Monday, 2 November 2009

'Prevent Violent Extremism'

Catrin Nye, BBC Asian Network, Young Muslims step in police's shoes, 2 Nov 09 "On the fifth floor of Scotland Yard in central London, live video feeds are coming in with news of a terror threat.

"The 30 people in the room are forced to make decisions that could change lives - which homes do they raid? Who do they stop and search?

"But they are not counter-terror officers, in fact many of them are not even sure they trust the police.

"They are 17 to 25-year-olds from around London, nearly all of them Muslim, and they are acting as if they are officers responding to a terror attack as part of Act Now, an exercise run as part of the government's £140m Prevent programme."

More on Prevent from the Home Office site