"Radicalisation"

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Together with "extremism" this word is one of many which national governments are seeking to use to demonize any forms of opposition.

"Radicalisation" (of in US, radicalization), derives from the Latin radix, meaning root. Radical solutions to problems are those which attempt to get at their root causes. This might appear a positive term, but it is an unwelcome development for those who seek to prevent a fundamental understanding of or solution to problems. Perhaps for this reason, the world is used pejoratively to described a supposed transformation which occurs to people when they are exposed to "extremist" information, typically over the internet. The phrase is increasingly being used in the context of "Muslim terrorism" in connection with efforts to carry out internet censorship.

Official Narrative

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) defines radicalization as “A process by which a person to an increasing extent accepts the use of undemocratic or violent means, including terrorism, in an attempt to reach a specific political/ideological objective.”[1] This insinuation with direct linking of violence is typical, allowing emotional support from a gullible populace of laws that can be written to include non-violent behaviour, such as reading and writing. The phrase is used, for example, as an explanation of the behaviour of "lone nuts" and when framing internet censorship laws.

Concerns

An initial concern is the gap between the literal meaning of the word (i.e. getting to the roots) and the new meaning which has been grafted on (i.e. a predilection for violence and irralitionality).

Many national governments and their intelligence agencies are populated by people who - according to the PET definition above - have long since been radicalised. Consider, for example, Lyman Lemnitzer, who as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff proposed Operation Northwoods, Sir Stewart Menzies, who carried out Operation Embarrass, or the Operation Gladio operatives who killed hundreds of Italians in the 1970s and 1980s. None of the leaders of these groups have been subject to legal action, and the top echelons of governments and intelligence agencies appear to be typified by a similarly approach.

These are the same people are now promoting the concept of "radicalisation", in an apparent effort to promote fear and so ensure public acquiescence to widespread internet censorship. If, as this website suggests, 9-11 and a lot of other modern outrages alleged to have been organised by "Muslim terrorists" were in fact organised by Western deep politicians, the claim that more internet censorship could reduce "terrorism" is the complete reversal of the truth; in fact, such censorship would serve to protect the identities of the perpetrators of false flags.

Popularisation

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The word "radicalisation" was little searched upon until 2014. Global interest in the term increase by a factor of approximately 10 over the 4 years up to October 2017. The main countries in which it is used are UK, France, and former British/French colonies (most notably Kenya) - the trends data with the US spelling are not so clear cut, reflecting a US usage that goes back at least as far back as 2004.

Examples

In April 2013, Ruslan Tsarni was asked about his nephews Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who were fingered for the Boston Marathon bombings, he stated that "Somebody radicalized them."[2]

In UK, the word "radicalisation" is being widely employed in connection with "terrorism", especially "Islamic terror". Children as young as 9 years old have been surveyed in British schools to check for signs of "radicalisation".[3]

In June 2016, Dean Haydon, head of Counter Terrorism Command of Scotland Yard remarked about Muhiddin Mire "And what we found following his arrest is, certainly from his mobile phone and other digital media, that he had downloaded a vast amount of extremist material which we think certainly inspired him to conduct an attack here."[4]

In July 2016, commercially-controlled media claimed that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel went to Tunisia, where "was he was radicalized within months" and quotes his estranged wife that he "only started visiting a mosque in April", just 3 months before he is supposed to have committed a religiously inspired act of "terrorism".[5]

In 2017, Zahid Hussain was jailed for at least 15 years by UK judge Nigel Sweeney who stated that the "principal driver" of his (unsuccessful) efforts to create a bomb had been his "voluntary bedroom radicalisation", implicitly suggesting that "radicalisation" could be involuntary.[6]

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Radicalisation - UK.gov gets itself in cluster-muddle over 'terrorism'article25 August 2016Alexander J Martin
The Astonishingly Crap Science of 'Counter-Extremism'webpage17 March 2016Nafeez Mosaddeq AhmedAn expose of the crass lack of any valid scientific basis of government strategies to fight radicalisation. Nafeez Ahmed agrues that the "most academically accurate concept to capture this absurd level of crappiness is ‘bullshit’".
 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Extremism“Should these extremist views be allow [sic.] in society with the risk they could incite some to violence?”Admin9 April 2011
Internet/CensorshipTerrorist propaganda online has a direct impact on the radicalisation of individuals and we work closely with the internet industry to remove terrorist material hosted in the UK or overseas.”James Brokenshire2014
Joanna Shields“Where there is more propaganda directing people to kill, we must act to remove it quickly. Where there are new networks promoting radicalisation, we must disrupt them. We need to work with industry to improve solutions that automate the identification and removal of dangerous extremist content at scale and tools that better tackle automated bots and other techniques that support these propaganda machines. This must be done as quickly as possible before people, particularly sympathisers and the vulnerable, get the chance to see it. And we must work with civil society to offer a brighter and more compelling path to young people who feel they have no hope of changing their circumstances. There is no panacea, no single piece of technology, intervention or public policy that will solve this. But we can make it harder for terrorist and extremists to use the Internet to recruit, inspire and incite.”Joanna Shields1 August 2016
Strategy of tension“In order to tackle the root causes of radicalization ("Radicalization" refers to a value shift towards fovouring a more equal distribution of wealth) in particular of young people, the EU should consider strengthening targeted actions designed to raise awareness and promote the respect of fundamental rights and values".”European Ministers of the Interior2015


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