Its an immoral act that is worthy of creative and transformative resistance, but first I think we need to read, liaise and take stock.
A recent report from CAGE, called The Prevent Strategy: A Cradle to Grave Police State shows, with evidence, how every aspect of our lives has been rendered legitimate to control and intimidate to this policy. From healthcare to primary education, to mosques, universities, airports and financial transactions., education. It is more comprehensive than McCarthyism.
One useful tool that emerges form the report is the following depiction of how this nonsense engine works and harms.
|Rrom page 29 of The Prevent Strategy: A cradle to Grave Police-State (CAGE, 2014)|
We can test the effectiveness of this model by the case of Moazzam's unjust state kidnap. He stands accused of 'terrorism related offences' by the West Midlands Police, who state that arrest is not necessarily about guilt and that they were acting on intelligence.
|MOBILISE: There was a twitter storm at 10pm last night |
there will be another at 6pm tonight (26th)
We know that innocence until proven guilt doesn't apply to Muslims, wherever we might be. We know that the authorities in particular like to target Muslims who challenge them through democratic processes for their rights, especially if they are getting somewhere.
CAGE is a worthwhile and justice-making organisation that I recommend distributing Zakat through. They have condemned the arrest and are holding a demonstration this Saturday in Birmingham at NOON. Their website http://cageuk.org/
provides a humanising portal for people to see what Muslims, especially conservative ones are going through these days, its staffed by a pretty diverse bunch who I have learned much from over the years. Theres a new microsite on Schedule 7 Stories contains vivid case studies of ordinary lives, humiliated and obstructed by the state.
Moazzam's last facebook status update was as follows, he was onto something, and duas for his condition, family and support.
This state kidnap is not the first time Moazzam has been intimidated by the UK authorities. 'Security' services have been complicit in his detention, render and torture before. A couple of weeks ago he wrote about why the British state was so obsessed with his passport. I append the article below.
I do hope justice loving people will lend thir soulful minds and stamina to the collective effort to #ReleaseMoazzam. We shall also see what nasty people are lurking out there wetting themselves with glee over this. Gita Seghal CHECK, Quilliam Foundation CHECK.