London, UK, February 3 2007 – The revelation that police bugged conversations during private meetings between the Labour MP Sadiq Khan and his constituent Babar Ahmad is the latest evidence that when it comes to the ‘war on terror’ and the Muslim community there are no rules and no red tape.
Commenting on this, Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "When it comes to the ‘war on terror’ and the Muslim community there are no rules and no red tape – not even for Sadiq Khan who proposed and voted for the current draconian 28 days detention without trial, the longest period in any western European country. Over the course of the last few months we have seen Muslims convicted for the mere possession of books that are in the public domain, a call for university lecturers to spy on Muslim students and an increased climate of police intimidation in Muslim communities. Many have rightly spoken of McCarthyism and a parallel system of justice that is enforced on the Muslim community. While these measures were once seen as the preserve of totalitarian societies in the communist bloc, with this background of increased detention and surveillance, the bugging of Sadiq Khan is hardly surprising. Even the Labour MP Andrew Mackinlay said that the bugging of Khan had all the ‘hallmarks of a totalitarian regime’."
"The government’s call for an inquiry cannot hide the fact that for ten years they have continued to introduce ever more authoritarian measures including increasing detention without trial and the introduction of ID cards, control orders and further draconian legislation. When such things come to light under totalitarian regimes like those in Burma or Zimbabwe , we hear a clamour of voices denouncing these regimes. However, in reality, democratic regimes are also unable to provide the appropriate safeguards to prevent spying on their own citizens. Is it any surprise that many Muslims believe Britain is becoming a police state for our community?"
"Islam, so regularly misrepresented and vilified by some politicians and media, by contrast does not believe that ‘rules of the game’ change for any citizens. The Islamic Caliphate – which people desire in the Muslim world as an alternative to secular systems enforced upon them – outlaws spying on its citizens, ensures that citizens are innocent until proven guilty, and that everyone has justice under the law and will never allow legislation and a system of justice manipuated for political interests or materialistic gain, playing on peoples’ worst prejudices and fears. "