Unfortunate news via The Observer. Apparently, the Brits are completely comfortable with their Islamic fifth column:
The Prime Minister has been forced to shelve a central plank of his ‘war on terror’ strategy after opposition from senior police officers and the Home Office.
Plans to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir, the radical Islamic group, have been dropped in the past few days following intense discussions between Number 10 and legal advisers. Counter-terrorism sources said Tony Blair had been warned that banning the group, which campaigns for Britain to become a caliphate – a country subject to Islamic law – would serve only as a recruiting agent if the group appealed against the move.
The decision is a significant personal blow to Blair, who announced his intention to outlaw it shortly after the London bombings on 7 July, 2005, as part of a 12-point strategy to counter Islamic extremism.
This group is widely recognized to be dangerous:
The debate over Hizb ut-Tahrir’s right to operate in Britain comes as its influence is growing. The group has a presence in 40 countries. But it is banned in Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, Sudan and in almost every Arab state.
Even Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf lobbied for the ban:
On a trip to Pakistan last month, he is understood to have given personal assurances to President Pervez Musharraf that the ban would go ahead. Musharraf made clear to him that outlawing the group – banned in Pakistan since 2003 – must be a priority for Britain.
Freaking Pakistan is telling you these guys are trouble. You’d think that would register but no. The group’s goals:
Hizb ut-Tahrir has set out a three-stage plan of action to achieve its goals:
1. Establish a community of Hizb ut-Tahrir members who work together in the same way as the companions (Sahaba) of the prophet Muhammad. Members should accept the goals and methods of the organization as their own and be ready to work to fulfill these goals.
2. Build public opinion among the Muslim masses for the caliphate and the other Islamic concepts that will lead to a revival of Islamic thought.
3. Once public opinion is achieved in a target Muslim country through debate and persuasion, the group hopes to obtain support from army generals, leaders, and other influential figures or bodies to facilitate the change of the government. The government would be replaced by one that implements Islam “generally and comprehensively”, carrying Islamic thought to people throughout the world.
Dr. Dosym Satpayev, director of the Assessment Risks Group in Almaty, Kazakhstan noted that “Hizb ut-Tahrir plans its development in three stages … First they convert new members. Secondly, they establish a network of secret cells, and finally, they try to infiltrate the government to work to legalise their party and its aims.” Kyrgyz Hizb ut-Tahrir members campaigned unsuccesfully for a candidate affilated with the organization in Kyrgyzstan’s presidential election in July 2005
Yet despite recent warnings and increasing fear of spectacular terrorist attacks this group will be allowed to continue it’s work to undermine freedom in the UK and around the world. The West is still in denial.
Hizb ut-Tahrir (UK)
The Heritage Foundation: Hizb ut-Tahrir: An Emerging Threat to U.S. Interests in Central Asia