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Friday, 11 December 2009
Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings?

Is that rude, or is it me? Moving swiftly on, four-year-olds are being monitored for Islamic brainwashing. Fair enough - in five years' time they'll be old enough to marry. From the Daily Mail:

Children as young as four are being monitored by terror police who fear they could be brainwashed by Islamic extremists.

A leaked police memo has revealed that counter-terrorism officers have visited nursery schools over concerns toddlers could be radicalised.

West Midlands counter-terrorism police emailed local community groups suggesting that children could be targets for terrorist recruiters.

An officer wrote: 'I do hope that you will tell me about persons, of whatever age, you think may have been radicalised or be vulnerable to radicalisation ... Evidence suggests that radicalisation can take place from the age of 4.'

The sergeant went on: 'I am a police officer and therefore it will always be part of my role to gather intelligence and I will report back any information or intelligence which may suggest someone is a terrorist, or is planning to be one or to support others.

'However, my role is to raise the level of awareness of the threat of terrorism and radicalisation and support and work with partners to try to prevent it.'

Officers specially trained in identifying children and young people vulnerable to radicalisation also spoke to staff at nursery and primary schools.

Arun Kundnani, of the Institute of Race Relations, later contacted the officer responsible, who said it was standard to visit nurseries.

He told the Times: 'He did seem to think it was standard. He said it wasn’t just him or his unit that was doing it. He said the indicators were they [children] might draw pictures of bombs and say things like ‘all Christians are bad’ or that they believe in an Islamic state.

'It seems that nursery teachers in the West Midlands area are being asked to look out for radicalisation.

'He felt that it was necessary to cover nurseries as well as primary and secondary schools.'

The revelation comes as new Home Office figures show a seven-year-old has become the youngest child to feature in a scheme to tackle grooming by extremists.

The child was one of 228 people referred to the Channel Project, part of Prevent, the Government's flagship strategy to stop young people becoming terrorists.

More than 90 per cent of those identified by the project are between 15 and 24 and most are Muslim.

Posted on 12/11/2009 4:32 PM by Mary Jackson
11 Dec 2009
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[The following might be instructive; though not pertient]

Out of the mandibles of would-be babes before the wedding ballad....
Prognathism Unbound
Her lips were red, and one was thin;
Compared with that was next her chin,—
Which jutted like Tony Newley
- Surgeon Suckling

11 Dec 2009
Hugh Fitzgerald

"...most are Muslim"?

An  example of one who isn't a Muslim would be instructive.