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14 Suspects Arrested in U.K. Terror War

Monday, 04 September 2006 12:00 AM

Under the ‘Glorification of Terrorism' Act, which came into effect last month, the U.K. government extended powers to the police and anti-terrorist unit allowing them to arrest anyone suspected of training, partaking in, or encouraging terrorism. The broad ruling has received its first break, when 14 suspects were rounded up in London over the weekend.

Following a three month surveillance, the Jameah Islamiyah school in East Sussex, was successfully pinpointed as a regular training ground and encampment to recruit, brainwash and train potential suicide bombers. One source reported, "This is not a case of disrupting an imminent attack. What we are looking at is training and recruitment and encouraging others to take part."

Suspicions began over the past year. The Sussex police force enlisted about 20 police and civilians to be sent on a free course at the Jameah Islamiyah School to learn about the Muslim faith in a bid to understand more about their communities. During that time, suspects were seen coming and going. The alarm bell was rung and the Anti-Terrorist Unit was called in to watch.

Since the London bombings last year, the U.K.'s Anti-Terrorist Unit has identified several factors that turn British Muslims into radicals, including religious indoctrination and propaganda. In the past, the police have been criticized for not acting against radical religious groups that incite violence.

Abu Hamza al-Masri, former imam of Finsbury Park Mosque, was convicted in February this year of inciting murder. Omar Bakri Mohammed, went into exile in Lebanon, when his involvement was uncovered by the Anti-Terrorist Unit earlier this year. The raid and subsequent arrests over the weekend prove that the new ‘Glorification of Terrorism' Act is working. "This operation was aimed at the process of radicalization, at using the new powers we have to tackle glorification of terror and indoctrination of young people."

Most of those held are believed to be British-born men of Pakistani origin, although one is believed to have recently converted to Islam. The former wife of Gilbert Teye Baiden, one of the 14 terror suspects held by police, said last night "I can't believe it. Gilbert was a very sound guy. After we split he converted to Islam and when I last saw him two years ago he was barely recognizable. He had grown a beard and his group of friends had changed a lot."

Undercover police officers and MI5 agents are currently monitoring up to five more suspected al-Qaida training camps in Britain. It is believed that many young Muslims are being trained as terrorists.

This revelation at Jameah Islamiyah School has raised important financial questions. The school only has nine boys on its register. The annual fees are just £1,000. Somewhere and somehow, the school is receiving private funding, cleverly hidden and used to finance this, and other schools of its type.

The investigation continues.

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