Shami Chakrabarti in the Evening Standard, ‘. . . it remains our belief that lengthy detention without charge or trial and interrogation techniques involving torture are not just unjust in principle but devastatingly counter-productive to the cause of fighting terrorism and hate. They allow our enemies to label us as hypocrites and oppressors and sap the moral authority that belongs to the democratic way. Whether first in Northern Ireland or later in Guantanamo, I believe that far from preventing terrorism, policies of internment have been its unwitting recruiting sergeant.
Imagine that you are a young idealist, radical or hothead of whatever persuasion. You may or may not believe in violent struggle in support of your deeply held cause. But then you are taken prisoner on or off the street or battlefield. You are incarcerated, interrogated and tortured, possibly over a period of years. If you weren’t angry before this experience, you are highly likely to be embittered and inflamed afterwards. And the longer the ordeal, the worse it is likely to be.
And what about your family, community or others of your faith or politics? Even if they are not actively radicalised at the sight of your treatment, are they likely to be active friends and supporters of our much needed police and security agencies as a result?’ click here.
Edward Helmore reports in the Guardian, ‘. . . The Egyptian cleric died of natural causes at the Federal Medical Center, Butner, part of a federal prison compound in Butner, North Carolina, according to spokesman Greg Norton. He had been … read more
Gideon Rachman in the Financial Times, ‘This tendency to conceive of the west in civilisational or even racial terms — rather than through ideology or institutions — also helps explain the Trump team’s sympathy with Vladimir Putin’s Russia and hostility … read more
Daily Sabah reports, ‘Legendary singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam, or Cat Stevens as he is still better known as, met with Turkish officials on Wednesday in the capital Ankara. The London-born music legend met Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş and officials from … read more
Zack Adesina and Oana Marocico report in BBC Inside Out, ‘A job seeker with an English-sounding name was offered three times the number of interviews than an applicant with a Muslim name, a BBC test found. Inside Out London sent … read more
Michael Schulson in the Washington Post, ‘ . . . The idea has adherents at the highest levels of power. “Islam is a political ideology” that “hides behind the notion of it being a religion,” national security adviser Michael Flynn … read more
Damien Gayle and Nicola Slawson in the Guardian, ‘ Tens of thousands of protesters have taken part in marches across the country [Saturday 4 February] condemning Theresa May’s state visit invitation to Donald Trump. Demonstrators urged the prime minister to withdraw … read more
Kevin Dougherty in the Independent, ‘ The French-Canadian student charged in connection with a shooting spree that killed six people at a Quebec City mosque was a supporter Donald Trump and far-right French politician Marine Le Pen . . . The 27-year-old … read more
Richard Balmforth & Ingrid Melander report in the Independent, ‘. . . the allegation that Mr Fillon’s British-born wife, Penelope, was paid for fake jobs – a charge to which he did not reply directly on Wednesday – could undermine his … read more
AP reports, ‘ . . . Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking. A State Department official and … read more