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Blair in Charge

From the Daily Telegraph:

“London-based supporter of Osama bin Laden who runs a website depicting beheadings and suicide bombings in Iraq has forfeited his right to asylum in the country and should be deported, MPs said last night. Mohammed al-Massari was shown on a BBC documentary earlier this week defending the jihadist messages placed on the Tajdeed site that he runs. It includes a film of a suicide bomber killing three British soldiers in Iraq, the murder of American civilian contractors and a self-help guide for would-be terrorists…After the July 7 bombings in London, Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, said refugees who condoned violence or fomented hatred of the West would face deportation. However, there has been no move against al-Massari…Yet no British-based jihadists have been prosecuted under the Race Relations Act or the Public Order Act, which already outlaw incitement. Also, under section 59 of the Terrorism Act, it is against the law to incite a terrorist act abroad. This power has never been used either…Al-Massari’s website has previously featured a music video fronted by a young British Muslim brandishing a gun and a Koran. The rap song praises bin Laden and the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York and sold in large quantities at mosques. Mr Dismore referred the video to the Home Office and the police, but no action was taken.”

Tony Blair has been prime minister since 1997.

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