Muslim Cops Slam Brit Anti-Terror Strategy
Say stigmatizing community fosters far-right violence
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2010 9:50 AM CST
Promoted on Newser Jan 21, 2010 9:50 AM CST
A British police officer tries to control Muslim youths as they charge against anti-Muslim protesters in the London suburb of Harrow, Friday Sept. 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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(User Submitted) – British anti-terrorism strategy is wrong to focus on Muslims when far-right extremists actually pose a far greater threat to national security, says a Muslim police officers' association previously backed by PM Gordon Brown. The group warned that anti-terrorism strategies that stigmatize Muslim communities are racist and could increase far-right violence against ethnic minorities, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The Muslim officers criticized the Prevent strategy, a set of UK policies designed to stop radicalization of Muslim youth. The criticism comes amidst growing British concern about radicalization of Muslims in the UK: The Detroit bomber's period studying in London has been much scrutinized, and US intelligence officials said last week that the UK had more Islamic extremists than any other Western country.