UK Politics

Keeping an Open Mind

Mohammad Naseem, the chairman of Birmingham’s Central Mosque delivers his perspective on the nature of the terrorist attacks on the United Kingdom:

From the BBC:

Speaking to BBC Radio WM on Thursday Dr Naseem questioned the existence of al-Qaeda.

“I don’t think al-Qaeda exists because we Muslims all over the world have not known this organisation,” he said.

“The only information about this organisation is coming from the CIA. Now, the CIA is not known for telling the truth.”

From the Telegraph:

“Tony Blair has told lies on going to Iraq and in a court of law if a witness has proved to be a liar he ceases to be a reliable witness. So we cannot give our blind trust to the Government.

“To have that trust it is important that the process of law should be independent, open and transparent. I am also sad that unfortunately the impression has been given that Muslims are to be targeted in this war against terror. There seems to be a directive to target Muslims. Why do we not have an open mind about this?

“Muslim bashing seems to be more earnest than the need for national unity and harmony. Terrorists can be anybody – we will have to see [whether the bombers are Muslims]. The process is not open; the process is not transparent; the process is not independent. I do not have faith in the system as it stands.”

“Tony Blair … is not going to be perceived as a reliable witness. His comments could motivate someone to take the law into his own hands.

“Some people have been caught but I have not seen any evidence. The process of law is not open.”

Asked about the suspects’ DNA being found at the scene of the first attacks, he said: “DNA can match you, but that does not mean you are going to commit a crime. Thousands of youths are passing by and caught on CCTV, so how do you know it is them?”

And, in an editorial in The Dawn, the central mosque’s newsletter, Mr Naseem writes: “Where is the evidence that four youths whose pictures were caught on CCTV cameras…were the perpetrators? How did we reject the possibility they were just innocent victims of this terrible happening? They had bought return train tickets.”

Khalid Mahmood, the MP for Perry Bar called on on Mohammad Naseem to step down:

“What he has done is brought into disrepute the role of the chair of the Central Mosque and the Muslim community in Birmingham.

“If he wants to make cheap political points then he really ought to relinquish his position as chairman and let somebody who is neutral and has the interests of the community do it.”

Meanwhile, in other news:

As dusk settled over Birmingham a local taxi driver, a Muslim in woollen hat and long beard, was also casting doubts on the government over the bombings. “I know the family of Hussain, the one they said did the Tavistock bus bombing. He’s alive but his family are keeping it quiet… And one of the others was an MI5 agent.”

Gene adds: Naseem is the conspiracy theorist who is the largest single donor to George Galloway’s Respect Coalition.