Monthly Archives: December 2006

British Soldier Daniel James Accused of Spying for Iran

He was quite well placed:

Iranian-born Daniel James is in prison facing trial under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly communicating information “useful to the enemy”.

The 44-year-old corporal acted as interpreter for Lt General David Richards, head of Nato’s security force in Afghanistan and one of the country’s most senior army officers.

Cpl James, who appeared at Westminster magistrates’ court in London on Wednesday, speaks fluent Pashtun – the language of most Afghans.

The Globe and Mail has more on Cpl. James:

Cpl. James was born and grew up in Iran and speaks fluent Farsi, Dari and Persian. He came to Britain from Iran after the 1979 revolution and changed his name from Esmail (Essi) Gamasai. Until recently, he ran a salsa-dancing nightclub in Brighton when not on military duty, news reports said. The muscular soldier ran the venue, Club New York, in a disused church and was known to patrons who attended salsa evenings as Danny J.

The Evening Standard reported yesterday that Cpl. James was an experienced non-commissioned officer and Territorial Army infantryman with more than 10 years of service, and that he was tried and trusted, having worked closely with the Intelligence Corps that provides information for, among others, British Special Forces. He had been security vetted — and cleared.

One clue that he might have been doing a bit of work on the side:

But details emerged later and it was revealed that he lived in an £800,000 house in Brighton.

The website for his Salsa club is offline. A look at the Wayback machine reveals a few years worth of really bad web design but little information.

Hizb ut-Tahrir Won’t be Banned in the UK

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.

Related:
Hizb ut-Tahrir
Hizb ut-Tahrir (UK)
GlobalSecurity.org Profile
The Heritage Foundation: Hizb ut-Tahrir: An Emerging Threat to U.S. Interests in Central Asia

U.S. Presses for Stronger Action After UN Sanctions Pass

Passage of the resolution is a minor victory but it’s no secret that the impact on Iran’s efforts will be slight. At least we’re acknowledging that:

“We don’t think this resolution is enough in itself. We want the international community to take further action,” U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns said after the U.N. Security Council passed the resolution on Iran for its defiance over its nuclear program.

“We would like to see more vigorous national and multilateral action against Iran, stronger sanctions — and not just UN Security Council sanctions but outside the Council — and we would like to see countries to stop doing business as usual with Iran,” Burns said.