Cage Prisoners

Old habits die hard. Moazzam Begg, Britain’s highest profile Guantanamo detainee has been back to Pakistan – the country where he was first arrested. Never one to miss an opportunity for stoking anti-British sentiments, Begg railed against what he describes as oppressive circumstances for Muslims in Britain.

He’s back.

The jihadist theorist with an extensive network of British supporters, Anwar al-Awlaki, is currently on the run in Yemen. Still, that hasn’t stopped him issuing a new audio message.

The al-Qaeda theorist Anwar al-Awlaki has an expansive network of supporters in the United Kingdom. My colleague Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens has produced an authoritative report on the matter for the Centre for Social Cohesion – a think tank that has consistently warned us about Awlaki. I won’t reproduce the report here, but would urge readers of this blog to consult it very closely.

My colleagues Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens and Nick Cohen have already blogged about the bravery of Gita Sahgal for speaking up about Amnesty International’s accommodation of Moazzam Begg in today’s Sunday Times.

Depressingly, it now appears that Sahgal has been suspended by Amnesty.

CBS News is breaking an exclusive story over in the United States. It seems that Anwar al-Awlaki did indeed direct the abortive Christmas day attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Here’s what CBS are reporting:

Both on this blog, and Harry’s Place, Moazzam Begg’s CagePrisoners (CP) group has featured fairly regularly – especially since one of their favourite ‘Sheikhs’, Anwar al-Awlaki, turned out to be an al-Qaeda supporter.

Today we focus on Cage Prisoners which likes to present itself as a human rights organisation campaigning on behalf of Muslim detainees.

The narrowly avoided appearance of an al-Qaeda sympathiser on Kensington and Chelsea council premises illustrates the failures of the government’s Prevent agenda.