- Decide the results and conclusions of the 'investigation'
- Fabricate token items of evidence to make it appear as if some research has been done
- Wax lyrical about the 'research', results and conclusions and hope that nobody thinks to check the evidence
In the case of Policy Exchange, Newsnight checked the evidence and scuppered PE's pernicious plans.
Newsnight Policy Exchange Exposé Part 2/3
Newsnight Policy Exchange Exposé Part 3/3
Osama Saeed noted:
Edinburgh Central Mosque was one of those fingered by the [Policy Exchange] report. I said at the time that the mosque had no idea how this literature was supposed to be on their premises. A strange thing then happened a week or two later. A stash of the pamphlets in question were dropped just inside the doorway to the mosque. No one has any idea how they appeared there, as certainly none of the mosque authorities ordered them. Someone clearly outside dumped them, and they are currently investigating who that could be. Unfortunately, BBC Scotland, including Newsnight Scotland, did report Policy Exchange's "findings".
People at the mosque were smelling a rat at the time, and that will now just intensify in the light of the Newsnight report.
Recruiting Muslim Spies
First aired: Tuesday 18 December 2007 20:00-20:40 (Radio 4 FM)
Repeated: Sunday 23 December 2007 17:00-17:40 (Radio 4 FM)Since the advent of home-grown Islamist terrorism, Britain's intelligence services have urgently sought better information from within the UK's Muslim communities. But, as reporter Tazeen Ahmad finds out, their attempts to recruit informants are alienating many young British Muslims who say the tactics are making it more difficult to obtain the information the intelligence services seek.
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