‘Terrorism Tsar’ to check with Muslim leaders before raids?

Ronnie Flanagan is to suggest a ‘Terrorism Tsar’ (say that 3 times fast) in his report to the government on how to handle the growing Islamic Extremist threat. In the report, the Sunday Life writes, it is said “a greater emphasis on community policing is needed if effective intelligence is to be gathered”. Meanwhile, the Sunday Times is reporting that the “police have agreed to consult a panel of Muslim leaders before mounting counter-terrorist raids or arrests. Members of the panel will offer their assessment of whether information police have on a suspect is too flimsy and will also consider the consequences on community relations of a raid.” It is not clear if that is the sort of community policing Flanagan had in mind; then again, looking at the precedent set here….perhaps it is in keeping? In the same ST report, it’s noted that the man who harangued John Reid the other day, Abu Izzadeen, may be arrested based on a video he made urging Muslims ‘to wage holy war in Britain’.
You can listen to Abu on Thursday’s Jeremy Vine show, about an hour or so in, the link will open the BBC radio player. It is a lively debate, with Sairah Khan giving a voice to more moderate Muslims.
Read a transcript of an interview he did with John Humphrys, which is causing a bit of ruckus.