Terrorist or “persecuted freedom fighter”? You Make the Call.

This story is from the BBC. On the face, it may seems this fine man is being persecuted for speaking his mind. Or, as some would say, speaking truth to power. After all, he really didn’t make any threats.

A Muslim activist has been arrested in east London over allegations of encouraging terrorism.

BBC- Abu Izzadeen was held by in Leyton High Road by counter-terrorism officers, Scotland Yard said.

He hit the headlines last September after heckling Home Secretary John Reid but it is understood the inquiry is related to a 2006 speech in Birmingham.

Mr Izzadeen, 31, is being held at a central London police station under Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Second heckler

In September, Mr Izzadeen, who was born Trevor Brooks in London, interrupted Mr Reid’s speech at the public meeting in Leytonstone.

Mr Reid asked Muslim parents to keep a close eye on their children and act if they suspected they were being radicalised by extremists.

Mr Izzadeen shouted out: “Shame on all of us for sitting down and listening to him.”

He said he was “furious” about “state terrorism by British police” and accused the minister of being an “enemy” of Islam before being led from the building by police and stewards.

A second heckler, who also interrupted Mr Reid’s speech, was ejected a few minutes later.

But it that the whole story? Seems he was caught on tape calling for the execution of British Muslim soldiers. An act which was actually attempted and foiled last week.

And let us not forget that he…

came to public prominence last year after refusing to condemn the 7/7 London bombings, instead, describing the attacks as “Mujahidin activity” which would make people “wake up and smell the coffee”.

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