In a major investigation The Times links child pornography and the attempts of al-Qaeda to spread its message to recruit vulnerable young people.
London Islamic extremists have been shown by a major investigation in The Times to be sexual deviants with links to paedophilia, dispelling the myths that "spiritual conviction" is the main motivation for their actions against the West.
David Canter commenting in The Times report said:
"an extreme interpretation of Islam that regards male sexual urges as so uncontrollable that all women have to cover themselves from head to toe generates in some men a confusion about their sexuality and appropriate sexual partners. An interest in child pornography may be one consequence".
A 26 year old teacher from London is named in the report who was convicted of rape and perverting justice, but had been a preacher in a mosque in east London. Abdul Makim Khalisadar who was a former primary school assistant was according to the report in The Times "discovered to be downloading considerable quantities of child pornography".
Khalissadar was investigated by Scotland Yard for links to a jihadist gunrunner.
Similar links placing sexual deviants and Islamic terrorist cells in the same camp are made with investigations in the aftermath of 9/11 on the Continent. In a Milan based mosque the "Via Quaranta" when Italian police and special forces raided the mosque hard drives were found to hold encrypted images of children being sexual abused. Importantly Italian prosecutors discovered that al-Qaeda were using child pornography to conceal messages to followers, but dismissed that the suspects were pedophiles.
In the UK, police according to The Times have found a case in Yorkshire where child protection officers "stumbled upon on a nail bomb terror plotter" a case in Salford where "officers discovered a chemistry student visiting explosives websites and also downloading child abuse images".
Anti-terror investigators in the UK are investigating the link between how "jihadist" and paedophiles target vulnerable young people The Times quotes an anti-terror sources saying:
"What we are starting to see was a similarity in grooming that goes on in paedophilia and grooming that goes in extremism".
The Times report also highlights a worrying breakdown in communication between anti-terror police and Scotland Yards child protection unit who could pool resources to combat the sophisticated techniques used by Islamic groups attempting to recruit and indoctrinate followers.
Security sources indicate that the UK is on a heightened state of alert with threats from Islamic groups posing a serious risk.
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