Labour and Lib Dem MPs Want to Halt Cameras Tracking Islamist Colonisers in Birmingham
A Labour and a Liberal Democrat MP have spoken out against anti-terrorism police plans to install cameras deigned to monitor the activities of Muslim-colonised suburbs of Birmingham on the grounds that it “infringes their civil liberties.”
The intervention of Labour MP Roger Godsiff and Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming could stall the project which was due to go live in August.
The two MPs object to the installation of CCTV and number plate reading cameras in Washwood Heath and Sparkbrook, financed by Terrorism and Allied Matters, a fund administered by the Association of Chief Police Officers to fight terrorism.
Mr Godsiff said the cameras were “a grave infringement of civil liberties” and should not be turned on until residents are consulted.
Mr Hemming has pledged to raise the issue with his party leader Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister.
The cameras, many of which are hidden, were recommended after it became clear that the self-created Muslim ghettoes of Sparkbrook and Washwood Heath were epicentres of Islamist plotting and crime.
The latest fuss has caused West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council to announce that they would “review the decision to use the cameras.”
The cameras include automatic number plate reading technology which allows anti-terrorist police to monitor car movements in the Muslim area.
At least 40 of the cameras will be hidden so that wrongdoers will not be aware that they are being filmed.
Despite the very obvious and quite reasonable grounds for the camera installations, human rights lawyers have also pledged to seek a judicial review.
Testing of cameras has begun, but plans to go live are in jeopardy after lawyers acting for campaign group “Liberty” began gathering evidence for a legal challenge.
* Figures released by the Home Office have revealed that 92 percent of all convicted terrorists in Britain are Muslim.
According to the Home Office report on the number of terrorism arrests, titled "Statistics on Terrorism Arrests and Outcomes Great Britain", there have been 1,661 terrorism arrests in Britain since 11 September 2001.
According to table 1.17 of the report, “almost all (92%) terrorist related prisoners classified themselves as Muslim. For the 22 domestic extremists/separatists, 5 classified themselves as Buddhist, and 9 gave no religion or described themselves as agnostic.”
The main offences for which suspects were charged under terrorism legislation were possession of an article for terrorist purposes, fundraising and membership of a proscribed organisation, all offences under the Terrorism Act 2000.
For terrorism related offences under non-terrorism legislation, the main offences charged were conspiracy to murder and offences under the Explosive Substances Act 1883.
According to the report, “just over half (53 percent) of prisoners in Great Britain remanded or convicted for terrorism related offences were of Asian ethnic origin. Additionally just under a quarter were of Black ethnic origin (23 percent). Ethnicity recorded here is based upon self-declaration by prisoners.”
After the figures were released, the National Association of Muslim Police (NAMP) claimed “anti-terrorism policies have led to “hatred against Muslims” which “has grown to a level that defies all logic and is an affront to British values.”