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That “War on Terror” , UK Government’s Terrorism Advisor Resigned For A Worrying Reason

The Home Office Advisor for Terrorism, Jahan Mahmood, has resigned with claims that ‘Terrorism Policing’ is causing radicalization and an “an atmosphere of fear”.

The resignations comes after figures now show that two-thirds of people arrested for terrorism offences are actually released without being charged.

The 289 terrorism arrests in 2014 saw only 102 later charged with an offence which makes up a small 35% of the overall figures. In a statement, Mr. Mahmood said: “There are simply too many arrests” and that counter terrorism arrests are based on “very flimsy evidence”.

A poll earlier this year backed up these claims which found 1 in 4 Muslims saw the actions of the Police and MI5 has being one of the main causes for the radicalisation of young Muslims.

A spokesperson for the Muslim council of Britain stated:

For many, current counter-terrorism measures, particularly related to the Prevent strategy, actually lead to greater alienation as Muslims are seen through the lens of Security, rather than tackling the scourge of terrorism itself.

This issue was highlighted earlier in the week by students across the country taking action against the Prevent strategy. which has seen children as young as 9 branded as potential Terrorists. Under the banner #studentsnotsuspects, the nationwide events demonstrated how the programme is criminalising students and creating Islamaphobia.

Clash of fundamentalisms at the university of East Anglia (UEA) Chris Jarvis – the Campaigns and Democracy Officer said:

The prospect that a UEA student studying fundamentalism can’t now surf across Isis propaganda without a visit from counter-terrorism police is worrying and confirms our suspicions that the government’s Prevent [counter-terrorism] agenda is quickly turning students into suspects. If we’re not careful, the Prevent strategy could end up preventing the wrong thing – learning about, critiquing and ultimately defeating terrorism – and could lead to the criminalisation of study.

Meanwhile, scaremongering rages across newspaper front pages, with hysterical headlines telling us that a Jihadist is arrested every day, and a further 3000 are being watched. Such headlines ratchet up the climate of fear whilst neglecting to inform people of the wider context of those who are arrested and released without charge.

 

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