November 29, 2007
Inform on Abu Hamza al-Masri, Get Screwed
I'm not sure if this has anything to do with the new Prime Minister in England. But the new administration should keep the former's promises. Informants and spies are critical in the war against terror. Britain should keep its word.
Via Times of London: An undercover agent who risked his life to infiltrate the extremist networks at Abu Hamza’s Finsbury Park mosque claims he has been betrayed by MI5 and Scotland Yard.
Reda Hassaine immersed himself in the radical circles around Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza al-Masri, who were indoctrinating Muslims and recruiting young men to join al-Qaeda and the Taleban. He signed no contract with his spymasters but told The Times that he was promised that the authorities would provide him with the safety and protection of British citizenship.
However, seven years after his cover was blown and he was beaten up by followers of Abu Qatada, Mr Hassaine is still fighting for his passport. His situation has parallels with that of the Iraqi interpreters who had to battle for asylum in Britain.
“Gordon Brown says he wants people in the Muslim community to help the security services, to pass information about terrorists,” said Mr Hassaine, 46. “But look how I have been treated. First I was discarded and now I’ve been frozen out.