For Muslim Men The UK Is A Secret Police State Already

Five Muslim community workers have accused MI5 of waging a campaign of blackmail and harassment in an attempt to recruit them as informants. The men claim they were given a choice of working for the Security Service or face detention and harassment in the UK and overseas.

They have made official complaints to the police, to the body which oversees the work of the Security Service and to their local MP Frank Dobson. Now they have decided to speak publicly about their experiences in the hope that publicity will stop similar tactics being used in the future.

Three of the men say they were detained at foreign airports on the orders of MI5 after leaving Britain on family holidays last year.

After they were sent back to the UK, they were interviewed by MI5 officers who, they say, falsely accused them of links to Islamic extremism. On each occasion the agents said they would lift the travel restrictions and threat of detention in return for their co-operation. When the men refused some of them received what they say were intimidating phone calls and threats.

Two other Muslim men say they were approached by MI5 at their homes after police officers posed as postmen. Each of the five men, aged between 19 and 25, was warned that if he did not help the security services he would be considered a terror suspect. A sixth man was held by MI5 for three hours after returning from his honeymoon in Saudi Arabia. He too claims he was threatened with travel restrictions if he tried to leave the UK.

An agent who gave her name as Katherine is alleged to have made direct threats to Adydarus Elmi, a 25-year-old cinema worker from north London. In one telephone call she rang him at 7am to congratulate him on the birth of his baby girl. His wife was still seven months’ pregnant and the couple had expressly told the hospital that they did not want to know the sex of their child.

Mr Elmi further alleges: “Katherine tried to threaten me by saying, and it still runs through my mind now: ‘Remember, this won’t be the last time we ever meet.’ And then during our last conversation she explained: ‘If you do not want anything to happen to your family you will co-operate.'”

More @ The Independent 
Remember Bisher al Rawi, who ended up in Gitmo after he was approached, worked for MI5 and then subject to extraordinary rendition and torture when he was framed as a ‘terror suspect’ for having …a battery charger from Argos. It looks like they are using tougher blackmail & harassment tactics now that rendition and the black site prison network are more common knowledge. For young Muslim men in Britain this amounts to an almost apartheid condition, note they have gone to the papers with this suggesting the exhaustive avenues they took of normal redress were not so helpful. Even now the men arrested in Manchester are being denied their rights and the government looks to deport them -in a fit of pique (?)- after finding zero evidence. The NUS Black Students’ Campaign (or here) have passed a motion supporting these students and Hicham Yezza.

14 Responses to “For Muslim Men The UK Is A Secret Police State Already”

  1. harpymarx Says:

    The disproportionate number of Black people stopped under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 rose by 322%, compared with a rise of 277% for Asian people and 185% for white people.
    And now the cops have been told to curtail their use of these appalling oppressive sus laws because under Sec 44 they can question you without suspicion unlike Sec 43 (which they have been told to use instead of Sec 44) where the cops have to have reasonsable suspicion to stop someone. But I am sure the cops will find a way to overcome that obstacle of ‘reasonable suspicion’.

    It shows the constant attacks on civil liberties, and freedoms. The way these pernicious laws are used to criminalise people, it also exposes the entrenched racism in the police and state racism.

  2. Jay Vos Says:

    Not surprised. The Independent piece was also linked today on P U L S E.

  3. Jonathan Says:

    Makes you wonder how much worse it’s going to get … is there anything worse than authoritarian, total power combined with sheer stupidity and incompetence? Your life can be ruined due to some racist mistake.

    Hope these men and Hich Yezza keep fighting

    • RickB Says:

      Hey Jonathan,
      Yes, me too and their cause is our cause, if we accept being designated a undesirable by mere govt say so, we are all screwed.

  4. GDAEman Says:

    As is the US…. and it isn’t restricted to muslim men.

  5. libhomo Says:

    I’ve noticed that closing societies first try out repressive tactics on politically or culturally vulnerable populations.

  6. earwicga Says:

    Now, that really is essential reading!! At least if I am blind I won’t be able to see BNP adverts 🙂

  7. RickB Says:

    Indeed and remember everyone vote in the Euro elections, every vote counts in keeping the BNP out through the PR system.

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