UK to implement “rendition” policy

The UK is moving swiftly to implement its pledged expulsion of “preachers of hate,” launching early-morning raids Aug. 11 to round up 10 Muslim militants. The 10 face deportation to their countries of origin under new anti-terrorism measures outlined by Prime Minister Tony Blair last week. Among those detained is Abu Qatada, a cleric often described as al-Qaeda’s “spiritual ambassador” in Europe. Britain seeks to deport Abu Qatada to Jordan, where he has been tried in absentia and sentenced to life imprisonment in connection with various alleged terrorist plots. Britain assures that it has secured an agreement from Jordan’s government guaranteeing that deportees will not be tortured or executed. Blair said his government is seeking similar agreements with other Middle East nations.

“In accordance with my powers to deport individuals whose presence in the U.K. is not conducive to the public good for reasons of national security, the immigration service has today detained 10 foreign nationals who I believe pose a threat to national security,” Home Secretary Charles Clarke said in a statement.

Abu Qatada, also known as Sheik Omar Abu Omar, was held in London’s Belmarsh prison without charge for over two years. He was released in March, when the Law Lords, the UK’s highest court, ruled such detentions illegal. Several of the other detainees also are former Belmarsh inmates released at this time. After their release, most were subject to “control orders” that limiting their movements.

Human rights activists are highly critical of the deportation plan. Amnesty International said the agreement with Jordan was “not worth the paper it is written on.”

Lawyers for Abu Qatada are expected to challenge his deportation in the courts, despite Blair’s assertion last week that “the rules of the game have changed.”

Abu Qatada, 44, arrived in the UK in 1993 and was granted asylum as a victim of religious persecution in Jordan. Videos of his sermons were allegedly found in the Hamburg apartment of purported 9-11 ringleader Mohamed Atta. Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called “20th hijacker,” and Richard Reid, the would-be shoe-bomber, also reportedly attended his prayer services.

After 9-11, Abu Qatada went into hiding for some 10 months. When police found him, he was detained at Belmarsh under new anti-terrorism laws.

Sheik Omar Bakri Muhammad, another radical London cleric, was arrested Aug. 11 by Lebanese authorities in Beirut. No charges were brought, and authorities indicated he could be held up to 72 hours for questioning.

Bakri left London for Lebanon the day after Blair announced his crackdown on “preachers of hate.” However, he said that he was only visiting his ailing mother and intended to return to England. British authorities say they may bar his return.

Bakri, who has lived in Britain for nearly 20 years, is the spiritual leader of the now-disbanded Al-Muhajiroun group, which authorities say may have been responsible for recruitment of two Britons for a 2003 suicide attack in Tel Aviv. Bakri has praised the 9-11 hijackers as “the magnificent 19” and the London bombers as “the fantastic four.”

With the arrests of Abu Qatada and Bakri, three of Britain’s most notorious Muslim clerics are now behind bars. Abu Hamza al-Masri, an Egyptian preacher who radicalized the Finsbury Park mosque in North London, has been in custody about a year, and may face extradition to the US. (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 12)

US authorities have charged al-Masri with involvement in plans for a terrorist training camp in Oregon and eventual attacks in Seattle.

Gareth Pierce, a lawyer representing several of the detained, accused the Home Office of deliberately putting the men “out of reach of lawyers who represent them.” He said the men had been split up to make them more inaccessible to legal cousel. “We have a strong suspicion that they are deliberately being separated in a number of directions now so as to make access even more problematic,” she said.

Pierce also dismissed assurances that the men would not face torture after deportation. “If the Home Office claims that it can now rely upon diplomatic assurances from appalling regimes whom it knows on strong evidence make use of torture, then it does so in the face of universal international rejection of such ‘assurances’,”

The government is being tight-lipped about where other than Jordan the men are to be deported to, but press accounts have mentioned Algeria. Pierce warned that the British government “cannot suggest that either of the countries concerned, Algeria or Jordan, has undergone overnight any internal revolution that does away with torture.” She added that Britain is now about to join the US in “the appalling practice of ‘rendition’.” She noted: “We ourselves believe that even now planes depart on behalf of the USA carrying suspects to detention centres in Jordan that use torture.” (IRNA, Aug. 12)

See our last post on the London bombings.

  1. British terrorism is Real: Muslims are not terrorists


    Terrorists are those who lie, cheat and attack other nations by falsified data and manufactured evidence. Muslims are not terrorists. British government is.

    “Islamic terrorists

    1. Always a zero-sum game, eh?
      If the British commit terrorism, then Muslims never do, is that it? You fall for exactly the same logical fallacy as your opponents.

      And please get your fucking facts straight before you post any further drivel on my blog. No, the CIA was not conducting drills of flying airplanes into the WTC and Pentagon on 9-11, as we have pointed out. No, bin Laden did not declare he had nothing to do with 9-11—in fact, he explicitly claimed credit for it, and repeatedly. No, Tony Blair does not spell his name with an E at the end.

      If Haroon al-Rashid was “protected” by British intelligence, funny that he is in prison, as we have pointed out. And if when you say Mohammed Atta was “protected” by the Pentagon you mean that they refrained from turning his name over to the FBI because he was a visa-holder, they were just following policy, and we should applaud this restraint if we really respect privacy and freedom—as we have also pointed out. What a bunch of bogus, ill-informed malarky you spew.

      And what is with your Annoying and Arbitrary Use of the Upper Case? Maybe you should go Back to Grade School.

      Now please stop cluttering up my blog with ignorant blather.

      1. you are an israeli agent and your site is a raectionary site
        Read this to get educated:
        The 911 Cover-up is starting to Unravel

        Posted: 8/1/2005 7:43:29 AM
        Author: researcher

        Happenings: Los Angles Grand Jury finds 911 story FALSE,
        Rove leak tied to diversion of AIPAC and top Cheney aids complicity in selling Iran nuclear detonators
        Are leading to the unraveling of the 911 COVER-UP

        The 911 Cover-up is starting to Unravel

        It’s starting to look like a criminal case that will reach all the way to the Top!

        US CODE TITLE 18
        § 1519. Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy
        Release date: 2004-08-06
        Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

        The following article says a Los Angeles Grand jury find the official version of 911 FALSE.
        “Los Angeles Citizens’ Grand Jury Preliminary Findings
        October 31, 2004
        Given the failure of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security (May 2002), the House-Senate Joint Intelligence Community Investigation (December 2002), and the United Kingdom Government dossier (October2001), the Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the Kean-Hamilton 9/11 Commission Report (July 2004), to establish the truth and create accountability about the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the Los Angeles Citizens’ Grand Jury convened on October 23, 2004 in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, USA and hereby returns the following findings on October 31, 2004:
        I. That the official account of the events of September 11, 2001 is physically impossible, untenable, contradictory, fraudulent, and ignores vast bodies of relevant and pertinent evidence. It must, therefore, be rejectedas a propaganda fabrication designed to favor the unleashing of aggressive war, while hiding the activity of a treasonous cabal of high-level elected and appointed civilian U.S. government and military officials, and private and/or contracted third parties and rogue agents under their known or unknown direction yet to be determined who both actively prepared, promoted, organized, assisted, fomented, and/or passively favored the September 11 attacks and supported the cover-up that followed.
        II. Concerning the official story elaborated by the 9/11 Keane Commission Report of July 2004, the UK Government dossier of October 2001, and statements by US and UK government officials and echoed by the mainstream media, we find:
        A. That given significant evidence exists that as many as eight of the names of the alleged hijackers identified by the FBI shortly after the attacks, are the names of individuals who have publicly claimed to still be alive after 9/11, and the Government has not proven that ANY of the 19 names of the alleged hijackers were on any of the flight manifests of any of the four planes, and no physical evidence of any of their bodies’ remains have been reported found at any of the attack sites, evidence linking the specific identities to the incidents appears – at best – planted to assure association but implausible; the government’s assertion that the alleged 19 hijackers operated without being detected by official surveillance is untenable, and evidence is strong that the alleged hijackers – whatever their identities and whatever their involvement – acted in coordination with a faction within the government itself. The alleged hijackers were, therefore, in all probability, expendable double agents and/or patsies.
        B. The government’s assertion that the four supposedly hijacked airliners were taken over and piloted by the four accused hijackers is highly implausible. The planes were in all probability guided to their targets by some form of remote access or remote control.
        C. The government’s assertion that the failures of air defense were caused by the fog of war is absurd. Air defense on 9/11/2001 was in all probability intentionally sabotaged by an Inside Cabal of treasonous high-level civilian government and military officials who intended the actual hijack alerts to be initially confused with at least five emergency response exercises going on that morning.
        D. The government’s assertion that the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center collapsed as a result of the impact of aircraft and of the subsequent fire is physically impossible. The fall of the Towers cannot be explained without the hypothesis of a controlled demolition by some form of explosion.
        E. The government’s assertion that World Trade Center 7 collapsed at 5:20 PM EDT on September 11 purely as a result of fire is physically impossible, ignores the taped admission of Leaser Larry Silverstein that he and the fire department agreed to “pull it” and given it collapsed into its footprint in the manner of a controlled demolition that takes weeks to prepare further suggests an “inside job

        1. If I’m an Israeli agent, where’s my paycheck?
          Well, it appears your “Los Angeles Grand Jury” is really the “Los Angeles Citizens’ Grand Jury,” a fictional body with no subpoena power or legal legitimacy. This is the equivalent of the “Common Law Courts” set up by the Montana Freemen back in the ’90s. But I guess you think putting your entire post in bold-face gives it some mysterious authenticity.

          Shame on the Tampa IMC for printing this crap. And shame on us for allowing you to re-print it. ‘Tho I think our open-comments policy is about to end very, very soon.