News from the United Kingdom, Wednesday 29th May 2013

Channel 4 News: Far-right extremism: who are the EDL? ‘Online support for the EDL has soared since the murder of Lee Rigby. But who are its supporters, and what does the far-right group stand for? Channel 4 News investigates.’

Huffington Post: Overreacting to extremism ‘could bring back Al Qaeda’ ex CIA officer warns. ‘One of the world’s leading terrorism experts has branded the government’s proposals to muzzle Islamist hate preachers and crack down on violent extremism in the wake of the Woolwich attack as “a waste of time”. Marc Sageman, a forensic psychiatrist and former CIA operations officer who worked with the Afghan mujahedin in the late 1980s, says that “a good [counter-extremism] policy should be based on an understanding on what’s happening on the ground.’

International Business Times: Anonymous hacktivists launch Operation EDL. ‘Hacktivist group Anonymous has warned the English Defence League (EDL) that the right-wing anti-Islamic group will be “decimated” for its protests over the killing of soldier Lee Rigby. Under Operation EDL, Anonymous, which gained notoriety for cyber-attacks on establishment websites, said it would expose the names, addresses and phone numbers of more than 1,000 EDL donors and members.’

BBC News: Ex-soldiers in court over Grimsby mosque attack. ‘Two former soldiers have appeared in court after a mosque was attacked in Grimsby. The Islamic Cultural Centre was targeted on Sunday while a meeting was taking place inside. Nobody was injured during the incident.’

The Guardian: Woolwich murder: 200 Islamophobic incidents since Lee Rigby’s killing. ‘Fears that Muslim communities across the country are facing a sustained wave of attacks and intimidation have intensified after it emerged that almost 200 Islamophobic incidents had been reported since the murder of British soldier Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south London, last week.’

Huffington Post: Why Did MI5 Miss Woolwich? ‘There has been a lot of speculation following the Woolwich attack about how people are ‘radicalised’, that MI5 ‘knew’ the suspects and therefore could have – should have – stopped this terrible event. It might yet emerge that our intelligence agencies made an enormous operational or strategic blunder, or that crucial information was unavailable to them (hence the renewed calls for the ‘Snooper’s Charter’).’

Belfast Telegraph: Pipe bomb attack on police officers was ‘murder attempt’. ‘Two police officers had to dive for cover after two improvised grenades exploded metres from where they were standing, it was revealed today. They came under attack while responding to an emergency call out in a loyalist area of north Belfast during the early hours of Tuesday morning.’

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