No surprise, as nothing has been done about it, and jihadists are allowed to behave in a way that is a clear and present danger to British society in the name of academic freedom, which would be one of the first things to go under sharia law, which they are working to impose. An update on this story. “British universities extremist hotbeds?” from Reuters:
British universities are coming under the spotlight in the country’s fight against terrorism, with critics calling them a hotbed of extremism while lecturers say any clampdown threatens their freedom of speech.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown highlighted universities as one of the key areas
where the authorities needed to “act against extremist influences”.
However, a row is brewing over how officials can clamp down on radical groups recruiting students for militant causes without infringing on genuine academic debate.
The issue of campus extremism came to the fore in the aftermath of the London
suicide bombings by four young British Islamists which left 52 people dead in 2005.
That was followed by a report by Professor Anthony Glees, director of Brunel University’s Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, which suggested campuses were a
breeding ground for extremists.
Glees caused a stir across the academic community by estimating that dozens of
British universities had been infiltrated by fundamentalists, based on historical terrorism cases which had involved students or former students.
He now says the situation is even worse.
“What we have seen since 2005 has been an increase in the number of students
and former students involved in terrorist crimes,” he said in an interview.
“And we are even more entitled today to speak about there being a significant number being involved in Islamist terrorism. The evidence is even stronger and more compelling today than it was in 2005.”
In the next few weeks, the government will meet with university chiefs to discuss “how we maintain academic freedom whilst ensuring that extremists can never stifle debate or impose their views.”
“We are not asking and have never asked universities to spy on or monitor extremism,” Rammell said.
“The guidance we issued to vice chancellors last year and are in the process of
updating gives advice on how to ensure … tolerance and open debate, protect vulnerable students, protect staff and students and tackle violent extremism where it may appear.”
Glees is adamant that the softy-softly approach will not work. He said students
should learn about radical ideas but the real issue is who teaches them and where.
“The people who are going around on campuses aren’t learned professors and
bright young dons – they are the same sort of people who go round radicalising people in prisons, madrassas and mosques,” he said.