Tuesday 11 August 2009

UK Racist: I’ll kill Muslim per day

The British media has been flayed over double standards on terrorism as Muslim terror suspects are condemned on the basis of secret evidence while far-right terrorists are treated with kid gloves. In his article appearing in British daily ‘The Observer’ noted columnist Mehdi Hasan said a recent report rightly highlighted the government’s powers to impose a wide array of illiberal and often draconian restrictions on Muslim terror suspects, without a proper trial and often on the basis of secret evidence.

In contrast however, there is a growing group of terrorists who are treated with kid gloves by the British state and by the media; white terrorists of the far-right, neo-Nazi variety.

The writer has mentioned the case of Neil Lewington who was found guilty of a range of terrorism and explosives offences earlier this week, and described in court as being on the cusp of embarking on a campaign of terrorism against those he considered “non-British” via the use of “tennis ball bombs”.

“During his trial there were no BBC or Sky News reporters camped outside the Old Bailey, as there so often are for similar trials involving Muslim suspects and BBC News at Ten chose to entirely ignore the guilty verdict, as did Channel 4 News. Not a single national newspaper splashed the story on its front page,” Hasan wrote.

Speaking of double standard, Hasan cited the name of Kamel Bourgass whose case he said was nonetheless blown up into a vast, complex and dangerous Al-Qaeda plot to poison the Tube with ricin in 2003?

“The reality is that far-right extremism is no longer dominated by loners. The Met police has warned of how organised neo-Nazis may be plotting a “spectacular” terrorist attack in Britain to try and fuel racial tensions and recent police raids on a network of alleged far-right extremists uncovered 300 weapons and 80 bombs in the biggest seizure of suspected terrorist materials in England for over a decade.”

Yet, he added, the press continues to turn a blind eye, preferring to focus on dastardly Muslims and so too does the British state. He argued that compared to Islamists, who have been subjected to a battery of punitive and illiberal measures from detention without charge to control orders to secret evidence, white supremacists seem to be given preferential treatment by the UK criminal justice system.

Writing further Hasan said former BNP activist Robert Cottage, arrested in 2006 in possession of the largest amount of chemical explosive of its type ever found in this country, was charged under the Explosive Substances Act 1883, and not the panoply of modern anti-terror laws now at the disposal of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Neil MacGregor, the self-professed white racist who threatened to blow up Glasgow Central Mosque and behead a Muslim each week until every mosque in Scotland was closed, was tried in a sheriff’s court, rather than the high court where such cases normally go, and on the ludicrously lenient charge of breaching the peace.

To ensure parity in the treatment of terror suspects, he urged the UK Police forces to follow the lead of Hampshire Police which this week suspended its use of stop and search powers under section 44 of the Terrorism Act, after figures showed no arrests in connection with terrorist activity were made despite over 3,400 stops.

According to Hasan, the double standards in the UK anti-terror laws, and the relentless and discriminatory focus on Muslims, could end up with catastrophic consequences for all if next Neil Lewington is allowed to slip through the net.


Neil MacGregor, 36, sent emails to police saying he would murder a Muslim a DAY unless all Scots mosques were shut.

One email, sent from a flat in Glasgow, read: "I'm a proud racist and National Front member. Our demands are very small.

"Close all mosques in Scotland. If our demands aren't met, we'll kidnap one Muslim and execute him or her on the internet."

MacGregor then followed up the email with a call threatening to blow up Glasgow's Central Mosque.

Officers searched the mosque - but found nothing suspicious. They arrested MacGregor, of Derbyshire, in December last year. Sheriff Andrew Mackie yesterday placed him on three years' probation.

It ended a series of adjournments at Glasgow Sheriff Court - while the state of MacGregor's mental health was investigated.

MacGregor had admitted making the threats in January and February 2007.

The court was told that MacGregor had reacted after being sent an internet clip of a hostage being beheaded.

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