July 17, 2006

Izadeen's Group Banned!!!

England has moved to ban two radical Islamic groups from congregating in England under the nation's new anti-terrorism laws that make it illegal to glorify terrorism. Still no word why Abu Izzadeen has not been arrested for his mocking those dead on 7/7. There is good news in that respect though. Izzadeen's group has been banned.

Home Secretary John Reid issued an order in Parliament to make it a criminal offense for a person to belong to or encourage support for al-Ghurabaa and the Saved Sect.

Both groups are splinters from Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed's group al-Muhajiroon which had already been banned and Mohammed cast out of England and banned from re-entry. It is now illegal for these groups to meet, members to wear any clothing about the group or carry any articles in support thereof. This will end up pushing the group more below ground, but I would assume MI5 already has a firm handle on who belongs and who doesn't since the group has been very public even wielding signs calling for terrorist attacks accross Europe and in England because of some silly cartoons.

As you might imagine, this news didn't sit too well with members of the group. Al-Ghurabaa spokesman Anjem Choudary argued the British government failed to properly engage British Muslims.

“The easy option when one is losing an argument is to ban the opposition voice. And that’s what’s happened here,” Choudary said. “We (al-Ghurabaa) are not a military organization; we have only been vociferous in our views — views concerning everything from the government’s foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan to the host of draconian laws, which they’ve introduced against us in this country.”
But it is that voice justifying terrorism that got the group in trouble in the first place. While the group is not known to be linked to any acts of terrorism, justifying terrorism and calling for acts of terror due what they perceive as injustices is terrorism itself according to the new British laws. They can kick and scream all they want, but they can't kick or scream about why they believe hirabahs should attack England.

UPDATE by Rusty: Thanks to Chad for keeping up with this while I'm busy elsewhere. My initial thoughts?

We. Get. Sh*t. Done.

Props to our friends in Vigil for keeping an eye on Bakri's followers so that we could keep the heat turned up!

Background here: British Muslims Mock 7/7 & 9/11 Victims, Support Terror. U.K./Birmingham Subsidizing
Video of the banned group here.

Allah's thoughts here (scroll down).

UPDATE: Here is a bit about Vigil's role. I know of Jeremy Reynalds, the author of this piece, because we share some mutual friends:

The move comes just one week after British-based anti-terror group Vigil’s exposure of radical Islamic cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed’s ongoing cyber preaching from Beirut to members and sympathizers of the now banned groups. Bakri makes regular use of a chat room located on the U.S. based www.paltalk.com to communicate with his followers....

Vigil’s sting revealed hours of recorded conversations and lectures – some from Bakri and others from London-based Abu Izzadeen (formerly known as Trevor Brooks).

These recordings and some private exchanges between Vigil infiltrators and members of Al Ghurabaa and the Saved Sect – including exchanges related to raising funds for terror and recruiting jihadist fighters from Britain- were delivered to the British authorities last week.

A member of Vigil sent me these materials some time ago, but unfortunately I haven't had much time to post on them.

Having seen some of the material, but not all of it, let me give my initial impression: You think these people are disgusting when they speak openly and in front of Westerners? You really should see what they say when they don't think any one hostile is watching.

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