• UK Unveils Latest Plans Destined to Fail in Fight Against Extremism in Young Muslims

    November 2, 2015

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    Posted in: Democracy, Iraq, Syria


    UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced new plans to address the radicalization of young British Muslims, including measures to withdraw the passports of those believed to be at risk of joining jihadist groups abroad.

    As part of a strategy to tackle extremism, parents will be able to ask the government to seize the passports of 16- and 17-year-olds thought to be considering travel to Syria and Iraq. British parents can already request the cancellation of passports of those under 16. Another measure will ensure that anyone with a conviction for a “terrorist crime or extremist activity” will automatically be barred from working with children or other people regarded as vulnerable.

    Cameron’s critics worry that the new measures may be seen as heavy-handed and exacerbate the sense of alienation and resentment among young British Muslims, which is itself a driver of radicalization.

    Left unsaid is any tally of exactly how many 16- and 17-year-olds have traveled to join ISIS, the practicality of knowing where they are going since most would-be jihadis travel via a circuitous route, and the question of what happens to the 18-99-year-olds who want to join up. The vagueness of what constitutes a “terrorist crime or extremist activity” and who the hell are “other people regarded as vulnerable” is noted.

    Doubling down, Cameron described the battle against terrorism as the struggle of his generation. He is also expected to restate the case for expanding Britain’s laws on electronic surveillance, because why not throw that in while you’re on a roll.

    Apart from a natural desire to expand fascism, grow government power and try and tie himself to things like surviving WWII, an actual struggle of a generation, what might be driving Cameron (as well as his contemporaries in the U.S., who are frothing over similar ideas)?

    Simply this: pointless, knee-jerk reactions and security theatre are a whole lot easier to sell to the average frightened citizen than the idea that their safety actually depends on foreign policies that do not inspire rage and hatred in very large numbers of people.

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    • bloodypitchfork said...


      “UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced new plans to address the latest self defense strategy against Fresh Fruit jihadist.”


      Shades of Monte Python. Of course, that would be an insult to the masters of silly absurdity. Speaking of which, a good example is the UK Parliament in session. And Cameron is right in character. They should make it a reality show.

      Meanwhile, back in Afghanistan, athe SIGAR IG just releases findings of investigation into why a DOD built natural gas station cost 43 MILLION fucking dollars. And why DOD now refuses to figure out where the money went.


      A “natural” gas station. In Afghanistan. fuck.
      Insert double face palm smiley here
      I swear to god. Why don’t they just build a goddamned US Mint in Afghanistan? It would save the cost of importing pallets of cash.

      insert rolling eye smiley here.

      11/2/15 10:01 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      i’m now convinced beyond a shadow of doubt, the entire USG has been infected with a brain sucking alien virus.

      11/2/15 10:03 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      My parents made me cut my hair when I was that age. They regretted it, looking back at the 60’s. Karma is bad to waste. Peace is never wasted. Rise up. Have a nice day! 🙂 Shut it down, or go shopping! Enjoy…GL Do Not Pass Go…for it for the children of the world.

      11/2/15 11:24 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Viewing Movies… I have not seen one since when “V” came out over ten years ago. Today is not Nov. 5th. I marched with that film guy freak for people Tarrentino(sp) recently, and that a number of Police Unions are pissed about, and boycotting. I plan to go to the release of his film as my first movie in ten years (XMAS2015)***(no disclaimer)! Thank you sir (for the people and peacekeepers). Get to work. Enjoy. Thanks for listening! See you in the streets I hope! Have a nice day.Enjoy, for the children. Time Out!

      11/2/15 11:54 AM | Comment Link

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