Monday, July 11, 2005

Leaked HM Government papers show the extent of Islamisation in UK life

Leaked papers covered in The Sunday Times this weekend reveal the depth of Al-Qaeda recruiting in Britain. The recruits are not recent migrants from the Middle East but as the former Commander of the Metropolitan Police, Lord Stevens noted over the weekend,
up to 3,000 British-born or British-based people had passed through Osama Bin Laden’s training camps.
Counter Terrorism Blog takes a different view of the Sunday Times leak - recommending the ending of the Visa Waiver Programme for entry to the US by many countries - New Zealand being one.

The US is concerned that the high level of recruiting Al-Qaeda trainees in 'friendly' countries (eg the UK) renders useless the assumption the citizens of that country will travel to the US without malice. For countries without the Waiver programme the US relies on formal interviews (for a visa) by a consular officer in the country where the application is made, not on arrival in the US.

The hunt is continuing for the mastermind and a focus has gone on Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, 46, a Syrian with joint Spanish nationality who lived in North London in the mid-1990s.

Nasar "has form": he left Britain to start up a terror training camp in Afghanistan before the September 11 attacks where he groomed scores of young British recruits.

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