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Detroit bomber: British university 'complicit' in radicalisation
by Gordon Rayner
University College London, where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was recently president of the Islamic Society, has been accused of being "complicit" in the radicalisation of Muslim students by "failing grotesquely" to prevent extremists from giving lectures on campus.
UCL has been heavily criticised in the past for its relaxed attitude to radical preachers, and security agencies are investigating whether it was there that Detroit bomber Abdulmutallab was recruited by al-Qaeda sympathisers.
As recently as last month, Abu Usama, who teaches that homosexuals and apostates should be killed, was due to speak at UCL until the university finally bowed to pressure and cancelled the event, and last year, when Abdulmutallab was still a student at UCL, the Islamic Society held a five-day series of lectures and seminars about the War on Terror which have been criticised as anti-Western propaganda.
Anthony Glees, professor of security and intelligence studies at the University of Buckingham, said UCL had no excuse for failing to root out extremism on campus.
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