Britian to give private info of Muslim university students to CIA

British police are set to give personal information on the private lives of almost 1,000 British Muslim university students to CIA.

Britian to give private info of Muslim university students to CIA

British police are set to give personal information concerning the private lives of almost 1,000 British Muslim university students to America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The decision has sparked off outrage among British Muslims, who feel that they are being targeted without any mistake. They are also concerned that their names will appear on international terrorist watch lists, The Independent reports.

Police had first pressured the University College of London’s Islamic Society, which refused to hand over the information.

Mojeed Adams-Mogaji, the society's president, said: "I was concerned about what they would do with the data. At another meeting with the Metropolitan Police, they told us they would keep it for seven years and would share the data with other intelligence agencies if requested. Obviously, I'm very concerned with what they plan to do with this information."

So far, the homes of over 50 of the students have been visited by police officers, but nobody has been arrested.

The controversial move also came after the Detroit flight bombing bid by Nigerian-origin British student, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

Adams-Mogaji said: "We also realised that the student union gave the details of the UCL Medical Islamic Society without being requested for it. The union is supposed to protect the societies under it and not hastily succumb to pressure without the need to. We're clearly not safe with the union and our trust in them is undoubtedly diminishing."

“I feel frustrated and outraged. To pass on 900 student details because they were members of UCL Islamic Society is ridiculous. The reason I joined the society was for socio-cultural reasons. I’ve never seen the guy [Abdulmutallab]. I wasn’t here when he was at university,” Zubair Idris, 21, an international medical student at UCL, said.

Prominent human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce, who advised the Islamic Society during the affair, described the police’s actions as “completely inappropriate”.

“You wonder if he (Abdulmutallab) had been a member of a society without the name Islamic on it, then would there have been such an appetite to grab the information. The whole concept of data protection was meant to nail down absolute privacy, which is being breached without a legal reason being imposed on the university to comply,” she said.

Last year, the Independent reported on the alleged harassment of young Muslims by the police and security service, MI5, whose officers had tried to recruit them as spies.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Nisan 2010, 14:59

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