Project Rich Picture

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Event.png Project Rich Picture  PowerbaseRdf-icon.png
Type campaign
Interests “radicalisation”

Official narrative

The stated aim of Project Rich Picture was to collate intelligence and information relating to the "radicalisation" of UK Muslims.[1]

The UK Government's Contest strategy states that the objective of Project Rich Picture is to:

"Provide a wider understanding of the context of terrorist activity and radicalisation in this country. Under this programme information is collected on issues related to violent extremist activity in local communities".[2]

The Independent reported that the instigation of Project Rich Picture has led the Security Services and the Police to investigate up to '8,000 suspected al-Qa'ida sympathisers' in 'colleges, mosques and internet websites' in order to ensure that those individuals who may be trying to 'groom or radicalise those sympathetic to the aims of al-Qa'ida' are apprehended and prevented.[3]

As the below diagram shows, Project Rich Picture is active on all scales i.e., it is a intelligence collation programme that is targeted toward 'all members of the [Muslim] community', 'priority groups' such as young Muslims and at those Muslims who are showing signs of moving toward "violent extremism" who need to be "de-radicalised" (interventionist approach).

Expansion

ACPO diagram showing the place of the following elements of the Prevent strategy: Rich Picture, Operation Delphinus, Operation Nicole, MAPPA, Channel Project[4]

According to Contest 2, Project Rich Picture will be expanded in the future across policing and the security services and will also include 'external partners'.[5]These external partners could include Muslim community groups and community representatives.


References

  1. Jason Bennetto, MI5 conducts secret inquiry into 8,000 al-Qa'ida 'sympathisers' The Independent, 3 July 2006, accessed 15.03.2010
  2. Pursue, Prevent, Protect, Prepare: The United Kingdom's Strategy for Countering International Terrorism March 2009, HM Government, p.65 - accessed 15.03.2010.
  3. Jason Bennetto, MI5 conducts secret inquiry into 8,000 al-Qa'ida 'sympathisers' The Independent, 3 July 2006, accessed 15.03.2010
  4. Association of Chief Police Officers (Terrorism Allied Matters) Business Area Police PREVENT Strategy - Partners Briefing, 'Restricted' 27th March 2008, This document is a restricted document and is not meant to be circulated outside the Local Strategic Partnership meeting, Version 1.7, accessed 12.08.10
  5. Pursue, Prevent, Protect, Prepare: The United Kingdom's Strategy for Countering International Terrorism March 2009, HM Government, p.65 - accessed 15.03.2010.