Apr 5 2010
The decision has sparked off outrage (doesn’t everything?) among British Muslims, who feel that they are being targeted without reason. They are also concerned that their names will appear on international terrorist watch lists.
Every Muslim in every non-Muslim country should be placed under regular scrutiny. If they don’t like it, you know where they can go.
Personal information concerning the private lives of almost 1,000 British Muslim university students is to be shared with US intelligence agencies in the wake of the Detroit bomb scare.
So far, the homes of more than 50 of the students have been visited by police officers, but nobody has been arrested. The case has raised concerns about how the police use the data of innocent people and calls into question the heavy-handed treatment of Muslim students by UK security agencies.
In the latest case, details of students from University College London (UCL) were handed over to police by the university’s student union, after detectives visited the campus in early January 2010 during their continuing investigation into the attempted Christmas Day bombing in Detroit by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Abdulmutallab studied engineering at UCL in 2005-08, and was president of the UCL Islamic Society in 2006-07.
Police had first approached UCL’s Islamic Society, which refused to hand over the information. Mojeed Adams-Mogaji, the society’s president, said: “I was concerned about what they would do with the data. At another meeting with the Metropolitan Police, they told us they would keep it for seven years and would share the data with other intelligence agencies if requested. Obviously, I’m very concerned with what they plan to do with this information.” READ MORE: UK INDEPENDENT