The Lee Rigby/ASBO Muslim Scholar Conundrum

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At the time of Lee Rigby’s purported public beheading (it was so public no one actually caught the murder on film), I happened to be staying in London and the incident took place only fifteen minutes away from where I was staying.

My initial reaction was something along the lines of “uh-oh”. The incident itself did not really concern me because it was so outrageous I did not actually believe it at that time and after further analysis of the reports, images, psychology-damaged, MI5-harassed purported murderers and inconsistent claims from “witnesses” in the trial, I concluded that something suspicious was afoot.  What concerned me was the machination behind this drama.  Clearly there was a motive behind this false-flag operation.

At that time I postulated that this was the pretext for something greater. A justification for something which would be otherwise regarded as undemocratic and abhorent.  A further erosion of Muslim civil liberties no less and in a pretext for war in a worst case scenario.  Fear, after all, is the preferred psychological tool of despotic goverments to scare its people into “voluntarily” giving up fundamental rights in exchange for supposed safety, thereby manufacturing consenus.

Now over the past weeks the fruition of this bizare event has come to the fore.  David Cameron announced his new baby, the Terror and Extremist Behaviour Order (TEBO). Anyone on the TEBO list will in essence be silenced in airing any views or restricted in movement.

This has been picked up to glorious effect by right-wing, neocon newspapers. David Cameron himself quotes his raison de etre for this taskforce (http://news.sky.com/story/1177469/terror-asbos-for-extremists-under-pm-plans):

This summer we saw events that shocked the nation with the horrific killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich and murder of Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham.

“These tragedies were a wake-up call for Government and wider society to take action to confront extremism in all its forms, whether in our communities, schools, prisons, Islamic centres or universities.

“I have been absolutely clear that this is not something we should be afraid to address for fear of cultural sensitivities. We have already put in place some of the toughest terrorism prevention controls in the democratic world, but we must work harder to defeat the radical views which lead some people to embrace violence.

Cameron thus believes silencing scholars who hold differing views is the way forward.  There is a lot in the above set of quotes which strikes me with hilarity.  For now allow me to highlight some points.  Michael Adebolajo was “radicalised” through contact with al-Muhajiroun. In fact according to his friend Abu Nusaybah, he was a drifter, going to various gatherings including those held by the al-Muhajiroun. According to him, he was only really mentally perturbed after his torture in Kenya and subsequent harassment by the MI5. Assuming he did in fact kill Lee Rigby,

a) Why is Anjem Choudary not on the list, but a legitimate albeit outspoken scholar like Shaykh Haytham al-Haddad is? Clear evidence that this gag order is going to be more broadly applied than initially thought (hate preachers only).

b) Why has there been no further investigation into the claims of MI5 harassment?

c) If the MI5 knew of his suspicious past, why on earth was he not being monitored?

d) Why has there been no mention of banning right-wing, white supremacist groups such as the EDL and BNP, but Islamic centres are given a highlight? Mr Justice Sweeney, when passing the sentence against the murderer of Mohammed Saleem and a terrorist, said,

“You clearly hold extremist right wing, white supremacist views and you were motivated to commit the offences by religious and racial hatred”

d) Terrorism by definition is an attack against civilians.  This was supposedly an attack against a military personnel. In fact the murderer was so courteous as to even apologise that women had to see this.  Not exactly a terrorist attack then. So why is David calling it one?

e) Michael Adebolajo cited foreign policy, not actual “hate” of British people per se as his motivation. What exactly is the link, then, between this specific incident and the TEBO taskforce?

George Orwell’s society in his book Nineteen Eighty-Four is regarded as a dytopian.  In it, the Thought Police monitor society using surveillance and psychology to arrest citizens who thought differently and challenged the government.

Today if you happen to be a Muslim, aspire to establish the Shari’a, speak publicly against the foreign policy of the government you will be regarded as a terror ASBO, a person worthy of not being considered fully human for your rights will curtailed, your movements restricted and your throught-processes forcibly re-wired.

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