Muslim PC removed from Tony Blair’s security claims damages
Religious, quite possibly, but racial, not at all.
Ironically, PC Farooq was recruited to the Metropolitan Police as part of its campaign to increase the number of black and minority ethnic officers and staff. And this is the stereotypical thanks they can expect.
It is all to do with the Jamia mosque that PC Farooq and his family attended in Swindon. There is an alleged link between a former imam and the Sipah-e-Sahaba terror group in Pakistan, which is believed to be a part of the Al-Qaeda network. PC Farooq's two sons, then aged nine and 11, attended this mosque for religious studies.
While PC Farooq insists he did not associate with any Islamist extremists at the mosque, he is, like Barack Obama with his fiery pastor, somewhat tarnished by association. But this association is deemed to constitute ‘evidence’ to justify the refusal of his counter-terrorism clearance. And when PC Farooq appealed to the Security Vetting Appeal Panel, which is run by the Cabinet Office, he was refused any details on the grounds of ‘national security’. He was simply told that ‘his presence might upset the U.S. secret service which works with the Met's close-protection unit that guards Downing Street and the U.S. Embassy’.
So it is all to do with appeasing the US secret service.
While the Metropolitan Police insists that its decision was ‘proportionate and justified’, unless clear evidence was discovered of a link between PC Farooq and certain madrassas in Pakistan, this is manifestly a case of religious discrimination.
And if one is now to be denied a position on the grounds of the views of one’s religious leader, Cranmer fears for all adherents of the Church of England.