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Britain Admits Failure of Anti-Terrorism Program
by Deborah Weiss
After the 7/7 bombings on the London subway in 2005, the U.K. launched a 63 million pound program to combat terrorism. The program, named "PREVENT", was recently reviewed. Subsequently, Britain's Home Secretary, Theresa May, admitted that the program had failed. Here's why:
The program's strategy aimed to counter terrorist groups largely by funding so-called "moderate" Muslim organizations in an attempt to work jointly toward its goals. PREVENT also financed overseas operations that were allegedly designed to stem terrorist activity in the U.K.
As it turned out, much of the program's money went to support non-violent radical organizations that share the same hard-line Islamist ideology as Al-Qaeda and other terrorist entities. Further, the program's emphasis on international projects merely wasted precious pounds and "diverted valuable resources" away from the prevention of home-grown terrorism, a growing concern in the U.K.
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