‘Protecting the UK against terrorism’

[Unreasonably pleased with this one, originally posted on MLMB. Trigger warning: mainstream party-political content, including images]

http://www.gov.uk/government/policies/protecting-the-uk-against-terrorism/supporting-pages/prevent

Prevent

Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The Prevent strategy:

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with

The strategy covers all forms of terrorism, including far right extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism. However, we prioritise our work according to the risks we face […]

I think this has some real potential to change this country for the better. Practically every day now I hear about terrorist plots, am exposed to extremist propaganda and receive invitations to participate in, or lend my support to organisations that are guilty of the worst sorts of atrocities.

It’s no exaggeration to say we face an existential threat from these radicals and we need to learn how to resist their charms, deconstruct their ideology and oppose their barbaric practices in the most forthright manner.

I would gladly participate in schemes to rehabilitate those showing signs that they may have succumbed to this kind of radicalisation, and heartily welcome the opportunity to report those I suspect of brainwashing them with extremist propaganda.

I think I’ll start with this guy:

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2 Responses to “‘Protecting the UK against terrorism’”

  1. Ian M Says:

    h/t Noam Chomsky (my emph.):

    The condemnations of terrorism are sound, but leave some questions unanswered. The first is: What do we mean by “terrorism”? Second: What is the proper response to the crime? Whatever the answer, it must at least satisfy a moral truism: If we propose some principle that is to be applied to antagonists, then we must agree — in fact, strenuously insist — that the principle apply to us as well. Those who do not rise even to this minimal level of integrity plainly cannot be taken seriously when they speak of right and wrong, good and evil.

    The problem of definition is held to be vexing and complex. There are, however, proposals that seem straightforward, for example, in US Army manuals, which define terrorism as “the calculated use of violence or threat of violence to attain goals that are political, religious, or ideological in nature…through intimidation, coercion, or instilling fear.”

    […]

    It is fair enough to denounce international terrorism as a plague spread by “depraved opponents of civilization itself.” The commitment to “drive the evil from the world” can even be taken seriously, if it satisfies moral truisms — not, it would seem, an entirely unreasonable thought.

  2. Ian M Says:

    Nafeez Ahmed’s open letter to Cameron, ‘Britain’s leading violent extremist’ 😛

    View story at Medium.com

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