“One can criticise the report. That is of course, if there are any points of criticism. However, one thing is for sure, Murray’s blog post is not a critique but a tantrum in the finest neoconservative mould. Taking his atrocious views into account, Murray trying to critique the report and supporting academics is like Hitler trying to excoriate the Solf Circle, a group of German intellectuals against Nazism and the adverse treatment of Jews. Murray has no legitimacy, moral or intellectual, whatsoever.
In publishing his blog, Murray has provided anti-PREVENT campaigners more reasons to oppose PREVENT.”
There has been somewhat of media blackout around CAGE’s blistering report exposing the lack of credible, scientific foundations underpinning PREVENT, as well as the accompanying 150 academics, professors and activists supporting the findings. At the time of writing, only the Guardian and the Independent (albeit indirectly without credit to CAGE) have actually picked up the story. When one considers that the entirety of Britain’s counter-extremism strategy which has resulted in a trail of societal damage is based on mumbo jumbo, this news should be headlining throughout Britain. Yet, the silence from major media outlets like the BBC, Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail et al is ear-piercingly deafening and is tantamount to keeping the public uninformed about the reality of policies which affect them greatly from a civil liberties point of view.
It has, though, triggered the ire of, and quite clearly annoyed, neocon policy architects and supporters. The loudest defence of…
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