Sunday, July 17, 2005

Clamping down on pro-terrorist dialogue

France is not the only country to commence addressing "incitement of terrorism" as serious enough to make a criminal offence, or deportation.

Britain's new anti-terror measures were on the table prior to the July 7th bombings. Included in the mix are making training or attending terrorist training camps a criminal offence; and incitement of terrorism. All are designed to stop or inhibit the flow and recruitment of new jihadists.

The proposed bill will contain provisions that would make ‘indirect incitement to commit terrorist acts’ a criminal offence, the Financial Times reported. Direct incitement is already a crime.

Asked what might be construed as indirect incitement, Home Office Minister Hazel Blears was quoted by the Financial Times as saying that praise for someone as a ‘martyr’ could be seen as glorifying and endorsing terrorism.

In light of these new potential laws, the Guardian reporter, Dilpazier Aslam, and the publication itself might find themselves in a peck of trouble come their enactment.
Dilpazier Aslam, a Guardian writer reporting on the London bombings, is a apparently keeping some pretty unsavory company himself.

Dilpazier Aslam, who has been allowed to report on the London bombings from Leeds and was also given space to write a column in last Wednesday's edition of The Guardian, is a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a radical world organisation which seeks to form a global Islamic state regulated by sharia law.

It is understood that staff at The Guardian were unaware that Mr Aslam was a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir until allegations surfaced on "The Daily Ablution", a blog run by Scott Burgess. Speculation is mounting that it may have been a sting by Hizb ut-Tahrir to infiltrate the mainstream media.

It can come as little surprise that the enemy lives among us, nor that they would seek positions and status that would benefit their goal of a Muslim caliphate. The big question is... what are we going to do about it? We should be paying close attention to Britain and France's anti-terror suggestions ourselves.

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