Home Office admits mistakes in respond to 7/7

Home Office Security Minister Tony McNulty has admitted the government made mistakes in response to the 7 July 2005 bomb attacks in London. McNulty told the meeting in Bournemouth: “I think we have made mistakes since 7/7.” He said one of these mistakes was Blair’s argument that people must be ready to accept reductions in their civil liberties in the fight against terror.http://themuslimweekly.com/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=C9B8E91A9B09284DD63F14E9&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News

Council’s integration solution ‘sticking plaster’

Problems with segregated communities cannot be cured by new schools, a leading cleric said on Wendesday. Blackburn Cathedral’s Canon Chris Chivers described the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme, which will see a major shake-up of secondary education in Blackburn and Darwen, as a “band-aid” for other, deeper social problems. But Muslim leaders in Lancashire have defended the council, saying that it is working hard to promote cohesion. Blackburn with Darwen Council this week revealed finalised BSF plans which will see three new super-schools created – Witton Park and Pleckgate High Schools will be completely rebuilt on site, and a new East Lancashire Community College will replace Blakewater College.http://themuslimweekly.com/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=60134FF58E160D66ED260FC0&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News

Fingerprint entry to the UK

A record number of fingerprints – over 100,000 a month – are now being collected from foreign nationals overseas applying to come the UK, the Government announced last Friday. Visa applicants in 100 countries worldwide are required to provide fingerprints if they want to visit to the UK for work, study or tourism. The Government pledges to take the fingerprint of every foreign national applying for a British visa by April 2008. Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said: “Biometric checks are essential to protect our borders.” Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister Dr Kim Howells said: “Recording biometric information allows us to fix an individual’s identity at the earliest point practicable and track their future dealings with the UK.”http://themuslimweekly.com/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=79E939EA6BF9D8BA2AE8CD49&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News

‘Wannabe suicide bomber’ guilty verdict ‘tragedy for justice’

The verdict over a British-born Muslim student found guilty of a series of terrorism offences on Monday has been described as “tragedy for justice and for freedom of speech”. The “wannabe suicide bomber” Mohammed Atif Siddique, 21, could face 15-years in jail for allegedly providing training material on booby-trap bomb making and threatening to become a suicide bomber. A jury at the High Court in Glasgow took more than eight hours to convict Siddique, from Alva, Clackmannanshire, of possessing and distributing a range of terrorist material via websites and providing instructional material about guns and explosives over the internet.http://themuslimweekly.com/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=175A874CC95B7A1B884D160F&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News

Student’s call to murder ‘the infidel’ faces jail

An accountancy student accused of calling on Muslims in Merseyside to kill non-believers denied soliciting to murder, it was reported this week. Malcolm Hodges, 43, allegedly sent letters to mosques and Islamic groups across the country on November 3 last year. Faxed to organisations including the Liverpool Muslim Society, the documents are said to have encouraged the recipients to murder “the infidel”. The accused was arrested by Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism officers in April this year.http://themuslimweekly.com/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=F57CA56EE76D4431A26340EC&MENUID=INTNEWS&DESCRIPTION=International%20News

Cemetery plans opposed

Plans to create a 31-acre Muslim cemetery on land surrounding the conservation village of Carmunnock in Scotland have been opposed by locals. Villagers have launched a campaign to stop green belt land around the area being used for the new cemetery. Glasgow Central Mosque insists the new site would be kept as a green area with just one or two funerals a week. {Article continues [here.}->http://themuslimweekly.com/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=FF62AF54E1735233A0451EE6&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News