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UK Police: Proposed Islamophobia Definition to ‘Undermine Counter-Terror Operations' 


Added 05-17-19 07:38:01am EST - “The term "could be used to challenge legitimate free speech on the historical or theological actions of Islamic states."” - Legalinsurrection.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Legalinsurrection.com: “UK Police: Proposed Islamophobia Definition to 'Undermine Counter-Terror Operations' ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The term “could be used to challenge legitimate free speech on the historical or theological actions of Islamic states.”

The new Islamophobia definition proposed by an all-party British parliamentary group could undermine police efforts in countering Islamic terrorism, the UK police warned.

The legal adoption of the term could hamper law enforcement officers from going after terrorists and those spreading jihadist propaganda, UK’s National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), a body representing country’s police chiefs, said.

The definition conflates hate-speech and legitimate criticism of Islam, according to the police body. “As it stands, this definition risks shutting down debate about any interpretation of the tenets of Islam which are at odds with our laws and customs, which in turn would place our police officers and members of the judicial system in an untenable position,” NPCC chief Martin Hewitt wrote in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Theresa May.

The definition empowers suspected jihadis and jeopardizes counter-terror operations. It “would potentially allow those investigated by police and the security services for promoting extremism, hate and terrorism to legally challenge any investigation and potentially undermine many elements of counter-terrorism powers and policies on the basis that they are “Islamophobic’,” head of UK counter-terror policing, Neil Basu, advised.

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