London: The Internet is one of the most significant vehicles for promoting violent radicalism - more so than prisons, universities or places of worship, according to a UK parliamentary report. The Home Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons report 'Roots of Violent Radicalism', said that according to witnesses, the Internet played a part in most, if not all, cases of violent radicalisation.
Indian-origin British lawmaker Keith Vaz, chairman of the committee, said: "The July 7th bombings in London, carried out by four men from West Yorkshire, were a powerful demonstration of the devastating and far-reaching impact of home-grown radicalisation".
He added: "The conviction last week of four men from London and Cardiff radicalised over the Internet, for a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange and launch a Mumbai-style atrocity on the streets of London, shows that we cannot let our vigilance slip".
Vaz called for more resources need to be directed to these threats and to preventing radicalisation through the Internet and in private spaces. These are the fertile breeding grounds for terrorism", he said....more
06:56 PM, Feb 06, 2012