Anti-terror experts fear Muslim children as young as 9 are being recruited by terrorists. A nine-year-old schoolboy in east London, who was referred to the authorities after allegedly showing signs of extremism is the youngest case known in Britain.
Daily Star Police have revealed a total of 2,653 young people aged 15 to 24 were referred to government-funded de-radicalisation programmes between 2006 and 2013.
According to a report by Islamic campaign group CAGE, schoolchildren are being reported to the authorities by schools, youth workers and doctors, amid concerns they are exhibiting signs of extremism. Research included in the 56-page document claims children with extreme political views are being sent for “deprogramming”.
The group, which is closely linked to former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg, 45, arrested last week on suspicion of Syria-related terror offences, reckons the Government is overstepping the mark by targeting kids for its Prevent Strategy.
The strategy is designed to tackle the problem of terrorism at its roots, preventing people from supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.
Cases quoted in the findings include: “A nine-year-old schoolboy in east London, who was referred to the authorities after allegedly showing signs of extremism – the youngest case known in Britain. He was ‘deprogrammed’ according to a source with knowledge of the case.”
And in Blackburn, Lancs, “at least 80 people were reported to the authorities for showing signs of extremism. They were referred to the Channel project, part of Prevent”.
CAGE claims the findings are part of the “criminalisation” of the Muslim community in the UK and have led to Britain becoming a “Security state” for followers of Islam. (It’s about time!)