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The PREVENT strategy: A cradle to grave police-state report

February 1, 2014

This report takes a comprehensive look at the British government’s counter-terrorism policy, PREVENT, and reveals just how wide-ranging and disturbing it is.
The report’s findings claim that:
- ‘PREVENT is no longer about terrorism and violence’, but is instead ‘about ideology, beliefs and values.’ The language of PREVENT is also said to be highly problematic, as words and phrases such as ‘extremism’, ‘radical’ and ‘opposition to fundamental British values’, ‘can potentially encapsulate all Muslims.
- It rests on a questionable empirical basis: ‘There is no social scientific rigour or evidence base to this theory and approach.’
- ‘Instead of talking about foreign policy radicalising Muslims in the future, we may well be talking about domestic policy radicalising Muslims.’
- PREVENT has now intruded so far into the affairs of the Muslim community that members of that community are virtually living under a police-state. From one’s early years GP, to the school one attends, to the mosque where one lies before burial, PREVENT is now with a Muslim from beginning to end.