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Jordan Horner a.k.a. Jamal Uddin, 19; Ricardo MacFarlane, 26; and an unnamed 23-year-old, all members of a self-styled "Muslim Patrol" in east London, were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 12 to 17 months for harassing, intimidating, and assaulting people in an attempt to enforce sharia law. Horner, a Muslim convert and associate of hate preacher Anjem Choudary, spent six weeks in jail earlier this year for assaulting a photographer and doing £3,000 worth of damage to her car.
Prime Minister Cameron said the government plans to classify "Islamist extremism" as a distinct ideology that distorts and betrays the principles of Islam. In the wake of the savage murder of an unarmed British soldier by Islamists in Woolwich this summer, Home Secretary May will set out measures to deal with extremism, which may include means to ban groups that preach hatred. The UK is increasing the number of airports with scanners due to concerns about new bomb technology being developed by al Qaeda. A new no-fly policy for suspected terrorists has prevented as many as three persons a year from flying into the UK.
Two accused killers of a British soldier in Woolwich have denied murder charges. Prosecutors and witnesses told a court that Michael Adebolajo a.k.a. Mujaahid Abu Hamza and Michael Adebowale a.k.a. Ismail Ibn Abdullah ran over the unarmed soldier from behind, then stabbed and attempted to decapitate him. During the incident, the suspects ignored protests from witnesses and said the crime was retaliation for the deaths and British "oppression" of Muslims.
The Foreign Office is looking into reports that four British nationals have died fighting for Islamist forces in Syria. The four men were said to be part of a group of 10 British extremists who joined with 20 other British fighters in al Qaeda forces, including the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. A report estimates that as many as 350 UK citizens have gone to Syria to fight.
Home Secretary May is considering banning terror suspects on Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPims) from visiting mosques, after a recent suspect absconded from a mosque wearing a burka. May also wants to amend law so as to be able to revoke a terrorist's passport even if doing so would leave him "stateless." Trial began for two Pakistani men from Lancashire who had, while aboard a flight from Lahore to Manchester, threatened to blow up the plane and kill passengers and crew members. The court was told that the men were not terrorists but their threats had to be taken seriously.
The heads of MI5, MI6, and GCHQ testified that they defend, not undermine, democracy and freedom; 34 terror plots in England have been disrupted since the London Tube bombings in July 2005; the revelations of NSA leaker Edward Snowden have helped al Qaeda; and "terrorist tourism" is a growing threat to Britain, and hundreds of British jihadists have gone to Syria and some have returned. Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, 27, a suspected Shabaab member who is suing the government for complicity in alleged torture in Somalia in 2011, escaped in a burka from surveillance in London on Nov. 1; Ibrahim Magag, 28, another Somali terror suspect, disappeared in London last year.
Abdulla Ahmed Ali, who was convicted of plotting with al Qaeda to detonate liquid explosives on at least seven transatlantic airliners bound for the US and Canada, has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights for a reversal of his conviction. Prosecution of the conspiracy has already cost UK taxpayers more than £100 million, after three trials in which over eight men have been convicted for their roles in a terror plot managed by key al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan. Rioting by as many as 180 foreigner inmates at Maidstone prison was subdued by authorities.