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But in a critical report, the Institute of Race Relations claimed the programme has, in effect, established "one of the most elaborate systems of surveillance ever seen in Britain".
Arun Kundnani, the report's author, concludes that far from for tackling extremism, Prevent actually fostered division, mistrust and alienation.
"The Prevent progamme constructs the Muslim population as a 'suspect community' ... encourages tokenism, facilitates violations of privacy and professional norms of confidentiality, discourages local democracy and is counter-productive in reducing the risk of political violence", Kundnani said.
Shami Chakrabarti, the director of UK-based political rights watchdog Liberty, also branded Prevent the biggest spying programme in Britain in modern times and "an affront to civil liberties".
"It is information-gathering directed at the innocent and the spying is directed at people because of their religion, and not because of their behaviour."
She noted that the information authorities are gathering include political views, information on mental health, sexual activity and associates and other sensitive information.
And according to other documents presented to the UK's The Guardian newspaper on Saturday, Prevent's intelligence and information can be stored until the people concerned reach the age of 100.
The British government has denied a programme for tackling religious extremism is used by its security agencies to spy on Muslim communities.
In a statement released on Saturday, the Home Office said its $230 million Preventing Violent Extremism strategy did not engage in covert intelligence gathering on potential terrorists.
"Any suggestion that Prevent is about spying is simply wrong. Prevent is about working with communities to protect vulnerable individuals and address the root causes of radicalisation," the Home Office said.
Originally posted by andy1033
For all you luslims, i can tell you what uk does to people, as i have lived it.
1) They will use mind control on you to monitor and influence you, fact.
2) They will put cameras in your homes, to watch you
3) They will follow you every where and make sure they know everything you do.
4) You will not have a moment of privacy in your life as my life has shown.
5) They may also put drugs in your water supply, to help with destroying your life.
[edit on 10/17/2009 by andy1033]
Originally posted by Merriman Weir
Just to reiterate a point from the actual source, it's not just "London" - which doesn't mean much and is a ridiculously poor headline - that are denying these charges. The Quilliam Foundation, which is Muslim group that's worked with both main political parties in Britain, have also said this is a nonsense.
I'll agree with ideas that Islamic terrorism is played-up by a government desperate to foster a culture of fear, however at the same time, there's actual non-violent Islamic groups that are worth keeping an eye on all the same such as the group protesting for Sharia Law across Britain and so on. Now whilst these people aren't bombing trains, buses or whatever Muslim terrorists are alleged to do, but what they're advocating is a massive, practically revolutionary change to the British way of life. Whilst these kinds of groups exist then I'd have thought it was common sense - even from a government critic/sceptic - that they should be monitored.
But not all Islamic groups agree that Prevent has been abused.
Ed Husain, of the UK-based Quilliam Foundation, which has advised both the Labour party and the Conservative party on Islamic extremism and whose foundation receives more tha $1m a year in funding from Prevent, said intelligence-gathering before an attack was better than dealing with it afterwards.
"It is gathering intelligence on people not committing terrorist offences - it is morally right to give law enforcement agencies the best chance of stopping terrorists before they strike," he said.
Prevent is run by the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, a part of the Home Office.
Originally posted by Silk
With the greatest respect
this is the UK - you have the right not to be here
you have the right to leave this nation
whilst i don't doubt your feelings of persecution you have the right to a lawyer who will try your case to the High Courts
This is a nation founded on the very tenet of democracy - something even the USA fails at at times - and if we fail you - you do have the right to move from this nation.
More than half the people arrested in Britain on suspicion of terrorism since 2001 have been freed without being charged..
Originally posted by Silk
Well as a British person - hell my family got here in c1400 I feel I have a right to defend MY nation - that's MY nation - not a Muslim state or subject to Sharia law.
We are BRITISH - and intend to stay that way - my way or the high way is my rule
Do you know that hanging is still permissible in the UK?
I doubt it - if you do please cite the 4 reasons why
This is a nation founded on the very tenet of democracy