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Tuesday 13 April 2021

Quilliam And The Spooks

First the sudden shutdown, then the coming to terms with the announcement, and then the real hard questions. Why did the Quilliam Foundation have to shut up shop, given all the millions that had gone into its coffers over the years? Why was founder Maajid Nawaz deleting his social media back catalogue? Then the real $64,000 one - what was the role of the UK security services in all of this? Former Guardian man Ian Cobain knew.

So the Quilliam Foundation has been closed down. Claims to have been the world's first counter-extremism think-tank. But it was actually established by the Office for Security and Counterterrorism (OSCT) at the UK governments's Home Office”. Er, WHAT? How could he be so sure? “How do I know? Simples. The OSCT told me”. And there was more.

The initial plan was to fund it covertly, with money appearing to come in from a Middle Eastern benefactor, but actually channelled by MI6 … But a decision was taken to grant it acknowledged - but far-from-trumpeted - UK government funding. This was eventually judged within Whitehall to have been a mistake. ‘Should have run it from within the agencies. They do this sort of stuff all the time. And you never find out’”.

Miqdaad Versi from the Muslim Council of Britain heard that one loud and clear. "This is a really explosive allegation by the renowned investigative journalist (ex-Guardian) Ian Cobain”. But Sol Hughes was rather more relaxed about the revelation.

The now defunct Quilliam's links to the security services seemed pretty open when it was founded : Early staff included former Special Forces Captain Ed Jagger, and 'journalist' ‘James Brandon’ (not his real name) : Both now work in ‘Private Security/Intelligence’ companies”. And he can be relaxed because this was all exposed six years ago.

Nafeez Ahmed, in an article for Middle East Eye titled “The circus: How British intelligence primed both sides of the ‘terror war’”, confirms it. “The Quilliam Foundation was set-up by [Ed] Husain and Nawaz in 2008 with significant British government financial support”.

And why Quilliam might have been less than totally effective in its objectives is also spelt out. “Perhaps the biggest problem with Husain’s and Nawaz’s claim to expertise on terrorism was that they were never jihadists. Hizb ut-Tahrir is a non-violent movement for the establishment of a global ‘caliphate’ through social struggle, focusing on the need for political activism in the Muslim world. Whatever the demerits of this rigid political ideology, it had no relationship to the phenomenon of al-Qaeda terrorism”.

As for HT’s less peaceable offshoot, “When [Omar] Bakri [Mohammed] left HT and set-up al-Muhajiroun in 1996, according to John Loftus, a former US Army intelligence officer and Justice Department prosecutor, Bakri was immediately recruited by MI6 to facilitate Islamist activities in the Balkans”. Nafeed Ahmed’s conclusion? You’ll love this one.

If only we could round up the Quilliam and al-Muhajiroun fanatics together, shove them onto a boat, and send them all off cruising to the middle of nowhere, they could have all the fun they want ‘radicalising’ and ‘deradicalising’ each other to their hearts’ content. And we might get a little peace. And perhaps we could send their handlers with them, too”.

So it wasn’t such an explosive allegation after all. Quilliam was in bed with the spooks.

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J said...

Hahahaha What a bunch of tw@ts. No wonder they ran and shut it down when they knew this news was about to break. Not only funded by the US alt-reich, but also funded by the spooks. Mind, that explains why their "grooming report" was such a load of made up neo-fash racist bollocks.

Anonymous said...

No surprise there at all. Standard spooks shit since Walsingham. Only the script is slightly amended from time to time.

For instance direct involvement by the "intelligence" agencies became too obvious by about the early 1980s. So action was shifted to "private" individuals, "institutions", "security corporations" and "think tanks". Aka "plausible deniability". But it all amounts to the same thing. Examples, see Cambridge Analytica, G4S and Blackwater.

Old media was recruited virtually wholesale. See Bernstein's late 1970s exposure of CIA corruption in that area.

All of this was in addition to standard plants inside unions and other working-class organisations, including Labour and LibDems.

What can't be misled is bribed and corrupted. If neither are possible murder is employed.

That's the kind of insane, muted neofascism we endure. It will go on for as long as there are enough mugs to believe otherwise. Despite the evidence.

Mark this: Another Big Event will happen in the near future as desperation increases. It's what "intelligence" agencies and their proxies are for.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if by chance these are related?:

And what DID happen to the CIA killer Sacoolas?

Johnspartacusanonymous said...

Maybe a long sojourn in the Falklands rather than a cruise liner. As for our even worse offenders, South Georgia for them. Prison services contracted put to the Argentine Military.

Jonathan said...

The South Sandwich Islands even more deserted than South Georgia..