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Concept.png "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.

Official Narrative

The official narrative always seems to be defined as regards individuals. 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 is used, for example, as an explanation of the behaviour of "lone nuts" and when framing internet censorship laws.


By the PET definition, above, many national governments have long since been radicalised - consider, for example Operation Gladio or the multitude of documented false flag attacks.


In 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."[2]

Surveying of children

UK children as young as 9 years old have been surveyed to check for signs of "radicalisation".[3]  

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

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 tensionEuropean Ministers of the Interior2015


  1. PET, “Radikalisering og terror” Center for Terroranalyse (Denmark) October 2009. Available at http://www.pet.dk/upload/radikalisering og terror.pdf”
  2. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-36479921
  3. http://yournewswire.com/primary-school-pupils-asked-to-complete-a-radicalisation-survey/
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