Of course the one who was a PCSO was never questioned about his beliefs by the police when he applied to work with them or while he was working for them. That would have been “Islamophobic.” More on this story. “Ex-police employee among six held over terror plot,” by Paul Peachey in the Independent, July 6 (thanks to Maxwell):
Six people including a former police community support officer and a white Muslim convert were arrested in a series of raids yesterday in connection with a suspected terrorist plot against potential targets in Britain.
Three brothers, aged 18, 24 and 26, were arrested about a mile from the main Olympics site in east London but police said the planned operation was not linked to the Games or the Paralympics.
Two other men and a woman were arrested in west London. According to reports one of the men was a white Muslim convert who has appeared in a YouTube video railing against Britain’s role in Afghanistan and the Royal family. Last year the same man named in reports appeared on a BBC documentary called My Brother the Islamist.
Police declined to give details on any suspected targets before the intelligence-led operation yesterday but said that an attack was not imminent.
The 24-year-old was shot with a Taser at Abbey Road, Stratford, by the Metropolitan police counter-terror command but did not need any hospital treatment, Scotland Yard said.
One of the brothers had been a police community support officer (PCSO) for more than two years until he resigned in September 2009.
“He was not deployed in a specialist or sensitive role,” said a Scotland Yard spokeswoman. PCSOs do not have the full powers of warranted police officers but are often used for high-visibility patrolling.
Neighbours said the family had been living there for more than a year, and that people frequently came and went from the house wearing Muslim clothing. A blue police tent covered the door of the house yesterday….
Another local in Stratford , who asked not to be named, described the men as “good people”.
“They are religious and they go to the mosque,” she said. “They are usual Muslim young boys.”…