Police acting to track down terror suspects and bring Islamist killers to justice must be careful not to “inconvenience” members of the Muslim community! That’s one of the key recommendations to emerge from a sickeningly PC review of the country’s anti-terror laws.
Britain’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Max Hill, recently recommended:
“…the Police should consider and reflect upon the community impact of a large-scale [terror] investigation, centering as it did on particular areas of Manchester with a large Muslim population… Good community policing, as well as good counter-terrorism policing, demands that real efforts are made to work within and with local communities, where many blameless residents will have been inconvenienced if not traumatised by the regular appearance of Police search and arrest teams on their street or in their home. I would like to see the outcome of Police reflections on this aspect…” [Emphasis added]
Hill’s recommendation was published in his recent report on how the UK handles its counter-terrorism efforts. In the report, Hill examines police investigations of the major 2017 terrorist attacks; his recommendation was connected to the investigation into the terrorist attack in Manchester in May 2017, in which Salman Abedi murdered 22 people and injured 139, half of them children, at an Ariana Grande pop concert at the Manchester Arena.
The police, in other words, should consider making it a priority to work in a way so that their investigations of the murder and maiming of all these people will not “inconvenience” the community in which the suicide bomber lived.
Hill based his recommendation on talks he had had with various Muslim organisations across the UK about the impact of counter-terror legislation on their lives and the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017.
The talks with the Muslim organizations were recorded in the report, “Community Roundtables: A report on the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester” published by Forward Thinking’s “Building Bridges” Programme. This scheme, which “empowers grassroots communities,” facilitates dialogue between UK Muslim communities and grassroots organisations, British authorities (local government, parliamentarians, policymakers), and the national media.
“Throughout the meeting, almost all participants articulated a profound sense of anger and frustration at the consequences of extensive police raids within the community and a perceived lack of support to deal with these consequences, including the fear of being ostracised and targeted by wider society… Individuals — particularly children and teenagers — who have been directly affected were said to have been left traumatised and humiliated, creating a sense of alienation that it was warned could have profoundly damaging consequences for the UK unless urgently addressed… Specific concerns were raised about the potential for a rise in Islamophobic attacks in the current context and it was hoped that the authorities would take such a threat seriously and offer increased support to communities.”
No one, however, seems to be holding roundtable talks with non-Muslim communities across the UK to address their legitimate fears and concerns about religiously-motivated terrorism on their lives…..