THE home secretary, Theresa May has outlined plans to tackle British Muslims travelling to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside Islamic State insurgents.
Mrs May has said that under the proposed Counter-Terrorism Bill, police will be given the power to confiscate passports of any terror suspect and it will become a criminal offence to cohort with overseas terrorists in any way. This power so far has already been exercised 25 times in tackling the terrorism problems in Syria.
The Cabinet minister stated: “she had the power to keep those with dual nationalities, and naturalised British citizens, out of Britain, and strip those planning to travel to Syria and Iraq of their British passports”.
The threat posed by IS (Islamic State) has been heightened, due to British Nationals being already established in Iraq and Syria. The government believe there are as many as 500.
The Home Secretary told delegates: “There is a battle raging in the Middle East for the heart and soul of Islam. They have made clear that they want to go on attacking Western targets. That is why it is right we are part of an international coalition dedicated to IS’s destruction.”
Referring to IS she said: “They have made clear their ambitions and they have made us their enemies, and the lesson of history tells us that when our enemies say they want to attack us they mean it. We must not flinch… we must act to destroy IS.”
Mrs May againdefined some of the proposals, targeted against extremists that will feature in the Conservative manifest. Banning orders for extremist groups that incite hatred or condone a revolution against democracy. Raising money for any extremist group, public speaking for them or using any form of media relating to that extremist group. Anyone breaching the Extremist Disruption Law may be prosecuted.