Belmarsh prison: ‘The jihadi training camp right in the heart of London’

Source: Belmarsh prison: ‘The jihadi training camp right in the heart of London’ | London Evening Standard

Soon after I arrived in Belmarsh in 2014, news came through that Mosul in Iraq had fallen to Islamic State and the prison erupted. There were chants of “Allahu Akbar”, wild banging on the doors and joyous shouting of “we are going to take over” throughout the wing. It was like a big party that went on unchecked for several hours.

I was devastated because I watched how prison officers seemingly took no action, leaving new inmates like myself with the impression that the real people in charge were not the warders, but a terrifying group of radical Islamists known as “the Brothers” or “the Akhi”, which is Arabic for brother.

We had around 200 people on our wing, about half of them Muslim, but there was a hard core of 20 “brothers” in for terrorism or terror-related of-fences who were very popular and had enormous influence. They were treated like celebrities by the other inmates and included the guy who in 2007 tried to blow up Glasgow airport.

They were intelligent, well read and soft-spoken and they welcomed me with open arms because, as a fellow Muslim, they thought they could turn me into one of them. They would drape their arm around me, call me “my brother”, offer me cigarettes, food and any support I needed.

Their next step was to drum home their message about Islam and to tell us that we were inside because of the evil system. They would say that the kuffar [a derogatory term for non- Muslims] had been killing our women and children and that our calling was to become “a soldier of peace”. They talked about going to fight in Syria and Iraq when they got out and joining the war for a Muslim caliphate.

I was brought up the son of a bookkeeper in a mainstream Muslim household that mixed with Jewish and Christian people and respected all religions. I was in prison because of what I had done as a stupid young bank clerk signing off documents at the request of others. I had not benefited by one penny financially and naively thought my reward would be fast promotion, but I was balanced enough to know that I was in the wrong, not the system.

In my second week, on the way to Friday prayers, I said something about showing tolerance to other religions and one of the Akhi, who was in for terrorism, turned to me and said emphatically: “No, there is zero tolerance, they are all kuffar and we have to destroy them.” After that he let it be known that I was kuffar and that nobody should greet me or associate with me.

I felt vulnerable because I saw what happened to people branded kuffar. In the cell be-side mine, there were two black Muslims and a Christian and one day there was a lot of petty arguing over a kettle. The next day, the Muslims made up a story about the Christian disrespecting Islam and next thing 25 prisoners stormed his cell and beat him up. He got moved after that. In my cell there were also two black guys who had converted to Islam, and when I was made kuffar, they let it be known that if anybody stormed our cell, they would not protect me. I was scared so I asked to see the imam, but that was another mistake.

There are about six imams in Belmarsh and apart from one, who was supportive, the other imams either ignored me or appeared to be sympathetic to the extremists. It was shocking. After that I kept my head down and only left my cell if I had to. All around I witnessed people being radicalised. Instantly you could see the change. They would start to wear their trousers rolled below the knee, something Prophet Muhammad did, they would grow facial hair, they would call each other “Akhi” and they became hyper-aggressive towards anybody not into radical Islam.

Three quarters of those being radicalised had been involved in gangs  and were in for violent crime or drugs. They understood that the biggest gang inside Belmarsh was the Brothers and that they needed them for their protection. But it also gave them a sense of identity.

People would boast that as soon as they got out, they were going out to Syria. They were young and impressionable. There were so many would-be jihadists in there I felt like an intruder at a jihadi training camp. There were also plenty of moderate Muslim inmates like myself who suffered because we couldn’t speak out. I couldn’t believe how the flaws in the system effectively support the extremists.

After five months I got moved to Highpoint, a category C men’s prison in Suffolk. I was there for the Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015 and again there were prisoners openly praising the attackers and embracing one an-other, although not as many as in Belmarsh. I complained to a chief prison officer who said: “We know what’s going on but we don’t have the funding or staff to do anything about it.” Again, the imams were useless.



 

BBC’s Muslim head of religion says station is ‘too Christian’, could broadcast Muslim prayers

London. Has. Fallen. It is now Londonistan.
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Source: BBC is ‘too Christian’ and ‘could broadcast Muslim prayers’ to reflect growing multi-culturalism

The BBC’s religious output is too Christian, an internal review by the Corporation has concluded, opening the way for more programmes on other faiths.

A report by Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s head of religion and ethics, has suggested Muslim, Hindu and Sikh faiths should get more airtime.

Interesting, because Sikhs and Hindus accused the BBC of pro-Muslim media and news bias.

Mr Ahmed’s appointment in 2009 was controversial because of allegations he had shown a pro-Islam bias in his previous role at Channel 4.

The report is now being considered by Lord Hall, the director general, who could make changes to make religious output less “disproportionate”, the Sunday Times (£) reported.

Mr Ahmed told a Commons meeting on religious literacy he had written a report for Lord Hall that would answer criticisms from non-Christian faiths that they were under-served.

Mr Ahmed said in a statement: “Christianity remains the cornerstone of our output and there are more hours dedicated to it than there are to other faiths.

“Our output in this area is not static, though.

“It has evolved over the years and we regularly assess it.”

He added: “We do look at the number of hours we produce, and measure that against the religious make-up of society.”

Asked whether greater coverage of other faiths could lead to cuts in Christian coverage, a BBC spokesman said it was too early to say which programmes were safe but added that Songs of Praise would be secure.

“We … are actually intending to do more programming around Christianity and more on other faiths as well, so there is absolutely no question of an ‘either or’ on our output,” he added.

The number of Muslims in Britain has doubled in a decade to three million.

One Muslim leader suggested the review could lead to Friday prayers from a mosque being broadcast in the same way that Christian church services currently feature in the BBC’s schedules.

Ibrahim Mogra, of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the BBC could televise Friday prayers from a mosque and extend coverage of Eid.


In another decade, after the Muslim population doubles again, they can show beheadings and stonings too.

Previous Creeping Sharia posts on the BBC’s Islamophilia:

BBC Style Guide Tells Journos: Mohammed Is ‘The Prophet’

BBC censors playwright’s dialog on ‘honor killings’ to protect Muslim community

BBC is full of liberals afraid to mock Islam says BBC vet

BBC refuses to screen play about Islamic threat to freedom of speech

BBC reveals huge scale of honour attacks in Britain, fails to mention word “Islam”

BBC ‘scared’ of Islam jokes

 

Muslim Police Chief Says ‘Offending Culture, Religion And Tradition’ Not Protected As Free Speech

Source: Muslim Police Chief Says ‘Offending Culture, Religion And Tradition’ Not Protected As Free Speech – Breitbart

A Muslim Police Chief Inspector for Greater Manchester has indicated that, according to his understanding, “Freedom of speech does not mean freedom of offending culture, religion or tradition”.

Chief Inspector Umer Khan made the statement on social media this weekend, and was immediately questioned by alarmed free speech campaigners.

He then apologised to those defending the right to be offensive for any “offence cause”, and argued that, “free speech should be used to promote tolerance & respect all.”

“[The statement regarding free speech] was a thought after a moving visit to Auschwitz”, he added.

When asked if Mr. Khan and the police force generally support the right to offend religious beliefs, the Greater Manchester Police press office told Breitbart London: “I don’t think we support anyone who would want to say anything offence[sic]”.

“It’s a storm in a tea cup… It’s about promoting tolerance, freedom of speech, that’s all he meant with it. He didn’t mean for it to be taken in an offensive way at all… it’s ironic, freedom of speech is what he’s now getting in trouble for”, the press office added.

A Greater Manchester Police Spokesperson added in an official statement: “A GMP Chief Inspector made a post on a personal Twitter account which has been taken out of context.

“He has apologised for any concern caused, which wasn’t the intention and has deleted the post.”

However, a writer at the Godless Spell Checker blog, which first reported Mr. Khan’s tweet, gave a well rehearsed argument for why “offending’” religion is important, and not always a “hate crime”.

“Of course, any thinking person knows that [offending dogma is] exactly what freedom of speech means. Speech can never truly be ‘free’ unless it includes the right to say things some people may not enjoy hearing.

“Indeed, the right to ‘blaspheme’, mock sacred cows and challenge taboos is what has led to progress in any civil society. The price for this has always been ‘offense’. And the great thing about ‘offense’ is that it’s cheap.

“By Umer Khan’s understanding, we are not free to offend people who endorse FGM, denigrate gay people as ‘sinners’ or think the appropriate punishment for adultery is death by stoning. It’s their ‘culture’, ‘tradition’ and ‘religion’ after all.”

Mr. Khan has been a police officer for more than twenty years, yet this re-interpretation of free speech comes at a time when British police are increasing their efforts to prosecute any “offensive” posts made on social media.

Just this week, a man from North Lanarkshire was arrested and detained for making a comedy video of his dog acting like a Nazi. According to the Daily Mail, police said the arrest should be a warning that videos which cause offence will not be tolerated.

In April this year, Glasgow Police threatened social media users, ordering them to be “kind” and not “hurtful” unless they wanted to “receive a visit… this weekend”.


In the new UK, where a radical Muslim who Defended 9/11 Terrorists is the mayor of London, and Muslim police chiefs believe Islam is exempt from free speech, Muslims can threaten to behead political candidates without consequence: Aftab Ahmed sentence for UKIP beheading threat quashed – BBC News.

London elects first Muslim mayor who called “moderate” Muslims “Uncle Toms” (updated)

Updates below.

Insane immigration policies have rapidly turned London into Islamic territory. Source: Sadiq Khan apologises after video shows him using ‘Uncle Toms’ slur against moderate Muslims | Daily Mail Online

Labour’s candidate for London Mayor has issued a grovelling apology after it emerged that he had described moderate Muslim groups as ‘Uncle Toms’.

Sadiq Khan said he regretted using the term, which is notorious racial slur used against black people to suggest that they are subservient to whites.

The incendiary claim surfaced in an interview with Iranian-backed Press TV from 2009, when Mr Khan was ‘minister for community cohesion’, in charge of Government efforts to stamp out extremism.

The revelation is a major blow for Mr Khan, who has faced a string of claims about his past dealings with Muslim extremists during the bitter campaign to succeed Boris Johnson.

He told ITV News London. ‘I was a minister at the time. It was wrong and I regret it.’

Speaking on LBC he said: ‘I regret using the phrase and I am sorry.

Paul Scully, MP for Sutton and Cheam, said: ‘Once again, Sadiq Khan has shown he doesn’t have the judgment to be Mayor of London.

‘He’s deeply hypocritical on race issue when it suits his political purpose. Labour must show they won’t put up with attitudes like this in the party.’

Fellow Tory Andrew Bridgen said: ‘It would appear that Sadiq Khan is being hoisted by his own petard.

‘He says one thing as a government minister and another thing when seeking election to one of the highest offices of the land as Mayor of London.

‘It is clear that the London electorate must ask questions about whether this man is fit to be mayor of the finest city in the world.’


More: Sadiq Khan Exposed

Sadiq Khan has a long and unbroken career of collaboration and involvement with Islamists, hate preachers, terrorist godfathers, sexists, homophobes and extremists.

He speaks at rallies with the black flag of jihad flying and where women are treated as second class citizens.

Khan spoke next to the man who trained the ringleader of the 7/7 bombers.

There’s much, much more in this shocking video report.


Update: Khan was elected

Muslim Mayor Defended 9/11 Terrorists

Mr. Khan’s own track record is perhaps one of the most sour of all Muslim politicians in the Western world.

In 2001 he was the lawyer for the Nation of Islam in its successful High Court bid to overturn the 15-year-ban on its leader, Louis Farrakhan.

In 2005 and 2006 he visited terror-charged Babar Ahmad in Woodhill Prison. Mr. Ahmed was extradited to the U.S. in 2012, serving time in prison before being returned to the UK in 2015. Mr. Ahmed pleaded guilty to the terrorist offences of conspiracy, and providing material support to the Taliban.

And Mr. Khan also campaigned for the release and repatriation of Shaker Aamer, Britain’s last Guantanamo detainee, who was returned to the UK in November.

Both Messrs Aamer and Ahmed provided Mr. Khan with links to the advocacy group CAGE, which described the Islamic State executioner Mohammed Emwazi as a “beautiful young man”, and which has campaigned on behalf of both men. Mr. Khan is reported to have shared a stage with five Islamic extremists, including at sex-segregated events. Even so, his poll numbers remain firm.

The ConservativeHome website lists even more concerns, including:

  • letter to the Guardian in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist bombings on London, blaming terrorism on British Government policy;
  • His legal defence of Zacarias Moussaoui, a 9/11 terrorist who confessed to being a member of Al Qaeda

UK: National Student Union Elects Muslim Pres. Who Refused to Condemn ISIS

Source: U.K. Student Unions Elect Muslim Pres. Who Sympathizes with Terrorists | MRCTV

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The National Union of Students (NUS), the confederation of student unions across the United Kingdom, has elected its first black female Muslim president—a radical activist who has endorsed terrorism against Israelis while refusing to condemn terrorism perpetrated by ISIS because it would be “Islamophobic.”

In an election held on Wednesday, Malia Bouattia defeated her opponent, incumbent Megan Dunn, by nearly 50 votes.

In 2014, while serving as the Black Student Officer, Bouattia voted against a motion that would condemn the terrorist organization ISIS. Bouattia argued that condemning ISIS would have been “justification for war and blatant Islamophobia.”

Bouattia claimed she would later propose an alternative motion that would condemn ISIS, but “will in no way pander to Western imperialistic intervention or the demonisation of Muslim peoples.”

In 2011, Bouattia co-authored a piece for the Palestine Society at the London School of Economics attacking the University of Birmingham for being a “Zionist outpost” for having “the largest JSoc [Jewish Society] in the country.”

Bouattia has also allegedly accepted the endorsement of Raza Nadim, a spokesperson for the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK), who has called for Jews to “Take your holocaust, roll it up nice and tight and then shove it up your (be creative)!”

MPACUK has even been “no-platformed” by the NUS because of its anti-Semitism. Bouattia reportedly deleted her post accepting the endorsement after the Jewish community voiced their concerns.

While Bouattia refused to condemn ISIS violence because it would be “Islamophobic,” she also champions violence against Israelis because condemning it would be “internalized Islamophobia.”

A video recently posted on YouTube allegedly shows Bouattia saying, “As a campaign, we take a vocal and uncompromising anti-colonialist approach to the occupation of Palestine.”

She continues [emphasis added]:

But at least in the time of my involvement with the solidarity movement here in the U.K., there’s a few things that do worry us. Namely, the fear that the notion of resistance has been perhaps washed out of our understanding of how colonized people will obtain their physical emancipation.

There are, of course, many reasons for this. Some of which could be seen to stem from an internalized anti-blackness. With mainstream Zionist-run media outlets—because once again we’re dealing with the population of the global south—resistance is presented as an act of terrorism.

But instead of us remembering that this has always been the case throughout struggles against white supremacy, it’s become an accepted discourse among too many. When there’s a desire to engage in discussions of Palestinian resistance in its many forms, and therefore not limited to an armed struggle, the excuse of ‘Well, Palestine’s different’ or, ‘In today’s contexts, things are really different. We can’t use the same methods that we did back then’ are given amongst many.

Internalized Islamophobia has also enabled our obsession with convincing non-Muslims of our non-violent and peaceful nature so that we’re taking things a step further and dangerously condemning the resistance, branding groups as terrorists to disassociate from them.


So, to convince non-Muslims they are non-violent, the new UK Student Union president will not allow Muslims to mention their terrorist brethren.

VIDEO: Muslims in UK demand sharia: “Islam Will Conquer the West”

Source: Pamela Geller

Watch the video. These Muslims make clear their goals. “There is only one Islam. There is no extreme Islam, there is no moderate Islam. Islam is Islam.”


 

Related: Arabic-speaking aid worker warns Britain many migrants have ‘no intention of living under Christian law’ (presumably that’s Western law).

 

 

UK: 9 More Muslims Jailed for Underage Sex Ring in Rochdale

h/t NER who writes:

From the Express 100 years sounds like a lot, but as a total given to a gang of 9 it is not as robust as it might be. The newspapers know that the public still expects stern sentences for violent and sexual crime and this is a way of making sentences sound more serious.

Source: Rochdale sex ring jailed for more than 100 years | UK | News | Daily Express

The crimes were discovered as part of a wider investigation into child sexual exploitation when a sex ring in Rochdale was uncovered in 2012.

Operation Doublet saw the 10 men, one who was sentenced last year, arrested after police began to look into sexual abuse in the whole region.

The men, mainly of Pakistani descent, were rounded up after a victim walked into a police station, following media coverage of original attacks and informed police she had also been groomed.

From the age of 14 the girl, described as an “extremely vulnerable young women”, had been repeatedly sexually groomed by a large number of men in Rochdale.

The victim, who had “a very difficult home life”, said her phone received “hundreds” of calls from men who wanted to have sex with her.

Two trials which lasted 15 weeks also heard evidence from seven other victims who came forward to testify against the men, most of who were from a Pakistani or Bangladeshi background. 

The string of offences took place mainly between 2005 – 2010 and involved girls as young as 13. 

When Judge Potter handed down the sentences applause broke out in the public gallery where the main victim, now in her mid-20s, watched from.

Afraz Ahmed, 33, of Oswald Street, Rochdale, was jailed for a total of 25 years after he was found guilty of numerous sexual offences in relation to five underage victims, including rape, conspiracy to rape and sexual activity with a child.

Choudry Ikhalaq Hussein, 38, formerly of Mayfield Terrace, Rochdale, was jailed for 19 years in his absence for rape, sexual activity with a child and conspiracy to rape.

He is thought to be in Pakistan after he fled during the trial. 

Abid Khan, 39, of Whitney Road, Liverpool, was handed a for six-and-a-half year sentence while Mohammed Zahid, 55, of Croxton Avenue, Rochdale, was jailed for for five years after both were found guilty of sexual activity with a child.

Kutab Miah, 35, of Ramsey Street, Rochdale, was imprisoned for seven years and Rehan Ali, 27, of Cleethorpes Avenue, Blackley, for nine years after both were found guilty of rape and sexual activity with a child. 

Mohammed Dauood, 38, of Leyland Road, Burnley, was jailed for 16 years after for various offences committed against two victims, including sexual activity with a child and sexual assault.

David Law, 46, of Colmanhay Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, was convicted of conspiracy to rape and jailed for 11 years. 

A 40-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was imprisoned for 23 years after he was convicted of rape and attempting to abduct a child in relation to three victims.

A tenth man, Mahfuz Rahman, 29, was jailed for five-and-a-half years last September after pleading guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child. 


 Also read A Look Inside Britain’s Muslim Sex Grooming Gang Scandal.

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