The Henry Jackson Society has warned in a report that the National Union for Students (NUS) campaign to scrap the government’s anti-extremism initiative has sadly become a “vehicle” for radical Islamic attentiveness and participation, don’t believe us this is according to one of the leading British foreign-policy think-tanks.
Suspects Not Suspects, developed into NUS policy officially in 2015. They have befriended radical extremist speakers who are linked to radical Islamic organisations like MEND, CAGE, the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), and Friends of al-Aqsa, and even brag about hearing from Moazzam Begg a suspected terrorist and former Guantanamo bay inmate now outreach director of CAGE.
Author of the report, Richard Black gives us a warning: “‘Students Not Suspects’ has effectively become a vehicle for extremist interests,” He goes on to say “It advances extremist tropes, extremist speakers and extremist narratives – all the while attacking anybody, NUS officials or otherwise, who distance themselves from its position.”
“They have accused critics and fellow students of being motivated by racism and Islamophobia,” the report goes on say, that anti-Semitic people enjoy great ‘Influence’ in Students Not Suspects and are usually highly regarded.
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (CTSA), in 2015 pressed public organisations to take “due regard to the need to prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism”, this has some relevance to universities in the UK, the report says, university students convicted of terrorist crimes, and three radicalised Islamic terrorists have studied at universities in the United Kingdom.
The month after that, NUS National Conference proceeded with a motion claiming that it will “not engage with the Prevent strategy”, making the absurd claim it was to “monitor and control Muslim students” and even saying that is forced education staff to basically spy on people.
part of the motion meant the NUS befriended and worked with the radical Islamic group CAGE, in the past CAGE praised radical Islamic terrorist and online executioner ‘Jihadi John’ by calling him a “beautiful young man”.
The former-NUS president, Toni Pearce claimed the student union would not do any work with CAGE, they lied later on in 2015, NUS betrayed the British people and broke their promise they held their new tour with Moazzam Begg possible terrorist and former Guantanamo Bay inmate now CAGE director and founder at King’s College London.
Back in 2016, six universities were investigated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for allowing radical extremists from CAGE speak at events. The six universities were:
- King’s College London
- The School of Oriental and African Studies
- The University of East London
The author of the report wrote: “By officially endorsing the ‘Students Not Suspects’ campaign, the NUS continues to align itself with extremists against societal attempts to challenge the threat they pose,”
“Far from moderating its message, ‘Students Not Suspects’ has… developed ever closer links to extremist organisations.
“This divisive campaign continues to alienate moderate students and further undermines the credibility and legitimacy of the NUS amongst government, policy-makers, and wider civil society.
“More worryingly, if left unchecked, it threatens to undermine the work of Prevent coordinators and leaves vulnerable students exposed to extremist speakers and organisations targeting campuses.”
We need a full-blown police investigation into radical extremist links to universities, schools, student unions and any other institutions that are linked to radical political and religious extremism.