This report also details the ongoing use of so-called “charities” to fund jihad. “Extremist preachers now radicalising young Muslims in private homes, says senior Government security adviser,” by Christopher Hope for the Telegraph, February 9:
Third world charities set up to raise money to help people in Pakistan and Bangladesh are also being used as front organisations to fund terrorism, according to
the Home Office’s top anti-terrorism adviser.
Charles Farr, the Director General of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, also said that Al-Qaeda was now at “its weakest state” since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Mr Farr, who was once tipped as a future head of MI6, added that it was “possible to talk of the demise of parts of Al Qaeda” because the revolutions in the Middle East had weakened support for them.
The news came amid the continuing row over the European Court of Human Rights’ refusal to allow Britain to extradite Abu Qatada – once described as “Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe” – to Jordan to face terror charges.
Mr Farr said extremist Muslim preachers could no longer radicalise young people at mosques and universities because of the increasingly effective activities of the Security Services on mainland Britain.
He said that increasingly “it takes place in private premises, simply because the people who are doing the radicalising are now much more aware of the activities that we are conducting.
“There has been a trend towards much greater use of private venues, simply because for obvious reasons they feel that they are much more secure.”
He said that radicalisation often “rapidly migrates into a private house where people are brought together, usually under the excuse of there being a faith-based meeting, and the discussion rapidly develops into something much more about terrorism and the legitimacy of violence.”
There was some radicalisation going on in Britain, but in “no more than one or two per cent” of the mosques in the UK, he said. Charities were also being used as fronts to raise money to fund terrorism.
Mr Farr said: “We can see some activity going on in charitable organisations, often with the pretext of raising funds to be sent overseas for good works, for example to Pakistan or indeed Bangladesh.”…