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According to a report in the Daily Telegraph [22 August 2016]  ‘the decision not to prosecute him [Amjem Choudhary]  had come from the security service, MI5.’

So in choosing between nurturing a honey trap and the interests of good community relations, MI5 (and hence the political masters at the Home Office) chose to sacrifice the image of British Muslims, and let the media present odd-balls as representative ‘clerics’.

There is a sense of deja vu here, because this is similar to another bête noire a decade ago, the useful idiot Abu Hamza, who had forcibly occupied the Finsbury Park Mosque.  Rather than arresting Abu Hamza and nipping a problem sooner, the security agencies preferred to leave the honey-trap untouched, regardless of the flow of sensationalist images to the media and the difficulties this then presented to the wider Muslim community.  Such a strategy, then as now, was convenient in providing politicians with sound bites on ‘extremist preachers’ and the need to  ‘control extremism in mosques’.

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