Thursday, August 25, 2016

“Warders are too PC to stop jihadi poison spreading in jails

Political correctness in Britain’s jails has allowed Islamic extremism to flourish behind bars, a report warns today.
Terrorists and extremists have been able to spread their poison in prison because staff are too frightened of breaching human rights or being branded racists to intervene, the study for the Ministry of Justice reveals.
Author Ian Acheson, a former prison governor, says Britain has fallen behind countries such as the Netherlands, Spain and France in dealing with radicalisation in jail – with ordinary Muslims facing ‘aggressive encouragement’ to become jihadis.
In a withering verdict, he says: ‘The review recorded a lack of confidence and consistency in challenging unacceptable extremist behaviour and views.
‘It concluded that cultural sensitivity among staff towards Muslim prisoners has extended beyond the basic requirements of faith observance and could inhibit the effective confrontation of extremist views.’
The six-month study found:
Muslim inmates can be left unsupervised at Friday prayers amid ‘pressure on supervising staff to leave the prayer room’;
Extremists sometimes avoid body searches by claiming they are wearing ‘religious dress’;
Books promoting extremism were made available in prison libraries and allowed in cells;
Some inmates ‘exploit staff fear of being labelled racist’;
Charismatic Islamist extremists act as ‘self-styled emirs … a controlling and radicalising 
influence on the wider Muslim prison population’ – and fanatics have tried to ‘engineer segregation’ in prisons so they can radicalise fellow inmates.
Tory MP Philip Hollobone said: ‘This timely report has hit the nail on the head. It is imperative prisons do not serve as a breeding ground for more Islamic extremism. Too many of our public institutions have fallen under the spell of political correctness … the public will be shocked that extremist elements are able to exploit traditional British tolerance … to promote violent extremism.’ Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss will today announce measures designed to toughen the approach to extremism in jail.
Islamist fanatics will be given their own security category, with the worst offenders locked up in so-called ‘jihadi wings’.
The Ministry of Justice said a crackdown on extremist literature had begun, with five titles removed from prison libraries and more likely to follow.
Warders and governors will be given ‘training, skills and authority’ to tackle the lack of confidence identified in the report.
Prison imams will face new vetting procedures and governors will be given powers to remove extremists from Friday prayers if they are ‘promoting anti-British beliefs or other dangerous views’.
But ministers stopped short of forcing Muslim prisoners to take Friday prayers by video-link from their cells, as some European countries do.
Miss Truss said: ‘Islamist extremism is a danger to society and a threat to public safety … I am committed to confronting and countering the spread of this poisonous ideology behind bars.’
Bob Neill, chairman of the justice select committee, welcomed the crackdown, adding: ‘It is very clear we should not allow any question of political correctness … to get in the way of the fact these people are deliberately targeting vulnerable individuals with their extremism.’
Figures show there are 12,633 Muslims in English and Welsh jails

. There are 147 terrorist inmates – of whom 137 identify as Muslim.
Fanatics to be kept in own prison wing
Hate preachers and Islamic terrorists are to be locked up in dedicated ‘jihadi wings’ in British jails to prevent them radicalising moderate Muslim prisoners.
Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss will today announce plans for ‘specialist units’ in some maximum security prisons for extremists who try to convert other inmates to their views.
Until now Islamist terrorists have been dispersed around the prison system in the same way as IRA terrorists convicted on the mainland were in the past.
But a review by former prison governor Ian Acheson has called for the most dangerous and charismatic offenders to be isolated from the general prison population to prevent them spreading their poison.
Government sources were tight-lipped about how many extremists could be segregated in this way, but it is thought the regime will initially apply to a modest number….
Bob Neill, chairman of the Commons justice committee, backed the measure, adding: ‘It is important that we keep these evil people out of circulation so they cannot influence or radicalise others who we are trying to rehabilitate…”

Asylum claims in the UK reach highest level in over a DECADE

Asylum seekers

Claims for asylum in the UK reached their highest level in over a decade
Between January and June this year, 36,465 people applied for asylum in Britain, a 41 percent increase on the same period in 2015, which had nearly 26,000 claims. 
Nearly one in ten of the would-be refugees were youngsters with unaccompanied children accounting for 3,472 of the total - a 54 percent annual increase
The last time Britain had such a high number of applications was in 2004, when 39,746 people sought asylum. 
Over a million people fleeing wars and conflict in the Middle East, Africa and Asia reached the EU last year in the continent's biggest migration crisis since World War Two.
Iranians were the biggest group with just under 5,000 claims followed by 3,199 Iraqis, 2,992 from Pakistan, 2,790 Eritreans and 2,690 Afghans. There were also 2,563 from Syria. 
The Office for National Statistics said nearly 3,500 refugees were resettled in the first half of the year. 
Across the EU, Germany received 665,000 asylum seeker claims in the first half of 2016, by far the greatest number, followed by Sweden with 149,000 and Hungary on 131,000.
Britain had the eighth highest amount of asylum applications in the EU, according to ONS data. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ministers REFUSE to ban Muslim Friday prayers in jails

  • Calls for communal Friday prayers have been rejected by ministers
  • Ex-prison governor Ian Acheson wrote a report about extremism in jails
  • But the suggestion regarding prayers has been refused by ministers
  • Officials claim the new rule would disrupt the wider prison population
  • A prison expert said moving extremists between jails was a 'ghost train'
A report by former prison governor Ian Acheson (pictured) said extremists have been able to spread their poison behind bars for too long
A report by former prison governor Ian Acheson (pictured) said extremists have been able to spread their poison behind bars for too long
Calls for communal Friday prayers to be carried out in cells due to fears that some prisoners are being radicalised by extremists have been rejected by ministers.

Former prison governor, Ian Acheson, wrote a report which said terrorists have been able to spread their poison behind bars for far too long without intervention.  

And Steve Gillan, general secretary of the Prison Officers Association, backed the report and also called for Friday prayers to be carried out in cells instead of communally. 

He said: 'Friday prayers are putting immense pressure on the already pressed prison service.

'In France and Germany they do Friday prayers from their cells. 

'This report says we should do the same and there is no reason for the Government not to accept this recommendation.'

But the recommendation has been rejected by officials who fear the new rules would disrupt the wider jail population.

Officials were also worried the ban might even result in extremism and discontent within inmates, reports The Times

The Ministry of Justice has also rejected two other recommendations which relate to Islamist extremism within UK jails. 

The other suggestions included the appointment of an adviser on counter-terrorism in prisons and a review of the correspondence between prisoners and their lawyers. 

And the justice rejected the new plan for Friday prayers and added they do not believe it is the 'right course of action'.

The Ministry of Justice told the newspaper: 'We will ensure that governors use their existing powers to remove prisoners from corporate worship where they are behaving subversively or promoting beliefs that run counter to fundamental British values.

'We do not, however, believe it is the right course of action at present to alter the provision of worship more generally or to pursue in-cell alternatives.'

One prison source told the newspaper: 'There would be enormous political fallout as well as risks to the stability of prisons if Friday prayers were banned. 

'It would become an issue of us attacking religion, whatever faith was involved.'

Liz Truss, the justice secretary, said that preventing the 'most dangerous extremists from radicalising other prisoners is essential to the safe running of prisons'. 

Mr Acheson told the newspaper that he was 'very pleased' that the secretary of state has 'accepted the majority' of the review recommendations. 

Meanwhile, one prison expert called the movement of troublesome Islamic extremist inmates between jails a 'ghost train' approach.

it also comes as ministers warned that locking up extremist prisoners in special 'jihadi wings' will be akin to opening up a British Guantanamo Bay.

Isolating hate preachers and Islamist terror offenders in jails would also give them 'credibility', according to Mr Gillan.

It is understood that hate preacher Anjem Choudary will be held in the first special isolation wing for Muslim extremists at top-security HMP Frankland in Durham.

Choudary, 49, was convicted of terror offences last week. 

The firebrand cleric, who was found guilty of supporting Islamic State, will be sentenced next month.

HMP Frankland has been chosen because it has experience of dealing with the most dangerous terrorists. 

Channel counter-extremism programme in crisis after nearly HALF of those deemed to be vulnerable to ISIS grooming turned down help

  • Government flagship scheme meant to target those being radicalised 
  • Of 245 people offered support through scheme, 117 rejected help
  • Channel programme is voluntary so identified people can refuse support
  • Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood is calling for scheme to be compulsory

Nearly half of people assessed to be susceptible to Islamic-State terrorism refused the offer of help from the Government's flagship counter-extremism programme, according to reports.

The Channel programme offers support and mentoring to those deemed to be vulnerable to being drawn into extremism, but it is voluntary and those offered help can turn it down.

Labour MP Khalid Mahmood, pictured, said the government scheme needs to be made complusoryDuring the last financial year, out of the 245 people offered support through the Channel scheme where 'Islamic State' was flagged as the type of extremism, some 117 refused it, according to the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC).

The figures emerged in a Freedom of Information Act request from the BBC's World At One programme.

Khalid Mahmood, the Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Bar, where a number of schools were targeted by hard-line Muslims in the Trojan Horse scandal, called for the Channel programme to be made compulsory.

He told the World At One programme 'the whole strategy needs to be looked at' and warned that some mentors are 'non-violent radicalisers' who are 'reinforcing the ideology' rather than countering it.

Mr Mahmood said: 'Also what needs to be looked at is the fact that the number of Channel providers is very stagnant, there is hardly any change in providers that the local police authorities use.

'So you have got a group of people who rarely change - there is no competition, there is no understanding of doing something differently in terms of providing Channel, and that is why it has not been as successful as it should be.'

He added: 'I think it should become mandatory... but unless you have the right providers, unless you have people who are actually not going to reinforce that ideology, people who are actually trying to move people away from that ideology and the ethos of what they are being taught - that is the only way you will move forward and try to de-radicalise some of these people.

'And we are not doing that at the moment in Channel.'

He also called for more resources to be ploughed into the programme.

The Channel programme is intended to combat extremism by preventing people becoming further radicalised and turning to violence. Above, radical cleric Anjem Choudary, file photo
The Channel programme is intended to combat extremism by preventing people becoming further radicalised and turning to violence. Above, radical cleric Anjem Choudary, file photo

Channel aims to combat extremism early on to prevent people from becoming further radicalised and turning to violence.

Many people referred to the programme are children.

A Home Office spokesman said: 'We have a wide range of powers at our disposal to prevent terrorist-related activity and our police and security and intelligence agencies work tirelessly, often unseen, to protect us.

'Channel is a voluntary, confidential process to help protect vulnerable people from the poisonous and pernicious influence of extremist ideas that are used to legitimise terrorism.

'Since 2012, over 1,000 people have been successfully provided with support.

 This means people most at risk can be diverted away from potential criminal activity or extreme danger.

'This is similar to the way in which individuals at risk from involvement in crime, drugs and other social issues are supported.

'If an individual chooses not to take part in the programme, engagement continues and where appropriate support will be offered through alternative measures and other mainstream services. 

Any risk that an individual poses is carefully managed by the police.'

A spokeswoman for the NPCC said: 'Channel is just one of a range of intervention options open to police and partners.

'Where a person does refuse to participate in Channel - and of course, as a voluntary programme, this is their right - there will be continuing engagement with the individual concerned to seek alternative support measures.

'It should also be remembered that if anyone who has accepted or refused help goes on to become a national security threat, or commits an offence, they would be subject to a criminal investigation.'  

Police Scotland make the hijab part of its official uniform in a bid to encourage Muslim women to join the force

The hijab has been made a part of the official Police Scotland uniform
In 2015/16, just 2.6 per cent of the force were from ethnic backgrounds
The force has made the decision to encourage Muslim women to join  
The hijab (pictured, stock photo) is now formally a part of Police Scotland's uniform 
The hijab (pictured, stock photo) is now formally a part of Police Scotland's uniform 
Police Scotland has made the hijab part of their official uniform to try and encourage Muslim women to join the force. 

In the past, officers were only allowed to wear the religious headscarf once it was approved by senior staff members.

But it is now formally part of the force's uniform and Police Scotland is trying to make themselves more 'representative' of the communities they serve. 

The formal announcement was welcomed by the Scottish Police Muslim Association (SPMA), an organisation set up in 2010 to build closer ties with Muslim communities.

Chief Constable Phil Gormley said: 'I am delighted to make this announcement and welcome the support from both the Muslim community, and the wider community, as well as police officers and staff.

'Like many other employers, especially in the public sector, we are working towards ensuring our service is representative of the communities we serve.

'I hope that this addition to our uniform options will contribute to making our staff mix more diverse and adds to the life skills, experiences and personal qualities that our officers and staff bring to policing the communities of Scotland.'

A report to the Scottish Police Authority earlier this year showed there were 4,809 applications to join Police Scotland in 2015/16, of which 127 (2.6 per cent) were from ethnic backgrounds.

It read: 'Based on these figures, it is clear to see that challenge Police Scotland faces. 

'If the black and minority ethnic groups (BME) national average of 4 per cent is to be met within the organisation, an additional 650 BME recruits are required across all areas of the business.

The Metropolitan Police in London approved the hijab as part of its uniform more than a decade ago
The Metropolitan Police in London approved the hijab as part of its uniform more than a decade ago

'Considering current application trends, this would appear to be unachievable.'

The Metropolitan Police in London approved the hijab as part of its uniform more than a decade ago.

Fahad Bashir, SPMA chair, said: 'This is a positive step in the right direction.

'I am delighted that Police Scotland is taking productive steps in order to ensure that our organisation is seen to be inclusive and represents the diverse communities that we serve across Scotland.

'No doubt this will encourage more women from Muslim and minority ethnic backgrounds to join Police Scotland.'

Monday, August 22, 2016

Muslim teen gets lenient sentence after brutally beating girlfriend

Zameer Ahmed
“Derby teen inflicted ‘brutal’ torture on girlfriend in day-long assault,” Derby Telegraph, August 19, 2016 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
A 16-year-old boy who subjected his teenage girlfriend to brutal attacks and “torture sessions” which involved waterboarding has been locked up.
During his attacks, Zameer Ahmed punched the girl to the face and body, kicked her repeatedly and strangled her with his bare hands, heard Derby Crown Court. 
He would tie her up with a dressing gown cord and put it around her face and mouth. 
He also made her stand naked at the front of the house.
Prosecutor Mark Watson said Ahmed carried out “torture sessions”, which was, effectively, “waterboarding”. 
This involved putting a cloth over her face and pouring water over it, which “gives the sensation of drowning”.
On one occasion, he subjected her to a “sustained and brutal assault, beginning in the morning and ending in the evening”, said Mr Watson.
He said: “It started with the defendant punching her to the face, knocking out her tooth. It continued by this defendant taking a metal pipe from a vacuum cleaner.
 He used that to repeatedly hit her, until the pipe itself broke – even then he continued to use the splintered pipe to hit her, causing cuts.”
During the attack, Ahmed, of Clarence Road, Derby, also made her lie face down in a bath and held her head under the water. It continued into the evening and he would beat her, she said, until he ran out of energy. His response then was to cry, saying he could not sleep due to the realisation of what he had done.”
Despite this, he did not let her out for “some days” because her bruises would be seen by others. “Part of the controlling behaviour was to stop her seeing friends and family,” said Mr Watson.
But after this day-long assault, the girl had contacted her mum to come to get her and she was “panicking and scared”. The police were called and officers found “blood spattered on the bedroom wall, on bedding and the pillow”. Part off a tooth was also recovered.
The girl was taken to hospital and on examination was found to have swelling, tenderness and scabs to the back of her right hand; bruising and tenderness on her right forearm; redness around both of her eyes; bite marks on her left cheek and chest; bruising over both shoulders; tender ribs; scabs on her bottom; a friction burn to her chin; bruising to her ears; a cut lip; a broken tooth; and a 3.5cm long burn mark to her abdomen.
Giving Ahmed a two-year detention and training order, of which he will spend 12 months in custody, Judge Ebraham Mooncey said:
 “This is a very serious case and when one looks at the facts, had you been an adult you would be looking at a very lengthy sentence indeed.
 All in all, you would have been leaving this court with six or seven years today.”
But, he said, he had taken into account that Ahmed was only 16 and the difficulties he had had in his life….

teen stabbed to death multiple times in broad daylight by ‘calm, silent MUSLIM jihadist killer’

Two young girls watched in horror as the Muslim killer chased the “humble and polite” teen as he ran for his life. The teenager then collapsed on the street in Hayes, west London, and the Muslim killer then sat beside him. The suspect then continued to stab him in the back, an eyewitness said, while a neighbour yelled for the killer to stop.

The woman, in her 50s, who has lived in the area for more than a decade, said: “I even tried to stop it. I was screaming and shouting at the boy to stop what he was doing.

According to the UK Expresspolice have charged a man, Idris Hassan, 18, of Gledwood Gardens, with murder after 18-year-old Lance Scott Walker .

SWNSTeenager fatally stabbed in the street in broad daylight attack by 'calm, silent killer'
Medics fought to save the teenager's life at the scene
"The victim was running away from him.
"He ran up Gledwood Gardens and he took a turn around the tree and came up the road. That's when I saw blood on his back.
"He was running for his life. When I saw the blood on his back I picked up my phone. I picked up the phone and I saw the boy on the ground and the other one sitting there next to him stabbing him more.
"I shouted, 'Oi, stop it' and called 999.
"He was sat on the floor. The other one had multiple stab wounds on him. The blade was slashing about like anything.
SWNSTeenager fatally stabbed in the street in broad daylight attack by 'calm, silent killer'
'He was quiet. He was totally quiet. They were not saying anything'
"He still carried on even though the white boy fell down.
"He was quiet. He was totally quiet. They were not saying anything.
"I didn't even think of my safety, whether he would come for me afterwards.
"I didn't sleep all night. I'm totally shocked.
"He walked off. He had the knife in his right hand and he just walked off. He didn't even run. He didn't walk very fast - it was like nothing had happened.
"He was just so calm."
SWNSTeenager fatally stabbed in the street in broad daylight attack by 'calm, silent killer'
Police at the scene in Hayes
The 18-year-old is the seventh teenager to be murdered in London this year.
Emergency services were called shortly before 4pm on Monday.
However despite efforts to resuscitate the man, he died at the scene.
Investigating officers said the argument started in a home on Gledwood Gardens and the pair were known to each other.
It is believed the semi-detached home where the trouble broke out is a half-way house for troubled teens.
The area of the incident remains under a police cordon today.
Gurdeep Chaggar, a father of two, ran out of his home to try and save the youngster's life after his 11 and 12 year old daughters told him what happened.
The 47-year-old dad said: "My daughters went out to get ice creams.
"They came back and ran up the stairs saying, 'There's a mixed race guy stabbing a white guy - seriously dad'.
"The young white guy was laying on his face. I saw the wounds on his back. They were about two inches wide and gaping about an inch. There were two to three wounds.
"The guy had had a proper go at him. When I saw him he was finished.
"I told my daughters to get towels.
"I put pressure on the wounds. I felt his pulse it was hardly there and within minutes it disappeared.
"He was dead before the paramedics arrived.
"I was still there when the paramedics arrived. When you are doing that it seems like forever but in reality it was about five minutes.
"He muttered something to me. It sounded like, something, something 'Bruv'.
"To be honest, I wasn't listening. I was too busy trying to save his life.
"I feel sad for him. I always said hello to him and he would reply, 'Alright bruv'."
He said his daughters suffered nightmares last night.
He added: "One said it was a big knife and looked a bit like a kitchen knife."
Arginder Marok, 33, lives next door to where the fight broke out with his parents, wife and his child.
He said the residents regularly blast out music in the early hours but said the boy who died was always friendly.
Mr Marok said: "He was a young kid. He was polite and really nice.
"He used to stand out her and say, 'How are you doing?' He was a calm man and he was humble.
"I've seen him here for about a month. He was always by himself. He didn't look thuggish like the others. He was a kind, quiet boy.
"He was the nicest one, in my opinion, and he was vulnerable."
Neighbour Jas Bassi, 41, said she heard the woman screaming for help as she watched the attack.
She said: "A woman was shouting and screaming about a guy with a knife.
"I had seen the boy [victim] around. He seemed perfectly nice and polite."

Teenage girl, 16, is arrested along with a 20-year-old woman as they 'tried to travel to Syria to join ISIS'

  • Two females aged 16 and 20 arrested in central London on Sunday night
  • They are suspected of trying to travel to Syria to link up with ISIS
  • Record number of women have been arrested over terrorism in the UK 
Two women aged 16 and 20 have been arrested on suspicion of trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

The pair were held in central London at around 9pm on Sunday on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.

Scotland Yard said: 'Officers from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command arrested a 20-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, namely travelling to Syria to join a proscribed organisation.

A teenage girl, 16, and 20-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS (file picture) 
A teenage girl, 16, and 20-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS (file picture) 

'They were arrested in central London at approximately 9pm on Sunday, August 21. Both were taken into custody at a central London police station.' 

Official figures for 2015/16 showed that a record number of women and girls were arrested in Britain as part of counter-terrorism investigations.

A total of 36 females were held in the 12 months to the end of March - the highest number in any financial year on record.

Rising numbers of youngsters are also being detained, with under-18s the only age group to see a rise in the number of arrests year-on-year - increasing from eight to 14.  

It comes a week after British schoolgirl Kadiza Sultana, who fled the UK to join ISIS in Syria, was killed by an airstrike in Raqqa.

Kadiza Sultana, pictured, 17, is thought to have died in a bombing in Syria after fleeing there in Easter 2015
Kadiza Sultana, pictured, 17, is thought to have died in a bombing in Syria after fleeing there in Easter 2015
Miss Sultana, 17, is thought to have died earlier this year after her home in the terror state's stronghold city was hit by a bomb believed to have been dropped by a Russian plane.

The teenager had quickly become disillusioned with Isis and told her family last summer that she wanted to return home. 

Her sister Halima Khanom said: 'We were expecting this, in a way. But at least we know she is in a better place.'

The schoolgirl had been living in Syria after leaving her home in East London during the Easter 2015 school holidays to join Islamic State.

She travelled with friends Amira Base and Shamima Begum, who were both just 15 when they fled and are believed to still be in Raqqa. All three had attended Bethnal Green Academy in Tower Hamlets. 

It is believed that all three wed fellow foreigners who were fighting for the Islamic State. 

Khadiza's husband was an American national of Somali origin who died late last year.

The trio shocked the nation after leaving their A-Level courses and their families to marry ISIS fighters in Syria. 

It is thought more than 800 Britons believed to have left the UK to join Isis or other militant groups in Syria and Iraq.

It is thought that at least 250 have since returned. Some have faced prosecution on arrival in Britain, with others allowed to re-enter society under the watch of security services. 

As previously reported, ISIS have targeted vulnerable women and girls over the internet in 'matchmaking' schemes to recruit them to become 'Jihadi brides'.

The Mail on Sunday revealed one such 'bride-maker' is Umm Muthanna Al Britaniyah, a former London student whose real name is Tooba Gondal. 

She is 22 years old and her father is a successful businessman.

Through her prolific output on social media, she commands a powerful influence on her following of largely young girls as she ‘grooms’ them, urging them, as she has done, to travel to Syria and marry bloodthirsty IS killers.

In her online rants, she described Britain as ‘a filthy country’ and praised the Paris massacre last November, which left more than 130 dead, saying: ‘EXPLOSIONS AND SHOOTINGS… 80 dead. 

And all praise is due to Allah Almighty. #ParisUnderAttack.’

Gondol, from Walthamstow, London, added: ‘Wish I could have seen the hostages being slaughtered last night with my own eyes. Would have been just beautiful.’

In May last year, using the name Fatima, she encouraged a British teenager she met on social media to travel to Syria and join IS.

She then asked the teenage recruit to meet one of her own relatives – a 16-year-old girl – and bring her to Syria too.

The plan was to fly to Switzerland then Istanbul, and then travel by land to the Syrian border.
But it all fell apart because the teenager that Gondal thought she was grooming was actually an undercover reporter. 

ISIS are also using dating websites to lure Jihadi brides to Iraq and Syria, it has been claimed.
The fanatics have infiltrated at least one Arabic-language platform in an attempt to marry off women to its fighters