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RT  Charnwood Borough councillor Paul Mercer has lashed out at the Prevent Program for including far-right extremists, which he says takes the focus away from Islam. He calls it ‘political correctness gone mad.’In his personal blog, Paul Mercer – Conservative councillor for Loughborough Southfields – took aim at the anti-terrorism program, questioning whether or not animal rights activists and far-right extremists who incite violence should be ‘lumped’ in with Al-Qaeda.“There are many unsavoury and extreme individuals prone to violence amongst the far-right as indeed there are some amongst animal rights, environmental and many other different political movements in the UK. Is this a reason to lump them all together with Al Qaeda and regard them all as ‘terrorists?’” Mercer said. Since 2005, 117 people have died from terrorist incidents in the United Kingdom,” Mercer said. Of these, 82.1 per cent were carried out by Islamic extremists, 15.4 per cent were...

Rehabilitating extremists in Indonesia

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Los Angeles Times by Carla Power The Indonesian media has dubbed him "The Terrorist Whisperer."In a hotel conference room here, Noor Huda Ismail welcomed the participants in his three-day workshop. "We have four generations of former terrorists here today," said the jovial 45-year-old as he bounded around the room in a batik shirt, black glasses and Nikes.He gave a shout-out to the lone representative of the eldest generation, a graybeard who had joined the U.S.-backed mujahedin to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s.With a smile and a nod, he acknowledged two former fighters from a Muslim group that sought to impose Islamic rule on the Philippines in the 1990s, then six veterans from Indonesia's Muslim-Christian disputes a decade later."And the latest generation is here too," he said, waving at a 19-year-old in a hijab who had gone to Syria with more than two dozen members of her family...
Daily Wire by Ryan Saavedra Law enforcement officials on Tuesday arrested a 17-year-old high school student who allegedly plotted a mass shooting terror attack at a mall in Frisco, Texas.The teen, who authorities say pledged allegiance to ISIS, planned to carry out the attack sometime in May and is believed to have spent approximately $1,400 on "weapons and tactical gear for his attack,” CBS Dallas reported.Authorities obtained the alleged Islamic terrorist’s manifesto and claim that he also tried to recruit others to help him carry out the attack, which was going to be a mass shooting and would also utilize explosive devices. “I want to put America in the state that Europe is in, which is having to have soldiers deployed in streets,” the alleged Islamic terrorist said, according to an affidavit. “Something that will cost them a lot financially too.” Read more: https://www.dailywire.com/news/30187/isis-teen-plotted-mall-shooting-wanted-put-america-ryan-saavedra...
  USNews.comPROVO, Utah (AP) — A 56-year-old Utah man is facing a terrorism-related charge after he allegedly threatened to blow up a county government building in Provo.The Daily Herald reports Miguel Gedo made his initial court appearance in Fourth District Court Wednesday on a charge of second-degree felony threat of terrorism.Deputy Utah County Attorney Mariane O'Bryant says in a probable case statement Gedo became agitated and aggressive when he visited the Utah County Recorder's Office in the county administration building on Feb. 2 She says he allegedly threatened to come back and blow up the administration building, warning that it would be a "bloodbath."It's not clear if Gedo has a lawyer or will be appointed one before his preliminary hearing Judge Thomas Low set for May 30. Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/utah/articles/2018-05-03/utah-man-accused-of-threatening-to-blow-up-county-building...
Newsmax Noting the uptick in recent terrorist attacks, the NYPD's deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism says terrorist groups on retreat in the Middle East have turned to social media propaganda campaigns to launch lone-wolf attacks on the west, calling it "terrorism for dummies.""They've really dumbed it down to a point that this is terrorism for dummies, which is why we are seeing attacks generated by one person with rudimentary tools, low tech, low cost, and high impact," NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller told John Catsimatidis on "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y. "That becomes an intelligence collection issue, because they're not conspiring with anybody else or communicating with the terrorist group overseas.". . . This is not a New York-based phenomenon. This is a global phenomenon." Miller lamented to host John Catsimatidis "we went from having zero terrorist attacks to having three in 19 months," pointing to these ISIS-inspired...