July 7th Reports Expose Proscription Farce
London, UK, May 17 – The report by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) published last week found that "across the whole of the counter-terrorism community the development of the home-grown threat and the radicalisation of British citizens were not fully understood or applied to strategic thinking." The Home Office narrative on the 7 July bombings said that there "was still much more to be discovered about how the group were radicalised". In response to the report by the ISC the government said that it "notes the Committee's concerns and agrees with the importance that it places on improving understanding of the radicalisation process. Extensive work to address this is already being carried out, including under the PREVENT strand of the Government's counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST."
Dr Imran Waheed, a media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain said, "Many observers have commented that both reports fail to provide effective answers to many outstanding questions. They seem to suggest that little more could have been done by the government, police and security services to prevent the loss of innocent civilian life. The reports make it clear that little is known about the process of 'radicalisation'. This shows that the knee jerk reaction of the government to introduce legislation banning 'glorification' and threatening non-violent political organisations with proscription was based not on understanding, but on spin."