Terrorism

Tomorrow evening I’m going to be participating in a discussion about the Caldicott Inquiry which looked into the radicalisation of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab at UCL. As readers will know, Abdulmutallab is the UCL graduate who attempted to detonate a bomb sewn into the lining of his underwear while travelling on a transatlantic flight last Christmas.

I honestly don’t know what to say about this one.

On the one hand, it’s become a depressingly familiar tale – a young Pakistani émigré to the West arrested on terrorism charges. A statement released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police yesterday reveals:

The Home Secretary finally banned al-Muhajiroun and its front group Islam4UK yesterday. Personally, I support the move – but it’s interesting to look at those who don’t.

Peter Neumann from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College, provides some instant analysis of the attempted bombing of a Delta Airlines flight travelling from Amsterdam to Detroit. He’s got all the main bases covered, so I’ll only provide some footnotes to a few his points:

More convictions today in the ‘airliner bomb plot’ which led to all those restrictions being placed on liquids being carried on board aircraft. The Associated Press reports: