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Membership Of Islam4UK & al-Muhajiroun To Become Illegal

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , on 01/12/2010 by securityscene

By Thursday 14th January 2010 it will be illegal to be a member of the group Islam4UK or its parent organisation, al-Muhajiroun.

Alan Johnson, the British Home Secretary, said that under new legislation it would be a criminal offence to glorify terrorism and be punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

“I have today laid an order which will proscribe al-Muhajiroun, Islam4UK, and a number of the other names the organisation goes by,” Johnson said. “It is already proscribed under two other names – al-Ghurabaa and the Saved Sect or the Saviour Sect.

Johnson said that proscription was “a tough but necessary power to tackle terrorism”, adding that it was “not a course we take lightly”.

The group, Islam4UK, has said that if their organisation is banned “another platform with a new name will arise to continue to fulfil these divine objections until the Sharia has been implemented”.

See also;
Hundreds Descend On Wootton Bassett As Hoaxer Claims Islam4UK On Their Way
Islam4UK Cancel Plans For Wootton Bassett March
Planned March At Wootton Bassett
Islamic Group Plans Wootton Bassett March

Hundreds Descend On Wootton Bassett As Hoaxer Claims Islam4UK On Their Way

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , on 01/11/2010 by securityscene

A number of people descended on to the town of Wootton Bassett as message boards on the Internet had information that Anjem Choudary and his Islam4UK group were on their way to stage a protest.

Members of the EDL, English Defence League, travelled across the country to be there to meet anyone that would show up in support of the Islam4UK march. Police patrolled the streets to maintain order as the estimated 200 members gathered around the town’s war memorial waving St Georges flags and chanting “Muslim bombers off our streets”.

The EDL protesters moved through the various town pubs as the Muslim march failed to materialise.

A spokesman for the Islam4UK organisation denied that they had planned to attend the march on Sunday, 11th January 2010, adding that the “rumours are not true.”

One woman who is a member of the English Defence League’s ‘Angels Division’ for woman, said;

”We heard last night that Choudary would be coming to Wootton Bassett today to march through the town.

”People said he would come here by the war memorial and start shouting about the war.

”He is claiming benefits off the state and thinks he has the right to come here and call our heroes murderers. It’s a disgrace.

”We don’t have a problem with Muslims, just with extremists. He’s got no right to be in this country.”

It is believed that the hoax may have been made by extremist Muslim groups to stir up the actions of the right wing groups opposed to the march. In doing so it makes the EDL and others who rushed to Wootton Bassett seem more extreme, a clever tactic by the people who made up the claim.

Islam4UK has since said that it has abandoned its plans to march in the sensitive area of the country, claiming that the media attention they have received has made a march unnecessary.

We are sure that this will not be the last we hear from Islam4UK and its hate filled cleric Mr Choudary and we will bring you any developments.

EDL in Wootton Bassett

Also see;

Islam4UK Cancel Plans For Wootton Bassett March
Planned March At Wootton Bassett
Islamic Group Plans Wootton Bassett March

Islam4UK Cancel Plans For Wootton Bassett March

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , on 01/10/2010 by securityscene

Anjem ChoudaryRadical Muslim and leader of the group Islam4UK, Anjem Choudary, has confirmed that the plans for the controversial march through Wootton Bassett has been called off.

The group announced their intentions to march over a week ago and it has caused controversy and up-roar ever since.

Wootton Bassett is the village that our brave men and women of the armed services are processed through before being laid to rest, hundreds of people pay their respects at the side of the road as those killed in action in Afghanistan are returned home.

Islam4UK, which is a soapbox for banned radical group Al-Muhajiroun, had planned to process empty coffins through the streets to represent those Muslims killed during the conflict, claiming that British soldiers were murderers and even likened them to Nazi soldiers.

The group headed by ex-lawyer, Choudary, has sent an open letter to the families of those that have been killed in Afghanistan stating that he and the group had no sympathy for them or their killed relatives.

During initial interviews Anjem Choudary had admitted that the choice of Wootton Bassett was made to inflame public outcry, cause maximum media attention and be a big statement for his relatively unknown group.

He has now said that after consultation with other members in the group and the Islamic militant leader Omar Bakri-Mohammed they have decided that the march is no longer necessary, he said the aim of highlighting the plight of Muslims in Afghanistan has been done “successfully”.

In a statement released by the Islam4UK group they said;

“We at islam4uk have decided, after consultation with others, including our Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, that no more could be achieved even if a procession were to take place in Wootton Bassett.

“And in light of this we would like to announce today that there will no longer be a procession through this market town.”

“This does not mean that we will remain silent on the atrocities being committed in Afghanistan under the guise of fighting for freedom and democracy.

“And it also does not mean that we will not continue to highlight the true cost of this war against Islam and Muslims called fighting terrorism.”

Since the group has been thrust into the media spot light, information has come to light about them and their leader Anjem Choudary.

  • The hate filled Muslim cleric is currently claiming £25740 in state handouts.
  • Choudary and his group wants to bring in Sharia law to the UK, abolishing the current man made law of the land.
  • When the group and Islam take over the UK they will turn Buckingham Palace into a Mosque.
  • Islam4UK is a mouthpiece for a group that was banned in the UK under the British Terrorism Act 2006, Al-Muhajiroun.
  • Former Lawyer, Mr Choudary has been running secret Sharia courts in the UK, he has said in the courts he has married many Muslims and advised them not to register the marriage with the UK.
  • He has said that he runs a network of Islamic courts in London, Luton, Birmingham, Derby and Leicester.
  • Choudary also runs the London School of Sharia, also in secret.

This man and his group are a menace to the UK, hopefully his attempt to grab publicity in this way will back fire, sending him the way of other hate filled clerics and causing him to be shut down for good.

Developments on this story are still unfolding and we will bring them to you as they do.

Also see;
Planned March At Wootton Bassett
Islamic Group Plans Wootton Bassett March

Suicide Bombers Video Released

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/09/2010 by securityscene

A suicide bomber who killed ten at a US base in Afghanistan said he was carrying out the attack in retaliation for the death of Baitullah Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban leader who was killed by an unmanned US drone.

The video was released by Al Jazeera on 9th January 2010. It shows the suicide bomber, Hammam Khalil al-Balawi, 32, as he describes that his attack would target US and Jordanian intelligence agents.

Al-Balawi was a Jordanian doctor and a ‘double agent’ who was still loyal to Islamic extremists, he had been recruited by Jordanian intelligence agents and the CIA, being used by both to inform on al-Qaeda and Mujahideen activities.

“This is a message to the enemies of the Umma [nation], to the Jordanian intelligence and the CIA” al-Balawi said on in the video.

“We say that we will never forget the blood of our Emir Baitullah Mehsud, God’s mercy on him.

“To retaliate for his death in the United States and outside the United States will remain an obligation on all emigrants who were harboured by Baitullah Mehsud.”

Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, was killed by a US drone which fired a missile at his house; he was blamed for many suicide bombings and other attacks in the country.

Al-Balawi is said to have been brought over the Pakistani border to the base in eastern Afghanistan, Forward Operating Base Chapman near the city of Khost, after he told the CIA he had information for them, details on the whereabouts of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the al-Qaeda second in command.

Details earlier came to light that in September 2009, Hammam Khalil al-Balawi had made a posting on a website run by al-Qaeda. He wrote “If [a Muslim] dies in the cause of Allah, he will grant his words glory that will be permanent marks on the path to guide to jihad, with permission from Allah.

“If love of jihad enters a man’s heart, it will not leave him even if he wants to do so. Indeed, what he sees of luxurious palaces will remind him of positions of the martyrs in the higher heaven.”

He had managed to allay the agencies fears over this statement by telling officers that his postings saying he wanted to be a martyr were all part of his cover.

The suicide bomber is said to have detonated explosives that he had attached to his body while he was standing just outside of the heavily fortified base. Ten people including the bomber were killed in the explosion, this included seven people employed or affiliated with the CIA, including the chief of the base.

Some of those killed were approaching the bomber to perform a search of his person and were standing around 50 feet from the blast site.

The attack was one of the worst against the US intelligence community and certainly the biggest loss of life to CIA staff in more than 25 years.

The Base Chapman attacks and the video just released show that a threat from the inside is a real problem; it also shows strong links between the Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaeda. The Times newspaper had reported that the bombing has also heightened tensions between the US and Pakistan, because it showed that they had not acted strongly enough in stopping the Haqqani network. The Haqqani network run by Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son, Sirajuddin Haqqani, were part of the targets of the drone attack that al-Balawi said he was acting in retaliation of.

Members of the Haqqani Network have cooperated with Pakistani Taliban, a former commander of the group said, “At times they send suicide attackers to our area, and we give them shelter and find targets for them”. The network has carried out many attacks in the area of the CIA base.

It is thought that the suicide bomber al-Balawi was working within the Haqqani Network and that they instructed him to proceed with the bombing.

Planned March At Wootton Bassett

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 01/05/2010 by securityscene

A group with ties to a banned Islamic group is planning a march on Wootton Bassett.

Wootton Bassett has become famous for the processions of repatriated service men and women who have tragically lost their lives whilst on active service in Afghanistan.

The leader of the group Islam4UK, Anjem Choudary, has released details of their intention to bring Muslims to protest , it would seem from their “current affairs” release that they would like to bring attention to the “genocide” being committed by all soldiers in Muslim countries and injustice of British soldiers bring “paraded as war heroes”.  The group also want to bring attention to the media their desire to convert England to an Islamic state under the Sharia law.

Most of the nation is in up-roar over the proposed march, Wootton Bassett has become a route where the public can pay their respect and honour the dead who have given their lives for this country.

The Wilshire town of Wootton Bassett has seen a number of Muslims protests, with offensive and inflammatory placards being waved while soldier’s bodies are being returned home. These Muslims have been led by Choudary and his Islam4UK website, as well as the militant and banned group they represent Al-Muhajiroun.

While the group says they are against the murder of innocent Muslims, they seem to show a great deal of respect and admiration for terrorists, suicide bombers and al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, people who have no problem targeting civilians.

It is unlikely that this march will be authorised by the authorities and Choudary has also admitted that the location has been chosen in order to bring the up-roar and maximum media profile. He brings up democracy and asks why he can’t hold his protest where he likes?

We understand that lots of people will have lots of thoughts about this march and we welcome your comments.

Also See – Islamic Group Plans Wootton Bassett March

US And British Embassies In Yemen Remain Closed

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/04/2010 by securityscene

For the second day the US and British Embassies in Sana, the Yemen capital, remain closed.

The closure is said to be due to a continuing threat from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terrorist organisation linked to the attempted bombing of a US flight in Detroit on Christmas Day.

Warnings of imminent attacks had been picked up three weeks ago by American military and intelligence personnel. Information led them to believe that 4 suicide bombers had travelled to the Sana area to make an attack against Western targets, most likely US and British Embassies. Officials have said that tactical military strikes have since thwarted those attacks.

The joint US and Yemeni military strikes are said to have killed three of the would-be suicide bombers and the fourth was captured alive by Yemeni special operations forces, with his suicide vest still intact.

Over the weekend the Transportation Security Administration issued new regulations, passengers from 14 nations are to be subjected to “full-body pat-down and physical inspection of property” before they are able to board any aircraft destined for the United States. Those countries include Pakistan, Nigeria and Yemen, and the four nations still listed as state sponsors of terrorism: Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

President Obama’s counterterrorism Chief, John O. Brennan said “Al Qaeda has several hundred members, in fact, in Yemen, and they’ve grown in strength,”.

It is still unclear when the Embassies will re-open.

UK & US Embassies In Yemen Closed Over Terrorist Threat

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 01/03/2010 by securityscene

Anti-Terrorism Unit In YemenThe US embassy has been closed over ongoing threats from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The embassy in Sana, Yemen has issued a statement “The US embassy in Sana’a is closed… in response to ongoing threats by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to attack American interests in Yemen,”.  Yemeni staff at the embassy have been told to stay at home.

United States and British officials have said that they are going to be working closely with the Yemeni Government to help expand military and intelligence co-operation between the countries, in the hope to increase pressure on al Qaeda in the region.

The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has also announced that he has called for a summit of World leaders in London to discuss the problems in the Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world, suffering from Civil War and Muslim radicals.

Downing Street has also committed, alongside the US, to funding a counter-terrorism police unit in Yemen to help a government and police force that is currently overstretched and unable to successfully combat terrorism.

Terrorist problems within Yemen have been known to security services for some time. The Christmas Day attempted bombing of a US flight from Amsterdam, arranged by al-Qaeda bosses in the Yemen area and carried out by Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, 23, highlights the need for further commitment and action from the UK and the United States.

UPDATE

Shortly after the United States confrimed that it had closed it’s embassy in Yemen over terrorist threats, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office has also said that it’s embassy in the capital Sanaa has also been closed “for security reasons”.

Last week a group in the region, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, urging Muslims to help in “killing every crusader who works at their embassies or other places”.

It has not been made clear when either of the countries embassies in the lawless country of Yemen will re-open.
Yemen and terror events

Obama Publicly Links Airline Bomber With al-Qaeda

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/02/2010 by securityscene

United States President Barack Obama has today for the first time publically linked the 23 year old Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, with the International terrorist network al-Qaeda.

During his weekly radio and internet address to the people, he said that, the would-be suicide bomber was trained and equipped for his failed mission by an al-Qaeda affiliate while in Yemen.

“The investigation into the Christmas Day incident continues, and we’re learning more about the suspect.

“We know that he travelled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies.

“It appears that he joined an affiliate of al-Qaeda, and that this group, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America.” The President said.

He also said that there had been “human and systemic failures”, these failures had allowed the Nigerian to board the flight from Amsterdam to Detroit despite being on a terror watchlist.

Obama has also called a meeting with American Intelligence Chiefs for next week, this to discuss options and strategies to stop further attacks and airline bombings.

The terror suspect was able to pass through security checks at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport whilst having explosives attached to his thigh and underpants.

Passengers and crew were able to subdue Abdulmutallab as he tried to detonate the mixture of powder and liquid while the plane was landing.

While the mixture failed to detonate he was left with third degree burns as it and the immediate area of the plane caught fire.

See Also;
Airport Body Scanner To Be Installed At Schiphol Airport
Umar Farouk Adbul Mutallab – Airline Bombing Attempt
Umar Abdulmutallab

Anthrax Terror Alert At The House Of Commons

Posted in Crime, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 12/31/2009 by securityscene

Shahid Malik - Anthrax ScareA letter sent to Muslim Communities minister and former Justice minister, Shahid Malik, has triggered an anthrax scare at the House Of Commons in London, England.

The letter arrived at the Commons on Monday 28 December 2009, it contained an unknown white powder. It was intercepted  by screening staff who started a major security alert over fears that it could be the deadly poison Anthrax.

Comments on the envelope, addressed to Shahid Malik, suggest that it was sent by person or persons who support the far-right and the post mark indicated that the letter was sent from the UK, police are now trying to trace the sender.

The powder has since been tested and found to be harmless.

Mr Malik’s spokesman said: “We’re very grateful to the authorities for their alertness and dedication in ensuring the safety of all correspondence to parliamentarians.”

Anthrax can be theoretically cultivated with minimal special equipment and expertise making it possible for terrorist groups to use it with deadly effect. However the power of Anthrax can be and has been created by the fact that an anonymous white power left or delivered to the right targets can cause as much fear, terror and problems as having the real poison.

Over the past few years anthrax hoaxes have been on the rise, in response to the many mail related cases the US Postal Service installed biohazard detection systems at its major distribution centres to scan for anthrax being sent through the mail.

Andy Hayman, Anti-Terrorism Cop – The Interview – listen now

Posted in Book Review, Crime, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , on 11/22/2009 by securityscene

Andy Hayman - The InterviewAndy Hayman joined the police force as a Police Constable as soon as he left school back in 1978.  Serving with the Essex Police force Hayman was quickly raising through the ranks, later moving to the Metropolitan Police in London.

He was later promoted to the position of Chief Constable of Norfolk before returning to the Met in 1995 to take up the post of assistant commissioner of Special Operations based at head quarters, New Scotland Yard. Andy was in overall charge of the Counter-Terrorism command and Special-Branch and was the UK’s national counter-terrorism co-ordinator.

Hayman was the UK’s top anti-terrorism cop and before his recent retirement he worked on a number of high profile terrorism cases including the London bombings of 7th July, failed bombings of the 21st July, shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes and even the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.

Along with Margaret Gilmore, Andy has written a book “The Terrorist Hunters: The Ultimate Inside Story Of Britain’s Fight Against Terror”. A book that covers the investigations, stresses and politics of maintaining security of a country at the very highest level. This is certainly a book worth buying for anyone with an interest in security, terrorism or police matters – click here for details.

On Saturday 22nd November 2009, Andy Hayman took park in the BBC World Service show The Interview. To discuss the time when he was informed that there was a plot to bring down seven aircraft flying from the UK to the US, sparking the biggest terror investigation of all time, round the clock surveillance ending with the conviction of three British men earlier this year, saving the lives of many in what could have been an attack on the scale of or bigger than 9/11.

On The Interview Andy Hayman gives Carrie Gracie his inside view of how the terrorist threat is bring handled and where the dangers lie today.

Click here to listen to The Interview with Andy Hayman.