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Bridget - August 14, 2008 10:22 PM (GMT)
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UK police detain 2 at airport under terrorism law
The Associated Press
Published: August 14, 2008

LONDON: Two men were arrested at Manchester Airport under Britain's terrorism laws Thursday evening, police said.

The pair were from the Blackburn area of northwest England, and a third man was also arrested in the nearby town of Accrington, Lancashire Police said in a statement posted to their Web site.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said he had little detail about the arrests but did not think the airport's operations had been affected.

"As far as I'm aware there wasn't any disruption," the spokesman said, speaking anonymously in line with force policy. "We have only basic information at this point."

The police's statement said the men's Blackburn area homes were being searched. Blackburn is about 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of London.

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Bridget - August 15, 2008 08:56 AM (GMT)
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Terror police swoop to arrest three

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Three men have been arrested on suspicion of terror charges - two of them at Manchester Airport, Lancashire Police said.

The third man was arrested in the Accrington area - and police were searching the men's homes in Blackburn.

The men are of Asian origin and aged 21, 22 and 23, Lancashire Police said.

Local people said the searches had been carried out in the Whalley Road area of the town.

Resident Omar Hussain, who lives in Whalley Road, said: "I came in and there were police officers outside. They handed me a leaflet saying 'don't be worried, they're just looking into the neighbourhood, there have been three terror arrests'.

"It was quite hard to see which houses because there were crowds of people outside, and two police cars and a van. It's really worrying that it's so close. It's like 'oh my God, we[/ho is it?' You can't believe it's actually happening on your street, in your community."

Accrington councillor Doreen Pollitt was surprised to learn one of the men was arrested in the area. She said: "The majority of our community here are Kashmiri. We have never had any problems, and have a very good relationship with the Kashmiri Community, and have done so for a very long time."

Bill Crawshaw, terminal duty manager at Manchester Airport, said: "This has had no effect on the airport. It is a total police operation and we didn't even know that it had happened until afterwards."

The arrests followed a joint operation by Lancashire Police and Greater Manchester Police Counter Terrorism Unit.

Chief Supt Andy Rhodes, divisional commander for eastern division at Lancashire Police, said: "These arrests and subsequent searches of the nearby premises will be conducted with sensitivity and carried out as quickly as possible to ensure minimum impact on the three areas concerned."

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Bridget - August 15, 2008 11:18 AM (GMT)
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Three quizzed in anti-terror probe

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Police were continuing to question three men arrested on suspicion of terror charges.

Two were arrested at Manchester Airport, and a third in the Accrington area of Lancashire. Detectives were still searching the men's homes in Blackburn. The men, of Asian origin, are aged 21, 22 and 23.

Police sources confirmed the arrests were not linked to previous terror attacks and were at the "less serious" end of the scale for such offences.

The investigation is being led by Lancashire Constabulary, in assistance with Greater Manchester Police's counter-terrorism unit.

Two of the men live at addresses on Percival Street, Whalley Range, and one in Cromwell Street, Audley Range. Local residents were shocked to discover their neighbours were arrested.

Martin Clough, 32, a school caretaker from Cromwell Street, said: "It's quite disturbing. It's a small street and everyone gets on with everybody. For this to happen here is quite shocking."

Mr Clough described the family of one of the men arrested: "I've seen them about. They keep themselves to themselves. They don't speak. The father speaks but the sons don't."

A resident of Percival Street, who wished to remain anonymous, believed the family of one of those arrested had "never been in trouble before". He said the family had lived there for many years, and the children had attended Islamic schools.

It's not the first time Blackburn has been linked to alleged terror plots. Sajid Badat, 24, who conspired with shoe bomber Richard Reid, had studied at the College of Islamic Knowledge and Guidance in Blackburn.

Junade Feroze, 31, of Malham Gardens, Blackburn, was imprisoned for 22 years in 2007 for helping al Qaida operative Dhiren Barot pave the way for bomb plots in the UK and America.

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Bridget - August 16, 2008 05:40 PM (GMT)
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Three quizzed in anti-terror probe

Aug 15 2008

Police have been given more time to question three suspects arrested on suspicion of terror offences.

Detectives were granted an extra seven days to question the three arrested on Thursday under the Terrorism Act 2006.

Two were arrested at Manchester Airport and a third man in the Accrington area of Lancashire.

Detectives were still searching the men's homes in Blackburn. The men, of Asian origin, are aged 21, 22 and 23.

Police sources confirmed the arrests were not linked to previous terror attacks and were at the "less serious" end of the scale for such offences.

The investigation is being led by Lancashire Constabulary, in assistance with Greater Manchester Police's counter-terrorism unit.

Two of the men live at addresses on Percival Street, Whalley Range, and one in Cromwell Street, Audley Range. Local residents were shocked to discover their neighbours were arrested.

Martin Clough, 32, a school caretaker from Cromwell Street, said: "It's quite disturbing. It's a small street and everyone gets on with everybody. For this to happen here is quite shocking."

Mr Clough described the family of one of the men arrested: "I've seen them about. They keep themselves to themselves. They don't speak. The father speaks but the sons don't."

A resident of Percival Street, who wished to remain anonymous, believed the family of one of those arrested had "never been in trouble before". He said the family had lived there for many years, and the children had attended Islamic schools.

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Bridget - August 22, 2008 09:11 PM (GMT)
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Report says British terror arrests linked to threat to kill Brown

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LONDON — The arrest of three terror suspects in northern England earlier this month was linked to an online threat to kill Prime Minister Gordon Brown, British media reported Friday.

The British Broadcasting Corp. said the three men were being held in connection with an Internet posting signed "al-Qaida in Britain," which threatened the life of Brown and former prime minister Tony Blair.

The statement, posted on a radical website earlier this year, demanded the withdrawal of British forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, and the release of Muslim inmates from Britain's Belmarsh Prison, a high-security facility that houses many convicted terrorists.

The BBC did not cite a source for its report or explain the suspects' alleged connection to the Internet posting. However, Britain's Press Association news agency quoted unidentified police sources as confirming the BBC report.

Lancashire police in northern England were not immediately available for comment about the reports Friday evening. Brown's office declined comment. Neither did Britain's Home Office, which handles media queries for the country's domestic intelligence agency MI5.

The three men were arrested Aug. 14, two of them at Manchester Airport, about 300 kilometres north of London, and the third in the nearby town of Accrington. The BBC said the two arrested at the airport were about to board a plane for Finland, and that British counterterrorism police have travelled there as part their investigation.

Finland's National Bureau of Investigation confirmed that a British team was in the country, but denied their investigation had any links to the reported threat against Brown. A bureau spokesman said he could give no further details since the investigation was a British matter. He spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with Finnish practice.

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The Antagonist - August 22, 2008 09:57 PM (GMT)
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The BBC did not cite a source for its report or explain the suspects' alleged connection to the Internet posting. However, Britain's Press Association news agency quoted unidentified police sources as confirming the BBC report.

What an impeccably referenced terror meme that is.

numeral - August 25, 2008 09:41 PM (GMT)
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al-Qaeda-Finland-Gordon Brown terror nexus: update

So it's confirmed - British special branch are currently visiting Finland, trying to work out why these guys from Blackburn who they have arrested were coming to Helsinki. Helsingin Sanomat has a few more details today, but the Finnish security police spokesperson is saying release of the information on the case will only come from the British end.

Although it has been by no means a 100% rule, generally terrorism plots in Europe have exhibited ethnic, national or at least regional groupings in the family-origins of the plotters. Hence the 7/7 bombings were mainly the result of British Pakistanis (although Germaine Lindsay was a convert), the Madrid bombing was mainly Moroccans etc. Helsingin Sanomat says that the arrested men are British-Pakistanis, which is interesting as there is only a very small Pakistani community in Finland making that a less likely, if still possible, link. Ultimately this may turn out to be another 'internet plot' where threats are made but no credible plan had ever existed to act upon them - but when the internet is centrally involved it really does throw open the door to unlikely linkages between people who may have never even met.

Time will tell how serious these arrest turn out to be and what the Finnish connection was. Perhaps they had just made an "inspired choice" to select Finland for their family holiday destination? 

numeral - August 26, 2008 08:20 AM (GMT)
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Terror police arrest in Blackburn
Page last updated at 07:30 GMT, Tuesday, 26 August 2008 08:30 UK

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in Blackburn under the Terrorism Act, Lancashire Police said.

He was arrested at 0640 BST and an address will be searched by specialist officers.

The arrest was part of an investigation by Lancashire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Counter Terrorism Unit.

Ch Supt Andy Rhodes said police would "endeavour to carry out any searches as quickly as possible", but inquiries can be "complex and may take time".

"This is a very sensitive time for all our communities and we are working hard to ensure everyone is kept up to date with as much information as we can give," he said.

He thanked locals for their co-operation and said he would "ensure people are kept updated in relation to the investigation".

Meanwhile, police said three men arrested on 14 August on suspicion of committing offences under the Terrorism Act 2006 remain in custody.

The men are aged 21, 22 and 23, are being questioned after two were arrested at Manchester Airport and one in Accrington.

Kier - August 26, 2008 09:13 AM (GMT)
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Police arrest man in terror probe


A MAN was arrested today for committing alleged terror offences.
The 25-year-old man, who is believed to be white, is the fourth person from Blackburn to be arrested for terror offences in the last two weeks.

Lancashire Police arrested the man at 6.40am today. Specialist officers were searching an address in the Whalley Range area of the town.

The man was arrested on suspicion of committing offences under the Terrorism Act 2006.

A police spokeswoman said: "The arrest is part of an ongoing investigation by Lancashire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Counter Terrorism Unit."

Three men, aged 21, 22 and 23, are being questioned by police after two were arrested at Manchester Airport and one in Accrington on August 14.

The three men are linked to an investigation into threats to kill the Prime Minister, according to police sources.

No plot was in place but there were calls for the death of Gordon Brown on an extremist jihad website in January.


The internet hosts many websites from groups and individuals claiming allegiance to al Qaida and Osama bin Laden who routinely issue warnings and threats to political leaders in the UK and the US over the West's involvement in the Middle East.

The three suspects are being held under the Terrorism Act 2006.

Two were arrested at Manchester Airport as they were about to board a flight to Finland. The third suspect was arrested in Accrington, Lancashire.

Police travelled to Scandinavia as part of their investigation. They have until Thursday to charge the men, release them or seek an extension to their custody.

The swoop came as a culmination of a counter-terrorism operation between Lancashire Police and Greater Manchester Police's Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU).

Neighbours described the suspects as "normal everyday lads".

One man who lives in Percival Street, where two of the men lived, said: "You don't expect it on your doorstep but that's life. It could happen anywhere."

He said one of the families had lived in the street for many years and the children had attended Islamic schools.

Chief Superintendent Andy Rhodes, Divisional Commander for Eastern Division of Lancashire Police, said: "This is a very sensitive time for all our communities and we are working hard to ensure everyone is kept up to date with as much information as we can give.

"We will endeavour to carry out any searches as quickly as possible to minimise impact on the area concerned. However, inquiries of this nature are complex and may take time to resolve.

"I would like to thank local residents affected by the arrests for their co-operation and ask that they remain patient. We will ensure people are kept updated in relation to the investigation as and when we can."

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Bridget - August 26, 2008 10:11 AM (GMT)
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Gordon Brown death threat: Terror suspect arrested in Blackburn

Detectives investigating an alleged threat to kill the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, have arrested a 25-year-old man.

By Graham Tibbetts
Last Updated: 10:32AM BST 26 Aug 2008

A message on an Islamist website said that "al-Qaeda in Britain will target all the political leaders especially Tony Blair and Gordan [sic] Brown"

The man, who is believed to be white, was held at an address in Blackburn, Lancs., on suspicion of committing offences under the Terrorism Act 2006.

A spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary said the suspect was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation also involving Greater Manchester Counter Terrorism Unit.

He is the fourth person from the town to be held for terror offences in the last two weeks.

Two men were detained at Manchester airport as they prepared to leave the country and a third, the brother of one of the men, was arrested in Accrington, where he worked as a security guard. They remain in custody.

Anti-terrorism sources have indicated that the arrests related to a statement on an Arabic language website, al-ekhlaas.net, which often carries messages from senior members of al-Qaeda.

The message, in English, appeared briefly in January and demanded the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the release of radical clerics from Belmarsh prison in south-east London.

It said if there was no co-operation "al-Qaeda in Britain will target all the political leaders especially Tony Blair and Gordan [sic] Brown".

However, no plot was in place.

Chief Superintendent Andy Rhodes, Divisional Commander for Eastern Division of Lancashire Constabulary, said: "This is a very sensitive time for all our communities and we are working hard to ensure everyone is kept up to date with as much information as we can give.

"We will endeavour to carry out any searches as quickly as possible to minimise impact on the area concerned. However, inquiries of this nature are complex and may take time to resolve."

Telegraph

The Antagonist - August 26, 2008 04:53 PM (GMT)
Yes, nonsense assassination plots abound in the United Mistakes of America too:

Plot unfolds to assassinate Obama on national TV, a 4th arrest, more details

Sinclair - August 27, 2008 10:38 AM (GMT)
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Terror police make fourth arrest over threats to kill Brown and Blair
Terror police make fourth arrest over threats to kill Brown and Blair
Vikram Dodd, crime correspondent The Guardian, Wednesday August 27 2008[00:14]
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Detectives investigating internet threats to kill Gordon Brown yesterday arrested a fourth man. The 24-year-old was held in Blackburn, Lancashire, under the Terrorism Act 2006.

Police say the arrest is linked to those of three men detained in the last fortnight over threats to kill Brown and his predecessor, Tony Blair.

Written threats emerged on an extremist jihadi website in January this year, purporting to come from a previously unknown group calling itself al-Qaida in Britain. Police say no bomb-making or other terrorist equipment has been recovered, and it appears there is no evidence of a plot to carry out any threats.

Yesterday's arrest came after a dawn raid on a flat behind a halal butcher's shop, where local residents said the man - who is white - lived alone. Specialist counter-terrorism officers are examining the address in Whalley Range, north of Blackburn town centre.

Whalley Range is a quiet residential street near Percival Street, where officers searched a house after the earlier arrests.

Police community support officers were distributing leaflets in the area explaining the anti-terror operation to residents and seeking to reassure the public.

Two men were arrested at Manchester airport on August 14 as they prepared to board a flight to Finland. A third man was held in Accrington, Lancashire, on the same day. All three are in their 20s. Police have until tomorrow to charge the trio or seek an extension to their custody.

A police spokeswoman said: "The arrest is part of an ongoing investigation by Lancashire constabulary and Greater Manchester counter-terrorism unit."

The suspect is a white male, sources confirmed. He is not the first white person arrested for an alleged terrorism offence.

Chief Superintendent Andy Rhodes, from Lancashire police, said: "This is a very sensitive time for all our communities and we are working hard to ensure everyone is kept up to date with as much information as we can give.

"We will endeavour to carry out any searches as quickly as possible to minimise impact on the area concerned. However, inquiries of this nature are complex and may take time to resolve.

"I would like to thank local residents affected by the arrests for their cooperation and ask that they remain patient."

Abdul Qureshi, chairman of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, said: "If there is a real security issue, people will always support and cooperate with the police. But a lot of people are put in custody and are actually innocent, and that has created anxiety in people to ask 'What is the investigation about'?

"Have people just gone on to the internet and read about things, or are they actually planning on doing something?"

Bastwell ward councillor Sajid Ali said: "The local residents are quite happy with the way the police have treated the whole incident. The Asian officers make a difference. When the Asian officers are there and explain what's happening, it's more of a relief."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/aug/27/uksecurity.ukcrime


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Fifth arrest over Brown-Blair death threats
Postings to extremist websites were attributed to group calling itself al-Qaida in Britain
James Orr and agencies guardian.co.uk, Wednesday August 27 2008 10:30 BST
Article history

Detectives investigating internet threats to kill Gordon Brown and Tony Blair today arrested a fifth man.

The 29-year-old was detained in Derby. Four other men have been arrested in the last fortnight. All are aged in their 20s and are being held under the Terrorism Act 2006.

The threats were posted on an extremist website in January and were attributed to a previously unknown group calling itself al-Qaida in Britain.

A police spokeswoman said: "The arrest is part of an ongoing investigation by Lancashire constabulary and Greater Manchester counter-terrorism unit."

Thirteen days ago police detained the first three men, aged 21, 22 and 23. Two were held at Manchester airport as they were about to board a flight to Finland. The third was arrested in Accrington, Lancashire.

Detectives have until tomorrow to charge or release them, or seek an extension to their custody.

The fourth man, 24, was arrested in Blackburn in a dawn raid yesterday. He is believed to be a white Muslim convert who lived alone.

Police said no bomb-making or other terrorist equipment had been recovered and there was no apparent evidence of a plan to carry out any threats.

Counter-terrorism officers were yesterday examining an address in Whalley Range, north of Blackburn town centre.

Police community support officers were distributing leaflets in the area explaining the operation to residents and seeking to reassure the public

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/aug/27/brown.threats

numeral - August 27, 2008 10:45 PM (GMT)
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Seven days to quiz PM threat man

Police investigating an alleged threat to kill Prime Minister Gordon Brown have been granted seven days to quiz a 24-year-old man arrested in Blackburn.

Five people are now in custody as part of the operation, including another man, 29, arrested on Tuesday in Derby.

Three other men were arrested on 14 August at Manchester Airport and in Accrington.

The arrests followed alleged threats against the prime minister and Tony Blair in January.

The 24-year-old arrested in Blackburn is thought to be a Muslim convert.

The Derby man was arrested at Moore Street, in the Normanton area.

Earlier, a police spokesman said: "A search of the address in Derbyshire is under way and is expected to take several days."

Greater Manchester Police Counter Terrorism Unit and Lancashire Constabulary are conducting the probe.

The threats against the prime minister and his predecessor were made on a recognised jihadi website, by a group calling itself "al-Qaeda in Britain". 

numeral - August 27, 2008 10:50 PM (GMT)
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Skepticism greets "Al Qaeda in Britain" founding
Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:35pm EST

LONDON (Reuters) - An Internet posting that proclaimed the creation of an al Qaeda branch in Britain is viewed by intelligence officials as typical militant "background noise", a security source said on Wednesday.

An unidentified individual posted the claim in Arabic on a password-protected militant forum on January 2, saying the new "al Qaeda in Britain" would carry out major attacks including on political leaders, naming Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his predecessor Tony Blair.

"We would assess it as an aspiration, rather than any one individual or group having the capability to do the things they are suggesting," said the security official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"This is the stuff we get all the time, background noise ... In other circumstances you might regard this person as a bit of a fantasist," he told Reuters.

Britain has seen a marked increase in attacks by Islamist militants since it joined the United States in invading Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

In July 2005, Islamist suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transport system. Several other alleged plots have failed or been uncovered by police, including attempted car bombings in London and Glasgow last June.

The new Internet posting appeared only briefly on www.alekhlaas.net, a site which hosts a catalogue of Islamist messages, musings and writings and has been visited by more than 17 million people.

The security official said the assessment did not mean Britain was complacent about the danger from al Qaeda, noting that the official threat level is judged as severe, meaning "an attack is highly likely".

MI5 spy chief Jonathan Evans said in November the agency knew of at least 2,000 British-based individuals who posed a direct threat to national security because of their support for terrorism. Children as young as 15 were being groomed to carry out attacks, he said.

(Reporting by Mark Trevelyan, Editing by David Clarke)

numeral - August 27, 2008 11:28 PM (GMT)
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Join al-Qaeda, we'll lock you up
By Sir KEN MACDONALD
Director Of Public Prosecutions
Published: 21 Feb 2008

AS Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald is spearheading the battle to defeat al-Qaeda in Britain.

Here he talks exclusively to The Sun about a campaign which is growing in success and has won the admiration of the US.

He spoke after Parviz Khan, who plotted to behead a British Muslim soldier, became the 26th al-Qaeda terrorist to plead guilty in UK courts since the start of 2007.

We are now sending out a clear signal to al-Qaeda criminals such as Parviz Khan: Once you are caught there is nowhere to turn.

We will assemble the strongest possible case against you and, in conjunction with the police, confront you with the reality of what you have done.

We are not out to do deals – plead guilty to the charges you face or be prosecuted and face the consequences.

We have built up a cadre of special antiterrorist prosecutors who work side by side with the police.

Our interest is in helping the police conduct the best possible investigations and their interest is in helping us conduct the best possible prosecutions.

We have very strong relationships with the security services, MI5 and MI6 – we are all in the same business.

We also spend a lot of time talking to the Muslim communities about how we do this work, and why. When people plead guilty, it is important to us.

A guilty plea is the defendant saying: “You are right.”

It also helps build community confidence and confidence in our system of justice.

We have got to be absolutely relentless in the way we prosecute terrorist cases. If anything, that approach will intensify.

These people want to threaten everything about the way we live – they want to destroy democracy and they want to destroy tolerance.

Values

Of course we want to beat terrorism through the medium of fair trials – we have got our traditional values, which have to be upheld.

These people are loners who are thrown together into a group – not like the IRA was, with an army council, ranks and organisation. IRA terrorists were simply told: “You do not plead guilty.”

We are not dealing with the same kind of disciplined structure. Some are serious long-term terrorists but even they are rolling over.

There also appears to be a perception among the hangers-on that being involved in violent jihad is fashionable.

The more of these guys who plead guilty and we lock up, the more others will see what it means.

The vast majority of people will never get involved in activity of this kind.

But for those who might be tempted, there is a very important message here: You will be caught, prosecuted and will spend the rest of your lives or most of your lives in jail.

Terrorists know what the future holds: Many, many years in jail on the one hand, or a slight reduction for a plea of guilty – 25 years as opposed to 30 years.

I had a meeting a few weeks ago with the US Justice Department in Washington and they acknowledged our success. We are very proud of it and what we are proud about is that we are getting these results using our fair trial customs.

These people are getting British justice – and British justice says they are guilty.

Sir Ken was talking to Chief Investigative Reporter SIMON HUGHES.

numeral - August 27, 2008 11:49 PM (GMT)
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White Muslim convert arrested over 'Gordon Brown assassination plot'

A white Muslim convert is being held by detectives investigating alleged threats to kill the Prime Minister and Tony Blair.

By Nigel Bunyan
Last Updated: 7:21PM BST 26 Aug 2008

The 25-year-old man was arrested at a flat in the Whalley Range area of Blackburn, Lancs, shortly before 7am on Tuesday.

He is believed to be a friend of two other men arrested by counter-terrorism officers at Manchester Airport on August 14.

The pair, who had been about to board a flight to Finland, live less than 100 yards from the home of the suspect held on Tuesday.

A fourth suspect, also from Blackburn, was arrested in Church, near Accrington, shortly after the arrests at Manchester Airport.

All four men are being questioned about a posting on an Arabic website that often carries messages from senior members of al-Qaeda.

The message, written in English, allegedly included a threat to target "all the political leaders, especially Tony Blair and Gordan (sic) Brown".

It appeared only briefly on January 24 and purported to have been written by Shaykh Umar Rabie al-Khalaila, who described himself as "the leader of al-Qaeda in Britain".

The latest man to be arrested changed his name when he converted to Islam four years ago.

A friend, who asked not to be named, said he was surprised by his arrest.

"He is a good lad," said the 25-year-old businessman. "I used to see him at the mosque and he doesn't have extreme views".

He was not surprised that police had made another arrest. "I've seen plainclothes police hanging around in cars for a few weeks now".

Police broke down the door to the suspect's flat at 6.40am. The property lies behind a butcher's shop and next to an Islamic bookshop.

Specialist search teams from the Lancashire Constabulary began a detailed search of the premises. They are not expected to complete the task until the weekend.

The three men arrested on August 14 are being held in Manchester. Counter-terrorism officers have until Thursday to decide whether to charge them, release them or seek an extension to their custody.

The mother of one of the arrested trio insists that her son is innocent.

Mariam Kanmi, 50, said her son, Ishaq, 22, a teacher, was arrested as he prepared to fly out to Helsinki, where he was due to spend the month of Ramadan at a conference.

"My son is an innocent boy and we are a well-respected family here," said Mrs Kanmi. "He is not involved in terrorism.

"He hasn't incited anyone to kill Mr Brown. He hasn't plotted with terrorists. We haven't even got a TV here or the internet.

"He was going to Finland for Holy month. There was going to be a grand opening but he has missed that. He's been going there for six years. He always teaches abroad".

She added: "It's wrong that he's being held. Why are they taking this long?"

The other men being held are aged 21 and 23.

Sinclair - August 27, 2008 11:56 PM (GMT)
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Fifth arrest in 'plot to kill PM'

Published Date: 28 August 2008
By Theo Usherwood

COUNTER-terrorism police investigating an alleged plot to assassinate the Prime Minister were last night searching the house of the latest suspect.
Detectives arrested the 29-year-old man – the fifth suspect – on Tuesday at a terraced house in the Normanton area of Derby under the Terrorism Act 2000. All five men are being questioned.

Three men, aged 21, 22 and 23 were arrested at Manchester airport and Accrington on 14 August, while a fourth man, aged 24, was detained in Blackburn on Tuesday. He is understood to be a white Muslim convert. Police sources said officers were investigating threats to kill Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister.

It is understood that no actual plot was in place, but that officers discovered a written threat on an extremist website earlier this year.

Fareed Hussain, a member of the Derby Muslim Forum and the city's council, appealed for calm following the latest arrest.

He said: "The community reaction is going to be that of surprise, but from what I know of the details, he is not known to have any connection with the Muslim community in Derby.

"I don't know his name; we haven't got that far, other than the fact that he is eastern European," he said. "He is not Asian or an Arab.

"It's down to the community to pull together as a result of what has happened, and to work with each other to make sure that any extremists are weeded out of the community," Mr Hussain said.

http://news.scotsman.com/uk/Fifth--arrest-...plot.4433928.jp

Bridget - August 28, 2008 05:47 PM (GMT)
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Page last updated at 17:25 GMT, Thursday, 28 August 2008 18:25 UK

'PM terror threat' three charged

Police searched three addresses in Blackburn and Accrington

Three men questioned over an alleged threat to assassinate Gordon Brown have been charged with terror offences, Lancashire Police have said.

Ishaq Kanmi, 22, of Blackburn, was charged with soliciting murder, and three other charges.

Abbas Iqbal, 23, and Ilyas Iqbal, 21, each face two charges of possessing and disseminating terrorist material.

The arrests were a joint operation between Lancashire Police and Greater Manchester Counter Terrorism Unit.

Ishaq Kanmi, of Cromwell Street, also faces charges of belonging or professing to belong to al Qaeda, inviting support for al Qaeda, and dissemination of terrorist publications.

Brothers Abbas Iqbal and Ilyas Iqbal, both of Percival Street, Blackburn, are both charged with possession of an article in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

Abbas Iqbal is also charged with dissemination of terrorist publications.

Ilyas Iqbal is also charged with collecting or making a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

The men were arrested at Manchester Airport and in Accrington, Lancashire on 14 August.

All three are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday.

It is understood no actual plot was in place but that officers discovered a written threat on an extremist jihadi website earlier this year.

A fourth man, arrested on Tuesday in Blackburn and a fifth man arrested in Derby the same day, remain in custody.

On Wednesday, Lancashire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Police were granted an additional seven days to question them.

BBC

numeral - August 29, 2008 02:29 PM (GMT)
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'PM terror threat' three remanded
Page last updated at 13:06 GMT, Friday, 29 August 2008 14:06 UK

Three men charged with terror offences following a threat to assassinate Prime Minister Gordon Brown have been remanded in custody.

Ishaq Kanmi, 22, is accused of soliciting murder and of belonging or professing to belong to al-Qaeda.

Abbas Iqbal, 23, and Ilyas Iqbal, 21, each face charges of possessing terrorist material.

The men, all from Blackburn, were remanded at Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London.

It is understood no actual plot was in place but officers discovered a written threat to both the prime minister and his predecessor Tony Blair on an extremist jihadi website.

Ishaq Kanmi faces additional charges of inviting support for al-Qaeda and dissemination of terrorist publications.

Abbas Iqbal is also charged with dissemination of terrorist publications.

And Ilyas Iqbal is also charged with collecting or making a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

The men were arrested at Manchester Airport and in Accrington, Lancashire on 14 August.

A fourth man, arrested on Tuesday in Blackburn, and a fifth man arrested in Derby the same day, remain in custody. On Wednesday, police were granted an additional seven days to question them.

Sinclair - September 1, 2008 08:04 PM (GMT)
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Page last updated at 19:27 GMT, Monday, 1 September 2008 20:27 UK
'PM threat' - fourth man charged

A fourth man has been charged with possessing terrorist material following an investigation into an alleged threat to assassinate the prime minister.

Muhammad Ali Mumtaz Ahmad, 24, from the Whalley Range area of Blackburn, will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

He is jointly charged with Abbas Iqbal, 23, and Ilyas Iqbal, 21, who were previously remanded in custody.

Police have been given more time to quiz a fifth man, arrested in Derby.

Mr Ahmad was arrested on 26 August as part of a counter-terrorism operation involving Lancashire and Greater Manchester Police.

He is charged with possessing an article for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

Police raided three properties during the operation in Blackburn and Accrington.

Brothers Abbas and Ilyas Iqbal were remanded in custody last Friday after being charged with possessing terrorist material.

Abbas Iqbal is also charged with disseminating terrorist publications, while Ilyas Iqbal is also charged with collecting or making a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

A fourth man, Ishaq Kanmi, 22, is accused of soliciting murder and of belonging or professing to belong to al-Qaeda.

He also faces additional charges of inviting support for al-Qaeda and disseminating terrorist publications.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7592828.stm


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Ilyas Iqbal will appear before magistrates on Friday [5th September 2008] by videolink and again on [Friday] September 19.

Ishaq Kanmi and Abbas Iqbal will appear again at the Old Bailey on [Wednesday] October 1.

source:The Herarld

Bridget - September 10, 2008 11:45 PM (GMT)
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Brown terror suspect in court
Thursday, 11 Sep 2008 00:01

A man is due in court charged with terror offences related to an alleged plot to assassinate Gordon Brown

Muhammad Ali Mumtaz Ahmed was arrested under the Terrorism Act and is accused on possessing materials such as camouflage clothes and plans for "urban combat".

He is one of five been charged over the alleged plot.

Krenar Lusha, 29, of Derby, was remanded in custody yesterday after appearing at Westminster magistrates' court.

He is charged with owning instructional manuals on bomb design and possessing approximately 4kg of potassium nitrate and is due back in court next Wednesday.
Abbas Iqbal, 23, and Ilyas Iqbal, 21, and Ishaq Kanmi, 22, have also been remanded in custody.

Ilyas Iqbal is due in court on September 19th and Ishaq Kanmi and Abbas Iqbal on October 1st.

source

Sinclair - September 18, 2008 11:02 AM (GMT)
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'PM terror suspect' remanded in custody
Wednesday, 17 Sep 2008 16:17

A 29-year-old man charged with terror offences related to an alleged plot to assassinate prime minister Gordon Brown has been remanded in custody today.

Krenar Lusha, of Derby, is charged with owning instructional manuals on bomb design and possessing approximately 4kg of potassium nitrate.

He was remanded in custody after failing to issue a bail application at Westminster magistrates' court.

Mr Lusha will next appear at a committal hearing on October 8th
where it will be decided if his case is to be referred to the crown court for trial.

Greater Manchester police previously claimed there was "reasonable suspicion" that Mr Lusha's possession of the potassium nitrate was for "a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism" between January 1st and August 26th.

He is also charged with collecting or recording information of the kind likely to be useful for a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, namely a computer with instructional videos on how to make explosive substances.

The 29-year-old was arrested on August 26th in Derbyshire and is one of five men charged in relation to the potential threat.

Abbas Iqbal, 23, and Ilyas Iqbal, 21, Ishaq Kanmi, 22, and Muhammad Ali Mumtaz Ahmed, 24, have all been remanded in custody after appearing in court.

Ilyas Iqbal is due in court on Friday [18th September] , while Ishaq Kanmi and Abbas Iqbal are due to appear on October 1st.

http://www.inthenews.co.uk/news/autocodes/...036;1240996.htm

justthefacts - October 8, 2008 12:54 AM (GMT)
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‘Party rebellion over’ as by-election date declared

The Glenrothes by-election will take place on Thursday, November 6, it was confirmed last night after a meeting of the parliamentary Labour Party at which it was declared that "hostilities are over" within the party.

George Howarth MP, who recently said Gordon Brown was as unpopular as Neville Chamberlain, told the meeting of MPs in the House of Commons that any rebellion against the Prime Minister was effectively over, signalling that, barring an accident, he will lead Labour into the General Election.

Herald


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Ms Anderson and Mr Howarth are close to Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, although he has made plain that he does not support their actions.

Times



amirrortotheenemy - October 23, 2008 08:37 PM (GMT)

Bridget - November 4, 2008 10:31 AM (GMT)
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Teenage terror suspect arrested

1 hour ago

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences.

The 19-year-old was held by police in Blackburn, Lancashire.

He was arrested under the Terrorism Act 2006 and specialist police teams are now searching his bedsit, above a take-away shop in the town.

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: "The arrest is the culmination of a counter terrorism operation between Lancashire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Police Counter Terrorism Unit.

"The address of the arrested man, which is in the Blackburn area, will now be searched by specialist officers from both forces."

No further details about the arrested teenager's suspected activities were given by police.

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Counter terrorism police hold teenager
Tue Nov 4, 2008 10:19am GMT

LONDON (Reuters) - Police said on Tuesday they had arrested a teenager in Blackburn as part of an investigation into alleged threats on an Islamic website to kill Gordon Brown.

The 19-year-old man was held under the Terrorism Act in the early hours following a joint operation between Lancashire Police and the Greater Manchester Police Counter Terrorism Unit.

His home is being searched.

Five men detained in Blackburn, Derby and Accrington earlier this year have been charged with terrorism offences after an investigation into the alleged threats, posted by a group calling itself al-Qaeda in Britain.


amirrortotheenemy - November 8, 2008 10:08 PM (GMT)
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Blackburn terror arrest: Teenager released without charge

4:19pm Friday 7th November 2008
By Nafeesa Shan »

A BLACKBURN man has been released without charge after being arrested under the Terrorism Act.

The 19-year-old was taken into police custody from his flat in Burnley Road on Tuesday, but was released today.

Chief Superintendent Andy Rhodes, Divisional Commander of Eastern Division, said: “Investigations of this kind are very difficult and complex and I appreciate the sensitivities that surround them for all concerned.

“We do have a duty to investigate any information that is passed to us and to respond to it appropriately and in a measured way."

Source


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Extension granted on man arrested

5 November 08

Headquarters

Lancashire Constabulary has today (Wednesday, November 5) been granted an extension until Saturday morning to question the man arrested in Blackburn on Tuesday, November 4th 2008 under the Terrorism Act 2000/6.

The arrest is part of an ongoing counter-terrorism operation between Lancashire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Counter Terrorism Unit.

Lancashire Constabulary

amirrortotheenemy - November 12, 2008 04:28 PM (GMT)
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Terror suspect in court

Friday, November 07, 2008, 11:35

A failed asylum seeker arrested during an investigation into alleged death threats against Gordon Brown appeared at the Old Bailey today accused of terror offences.

Krenar Lusha, 29, is charged with possessing bomb-making recipes and four kilos of potassium nitrate - a vital component in gunpowder.

Lusha, who appeared via videolink from his cell in Belmarsh high security jail, spoke only to confirm his name, and did not enter a plea to the charge.

Judge Mr Justice David Calvert-Smith set a date for a plea and case management hearing of March 16.

He told Lusha he will be tried after Easter.

The defendant was arrested at his home in Derby on August 26, in connection with alleged online threats against Mr Brown and former PM Tony Blair.

Lusha, of Moore Street, Derby, will next appear in court on January 30, for further discussions about the venue and date for the trial.

He is charged with possessing bomb-making recipes and 4 kilos of potassium nitrate. He also faces four charges of possessing instructions on how to make bombs.

Source

Sinclair - June 8, 2009 05:28 PM (GMT)
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Monday, 8th June 2009
Terrorism accused 'wanted troops out of Iraq'

Published Date: 08 June 2009

Suicide bombers were urged to kill Tony Blair and Gordon Brown if the Government did not meet a series of demands allegedly issued by a man in Lancashire, a court has been told.
Blackburn man Ishaq Kanmi, 23, was "devoted to stirring up terrorism" and allegedly issued a two-month deadline calling for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the release of all Muslims being held in Belmarsh Prison.

Preston Crown Court was told the accused said that if the ultimatums were not met, all political leaders, "especially Tony Blair and Gordon Brown", would be a target for "martyrdom-seekers".

Kanmi is accused of posting two messages which solicited the murders of the Prime Minister and his predecessor on a website.

Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, said Kanmi became a "determined supporter of Jihadi terrorism" in 2007 and 2008, whose aim was to persuade others to commit murders and acts of terror.

He was arrested in Manchester Airport as he waited to board a flight to Helsinki, Finland, on August 14 last year.

Kanmi, who lives in Cromwell Street, denies two counts of soliciting to murder Mr Brown and Mr Blair.

He also pleaded not guilty to professing to belong to a terrorist organisation, namely al Qaida, inviting support for al Qaida, disseminating terrorist publications and collecting or making a record of information likely to be useful to a terrorist.

Copyright © Press Association Ltd. 2009, All Rights Reserved.

http://www.fleetwoodtoday.co.uk/latest/Ter...-out.5345231.jp


This BBC article states that the messages left by Kanmi on a 'jihadi website' included a claim by Kanmi that he was 'the leader of al-Qaeda in Britain'.

Bridget - December 17, 2009 11:35 AM (GMT)
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NatWest handed Al Qaeda terrorist 100% mortgage to buy £93,000 home he turned into a bomb factory

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:42 PM on 16th December 2009

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Illegal immigrant: Krenar Lusha, who was jailed for seven years for terrorism offences

A bank has sparked outrage by handing over a 100 per cent mortgage to an Al Qaeda terrorist who smuggled himself into Britain.

Albanian Krenar Lusha, 30, was given £93,000 after NatWest failed to complete full checks on his UK status.

He used the cash to buy a house in Derby, where he stored bomb-making equipment and information on how to carry out attacks.

The illegal immigrant also managed to get a UK driving licence, secure a £30,000-a-year engineering job and was even offered a second mortgage - which he declined.

Lusha opened a NatWest bank account in 2000, soon after he sneaked into Britain on the back of a lorry.

When bank staff were asked about its dealings with Lusha, one mortgage advisor told Preston Crown Court: 'He was just a pleasant natured person and there was nothing untoward.'

Yesterday Lusha was jailed for seven years after he was convicted of five out of 10 terror charges following a three-week trial.


Tory MP David Davies said: 'It is extraordinary that a major high street bank gave a mortgage to an illegal immigrant.

'This has only come to light because terrorism charges have been brought against an individual so can we assume that hundreds of other illegal immigrants have also been given mortgages?

Secret cell: Lusha's £93,000 home in Derby was used as an Al Qaeda base

'The banks should now run urgent checks to find out and to take action against those who are found to be illegally in the country.'

A jury heard how he boasted to a string of women on dating websites of being a 'terrorist' and a 'sniper' and how he 'loved' to see Jews and Americans killed.

Lusha denied 10 counts of possessing articles which gave rise to a reasonable suspicion that they were for a terror-related purpose.

However, the jury of six men and six women convicted him on five counts after deliberating for four days.

Lusha was convicted of possessing 71.8 litres of petrol, computer documents called Ragnar's Detonators and The Bomb Book, and video films called the Hezbollah Military Instructions Manual and Mobile Detonators.

The jury heard that he was in the process of downloading the Hezbollah videos when police visited his home in Derby on August 26 last year.

Prosecutor Nigel Godsmark QC told the court that the Hezbollah instructional videos were in Arabic and advised how to make detonators, explosives, a missile and a suicide bomber belt.

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Gallons of petrol found inside the Derby home of Lusha: Police said it was to be used in explosive devices

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Instructions: Officers found bomb manuals on Lusha's computer

Some also contained instructions on landmine placement and how to field-strip an AK-47 automatic rifle.

The petrol was found in the cellar of his terrace home in Moore Street, Normanton, a multicultural area of Derby.

Lusha told the jury some of the fuel belonged to his brother and that he was also stockpiling it because of price hikes.

He was cleared of possessing nearly 4.5lb of potassium nitrate, and documents entitled The Car Bomb Recognition Guide, Middle Eastern Terrorist Bomb Design, Improvised Radio Detonation Techniques, and The Mujahideen Explosives Handbook.


The Mobile Detonators video gave instructions on how to turn a mobile phone into a bomb trigger, the jury heard.

Lusha had 14 mobile phones at his address when police called at about 7.30am and found him in bed.

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Computer equipment which Lusha used to download information on how to build bombs

Mr Godsmark told the court there was also gruesome footage of live beheadings by extreme Islamic groups.

Lusha told the jury that he studied Islam and Arabic in Qatar as a youth and that it was not possible to discuss religion in Communist Albania when he was a teen.

He also admitted possessing fake identification documents, including bogus Italian and Yugoslavian driving licences.

Lusha revealed he paid thousands of dollars to a gang to smuggle him into Britain, but went it alone after they deserted him in Italy.

He settled in Derby and worked long shifts as a factory machinist at HL Plastics in nearby Denby, which enabled him to send money back to his parents in Puke, Albania.

He also obtained a mortgage and bought a £93,000 home. Derby City Council confirmed he was paid benefits up until 2003, while his asylum claim was processed.

Police described him as a 'lone wolf' who 'was off everybody's radar' who only came to their attention when they were investigating another matter.

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Potassium Nitrate that was found inside the Derby home of Lusha

When detectives knocked on his door last year he was living and working illegally in the UK.

Police sources said his claim for asylum, on the grounds that he was a Kosovan in fear of persecution by the Serbian authorities, was rejected by the UK authorities.

After losing an appeal he absconded from immigration control.

Lusha also told police that because he and his four brothers didn't fight in the Balkans war he was persecuted by those that did.

Mr Justice Butterfield told Lusha: 'To the outside world you were the cheerful, hard-working helpful man whose only interest was to build a better life for yourself and find a Muslim bride, but behind that facade, in my judgment, there was a much darker side to you, a side that positively revelled in violence, death and destruction.

'You accumulated material on your computer which could only have one purpose: a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.'

He imposed concurrent seven-year sentences for each of the five guilty verdicts, and warned Lusha he would be returned to Albania after his sentence.

Lusha had faced a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Porter, of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said: 'Lusha's explanations for having the masses of terrorist material and other items, such as the petrol, were completely implausible.

'While there is absolutely no indication of what he intended to do with these items, I believe he had the intention of committing an extremely serious offence - I cannot possibly speculate on when or where.'

Bridget - December 17, 2009 11:51 AM (GMT)
If links back to the Jawa Report were found ...
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Targeting 'Jihadis' online

In October 2007 the Washington Times published an article on what it called, 'Ordinary Americans...tracking down U.S. Web sites used by al Qaeda and jihadi sympathizers and then using the Internet to persuade the service providers to snuff out the sites.' 'Rusty Shackleford' was interviewed for the story and claimed to have 'destroyed 30 Web sites'. Asked why he does what he does, 'Shackleford' told the paper: "Because my wife won't let me go shoot them." According to the story, having taken down a website, 'Shackleford' and other hackers replaced the site with a 'screen shot of a blue AK-47 rifle — the symbol used by some bloggers to indicate "pwning" or owning a site.' [7]

Involvement in case against Ishaq Kanmi


According to a report in the Lancashire Telegraph, ‘Rusty Shackleford’ was a moderator of the now defunct website InfoVlad (www.clearinghouse.infovlad.net), and contacted the Metropolitan Police when a user named Sheikh made a posting in May 2007. The user’s IP address was then traced to Ishaq Kanmi. [8]

‘Rusty Shackleford’ gave evidence under his pseudonym after an order was granted protecting his anonymity. He reportedly told the Court: “Another moderator deleted the post, but I saved it and gave it to the police. I called someone at the Metropolitan Police and emailed to someone working in the counter-terrorism unit.” According the Lancashire Telegraph he added that, after reading a BBC report that a Briton had announced he was the UK al Qaida leader, he emailed the former Infovlad user to ask if he was the same person. [9]

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Blackburn man ‘posted terror message on US website’

11:15am Thursday 18th June 2009

AN AMERICAN website moderator alerted police to a terror plot due to a message posted on the internet by a Blackburn man, a court heard.

The moderator of the Infovlad forum website told Preston Crown Court he contacted the Metropolitan Police when a user named Sheikh posted that he would carry out a suicide mission in London.

The user’s IP address was traced to 23-year-old Ishaq Kanmi, of Cromwell Street, Audley, Blackburn, the court heard.

The message, posted in May 2007, wrote that anyone who had voted for Tony Blair should be targets and prompted Kanmi to be banned from the website, the jury was told.

Analysis of the site showed Kanmi was also posting under several different names, often putting up messages using the computer at Blackburn Central Library, the court heard.

The moderator, who was giving evidence under the pseudonym of Rusty Shackleford after an order was granted to protect his identity, said: “Another moderator deleted the post, but I saved it and gave it to the police.

"I called someone at the Metropolitan Police and emailed to someone working in the counter-terrorism unit.”

He added that, after reading a BBC report that a Britain had announced he was the UK al Qaida leader, he emailed the former Infovlad user to ask if he was the same person.

The moderator told the court: “He replied ‘yes’ and there would be an announcement. It got my attention.”

Cross-examining the moderator, defence solicitor David Gottlieb pointed out that the pseudonym was the name used by character David Gribble in television show King of the Hill when ordering a pizza.

Mr Gottlieb said: “Gribble is a heavy smoking gun fanatic who believes any conspiracy theory available.

“Would that describe you in real life?”

The moderator replied: “No it would not.”

Kanmi denies two counts of soliciting to murder Gordon Brown and Mr Blair.

He has also pleaded not guilty to professing to belong to a terrorist organisation, namely al Qaida, inviting support for the same organisation, disseminating terrorist publications and collecting, or making, a record of information likely to be useful to a terrorist.

Lancashire Telegraph

I can't find any further reports on the trial/sentencing of Kanmi.

Bridget - December 17, 2009 11:56 AM (GMT)
^ Found via this blog post;
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Page last updated at 15:41 GMT, Friday, 26 June 2009 16:41 UK

'Murder PM' trial jury discharged

Police stand guard outside two houses on Percival Street in Blackburn
Mr Kanmi was arrested last August

The jury in the trial of a Briton alleged to have encouraged fellow Muslims to murder Gordon Brown and Tony Blair has been discharged.

The case involving Ishaq Kanmi, 23, of Blackburn, Lancashire, was stopped for legal reasons on day 14 of the trial at Preston Crown Court.

The hearing was scheduled to last for between four and six weeks.

Mr Justice McCombe ordered that a preliminary hearing be held within the next month to set a date for a retrial.


He thanked the jurors for their conduct throughout the trial and he told them: "I have decided that the present trial can no longer continue."

The prosecution had said Kanmi posted two messages on a Jihadi website in which he called for the elimination of political leaders, with the Prime Minister and his predecessor "top of the list".

Kanmi, of Cromwell Street, denies two counts of soliciting to murder Mr Brown and Mr Blair.

He also pleaded not guilty to professing to belong to a terrorist organisation, namely al-Qaida, inviting support to the same organisation, disseminating terrorist publications and collecting or making a record of information likely to be useful to a terrorist.

Bridget - December 17, 2009 12:25 PM (GMT)
(This is my 4th post today just in case the previous 3 are missed)Entrapment?:
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Friday, July 3, 2009
Counter terrorism surveillance at Blackburn Library

COUNTER terrorism police spent five months at Blackburn Library conducting covert surveillance of a suspect, it has been revealed.

The details emerged during the trial of Ishaq Kanmi, 23, of Cromwell Street, Audley, who is accused of encouraging fellow Muslims to murder Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and all non-believers.

A jury was told yesterday that Kanmi used the computer facilities at the town’s central library to solicit murder —and upload links to videos showing how to make bombs, the poison ricin and gunpowder.

Last year from March to July counter terorrism officers carried out covert surveillance of Kamni at the library, Preston Crown Court heard.

Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, said: “Highly trained officers watched and filmed him while he used the computers at Blackburn library.”

Mr Edis told the court that Kanmi used false identities while posting messages on internet forums and a jihadi website.

One of the identities used was a Umar Rabie, leader of al Qaida in Britain, and a Jihadi fighter in Iraq, Mr Edis said.

The jury was told Kanmi logged onto the internet at Blackburn Library or onto his mobile phone where he made a number of demands as the leader of al Qaida in Britain.

Listing his demands, he is alleged to have posted: ”A complete withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

“To free all Muslim captives in Belmarsh prison, and the foremost of them is Shayk Abu Qatada Al-Filirtini and Shaykh Abu Hamza Al-Mifri.

“If the British government fails to respond to our demands within the last date of March 2008..... then martyrdom seekers of the organisation of al Qaida in Britain will target all political leaders especially Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.”

Mr Edis told the jury: “We say that in 2007 and into 2008 Ishaq Kanmi put in an awful lot of effort to establish the street cred of Umar Rabie.”

On Kanmi’s alleged use of websites to post messages, Mr Edis added: “The sheer number of these postings showed he devoted his life to this exercise.”

Later the court heard that Kanmi and some others created a film in a Blackburn park about the ‘Blackburn Resistance’.

The film was found in a suitcase of an associate of Kanmi as they attempted to board a plane to Finland on August 14, 2008, the jury was told.


It was played to the jury.

The film showed two men dressed in camouflage, crawling, running and hiding behind trees in a Blackburn park.

At one point it showed a man stood inside a house with a gun and also had pictures of Osama Bin Laden and other al Qaida leaders.

The film ended with the phrase ‘Blackburn Resistance. Support our troops’.

Mr Edis said: ”It is an amateur film and you are going to consider its purpose, whether it is harmless or it is carefully made to give the impression to someone that something is being done behind it.

“It is not the most frightening film, but it is the best that they can do.”

When Kanmi and his associate were stopped at Manchester Airport they were found to be carrying mobile phones, a laptop and electrical storage devices such as USB pens which contained material on terrorist publications, the jury was told.

Mr Edis said: “Ishaq Kanmi took with him to Finland everything you need to recruit or convert people. They explain why Osama Bin Laden and the others are doing what they are doing to and explain July the 7th and 9/11.”

Mr Edis also said that Kanmi built up a relationship through email with a man from Derbyshire.

Between them they discussed the best place to take part in Jihad, debating between UK and Iraq, Mr Edis said.

The court was told that Kanmi’s defence will argue that he posted the words on the internet sites but did not intend anyone to take action.

Kanmi denies two counts of soliciting to murder Mr Brown and Mr Blair.

He also pleaded not guilty to professing to belong to a terrorist organisation, namely al Qaida, inviting support for the same organisation , disseminating terrorist publications and collecting or making a record of information likely to be useful to a terrorist.

terrorismsearch blog

Mark Gobell - January 26, 2010 11:34 PM (GMT)
Gordon Brown / Princess Bliar death threats and demands for release of Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada allegedly made in internet postings on al-ekhlaas.net, by Umar Rabie al-Khalaila, blogging on behalf of Al Qaeda in Britain.

1st arrests on 14.1.8 of 2 men at Manchester Airport and 1 at Accrington.

Ishaq Kanmi and brothers Abbas Iqbal and Ilyas Iqbal

2nd arrest on 26.8.8 of Albanian illegal immigrant Krenar Lusha, Normaton, Derby TACT 2006
3rd arrest on 26.8.8 of Muhammad Ali Mumtaz Ahmad TACT 2006
4th arrest on 4.11.8 teenager in Blackburn - released 7.11.8

3 Charged on 28.8.8

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Ishaq Kanmi, 22 years of Cromwell Street, Blackburn, charged with:

1) Soliciting Murder contrary to section 4 of the Offences Against the Person ACT 1861.

2) Belonging or professing to belong to a proscribed organisation (Al-Qaeda), contrary to Section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

3) Inviting Support for a proscribed organisation, contrary to Section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

4) Dissemination of terrorist publications, contrary to section 2(1) and 2(f) of the Terrorism Act 2006. * Jointly charged with Abbas Iqbal.

Abbas Iqbal, 23 years of Percival Street, Blackburn charged with:

1) Dissemination of terrorist publications, contrary to section 2(1) and 2(f) of the Terrorism Act 2006. * Jointly charged with Ishaq Kanmi.

2) Possession of an article in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that his possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism. Contrary to Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000. * Jointly charged with Ilyas Iqbal.

Ilyas Iqbal, 21 years of Percival Street, Blackburn charged with:

1) Possession of an article in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that his possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism. Contrary to Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000. * Jointly charged with Abbas Iqbal.

2) Collecting or making a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Source


1 Charged on 1.9.8 - Muhammad Ali Mumtaz Ahmad possessing terrorist material S57 TACT 2000

1 Charged on 9.9.8 - Krenar Lusha 5 charges

1 x possession of 4kg of Potassium Nitrate
2 x collecting a record namely PC videos how to make explosives
2 x collecting a record namely (PC?) manuals on bomb design

Krenar Lusha convicted 15.12.9 - 7 years.


Ishaq Kanmi trial starts 3 or 4.6.9 & halted & jury discharged on 26.9.9


Internet Postings

Extract from the last post on this page:

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An unidentified individual posted the claim in Arabic on a password-protected militant forum on January 2, saying the new "al Qaeda in Britain" would carry out major attacks including on political leaders, naming Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his predecessor Tony Blair.


It is unclear just when this alleged posting was made, or indeed what language it was supposed to be in. Some reports claim 2nd Jan in Arabic, others claim 24th Jan in English. Maybe it appeared on both days, or between those days, who knows. The forum is reported to have been the ubiquitous al-ekhlaas.net

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UK PRIME MINISTERS THREATENED BY “AL-QAEDA IN BRITAIN”

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former PM Tony Blair were among the targets mentioned in a January 24 internet threat attributed to “al-Qaeda in Britain.” The English-language posting to the forum of jihadi website al-ekhlaas.net demanded a complete withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan and Iraq and the release of “all Muslim captives” from the Belmarsh high-security prison, especially Shaykh Abu Qatada al-Filistini and Shaykh Abu Hamza al-Misri. If these demands are not met by the last day of March, the message warns that “martyrdom seekers” (suicide bombers) would target political leaders including Brown and Blair as well as “all embassies, crusader centers and their interests throughout the country.” The message was signed by “Shaykh Umar Rabie al-Khalaila,” a previously unknown individual who describes himself as “the leader of al-Qaeda in Britain.”


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http://www.jamestown.org/programs/gta/single/?tx_ttnews[tt_news]=4685&tx_ttnews[backPid]=246&no_cache=1]http://www.jamestown.org/programs/gta/sing...=246&no_cache=1





Alternatively the 2nd date for the alleged internet demands and threats of 24.1.8

Rreference the date of 24.1.8 mentioned in the Jamestown article above and this extract from the 2nd post on this page:

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It appeared only briefly on January 24 and purported to have been written by Shaykh Umar Rabie al-Khalaila, who described himself as "the leader of al-Qaeda in Britain".



The Antagonist - February 23, 2010 09:27 PM (GMT)
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Terror accused 'made video in park'
Tuesday, 23 February 2010

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Alleged would-be terrorist, Abbas Iqbal, 24, in al Qaida-style propaganda video (GMP)

Video footage of two alleged would-be terrorists "leopard crawling" across a park in broad daylight has been released by police.

The film, made by a group calling themselves The Blackburn Resistance, was al Qaida-style propaganda destined to be distributed abroad, a jury at Manchester Crown Court was told last week.

One of the duo apparently carried a rifle as he rustled through Corporation Park in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Abbas Iqbal, 24, was said to have filmed his brother Ilyas, 23 and Muhammed Ali Ahmad, 26, on the park training exercise. All three are accused of being "intoxicated by the evil of terrorism" as they prepared to join or carry out violent jihad.

The video, played to the jury, was introduced by a voice stating "They are fighting against oppression, they are The Blackburn Resistance", before it showed two of the group crawling through woodland and across a path in the park.

In the background, words in a foreign language chanted: "I am the armour for those who believe in the unity of Allah. I am the fire against the aggressor.

"I am the machine gun against the one who starts fighting. I am the one whose sun is shining. Over my day and my pride."

Video clips of the trio holding and firing weapons while shouting "Allah Akbar" (God is Great) in a backyard were also found on the storage card, along with photographs of them in camouflaged clothing and carrying weapons.

Both Iqbal brothers and Ahmad - a white Muslim - of Whalley Range, Blackburn, deny preparing for acts of terrorism between April 30 2006 and August 14 2008.

Abbas Iqbal also denies disseminating terrorist publications and possessing documents likely to be useful to a terrorist. Ilyas Iqbal pleaded not guilty to two counts of possessing documents likely to be useful to a terrorist

Bridget - March 4, 2010 02:41 PM (GMT)
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Blackburn terror suspect: I downloaded Bin Laden picture 'out of curiosity'

8:40pm Wednesday 3rd March 2010


AN ALLEGED terrorist said he downloaded pictures of extremists including Osama Bin Laden 'out of curiosity' and audio clips promoting terrorism only because 'he liked the music'.

Abbas Iqbal, 24, of Percival Street, Blackburn, was arrested last summer when he was found carrying terrorism-related material on his phone and in his suitcase at Manchester Airport.

But he told Manchester Crown Court yesterday that possessing pictures of terrorists did not mean he supported their actions or that he was planning to spread terrorist propaganda.

He said: "To describe them as my idols is incorrect.

"Just having a picture of somebody doesn't mean I idolise them or look up to them."

He said that, while he was travelling to northern Europe to teach the Arabic alphabet and to read the Koran, he did not understand audio files of Arabic speakers urging holy war.

Commenting on one audio file belonging to Iqbal that featured a speaker telling women to wear explosive belts and commit Jihad, Judge Andrew Gilbart said: "You've told us you were very much opposed to the idea of suicide bombing.

"Why was that on your phone if you were very much opposed to the concepts of suicide bombing?"

Iqbal told the court: "I didn't know. She was saying that in Arabic.

"I was shocked when I asked my lawyers for a translation.

"I liked the song that came after it."

However, Edward Brown, prosecuting, said: "He downloaded quite a lot of speech to obtain the music.

"Wouldn't it have been easier to download just the music?

"If anybody heard it in northern Europe who understood Arabic they would say 'Hang on, aren't you here to preach peace?'"

The defendant said he had kept a photo of the 911 disaster where a plane could be seen crashing into one of the Twin Towers because it was 'a very powerful image'.

He claimed he had labelled a picture of a masked terrorist with a gun 'me with gun' possibly out of 'vanity' and the picture of American soldiers' coffins draped in US flags that was set as his wallpaper as 'dead pigs' just because pigs was a nickname for police and soldiers.

Iqbal and co-defendants Ilyas Iqbal, 23, also of Percival Street and Muhammad Ali Ahmad, 26, of Whalley Range, are accused of preparing for acts of terrorism.

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Bridget - March 4, 2010 11:21 PM (GMT)
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'Terror' notes based on film Black Hawk Down


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Ilyas Iqbal has told Manchester Crown Court he denies all the charges

Notes alleged to be useful to a terrorist were largely based on the film Black Hawk Down, a jury heard.

Ilyas Iqbal, 23, said he used the war film as the main inspiration for a document called Urban Combat which was found at his Blackburn home by police.


He is alleged to have been "intoxicated by the evil of terrorism" as he and two others prepared for violent jihad.

Mr Iqbal, along with Abbas Iqbal, 24, and Muhammed Ali Ahmad, 26, deny preparing for acts of terrorism.

Abbas Iqbal also denies disseminating terrorist publications and possessing documents likely to be useful to a terrorist.

Ilyas Iqbal pleaded not guilty at Manchester Crown Court to two counts of possessing documents likely to be useful to a terrorist.

The prosecution have argued the so-called "The Blackburn Resistance" filmed themselves in camouflage, crawling across a park in the town, and that the video of "al Qaida-style propaganda" was destined to be distributed abroad.

I was bored, I did what I do best with my favourite hobby and I started writing down tactics I had seen from Hollywood films and newsreels
Ilyas Iqbal

Ilyas Iqbal's handwritten notes on Urban Combat and Attack Planning were discovered by counter-terrorism police in a weapons cabinet at the family home in Percival Street, Blackburn, the court heard.

Also in the cabinet were air rifles, knives, machetes, a sword, a crossbow, various ammunition and books on weaponry.

Ilyas Iqbal told the court he wrote Urban Combat two years ago when he worked as a security guard on a building site.

"I was bored, I did what I do best with my favourite hobby and I started writing down tactics I had seen from Hollywood films and newsreels," he said.

"The main place was from a Hollywood blockbuster called Black Hawk Down."

He said comments he wrote related to the plot of the film in which American forces attempt to go behind enemy lines in war-torn Somalia to "snatch and grab" two militiamen.

'Imagining myself'

Questioning him on Urban Combat, his barrister Roderick Price asked him: "Did you write it for a terrorist purpose?"

He replied: "No, I did not write it for any terrorist purpose."

"Did you think it would have been useful for a terrorist?", said Mr Price.

"Of course not, I have not had any military training," Ilyas Iqbal said.

"These were just my own thoughts off the top of my head, I cannot see how it would be useful to anyone but me.

"What is the story of Urban Combat?" asked his barrister.

Ilyas Iqbal replied: "It was imagining myself as a guerrilla commander fighting a larger force. Fantasising to make the time pass by."

Other segments of his notes came from watching news items on Al-Jazeera on Fox News, he said.

The trial continues.

Sinclair - March 19, 2010 04:20 PM (GMT)
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Blackburn brothers guilty of terror offences
3:40pm Friday 19th March 2010

By Neil Docking »


TWO BLACKBURN brothers have this afternoon been found guilty of terrorism offences.

Abbas and Ilyas Iqbal, of Percival Street, Blackburn, were convicted by a jury at Manchester Crown Court.

Fellow accused Muhammed Ali Ahmad, of Whalley Range, walked free from court after being cleared.

Abbas, 24, found guilty of dissemination of terrorism material, and the preparation for acts of terrorism.

He was cleared of possessing documents likely to be useful to a terrorist.

Ilyas, 23, was found guilty of possession of materials likely to be useful to a terrorist.

He was cleared of preparing for acts of terrorism and possessing documents likely to be useful to a terrorist.

Ahmad, 26, was cleared of preparing for acts of terrorism.

The four-week trial had been told the trio had been 'intoxicated by the evil of terrorism' and had started to train to join or carry out jihad.

But the men had denied any involvement in preparing acts of terrorism.

Abbas and Ilyas Iqbal are due to be sentenced this afternoon.

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/...error_offences/

Bridget - May 9, 2010 03:23 PM (GMT)
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The Blackburn Resistance: jihadists or jokers?

Helen Grady
BBC Radio 5 live, Donal MacIntyre Show

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Mohammad Ali Ahmad and Abbas Iqbal: Blackburn Resistance was 'a joke'

"We were the A-Team generation. We grew up watching The A-Team - and Rambo of course."

As a little boy growing up in Blackburn, Ilyas Iqbal dreamed of becoming Mr T.

But now, at the age of 23, he says his passion for action films has led to his conviction for terror offences.

In March this year, Ilyas was prosecuted along with his brother, Abbas Iqbal, and his best friend, Mohammad Ali Ahmad.

The three were accused of forming a terror cell known as The Blackburn Resistance.

If you watched that film Four Lions - that was us. Except that we weren't doing any of the real-life stuff
Mohammad Ali Ahmad

But they say they were guilty of nothing more than having a laugh, comparing themselves with characters in Chris Morris' film, Four Lions.

"All we were doing is messing around," Ilyas Iqbal told BBC Radio 5 Live's Donal MacIntyre programme.

Mr Ahmad, a 26-year-old Muslim convert who changed his name from Paul Andrew Cryer in 2004, added: "If you watched that film Four Lions - that was us.

"Except that we weren't doing any of the real-life stuff - we were doing strictly the playing around stuff. Our definition of comedy is being blooper soldiers."

Terror video

A key piece of evidence in the Blackburn Resistance case was a home-made film described in court as "al-Qaeda propaganda destined to be distributed abroad".

The film featured Ilyas Iqbal and Mohammad Ali Ahmad crawling through a park in camouflage gear. It was introduced by a voice saying: "They are fighting against oppression, they are The Blackburn Resistance."

Footage of the 'Blackburn Resistance' crawling through a Lancashire park {see page for link}

In the background a voice can be heard chanting: "I am the armour for those who believe in the unity of Allah. I am the fire against the aggressor."

The prosecutor in the case said the three men were "intoxicated by the evil of terrorism" as they prepared to join or carry out violent jihad.

He said the film was among material which Abbas Iqbal and an associate had intended to use to radicalise others.

All three men claimed that the film was a homage to their favourite action heroes.

During the court case, jurors were shown clips from the defendants' favourite films - including Black Hawk Down, which features Somali fighters defeating American forces.

Abbas Iqbal was jailed for a total of two years at Manchester Crown Court for committing acts of terrorism and disseminating terrorist publications.

The 24-year-old had stored weapons at the family home in Blackburn.

Prison sentence

Ilyas Iqbal was jailed for 18 months for possessing a document likely to be useful to a terrorist.

Police found documents at Ilyas Iqbal's home which detailed weaknesses in the US military. They also found videos on his computer showing the beheading and an execution of soldiers and prisoners.

With regard to the video, Ilyas Iqbal says "we watched it, we didn't do it. Kids are watching these videos. You know why? It's not because they're terrorists. It's because they're curious".

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Mr Ahmad was cleared of preparing for an act of terrorism and the trial Judge Andrew Gilbart QC said it was shocking he had spent 387 days in custody "for doing absolutely nothing".

Mr Ahmad, who spent part of his time on remand at Belmarsh high-security prison, insists that he and his friends were simply living out their boyhood fantasies.

"We wanted to make a video a bit like a Muslim A-Team," he said. "The Blackburn Resistance was nothing more than a title for that film.

"All this has done has given me a strong hatred for the so-called justice system. I have been a victim to this so-called justice system."

Police investigation

Det Ch Supt Tony Porter, of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said: "We presented the evidence to the court and it was up to the jury to decide whether there is sufficient evidence for a conviction."

Shuiab Khan, editor of Asian Image, a newspaper and website based in Blackburn, had some sympathy with the police.

He said: "When I saw their video, I thought straight away it was a joke. But it's very hard for the police to know for sure without investigating.

"In the present climate, to make a video like this is irresponsible.

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Air rifles, knives, a crossbow and sword were found at the family home

"Whatever their reason for making the video, most people in Blackburn would say they were asking for trouble.

"If they had done it in 1998, nothing would have happened but to do it in the current climate was irresponsible."

Alyas Karmani, an imam and psychologist who works with Muslims convicted under the Terrorism Act, says that although groups like the Blackburn Resistance seem comical, they do pose problems for the authorities.

He said: "The majority of the young men I work with are similarly naïve - with a distorted view of the world, which feeds into delusions of grandeur. That can be a very dangerous mix because these people have the potential to be manipulated by charismatic individuals."

Although Mr Ahmad attended the premier of Four Lions, Ilyas Iqbal has not seen the film. Despite the fact that he makes constant references to Hollywood movies, he believes that cinema is forbidden in Islam.

He intends to appeal against his conviction and says his actions were misinterpreted.

"It was meant to be a joke and we had a good laugh about it - until we got to court and then it wasn't funny any more."

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Alyas Karmani, if its the same person, appears in an article from 11/2003 as a friend of McLintock, the 'Tartan Taiban':
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His friend Alyas Karmani, a racial equality campaigner, said at the time: “He did not know he was going to get so much hassle. He has no links with terrorism. He is annoyed that he will probably always be arrested each and every time he travels back to the United Kingdom.” Another friend commented: “He is distraught at the whole thing. He thought he would be facing another stint behind bars without seeing his children.”

Bridget - May 9, 2010 03:50 PM (GMT)
^ Karmani speaking to Peter Taylor about knowing Germaine Lindsay from the age of 15:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd2rK_5KgqE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MezRWeoMb7Y

numeral - May 11, 2010 08:28 AM (GMT)
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/man-who-called-for--murder-of-pm-pleads-guilty-to-terror-charge-1970539.html

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Man who called for murder of PM pleads guilty to terror charge

Ishaq Kanmi styled himself al-Qa'ida's 'emir' in the UK
By Jerome Taylor
Tuesday, 11 May 2010

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Kanmi, Abbas Iqbal, above, Ilyas Iqbal and Ali Ahmad dubbed themselves the 'Blackburn Resistance' and made videos of their military exercises in a Lancashire park


A man who pretended to be al-Qa'ida's "emir" in Britain by publicly calling for the murder of Gordon Brown and Tony Blair pleaded guilty to a string of terrorism offences yesterday.

Ishaq Kanmi, 23, from Blackburn, posed as an al-Qa'ida leader on an online forum used by militants. In a message posted on the now defunct al-Ekhlaas forum in 2008, he called for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the release of all Muslims being held in Belmarsh prison. Writing under the name Umar Rabie al-Khalaila, whom he described as "the emir of al-Qa'ida in Britain", Kanmi claimed that "martyrdom-seekers" would kill Tony Blair and Gordon Brown if his demands were not met. He was arrested while boarding a plane to Finland with three storage devices and a mobile phone containing terror-related information that he intended to distribute overseas.

Appearing at Manchester Crown Court, Kanmi pleaded guilty to a string of terrorism offences including professing to belong to al-Qa'ida, inviting support for a terrorist organisation, making a terrorist recording, and dissemination of terrorist publications. His sentencing has been delayed until psychiatric reports can be prepared.

Following his conviction, it can now be reported that Kanmi was arrested on his way to Helsinki alongside Abbas Iqbal, one of three men who were recently convicted for making an al-Qa'ida style propaganda video. Iqbal, his brother Ilyas, and their friend Mohammad Ali Ahmad called themselves "the Blackburn Resistance" and recorded footage of themselves performing military exercises in a Lancashire park.

Abbas Iqbal was sentenced to three years in prison two months ago. His brother received 18 months but was released because he had already served his sentence on remand. Mr Ali Ahmad was acquitted of all charges.

In a recent interview, Ilyas Iqbal claimed he and his friends were simply "messing around" and never had any intention of carrying out terrorist attacks. Some have likened their hapless, wannabe militant antics to those of the fictional characters in Chris Morris's new comedy feature film Four Lions.

But Kanmi's conviction and his arrest alongside Abbas Iqbal suggests that at least some members of the Blackburn group of friends had been intent on spreading militant propaganda abroad and encouraging others to join terrorist groups.

Many of Kanmi's postings on militant forums were made from a computer at Blackburn Public Library. Police set up a surveillance operation inside the library between March and July 2008 and decided to swoop on Kanmi and Iqbal once they had boarded their flight to Finland in August. The pair were planning to go to a mosque in Helsinki where Kanmi had previously studied.

During Kanmi's aborted trial last year, the court heard how he posted his first message on al-Ekhlaas on 2 January in which he called for "the elimination of political leaders and, [at the] top of the list, Blair and Brown". He also vowed "huge attacks, God willing, on centres and places of benefit to the crusaders." A second message, posted towards the end of that month, detailed his demands for foreign troops to be withdrawn from Muslim lands and promised attacks on "all embassies, crusaders' centres and their interests throughout the country, with the help of Allah."

Kanmi's QC, Joel Bennathan, defended his client by describing him as "a very young, damaged man who is a million miles away from [convicted terror preacher] Abu Hamza." He said Kanmi was "reckless rather than intentional" in some of his actions.

But Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, said Kanmi's public support for a "murderous organisation" such as al-Qa'ida was a similar crime to soliciting to murder. During last year's trial Mr Edis told jurors: "His aim was to persuade others to commit murder, to carry out acts of terror and to engage in martyrdom operations. He did what he could to help them by publishing useful information on the internet. He became a determined supporter of jihadi terrorism."




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