year prison sentence for that infraction. He's still in jail.


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    Dewsbury politician says Westminster attacker was 'violent Christian before he was a violent Muslim'

    The man behind the Westminster terror attack was a "violent Christian long before he was a violent Muslim", Dewsbury-born peer, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, has said.

    By Nick Lavigueur - 26 MAR 2017

    Khalid Masood, 52, killed five people and injured 50 in London last Wednesday before he was shot dead by police.

    Appearing on the Andrew Marr Show on BBC1 on Sunday, Baroness Warsi, a former Tory cabinet member, criticised the government's counter-terrorism strategy.

    Baroness Warsi, who grew up attending a mosque in Savile Town, Dewsbury, said it was wrong to only focus on Islam.

    She said research on terrorism had found anything between 15 to 28 tell-tale signs of people who were potential threats.

    She said: "One of the questions I've asked for a couple of years is what actually makes a violent Jihadi? What makes a terrorist?

    "My argument has consistently been that the government has been obsessively focused on just one - which we refer to as Islamist ideology."

    Asked by Marr how the security services should track down terrorists, she responded: "There has been a narrative that says Muslim people know who these people are.

    "And not only do they know them but they're condoning them and sheltering them.

    "I think what we've seen in the terrorist attack last week is it's incredibly difficult (to predict).

    "This is a man who was born in a Christian home, born in a fairly comfortable home, seemed to be living a fairly good lifestyle, was popular.

    "He then got involved in criminality and didn't convert to Islam until later on in life.

    "So he was a violent Christian long before he was a violent Muslim.

    "I'm not sure any of the people who were growing up with him, indeed his own family, would have known that he would go on to commit such an extremist act."

    Marr asked Baroness Warsi why it seemed violent drug taking men converted to Islam.

    "They don't convert to evangelical Christianity or Hinduism, they choose Islam," he claimed.

    But Baroness Warsi said there were people around the world who were evangelical Christians and Buddhists, who committed extremist acts.

    "People always want to find a cause," she said.

    "Nobody's going to say I am an extremist or a terrorist, I just want to commit violent acts, because that's the kind of violent man I am, which clearly Khalid Masood was.

    "They want to try and find an air of respectability as justification for it.

    "If you go back to the GBH he was convicted of in early life there's some suggestion that the argument he presented to court was that he had been racially abused.

    "His violent act was based upon his racial identity.

    "People will always find a grievance."


    London terrorist 'splashed out on four-day crack binges and prostitutes'

    The London terror attacker blew thousand on four-day crack binges and prostitutes, his former friends have claimed.

    by Simon Robb - 26 Mar 2017

    Khalid Masood's former landlady also Cassie Havard said she kicked him out because he was a 'madman' who splashed his money on prostitutes.

    She told The Sun: 'He wasn't a proper Muslim. He shagged prostitutes, smoked copious amounts of crack and stuck knives in people's faces.

    'He was a madman.
    After one four-day crack session, one druggie pal got paranoid and accused him of being an undercover cop.

    'Adrian went absolutely wild and ran to the kitchen to grab the biggest knife he could find. He went back in the room and slashed the guy's face to pieces.'

    Another friend, who is not named, told the newspaper Masood would turn violent and start fights after taking drugs.

    'When high his mood dominated everything in a nasty way,' they said.

    'As soon as the picture of the terrorist on a stretcher outside Parliament was published, we suspected it was him.'

    Yesterday, Danny Smith, 35, told The Sun how he was left with horrific facial injuries after Masood attacked him 15 years ago in Eastbourne. The blade sliced his nose open and ripped through his tongue. But he evaded jail after a jury acquitted him of the charges.

    In a separate incident, Lee Lawrence said Masood spoke of his desire to 'kill' after he slashed a pub landlord, Piers Mott, with a knife.

    On Wednesday, Masood killed four people - Leslie Rhodes, 75, US tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, Aysha Frade, 43 and Pc Keith Palmer, 48.

    He was born Adrian Russell Elms to an unmarried teenage single mother.

    Masood was jailed for two years after slashing a man's face with a knife outside a local pub, leaving his victim with a gaping wound in his cheek.


    London attacker had no links to Isis or al-Qaeda, says Met Police

    Revelations come on fifth full day of police investigation

    by Tom Batchelor - 3/27/2017

    Police investigating the Westminster attack say they have found no evidence that killer Khalid Masood had links to radical Islamist groups such as Isis or al-Qaeda.

    As more details of the fast-moving investigation emerged, Scotland Yard revealed a probe into his use of encrypted messaging service WhatsApp on the day of the attack now forms a "main line of enquiry".

    Detectives also raised doubts over suggestions that Masood was radicalised during a spell in prison.

    The revelations, which come on the fifth full day of the police investigation, appeared to contradict earlier reports that he was linked to Islamist terror groups, and that he had developed extremist views while in jail.

    A day after the attack, Isis claimed responsibility and called Masood "a soldier of the Islamic State".

    The claim was met with scepticism, given the group's record of claiming attacks without any proof of its involvement.

    The Met's senior national coordinator for UK counter-terrorism policing did not rule out that Masood was inspired by the violent extremist groups responsible for massacres in other European cities, but quashed that they were directly involved in last Wednesday's attack.

    Deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said: "His attack method appears to be based on low sophistication, low tech, low cost techniques copied from other attacks, and echo the rhetoric of Isis leaders in terms of methodology and attacking police and civilians, but at this stage I have no evidence he discussed this with others.


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    CAGE: Government has introduced cradle-to-grave surveillance state for Muslims

    Human rights group CAGE says the British government has introduced a cradle-to-grave surveillance state for British Muslims.

    In a report released yesterday CAGE said the government’s counter terrorism strategy Prevent mistakenly assumes that Islamic ideology is behind terrorist attacks when the real cause is British foreign policy.

    The report says that Prevent focuses on censorship and exclusion of certain political and religious views from public life, and reforming peoples’ ideas, beliefs and behaviour, rather than tackling actual violence.

    According to CAGE, this has led to widespread discrimination against Muslims based on their political and religious beliefs.

    The report’s co-author Jahangir Mohammed, said: “This report marks a significant step, as for first time we are being given a total picture of how the rights and freedoms of the Muslim community are being covertly eroded under the guise of security threats and terrorism. This comprehensive policy has far outstripped its stated remit and is specifically targeting the beliefs, values and ideas of the Muslim community.”

    Report findings

    The report states: “The state is encroaching on every aspect of Muslim life, with people being labelled, discriminated against, and prosecuted for their ideas and beliefs (often by panels, committees, and individuals). Moreover, there are no legitimate safeguards for Muslims to challenge these decisions or for the community to officially scrutinise its impact.

    “Prevent incorrectly conflates defeating an ideology (which it describes as Islamism) with defeating terrorism. All terrorists and acts of political violence have an ideology or goal. However, terrorism and political violence is not caused by ideology, it is a methodology.

    “Rooting out an ideology or in this case a theology will not end politically motivated violence because it does not address the political causes. Prevent focuses on dealing with religious and political ideology as a means of dealing with politically motivated violence, instead of addressing the political struggles that lead to violence that need a solution.”

    The report says that:

    – Young people at school and further education are being targeted and identified early on those considered “vulnerable” or, “at risk” of being drawn towards extremism or violence.

    – Teachers, doctors, police officers, civil servants and local government officers are being trained and indoctrinated with a politicised understanding of Islam and Muslim political struggles.

    – Muslims who propose an alternative narrative or political analysis for the causes of violence in the Muslim world are seen as extremist radicalisers, and as potential pathways to violence.

    – Prevent seeks to eliminate alternative political discourse about western foreign policy amongst Muslims, even amongst children. It is a policy to silence Muslims and pacify/de-politicise their faith.

    – Hostile anti-Muslim websites and activists are putting pressure on institutions to ban events and exclude speakers by labelling them “hate preachers”.

    Foreign policy

    “Many of those convicted of terrorism have been part of British society and embraced its values. It is neither the West nor its values that provoke violent action, but the behaviour of the West in Muslim majority lands. They have made this repeatedly clear in their public statements,” the report states.

    “It is obvious that this flawed strategy will not end politically motivated violence, something highlighted by the killing of Lee Rigby. The government strategy does not recognise that anti-terrorism policy is failing, but rather introduces more layers of law and restrictions that impact Muslim communities.

    This amounts to collective punishment of the whole for the actions of individuals.

    “This will create a two tier system of law in the UK, one for Muslims and one for the rest…. This idea that a British government can interfere with, define and regulate the Islamic faith and ideology is insulting to Muslims. It further highlights the ignorant standpoint from which the Prevent policy is made.

    CAGE recommends that:

    – Muslims campaign against new proposals and create awareness through social media.
    – Muslims promote alternative narrative to Prevent theory.
    – Muslims challenge the policy as a whole and challenge it in the courts.


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    Croydon asylum boy assault: Up to 20 people watched attack


    A group of up to 20 people looked on as a gang punched and kicked a teenage asylum seeker at a bus stop in south London, neighbours have said.

    Eight people are being questioned by police on suspicion of the attempted murder of the Kurdish Iranian victim following Friday's attack in Shrublands Avenue, Croydon.

    Those involved in the attack have been labelled "scum" by the local MP.

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan also condemned the attack.

    Detectives made three further arrests on Sunday - two men aged 23 and 26 and a 17-year-old girl.

    Five others who were arrested on Saturday - four men and one woman, all aged 20 or 24 - remain in custody.

    A 20-year-old woman arrested on Saturday has been released with no further action, the Metropolitan Police said.

    One resident of Shrublands Avenue said: "There was a massive group coming up from The Goat pub.

    "You couldn't see who was hitting who. There was one person, the one who ended up in hospital, he was getting absolutely beaten up.

    "There was a group of roughly 10 people kicking and punching him and the rest, another 10 or 20, were all just around watching."

    "People that were there, witnesses, because they couldn't do anything against a group of 30 people, they had to wait until they moved off and that's when they managed to help him.

    "That's eventually when the ambulance and police (arrived), and that was it."

    The victim was waiting with two friends at the bus stop when he was set upon at about 23:40 BST.

    It is believed the attackers asked him where he was from before they chased him down the road and repeatedly kicked him as he lay on the ground.

    His friends suffered minor injuries in the attack, but the teenager is reported to have sustained a fractured skull and a blood clot on his brain.

    He was taken to a south London hospital where he remains in a "serious but stable" condition.

    Officers are in the process of informing next of kin.

    At the scene

    By Simon Jones, BBC News correspondent

    As high-visibility police patrols in the area continue, residents in this diverse community have been trying to make sense of what happened.

    The police tape around the bus stop has been taken down, transport is running normally again.

    But as people sat waiting for buses, the attack was the only topic of conversation.

    Many were keen to tell me what happened was not typical of the area, describing it as a place where people do get along.

    A few though say it's left them feeling scared, particularly as more details have been released by the police about what happened.

    The local MP, on his visit to talk to the numerous TV cameras, took time to speak to one of the community leaders, so they could share their sense of shock.

    One resident has responded by spraying graffiti near the numerous flats on Shrublands Avenue that reads simply: "Refugees Welcome".

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement that there would always be a "zero-tolerance approach" to hate crimes of any type.

    "Hate crime has no place in London, Britain or anywhere else," he said.

    The Refugee Council said it was "disgusted" by the assault.

    Director of advocacy, Dr Lisa Doyle, said: "We hope the perpetrators of this appalling attack are swiftly brought to justice and we wish the victim a full and speedy recovery."

    Kana Varathan, who lives near the scene of the attack, said he heard the screams of the victim.

    He said: "Normally, Friday night, they are always making noise, then it sounded really funny.

    "Then, looking to the window, the group of people [were] beating one person."

    Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell used Twitter to appeal to anyone with information "about the scum" responsible for the attack to contact the police.

    He told the BBC: "I described them on Twitter as scum. I think this is a cowardly and despicable attack.

    "It appears that this young boy that sought sanctuary in this country has been set upon by a whole group of people.

    "And I hope that we will find the people responsible and that they will face the full force of our criminal justice system."

    Mr Barwell added: "The other thing that I would say is that what happened here is not representative of this community and that Croydon is one of the most diverse bits of London and people of different backgrounds get along very well."

    Ch Supt Jeff Boothe said: "A number of bystanders and eyewitnesses tried to intervene and say to the attackers that 'enough is enough'."

    He added: "Hate crime is something which we understand can be very, very divisive. Croydon is culturally diverse and we need to continue to celebrate that.

    "We are appealing to all decent people from whatever background they come from to help us identify the individuals that are involved in this isolated attack."


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    Police Force Muslim Family onto Street at Gunpoint

    'My kids were terrified – they were treated like animals': Mother of children led out of their house at gunpoint by armed police tells of her family's 'disgraceful' treatment after false tip-off

    By Rory Tingle and Joseph Curtis - 11 April 2017

    The mother of children who were led out of a home by armed police and forced to lie on the ground to be handcuffed has hit out at the 'disgraceful' treatment of her family by police.

    The woman, who would not be named, said her four children, aged between 15 and 21, were 'treated like animals' by West Midlands Police outside her home in Birmingham and has vowed to sue the force.

    Shocking footage showed the machine gun-wielding officers swooping on the property in Bordesley Green, Birmingham, at around midday over reports of a man with a gun, which appeared to be a false tip-off.

    A crowd of bystanders watched on as the children - some of whom were wearing nightclothes - were each made to lie down in the road before they were restrained, only to eventually be released when no firearm was found.

    The 37-year-old mother said: 'I have no idea what happened, why it happened, or anything like that.

    'I left the house just before 12 yesterday afternoon to go and pay some bills down the road, and left my children in the house as they're on holidays.

    'When I was coming back I saw a police van just over the bridge, at the end of my road.

    'My first thought was that they must have been doing surveillance or that something had happened down my road, as they've been down here a lot in recent weeks.

    'Then armed police officers started to approach me and ask me questions about where I live and what I had in the house.

    'I thought it must have been a joke or prank or something like that.

    'But then they started to grab me by the wrist and try and drag me towards the van, which was when I realised that it was serious.

    'They wanted to search me, but that's against my faith.

    'I'm a practicing Muslim, and I wasn't willing to be touched and searched by a male police officer, so we had to wait for a female officer to come and do it.'

    She added: 'They found nothing, of course. What one earth would me or my kids have on us?

    'We'd done absolutely nothing wrong, we're completely innocent people who just keep to ourselves.

    'While that was happening armed police officers started standing outside my house, with the guns pointing straight at it.

    'They also climbed through my neighbours' fence to get into my back garden and broke the top of it.

    'There four or five officers with me, and then some others with my children, I don't know how many. My kids were terrified.

    'They opened the door to ask the officers what the hell was happening, and it was at that point that the police came into the house and started to line them up on the street.

    'I was put in a police riot van while they were searching the house and my kids.'

    She added: 'They [my children] were sleeping in their beds and still in their pyjamas. It's school holidays and they were having a lie in.

    'They are angry and frustrated that they were taken from their beds and made to lie down in the street with their hands cuffed behind their backs and machine guns to their heads.

    'I didn't see it because I was down the road but I've seen the pictures all over the internet. It's shocking.'

    The mother said she wanted an apology and an explanation from the police after they 'ransacked' her home, and added she was taking legal advice.

    She said: 'They ransacked it, completely ransacked it. It was a mess when I got back home. Stuff was all over the place, and I spent a lot of the afternoon clearing it up.

    'I wasn't aware of what they were doing to my children when I was in the van. I saw the video in the evening, and was just stunned.

    'They are at the house by themselves, and police have started to point guns at them when they've done nothing wrong.

    'The officers were just saying to me that they were looking for a firearm in the house.

    'The whole thing lasted about 40 minutes or so. It was done by 20 to one.

    'They just let me back into the house at the end of it, along with my children who were utterly terrified.

    'They've given me absolutely no explanation whatsoever. No apology, no explanation at all. It's disgraceful.

    'When they were finished they just told me to get back in the house. My kids didn't get any explanation either, so they're just as confused as I am.

    'I do feel very mistreated.

    'There's nothing in the house that could possibly look like a gun or anything dangerous, and that's why it was such a short search, I believe.

    'But what happened to my children was shameful. They were treated like animals.

    'When I saw her after the search my 18-year-old daughter was completely pale, she was so so scared
    and understandably so.

    'I'm devastated that I wasn't there with them as they were being searched, so that I could calm them down a bit.

    'I've heard that they came because of a tip off.

    'I have no reason to believe that it was a malicious one in any way shape or form.

    'I've been living here for 16 years now, so it's not like I've newly arrived and people some reason to be suspicious of me.

    'It could have something to do with my religion. I do experience discrimination, rude comments when I'm walking down the street and that sort of thing.

    'I was wearing my hijab and a long black dress when it happened, so I think that might have had something to do with it - I wouldn't be surprised.

    'Nothing like this has ever happened before, but it does have me scared about what could happen in the future.'

    She added: 'I'm seeking legal advice and planning to take legal action against the police over the way the way they treated my children.

    'They should be enjoying the holidays and now they're having to get over this. They are very shaken and they need me to help comfort them.'

    A witness said he was driving along the busy road when police stopped traffic after the raid.

    'I was stuck for about 45 minutes so I just got out and started filming,' he said.

    'The police led the kids out one by one. The youngest only looked about 11 or 12 and the oldest about 19.

    'Some were still in their night clothes and some didn't have any shoes or slippers on.'

    The bystander, who said his name was Mohammed, claimed: 'There were loads of people watching this and many were filming.

    'The police were still there after I left and so were the people - two were in one van and two in another. It was also alleged that police detained a woman nearby.

    A 60 year old shopkeeper, who was across from the road when the raid happened, said: 'There was lots of noise and stuff going on. At least two police officers were there in the van, and there were two unmarked cars also.

    'I think they stopped traffic coming down here, but people were still allowed to walk in the street, which is why there was the crowd watching it.

    'It was very short, very short. It was finished in under an hour.

    'The people from the house come in here quite often, a few times every week or so. They are nice, they are normal.

    'They come in here and are nice, they say 'please' and 'thank you'. They are pleasant, just normal.

    'I believe that the police did too much. These are kids. They are never going to have guns and things like this. Why treat them in this way?

    'Something like that, being embarrassed in front of a lot of people, being told that they've done something wrong, it affects them.

    'It is the sort of thing that can scar them for a long time
    , make them scared to go out or make them feel different from everyone else.'

    A 28-year-old mother-of-two, who witnessed the incident, added: 'It was very shocking.

    'The street is normally very quiet, very normal. I don't ever see the police coming here.

    'I saw the children being taken out of the house, with their hands in the air. They looked very scared, very scared.

    'The police lay them down and just started patting them and searching them, asking them questions. You could see that they were shaking.

    'I do not know them personally, everyone on this street keeps their own business private.

    'I have seen the children out, playing on this street when they are younger, and now I think they are in college or secondary school.

    'There is nothing suspicious about them. I have never even seen them playing with toy guns, so I don't understand why someone would think something illegal was happening in there.'

    A 52-year-old man, who lives nearby, added: 'The family are quiet, they don't make any noises or cause any disturbances.

    'I have heard that someone phoned to complain about them and the police came, but I don't know what the complaint was. It's strange and very unfortunate for them.

    'I was at home when it happened, and my wife came into the house after getting her shopping and said to me 'Oh my god, the police are outside with guns'.

    'When I went to see what was happening the police let them stand by themselves and go back into the house. The young girl was asking for her mother, she was very shaken.

    'People waited in the street to see if anything else was going to happen, but it didn't. The children and the mother went back in, and the police left, and nobody has been here since.

    'It is like nothing ever happened.'

    Another witness, who asked not to be named, said: 'What I want to know is why the police have done this. They were heavy-handed, in my opinion.

    'Guns were pointed on them, they were grabbed by the police and almost dragged out onto the road, for no reason.

    'The kids are young, they are innocent and yet they were embarrassed completely - brought out in the street in little clothing, and forced to lie down while being searched.

    'I know that people are scared and it is right because of what has happened in Westminster and now in Sweden.

    'It's right that people are alert but I think this is crossing a line.

    'People have to live their lives, and who knows how much disruption this will cause the kids, especially at such a tender age.'

    West Midlands Police said: 'Police were called to reports of a man believed to be carrying firearms in Pretoria Road, Bordesley Green, at around 10.50am.

    'Officers and the police helicopter attended the scene
    but despite a thorough search no firearms were recovered and no arrests were made.

    'Appears that a call was made with good intent.'

    Video: https://www.facebook.com/doamuslims/...5060181541545/


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    Cage director charged under Terrorism Act after failing to hand over passwords

    Muhammad Rabbani was held at Heathrow after returning from the Gulf where he was investigating a torture case allegedly involving the US

    The international director of Cage, Muhammad Rabbani, has been charged under the Terrorism Act after refusing to hand over passwords to his laptop at Heathrow airport.

    Rabbani, who regards it as a privacy v surveillance test case, said he intended to fight the charge. “I am innocent of these charges that have serious implications for journalists, lawyers and human rights,” he said.

    He is due to appear at Westminster magistrates court on 20 June.

    Rabbani, 35, from London, is involved through Cage in investigating torture cases. He said he was stopped at Heathrow in November returning from one of the Gulf states where he had been investigating a torture case allegedly involving the US.

    He said he handed over his laptop and mobile phone but refused to provide his passwords. Although not a lawyer, he said the laptop contained information about the case and the client refused permission to release it. Rabbani was then arrested.

    A spokesman for Cage said Rabbani was charged with wilfully obstructing or seeking to frustrate a search examination under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act, which gives border officials sweeping search powers.

    The case comes against the backdrop of a similar campaign in the US against proposals by the Trump administration to make entry by non-Americans conditional on handing over passwords.

    In an earlier interview with the Guardian, Rabbani said he had been detained 20 times over the last decade by border officials and had handed over his laptop and mobile phone. On previous occasions, after refusing to hand over passwords, they were returned to him and he was allowed to go. But not on this occasion.

    In 2013, the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, David Miranda, was stopped at Heathrow under the same legislation in the wake of the Edward Snowden case. Miranda launched a successful legal challenge.


    Muhammad Rabbani: “I am innocent of these charges that have serious implications for journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders”

    London – CAGE International Director Muhammad Rabbani was charged today at Bethnal Green police station for wilfully obstructing or seeking to frustrate a search examination under Schedule 7 when he was detained at Heathrow in November.

    Mr Rabbani was unable to hand over the passwords to his devices as he was carrying crucial evidence taken from a torture survivor and did not have permission from the client to share the information.

    Mr Rabbani has taken a principled stance to protect the right to privacy in an ongoing case of torture that implicates high ranking officials. He will be challenging the charges at Westminster Magistrate’s Court on 20 June 2017.
    Muhammad Rabbani, International Director for CAGE, said previously:

    “This should be a moment of pride and celebration for Muslims. There are some members of our community that are not just going to complain, but who are going to take some legal steps which are outside the confined parameters of engagement while maintaining their integrity, humanity, commitment to principle and compassion for others.”

    “I’m going into this eyes wide open and I’m not a victim, but I’m not a hero either. I do believe I am doing what any reasonable person would do under the circumstances in order to protect the privacy of a client.”
    Moazzam Begg, Outreach Director for CAGE, said:

    “Rabbani’s courage and principle in these circumstances has been an inspiration to the community. We continue to support him in his efforts to protect the privacy of us all, and to free Muslims from the constant harassment of Schedule 7 at airports.”

    “At the core of this issue is the protection of crucial evidence of torture, the key to holding high ranking officials accountable for an international crime. This will be a landmark case that will test the rule of law and justice in the ‘War on Terror’.”

    “I know what it is like to be forced to give your password to the authorities. In Bagram, I was tortured into surrendering my password. My colleague Rabbani was safeguarding vital and sensitive testimony, given to him by a victim of torture. Considering both the US and British Governments have been found complicit and responsible for the torture and abuse of hundreds of individuals, it is perfectly right that Rabbani does everything he can to ensure these crimes are accounted for.”


    Risking Prison for Principles: A Watershed Moment for Muslims in Britain

    Fahad Ansari looks at the significance of CAGE international director Muhammed Rabbani’s principled stance on risking prison to object to the Schedule 7 law as a turning point for civil rights in Britain.

    Within every civil rights movement there comes a watershed moment which marks the beginning of real social change, a critical turning point from which there is no going back. They are usually marked with individual acts of courage and personal sacrifice that not only raise public awareness of an unjust law or policy but act as the catalyst to the abolishment of the same. Vilified by the power structures of their time, future generations have celebrated them as heroes with their persecutors confined to the dustbin of history.

    When Rosa Parks refused to surrender her seat in December 1955 to a white passenger on the bus on the way from work, she was fully conscious that she was breaking the law in Alabama which required black people to relinquish seats to white people when the bus was full. Her arrest and imprisonment sparked a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system. It also led to a 1956 Supreme Court decision banning segregation on public transportation.

    Parks, who is now known as the ‘Mother of the Civil Rights Movement’, later said: “I had not planned to get arrested. I had plenty to do without having to end up in jail. But when I had to face that decision, I didn’t hesitate to do so because I felt that we had endured that too long. The more we gave in, the more we complied with that kind of treatment, the more oppressive it became.”

    At the height of his celebrated boxing career, world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali refused to serve in the US army during the Vietnam War. He was not only stripped of his license and title but he was also sentenced to five years in prison. Ali was willing to defy the law based on his principles.

    As he famously said: “Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?”

    Four years later, the Supreme Court overturned his conviction by a unanimous 8-0 decision. Ali’s stance in sacrificing the prime years of his boxing career, his wealth, his reputation and his liberty for his principles, energised the civil rights movement and made him a global icon.

    In his famous letter from prison in 1963, Martin Luther King differentiated between just laws and unjust laws and argued that “an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.”

    There are many other examples from around the world including Nelson Mandela’s incarceration for organising a worker’s strike against apartheid in South Africa and Gandhi’s regular imprisonment by the British colonial forces in India for his acts of non-violent civil disobedience.

    Today, international director of CAGE, Muhammad Rabbani will report to a police station in east London where he expects to be charged with a terrorism offence. His crime: refusing to provide the police with the passwords for his devices after being detained at the airport on his return from abroad.

    Whilst some may pontificate about the wisdom and sensibility of Rabbani’s actions, they need to be viewed within the context of the legislation under which he is being prosecuted. Rabbani was detained under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2001.

    This law permits the authorities to detain and question any individual at any port of entry or exit to the UK for up to six hours. Under the legislation, you do not enjoy a right to silence and must answer questions. You must provide your DNA sample and allow yourself to be strip-searched if requested. You must surrender your passwords to your devices when asked.

    Critically, the authorities do not need to have even the remotest level of suspicion to enable them to carry out any of these powers. Paradoxically, if the police were to arrest someone on suspicion of being involved in a criminal offence, that person would have more rights than if detained at the airport without suspicion.

    Every year, over half a million people have been detained under Schedule 7 since the power was introduced with approximately 50,000 people being held every year.

    The fact that only 0.2% of those detained have been arrested with an even a smaller number charged underlines the disproportionate nature of the power. This means that tens of thousands of innocent people are harassed under anti-terrorism laws every year in what is essentially a large-scale fishing expedition. The vast majority of those affected comply in the hope that they can get on with their journey and out of fear of imprisonment for not doing so.

    Rabbani himself has been detained under Schedule 7 over 20 times in the past decade. He has never previously provided his password when requested to do so. However this was the first time he was arrested for not complying. He believes it is because the material on his laptop included documentation relating to a legal case being built around alleged torture involving US intelligence agencies.

    Rabbani pleaded that he could not disclose that material without the express consent of the alleged victim of torture. Like those before him, Rabbani is willing to go to prison for his principles.

    If Rabbani is charged today and jailed, we should not only support him but celebrate his arrest as it may prove to be a watershed moment for civil rights in Britain.


    CAGE Director charged under Schedule 7, Terrorism Act. What does this mean for British Muslims?

    Brother Muhammad Rabbani, International Director of advocacy group CAGE UK has been charged after heroically refusing to disclose his password under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act. He was released on bail and is set to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on the 20th June 2017. CAGE are an advocacy organisation whose stated aim is to highlight and campaign against state policies developed as part of the War on Terror and seeks to free detainees who are held without charge and tortured.

    On 20 November 2016, Muhammad Rabbani was stopped at Heathrow Airport when returning from his travels from abroad under the auspices of Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Rabbani was asked to provide the password to his electronic devices including his laptop and phone. The devices contained confidential client information. In accordance with CAGE’s commitment to client confidentiality, Rabbani refused to provide access to his passwords due to the trust he was given by a client – a survivor of torture. In Islamic parlance, this is known as an Amaana (trust) that he could not betray without seeking permission first.

    He cooperated with the authorities throughout and explained to them that he would like to seek consent from his client first and, provided he was in agreement, would then happily give them access to his devices. There was no accusation of suspicion that Rabbani had engaged in any crime or terrorist activity. He was, nevertheless, arrested by the police and released on bail, due to return to the police station on 17 May 2017 when he may be charged with “wilfully failing to comply with a request to provide his password”. Rabbani contends that it was not wilful as his duty of care to a client did not permit sharing the information.

    What does this mean for Muslims?

    As Muslims, we know the duty of trust and confidentiality are vital. Indeed the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) was known as “Al-Amīn” the trusted one.

    As Allāh says,

    “Successful indeed are the believers. … Those who are faithfully true to their Amanaat (all the duties which Allāh has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility and trusts etc.) and to their covenants… these are indeed the inheritors. Who shall inherit Paradise. They shall dwell therein forever.”[1]

    Preserving information given in confidence is a sign of honesty and truthfulness, and “Verily, truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise…”[2]

    Protecting confidentiality is an essential value in all human relationships, no less in research and in dealing with victims of torture. Such relationships are built on trust and on the understanding that confidential information will not be disclosed. To breach this trust could cause further harm and distress to the victim.

    Rabbani has committed no crime – the information he is protecting is in relation to the case of a trauma survivor, with specific undertakings not to reveal that information.

    Rabbani’s principled stance is one in which he is upholding the noble Islamic duty of trust, and indeed one which we as Muslims should not only support, but be proud of. We should be proud that he is standing up to protect not himself, but rather the weak and the oppressed. We should be proud that it is a Muslim who has taken this courageous position in challenging unfair laws that affect the lives of all people, including the majority of Muslims who are disproportionately harassed whilst travelling.

    The disproportionate use and execution of Schedule 7 powers by the police has convinced Rabbani that neither he nor other Muslims need suffer these excessive stops any longer. It is the view of many that Schedule 7 is being used more as an intelligence gathering exercise, rather than a means to stop potential terrorist acts.

    Br Rabbani has carried out an act of civil disobedience. Civil disobedience is a form of passive yet effective revolution and rebellion. Rebellion is mainly an act of resisting and defying the political authority. Acts of rebellion can vary from a mere passive non-compliance with the orders of those in power to full armed insurrections. Br Rabbani has understood the Islamic doctrine that a proper balance-of-evils analysis, that takes into account the utmost importance of realising justice, will favour withstanding the harms of civil disobedience until the tyranny which has paralysed a people is completely eliminated. It was a method which was in fact used by the Muslims in earliest period in Islām known as the ‘Makkah period’.

    Reflecting on Rabbani’s case and the fact that he is protecting a torture victim reminds me of the example of a great Sahābi. History has passed many a great man and yet their story does not remain with us today. Then there are other men who did something so noble that Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) does not allow their names to be forgotten. One such man was the Sahābi ʿAbdullāh b. Hudhafah as-Sahmi (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu).

    In 19AH, ʿUmar (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) dispatched an army to fight against the Byzantines. In it was ʿAbdullāh b. Hudhafah As-Sahmi. The Byzantine Romans captured a contingent of the Muslim force, inducing ʿAbdullāh, and they were brought before the Emperor, Heraclius.

    Heraclius said, “Become a Christian, and I will give you a share of my kingdom and my daughter in marriage.” ʿAbdullāh said: “If you were to give me all that you possess and all that Arabs possess to make me give up the religion of Muḥammad even for an instant, I would not do it.” Heraclius said, “Then I will kill you.” ʿAbdullāh said, “It is up to you.” Heraclius then gave orders that he should be crucified, and commanded his archers to shoot near his hands and feet while ordering him to become a Christian. But still he refused. Then Heraclius gave orders that he should be brought down, and that a big vessel made of copper be brought and heated up. Then, while ʿAbdullāh was watching, one of the Muslim prisoners was brought out and thrown into it, until all that was left of him was scorched bones. Heraclius ordered him to become a Christian, but he still refused. Then he ordered that ʿAbdullāh be thrown into the vessel. He was put in the pulley to be thrown into the vessel. At this moment ʿAbdullāh wept and Heraclius hoped that he would respond to him but ʿAbdullāh said,

    “I only weep because I have only one soul with which to be thrown into this vessel at this moment for the sake of Allāh; I wish that I had as many souls as there are hairs on my body with which I could undergo this torture for the sake of Allāh.”

    Hoping to get something from ʿAbdullāh, the Emperor made his final demand:, “Will you kiss my head? I will then set you free?” “And all the Muslim prisoners also?” asked ʿAbdullāh. The Emperor agree and ʿAbdullāh said to himself,

    “One of the enemies of Allāh! I shall kiss his head and he shall set me and all other Muslim prisoners free. There can be no blame on me for doing this.” He then went up to the Emperor and kissed his forehead. All the Muslim prisoners were released and handed over to ʿAbdullāh. ʿAbdullāh b. Hudhafah eventually came to ʿUmar b. al Khaṭṭāb and told him what had happened. ʿUmar was greatly pleased and when he looked at the prisoners he said,

    “Every Muslim has a duty to kiss the head of ʿAbdullāh b. Hudhafah and I shall start.”

    ʿUmar then got up and kissed the head of ʿAbdullāh b. Hudhafah.

    This story is reminiscent in many ways to that of Rabbani. ʿAbdullāh (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) had taken the undignified step of kissing the head of the disbelieving oppressor, not to save himself, but to save his companions who, much like the associate of Rabbani, had also been tortured. Rabbani has taken the decision to risk being imprisoned to save the dignity and trust of his associate.

    Whatever the outcome, Rabbani is a hero and I for one will kiss his forehead as a mark of respect for the courageous step he has taken.

    Even though Br Rabbani has been charged, know it was not the State’s decision and that it was in fact Allāh’s decision to continue to his test his ‘Abd (servant) and elevate his rank InshaAllah.

    We pray Allāh protects him, saves him from all harm, and keeps him steadfast and firm.


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    CAGE – 7 Facts The Home Office Concealed

    Digital strip-searching is unfit for purpose: Taking on Schedule 7


    Last year, 20,000 travellers were stopped and questioned at ports of entry and exit in Britain under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act (2000). Only five of them were ever arrested. One of them was my colleague at CAGE, Muhammad Rabbani.

    Rabbani was neither wanted by the police, nor did they suspect he’d committed any criminal activity. He was arrested because he refused to divulge the passwords to his electronic devices.

    Speaking with me on LBC Radio on the morning this story broke, a chief police inspector commenting on the case said: “I have never met anyone who has been stopped under these laws.” I’m sure he was telling the truth.

    Being subjected to Schedule 7 stops has almost become a matter of routine for many of Britain’s Muslim travellers. Since its inception, this law has been used against at least half a million people. Of those detained 88.4 percent are from ethnic minority communities; Asians are 42 times more likely to be stopped than any other group.

    These facts alone should be enough to identify the racial profiling that occurs in Schedule 7 stops, especially as they are supposed to be random.

    Yet, 2016 statistics show that only 0.02 percent of the stops have lead to an arrest. An even smaller number are charged with criminal offences, let alone successfully prosecuted and convicted. Using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, the law is heavily disproportionate against people deemed to be Muslims and is unfit for purpose.

    Rabbani publicly stated that he had been detained over 20 times in recent years and has described the process of handing over devices and passwords as a “digital strip-search”.
    The torture question

    CAGE was born out of the injustices in Guantanamo Bay and the secret prisons created following the war on terror. Human rights violations over the past 15 years detailed by freed prisoners and their lawyers related stories of horrific, unspeakable torture tactics that were employed chiefly by the Bush administration and in which many others were complicit, including Britain.

    Prisoners’ claims of torture were initially met with denial and contempt by the US and British authorities. They claimed it was part of al-Qaeda’s asymmetrical warfare strategy to undermine Western values, gain sympathy and avoid prosecution. Denials of torture persisted even after some American soldiers and CIA agents gave evidence about the abuse they hard been part of or witnessed.

    George W Bush’s attorney general and his underlings redefined the very term “torture”. If it wasn’t “organ failure” or “death” they argued, it wasn’t torture. The now infamous torture memos that gave the political green light stated: "Federal laws against torture, assault and maiming would not apply to the overseas interrogation of terror suspects." Torture - a crime with an absolute prohibition in America, British and international law - was essentially legalised.

    Just after taking office President Obama promised to put an end to torture but granted immunity from prosecution to all US personnel who had taken part, even after admitting “we tortured some folks”. The US Senate eventually published a report in 2014 detailing the cases of over 100 CIA torture victims. Admitting to wholesale torture was now a cathartic exercise in “learning from past mistakes”.

    People could be tortured into giving false confessions that justified invasions of sovereign nations where more torture centres were utilised that in turn forged even more formidable, sophisticated and ruthless enemies than we had begun with. And no one would ever be held accountable.

    That is why when Donald Trump repeatedly declared that he would waterboard captives and that “torture worked”, he knew he was safe. When it came to torture prosecutions, there was no precedent for the president to worry about.

    Much has been reported about the case of British citizens held at Guantanamo and our own government’s complicity in torture too. After winning an out-of-court-settlement against the government, an independent inquiry into torture was launched along with an unprecedented criminal investigation of MI5.
    When they demanded a password

    In 2000, I was arrested in the first of numerous encounters with British counter-terrorism police. They seized my computer and demanded my password. I made the decision not to hand it over. In hindsight, that may have not been the best decision but, even back then, it felt like an intrusive invasion of privacy. I didn’t know they’d try to torture it out of me - one day.

    The case went to court where the judge ruled that I was under no legal obligation to surrender my password. Two years later, however, at the US military prison in Bagram, Afghanistan, I was asked by FBI and CIA agents to reveal the very same password.

    I had seen two people beaten to death by US soldiers. I had been hog-tied like an animal, stripped, beaten and kept in solitary confinement for months. I was sleep-deprived with the screams of a woman I was made to believe was my wife; and, I was threatened with rendition to Egypt or Syria. The request for the password had come directly from Britain. This time I couldn’t refuse.

    It was the confidential testimony entrusted to him by a torture victim who had endured what I had, and far worse, that Muhammad Rabbani, as CAGE’s international director, was safeguarding.

    My colleague’s case brings up many arguments about security overreach, rights to privacy and undue harassment when travelling. He may even have to go to prison for his stance. But to me, this case is simply about holding power to account.



    JMir: --over 100 CIA torture victims--

    So this Guantanamo Bay torture technieques are being used by UK under the garb of Schedule 7 - see how the braggers of human rights torture the humans.

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    Two men arrested for suspicion of inciting racial hatred after posting vile racist videos online

    Two men have been arrested after posting videos on social media threatening to kill Muslims and P**** in the wake of the recent terror attacks.

    The arrests came following separate videos shared on social media on Sunday, said Merseyside Police.

    Merseyside Police confirmed that a 39-year-old man from Mossley Hill was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after a video of him appeared on social media brandishing a machete while wearing a fake grenade.

    The footage showed him threatening to blow up Mosques and goes into detail how he would kill Muslims.

    A second 39-year-old man, from Kirkby , was arrested in connection with a separate video.

    The video shows the man making racist comments about Asian people, anti-Semitic remarks and abuse aimed at people who defend Muslims.

    He also promises to “to take every Muslim out of Knowsley”.

    Both men have been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred and have been taken to police stations for questioning by detectives.

    A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “We can confirm that two men have been arrested following separate videos shared on social media yesterday.

    “A 39-year-old man from Mossley Hill, Liverpool, has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence following a video shared on social media, in which a man is seen with a bladed weapon making comments about recent terrorist attacks.

    “The 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred and has been taken to a police station for questioning.

    “A 39-year-old man from Kirkby has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence following a separate video which shows a man in an Everton shirt making comments about recent terrorist attacks.

    “The 39-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred and has been taken to a police station for questioning.”


    Knife-Wielding Men Arrested Near Bristol Mosque After 'Threatening To Kill Muslims'

    Police say they arrested two men with knives who had been making racist comments near a mosque

    By Joe Smith - 7 JUN 2017

    Two men have been arrested for carrying knives and making racist comments near a mosque on Fishponds Road.

    Officers arrested the two men, aged 30 and 40, at a property on Stoke View Road around the corner from the Faizan e Madina mosque, where it is believed they were threatening to kill Muslims.

    One local man, who did not wish to be named, told the Post: "Yesterday, at the Greenbank Mosque, an announcement was made that a man had approached worshippers at the Faizan e Madina Mosque in Fishponds and threatened them with a knife saying he would kill Muslims.

    "The police were called and he was subsequently arrested.

    "In the announcement it was recommended that women and the elderly should be accompanied when travelling to/from Greenbank Mosque and to let people know where you are and when you have reached home.

    "We also have a security guard posted outside Greenbank Mosque.

    "There was a police car posted outside the Fishponds Mosque yesterday."

    It is understood police are taking the incident seriously and have been talking with local mosques.

    A spokesman from Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: "At 2pm yesterday we received an anonymous report of two men carrying knives were seen entering a residential property on Stoke View Road.

    "The men were said to have made racist comments before entering the address.

    "Officers attended the property and two men, one aged 30 and the other aged 40, were subsequently arrested. They have both since been released under investigation.

    "There can never be any excuse for hate crime in any shape or form and we will always support anyone who is victimised and work closely with all communities to stamp out crimes motivated by prejudice and hate.

    "If you or someone you know is a victim, please don't hesitate to call us on 101 or in an emergency on 999."


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    Fox News apologises to viewers after Katie Hopkins calls for Muslim internment camps

    Fox News Channel has been forced to apologise for comments Katie Hopkins made on their show, Fox & Friends, during a guest appearance alongside her like-minded peer Nigel Farage.

    The American broadcaster has distanced itself from Hopkins and called her remarks “reprehensible” after she said that the UK should introduce drastic measures to tackle terrorism and send individuals, who have not committed a crime but are on “a list” to “internment camps”.

    Internment camps were used to arrest 1,981 Irish people between 1971 and 1975, who were believed to have links to the IRA, and the measure was used during the Holocaust and times of war.

    Hopkins insisted the UK should open internment camps now for suspected terrorists, when former UKIP leader Nigel debated the special measure and said he wasn’t convinced it was the right approach.

    The i reports that he said: “And if there is not action, the calls for internment will grow. We have 3,000 people on sort of a known terrorist list. And we’re watching their actions. But a further 20,000 people who are persons of interests, namely they’re linked by some way to extremist organisations. Unless we see the [government] getting tough, you will see public calls for those 3,000 to be arrested.”

    Farage then added: “I’m not sure that that is the right approach, because the big danger with that is we might alienate decent, fair-minded Muslims in Britain.”

    To which Hopkins disagreed and said: “We do need interment camps.”

    Apologising for their comments later in the show, presenter Clayton Morris told viewers: “I think I made it well-known my feeling on that, which I find reprehensible, but on behalf of the network, I think all of us here find that idea reprehensible here at Fox News Channel. Just to be clear.”

    Hopkins was forced to step down from her position at LBC last month when she tweeted that there should be a ‘final solution’ to the terrorist threat. The term was used by the Nazis to defend the Holocaust.

    Her colleague at LBC, James O’Brien, later said that he felt immense “shame” for sharing a platform with her and called her “a monstrous self-publicist” who “employs the most vile of thoughts and language in a desperate attempt to stay relevant and get noticed.”


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    Cutting human rights only way to catch terrorists who go on Channel 4 to talk about their extremism, says PM

    The prime minister has explained that removing your human rights is the only way she can be sure to catch terrorists who go on Channel 4 documentaries to talk about their extremist tendencies.

    Just 24 hours before the polls open for the 2017 general election, Theresa May said that human rights are a ‘nice to have’ that she is willing to ditch if it helps her catch terrorists she definitely couldn’t have caught any other way.

    She told reporters, “In the age of technology we have to adapt the way we fight terrorism, and if that means we lose a few human rights along the way, then so be it.

    “Giving me more control over absolutely everything you do and say
    is the only way we can guarantee our security services can spot terrorists who go on national television to talk about their extremism.

    “We cannot sit idly by and let you live in a free society if it means we miss television programmes that would have handed us a terrorist on a plate.

    “Our critics will tell you that maybe doing better with the intelligence we already have might be a better next step in the fight against terror, but I am here to tell you it is not – I need to strip you of your human rights to keep you safe.

    “You can trust me, I’ll do it strongly and stably.”



    In other words, she wants totalitarianism, fascism, Nazism and rights to detain and torture anyone openly, since they already do it secretly.

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    Terrorists run of worshipers outside London Mosque
    At least 10 people injured after van hits pedestrians outside London mosque, man arrested

    Yahoo7 Two people are feared dead and at least 10 inured while one man was arrested after a van was driven off the road into a crowd of worshippers outside a mosque in London's north.

    Police confirmed there were a "number of casualties" and one arrest following the collision outside the Finsbury Park Mosque on Seven Sisters Road, north of the city.

    The Sun reports there are two possible fatalities in what is being described as a "revenge terror attack" that deliberately targeted Muslims.

    Scores of armed police have been deployed at the scene, with London Metropolitan Police deeming it a "major incident".

    Witnesses said the white hire van deliberately swerved off the road and ploughed into the crowd of people, The London Evening Standard reports.

    After the worshippers were struck down, a man reportedly leapt from the vehicle and there are unconfirmed reports one of the injured was stabbed, the newspaper reports.

    Videos shared on Twitter appear to show the arrest of one man, suspected to be the driver of the van.

    Members of the public then tackled the man, making a citizens' arrest before police officers arrived moments later, the Standard reports.

    Police have not confirmed reports Muslims leaving the mosque were deliberately targeted but the incident draws parallels to recent attacks in the city in which vehicles were used as weapons to indiscriminately attack pedestrians.

    A number of Muslim worshippers were said to be breaking their fast at a caf� having attended Tarawih prayers, performed for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

    London's Metropolitan Police said in an earlier statement there "are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene".

    "There has been one person arrested. Enquiries continue."

    A large contingent of armed police is at the scene.

    The incident occurred in the vicinity of the Finsbury Park Mosque and the nearby railway station.

    The Muslim Council of Britain said on Twitter a van struck a number of worshippers as they left the mosque, adding, "Our prayers are with the victims."

    Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the mosque, told The Sun: "Whoever did this, he did it to hurt people and it's a terrorist attack.

    "We call it a terrorist attack as we called it in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge."

    London Ambulance are said to be treating at last 10 people but the exact number has not been confirmed and there are yet no details of the severity of injuries.

    "We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist response teams to the scene," London Ambulance said on Twitter.

    "An advance trauma team from London's Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by car."

    Ambulance crews were working closely with other emergency personnel, with the injured being triaged so the most severely injured could be taken to hospital.

    A witness told Reuters they saw at least one person being loaded into the back of an ambulance.

    Police were notified of the collision 20 minutes after midnight local time, London's Metropolitan Police confirmed in the statement.

    A number of witnesses described the scene on Twitter.

    "Horrible to watch police officers doing cardiac massage at people on the floor, desperately trying to save them. I just hope they did," Cynthia Vanzella said.

    The incident follows a series of attacks in Britain.

    Eight people were killed and 50 injured on June 3 when three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars.

    On March 22, a man drove a rented car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead. His attack killed five people.

    On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.


    Video of Terrorist being arrested:

    Look how nicely they are taking care of this terrorist.



    Britain First followers' reactions to the Finsbury Park attack are as sick as you'd imagine

    Glorifying terrorism is a criminal act, as is conspiring to raise funds for terrorists.

    If it turns out that the Britain First supporting Finsbury Park attacker is found guilty of terrorism then an awful lot of people who follow the Britain First hate group have clearly been ignoring UK law by celebrating his act of terrorism, and by conspiring to raise funds for him and others who commit similar acts of terrorism.

    I've taken screen shots of some of the most sickening comments in the Britain First hate chambe since the Finsbury Park attack was committed.

    If the Britain First supporting Finsbury Park attacker is convicted of terrorism, then all of these people should be investigated under the 2006 Terrorism Act (which bans the celebration and glorification of terrorism) and under the 2000 Terrorism Act (which prohibits funding terrorism and inciting acts of terrorism).

    The above comments are sick enough, and a lot of them are clear cut examples of Britain First followers glorifying terrorism, but some Britain First followers have gone even further by conspiring to raise money for the Finsbury Park attacker and others who commit similar atrocities.

    The top comment by Andy Hackett is a clear proposal to offer extreme-right fanatics a financial inducement to carry out acts of terrorism.

    Unfortunately the UK legal authorities have no real interest in clamping down on the hate-mongering that Britain First encourage and host on their Facebook page, and Facebook are more concerned with censoring trivial stuff like bad language and female nipples than preventing their platform being used to celebrate acts of terrorism, spread vile anti-Muslim bigotry and even raise funds to support people who commit acts of extreme-right terrorism.

    If it was the other way around and it was Salafi Islamist fanatics praising acts of terrorism, spreading anti-Western bigotry and conspiring to raise funds for Islamist terrorism suspects then the UK authorities and Facebook would surely take a very different approach, and the British media would be up in arms about it.

    If the boot fits for Islamist hate chambers, then it should fit for extreme-right hate chambers too. But somehow in Britain one form of extremism is condemned and taken seriously, whilst far-right extremism is dealt with such kid gloves that right-wing extremists feel that they can publicly praise terror attacks, and even openly conspire to raise funds to induce people into committing extreme-right terrorist acts with total impunity.

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    Racist Woman Tells Train Passenger to 'F*** Off Back to India' in Row Over Bag on Seat

    By Toby Meyjes - 19 Apr 2017

    Video: http://metro.co.uk/video/irish-woman-s-shocking-racist-rant-against-indian-passenger-1449951

    A woman has been filmed hurling racist abuse at another passenger on a train in a heated row about a bag on a seat.

    The incident was recorded by another commuter on a train in Limerick, Ireland, who uploaded it online.

    The footage has been passed to the police who are said to be investigating.

    The incident starts with the woman remonstrating with Asian passengers who had placed a bag on an empty seat.

    She begins to rant telling them that they 'hadn't paid for four seats' before yelling 'respect my f***ing country and get off the seats.'

    One of the passengers then calls her an old lady to which she responds: 'what did you call me? An old lady? F*** off back to India. F*** off.'

    When another passenger tried to calm her down she responds: 'Look at the ugly head of that fella. That's the only reason he's backing you up is because he's ugly.'

    The person who uploaded the video to Twitter told the Irish Independent; 'You don't really get the full effect of what happened from the video.

    'She was literally sitting beside them, screaming bloody murder in their faces. It went on for almost the whole train ride.'



    These white people occupied India for over 200 years, murdering 1.8 billion people, and now act like as if they’re the victims.

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    CCTV Shows ‘Teenager Leave Rucksack Packed with Explosives on Busy Tube Train’

    A court has been shown CCTV footage of the moment a teenager allegedly left a rucksack packed with explosives on a busy tube train.

    By Toby Meyjes - 26 Apr 2017

    Damon Smith, 19, is accused of packing a bag with explosives and deadly ball-bearing shrapnel and leaving it on a Jubilee train with a detonator clock timed to go off 13 minutes later.

    A jury at the Old Bailey was today shown footage of Smith's Tube journey on October 20 last year.

    He boarded a train from Surrey Quays to Canada Water before getting on the westbound Jubilee Line, then going back on himself at Southwark.

    At 10.49am, the defendant, who had a freedom travel pass, got off at London Bridge leaving behind a rucksack allegedly containing the bomb set to explode minutes later at 11.02am.

    Damon Smith seen at Southwark station

    The defendant, wearing a brown hoodie and jeans, was seen on the CCTV footage casually leafing through a text book as unsuspecting commuters sat nearby reading newspapers.

    There were at least 10 passengers in the carriage at the time and some of them spotted the unattended bag and reported it when they got to Canary Wharf.

    The driver took the bag thinking it was lost property and carried on towards North Greenwich, the jury was told.

    It was while he was en route to the next stop that he noticed wire poking out of a clock.

    Had the bomb gone off, it would have exploded just as passengers were being told to leave the station
    , prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said.

    Meanwhile, Smith went to his university campus at Holloway and searched for articles for the incident when he got home later, the jury was told.

    The court heard Smith had a keen interest in Islam, guns, explosives and gambling, and collected pictures of extremists, including the alleged mastermind of the 2015 Paris terror attacks.

    After he was arrested, the autistic student admitted making the device but claimed he only meant it to spew harmless smoke as a prank.

    Mr Rees told how Smith grew up in Newton Abbot in Devon and moved to London with his mother in June last year before starting a London Metropolitan University computer course.

    An only child, Smith was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, an autistic condition which can affect the way he interacts with people and result in a lack of empathy.

    Before the incident, the jury was told Smith had printed off an al Qaeda article entitled Make A Bomb In The Kitchen Of Your Mom and made notes before shredding the paper.

    Smith, now 20, denies possession of an explosive substance with intent, contrary to the Explosive Substances Act 1883 but has admitted the lesser offence of perpetrating a bomb hoax.

    The trial was adjourned until Thursday.



    Not a terrorist unless Muslim, mentally ill if White.

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    Undercover Officer 'Planted Bomb To Frame Convicted Terrorists'

    10 April 2017

    An undercover officer has described a claim in court that he planted a bomb in the car of a convicted terrorist as an "interesting work of fiction".

    The officer had posed as the boss of a courier firm to infiltrate the group known as the Three Musketeers, the Old Bailey heard.

    Naweed Ali, 29, from Sparkhill, Birmingham, is on trial along with three other men from the West Midlands.

    The four deny preparing terrorist acts.

    They were arrested on 26 August after a partially-constructed pipe bomb, machete and imitation gun were discovered by security services in Mr Ali's car.

    Both Mr Ali, of Evelyn Road, and his co-accused Khobaib Hussain, 25, also of Evelyn Road, have previous convictions for attending a terror training camp.

    The Old Bailey heard Mr Ali had been employed by the officer - described in court only as "Vincent" - to deliver parcels.

    'Incriminating items'

    On his first day, Mr Ali's Seat Leon was parked at a depot in Birmingham city centre while he went to Luton to deliver a parcel, the court heard.

    Cross-examining, Stephen Kamlish QC suggested the officer had planted a bag of incriminating evidence in Mr Ali's car before MI5 arrived to bug it.

    Mr Kamlish, for Mr Ali, said to Vincent: "You had until he left the car and MI5 came in, to plant a bag of incriminating items in his car. This was your only opportunity - yes or no?"

    The officer said: "That's a interesting work of fiction. I'm afraid nothing you have just said to me makes any sense to me whatsoever. So no."

    At a previous hearing, Vincent told jurors that during a search of Mr Ali's car, what appeared to be a pipe bomb and a handgun were found inside a JD Sports bag.

    He told jurors he and another officer had eased the contents of the bag on to a ground sheet and carried it into a different room.

    'Difficult decisions'

    On Monday, Mr Kamlish asked the officer why he had put his hand in the bag and pulled out what he thought was a "live bomb" after the secret services had been told to leave the depot.

    Vincent said it was a "calculated risk" and added: "I'm not a bomb disposal expert but I know what a pipe bomb looks like.

    "This was a fast-moving, difficult situation and difficult decisions had to be made and that difficult decision was made."

    The barrister told Vincent he had known it was not a real bomb "because you put it there".

    Asked if he planted the device, Vincent said: "I would never be involved in anything like that, have never, and will never."

    Mr Ali and Mr Hussain, Mohibur Rahman, 32, of High Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, and Tahir Aziz, 38, of Wulstan Road, also in Stoke, deny the charges.

    The trial continues.


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    Arron Banks Accuses Ukip of 'Going To War on Muslim Religion'

    Arron Banks, a former donor to the party, made the comment after he withdrew his application to be Ukip's candidate in Clacton for June's general election

    By Ashley Cowburn - 25 April 2017

    Ukip has been accused of going to “war on Muslim religion” by one of its most prominent supporters after the party announced a series of predominately Islam focused policies, including a ban on the burqa in public places.

    Accusing the party of heading “entirely the wrong direction” in an extraordinary intervention, Arron Banks, a former donor to the party, made the comment after he withdrew his application on Monday to be Ukip’s candidate in Clacton for June’s general election.

    It comes after the party used a news conference on Monday to announce a string of policies that Caroline Lucas, the Green Party leader, described as “full-throttled Islamophobia”, an assault on multiculturalism and an attack on Muslims in Britain.

    Proposals included “passing a law against the wearing of face coverings in public places”, implementing an annual school based medical check on girls from “groups at high risk” of suffering from the practice of female genital mutilation and a moratorium on Islamic schools in Britain.

    On his Twitter account Mr Banks, a close ally of Nigel Farage, said: “Not sure campaigning with the national party going in entirely the wrong direction is smart. I don’t approve of the war on Muslim religion’.

    The millionaire former Ukip donor had previously announced that he would fight the Essex seat of Clacton in order to undermine Douglas Carswell, who defected from Ukip to become an independent earlier this year.

    However Mr Carswell last week said he would be standing down as an MP at the June 8 general election and thrown his support behind Theresa May, describing her as a real “revolutionary”.

    Later on Tuesday, Harun Khan, the Muslim Council of Britain’s secretary general, is expected to say “it is deeply regrettable that the UK Independence Party is singling out Muslims in the most negative terms” and attack stereotyping around “bombs, beards and burkas”.

    But speaking on BBC’s Radio 4, Peter Whittle, the party’s deputy leader, defended the policies, adding: “The burka is not something in the Koran, it’s not specified by the Koran, it’s a cultural practice, FGM is a cultural practice.”

    He added: "We have talked about these issues in Ukip for many years - 2010 we actually had this in our manifesto, that we should ban face coverings - not, for example the headscarf, not those sorts of things at all, just purely the face covering, because we believe that is a literal barrier to integration in our society.

    "Together with fellow Britons, Muslims will be looking for true leadership that unites our country during this time of uncertain transition and seek to represent all British people, and certainly not scapegoat some.

    "Bigots must not be allowed to set the terms of the debate. Due to the scourge of terrorism that we all oppose, bigots are obsessed with sharia law, keen to question our loyalty to our country and refuse to accept us Muslims as equal citizens of this nation."



    These fools don’t know their own religion or what’s in their own bible and they claim to know what is in Islam because they can’t find the word “Burqa” in the Quran. These Islamophobes need to look at their churches and the Pedophiles there raping little children for decades (even centuries), that’s where the problem lies in their society and religion.

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    Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals

    by By Sarah Knapton - 24 March 2014

    The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.

    Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning fetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat.

    At least 15,500 fetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4’s Dispatches discovered.
    The program, which will air tonight, found that parents who lose children in early pregnancy were often treated without compassion and were not consulted about what they wanted to happen to the remains

    One of the country’s leading hospitals, Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge, incinerated 797 babies below 13 weeks gestation at their own ‘waste to energy’ plant. The mothers were told the remains had been ‘cremated.’

    Prof Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals, said: “I am disappointed trusts may not be informing or consulting women and their families.

    A total of one in seven pregnancies ends in a miscarriage, while NHS figures show there are around 4,000 stillbirths each year in the UK, or 11 each day.


    Horrifying: Bodies of Aborted Babies Burned to Power Homes in Oregon

    by Katie Pavlich - Apr 24, 2014

    An incinerator in Oregon has been ordered to stop burning medical waste to power homes after it was discovered aborted babies from Canada were part of materials being used for energy. Apparently, this has been going on for years and it is common practice in Canada to mix "waste" baby parts in with cancer and other materials.
    An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it's been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses from British Columbia.

    Sam Brentano, chairman of the Marion County board of commissioners, said late Wednesday the board is taking immediate action to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries at the plant that has been turning waste into energy since 1987.

    "We provide an important service to the people of this state and it would be a travesty if this program is jeopardized due to this finding," he said in a statement. "We thought our ordinance excluded this type of material at the waste-to-energy facility. We will take immediate action to ensure a process is developed to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries."

    Kristy Anderson, a British Columbia Health Ministry spokeswoman, told The Associated Press that regional health authorities there have a contract with a company that sends biomedical waste, such as fetal tissue, cancerous tissue and amputated limbs, to Oregon, where it's incinerated in the waste-energy plant.

    Last month, it was discovered nearly a dozen hospitals in the United Kingdom were burning aborted babies, along with trash, to fuel government run hospitals.

    Absolutely horrifying and tragic.


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    Racist thug who lit Molotov cocktail and hurled it at mosque is jailed for three years

    A convicted racist who threw a petrol bomb at a mosque has been jailed for three years and nine months.

    Thomas Conington, 29, was also served with a lifelong restriction order - which means he is likely to be under supervision for the rest of his life.

    The High Court in Glasgow heard how Conington lit a Molotov cocktail - a clear glass bottle filled with fuel - and hurled it over the fence of Edinburgh's Central Mosque on September 18 last year.

    The bottle smashed and burst into flames on the steps of the entrance, setting fire to the door, prosecutors said.

    He was jailed at the court on Wednesday after admitting the offence.

    The court also heard that a month earlier, Conington had approached the same mosque heavily intoxicated and was arrested for being aggressive and racially abusive when he was refused entry, the Crown Office said.

    Conington was also convicted of making racially offensive and sectarian remarks towards a security guard at a local supermarket.

    The sentence, confirmed by court officials following the hearing, sees him receive an order of lifelong restriction (OLR), with a minimum punishment part of three years and nine months in custody.

    Under OLRs, once an offender is deemed safe to be released from custody, they will be subject to continuing risk assessments and will likely remain under close supervision for the rest of their life.

    Speaking after the case, Andrew Richardson, procurator fiscal for Lothian and Borders, said: "Everyone has the right to live free from violence, threats, intimidation or the fear of harassment or abuse stemming from the prejudice of another person.

    "To be targeted because of race, colour or faith is totally unacceptable.

    "Hopefully the conviction and sentencing of Thomas Conington will send a strong message to those who engage in this abhorrent behaviour that they will face the full force of the law."

    Detective Inspector Grant Johnston, of Police Scotland, said: "Conington specifically targeted Edinburgh's Islamic community by attacking the mosque.

    "Everyone has the right to feel safe in their community. There is no place for prejudice in society and Police Scotland is committed to tackling these offences wherever and whenever they occur."


    Hate arrests after 'pork' smeared on mosque in Sherwood

    Two men have been arrested after meat, believed to have been pork, was smeared on the front door of a mosque.

    A union flag was also placed on the door at the Al-Quba Masjid mosque in Sherwood, Nottingham, in the early hours of Sunday.

    Nottinghamshire Police arrested two men, aged 27 and 30, on suspicion of a racially aggravated offence and they have since been bailed.

    Ramadan prayers were taking place when the men were seen outside.

    Adeela Ahmed, from the mosque, said the former pub building was full of worshippers when two men were seen "hanging around" outside.

    She said: "A few people were quite suspicious, we've got CCTV so it alerted somebody and then we could see these two guys.
    'Highly offensive'

    "When they thought everyone had left they put some meat, which more than likely was pork, on to the door and then they got a union jack and they put it in the flower basket and were filming it.

    "As Muslims we don't eat pork, a lot of people know that, it's highly offensive and they probably realised that."

    Ms Ahmed said she was "shocked" and "angry" as Sherwood is a multicultural area and she never expected anything like that happen there.

    "A lot of people are fearful," she said. "Lots of women feel quite nervous sending their children to the mosque."

    Nottinghamshire Police said they were called at 01:45 BST on Sunday following reports of two men acting suspiciously at the mosque in Edwards Lane, Sherwood.

    The force said a hate crime investigation was opened and two men were arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.


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    'I want to see a white doctor': Mum's shocking 'rude and racist' four-minute tirade at surgery caught on camera

    Woman points to everyone in the waiting room and says: 'You're brown, you're brown and you're brown' before patients hit back - and she shamelessly tells them: 'You're attacking me because I am white"

    By Rhian Lubin - 20 JUN 2017

    The woman in the yellow top asks a staff member if she can see a white doctor

    A mother went on a shocking racist rant at a medical surgery and demanded to see a white doctor.

    The four-minute tirade was filmed by another patient in the waiting room, who filmed the woman shouting, "In the whole entire building there isn't one white doctor?"

    In the video the mother, who has not yet been identified, complains that her child has chest pains at the surgery in Mississauga, Toronto, Canada.

    The mum, dressed in a yellow top, demands: "I want to see a white doctor. In the whole entire building there isn't one white doctor?"

    A member of staff then replies: "There isn't one available until 4."

    She then shouts: "Okay, so you're telling me my kid has chest pains and has to sit here until four o clock? Can I see a doctor please that's white? That doesn't have brown teeth and who speaks English?"

    Shocked patients in the surgery then begin to shout at her and question her.

    But she continues with her rant and marches up to the reception desk.

    "I saw a doctor that was not white that did not help my kid.

    She then marches up to the reception desk

    "Oh my God. What type of horrible country do we live in? I want to see someone who doesn't have brown teeth.

    "There's nobody that's Canadian? Nobody that's born here?"

    A man is then heard on film saying to her, "Go, go".

    The receptionist tells her: "No but you can find that somewhere else."

    She continues on her rant until another woman storms up to her and confronts her.

    The woman says: "Your child clearly has more issues with you being his mother than him needing to see a doctor. You are extremely rude and racist."

    The woman points at the lady who confronted her and says "you're brown"

    The mum then points to everyone in the waiting room and says: "You're brown, you're brown and you're brown."

    She then, remarkably, claims she is being attacked because she is white.

    She says: "You're attacking me because I am white."

    Hitesh Bhardwaj recorded the shocking incident while he was waiting for his own appointment.

    He told CBC news he 'couldn't believe' what he saw.

    Mr Bhardwaj said: "I couldn't stop thinking about it. The whole episode kept on repeating in my head, I was very upset. You know I can't even define the feeling."

    Police were called and spoke to all involved with the incident, but no allegations of threat or assault were made.

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    Son of Finsbury Park Van Hire Company Owner Says: 'It's A Shame They Don't Hire Out Tanks'

    By Tanveer Mann - 20 Jun 2017

    The son of a van hire company boss whose van was used to mow down a group of worshippers has sparked outrage after saying: 'It's a shame they don't hire out tanks'.

    Darren Osborne, 47, was identified as the attacker who allegedly hired the £80-a-day Pontyclun Van Hire van to carry out his attack in the early hours of yesterday morning.

    Richard Gear Evans, who is the son of the van hire company's boss, responded to messages of support on his Facebook, writing: 'It's my dad's company I don't get involved, it's a shame they don't hire out a steam rollers or tanks could have done a tidy job then.'

    One man died and eight others were injured after the shocking attack in Finsbury Park on Sunday night.

    The 47-year-old was subsequently arrested after he allegedly shouted 'I'm going to kill all Muslims - I did my bit' and rammed into the crowd gathered on the pavement.

    Forensic officers were last night investigating a white van which has Pontyclun Van Hire on it, a company based in South Wales.

    Writing yesterday morning at 10.42am, Evans, who reportedly is a driver for Eddie Stobart, insisted his dad had nothing to do with the attack.

    He said: 'He wasn't involved only the van they just said they are deeply sorry glad I'm not running the Van Hire the police wouldn't like what my answer would be.'

    He later responded that he wished a 'steam roller' or 'tank' had been used.

    People have now lashed out at the 'utterly disgusting' comments, with one person describing Evans as a 'hateful scumbag'.

    Evans has also reportedly deleted his Facebook account since yesterday after his comments were widely shared and criticised.

    A spokesman for Eddie Stobart Logistics told Metro.co.uk that they are aware of the 'reprehensible remarks made by Richard Gear Evans on social media and said: 'These remarks in no way reflect the view of Eddie Stobart Logistics and we have taken immediate action.'

    Osborne is believed to have hired the van from Pontyclun Van Hire, 15 miles away from his home in the Welsh capital.

    Owners of the company hit out at the 'cowardly' attack using one of their vehicles more than 160 miles away and said they were 'shocked and saddened' that one of their vans was used.

    Metro.co.uk has contacted Pontyclun Van Hire for further comment.


    Terrorists Celebrating Terror Attack on Muslims

    Britain First celebrating the terrorist attack on Muslims: http://share.pho.to/AjoBM

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    Finsbury Park Terrorist radicalized by Britain First, who are known for spreading fake Muslim videos

    Far-right group repeatedly warns followers of a coming "civil war" with Islam.

    June 20, 2017

    The man accused of being behind the Finsbury Park attack reportedly followed prominent anti-Islam figures on social media – including those accused of spreading fake videos about Muslims online.

    Father-of-four Darren Osborne was arrested after a hire van ploughed into pedestrians outside the Muslim Welfare House in north London on Monday (19 June).

    He is alleged to have shouted, "I want to kill all Muslims," after the vehicle hit the crowd.

    The Guardian reported that Osborne had set up a Twitter account before the attack and had been following 32 people, including Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen – the leaders of controversial anti-Islam party Britain First.

    The far-right group describes itself as "committed to maintaining and strengthening Christianity as the foundation of our society and culture" and repeatedly warns its followers of a coming "civil war" with Islam.

    Its activists are notorious for what critics call "provocative" street-level action in areas of the UK home to large Muslim communities, including so-called "mosque invasions" and "Christian patrols".

    In the wake of Monday's attack, anti-extremism group Hope Not Hate accused Britain First and other prominent anti-Islam activists of having fueled "a climate of hate" against Muslims.

    Golding and Fransen have also been accused of repeatedly spreading misleading videos online showing Muslims in a negative light.

    An investigation by Press Association earlier this month found the group had posted at least 10 of these clips over a period of about seven weeks – receiving hundreds of thousands of views on Twitter and Facebook.

    These were said to include untrue claims that Muslims and migrants had attacked women and police.

    Despite social networks announcing high profile measures to tackle "fake news" in recent months, some of the content still remains on both Twitter and Facebook – despite it being alerted to the companies weeks ago.

    A significant number of comments "glorifying" the Finsbury Park attack have also been made by Britain First followers on the party's Facebook page.

    After the group posted news of Monday's attack, one user wrote: "Well done that man."

    Another added, "If only we had a million heroes like this!" while a third wrote, "Good on him wish more would follow suit."

    A stream of similar comments in praise of the attack followed.

    Golding, a former BNP activist, has long been accused of causing unrest in British Muslim communities.

    While his party insists it holds peaceful protests, its marches often result in clashes with local residents or anti-fascist campaigners.

    Golding, 35, was recently released from prison following an incident outside a mosque in Cardiff, and in November last year, deputy leader Fransen was convicted of religious harassment after she hurled abuse at a Muslim woman for wearing a hijab during a march through Luton.

    The two party leaders were arrested again last month following another anti-Islam campaign which related to an ongoing rape trial in Kent.

    Britain First and social media

    Britain First's Facebook page has more than 1.7 million followers, which is more than the Conservative, Labour and the Lib Dem parties have combined.

    Their Twitter following, however, is smaller: their unverified @BritainFirstHQ account has about 14,000 followers; leader Golding has just under 31,000; and deputy leader Fransen has around 35,000.

    Fransen and Golding almost exclusively tweet anti-Islam and anti-immigration material.

    The party told IBTimes UK it condemned Monday's attack. It did not respond for further comment.

    A string of misleading videos posted online by Britain First (source: Press Association)

    - On 4 May, the group posted a video captioned: "Brave kid saves young girl from Isis! Amazing". It is actually a widely debunked hoax made in 2014 by Norwegian director with actors in Malta. The video has 172,000 views on Britain First's Facebook page and has not been taken down.

    - On 22 April, Britain First posted a link to a video showing Muslims attacking and abducting a young woman. The Press Association found that it actually shows footage of a suspected drug dealer being arrested by police in France back in 2015. Deputy leader Jayda Fransen also posted a link to the video on Twitter.

    - Another popular video on Facebook was claimed to show a "huge crowd of migrant Muslims" attacking German police, but actually shows an anti-fascist demonstration from 2011. The video was reshared by Britain First's followers more than 2,500 times and remains on the platform with 142,000 views.

    - In another video viewed 104,000 times on Facebook, captioned "Poor woman assaulted by migrants in Austria!", the CCTV footage can be traced back to an attack in the Czech Republic last year. Media reports from the country make no mention of the attackers being migrants.

    - Another post is entitled "Muslim migrants in Australia thought they are above the law!" - with a link to a YouTube video shared hundreds of times by followers of the group's Facebook page. Though the man featured in the video appears to lash out at police, when contacted he told the Press Association he was actually born in Australia.

    - A video posted on Twitter by Britain First leader Paul Golding was alleged to show
    migrants in Europe attacking a woman – the footage was actually of a mugging carried out by children on a woman in Brazil.

    It comes as police continue to investigate the motive for Monday's suspected terrorist attack.

    Osborne, 47, is accused of hiring an £80-a-day van from his hometown of Cardiff and driving to Finsbury Park.

    He is alleged to have then mounted the pavement at around 12.20am on Monday, ploughing into a group of Muslim worshippers outside the Muslim Welfare House, near to Finsbury Park Mosque.

    The attack, which left 11 injured, unfolded while a man was receiving first aid from the public after being taken ill in Seven Sisters Road, police said. That man was later pronounced dead at the scene.

    Osborne was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and terrorism offences. Police currently believe he acted alone.

    Further details of Osborne's movements in the days leading up to the attack have since emerged in media reports, including claims that he had been thrown out of his local pub in Cardiff the night before having been "cursing Muslims and saying he would do some damage."

    Prime Minister Theresa May visited Finsbury Park at lunchtime on Monday and described the incident as "every bit as insidious and destructive to our values and our way of life" as the recent string of terror attacks in London and Manchester.

    She repeated comments she made after the London Bridge attacks earlier this month, vowing to "stamp out extremist and hateful ideology – both across society and on the internet – so it is denied a safe space to grow."

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was also at the scene on Monday, said: "A lot of the time people are saying Islamophobia isn't real. But this time it's actually killed someone and injured others. There are kids who grew up [watching this] on TV and never expected it to happen in their own backyard."



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